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Unread 11-17-2009, 06:51 PM   #1
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Hello all,
Forgive my basic question. New to this forum and have never owned a cart before. Just picked up an electric '88 CCar (as determined by your sticky notes). It has batteries and charger about 1 year old.
I am told it is an autoshutoff charger, not sure of its normal function. It starts normal 18-20V and drops to approx 10V after 4 or 5 hours but makes a fairly loud humming noise and did not shut off -- Is this normal?. Previous owner said it only took about 1 hour to charge (perhaps she didn't drive it very long?). How long should a 'normal' charge take?

This looks like a very informative forum and I am looking forward to reading through more of the posts and educating myself about my new toy.
Thanks in advance!
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Unread 11-17-2009, 07:01 PM   #2
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Welcome to BGW

If the batteries are fully depleted it can take up to 10 hours or so. (overnight)
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Unread 11-17-2009, 07:40 PM   #3
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I am only guessing, and am new here as well but my charger gauge has amps and not volts. To me this would make sense as it would pull more amps initially and drop off as it approaches full charge. Hopefully someone will confirm or deny this so I do not lead you astray
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Unread 11-17-2009, 09:47 PM   #4
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The Loud Humming Noise Comes From The Transformer As It Gets Older The Varnish Burns Off And It Gets Louder,does Not Hurt The Performance.
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Unread 11-18-2009, 07:52 AM   #5
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I am only guessing, and am new here as well but my charger gauge has amps and not volts. To me this would make sense as it would pull more amps initially and drop off as it approaches full charge. Hopefully someone will confirm or deny this so I do not lead you astray
Suppose it is in amps...
Thanks to everyone for the response. Good to know about the humming and it is not effecting performance. I'm sure I'll have more questions later.
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Unread 11-18-2009, 10:38 AM   #6
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#1 rule is when U get a sparky get a Digital Volt meter and learn how to use it.
Batteries are the life of the cart, and $600 dollars a set, so maintain them .
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Properly placed toothpicks in the transformer will quiet it down if needed.
Plus for use, those times when the restaurant did not have any at the register
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