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Unread 08-05-2011, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default 48v Powerdrive Club Car plug swap to Crowfoot - HELP

Ok, so here's the scoop...

I bought this Older Club Car at an auction a few months ago.
After my kids ran down the batteries we discovered it came with the wrong charger. It's a 48v Powerdrive charger, Club Car. I assumed that it would work for my golf cart if I just swapped out the plug to a crowfoot from a round. I just got the crowfoot adapter in the mail today. However, AFTER I cut the other adapter off, I noticed there are three wires (1 blue, 1 red, 1 black)... so now I am stuck. The crowfoot only has two connections, a positive and a negative. Red is positive, and black is negative right? but wth do I do with the blue wire? PLEASE HELP... kids are driving me nuts to have the cart back...
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Unread 08-05-2011, 09:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: 48v Powerdrive Club Car plug swap to Crowfoot - HELP

THe reason there are 2 very different styles of plugs is because the round 3 wire is for 48v carts with an on board computer and the crows foot was for the older 36v carts without OBC...... so I do see a scenario where you would be changing these plugs?
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Unread 08-05-2011, 09:23 PM   #3
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Default Re: 48v Powerdrive Club Car plug swap to Crowfoot - HELP

Need some more information on the cart before I can tell you the best thing to do. I understand you want to swap the plug but I don't understand why. If you've got a 48V Club Car like you say, you shouldn't need to swap to a crowsfoot. The powerdrive charger should plug right into the current receptacle. Let me know a little bit more about what you're working with.
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Unread 08-05-2011, 10:52 PM   #4
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Default Re: 48v Powerdrive Club Car plug swap to Crowfoot - HELP

Thanks for jumping in guys, my Club Car is an '87. So I don't think it has an OBC. Can I still convert the charger?
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The 36v carts like your 1987 is used a stand alone charger. The charger has a circuit board that tells it how much to charge and when to shut off.

The round plug charger in your possession is a 48 volt charger used with a more modern cart with an on board computer which controls the charging so 2 problems....
1 the cart is 36v and the round plug charger is 48v.
2 the round plug 48v charger cannot work without the on board computer in the modern cart.

I hope this helps.
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Unread 08-05-2011, 11:49 PM   #6
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I guess it does... So you are telling me I need to buy a new charger. Dang. Any idea where to get a good deal on one? Rather, which one to buy out here on the WWW that is a good buy and not a budget buster. There's a TON to choose from.

Thanks for your help Scotty B.
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Would it be less expensive to add an OBC to my cart? Is this even possible?
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The good news is you can sell the 48v charger and recoup some of the expense. Can you find a used 36v charger with the Crows Foot plug on it on your local Craigslist?



NO you can not and remember it is the wrong voltage! You need 36 volts.
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Unread 08-06-2011, 12:47 AM   #9
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Unfortnately, I chopped off the round plug already, so I doubt I can sell it. I checked craigslist, but only one "generic" charger came
Up. Do you know if there is a special brand I need? Special requirements I should look for?
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A golf cart shop might have one and they will take your's in on some trade..

I have to ask because carts do get modified over the years.... how many fill holes are in the top of each battery? How many batteries are in it?
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