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Unread 03-22-2009, 05:09 AM   #11
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Default Re: Battery keeps going "dry" after a few weeks?

My dad always said don't ever do something half_ _ _! We are part of an elite group. We drive, build and tinker with golf carts. I you want to keep something in good working condition take care of it, break down and buy the other 5 batteries. You'll feel guilty for a few days but then you'll be happy you did. just my $0.02. Goe to trojenbatteries.com the have them on sale CHEAP
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Unread 03-22-2009, 07:45 AM   #12
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I agree need to replace all batteries at once due to duty cycle. If a small leak is found can be sealed with a heavy coat of tar after the area is cleaned.
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Unread 03-22-2009, 09:05 AM   #13
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One thing no one mentioned here is battery voltage readings? What are the individual battery voltage readings 30-40 minutes after the charger shuts off? Also just for grins....At or near the end of the charging cycle, put your hand on the side of a couple of the old batteries and note the temperature then do the same to the new one. Is it much warmer? You mentioned running the batteries down low? This can be a problem. Proper use dictates we recharge after a 50% discharge. No more. You need a $20 voltmeter to go any further with this .....Here are the 100 and 50% readings for 36 and 48 volt systems. Note that 36 and 48 volts is empty. The pack should never be drawn down below these numbers. Repeatedly drawing the pack down too low will result in perminent damage and extra stress at charging. Good Luck!

36 volt system 100% = 38.20 and 50% = 36.31 volts
48 volt system 100% = 50.93 and 50% = 48.41 volts
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Unread 03-22-2009, 12:38 PM   #14
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If 1 battery is going dry due to it being new and boiling off because it's charged and the others are not, try calling Trojan for their recommendations. If they say replace complete set then it should be up to them to come to some type of compromise on the 18 month old batteries you have now after 1 was replaced under warranty.
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Unread 03-22-2009, 04:39 PM   #15
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I agree with all of this but is the cart being driven 3 short blocks to and from once and then thrown on a charger? This is not enough distance to justify being put on a charger yet! Does the charger shut off by a timer or does it turn off once a certain voltage is achieved? Does it only turn off once you unplug it?
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Unread 03-23-2009, 09:07 AM   #16
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Default Re: Battery keeps going "dry" after a few weeks?

I think ScottyB is on the right track.
Get a Voltmeter and a Hydrometer and get readings,
if one exploded what is the condition of the rest.

And something which does happen ,
Make D%^&n sure you did not drop a new 6 Volt Battery in a 48 Volt Pack OR
a new 8 Volt in 36 volt pack (IT Happens)
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