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Unread 05-11-2016, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default Using Honda Generator to Run Charger

I have a 48V Club Car. If I charge the batteries from a house 120VAC source it works normal. If I plug the charger into my Honda EU2000 generator(s) the amp meter acts normal but the batteries never charge. The generators run all kinds of other stuff normally but for some reason they are throwing off the cart charging logic. I've seen a few other threads where people mention experiencing a similar issue but never have seen any solutions on how to fix or exactly what is wrong so I thought I'd bring it up again. Anyone have answers?
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Unread 05-11-2016, 06:26 AM   #2
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Default Re: Using Honda Generator to Run Charger

The cart charger is a non-linear load and even though the inverter type generator you have can best deal with those types of loads, You need to make sure the RPMs stay high.

Disable the ECO mode when powering the charger to make sure the generator does not try to slow down with all of the sudden load changes presented by the charger.
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Unread 05-11-2016, 07:28 AM   #3
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You will need a true sine wave generator to power your charger.
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Unread 05-11-2016, 09:52 AM   #4
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Most generators won't run a charger. What is the KW rating on your generator?
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Unread 05-11-2016, 11:39 AM   #5
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They are 2KW each, or together 4KW.
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Unread 05-11-2016, 10:36 PM   #6
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I use my Honda EU 2000 at the campgrounds to charge my Club Car. I don't plug directly into the generator though. I power my camper with the generator and then plug the charger into one of the outside plugs. It kicks up the rpm of the generator but it charges my cart just fine.
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Unread 05-11-2016, 11:03 PM   #7
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I use my Honda EU 2000 at the campgrounds to charge my Club Car. I don't plug directly into the generator though. I power my camper with the generator and then plug the charger into one of the outside plugs. It kicks up the rpm of the generator but it charges my cart just fine.
Interesting, thank you for the feedback. I've tried that too. We have a race trailer that I use the Honda twins to power and have tried plugging the cart into the trailer and charging that way but it seems to do the same thing.

My Club Car is a 2003 or 2004 but my charger is dated 2001. I opened the charger up and it does not have a rectifier in it, just looks like a relay, transformer, & breaker. I'm wondering if maybe a newer charger would make a difference.(?) Did you ever try plugging the charger directly into the generator and see if it behaves like what I'm seeing?
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Unread 05-12-2016, 07:49 AM   #8
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I have never really tried that but my brother in law has a Yamaha g19 and he plugs directly into his Honda EU 2000. He has never told me he had a problem.
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Unread 05-12-2016, 09:20 AM   #9
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If the generator doesn't go out of regulation when it kicks on, it should work but it's pushing the capacity of one of them.
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Unread 05-12-2016, 01:39 PM   #10
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I have a 8k generator, 12,500 start up. I have only charged the cart off it once but did not have any problem's is it because of the size ?
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