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Unread 10-28-2009, 06:36 PM   #1
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Default Disconnecting battery pack for safety

I would like some opinions on disconnecting the battery pack when parking a cart in a garage attched to your house.
I would feel safer knowing there was little chance of fire due to some malfunction of the electrical system.

Good idea..........bad idea..................pros and cons.


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Unread 10-28-2009, 09:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: Disconnecting battery pack for safety

I wouldn`t call it a bad idea, or a dumb idea. It certainly wont take but a minute or two to unhook one cable and hook it back up, and you`ll have that possibility for danger out of the way. There are many devices in and around the home though that may cause more of a threat and or may have started more fires. Charging the batteries probably would pose more of a threat than just leaving the cart sitting. And so many other devices that are IN your home, such as charging the batteries in your cell phone, cordless phone, laptop, electric remote control toys such as ( airplanes, trucks/cars, helicopters), anything with a lithium ion battery. Adapters for devices like modems, printers, cordless phones.....ect, ect. I have personally had several adapters go up in smoke, luckily there was nothing close to ignite. Also had an isolation transformer on the testbench flame out, it DID ignite some papers on the bench, luckily i was here working. Nothing wrong with being safe that close to the house, just don`t let something else out of sight out of mind getcha. To be 100% safe you`d need to unplug everything in the house, but again, only a few minutes to take a cable off the cart. Just some food for thought.
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Unread 10-28-2009, 10:33 PM   #3
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Default Re: Disconnecting battery pack for safety

Maybe you could install a battery 'quick disconnect' from harbor freight ? Then just flip a big switch when you park and charge it?

But, like daddy sayz .... it is not the things we worry about that get us !!!!
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Unread 10-29-2009, 07:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Disconnecting battery pack for safety

Thanks Guy's....................Ofcourse every word you said makes sense. While we are batting this line of thought around, I remember reading in a forum somewhere that the OBC tends to monitor the battery pack. I wonder if a disconnect would confuse the OBC.
I will go ahead and admit to disconnecting batt pack sometimes overnight. So far it seems to have caused no ill effects.



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Unread 10-29-2009, 09:35 PM   #5
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Default Re: Disconnecting battery pack for safety

My cart's in the garage with the key in the ignition and if there's an emergency I want to be able to back that thing out. Come to think of it, maybe I should tie my fridge to the cart so when I back out the fridge comes with me. At least I'll have cold beer while I wait for the Fire Dept.
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