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Unread 03-04-2011, 11:39 AM   #1
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Default Automatic Battery charger

I will be leaving my cart unattended for seven months from mid-April to mid-November in hot Florida. I could arrange to have someone plug in the charger every month but it would be much easier if I was able to just leave the charger plugged in and have it come on automatically whenever the voltage dropped. Will my Power Wise charger model # 28115 G04 do this?
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Unread 03-04-2011, 12:57 PM   #2
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No, a Powerwise will not cycle that way. It would be better if a friend came by once a month, checked the water levels, drove the cart for 15 minutes, and then put it on the charger. This would be the ideal storage solution.
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If you have to leave it for a long time, there are a couple of other ways you could keep the charge and save the batteries.

#1. Put a wall socket timer on the charger. Set it to be on for 23 hours and off for 1 hour. This will act as if you had just plugged in the charger once a day. The downfall is that you have a full charge starting on a fully charged pack each day and water will eventually boil off. But you could have the friend come and check the water levels once a month and be good to go!!

#2. Remove enough cables to isolate the batteries to sets of 12v pairs, then buy 3 battery maintainer chargers and hook them up to the separate sets of batteries. If you have 48v, then 2 24v maintainers could be found at a farm or semi tractor supply store. It would still be nice to have the friend come over and check the water levels.

#3. Sell your batteries and buy new ones when you return...

#4. Take your chances and just unhook the batteries and cross your fingers
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Use an onboard charger / maintainer. I have such a unit from onboard solutions which will float charge your 36v pack for 6 months while you are away. Should power go out and come back on it will recharge and maintain the 100% charge from that point. Click the link in my signature and choose chargers .
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#1. Put a wall socket timer on the charger. Set it to be on for 23 hours and off for 1 hour. This will act as if you had just plugged in the charger once a day....
This technique will not work on an OEM Powerwise Charger. Those chargers will not re-engage unless the cart charge plug is removed and reinserted.
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