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Unread 04-23-2014, 09:07 AM   #1
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Default PowerDrive 3 Ampmeter faulty

Looking to find a replacement for the ampmeter on the front of my powerdrive 3 precedent charger. My charger works fine just finally getting around to look for a replacement gauge for the front... Mine constantly jumps. Can someone point me in the right direction?

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Unread 04-23-2014, 09:52 AM   #2
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Default Re: PowerDrive 3 Ampmeter faulty

could be bad but its just a coil and if it's bouncing it sounds like ac is getting through, replace the diodes first. and make sure its hooked up on the dc side of the diodes.
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could be bad but its just a coil and if it's bouncing it sounds like ac is getting through, replace the diodes first. and make sure its fixed up on the dc side of the diodes.
Humm, over my head there lol. I thought I could just change the meter since the charger is working.....
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Just change the meter, the powerdrive 3 has a bridge rectifier, if a diode was shorted, it would cause a short across the transformer secondary. The diode would either burn or the breaker would pop, but there is no way for AC to get thru the batteries.
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Ok, thanks.
Here's a short video of what I'm talking about.

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Default Re: PowerDrive 3 Ampmeter faulty

I doubt very seriously you need an ammeter. The diode strips on the back of the charger or rectifier (two different styles) have probably failed. I see it every day of my life. It's very common. Can you take a picture of the back wall of the charger? I'll point you in the right direction.
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Default Re: PowerDrive 3 Ampmeter faulty

It looks like it is the newer model 26580, that one has 2 diode/heatsink assemblies.
You said it charges fine, Are you batteries getting up to 60+v at the end of the charge cycle?

Edit: I will defer back to TahoeDawg...
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I doubt very seriously you need an ammeter. The diode strips on the back of the charger or rectifier (two different styles) have probably failed. I see it every day of my life. It's very common. Can you take a picture of the back wall of the charger? I'll point you in the right direction.
Great, I sure will once Im home! Thanks for the help.

As far as charging, My batteries always get back up to the 50.9v once done, takes about 4-8 hours just guessing. Purchased the red top US batteries last July.
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[QUOTE=Sergio;1018638]It looks like it is the newer model 26580, that one has 2 diode/heatsink assemblies.
You said it charges fine, Are you batteries getting up to 60+v at the end of the charge cycle?

Edit: I will defer back to TahoeDawg...[/QUOTE

If the diode is shorted or partially shorted you may still have the voltage but it will have ripples thus the needle movement. Also any ac to your batteries is very distructive.
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My charger works fine just finally getting around to look for a replacement gauge for the front... Mine constantly jumps. Can someone point me in the right direction?

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Great, I sure will once Im home! Thanks for the help.

As far as charging, My batteries always get back up to the 50.9v once done, takes about 4-8 hours just guessing. Purchased the red top US batteries last July.
he said charger works fine



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