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Unread 10-31-2016, 10:26 AM   #1
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Default Does a Power-Drive 2 turn back on?

I have an '04 Precedent and a Power-Drive 2 charger and I'm getting ready to store it for the winter at my lake place. If I keep it plugged in, does the charger continue to maintain the batteries or should I put a timer on the charger to turn off once a day? This cart is new to me and it has brand new batteries that I would like to take care of properly.
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Unread 10-31-2016, 11:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: Does a Power-Drive 2 turn back on?

The OBC turns the charger ON every 15 days if You leave it plugged to the cart and to the AC power.

Using a timer to just turn the AC OFF and ON will not do anything as the OBC has no idea or checks for AC power when not running a charge cycle.

If You want to use a timer, You need to do something like this:
Modifying PowerDrive charger to use with a Timer or Remote Control
Also, make sure You put the cart on TOW during storage to minimize drain on the batteries.
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Unread 10-31-2016, 02:57 PM   #3
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Thank you Sergio...great info!!!
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Unread 10-31-2016, 05:30 PM   #4
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I've had my 04 with Power Drive 2 charger home from camp since Saturday.
I put it on a timer at camp this year to come on everyday at 10am and off at 6pm.
I was also told that it would not charge whenever the timer turns the power on, but I can tell you for a FACT that is certainly does charge when the timer turns the power on.
I have it on the timer here at the house, and I have checked Sunday at 10:30 and it was charging and I also checked today at 10:15 and it was charging.
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Unread 10-31-2016, 05:57 PM   #5
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That is impossible on a OEM PowerDrive2, Yours must be modified or Your activation circuit has failed and it is by-passed.

The 120vAC only goes to the contacts of the charger relay, not the coil, just look at the electrical diagram.

There is simply no way that works on a stock Powerdrive2 that is functioning properly.
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Unread 10-31-2016, 07:13 PM   #6
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Well, after it is on for 8 hours, it cuts the power and the power is back on 16 hours later. When I got home today at 5:15, the power was still on to the charger, but the charger was off. (presumably because the batteries were fully charged) I left the plug in the cart and unplugged the charger from the timer, waited 30 seconds and plugged it back in and the charger started charging again. Charge needle went to max for about a minute, then down to 1/2 for about 2 minutes, then to about 1/4.
I just now went down and switched the circuit breaker off that the charger is on, waited 10 minutes and only switched the circuit breaker back on and voila, the charger started charging again.
So I'm not sure about all of this because I'm just into golf carts for about a year and a half now, but I know what I am experiencing.
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Unread 10-31-2016, 07:42 PM   #7
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Default Re: Does a Power-Drive 2 turn back on?

I don't doubt that is what You are experiencing with your charger.

In a stock Club Car, the OBC is what controls the charger, not the AC power.

Something in your setup is not stock if this is an external charger.
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Default Re: Does a Power-Drive 2 turn back on?

If I know it's going to be six or eight weeks before I get back to the lease I make sure my carts charger gives the unit a full charge, disconnect it and plug up one of these.
http://www.granitedigital.com/48volt.aspx
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Unread 11-01-2016, 12:05 PM   #9
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Also, make sure You put the cart on TOW during storage to minimize drain on the batteries.
doesn't the tow disconnect the obc? if so how would it charge turn on the charger?
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Unread 11-01-2016, 12:16 PM   #10
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Default Re: Does a Power-Drive 2 turn back on?

The power for the OBC comes before the tow/run switch.

Putting the cart in Tow turns the power OFF to the controller logic, otherwise the controller firmware is always running.
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