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Unread 07-29-2010, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default Lester-Matic 36V charger needle in green

Just joined - Glad to be on board. I just bought a 95 36V cart. The boy who owned it put 5 - 8volt batteries, 5 months old. When I charge the batteries, the needle on the charger meter never moves out of the green box... What is going on/ Am I not charging it long enough? The meter indicates up to 30 amps.
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Unread 07-29-2010, 12:17 AM   #2
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You say you got a 95 36v cart with 5- 8volt batteries , WHAT

ok what cart are we talking about, and make sure what batteries it has in it


If it's a 36v cart it takes 6--6 volt batteries, not 5--8volt
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Unread 07-29-2010, 09:04 AM   #3
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You say you got a 95 36v cart with 5- 8volt batteries , WHAT

ok what cart are we talking about, and make sure what batteries it has in it


If it's a 36v cart it takes 6--6 volt batteries, not 5--8volt
I am not positive that it is a 95, but the frame and electrics are early 90's. The boy before me told me he put a different plastic body on the frame. The batteries are US Battery(name on battery), 8 volt GC, deep cycle; red top w/white case. Why he put those in the cart is unknown to me. My question is still " Why does the meter needle on the charger never move into the AMP area during or after a charge?" I know it is charging - the box is buzzing. Thanx again for your help.
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Default Re: Lester-Matic 36V charger needle in green

You need to post the serial number of the cart so we can further assist you, the batteries you have plus charger = NO Charge, just cause box is buzzing doesn't mean it is.
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Default Re: Lester-Matic 36V charger needle in green

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)
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The charger you have wont normally charge a full 30 amps, more like 15-20 amps when hooked to a correct battery pack. With a 36 volt charger trying to charge a 40 volt pack ( first of all you would NEVER GET BATTERYS FULLY CHARGED ) and this strange set up may have damaged the charger to the point of only putting out a few amps, or because of higher than normal resistance ( 5 extra cells ) can't charge above a few amps ( green scale )? I have never charged a 40 volt pack with 36 volt charger so am not sure what happens BUT on the few times that I have charged a 8 volt battery with a 12 volt charger it charges at a high amps and charger and battery gets very hot and must be shortening charger life?
Sounds like former owner was trying to give the cart a boost or didnt count cells ( this happens ) and all he has done is cause problems?
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I look at it as he bought 1 less battery..
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You need to post the serial number of the cart so we can further assist you, the batteries you have plus charger = NO Charge, just cause box is buzzing doesn't mean it is.
Are you talking about the VIN number? Or is there a serial number somewhere on the frame or motor? Please bare with me... I am totally new at this - I bought the cart a week ago and already feel overwhelmed by the purchase, the problems and my ignorance to the workings of electric carts. I will go and take some pics of the coils, batteries and "under seat" electrics and post them up directly.

Many Thanks to everybody for helping me out... I am very grateful to you all!!!
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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--
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I look at it as he bought 1 less battery..
The way I look at it is he bought the wrong batteries--
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