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Unread 08-21-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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Default Power Drive 2 Charger Circuit Breaker Trips

I have a 2007 Club Car DS which I recently purchased. It came with a used PowerDrive 2 Charger. I have had it two weeks. I placed the cart in TOW mode while storing for a couple of weeks because I did not have a power source. I installed a dash kit two days ago and placed the charger on the cart. It energized within a few seconds and went to 15 amps. It cycled a couple of times, dropping to 10 amps and then eventually to zero. I disconnected the charger and the batteries to remove the switch and the battery indicator to place in the dash kit. I replaced them and reconnected the charger, it cycled on and appeared to be charging. I used the cart for a couple hours and it started slowing down, no indicator light. I plugged it in over night and the charger came on, this morning the circuit breaker was tripped and the batteries were not replenished. I checked the fuses, the wiring on the switches and even reset the OBC. Still tripping the circuit breaker. I have added water to the batteries about 1/2 gallon to all four total, no exposed plates, all were low. I did notice sulfur crystallization in 3 different cells in three different batteries. I am at a loss, any suggestions as to where to go from here. The batteries are original Club Car for the cart.
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Unread 08-21-2011, 05:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: Power Drive 2 Charger Circuit Breaker Trips

Go to the STICKY section of the forum and download the charger repair manual. Perform a rectifier test as described in the PowerDrive2 charger section. I'll bet it fails.
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Unread 08-22-2011, 12:26 PM   #3
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Default Re: Power Drive 2 Charger Circuit Breaker Trips

You got it! Thanks, I changed the rectifier and it is now charging. Only reading 11 amps though, so I hope it does its job.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 09:15 AM   #4
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Default Re: Power Drive 2 Charger Circuit Breaker Trips

If that doesn't work then replace your circut breaker. They had some issues with these a few years back according to Lester Electrical.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 10:30 AM   #5
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Default Re: Power Drive 2 Charger Circuit Breaker Trips

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If that doesn't work then replace your circut breaker. They had some issues with these a few years back according to Lester Electrical.
My circuit breaker tripped once (during end of charge @ 2-3 amps), it never happened again. Does anybody have any thoughts? It's a power drive (1), and there were no electrical issues with the power to the house. I was thinking about replacing the 15 amp CB.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 11:10 AM   #6
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Default Re: Power Drive 2 Charger Circuit Breaker Trips

i know they redesigned the circuit breaker but why i don,t know......one of the issues i have heard over and over is that once the CB tripped it weakened it and it would than just trip for no reason......is this true i don,t know but it seemed when people had this issue and than replaced the CB things were back to normal.............if it tripped once and has been fine ever since i think i wouldn,t worry about it...................................
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Unread 10-03-2011, 11:19 AM   #7
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Default Re: Power Drive 2 Charger Circuit Breaker Trips

Than worry I wont Of course the only time it tripped was during the critical break-in procedure and only charged the pack up to 50.2 volts. I couldn't put it back on as I was forced to drive it to pick up kids from school No worries though, the batts are broken in and read 51 volts after sitting 8 hours
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Unread 11-15-2012, 07:40 PM   #8
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Default Re: Power Drive 2 Charger Circuit Breaker Trips

i have a similar problem....but how do i get to the Sticky section of the forum???? I cant seem to find it.......
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Unread 11-15-2012, 09:26 PM   #9
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It's at the top of the page. Click on Electric Club Car and look there
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