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Unread 12-06-2012, 08:22 AM   #1
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Having recently suffered the woes of self discharging and all that comes with totally going dead on the batteries.

I read where you should leave your charger plugged in all the time?
After it completes the charge cycle, and auto shuts off, by leaving it plugged in, will it auto kick back on if you get too low. In winter, I may use my cart once a week, sometimes longer. So if I dont run it and discharge it, what is the best way to keep it fresh and preserve the batteries.

94 CC 48 volts.
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Unread 12-06-2012, 08:59 AM   #2
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For storage purposes ... The 48v CC charger will cycle on every 28 days when left plugged in. Be sure to check the water levels every 60 days.

If you are using the cart once a week there is no need for you to leave it plugged in. Just charge it after each use.
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Unread 12-06-2012, 10:47 AM   #3
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Thanks, just dont want to do the terminal discharge again
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For storage purposes ... The 48v CC charger will cycle on every 28 days when left plugged in. Be sure to check the water levels every 60 days.

If you are using the cart once a week there is no need for you to leave it plugged in. Just charge it after each use.
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Unread 12-06-2012, 04:36 PM   #4
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One thing that can't be emphasized enough is keeping the batteries clean and dry on top. They need to be washed, preferably with a baking soda solution, being careful to not get any in the cells, of course. If you do nothing else, hose them off with fresh water, maybe use a paint brush to help scrub off the dirt.

I learned this lesson many years ago, with one of the old 6-volt batteries in a tractor. Those batteries had exposed cell connectors, so there were more places for the electrolyte to leak out, and more/shorter electrical leakage paths across the top of the battery. This battery was dirty on top ("tractor"), but I don't remember if it was visibly moist or not. At any rate, it would go dead literally overnight or within a couple of days at most. I removed it from the tractor and scrubbed the top clean, then reinstalled it. No problem holding a charge for weeks after that! Lesson learned!
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Unread 12-06-2012, 07:39 PM   #5
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I know on boats we would just sprinkle Baking Soda on the floor/carpet and hose it down, what mixture you use on a buggy?
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The mixture of baking soda to water isn't all that critical. When it hits anything that's acidic, it'll "fizz". If you put more on, it'll fizz some more if there's more acid to neutralize. If the acid is neutralized, there will be no fizzing. If your mixture is a bit weak, you might have to put it on the battery twice or 3 times.

What I usually do is mix up a batch in a tin can, cut-off water bottle, or whatever. Warm water works better, as the baking soda will dissolve easier. Then, I use a paint brush to apply it. If you keep the caps on the batteries, you should be OK as far as NOT getting it into the cells. Rinse with fresh water.

If I have compressed air available, I'll sometimes blow off the excess water, otherwise, just let it dry. Try to keep the water out of any electronics such as the microswitches, controllers, etc. When I installed the Curtis controller on my cart, I specifically located it where it won't get wet during a hose job.
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Unread 12-09-2012, 09:08 AM   #7
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I have used that spray on red battery terminal cleaner that turns to foam, expensive and messy though
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I've used the white foaming Deka Battery Cleaner for years. I used to use the baking soda but the spray can is more convenient. With anything that is more convenient, it is more likely to get done.
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