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24V to 12V DC converter

I stumbled across a DC to DC converter (24V to 12V) for some tractor equipment (CAT runs 24V). Now my question is, would there be any advantages to running two batteries in series (24V) and then using the converter to drop the voltage to 12V?

Just an idle though after seeing it..
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Re: 24V to 12V DC converter

Absolutely, but it's expensive. First you have to have a 24V alternator and starter. To gain any advantages, you have to change all of the bulbs and wiper motor to 24V. Now all of your wiring is twice as big as it needs to be which is a good thing, less voltage drop. About the only thing you would leave 12V would be the radio and the ignition. If it's a good solid state 12V regulator, it will provide good power for those even if the battery is low. If you were figuring on just changing the alternator and the battery, that regulator ain't gonna provide enough power.

With the electrical demand in modern vehicles, expect all autos to go to 24V or higher in the next few years.
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Re: 24V to 12V DC converter

Why? souns like alot of work.
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Re: 24V to 12V DC converter

Where did you find the converter, and how much $$? I'm looking for a way to do this to run a laptop computer this summer, but the power source is a 24V DC system in a helicopter. I'd likely need to do some rewiring to make it fit in the plug on the heli, but it's a good place to start. Cheers...
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Re: 24V to 12V DC converter

I'm actually in caterpillar sales and service. We have a converter that is much cheaper then the "CAT" version, and runs about $150 CDN. You could probobly find that same thing at any Tractor sales facility. They have to use them for installing stereos etc.. Actually I just noticed that you are in Northern Ont. If you are around Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, or Timming, then go to Toromont, and they will have them. If you can't find one, let me know and I can pull a price together for you.

So where abouts are you in Northern Ontario?
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Re: 24V to 12V DC converter

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So where abouts are you in Northern Ontario?

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I pay rent in sudbury [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img], but spend a good part of my summer in northwestern ontario (kenora/dryden area) for field work... [img]images/graemlins/beach.gif[/img]
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