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Why 32 Volts


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Old 01-24-2002, 11:39:52 PM
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Beware! Those lexan, transparent batteries that look like glass cells are not lead-zink batteries. The railroad, and our local phone company used to use this type of battery. About 10 years ago I got a bunch of them given to me when I did an electrical project at the phone company. I was thrilled! Then reallity set in. The batteries were closer to about 1.6volt each, and they pulled down badly with even a moderate load. The scrap yard didn't want them because they don't contain lead, and the land fill sure doesn't take them. Battery specialist did take them and I was happy to be shed of them.
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Old 01-25-2002, 03:07:23 PM
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And electric automobiles and trucks were mostly 84 volt systems.
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Old 01-26-2002, 08:37:27 PM
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Thanks all, for the interesting discussion on 32 volt systems.

TJ
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Old 01-27-2002, 04:08:13 PM
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The question is, did you get more information than you expected? I don't think that anybody living today can really tell why some specific voltage was chosen for any particular system that dates way back.
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Old 01-27-2002, 11:27:59 PM
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I really didn't get a clear cut answer, but I haven't yet figured out the "chicken and egg" thing either.

I have been discussing the 32 volt thing for about 14 years and haven't come with a logical answer. I have folks come up to my Delco-Light trailer and ask, "why the 32 volts" and all I can say is I really don't know.

A lot of folks don't understand the whole thing anyway. They will say, "if your power goes off your all set". I must tell them that this "stuff" won't run my house.

"DELCO DON"
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Old 01-28-2002, 07:05:32 PM
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I just thought of a good idea for an explanation of why the 32 volt systems. Just tell inquisitors that years ago, all electricity generated over 50 volts used to be taxed at a higher rate than electricity that was generated at less than 50 volts. This was before Congress discovered that it was watthours that determined how much power was being generated, not the voltage alone.

At least that will get some people to thinking, or pondering it all over again {
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Old 01-29-2002, 03:08:20 AM
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Russ, yer gettin downright devious. I think I'll tell folks its cause the headlight generators in old steam locomotives were 32 volts, and they could also use that to run the 2 way radios on the engine, cause of blackout regulations during the war they couldn't use lanterns, and a lot of Hams bought them radios up after tha war. A little more of this kind of thinkin, and one of us is either gonna have to run for political office, or get in the custom manure spreading business.
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Old 02-01-2002, 04:55:41 AM
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Franz your probably right, but at this point I think I will sit back a spell and ponder the subject in the company of a cool one.
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Wasnt there 110 ac by the time the delco light plants came out ?,,,,,if so why didnt they set them up to generate 110 ac,,???,,,,,,,,,,
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Default Re: Why 32 volts

Farmers around here used to have 32 volt systems. I always thought that it was because they used car batteries, all 6 volt at the time, so you could do with 5 car batteries for a 32 volt. My Father had a 12 volt system. In practice he used 4 - 6 volts, 2 and 2 to make 12 with more capacity. Later he sprung for 6 of the big glass 2 volt cells which was better. Originally he just had a wind charger he built himself, later he added a war surplus generator powered by an iron horse Johnson to charge the batteries. Cost was important in those days. Hey, It worked!
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