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Unread 10-10-2019, 06:54 PM   #1
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My 2009 Club Car Precedent is now in my UNHEATED garage for the winter. I will leave the battery charger plugged in all winter. Should I place RUN/TOW switch in TOW position and leave it there until next spring?
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Unread 10-10-2019, 09:52 PM   #2
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You sure can. The maintenance mode for the Powerdrive will still become active every ~15 days.

If you prefer, you can fully charge them and disconnect the pack. Choice is yours...
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Unread 10-11-2019, 05:21 PM   #3
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But I live in a climate where it drops below zero, so it’s my understanding that a maintenance charger won’t keep the batteries from freezing. I was told to alway remove the batteries out of the garage and store them somewhere above freezing for the winter.
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Unread 10-11-2019, 07:17 PM   #4
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Rootman, you were misinformed on a few items. First, a fully charged lead acid battery will not freeze until -70 f. Leaving them in the cart is fine, preferably under a roof or cover and out of the wind. Second, most golf cart chargers are in fact single use devices. You connect it, it charges, it shuts down. They do not restart without user intervention. However, some Club Car chargers as well as many aftermarket chargers WILL maintain the pack on a regular basis. There are also 36v and 48v battery maintainers that keep the pack in good shape during cold winters.
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Unread 10-12-2019, 06:52 AM   #5
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I'm pretty sure it's best to store batteries at constant temperature, especially a warmer temp. Hot to cold and stillness is the basic process for crystal collection onto things. With batteries that is the leading problem, lead sulfate crystals collecting on the plates. Every time it goes from warmer to colder the liquid is more prone to deposit crystals.
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Unread 10-18-2019, 05:30 AM   #6
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I store my cart outside...covered and out of the wind as much as possible. I was told by my dealer to make sure the batteries are fully charged (in Tow) and disconnect the pack Negative only. I live in Northern New Hampshire and the Winter's here can be brutal. I have done this for two Winter's now and when I uncover my cart in early May I've reconnected the Negative wire and check volts with my multimeter...so far the batteries have tested above 50v for the pack...I connect the charger (just as a precaution) get a full charge...and it is good to go...
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Unread 10-18-2019, 10:35 AM   #7
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In what way is the information presented here different with lithium ion cart batteries? I just ordered a new Onward Lithium cart but have yet to read up on battery storage instructions. I know too hot or too cold is not good for these batteries (I live in Texas and don't worry about cold but it can get over 100 degrees in my cart room in the summer). I am sure good instructions will come with the cart but thought I would throw it out here just to see what the difference might be between what is being said in this thread about regular batteries vs lithium.
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Unread 10-18-2019, 11:27 AM   #8
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Great info guys...thanks
so the old folklore about a lead acid battery losing 1% of charge per day if inactive is false. The main point that i take away is to fully charge the pack before storage,
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Unread 10-18-2019, 12:27 PM   #9
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Lead Acid battery self discharge is reduced dramatically at cold conditions (less than 32F) but also increases dramatically at higher temperatures (over 90F).

The main detail is to allow at least 2 or 3 discharge/charge cycles after water is added and before placing the cart in cold storage to make sure the electrolyte is fully mixed.

If You are not going to have someone checking on the batteries periodically while in storage (once a month is fine), the best option is to disconnect the pack to avoid parasitic loads from draining the batteries.
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Unread 10-18-2019, 03:27 PM   #10
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My 2009 Club Car Precedent is now in my UNHEATED garage for the winter. I will leave the battery charger plugged in all winter. Should I place RUN/TOW switch in TOW position and leave it there until next spring?
that's all i do in detroit, though i do use mine in the winter
can't say i've ever touched the tow/run switch unless i'm working on it
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