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Unread 01-28-2010, 10:07 AM   #1
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Hi at what voltage should I charge a 48 volt club car it has a indicator light on the dash but I dont know how that is suppose to work thanks for ant info
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Unread 01-28-2010, 10:08 AM   #2
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Flooded batteries should be recharged whenever the opportunity presents itself. They should be fully cycled at least weekly to be brought up to a good equalization. These batteries do not develop a "memory" and by opportunity charging you will be able to extend your range a little more.
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Unread 01-28-2010, 10:19 AM   #3
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In addition to what tech support posted, The manufacture recommends that the battery be drawn down to no more than 50% capacity at any time before recharging. On the other hand I think recharging at say 90% repeatedly may tally up too many hours on the charger. These batteries are good for only so many cycles... Print out the chart linked in my signature. It will give exact voltages for percentages.
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Good point on the charger too Scotty. It should shut off, but why bother with the wear and tear when it isn't always needed.
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I read somewhere that, and correct me if I'm wrong that the golf cart battery has a life expectancy of 1000 cycles at 50% draw down .... I think that is correct? And I'm gonna throw it out there because it came from a very reputable source, Trojan Battery Co.
You can check them out on the web for TONS of helpful battery care and use info!
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Unread 01-28-2010, 11:44 AM   #6
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Hi at what voltage should I charge a 48 volt club car it has a indicator light on the dash but I dont know how that is suppose to work thanks for ant info
When the light comes on in the dash it means the OBC is searching for a charge.After a charge you unplug the cord and the light comes on means the OBC is doing a systems check,it usually goes out after about 15 seconds or so.If it comes on and stays on or blinking on and off after you have been riding a lot without charging means you are down to about 25% juice left in batteries.
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Unread 01-28-2010, 12:35 PM   #7
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I charge after every use and if not used I charge every week. Trojan 8 volt batterys now over 7 years old and hauling heavy loads.
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You charge after any use, or if the cart has sit idle more than a week.
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Unread 01-28-2010, 03:16 PM   #9
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SUNKING-- I DO BOTH, "charge after every use" and "if not used charge every week". Regular battery case cleaning and fluid check and maintaining charge are the main factors in battery life. Good battery care will pay off in the long run.
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SUNKING-- I DO BOTH, "charge after every use" and "if not used charge every week". Regular battery case cleaning and fluid check and maintaining charge are the main factors in battery life. Good battery care will pay off in the long run.
I agree. I went so far to trash the factory charger, and got a quality 3-stage charger so the cart batteries are always on charge, FLOAT CHARGE that is after Bulk and Absorption charge of course.

While I agree it is possible to get 5, 6 or even 7 years out of a battery stack, it is rare and very few people know how to do it. It takes due diligence, record keeping, and religious like commitment to pull it off.
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