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Old 08-30-2008, 05:59 PM   #1
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Any reason why I couldn't mount a full-size solar panel (100w or so) on the roof of an electric golf cart, with an on board charger to keep the golf cart ready to go all the time? Just looking to be lazy about hooking it up to AC power to recharge the batteries.

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Old 08-30-2008, 05:59 PM   #2
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Hi folks,

Any reason why I couldn't mount a full-size solar panel (100w or so) on the roof of an electric golf cart, with an on board charger to keep the golf cart ready to go all the time? Just looking to be lazy about hooking it up to AC power to recharge the batteries.

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There should be no problem installing a fullsize solar panel on the roof of the golf cart but it depends on how much you drive it as to wheather you will get enough charging from it to keep the batteries charged. I don't think I would waste the energy and money to install one to find out the solar panel is not sufficient.
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100 watts is a pretty good size panel(s) I don't know if you would have room on top for it. At 48 volts your charge rate would be around 2 amps in full sun, If you just used it on weekends, it would probally be OK.
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With the cost of a 100w pannel and charge controller, I would think it would only be worth doing if 110ac wasn't available (or if money were no object).
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I just remembered something important. Most golf carts are 36 volts and the solar panel will be only putting out about 15. So you would have to have several panels for this to work. This would make it very much unfeasible.
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This link was posted on the Escapees website, and they sell them as a kit or a complete solar golf cart. Why reinvent the wheel!

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http://www.frugaldougalsgolf.com/solarroofpanel
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