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Unread 04-03-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Battery charging Winter Texan away several months

Folks,

I have a 1995 club car and original power drive charger. I have brand new Trojan batteries, which have already been charged approx 20 times, after use.

We are leaving to go home, and the cart will not be used from April until the beginning of December. I will charge it fully before we leave, but here is what I am wondering about.

In the manual, it says that during storage the charger will kick in every 7 days to determine if the batteries need charging. In that case I am thinking of leaving an outside outlet on, and leave the charger plugged in to the cart.
I am thinking there will be views both pro and con on this, as the folks I know, I don't think any of them do that.

It gets very hot here, but the cart will be under a carport. I am wondering if I have to worry about water levels if I leave the charger to keep the charge up in the batteries during those months.

I would appreciate input, as the decision is really a simple one, plug in and rely on the charger or don't plug in at all.

Thanks in advance

Jim
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Unread 04-03-2013, 05:49 PM   #2
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Folks,

I have a 1995 club car and original power drive charger. I have brand new Trojan batteries, which have already been charged approx 20 times, after use.

We are leaving to go home, and the cart will not be used from April until the beginning of December. I will charge it fully before we leave, but here is what I am wondering about.

In the manual, it says that during storage the charger will kick in every 7 days to determine if the batteries need charging. In that case I am thinking of leaving an outside outlet on, and leave the charger plugged in to the cart.
I am thinking there will be views both pro and con on this, as the folks I know, I don't think any of them do that.

It gets very hot here, but the cart will be under a carport. I am wondering if I have to worry about water levels if I leave the charger to keep the charge up in the batteries during those months.

I would appreciate input, as the decision is really a simple one, plug in and rely on the charger or don't plug in at all.

Thanks in advance

Jim
I would definitely leave the charger plugged in all summer. It is an automatic charger that keeps the batteries topped off. As for water levels, I wouldn't worry about it because the batteries will not be getting deeply discharged like when you are driving it, therefore very little water, if any, will be lost...

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Unread 04-03-2013, 06:23 PM   #3
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I would definitely leave the charger plugged in all summer. It is an automatic charger that keeps the batteries topped off. As for water levels, I wouldn't worry about it because the batteries will not be getting deeply discharged like when you are driving it, therefore very little water, if any, will be lost...

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Jake, I gotta point out a flaw here. If the OP lives in Florida, Texas, Arizona, or any other hot spot his cells will lose water much faster than us northerners simply from evaporation. The dryer the environment the worse it gets. The best bet is to partner up with a neighbor and have him monitor the water levels while the charger remains plugged in doing it's thing. Buy him a bottle when you get back.
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Jake, I gotta point out a flaw here. If the OP lives in Florida, Texas, Arizona, or any other hot spot his cells will lose water much faster than us northerners simply from evaporation. The dryer the environment the worse it gets. The best bet is to partner up with a neighbor and have him monitor the water levels while the charger remains plugged in doing it's thing. Buy him a bottle when you get back.
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Thanks guys for the welcome

jakesnake27, thanks for the feedback, that's the way I was leaning...but gornoman you make a good point.

Most of the time here in the Valley in Texas, the humidity is pretty high, even though so are the temperatures.

There is really no one here that I can rely on to check the batteries and ensure the water levels are maintained properly. I would be happy to buy someone a bottle to do that.

Most Winter Texans, just leave their carts after charging them up, I really think hardly any of them realize the charger in this case has the ability to come on every 7 days and check the charge level. My friend has a Yamaha and his charger comes on every 14 days.

I know I am still on the fence here...just trying to do the best thing for the batteries and longevity.

more discussion...experiences...would be great!
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For winter months up here I disconnect my batteries with a full charge and then charge first thing when taking out of hybernation never had a problem. Would think the same thing would work in Texas.
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Take them with you, if you don't have some one to take care of them while your gone, because it is not good for a new set of batteries to sit for 8 months with out being charged.
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Take them with you, if you don't have some one to take care of them while your gone, because it is not good for a new set of batteries to sit for 8 months with out being charged.
Thanks for the reply but that is not really an option, first they are very heavy and we do not have a lot of room in the car when we are travelling. Second, I do not have a cart at home to put them into so they get used. I would be in the same situation except for the fact I could keep an eye on the water levels.

Just not an option.
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You could look into one of those battery filling systems that auto stop when they reach the correct level in the battery and maybe put a couple gallon reservoir on it ?? Not sure if it would work but a thought
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