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Old 08-28-2011, 09:10 PM   #1
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Default Can I test a 24/36 V motor with 12 Volts?

I am installing a 24/36 volt motor, the solenoids are all 36V can I bypass the solenoids and reversing switch to check the motor at 12 Volts?
Does any one know the minimum kick in voltage for switching 36V solenoids?
I know that once they are closed, they do not care what the pass through voltage is.
Newbie thanking you in advance.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: Can I test a 24/36 V motor with 12 Volts?

yes, the motor will spin at 12V. not sure on the activation voltage of your solenoids, but testing a series motor for operation at 12V is common practice.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:59 PM   #3
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Default Re: Can I test a 24/36 V motor with 12 Volts?

Thanks Sonic, so the lead that runs from the end solenoid is pos to the motor, ground is obvious, which of the two reversing leads do I energize, can I connect one to + and leave the other?
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Default Re: Can I test a 24/36 V motor with 12 Volts?

here ya go.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:07 PM   #5
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Default Re: Can I test a 24/36 V motor with 12 Volts?

Thank you Sonic, Wired her up and connected to a small wheel chair bat & the motor spun right up. I was trying to connect the field in parallel, duh why do they call it series wound? (senior moment).
Any way am looking forward to getting the batteries & then will try going riding.
Thanks again.
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no problem! have fun!
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