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Unread 10-31-2016, 02:15 PM   #1
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Should you run your cart batteries down a bunch before charging, or top them off as often as you drive it?
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Unread 10-31-2016, 02:23 PM   #2
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When my cart is parked, its plugged in.
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Unread 10-31-2016, 02:35 PM   #3
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Same here, when my cart is parked it's plugged in.
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The further down you draw the pack before recharging the fewer times they will come back to 100% - see chart.
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Unread 10-31-2016, 04:18 PM   #5
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The further down you draw the pack before recharging the fewer times they will come back to 100% - see chart.
Thanks all. With this new battery pack I ran it down to 47v to see how long it would last, but from now on, it's plug and play then plug and play again....
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Unread 10-31-2016, 04:28 PM   #6
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You may want to read the New Battery Break In procedure. In the stickies at the beginning of the CC Electric section there is a post called everything to do with batteries. Scroll down to post #5. Here is the link

Everything to do with batteries!
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Thanks a ton...great post...
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Unread 10-31-2016, 08:52 PM   #8
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I see hundreds of batteries come to an untimely end due to improper charging. Ive seen batteries ruined by the "if its parked in my garage, its on the charger" thinking.
You do want to put some runtime on the batteries before putting it on the charge. My rule of thumb is put atleast 15 minutes of "pedal time" on the batteries. So that equates to actually run time of the cart. To go a bit deeper, let say you ran your cart the 15 minutes, but still plan on using the cart later in the day. Your better off not charging it, use it as you would, and plug it in at the end of the day and charge over night. You also want to plug it in as soon as you know you are done with the cart, don't wait to plug it in. My customers have seen vast improvement over how long their batteries have lasted with just this change in how to charge. There are many other factors than will shorten the life of a battery, so just because you charge and water the batteries properly, still wont mean your batteries will last there full useful life. Proper care of the running of the cart is just as critical.
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