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Unread 04-23-2014, 08:39 PM   #1
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The 8 volt batteries in my club cart will not stop charging. The charger will continue to charge for hours to the point the the batteries get warm. I know it's not the charger because I have two carts and the same thing happens with both chargers.
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Unread 04-23-2014, 08:44 PM   #2
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batteries can charge up to 16 hrs .. warm , bubbles are normal
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Unread 04-23-2014, 09:05 PM   #3
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I've noticed when the out side temperature reached 70 my batteries went charge hungry. They charged for 16 hours, two cycles in a row. After that they charged like normal. If your cells are low on water they will charge for a long time as well.
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Unread 04-26-2014, 09:30 PM   #4
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Also, if you have a bad battery, the charger will just keep running and running. I just went thru this, tried 2 chargers like you, and would never shut off.

Ended up 2 batteries were bad.
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Unread 04-27-2014, 02:37 AM   #5
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How do you determine if you have a bad battery?
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Unread 04-27-2014, 07:38 AM   #6
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Unread 04-27-2014, 09:03 AM   #7
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The cart is a better load tester than you can buy in a handheld devise. Install a digital battery or connect a handheld voltmeter to the pack and accelerate hard ( uphill if available ). Your pack voltage should not drop by more than 5-6v collectively.

Check the voltage on all the batteries and compare the readings. Anything 1-2v low has definitely got a bad cell.
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Unread 04-27-2014, 09:35 AM   #8
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Thanks Scotty. I have a pretty steep driveway, so I'll try that today. Also, I know these batteries can take a long time to charge depending on many things. Last night for example at 1 am I checked the pack voltage while they were charging and it was at 43.5v and the old manual lister charger was at 7 amps. I checked the pack voltage just now while still charging at it was 43.7 and the charger showing 6 amps. It's been on the charger almost 18 hours now.......
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The cart is a better load tester than you can buy in a handheld devise. Install a digital battery or connect a handheld voltmeter to the pack and accelerate hard ( uphill if available ). Your pack voltage should not drop by more than 5-6v collectively.

Check the voltage on all the batteries and compare the readings. Anything 1-2v low has definitely got a bad cell.
That didn't work on my old cart that had "marginal" batteries .....they would all show pretty close voltage but some would drop WAY lower than others when I would put the load tester on them , then I would go to the "battery pile" with the load tester and find one that didn't drop so far.....plus the load tester shows volts anyway dosent it?
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Unread 04-27-2014, 10:22 AM   #10
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Krashole, The first guy that started this thread, said he had 8 volt batteries. At some point when you jumped in, you mentioned 43 volts.

If you have 8 volt batteries, and you are reading 43 volts, at any time, there is a problem. I think you are going to find a bad battery or more than one.
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