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Unread 05-31-2018, 09:32 AM   #1
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Default Carbon pile load or hydrometer which is best

I have 2 golf carts and always have battery issues, my DVM doesn't tell me anything usefull about the real load capacity so I am looking at a HF 500 amp
carbon pile tester for $50 or a good hydrometer, which do you think would give a true battery condition.
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Unread 05-31-2018, 09:40 AM   #2
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Default Re: Carbon pile load or hydrometer which is best

Clip your DMM probles on one battery at a time and drive it uphill. If all batteries are in the same condition, what is the voltage before and during an uphill run?
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Unread 05-31-2018, 11:03 AM   #3
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Ok, I will enlist the grandkids after school and give that a try
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Unread 05-31-2018, 11:28 AM   #4
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Default Re: Carbon pile load or hydrometer which is best

As suggested the cart is the BEST tester. A good refractometer will analyze the cell condition if needed.
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Unread 05-31-2018, 01:26 PM   #5
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Not having grandkids living nearby, I use a DVM with a Min/Max function.
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