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Unread 08-11-2009, 09:50 PM   #1
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Default How can you determine run time on batteries?

Is there a formula to determine the run time on a new set of batteries on Club Car DS 48 Volt? I would like to have a rough idea of how long the cart will run before it dies and I have to push it back.
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Unread 08-11-2009, 10:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: How can you determine run time on batteries?

The way I figured mine out was to take along a voltmeter clipped on the full battery pack and go drive and bring along a GPS. monitor how far you have driven as opposed to the state of battery charge left. Use the charge table in the link I will post..I went to 80% charge and checked the mileage,,then I figured I could safely double that distance and have no worries with a bit to spare just in case Its crude but it worked.

REMEMBER NOT TO RUN YOUR BATTERIES BELOW THE 50% DISCHARGE RANGE.

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The way I figured mine out was to take along a voltmeter clipped on the full battery pack and go drive and bring along a GPS. monitor how far you have driven as opposed to the state of battery charge left. Use the charge table in the link I will post..I went to 80% charge and checked the mileage,,then I figured I could safely double that distance and have no worries with a bit to spare just in case Its crude but it worked.

REMEMBER NOT TO RUN YOUR BATTERIES BELOW THE 50% DISCHARGE RANGE.

State of Charge Readings<<-----CLICK HERE
That will work. I had hoped there might be a formula for amps used at WOT, and amp hours in battery. I admit I know nothing of what I speak here! I will try your method and see what that does for me. I want to take the cart to a game management area and the trail is 10 miles round trip. Thought I had better figure if it will make it before I try it.
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Unread 08-11-2009, 10:25 PM   #4
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oxfordlawn is giving you good advise. I would do what he suggests just to make sure but 10 miles should not be a problem unless you have another problem.
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Be sure to follow proper breakin proceedures for new batteries. Failure to do so will shorten useful battery life.
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Unread 08-12-2009, 03:21 PM   #6
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Default Re: How can you determine run time on batteries?

Just for your info...I have 23" tires and an oversized motor(power hungry)...and I am able to do about 25 miles easily safely and be above the 50% discharge voltage. This is on mostly flat and paved roads though and running almost constantly at full speed
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Default Re: How can you determine run time on batteries?

Thanks, folks. I have a feeling I could easily make the trip but I am going to follow OL's suggestion to measure it first. My batteries are not new so I would rather measure once rather than walk twice!
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