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King Nothing 10-16-2016 03:15 PM

Winter storage?
 
We live in Illinois and don't have a climate controlled place to store our cart over the winter. Wondering how the batteries will react to the freezing temperatures and what I can do so they don't get ruined over the winter.


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cgtech 10-16-2016 03:18 PM

Re: Winter storage?
 
Keep them charged frequently. A fully charged battery has to go well below zero to freeze.

King Nothing 10-16-2016 03:21 PM

Should I leave it on the charger all winter? The charger goes into maintenance mode after charging doesn't it?


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usgicollector 10-16-2016 03:44 PM

Re: Winter storage?
 
What charger do you have?

teecro 10-16-2016 05:10 PM

Re: Winter storage?
 
For winter storage you need to keep your batteries on a FLOAT charger, this type of charger has output voltage continually and never shut off they just throttle back the amperage...

gornoman 10-16-2016 07:27 PM

Re: Winter storage?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cgtech (Post 1325030)
Keep them charged frequently. A fully charged battery has to go well below zero to freeze.

A fully charged battery is good to -70*F.

scottyb 10-16-2016 08:07 PM

Re: Winter storage?
 
With winter approaching I want to remind everybody using a windows based system Alt+167 = as in 99:thumbup:
Oh and keep your batteries charged up in cold weather 8)

sho305 10-16-2016 08:20 PM

Re: Winter storage?
 
I store some vehicles I need to charge them once a month if the temps are hitting freezing, maybe 3 weeks if temps stay under freezing like in jan/feb or I just leave the maintainer on in temps that cold. These are 12v car batteries and are inside but no heat. That keeps the voltage up and have had no issues with them. I go two months above freezing then the car itself can run them down in some cases if you don't charge. Other batteries I take inside and charge them once when I take them in and once when I put them back in service. It does make a difference with a car as they use current while gas GC and lawn equipment does not.

Actually my gas cart I usually leave and do nothing to it, but it only stays parked about three months and I am screwing with it or weather is warmer. Typically after new years the snow is too deep and I cant run it until april or so.

kernal 10-16-2016 08:28 PM

Re: Winter storage?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by King Nothing (Post 1325031)
Should I leave it on the charger all winter? The charger goes into maintenance mode after charging doesn't it?


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Most do not. What charger do you have?

Jesel 10-16-2016 09:10 PM

Re: Winter storage?
 
I live in Minnesota. I only fully charge the batteries and then disconnect the positive and negative leads to insure against any voltage leak. Never had any issues.


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