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Unread 10-02-2011, 05:03 PM   #11
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thats the best thing if you can charge them every two weeks do that......mine are up camp and winter can be pretty rugged up there but with good fully charged batteries i have them ( my carts ) sit outside uncovered for 4 months and have been able to just jump on them and drive them over to the shed to charge them.........if i didn,t have to leave the charger outside i might just leave it plugged up but not with having to leave it outside...........i,m tossing around bringing them home this winter to put in a heated garage but i don,t want to spoil them..............now if your batteries are iffy and you leave it for the winter unchecked and uncharged you find yourself with a disaster come spring.......................................
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Unread 10-02-2011, 07:28 PM   #12
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That is good for you, but what is the temperature where you live from November till May? Here it averages -5 F to -20 F. That can't be good for the batteries. I am 60 miles north west of Ottawa Ontario.
Thanks for you advice and have a safe and happy winter.
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That is good for you, but what is the temperature where you live from November till May? Here it averages -5 F to -20 F. That can't be good for the batteries. I am 60 miles north west of Ottawa Ontario.
Thanks for you advice and have a safe and happy winter.
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We can have our cold snaps but our average is 20 F.
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batteries that froze and the sides blew out..............our winters arn,t as extreme but it regularly gets to 0 and does go below 0...........and as far as a golfcart is concerned i don,t think theres much difference if its 0 or 20 below.........point is with good fully charged batteries your in much better shape than if your batteries are mediocore........................
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batteries that froze and the sides blew out..............our winters arn,t as extreme but it regularly gets to 0 and does go below 0...........and as far as a golfcart is concerned i don,t think theres much difference if its 0 or 20 below.........point is with good fully charged batteries your in much better shape than if your batteries are mediocore........................
Mine are older batteries (6yrs) and will be getting new ones in the spring. I still don't want them the freeze so do you think I should hook the charger up every two weeks instead of every month?
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20 degrees is still below freezing. Cold enough. Up here it is well below freezing (-20 or so) for weeks. then we get the odd warm spell ( -10 ) then back into the cold. The wind makes it feel colder on the skin. That is when I catch up on my reading of Buggies Gone Wild and dream of summer. I still love it here in Canada.
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I think I would sleep better knowing my batteries are in good shape all winter. If I were you, I would put a multi meter on the batteries every week to see if there is a drop in your voltage. If they drop more than 20%, of a full charge, then charge them up right away. You can do this each Sunday as part of your weekly jobs. I am going to put the charger on every Monday before I leave for work and I am going to check the water and voltage before and after charging. Loging the results for future referance would be a good idea I think. Maybe someone else could find the results useful.
Good luck and be safe and chat to you some other time.
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Mine are older batteries (6yrs) and will be getting new ones in the spring. I still don't want them the freeze so do you think I should hook the charger up every two weeks instead of every month?



yes if you can hook charger up every two weeks and let it charge than thats the way to go, C.C. chargers are made so you can leave them plugged in just read your service manual it tells you but there are other varibles to think about like lightning strikes or power surges you know things like that........thats the only reason i refrain from it.............the best option is keeping batteries charged and like i said my point is that with good fully charged batteries you can get away with things that you just can,t get away with if you have marginal or iffy batteries.................even me i would much rather keep my batteries charged up but knowing they are good and fully charged if i can,t make it to camp in the winter months i know i,m ok..................................
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