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Unread 03-13-2010, 10:58 PM   #21
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Default Re: What is safe minimum voltage before use?

Are some folks thinking he has a 36 volt cart and others thinking it is a 48?
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Unread 03-13-2010, 11:35 PM   #22
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Default Re: What is safe minimum voltage before use?

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Are some folks thinking he has a 36 volt cart and others thinking it is a 48?
uhmmm. no! it's a 36 volt no one thinks it's a 48 volt
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Unread 03-14-2010, 12:10 AM   #23
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Default Re: What is safe minimum voltage before use?

Just seems that some say his batteries may be fine and others say they are definitely bad. Trying to understand the wide range of responses.
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Unread 03-14-2010, 11:25 AM   #24
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The batteries can be confirmed with a very simple test since it sounds like you have a volt meter. Place the probes across the pack, and then try to drive off. If the voltage crashes the batteries are done. The most reliable and accurate test is using a hydrometer.
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Unread 03-22-2010, 01:52 PM   #25
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Sorry I haven't been back here in a few days. Thanks for the advice. I'm certainly aware that new batteries might be in my future but I want to be sure before I shell out the cash. My daughter and I cleaned all the cables and tested each battery individually. We got 5.97-6.15 for five of them and then 4.2 for the 6th. Bad cell, right? I've found another CC for free. I think I'll pick that up and see if I can find one good one from its six. Then I'll post back.
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Unread 03-22-2010, 02:07 PM   #26
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Default Re: What is safe minimum voltage before use?

What causes some confusion is that a sulfated battery will take what is known as a surface charge and will read proper volts sitting idle, put a load on it and the volts drop rapidly.
A hydrometer(use with care'''' safety glasses'''') will give you a true reading.
You know how you could leave a door open on your truck all night and it would start in the morning when it was new, and now it won't last 3 hours. Its the reserve capacity that goes away.
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Unread 03-22-2010, 02:10 PM   #27
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Default Re: What is safe minimum voltage before use?

If that's the best voltage you can get from your batteries, they are all shot.
1 of them is a goner for sure and the other 5 are between 40% and 60% and that could be just the surface charge. They may not stand a load test.
I think it may be time to dust off that check book and start shopping.
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