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Unread 07-16-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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I have searched, and I got about 17 different answers, all of which were greek to me.

I've got a basic ezgo cart, not hopped up at all. It does have brand new batteries, 36 volt.

I know nothing about wiring. Well, actually, I probalby know just enough to be dangerous to myself or the cart.

What I'm looking for the the easiest, best way to wire a cheap radio. I've heard that I can connect the positive to one batter and the negative to another battery. But I've also heard that this might damage those two batteries, and that I should use a volt reducer.

I've also heard a voltage reducer might cause damage to the cart controller.

I've heard that I can use the wires from the ignition switch to power the radio... but I've also heard that this might not be a good idea either.

Can someone point me to the best way to easily/cheaply wire the cheap marine radio I just purchased?
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Unread 07-16-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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The best way is to use a separate 12v battery for accessories. The cheapest way is to tap 12v from 2 of your pack batteries. I can't imagine what harm a convertor could do to a controller?
It seems to me the biggest danger using a convertor would be overdrawing the pack if too many accessories are used for too long.

I personally use a stand-alone 12v to power all my goodies.
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The best way is to use a separate 12v battery for accessories. The cheapest way is to tap 12v from 2 of your pack batteries. I can't imagine what harm a convertor could do to a controller?
It seems to me the biggest danger using a convertor would be overdrawing the pack if too many accessories are used for too long.

I personally use a stand-alone 12v to power all my goodies.
What a deep cycle 12v run? $100
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Unread 07-16-2012, 08:13 PM   #4
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Just my two cents, but I would agree. Go with a separate 12v deep cycle battery for your 12v accessories. You could power it from 2 of your batteries, but you risk them discharging more than the others and not recharging properly. You could go with a voltage reducer, but then you are sacrificing range as you are using your drive batteries. Separate 12v is simple, easy, and less expensive.


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Unread 07-16-2012, 08:24 PM   #5
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Any particular kind of 12volt? is there a specific ampage or something I need to look for?

Also, I guess that means I have to use 2 chargers? That will suck a little.
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What a deep cycle 12v run? $100

I use a starting battery from a clunker I sent to the scrap heap probably five.years ago. Esssentially, it was free. Any 12 v will be fine if you keep it charged and maintained. You needn't blow a boatload of cash to get a power source.
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Any particular kind of 12volt? is there a specific ampage or something I need to look for?

Also, I guess that means I have to use 2 chargers? That will suck a little.
I picked up a deep cycle battery from Sam's Club for around $75. Personally, I like having my headlights, stereo, 12v cigarette plug, aux lights, etc. running off of a separate battery. It doesn't mess with my main pack and I don't have to worry about leaving something on accidentally. I just toss the charger on it every few weeks to top it off and we're good to go.
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I agree with using the seperate 12 volt. I got mine from Advance Auto with a coupon for around $70. It is a marine deep cycle and will last and last. Don't forget to get a seperate charger for it and charge it every time that you charge your cart. Any cheap charger will work as long as it is 12 volt. Last thing, when you wire the stereo make sure that you only ground directly to the battery and not the frame. Good luck, sounds like you will be listening to tunes soon.

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Unread 07-17-2012, 06:33 AM   #9
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Does it matter what amp? Looks like there's a dozen or more.

http://www.premier1supplies.com/deta...&source=gmerch
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It's likely that you won't need an amp of you are just running a set of speakers. If your marine head unit has speaker outs, it has a built in amp.
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