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Unread 11-23-2015, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default Factory Charger OK with upgraded batteries?

I recently installed 6-8 volt Crown CR190 batteries in my 2007 Club Car DS IQ cart. I had Club Car branded batteries that were 165 amp/hour previously. Do I need to get a higher capacity charger for the higher amp/hour rated batteries, or is the factory Power Drive 3 charger sufficient? I am looking at the DPI Accusense charger. Thanks in advance.
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Unread 11-23-2015, 05:23 PM   #2
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I recently installed 6-8 volt Crown CR190 batteries in my 2007 Club Car DS IQ cart. I had Club Car branded batteries that were 165 amp/hour previously. Do I need to get a higher capacity charger for the higher amp/hour rated batteries, or is the factory Power Drive 3 charger sufficient? I am looking at the DPI Accusense charger. Thanks in advance.

Ia in the same boat as you with my new 6-8volt crowns somebody will be knockin on this threads door. Iam pretty sure the charger .same as mine is the right one if its 48 volt.
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Unread 11-23-2015, 07:31 PM   #3
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Default Re: Factory Charger OK with upgraded batteries?

While the 17 amp DPI Accusense charger is indeed an excellent charger; same as I have. The 15 amp PowerDrive charger should indeed handle your high cap batteries just fine. Plug in your charger for at least 16 hours (times out at 16) and then allow your batteries upward of 12 hours rest to which take a reading of your full pack voltage, to which if you are seeing 50.9 volts or better then your pack is 100 % fully charged....
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Ia in the same boat as you with my new 6-8volt crowns somebody will be knockin on this threads door. Iam pretty sure the charger .same as mine is the right one if its 48 volt.
Now Bob, with your current batteries unless you were using some other charger than the factory provided PowerDrive charger on those goof ball mini batteries you WERE using you don't need to be looking for no other charger than the 15 amp charger that comes with these carts....
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Man!! i'm gonna takin beating on those Alphasfor awhile. REALLY HAD no idea what i was doing. The "Mr thrifty" came out in me- and cost me more in the long run .No problem Teecro! .With my charger its the little square one that comes with this CC. I have a good kar now. Should i do what you just told now zephyrus to do?? Charge new batterys for 16 hours; then let them set 12 hours: and then check the pack voltage seeing better than 51. 09 volts. They are fully charged. The store i got them said they were ready go.?? do it your way?? just curious. bob s
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Unread 11-23-2015, 09:05 PM   #6
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Bob, all new battery should be charged no matter what the "store" tells you. Unless you saw them hooked up to a charger in the store you have absolutely no idea how long they was on the store shelf before you came along and bought them.... Besides we don't "preach if the cart is parked charge it" here for no good reason, this is the life of your investment...
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Bob, all new battery should be charged no matter what the "store" tells you. Unless you saw them hooked up to a charger in the store you have absolutely no idea how long they was on the store shelf before you came along and bought them.... Besides we don't "preach if the cart is parked charge it" here for no good reason, this is the life of your investment...
OK! got it now Teecro. last question--- and then this gentleman, can have his thread back. Maybe this is question he has too,while these batteries are being charged......Must they be charging, as per most unsealed batteries, in many autos.All the caps removed from the cells?? good day at ya teecro bob s.
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You don't need to remove the caps to charge, they will vent gases as needed.
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Maybe I'm splitting hairs here but my Power Drive 3 charger is rated for 13 amps output. Still good?
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Actually both versions of the PowerDrive 3 are rated at 14.5amps at the start of charging cycle.

It will work fine for those batteries.
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