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Old 12-22-2010, 10:01 PM   #1
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I had asked the question below in an earlier thread, but I forgot to add the battery information

A buddy of mine is upgrading a backup power source at his job and he replacing about 100 12volt deep cycle batteries, some of which are only a couple of months old. My question is can I use 8 12volt batteries rigging 2 in parrallel making 4 sources of 12 volts totaling 48volts? They are gell cell batteries an I really hate for them to go to waste. I have an 01 EZ-GO with a 502-1 motor and a alltrax controller. It's rigged for 36 volts, but I was planning to go to 48 volts anyway

The Batteries are Data Safe hx400 batteries The data is listed at http://www.staticpower.com/pdf/HX.pdf
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:28 PM   #2
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I was wrong... they are not Gel Cell they are AGM batteries
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Old 12-23-2010, 03:29 PM   #3
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48v is 48v. The issue you may have is charging them. AGM take a different charger than a wet cell batt does.
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:19 PM   #4
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What kind of Charger is designed for AGM Batteries. I know some carts come standard with them. I am going to have to reconfigure the battery tray, but the cost savings is worth it and I have 16 of the batteries... That should last a long time if I keep them charged.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:01 PM   #5
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It'll be cheaper in the long run to just buy the correct batteries for your cart!

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The answer to your question "will it work?" is clearly yes. You can configure the batteries any way you like to get your required voltage. However the real question should be is this feasible? Can you fit all of those batteries into the battery well, how much will the new cabling cost you and what will be the peformance per $ for the conversion. Most people are of the opinion that only cart batteries work in carts so even taking into account the fact that you are getting free batteries you may end up spending money on cables and ending up with lacklustre performance which would be particularly gauling if you then have to buy a set of cart batteries. Whatever you decide good luck.
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plus if you find an agm charger and these batteries take a dump than you have a 48V charger that will not charge a wet cell battery correctly. Buying a 6V agm battery is double the cost of a normal wet cell battery.
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Very good point. I am trying to figure the feasibility... I was hoping that one of the gurus on this sight might be able to tell from the link to the battery information page might be able to tell me if they will perform properly. I still don't know who makes a AGM battery charger. I can do the changes to the cab so that won't be a big issue since I was going to have to rebuild the tray anyway.
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After doing some research I read that AGM batteries don't need a special charger since the charging voltages are the same as regular batteries. Is this the case or are AGM batteries no created equal?
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If you go with a Delta Q charger you can reset the charge control based on the type of battery you are attempting to charge.

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