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Unread 10-29-2016, 02:45 PM   #1
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Sorry for my ignorance, new guy. i've searched but not found ecxactly what i'm looking for. My buggy is a ds 36v. Want to upgrade to 48. The battery pack is trojan 2014. Will adding 2 new ones have any adverse effect on the rest. Looking to build a new rack and put them where the "toaster oven" is as I will be upgrading to a new controller. Anyone got any pick of their upgrade? Helpful hints or don't do's? Thanks.
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Unread 10-29-2016, 02:51 PM   #2
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No danger to the existing pack when adding 2 new batteries, make sure new batteries are the same or larger amp hour capacity... and know the new batteries will be as old as the old batteries (performance and capacity wise) soon.
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Unread 10-29-2016, 08:09 PM   #3
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Thanks, [I think]. How soon is soon? lol My local dealer who has been in the biz a long time sez , looked after, batteries should last about 8 years. I'm not so concerned with range as With what I do with it on the farm, I've got range out the yin yang. Please explain. Now, I'm sure someone has mounted 2 more "bricks" under the body, and how mush work was involved. I have another option. Sell the six pack to an neighbor for his 36v cart that needs them and buy 8v's but that raises another issue. I was hoping to use this cart as a mobile boosting unit for the equipment on the farm but 8 volts don't lend themselves to this [emergency] use.
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Unread 10-30-2016, 02:45 AM   #4
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Actually, the 16v would be a very good Jumpstarter, as long as a 12v battery is in the thing to be jumped
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Unread 10-30-2016, 10:09 AM   #5
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Yes 16v is tempting to boost, but I am leery about it finding the intake preheater/or it's control and on one tractor dicking around the transmission computer.
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Unread 10-30-2016, 11:15 AM   #6
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Best think I ever added to my tractor was a small solar charger on the roof top and cigarette lighter plug in. No more draggin out the wheeled charger for a jump start. It's always charged up now.
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Unread 10-30-2016, 01:08 PM   #7
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Ahh, Sunny so-cal. Up here everyone who takes care of his or her equipment has it inside. The sun ruins paint and the rain/ice /snow/sleet ruins everything else in time. All my equipment, unless it is being used is kept in the dark with only indirect light from the doorway. Usually a boost is required only when a battery is about to take a crap, usually at about 10 to 20 below, or something was left on.
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Unread 10-30-2016, 02:06 PM   #8
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Ahh, Sunny so-cal. Up here everyone who takes care of his or her equipment has it inside. The sun ruins paint and the rain/ice /snow/sleet ruins everything else in time. All my equipment, unless it is being used is kept in the dark with only indirect light from the doorway. Usually a boost is required only when a battery is about to take a crap, usually at about 10 to 20 below, or something was left on.
Uck! gimme 300 warm sunny days a year & *** the paint
Solar chargers working on the seasonal lawn tractor under the shed roof too
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Unread 10-30-2016, 02:34 PM   #9
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We might not have your heat and constant sun, but we got WATER!!! So much at times all fields have tile drainage.
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Unread 10-30-2016, 04:40 PM   #10
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Put the solar panel on the south facing barn roof and run the charge lead in where you can plug in the battery.
I hear ya, our dry-land wheat farmers are on welfare.
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