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Unread 02-15-2014, 10:40 PM   #1
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Default Using Charger With Portable Generator

I've got a 2003 48V Club Car that we use at the race track. I've found that every time I try to charge the batteries directly off the Honda EU2000i that it won't charge the batteries. If I plug the charger into a household 120VAC source it charges fine. Any ideas why this is happening? I did some searching around the net and found a couple people had similar issues but didn't see any concrete answers. One said if he plugged the charger into a plug on his camper that was being powered by a generator, it worked fine but as soon as he plugged it directly into the generator it wouldn't function and actually drained the battery.

Anyone else run into this or hear of it? I haven't tried plugging into the race trailer with the generator plugged into the trailer yet.
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Unread 02-16-2014, 03:08 AM   #2
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Have you made a true earth ground for your genny? I have never had an issue but run a ground rod off genny.
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Unread 02-16-2014, 09:30 AM   #3
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Make sure you turn the eco-throttle off when powering the battery charger.
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With the inverter technology I'm thinking it doesn't have a true Sine-Wave output.
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Unread 02-16-2014, 08:02 PM   #5
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Are you running anything else on the generator at the same time? It is rated for 13amps continuous duty and the charger uses 10amps, so you don't have a lot of wiggle room there!
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Any results on this? I'm interested in doing this on a 6000 acre hunting lease , more run time is important.


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Unread 07-15-2014, 09:00 PM   #7
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You need a inverter not a generator. Generators give out a different wave forum. I had the same problem. Then I hooked up my 2000 watt Honeywell inverter and it works like a champ.
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Unread 07-15-2014, 10:43 PM   #8
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If the generator is a regular 120/220 volt output and can carry the load it should work just fine. In the military a few years ago and far away we had 24 volt DC generators. They would charge out vehicles which were 24 volt systems they were used to power radio vehicles.

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I just looked up that generator. It is only rated to a load of about 13 amps. Not sure the amps the charger pulls. Maybe 15?

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Just looked up power requirements for pd3 charger it is min 15 amps.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 12:22 PM   #9
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it could be amp related but my generator is a 5000 watt and it wouldnt work with mine. but my inverter is only 2000 watts and it works just fine. So i just figured it was the wave fourm.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 04:49 PM   #10
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I have a 7000 watt generator, I will check to see if my pd 3 works with it. I know it will run my mig welder on 220 v or 120 v. It is a miller 211.
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