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Unread 06-12-2014, 10:17 PM   #1
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Question Charger staying on 20 amp

I have a 1999 club car ds 36volt with 2013 batteries with a power drive charger. When I plug it in the charger goes up to 18 to 20 amp and stays there. I had charged it the other night and went out to the garage the next after noon and it was still on 20 amp and the batteries where boiling over any help would be very appreciated I am pulling my hair out trying to figure out this one..
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Unread 06-13-2014, 07:02 AM   #2
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Default Re: Charger staying on 20 amp

What is the voltage of your batteries and the pack. A bad cell will not charge.
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Unread 06-13-2014, 03:39 PM   #3
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I have a 1999 club car ds 36volt with 2013 batteries with a power drive charger. When I plug it in the charger goes up to 18 to 20 amp and stays there. I had charged it the other night and went out to the garage the next after noon and it was still on 20 amp and the batteries where boiling over any help would be very appreciated I am pulling my hair out trying to figure out this one..
The typical result of a battery pack rated lower than the charger, possibly caused by one of the batteries connected with incorrect polarity.
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Unread 06-13-2014, 06:41 PM   #4
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How would I go about checking for a bad cell or incorrect polarity??
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Unread 06-13-2014, 06:49 PM   #5
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I feel that I should know the answer but the electric golf cart repair game is kind of new to me..
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Unread 06-13-2014, 06:59 PM   #6
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I think Golfdog said you have a 48v charger trying to charge a 36v battery pack. Or vice-versa.
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Unread 06-13-2014, 07:21 PM   #7
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For checking polarity, just make sure the wires go from positive to negative. If you hooked one up wrong, it might be going from positive to positive etc.

I think you are going to find that it is at least one bad battery.

I just went thru a very similar sitch, and after days of testing everything checked out good, as far as wiring , The voltage was fine on the batteries, but the specific gravity was bad. So I replaced the batteries. Problem went away.
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Unread 06-14-2014, 09:19 AM   #8
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36v CC's do not charge with a Powerdrive charger. What does the end of the charger plug that plugs into the cart look like? It it round with three prongs, or rectangular with two prongs?
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Unread 06-14-2014, 11:18 AM   #9
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It is round with three prongs...
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Unread 06-14-2014, 11:30 AM   #10
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Start at the beginning, on the case of your charger, what is the output voltage and amps? It should be clearly marked.
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