6v Electrics

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by dgomezhall, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. dgomezhall

    dgomezhall Adventurer

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    Working on restoring a old bike with 6v electrics...everything is working, but I'm changing handlebars and need to replace the handlebar control switches.

    Anyone have any experience with

    Will they work with 6v as I assume they're made for 12v?

    Thanks!
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  2. michael1968

    michael1968 Been here awhile

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    Yes, simple things like switches should* be fine. You only need to worry about more complicated things like rectifiers etc.

    *I say should work because there is a slight chance that the current in a 6 v system would be to high for the 12v switches. Voltage=Current x Resistance so half the voltage means you have twice the current in any given system, you're old bike is probably putting out less watt's than a newer bike so I wouldn't worry.

    Cheers,
    Michael
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