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Unread 05-09-2012, 12:32 AM   #1
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Hello,

I have been lurking for a while and finally picked up my first cart. 95' CC DS 48V (series cart I think). It appears to have been well cared for and came with a few extra goodies. I am using it mainly for transportation in a small golf community. I have given it the once over and am deciding what to do about batteries. Cart has a mix of T-875 batteries 2 from 2011 2 from 2010 and 2 unknown vintage Voltages don't seem great 55V on charge for the pack and about 53V when charged (individual voltages when charged are from 8.8-8.4V). I understand that this number should be 9.5V each or more, and from the previous owners notes they were as of 1/2011 when his notebook ends. The problem for me is limited range, after about 5 miles I am at ready for a recharge. I use it daily as a substitute for my car and don't mind spending a bit of funds on this project.

So, question is,

If I invest in a new pack, what kind or range should I anticipate? I realize that my usage (longish jaunts of 1 mile or more) will diminish range more than true golf usage. I am leaning on purchasing a full pack as a fresh start, rather than trying piece together a good pack.

TIA, Blake
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Unread 05-09-2012, 01:10 AM   #2
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Update

Just checked, my post charge voltage is now 51.5. Was gurgling and bubbling during final charge, at that time it was running around 63v. This is down from 53V a week ago:(.
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I am sure that 50.9 is a full charge to the batteries. when it goes above that. It would be over charged. I do beleive the gurgling is normal process to the charge part. here is a sticky that telles you about charge percentage and state of battery.

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Unread 05-09-2012, 09:53 AM   #4
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Yep, I checked it again this morning and its right on 51V, I must have a battery or 2 that is dropping off under load.

Based on the chart i should recharge at 80% or 50V, right? I think thats the voltage its at when things slow down, around 4-5 miles.
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under normal flat driving you should get much more than 5 miles out of a set of good batteries........if your only getting 5 miles between charges its time to check battery condition..............................
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^ Agreed!!!
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Yep, I checked it again this morning and its right on 51V, I must have a battery or 2 that is dropping off under load.

Based on the chart i should recharge at 80% or 50V, right? I think thats the voltage its at when things slow down, around 4-5 miles.
First after charge you'll see 50.9 to 51+ after it settles down.

Second you should run your batteries to NO More than 48.41 or 50%. They'll last you longer that way. Get a digital gauge to monitor your battery condition all the time is another way to maximize your pack.

Third I've gone on 4 12's as much as 25 miles on a single charge. See the link below:
4-12 volt Battery Pack Run Times compared to 6 8 volt


Get the new pack and make sure you take care of your batteries and they'll take care of you!
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Unread 05-09-2012, 10:15 PM   #8
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Talked to the local Trojan dealer today and made arrangements to take the pack in this weekend to load test each one and see whats up. I use it almost every day and I hope to make the investment last as long as possible.

As far as voltage I thought 80% was the max you were supposed to go, so 50% would be a lot harder on the pack right?
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