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Unread 11-08-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
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Default New Batteries this Friday

Installing new batts in my 05 CC DS this Friday. Thought there was a sticky detailing the proper break in for new batteries, can't find it. Has it moved?

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Unread 11-08-2010, 05:08 PM   #2
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Default Re: New Batteries this Friday

This is an old thread by ScottyB. Follow it to the T....



NEW BATTERY BREAK-IN PROCEDURE:
Following proper break-in procedure can increase the strength and the useful life span of your new batteries. New batteries are initially about 75% of their full strength. The following procedure will insure they reach their full potential.
The 1st 10 to 20 complete charge/discharge cycles are critical to insure they reach 100%. New batteries should be charged before use and thereafter as follows:
Plug the charger in and leave it alone until charger shuts off by itself. Then drive to discharge the batteries to 75% battery pack capacity (see chart) Plug the cart back in and repeat the charge cycle.......It is very important you let it charge until it is completely done. Repeat this for the first 10 - 20 cycles......by the 12th cycle you will notice a difference in power, speed, and run-time.........I have never had a customer say they have not noticed the increase.
Most importantly, NEVER run the battery pack down below 50% of capacity throughout their entire life. Never leave the batteries in a state of discharge for extended periods of time. Recharge the pack once a week if the cart is sitting idle or in storage. And when in doubt, recharge it.
During the break-in procedure, keep an eye on the water levels. T can take 12 hours or more for the 1st few Charging times. These extended charge cycles may evaporate some of the water. ( use distilled water only )
As the batteries break in you will notice the charge time gets shorter. Eventually going from 12 to 5-6 hours per recharge.
ONCE A MONTH:
Routine maintenance is the 2nd most important thing to insure you get the most use out of your new battery pack. It is critical that you get into a routine of spending 10 - 15 minutes a month to keep the cable connections clean and check the water levels. Proper water level is critical. Dry batteries die quickly.
Keep the Distilled Water level up to the bottom of the fill hole sleeve or a half inch above the lead plates. Do not fill to the top.
Use a hard nylon brush to remove any visible corrosion. Carefully check that all of the cable connections are tight. Loose connections cause arching which will melt the soft lead terminals. Spray-on Battery Terminal Protector is available from the auto parts store and greatly reduces corrosive build up.
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Unread 11-08-2010, 05:11 PM   #3
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Default Re: New Batteries this Friday

Exactly what I was looking for, knew it was out there somewhere.

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Unread 11-08-2010, 05:16 PM   #4
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Default Re: New Batteries this Friday

The thread is called Battery Break-in Done Right. You might want to check it out and bookmark it because their is other useful information in there in regards to battery maintenance, break in, etc.

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Unread 11-08-2010, 08:54 PM   #5
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Default Re: New Batteries this Friday

make sure you make new cables and ends part of your new batteries to get the most out of your new batteries !
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Unread 11-08-2010, 08:57 PM   #6
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And use a corrosion inhibitor on every connection
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Unread 11-15-2010, 02:56 PM   #7
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Default Re: New Batteries this Friday

Batteries (POWRETRON 8v) and cables installed last Friday ($700 total). Brought cart home and charged it all night. Played 18 Sat morning and the cart sure scoots. If these batteries get better with the proper break I may need wheelie bars.

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