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Unread 08-04-2015, 04:09 PM   #41
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GoPokes, the golf charger needs to be above 32V to actually pick up and start charging. If your batteries are that low, use a car charger between two batteries and bring them up... then swap the cables to another pair,... etc! once you get the 6 brought up, the cart charger should start charging them. Also, make sure your distilled water/acid levels are up where they should be... 1/2" above the lead plates. It just sounds like a voltage issue... if you wonder, check across the +/- with a voltmeter to see what you have across all 6 batteries... let us know what you find!
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Unread 08-04-2015, 05:35 PM   #42
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GoPokes, the golf charger needs to be above 32V to actually pick up and start charging. If your batteries are that low, use a car charger between two batteries and bring them up... then swap the cables to another pair,... etc! once you get the 6 brought up, the cart charger should start charging them. Also, make sure your distilled water/acid levels are up where they should be... 1/2" above the lead plates. It just sounds like a voltage issue... if you wonder, check across the +/- with a voltmeter to see what you have across all 6 batteries... let us know what you find!

Thanks for the response. I'm pretty sure the charger is picking up. It kicked on when I plugged it into the cart. I forgot to say in my previous post that when it was on the charger it was putting off a pretty foul smell, so I opened the garage door to air the place out. I took it off charge and let it sit for a while then checked the water levels, and they looked good, so I plugged it back in. I guess that is another question I have, is that smell normal? I had never smelled it before. I will break out the voltmeter when I get home tonight.
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Unread 08-04-2015, 06:26 PM   #43
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Hmmm - a rotten egg smell is not a good sign. Batteries with bad or failed cells tend to bubble/gas a lot when the charger attempts to charge them back up. Assuming it was charging & running normally before this, then it does sound like one or more of your batteries has failed.
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Hmmm - a rotten egg smell is not a good sign. Batteries with bad or failed cells tend to bubble/gas a lot when the charger attempts to charge them back up. Assuming it was charging & running normally before this, then it does sound like one or more of your batteries has failed.
Fantastic, I guess I will find out if the place I bought them has any kind of warranty if they are shot. It seems crazy that brand new batteries would go bad, but I'm new to the golf cart world. Thanks for the response. I'll let y'all know what I find out.
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Unread 08-04-2015, 07:55 PM   #45
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Well it looks like one of my **** near brand new batteries is shot. All 5 others read 8.55, or 8.56 volts, and it was at -1.25. Hope they will take it back tomorrow. It is the battery at the end of the pack with the positive going out if that makes any difference.
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Used the hydrometer and it read at 1.3 specific gravity which is at the top of the "good" range on the label.
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Unread 08-04-2015, 08:09 PM   #47
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Well it looks like one of my **** near brand new batteries is shot. All 5 others read 8.55, or 8.56 volts, and it was at -1.25. Hope they will take it back tomorrow. It is the battery at the end of the pack with the positive going out if that makes any difference.
Make sure the positive wire from the charger receptacle is connected to that same post and that it is the positive post on the battery, that is a common mishap.
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Make sure the positive wire from the charger receptacle is connected to that same post and that it is the positive post on the battery, that is a common mishap.
It looks like the + from the charging receptacle is hooked to the + of the battery right before the bad one, then a cable from that + to the last battery's -. Does that sound right?
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looks a lot better keep it up
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It looks like the + from the charging receptacle is hooked to the + of the battery right before the bad one, then a cable from that + to the last battery's -. Does that sound right?
Nope, you are not charging the last battery, and it got so low that the operating current has actually reversed the polarity on the battery.

That batterry is definitely gone.

The other batteries were overcharged, but they should be fine.

Make sure when you install the new battery that both the pack positive cable and the charger positive wire are on the same post on the last battery.
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