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Mr.ken 11-11-2012 08:31 AM

Is a battery tender the best option???
 
I don't use my cart often and haven't done right by my batteries to the point that I have probably ruined them. Is the best option a tender or should I look at something else???

scottyb 11-11-2012 08:47 AM

Re: Is a battery tender the best option???
 
The DPI and Shauer chargers have a float mode. They go from charge to float to keep your batteries at the correct SOC. This is best in my opinion.

http://cartsunlimited.net/48v_Battery_Charger.html

Stevegrmich 11-11-2012 10:21 AM

Re: Is a battery tender the best option???
 
. . . in my opinion, the CC Powerdrive charger is a "tender", if left plugged in, assuming the OBC is connected and functional . . .

Mr.ken 11-11-2012 01:23 PM

I don't have an original charger though so I need something different

scottyb 11-11-2012 02:52 PM

Re: Is a battery tender the best option???
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Stevegrmich (Post 801680)
. . . in my opinion, the CC Powerdrive charger is a "tender", if left plugged in, assuming the OBC is connected and functional . . .

Yes it ... all you need to do with these tender types is refill the water..

Mr.ken 11-11-2012 03:13 PM

Sounds like a good way to go. Een better if I could get a few bucks for the charger I have to help offset the cost

cheapjeep2 11-11-2012 03:40 PM

Re: Is a battery tender the best option???
 
I love my DPI charger, two thumbs up. I have one on my 48v ezgo. If my OBC ever goes or the CC charger, I'll get a DPI for the Club Car as well.

Mr.ken 11-21-2012 09:19 AM

Re: Is a battery tender the best option???
 
at the risk of sounding ignorant, can someone give me a quick education on OBC??? and do all carts have them?????

cheapjeep2 11-21-2012 09:28 AM

Re: Is a battery tender the best option???
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.ken (Post 805348)
at the risk of sounding ignorant, can someone give me a quick education on OBC??? and do all carts have them?????

OBC = On Board Computer - This is the brains (circuit board) for the charging system. They are only a product of Club Cars and were introduced in the late 90s, I think 96 or 97. They have had several revisions and every Club Car to date since they were introduced has one. Every other brand of golf cart and charger has the brains for the charging system in the actual charger itself.

The OBC system when working well works very well. But it is more complicated than it needs to be as it is directly tied to the operation of the cart as well as it controls to solenoid activation circuit, so you can't drive the cart while it's charging. Sometimes a bad OBC will fail in different ways i.e. it may charge but the solenoid lock out circuit fails preventing the cart from operating, other times that circuit will be find but it will not charge your batteries right, or sometimes it will just fail.

Mr.ken 11-21-2012 09:36 AM

Ahh. Thanks very much. Mine is a 98 so I'm assuming I have one


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