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Unread 06-27-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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how long should it take to fully charge an 08 Precedent? I have had the charger on for about 3 hours and the meter has slowly gone from 15 to 10. I have noticed that occasionaly the charger will kick off for about 5 seconds and then kick back on. Is this normal? Also, the charger itselfs feels pretty hot.
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Unread 06-27-2011, 02:31 PM   #2
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keep an eye on it like you are but all sounds good to me
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Unread 06-27-2011, 03:07 PM   #3
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how hot is hot? charging times vary greatly depending on age and condition of batteries but your charger kicking off and coming back on while its charging isn,t normal......when you 1st plug it in it will kick off and than on 1 time while it does a diagnostic thing but after that it should not kick off and back on at all.........it should stay on ..................................
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Unread 06-27-2011, 03:19 PM   #4
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I've actually only seen it kick off and on one time and seems as it it was a couple of minutes after I plugged it in. It started out at 15 and it has been about 4 hours and it has gradually gone done to below 10. The charger is pretty hot to the touch. I wouldn't keep my hand on it for long.
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ok it takes about 30 seconds after you plug it up for it to kick off and than on......i have seen them do that twice a few times thats normal........as said charging times vary but i have seen batteries charge up to 16 hours but a ballpark average would be 8 or 10 hours or so................thecharger getting hot could be nothing more than dirty contacts...............i have used chargers that got pretty hot and other that don,t get hot at all.........as long as its charging normal leave it alone until the charger shuts off...........the charger will time out at 16 hours and shut off regardless...............are your batteries 08? and are they 8 volt or 12 volt?.......what brand..........................
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Unread 06-27-2011, 04:10 PM   #6
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They are 2008 trojon batteries. 4 12v batteries. I ran the cart about 4 miles yesterday and it is still running very strong. I was just curious of what a normal charge cycle time would be. The meter has slowly moved from 15 to 10 but it seems like it has been around 10 for a long time. Maybe I just need to give it time.
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Unread 06-27-2011, 04:49 PM   #7
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i have seen my meter get to say 5 amps and stay there for 8 hours.......thats also normal....unless your boiling battery juice all over the place or charger is hot enough to fry bacon i would leave it alone and just keep an eye on it......charger will blow a fuse or pop breaker if somethings amiss.......................................
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My 06 has 08 batteries. Not unusual for it to take over 12 hours to fully charge, especially if it has been ridden quite a bit. If you don't own one, pickup a volt meter and look through the stickies around here and do some checking of your batteries. When I first got my cart, I found that all of my batteries would come up to full charge but one was discharging much faster than all of the rest. I mean it would drop a couple of volts under hardly any load while the others stayed well up over 12. Fortunately, the guy I bought it from stood behind it and traded me out for a good 08 battery. Been fine ever since. Also, keep a gallon of distilled water (cheap) handy and check your water levels often and top off when needed. Maybe I shouldn't say top off - I mean refill to the proper level.
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