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Unread 01-09-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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Unhappy New battery charging abnormalities

Hey Guys,

I have a 2000 Club Car.
I have just finished replacing all 6 batteries with 6 x 8volt Commander Deep Cycle Batteries – C8VGC. Checked all batteries, once installed and they were all reading around the 8.50 – 8.80 volts. I was happy!
Took the buggy for a spin and everything seemed to work fine. Took it home and put it on charge and everything seemed to be fine. Checked the batteries about 6 hours later and heard bubbling. Checked all batteries to make sure all were bubbling and that’s when I found that number 5 battery was not bubbling. Batteries 1,2,3,4 & 6 were all charging and were progressively climbing up to around the 9.40 – 10 volt mark whilst charging. Number 5 was staying still on 8.56

So I swapped number 5 with number 4 to see if it was the leads etc and this is when batteries 1,2,3 & 6 continued to charge up to the 10 volt mark and 4 & 5 stayed on 8.56 & 8.58 respectively. No bubbling from 4 or 5.

So I swapped 4 with 3 and still 1,2,3 & 6 continue to charge with 4&5 not increasing it’s charge and also not bubbling.
I first thought the leads but then dismissed this as number 6 (the end of the loop) was still charging and bubbling away merrily. Performed a hydrometer test and 5 did not come up in the red. All others did. I am not convinced that the battery is not good as I think it has never charged since purchase. Does this make sense? What I don’t understand is now number 4 is not charging either.

Any help/advice would be appreciated.
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Unread 01-09-2009, 06:27 PM   #2
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Default Re: New battery charging abnormalities

I would not worry about the batteries at this point.

Make sure that the battery terminals are clean and tight and the water levels are up.

A new set of batteries will not reach their full capacity until they have been used and recharged 20 to 50 times. During this time it is important to limit the cart use to avoid excessively discharging the batteries as this will shorten their life. [B]NEVER DISCHARGE THE BATTERIES TO THE POINT THAT THE CART WILL NO LONGER OPERATE. THIS WILL CONSIDERABLY SHORTEN BATTERY LIFE AND MAY PERMANENTLY DAMAGE THE BATTERIES.[B]

It is important the the charger be allowed to shut off by itself. This will prevent under or over charging and will allow the charger to run a low current equalizing charge which will prolong battery life. Put the cart on the charger every time you finish using it providing that the charging cycle will not be interrupted.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

Last edited by RedDog; 01-09-2009 at 06:28 PM.. Reason: spelling
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