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Unread 03-05-2012, 09:02 AM   #141
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i have just stayed out of it but we mentioned in the 1st 2 pages there was an OBC issue......sometimes it just dosn,t sink in yes theres a way around replacing the OBC but it cost 3 times as much as just putting a new OBC in it......i,ll say it again if this cart is for a handicap person i wouldn,t touch it unless i was allowed to do the job the right way............and by now cart would be done and running........................................
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Unread 03-05-2012, 10:30 AM   #142
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First thing I need to say is that this issue has got so far out from my first question it is unreal all I asked was if the charger was automatic or not.
Now the so called test I have been directed to is all fine and dandy but in the real world a voltage test with just a meter is not worth much the test under load will tell the truth as to weather I have a voltage issue and I have no way now to do it the cart won't move. I tried using a load tester that I made and it got too hot to give me a good reading but in less than 15 seconds the Voltage went from 48.3 to 43.6 and was dropping fast. With this little bit of information I can form my own opinion and that is I have a Voltage ISSUE first that needs addressed and that requires new battery's after that I will be able to decide
#1 if the OBC is really bad and or if the charger works!
#2 If I need a Charger because I know exactly how this cart will be used and how long it will be charged each day I don't need a big transformer 15A type charger a 6A solid state smart charger will work just fine. I can make a educated decision about that. I can sell this charger for almost as much as the Soneil 48v constant current charger cost. Please don't get me wrong I do appreciate all of the input its just back to {KISS} this charger worked fine UNTIL I ran the Battery's way down and then tried to charge them all of a sudden it won't charge the Volt meter says I have 48 volts but not really {have you ever tried to check a wire short with a test light you can get the test light to light up but put a 12v load on it and it goes away} that is what I believe is going on here. I tried to reset the OBC and now the Cart won't move and that is exactly what happened to Dave and he ended up with a bad battery. I am waiting on a phone call about the price of new US battery's I will have to drive 21/2 hr 1 way to get them because in Ky they want almost 2x as much $185 for US & $144 for Trojan. In Indy Indiana $107 for US I am going after them. After I install the New Battery's and test the charger I will let you know the Charger will either work or I will need to replace it no big discussion needed just buy a New Charger or a New OBC that is it. As far as to having the Cart done I have a lot of other projects that come ahead of this I am working it in between other things but yes I sure could have been further along with the fabrication and fiberglassing in the Bag well. I take full credit for that mistake I should have Bought the new batters first thing. I wanted to try the Epsom salt trick to see if it works and it does that is why I could drive the cart around for a few miles and run down this battery pack. That is not a excuse it is just a fact I wanted to know now I do but in doing so I have encountered this no charging thing and restarted this whole mess and for that I am sorry. K C
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Unread 03-05-2012, 05:11 PM   #143
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I USED 4 REGULAR Battery chargers and brought my battery's up to 55 Volts the cart moved and drove. I removed the OBC ordered a New Charger and will be picking up the New Batery's tomorrow. End of Story. K C
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Unread 03-05-2012, 05:17 PM   #144
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Unread 03-05-2012, 06:34 PM   #145
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Unread 03-05-2012, 09:05 PM   #146
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. . . and the beat goes on . . .
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Unread 04-03-2012, 02:23 PM   #147
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Just read through your trials and tribulations...

had a thought on one of the goals you had.... Instead of mouning the charger on the cart and dealing with water, dirt and vibrations....

have you considered mounting the charger or chaining to something and replacing the DC wire with a long enough cord that your sis can just pull up and plug in...my dad "92 years old" has his charger sitting in a shed and has about a 25 or 30 foot DC cord that runs out and hangs down next to a post in the car port... he just pulls up and plugs in.... charger is out of site and out of mind...
great what doing for your sis... hope it all works out for you
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Unread 04-03-2012, 02:51 PM   #148
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I can't do that she lives in a Apartment and has to part it in the parking lot assigned space no Gage and no electric I did manage to find a 65 foot 12-3 power cord that is retractable and all she has to do is walk with it to the cart. I have mounted her New charger in the bag-well along with the 12 volt battery and charger they are encased in a steel cage and bolted down so someone can't just walk off with them what will happen more than likely is that they will steal the would cart. I have put a dead man switch into the system to help prevent that but if some wants it they can roll it away and then load it up. KC
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Unread 04-03-2012, 03:06 PM   #149
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...and the beat goes on and on and on and on.....
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Unread 04-03-2012, 03:07 PM   #150
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the key switches in golf carts are cheesy and just about any key or pocket knife will turn it on.... so if security is an issue

put a large Eye bolt or U bolt through the floor at the base of the steering column and pick up one of those car anti theft locking bars that goes from the brake pedal to the steering wheel

"I don't think they will work with the buggy pedals, since the park brake is incorporated into the brake pedal"

but hooking one end thru the eye or U bolt will keep the steering wheel from turning , so they can only push straight forward and backwards...
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