Re: Can I add two additional Lights to my Revolt?
On my Riot, I have added a 12" LED light from Rigid Industries. It doesn't pull much energy. In addition I have the stock headlights. And don't forget about the electric fan!!! It pulls a good deal of power.
About 6 months ago I was on a trip to the dunes. I ran all day long with no issues (no lights on). I then went on a night run which took about 2-3 hours. I was running all of the lights. I'm pretty sure the fan was running most of the time the engine was running. Towards the end we stopped to checkout the view. When I tried to restart it, it would barely turn over! YIKES. I was able to get it to fire and make it back to camp (with lights on). Back at camp I turned it off and couldn't get it to turn over later to load it on the trailor.
Since that time I have run a lot of tests to see if my voltage regulator was a problem or not. I went ahead and got a new regulator and installed it. My voltage tests before and after were pretty much the same. At about 3k with all of my lights on, I have a voltage at the battery of about 12.8 volts! So I'm thinking that with this simple setup, I'm on the edge and the battery isn't charging. Without the lights........it keeps up fine.
I haven't had a chance to retry on a night run. So I can't say it anything has changed with the new regulator. But I think I can be confident in saying that I'm on the edge with stock lights, stock fan, and the 12" LED light.
If I were you, after you install the lights, I would go out and just putt around for 3 or 4 hours with the lights on and see if it kills the battery. That's about the only way I can think of to know FOR SURE.....and because you are looking to race with it you need to be SURE it's not a problem. And don't try to figure that out with just numbers and calculations. Go run it and find out.
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