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Unread 05-27-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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I bought new 8 volt batteries last spring, everything works fine except for the fact that I'm always adding water. Do I have 1 bad battery? I use it to golf 18 holes every week, and I'm always adding water. Looking for help, Thanks!
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Unread 05-27-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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I know that the higher voltage you charge batteries with, the more water they use. Maybe your charger is set too high or not dropping back into float?
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Unread 05-27-2012, 05:10 PM   #3
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It's the charger that came with the cart. As far as I can tell, there is no adjustment.
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Unread 05-27-2012, 05:19 PM   #4
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need to give a pack reading of the batteries volts, and a reading of each battery, 12 hour after the batteries have been off charge to get a true reading, -- how hot is it where you live?? that will have some thing to do with it, what kind of batteries are they?? interstate ?, how many hours does it take to charge the batteries?? do you let the charger turn off by it's self?? how often do you charge it?
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Unread 05-27-2012, 05:21 PM   #5
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Are you leaving it plugged in constantly when are not using it? I only know batteries from living off the grid. I would check voltage after it has been plugged in and not used for about 36 hours. Smart chargers will drop into a lower voltage after a period of higher voltage charging. This is called a float charge and should be around 2.2V per cell. Also if you have a bad cell, they will use more water. Best way to check that is with a hydrometer.
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Unread 05-27-2012, 05:27 PM   #6
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temp has been around upper 60's to low 70's (Minnesota), today it's 90. The batteries are trojan, I plug it in at night and in the morning it's shut-off. Just bothers me cause my son has a EZ Go cart and has never had to add water. (mine is a 48 CC and his is a 36 EZ Go).
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Unread 05-28-2012, 06:41 AM   #7
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Water level low in ALL batteries or just one battery? Just one cell low? Water level should not be a constant problem . . . most people only check water levels but once or twice a month . . .
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Unread 05-28-2012, 07:58 AM   #8
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I hadn't checked them for acouple of weeks until yesterday, and every cell in every battery was low.
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Unread 05-28-2012, 08:02 AM   #9
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Could it be the type of caps being used on the batteries. I had some of those quick release type caps, and they leaked like crazy when I went in rough terrain....splashed out the acid. I tried different caps and found some that didn't leak. I rarely have to add water to my batteries now.

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Unread 05-28-2012, 12:23 PM   #10
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I don't see any leakage at all.
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