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Unread 07-04-2015, 09:15 AM   #1
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I have a 2013 Precedent Excel with December 2014 T-875s and a new DPI charger (standard Powerdrive replacement, not a smart charger). I always leave the charger plugged in to the wall outlet and is never unplugged. I just plug the charger up to the cart when I return and unplug when I leave. I've read in places that you should first plug the charger into the cart, plug the charger into the wall, wait until charging cycle completes, unplug the charger from the wall, then unplug charger from cart. Is this really necessary? Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Unread 07-04-2015, 09:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: Question About Chargers

You are doing it correctly, the OBC inside the Club Car will turn the charger power ON/OFF as needed.

The charger normally stays plugged to AC power at all times since there is no current draw if the OBC is not using it.
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Unread 07-04-2015, 09:28 AM   #3
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Default Re: Question About Chargers

Lots of opinions here I'm sure... But even before I replaced my stock charger with the OBC bypassing DPI I did the exact same in that I always kept the charger plugged into the wall; while it is still energized it is not really doing much of anything. Only time I see it worthwhile to unplug from the wall is when it may be a day or more before you plug back in... I simply prefer to keep it simple as sooner or later one will forget to replug the charger into the wall.... Also when not riding the cart keep it plugged into the charger as much as you can no matter what....
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Unread 07-04-2015, 09:28 AM   #4
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Default Re: Question About Chargers

I always plug my charger into cart first ... Then plug charger into the A/c outlet
As per my manual .., I have a DPI Accusense charger ... Other chargers may have different protocols for operation but I allways leave cart plugged into charger when not in use ... When I want to use cart , I unplug charger from A/c outlet then I unplug charger from cart ... In that order
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Unread 07-04-2015, 10:18 AM   #5
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Default Question About Chargers

Thanks for the replies. The intervals of time where the charger is plugged into the wall and not plugged into the cart are just a few hours at a time. If the cart is home, it's plugged in. I was also wondering if damage can be done to the charger and/or the cart electronics by never disconnecting the charger from the wall power, and just plugging/unplugging charger to cart.

Has anyone looked at a Belkin Wemo? It's basically an On/Off switch for A/C Power outlet you can operate manually or remotely from your phone. Good / bad idea? Thanks!

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Unread 07-04-2015, 11:10 AM   #6
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Default Re: Question About Chargers

Different chargers use different procedures for a reason.

The DPI smart chargers have all of the electronics inside the charger and the charger power supply provides the power for the logic board.

Their instructions have you plug the DC cord first because as soon as You plug the AC cord in, the charger comes ON and starts working/testing the battery pack.

The Club Car Power Drive chargers (actually is just a power supply) have a ON/OFF relay that is activated by the OBC inside the cart.

When the OBC is not activating the charger, the relay inside the charger is OFF and it is disconnected from AC.

You should leave it plugged to AC at all times, so a remote ON/OFF power strip will not add any benefit.

What I have done on mine because those chargers run pretty hot, is to use one of those Master/Accessories (aka smart) type surge protector.

I have the charger plugged into the "master" receptacle and a small fan pointed to the charger on one of the "accessory" receptacles.

That way anytime the charger comes ON, the fan will also be powered and it keeps the charger running much cooler, plus a surge protector is a good idea in case you get a power surge while the charger is running.
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