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Unread 04-01-2019, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default How to prepare for 7 months Non-Use

Leaving from Florida back home to Michigan next week.
I have a 2002 Club Car 36v, does not have a run/tow switch.
I will get it fully charged right before we leave and it will sit til next
November.
Do I need to disconnect anything on the batteries at all or are there other things I should do for storage. The battery posts will be cleaned and the water levels done.
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Unread 04-01-2019, 11:13 AM   #2
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If you do not have a fully automatic charger that will sense the voltage drop and recharge when needed, then just take the Main Pack Negative lead off and this will ensure you have no parasitic drains and the batteries will only lose the current self discharge rate.

Inside and not exposed to high heat is best for their storage.
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Unread 04-01-2019, 11:25 AM   #3
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A small charger such as this will keep your batteries fully charged all but indefinitely without worry of ever boiling them dry... This is what I used over the winter in place of my DPI it has kept my batteries right at 54 volts...

https://www.amazon.com/Granite-Digit.../dp/B002HGFRNU
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Unread 04-01-2019, 11:31 AM   #4
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I would definitely keep them on a float charger.
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Unread 04-01-2019, 02:36 PM   #5
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I've done exactly what you are facing for a number of years. My 2001 has the run/tow switch, but I go beyond that point. Obviously I set water levels and fully charge first. I place the run/tow in tow mode, disconnect the pack negative and positive cables as well as disconnecting the interconnecting cables on one end to isolate each individual battery, on the chance that a single battery would somehow fail and draw the entire pack down.


Using a maintainer would be ideal if I had electric available in my storage shed while I'm gone, but since I don't this has worked well for me.
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Unread 04-02-2019, 12:59 PM   #6
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Just did mine too
Filled last week , few run/charge cycles
Cleaned, disconnected
cables, terminal oil spray
No cool storage, (the way it is)
Will try to post results when
back in use
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Excellent advice, I appreciate the help.
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Unread 04-03-2019, 09:19 AM   #8
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A small charger such as this will keep your batteries fully charged all but indefinitely without worry of ever boiling them dry... This is what I used over the winter in place of my DPI it has kept my batteries right at 54 volts...

https://www.amazon.com/Granite-Digit.../dp/B002HGFRNU
That's the same charger/maintainer that I have. It works great.
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