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Unread 05-29-2010, 09:22 PM   #11
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I never allow my battery pack to get below 50%, and charge batterys after each use even if for only 5 minutes. My Trojans are now 6 years old and still going strong. I do check distilled water levels twice a month and at that time wash batterys down with baking soda and lots of water and a soft brush.
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Unread 05-30-2010, 12:16 AM   #12
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I never allow my battery pack to get below 50%, and charge batterys after each use even if for only 5 minutes. My Trojans are now 6 years old and still going strong. I do check distilled water levels twice a month and at that time wash batterys down with baking soda and lots of water and a soft brush.
I'm trying to not allow these new Trojans to get below 75-80% until I break them in. I treat my bat's the same as you and when I upgraded and took my 6 yr old 6 volts in, they still held an awesome charge and would run for a really good period of time.. Good maintenance of the bat's makes a huge difference.

I like the idea of being able to see the meter now to really help me know where they are at.
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Yeah Mec, the more I thought about it the harder it seemed to establish any meaning ful data; The meter SURE helps though regardless; I also throw my charger on after every run too; batteries turn 1yr next month and hope to see them last FOREVER lol
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As time goes by you'll see your voltage drop to levels you thought it shouldn't when using under load. The most important is where it lands when you stop and after that 7 minute or so rest time. I always add .7v to what my meter shows as soon as I stop to get an approximate of what it will be several minutes later. If I show 47.7v when I stop then I would assume it will read 48.4v after a few minutes and it's time to charge it.

At this time my batteries are only 1 1/2 years old and when fully charged show 51.2 off the charger and show 51-50.9 after 24 hours or so, give or take. They are 12v each and still giving me good run times.
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thats pretty good informauion guys. i am just wondering if your using a regular volt meter or a permanent one your mounting on the cart. and if so were are you guys getting them ? i would also like to purchase on that would be some what weather resistant thanks ..james
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thats pretty god informauion guys. i am just wondering if your using a regular volt meter or a permanent one your mounting on the cart. and if so were are you guys getting them ? i would also like to purchase on that would be some what weather resistant thanks ..james
James, here is the one a buddy and I have installed and it has worked great. the only thing I don't like about it is that there is no backlight.

http://02a27d4.netsolstores.com/digitalvoltmeter.aspx
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This is what I use and is under $20 shipped.

http://cgi.ebay.com/UP8135-BLUE-LED-...item518d924cc9
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This is what I use and is under $20 shipped.

http://cgi.ebay.com/UP8135-BLUE-LED-...item518d924cc9
Thanks, scubabud. I like the fact that this one lights up. We do a lot of driving at night and I would prefer to see the thing. I'm going to give this one a shot and see how it does with my set up.

Is it pretty bright and easy to see in daylight?
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Digital Voltmeter Display Installed
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OK. I really like these since they have models that only requires the 2 wire input voltage to power both the display and light it up.. I already ordered the $15 dollar version (4 wire) and will give that one a shot first. I guess.. Sure would be a whole lot easier if I just purchased one of the ones that only require the 2 wire cause I already have the wires run...
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