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Old 08-14-2014, 12:44 PM
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Default Is there any way to add lights to the kart without adding battery?

Im sure that someone has done it already, but my google searches for "adding lights to gas powered engine" isn't really returning anything useful.

Is there any chance that something is available or that can be done to add some simple small lights to the kart and have it wired / run from the motor or something?
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:17 PM
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charge coil addition/flywheel w/magnets installation, will flicker without a regulator rectifier, which is more $$

more $$ and work than a battery.
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:27 PM
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yea I figured, thought id ask anyway..
Is there a good source to look how to add with battery? I mean I know I can just add a battery and connect the lights, but is that it? is there a preferred setup for this? Battery type and so on?
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:35 PM
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Disclaimer: I have never done this before, but think i know what im talking about. Maybe someone else can make sure im not totally full of BS.

You would need a 12v battery, the bigger it is the longer it will hold charge. If you dont have a battery charger, you can get for like $20. Walmart/Autozone etc all have batteries/chargers. Im sure you will be fine with:

small LED lights,
a riding mower battery (smaller than a car battery)

So most lights have either 1 or two wires:

1)TWO WIRES: In this instance, one wire would go to battery negative terminal, one to positive.

2)ONE WIRE: The housing that holds the light on is grounded to the frame (usually through the mounting bolt) the other wire would need to go to the battery terminal. In this case you would run a wire from the battery terminal to the frame(anywhere on the frame), then run the light wire to the other terminal.

Now im not an expert in lighting, but i would assume most lights dont care which way electricity is running through them, but I would use the negative (black) as the ground/frame wire (if needed), and the positive as the light wire (red).

You can also mix and match 1 wire with 2 wire. e.g. if you have a two wire, you can just run one of the wires to the frame, and the other to the positive terminal.
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most of that I kinda already knew, thanks for the breakdown though.. guess ill be shopping for a battery this weekend
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:45 PM
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Make sure you get an SLA battery, thats sealed lead acid. Much safer to use in case of a crash. Acid will not splash out on you like a mower battery that has caps on the cells.
Like this one, if you use led's for lights like automotive fog light bulbs that i use then that battery will hold charge for many days
http://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-12AH-Sea...item1c309fc38f
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Well.....the information in your post was all good. .....but I don't know if that lets you off the hook!!!!!!
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Hey Poboy, Think I have a solution to running lights with out a need for batteries on go kart. Its an idea anyways.
Found this cool little bicycle generator on ebay that enables one to run anything off a usb port. Thinking if you had this bicycle generator on you kart you could have a number of things powered off it. Maybe charge a phone, have an mp3 play, a fan, heck and even your lights. Its an idea worth thinking about anyways. I am kinda considering it myself.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-US...item4adaa56313
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Is that not just a dynamo....a go kart wheel would rip it off the bracket..
I dont think there meant to do 5000 rpm maybe a heavier duty one....it is an idea though
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Is that not just a dynamo....a go kart wheel would rip it off the bracket..
I dont think there meant to do 5000 rpm maybe a heavier duty one....it is an idea though
Your tire rpm is only in the 100's. The engine spins in the 1000's.....
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Ok guys sorry. But it would still a heavier duty for a go kart...
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6.0V*DC*power,*USB*2.0*output.
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Output*power:
Speed of riding(mph)****** Charging current(MA)
************ 5*************************************** 100
************ 6*************************************** 150
*********** 6.5****************************** * * ** 200
****** * ** 8.5****************************** ** * * 250
****** ** * 9.5***************************** ** * ** 300
****** * >=*12.5************************ * ** *** 500
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I'm sure sid will chime in..... BUT with a 6v system, you maybe could get enough out of it to keep a battery charged.
I think I would make my own mount, and drive it with a belt off the axle. Small, short belt,mind you.....
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