How To Determine 12 Volt Operating Amperage For Your Golf Cart Voltage Reducer
If you own a golf cart and want to run other DC powered accessories you will need a golf cart voltage reducer. Most if not all DC powered accessories operate on 12 volts DC. That means 12 volts not 11.2v or 10.5v or any other number. Just 12 volts ( some accessories or devices will allow for a surge or drop in voltage momentarily but not constantly or consistently) The operating voltage for a device or accessory is exactly that – “The Operating Voltage”. Otherwise the performance of your device or accessories will be intermittent as is your voltage. You ever experience listening to a song that is having problems streaming due to a bad signal? The voltage a 12 volt accessory will need to perform optimally is no different. You just cannot see it sometimes as with the example of listening to the song will allow you to notice quite quickly. Clean voltage is required to operate any 12 volt accessory optimally and this is where a voltage reducer comes into play. Depending on your needs or installed accessories on your golf cart will determine the 12 volt accessory systems operating amperage and ultimately determine the correct golf cart voltage reducer for your application. Examples are things like Head lights, Tail lights (lights in general),Stereo systems, Cooling fans, USB chargers for your cell phones, etc… So lets get to it! Really it is quite simple. You can just add up all the things you have attached to your golf cart that operate on 12 volts and find out the amperage draw each device or product pulls. Most lighting systems ( headlights-tail lights/brake lights) for your golf cart these days are LED light kits
and require far less amperage to operate 5-6 amps at best. Where as older style halogen bulbs pulled a lot more (15-18 amps) As far as stereo systems go it will be determined by several things not just the head unit or stereo radio( Stereo systems with large amplifiers will require a lot of amperage and usually best to just install a totally separate high power Deep cycle 12 volt battery to handle the stereo systems needs.) All other accessories like 12 volt plugs for a phone/USB charger will be minimal at best and should be able to use either 10 Amp, 18 Amp, 20 Amp or 30 Amp voltage reducers. I always assume the worst case scenario and want to make sure the electrical system can handle the surge of amperage required should all accessories be operated simultaneously within the vehicle or vessels system. It is always a good idea to keep a little extra reserve in place when it comes to the operating amperage of a circuit and not to push up against the systems or devices limits. The golf cart voltage reducer you choose should meet the needs required and leave a little room in amperage capacity should you decide to add an additional load or additional accessories you might add in the future. The actual voltage reduction will be determined by the golf carts battery bank and current operating voltage. As in Gem cars, Polaris or Tomberlins use a 72 volt system, Club Car, Evgo and Yamaha run either 48 volt or 36 volt systems. Learn how to determine the operating voltage in your golf cart.
If you already know the operating voltage you can now purchase the correct golf cart voltage reducer for your golf cart.
Save Time and Money with a Battery Watering System From BWT
An On-Board Battery Watering System is specifically designed for use in any application that has multiple lead acid batteries. They are very popular in golf carts. Though the Battery Watering system is not limited to just golf carts. Any golf cart style battery ( Traditional Lead Acid Batteries) also found in boats and RVs, Solar systems, electric floor sweepers and floor scrubbers and even pallet jacks. Based on the same technology as our industrial line of battery watering systems and valves this system is compatible with most battery brands. Crown, Deka, Trojan, US Battery to name the big ones… The Pro-Fill on-board battery watering system works by replacing the battery’s existing vent caps with valves that are interconnected with tubing, allowing the user to fill all cells of the battery from a single remote location. Snap on/snap off water connections turn the often ignored task of watering batteries into a quick, simple task taking 30 seconds or less! Each valve independently shuts off water flow to the cell when the proper electrolyte level is reached, allowing the batteries to be filled perfectly every time without having to look at the batteries. Learn more about the advantages of installing a watering system on your mulit-bank battery system today.
After installing your system you will realize other cost benefits including extended battery life; increased performance. Being able to fill your batteries without removing the cell caps will allow you to avoid things like battery acid burns, ruined clothing, and breathing noxious fumes. You can finally relax and rest assured with properly watered batteries the battery lasts longer and performs better. The average person does not even know they need to check or fill there golf cart batteries with water til it is to late and they need to buy new batteries. Once they do know they still don’t really know how to do it or how much water should be added and when to do it. You can learn more about proper battery maintenance here. One of the biggest problems is overfilling a battery. This results in loss of acid or technically speaking changes the specific gravity of the electrolyte(acid) in the battery and once this occurs you can damage the battery plates when charging. either way it equals loss of capacity and life expectancy.
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