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Unread 07-24-2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default Need help figuring out new cart - very puzzling!

Just purchased a new CC and I'm puzzled! The first couple of digits in the metal placard above the passenger footwell says 91, so I'm figuring that this is a 1991 DS Series cart. Odd thing is this. The charger that came with the cart says "for 36 volt systems only." The batteries are a total of 6 eight volt batteries (have four caps on each battery). Looking under the body at the motor, it's serial number incorporates the number 48 which makes me think this is a 48 volt cart. The previous owner says he knows nothing about the car since he had it for such a short time and wife just didn't get into using it. The charger receptacle is the V pattern of the 36 volt style. I don't get it. If this has been upgraded to a 48 volt, what harm could be done by using the 36 volt charger? Is it possible that the charger was somehow upgraded too? I do have a multimeter and can apply it to whatever is needed. I just can't figure this cart out, and I'm afraid to charge it under these circumstances. I'm betting that 99% of posters here have a better understanding in regards to golf carts than do I. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

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Unread 07-24-2008, 09:45 PM   #2
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Default Re: Need help figuring out new cart - very puzzling!

Welcome to BGW.


It's unlikely someone "upgraded" the chargers internals. It's just not economical. Can you post a picture of the charger? I would not use that charger until you can make sure it's the right one. It's quite possible you were given the wrong charger if perhaps the gentleman had a few carts or maybe worse, it could have been intentional.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 10:16 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum JBC

I agree........ You need a 48 volt charger if you have a 48volt battery pack.

Does the plug on the cart side of the charger match up with the recepticle on the cart?
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Unread 07-24-2008, 10:18 PM   #4
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Thank you for the welcome! And, thanks for the help (and so quickly!) I just looked at the charger and it's a Lestronic II. Says DC 36 Volt and the previous owner swears that he's used this charger to charge the cart several times. Will it just undercharge the batteries if I use it? And, does it appear that this is a genuine 48 volt cart? Seems too old to be a 48 in my limited knowledge. Here's the numbers on the cart. The carts serial number is: A9103234745. The motor itself reads: model - 5BC48JB764. The batteries are 2/07 Energizer 8 volts.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 10:19 PM   #5
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Charger end on the Lestronic II matches the receptacle on the cart.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 10:24 PM   #6
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Just on what you have told.......... He has been undercharging the batteries and they need to be charged with the proper charger.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 10:25 PM   #7
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Serial comes up as a 1991 DS electric. Possible someone upgraded the cart to 48 volts. The charger is not the right charger for a 48 volt cart. I would imagine it's slower than normal and YES it will hurt the batteries not fully being charged.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 10:26 PM   #8
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With the charger plugged in and charging, measure the voltage across the backside of the recepticle and let us know.

(or whever you can get on the circuit - battery pac is ok.)
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Unread 07-24-2008, 10:32 PM   #9
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The V pattern of the receptacle and the matching one on the charger seem to me to be consistent with a 36 Volt application. I thank you all again for your help so far, and tomorrow I guess I'll hook up the charger and report back on the voltage. Sure don't want to hurt the batteries with the 36V charger. I'm guessing right now without much more information, that the cart was somehow upgraded to a 48 volt by way of new motor and 8V batteries, but the thing is, the darned V pattern charger and receptacle are reminescent of a 36V cart! I'll try to take pics tomorrow too. Thanks to both of you for so much help so quickly. I really do appreciate it!

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