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Unread 05-05-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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Default 2000 48v DS Amp hour reccomendations for 12volt

New to carts, recently picked up a 2000 48 volt DS. I noticed that the amp hour ratings seem much lower on the 12 volt batteries than the typical 6 or 8 volt batteries. I can not find take off or maintaining draw for this cart, so trying to calculate what I need for off and on use during an 8 hour day is impossible. I did find some decent used 12 volt 80 amp hour batteries for $75 each, just don't know how long they'll last during a day at the track.
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Unread 05-06-2014, 01:29 PM   #2
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Unread 05-06-2014, 03:35 PM   #3
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I would convert to 6 8volt batteries for longer run time, if that's what your trying to accomplish. Other wise I would not recommend buying used batteries at all. No telling how they were cared for. And how long they have been sitting. That's just my personal thought.
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Definitely go with 8v for run time. That is what your cart is setup for as well...
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Thank you both for your input. As initially stated I have very little info on the cart and I have searched for what the OE battery run time would give me. It's impossible to calculate when not knowing the draw coming off this motor. Any idea what I would get on this cart w/ an 80 amp hour 12volt as mentioned vs a 200 amp hour 8 volt set up? Thanks again.
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Multiple the AH rating of the battery by the pack voltage of your system. This will give you the number of Kwh's that the batteries hold. For example a 170AH battery pack will store about 8 KwH's. Don't know the hp of your cart but a 3.3Hp motor uses 2500watts. That means that you would have a little over 3 hours of run time. You wouldn't want to run it down to zero SOC so an hour and a half to two would be a good estimate. Also a lot depends on how you drive a lot of stopping and starting would run the battery down even quicker. Like a car its highway mileage and in town mileage. What I calculated is highway mileage.
One last thing. Stay away from the 80AH batteries
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Multiple the AH rating of the battery by the pack voltage of your system. This will give you the number of Kwh's that the batteries hold. For example a 170AH battery pack will store about 8 KwH's. Don't know the hp of your cart but a 3.3Hp motor uses 2500watts. That means that you would have a little over 3 hours of run time. You wouldn't want to run it down to zero SOC so an hour and a half to two would be a good estimate. Also a lot depends on how you drive a lot of stopping and starting would run the battery down even quicker. Like a car its highway mileage and in town mileage. What I calculated is highway mileage.
One last thing. Stay away from the 80AH batteries
Great info and explanation, thank you. I will be taking the others advice and looking for higher AH 8 volt batteries.
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