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Unread 10-10-2019, 05:54 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, 08:52 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, 04:21 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, 06:17 PM   #4
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Default Re: Winter Storage

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, 05:52 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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