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Unread 06-04-2016, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default How long to let it charge

I have a 2004 DS. Put new energizer batteries from sam's three years ago. For the last six months or so the cart just don't seem to have the same get up and go like it did. I keep my cart on the charger all the time and some times I will need to unplug the charger and plug it back in because of a loss of power at the house. I guess the power company is doing work on the lines from time to time. I charged the cart last weekend and some time during the week had a loss in power again at the house. I unplugged the charger and plugged it back in. Started charging. This was last night and the charger is still charging. About 20 hours. Normally it takes about 4 to 5 hours. My question is did this charger go into some kind of deep charge mode? It's still running at 6 amps. I think someone mentioned one time the PD will do this deep charge thing?
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Unread 06-04-2016, 05:56 PM   #2
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Your cart has an OBC correct? It will time out the charger after 16 hours of charging regardless. Or at least it is supposed to, but I've rarely heard of the time out feature failing to time out.

What you should be looking at is what your overall pack voltage is as well as per battery voltage. Also what are your water levels in the batteries, if it was being over charged you would smell and/or hear the overactive out gassing. Also are your terminals clean and tight? This will slow down the charge process.

Your most likely problem is that the Energizer battery as sold by Sam's is a cheap battery that "generally"does not have the life span of batteries from the likes of Trojan, Crown, US Battery etc...
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Thanks for the reply. Yah it has a OBC and the water is good. I clean the cables every few months. The batteries are bubbling like crazy. The cheap Sam's batteries worked good for about two years. Last year I started to notice a difference. This year I'm really noticing difference. I never really had any problems with the cart and it worked good for what I used it for. When the batteries were new they charged pretty quick. Maybe I should unplug the charger and start looking for some new batteries, not from Sam's!
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I never thought I'd say this but did you do an OBC reset? Instructions are in the stickys.
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Thanks for the reply. Yah it has a OBC and the water is good. I clean the cables every few months. The batteries are bubbling like crazy. The cheap Sam's batteries worked good for about two years. Last year I started to notice a difference. This year I'm really noticing difference. I never really had any problems with the cart and it worked good for what I used it for. When the batteries were new they charged pretty quick. Maybe I should unplug the charger and start looking for some new batteries, not from Sam's!
Since everything revolves around the batteries it is always best to start with checking the voltage per battery both before a charge and after a charge and 8 to 12 hour rest period... Then get some voltage readings while underway on flat land as well as under load up hill with max passengers etc if you can...

And yes reset the OBC at the least... Disconnecting the main negative and waiting an hour will usually reset an OBC....
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Thanks for the info. Yah I reset the OBC after I put the batteries in when they were new. I vaguely remember how to reset the OBC. I'll check out the sticky's.
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Since everything revolves around the batteries it is always best to start with checking the voltage per battery both before a charge and after a charge and 8 to 12 hour rest period... Then get some voltage readings while underway on flat land as well as under load up hill with max passengers etc if you can...

And yes reset the OBC at the least... Disconnecting the main negative and waiting an hour will usually reset an OBC....

The batteries are charging at 58.8 volts right now. I'm gonna unplug it here in just a little bit. It's gone down to 5.5 amps charging. I know I plugged in the charger yesterday before it got dark lol
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Unread 06-04-2016, 08:03 PM   #9
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time to think about new batteries. i had a 2 sets of Energizer/Duracell out of sams club and i got about 2-3 years and they were junk
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time to think about new batteries. i had a 2 sets of Energizer/Duracell out of sams club and i got about 2-3 years and they were junk
Yah I believe you are right. I bought the cart a little over three years ago for $1200. The one in my avatar. The guy put two new batteries in a pack with four dead batteries thinking that would be good enough for his wife to get around the golf course. I later discovered that the rectifier in the charger was bad and replaced it. I bought four more batteries from Sam's to match the other two that were two months old. I guess I did good getting three years out of these batteries.
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