# Battery bank question??

The question is more about capacity as related to voltage. To keep the math simple for a newb lets say 200 ah at 24 volts and then at 48 volts. Using four (6 volt 200 ah) batteries to equal 24 volts and eight to equal 48 volts the amp hours remain the same. How do I calculate the discharge rate assuming the loads are the same?

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Re: Battery bank question??

look at the watt-hrs of those banks and look at the watts used by the appliances and the watt-hrs on your battery monitor...

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Re: Battery bank question??
verdigo wrote: »
The question is more about capacity as related to voltage. To keep the math simple for a newb lets say 200 ah at 24 volts and then at 48 volts. Using four (6 volt 200 ah) batteries to equal 24 volts and eight to equal 48 volts the amp hours remain the same. How do I calculate the discharge rate assuming the loads are the same?

You have to assume that "the loads are the same" means that the loads get adjusted to draw the same power at 48 volts that they did at 24 volts, or else that the loads are powered by first a 24 volt and then a 48 volt inverter.

For the same wattage load, the battery current will be one half as much at 48 volts as it was at 24 volts. And you have the same AH of batteries, so they will last twice as long on a charge.
The same result as if you just say intuitively that you have twice as many identical batteries so they should last twice as long.
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westbranch wrote: »
look at the watt-hrs of those banks and look at the watts used by the appliances and the watt-hrs on your battery monitor...

Thank you. That makes sense.
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