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Unread 07-15-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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Just registered and hope that I am at the right forum, I have an old e z go freedom, 1998 - 36 volt model that I just inherited with a power wise 36 volt charger. The batteries seem to be dead and I have just ordered some Trojan t 105's, I was very happy with the Trojans that I used on my boat so hope that that equates to good golf cart batteries. Please forgive me if I am in the wrong place, just direct me and I will forever keep to the rules. Thanks in advance, BTW do you need 30+ volts to trip the chargers on, just curious for the future since I am in Arizona and I know how hard the heat is on deep cells. Again, Thanks. Frank
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Unread 07-15-2013, 04:54 PM   #2
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You could not have come to a better place than this!
The Trojans are said to be the best when it comes to golf cart batts.
I think the voltage needs to be at least 25 for the charger to kick on...
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Unread 07-15-2013, 05:13 PM   #3
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Frank....for the charger you have, I believe it requires 32v for it to kick on when you plug it in. if your batteries are lower than that, you can charge them in pairs using a standard 12 automotive charger......but remember they don't shut off......but after you charge them all up a bit, you could them plug in the carts charger an d it will take over.

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Unread 07-15-2013, 06:05 PM   #4
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Welcome to BGW!

The voltage need to turn on the charger varies with the make and model as well as some variance within the same make and model. (The battery pack voltage is used to close a relay inside the charger, which turns on the charger)

If your cart has a Run/Tow switch on the controller cover, be sure to put it into the Tow position before changing out the batteries, or doing any disconnecting or connecting of wires. Otherwise, the controller can be destroyed.

Also, when you get the new batteries, be sure to fully charge them before the first use and to break them in properly to obtain maximum storage capacity. Here's how: http://www.cartsunlimited.net/Batter...n_Methods.html
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Unread 07-17-2013, 10:40 AM   #5
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Thanks to everyone for your helpful replies, I did not find a tow switch on my e-z-go, so I individually disconnected the batteries, topped off the water and charged each with a 6 volt car charger until I had 5.6-6 volts each. I then plugged in the charger and Voila, as predicted by everyone here, the charger kicked on. After 12 hours of charging ( with the amp meter on the charger clicking back and forth, until it shut off ), I disconnected the charger and turned the key on, the meter on the cart showed 36 volts, the headlights, turn signals operate but when put in gear it just doesn't go, it feels like it is trying but I don't think there is sufficient amperage to get it going, so I am calling the local golf cart shop today and having new batteries installed. Again thanks for all the great advice and I will keep this as my reference, social media site for the future. Frank
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Unread 07-17-2013, 12:07 PM   #6
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Frank....you said "the meter on the cart" read 36 v....is it a digital read out or the "gas gage" meter? if it is a digital....and the charger kicked off and after a rewst you only have 36v......YES you have a problem, as that in only 50% SOC. and should never be that low.....ESPECIALLY after a charge!

oh and btw, after you get your new batteries....go and read and head the battery break in procedure so you will get the most out of your pack.

http://www.cartsunlimited.net/Batter...n_Methods.html
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Unread 07-19-2013, 08:59 AM   #7
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Got the new batteries Wednesday and followed the write up on new batteries and sure enough as predicted they took a good 8 hours of charging before the charger turned off, I really love all the info available here, since I would have just driven off into the sunset having no idea that they weren't already fully charged. Anyway everything seems to be ok now and my next project is changing the seat covers from cloth to some type of faux leather, any suggestions on sources would be appreciated and what are the thoughts on the watering system for topping off the batteries that has one tube that snakes out to all the batteries, good idea or just another gadget for a lazy old guy like me. Thanks again for the info, Frank.
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Unread 07-19-2013, 11:15 AM   #8
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I'm both old and lazy, but I'm also cautious.
This is what I use.
http://www.amazon.com/LubriMatic-75-030-Professional-Battery-Filler/dp/B000K1HNSQ http://www.amazon.com/LubriMatic-75-030-Professional-Battery-Filler/dp/B000K1HNSQ
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Unread 07-19-2013, 06:01 PM   #9
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I'm both old and lazy, but I'm also cautious.
This is what I use. http://www.amazon.com/LubriMatic-75-.../dp/B000K1HNSQ
Got 1 just like that, works a lot better then a squeeze bulb specially when your maintaining 2 carts
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