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Unread 06-25-2014, 01:59 PM   #1
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Hi There, maybe someone has a little insight here. I have a 36 volt EZGO and want to add an accessory that has a parasitic draw of 20mA. Very little, but am wondering if anyone sees a problem with that. Any thoughts?
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Unread 06-25-2014, 02:06 PM   #2
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Is it a 12v or 36v accessory?
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Unread 06-25-2014, 02:20 PM   #3
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It's a 36 volt accessory so it connects across the entire battery bank.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 02:28 PM   #4
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I wouldn't sweat it. Just make sure it can handle the peak voltage of your charger. What charger do you have make/model?
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Unread 06-25-2014, 02:40 PM   #5
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Powerwise 36 Volt Golf Cart Battery Charger
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Unread 06-25-2014, 02:48 PM   #6
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Your charger will charge then shut off. It won't keep them topped off, but your batteries will self discharge anyway. At a minimum, you should initiate a charge monthly, ideally more frequently. That's assuming you don't drive it. You should be charging it every evening its driven. Driving will be drawing tens of amps, so 20 ma is nothing.

I don't recall the shutoff voltage for a 36 volt system as I'm 48 volts, but I think the charger shuts off around 45 volts. Someone will provide the actual number, but make sure your accessory won't fry while charging.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 02:50 PM   #7
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Just did a search and found most 36 volt chargers shut off at 44 - 46 volts, so I was pretty close.
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