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Unread 07-29-2010, 10:40 AM   #11
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Default Re: Lester-Matic 36V charger needle in green

6 6v batteries- 36 V - $600
5 8V batteries - 40V - $500
$100 savings!!!!
Close 'nuff

I can see someone doing this thinking they were making a smart financial decision...

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Unread 07-29-2010, 10:50 AM   #12
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6 6v batteries- 36 V - $600
5 8V batteries - 40V - $500
$100 savings!!!!
Close 'nuff

I can see someone doing this thinking they were making a smart financial decision...
Ok but there is NO cart that runs on 40 volts that I know of, so there is no savings
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Unread 07-29-2010, 11:05 AM   #13
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Ok but there is NO cart that runs on 40 volts that I know of, so there is no savings
I'm Back... Took some more pictures for everyone to see: It has 5 - 8V batteries (I know it is strange, but those were what came in the cart), took some of the electrics and the VIN # is A8519 76451... but I was told that the former owner put a new top and back on the 90's chassis and electrics.

And I want to absolutely Thank everyone for their support - This can be pretty humiliating once you find out you have bought something that (maybe) you should not have!
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Unread 07-29-2010, 11:06 AM   #14
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Return the cart to the seller and ask for a refund. He has sold you a POS. That battery configuration does NOT belong in that cart. It doesn't matter WHY the seller set it up this way, it will NEVER work correctly. Or, be prepared to spend possibly $800 to get this cart corrected.

BTW, the chassis is a 1985 5-solenoid resistor cart with a series wound motor. Expect it to be a pig on hills. I own it's sister.
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Unread 07-29-2010, 11:21 AM   #15
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Okay then...What do I have to do. to get it back to the correct condition?
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Unread 07-29-2010, 11:54 AM   #16
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You need to sort out a few questions here.....

Is the cart a 36v cart? Do you have a voltmeter to check if in fact the charger is putting out a charge?
NO cart uses 5 8v batteries. Does the cart have a row of coils or solenoids behind the batteries? Lets try to sort this out?
You will need a DVM(digital volt meter)
I can get a volt meter... where do I touch with the leads to read the voltage output?
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Unread 07-29-2010, 11:58 AM   #17
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redbeep you ask all the questions you want no problem, and you just hang in there and
your questions will be answered--
Thank You for that message - I am sure I can get this straightened out!

Thank you again for your support!

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Unread 07-29-2010, 12:00 PM   #18
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Okay then...What do I have to do. to get it back to the correct condition?
Paul, to do this correctly you need:

Six 6v golf cart batteries
New 4g welding cables with copper lugs for ALL lines that carry high current
A correct schematic for your chassis
A digital multimeter and the ability to use it and evaluate the results

Also, this may only be the tip of the iceberg unless the cart actually runs right now. If the cart runs, we can talk you through this restoration (probably). If all of this is over your head, I suggest you seek out a reputable repair shop in your area and open up the old checkbook.
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Unread 07-29-2010, 12:13 PM   #19
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Paul, to do this correctly you need:

Six 6v golf cart batteries
New 4g welding cables with copper lugs for ALL lines that carry high current
A correct schematic for your chassis
A digital multimeter and the ability to use it and evaluate the results

Also, this may only be the tip of the iceberg unless the cart actually runs right now. If the cart runs, we can talk you through this restoration (probably). If all of this is over your head, I suggest you seek out a reputable repair shop in your area and open up the old checkbook.
Nope - I am sure I can handle this myself. The cart actually runs great! And perhaps my question was answered when someone suggested that if I am trying to charge 5 - 8 volt batteries with a 36 volt charger, maybe the gauge is not moving out of the green area because it is straining to charge the 40 volt setup.

Was wondering - The Lester charger has a toggle switch to set the amount of time you want to charge the batteries...after that amount of time, the charger shuts off. If I set the charger to, let's say 12 hours, and the batteries only needed 8 or 9 hours of charge, will the charger continue to charge until it reached the timer setting or will it automatically shut off before it fries the batteries? The charger has 2 - 30amp fuses.
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Unread 07-29-2010, 12:40 PM   #20
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If this charger is a Lester-Matic it can shut off on it's own when the pack is charged completely. The timer is there for a safety factor. The charger is not straining to charge the 40v pack, but it will NEVER reach the pack's potential thereby leaving all the batteries in an undercharged condition leading to a swift death of all the batteries.
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