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Unread 03-18-2010, 03:54 PM   #31
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AMDnutt, sure go ahead and post your stats on your batteries, my idea behind this thread was to get as many different types of batteries and there general usage activity for comparison so that people could get a real life type situation when trying to compare for new battery purchase. Just let us know what you have for a cart, upgrades ( congrats on the PQ purple power), general use ie... (neighborhood runner, golf, offroad etc..)and maintenance performed and any maintenance issues encountered. While we all agree that trojan and US make some of the best batteries they don't always fall into the budget for battery replacement. Hopefully this thread will allow people to see alternatives for batteries.
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Unread 03-18-2010, 03:57 PM   #32
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Doc, you are right unless you installed the batteries new yourself you never know how they were treated, so it may not matter if you take care of them if they were abused to begin with. I bought these new and hopefully through my anal battery maintenance program I will get as mong a use period out of them that you did.
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Unread 03-18-2010, 04:00 PM   #33
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dpln, a 4 ga cable upgrade should only have to be performed once, just make sure you clean the cables on the batteries when you perform maintenance and they should last the life of the cart. You might be able to find the copper nuts and washers at your local electrical supply house.
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dpln, a 4 ga cable upgrade should only have to be performed once, just make sure you clean the cables on the batteries when you perform maintenance and they should last the life of the cart. You might be able to find the copper nuts and washers at your local electrical supply house.
Thanks, I did one of those upgrade kits from buggiesunlimited 4 years ago and the kit had 4ga for the batteries only, I guess I could beef up the other connections. Whats your thought on a 48v to 12v converter vs. an extra 12v batt?
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Unread 03-18-2010, 04:27 PM   #35
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The 6 Volt Powertrons Are 81.96 Lbs.,
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Unread 03-18-2010, 06:26 PM   #36
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Me personally I would use the 12v battery, I don't have any objections to a power converter I would just rather devote all of the packs useful voltage to run time.
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Unread 03-18-2010, 08:16 PM   #37
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The new 4 GA cables can be obtained from any good welding shop as with the lugs, star washers and the copper nuts. Just be sure to tell them at the shop what you're using the cable for. If they're nice there, and the one I dealt with was (old timer) they'll be happy to cut the wires to the proper length and maybe even crimp on the lug ends. I think the whole affair cost me something like 20-30 bucks, but the last time I did this was in '02 when copper was a bit cheaper. Even now, I can't see you spending more than say, 50 bucks for everything. And its cheaper than the ebay route or whatever. When you get a set from ebay, its only for the batteries only, not the controller, motor, f/r switch, etc. What you might want to do before you set out to the welder's shop is take many, many pix of your set up, remove all the wires and bring them to him to cut to size & crimp. Just make sure to tell him you want stranded core wire as this conducts the juice better. Believe me, its all well worth the hassle. Just please make sure to take pix or copius drawings of your wire routing before taking anything apart. You'll certainly appreciate this later!
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Unread 03-19-2010, 12:38 AM   #38
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Frizbgolf - I will add my US Batts to the mix once I get them installed. The cart usually sits during the week and then gets used hard Fri, Sat, Sun at our campground. We have a couple of long, steep hills so it gets a workout!

I know what you mean about budget, the local shops here were ridiculous for Trojans, I couldn't bring myself to pay it. I looked at the Energizers as well, but the Interstates were only $16 more per batt with my discount so I splurged.

Here is the info so far:

2004 Club Car IQ
6" Jakes Lift w/ 23" tires and rear seat (I haul 4 people quite a bit)
PQ "Purple" Bandit motor
Interstate "Workoholic" US8VGC Amp hrs (20 hr. rate) 170
Mfg. date 02/10 - Installing 03/10 with new 6 gauge wires
Plan on at least monthly maintenance and charge after every use.
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Unread 03-22-2010, 08:45 AM   #39
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AMDnutt, thank you for posting info on your batts, the more batt comparisons we get the better it will be.
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Unread 04-14-2010, 09:47 AM   #40
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Well did this months check a week early as I am going to be out of town next week, no discernable changes in the battery readings or pack voltage, water levels were fine. This makes 7 months + on the energizers and they are still doing fine. AMDnutt did you ever get those interstates installed. Will be looking to do a controller upgrade in the next few months have the stock 275A controller now would like to go to a 400A. Will see how this affects battery runtime and performance will keep you posted.
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