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Unread 08-03-2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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Default How do you Interpret "State of Charge" ?

Once your eyes roll back into their forward position, maybe you can help a "dummy" out with the whole state of charge thing, and if I should be looking at replacing my batteries. I have a '01 CC DS with original Trojan batteries (6 x and I'm a little anxious about their condition.

At the end of the charge cycle I checked individual batteries, but I assume that there is some sort of residual charge, because the readings were all over the 100% (8.49v) level.

After runing the cart for a few minutes I re-checked and five batteries were in the 8.36 range and one at 8.13. Running again for a maybe 20 minutes and checking again they were at the same level.

Does this mean that batteries are taking at max an 80% charge? Should I worry about the low one?

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Unread 08-03-2011, 12:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: How do you Interpret "State of Charge" ?

wait about 12 hours after charging, then take your measurements. this will sufficient time for the surface charge to dissipate.
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after your quick little drive, wait 30min or so before taking your measurements. (this is probably a little less accurate)

a good hydrometer is less than $10 and gives a little better insight to determine your batteries' health.
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