Yes, you can get out 12volts. I strongly recommend keeping the bolts and straps intact. To divide for 12v use, cut the "u" shaped tie between the vertical tabs at about 1/3" from the center. Use a multi-tool, and carefully cut only the depth of the connect, and a 1/4" wider either side. Cutting in the middle will not work as the tabs have connects under the plastic, and to0. close to the tab risks cutting into a cell. vacuum several times per cut and tape up the gaps around the cut to prevent shaving from getting into the battery. Apply silicone on the cut after through to insulate the ends of the cut. Perhaps I will post a photo in a couple of days.