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Old 03-15-2016, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default 2016 yamaha Drive: storage/battery charge question

Hi,

2016 yamaha Drive: storage/battery charge question---

If I leave my cart for a few months or more, can I simply just leave plugged in to charger(as I understand the new chargers will not overcharge)? Or will I need a trickle charger? or?

Also, anything I should do with the water level?

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Old 03-15-2016, 11:18 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2016 yamaha Drive: storage/battery charge question

You need a trickle charger. The standard charger won't reset and charge again without being unplugged / power cycled. Make sure water levels are good. A trickle charger won't gas the batteries so the water levels should be fine for a few months.
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Old 03-15-2016, 12:52 PM   #3
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Default Re: 2016 yamaha Drive: storage/battery charge question

I bought a Save-A-Battery charger/maintainer and have had no problems so far.
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Old 03-15-2016, 06:24 PM   #4
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Default Re: 2016 yamaha Drive: storage/battery charge question

Thanks!

- how long will water be with the trickle charge? will it last 6 months?

- Are there other 48 volt trickle chargers aside from "save-a battery" ?

- when trickle charging, do you hook up to the main (+) and (-)?

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Old 03-15-2016, 06:32 PM   #5
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Default Re: 2016 yamaha Drive: storage/battery charge question

Unless I have missed something for a long time....Yamaha's chargers, from the MAC/DPI and Yamaha's own brand chargers are fully automatic. As long as the AC circuit is not interupted, they will turn on as needed to regain lost voltage from sitting. I have come to recommend putting the run/tow switch into tow when leaving the car sitting unattended. Lightning strikes and power surges can hurt the controller if the "run position" is left on.
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Old 03-15-2016, 07:17 PM   #6
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Thanks smallblock450sl--

I am not sure what you mean by " I have come to recommend putting the run/tow switch into tow when leaving the car sitting unattended. Lightning strikes and power surges can hurt the controller if the "run position" is left on."
I only have on/off switch on my cart- should I leave on, off or take key out ?

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Thanks smallblock450sl--

I am not sure what you mean by " I have come to recommend putting the run/tow switch into tow when leaving the car sitting unattended. Lightning strikes and power surges can hurt the controller if the "run position" is left on."
I only have on/off switch on my cart- should I leave on, off or take key out ?

Thanks!
In you battery compartment, there is a "run/tow switch". It "cut's off" power from the battery pack to the controller when it is in the "tow" position.
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My Yamaha charger (2012) does not turn back on. There are several trickle chargers out there for 48Volt packs. I use "Battery Tender" models on my cars that I leave and they have a golf cart version. I would never leave my Yamaha charger plugged in for days or weeks or months.
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Old 03-15-2016, 08:03 PM   #9
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so with the 2016 yamaha drive AC: when I leave it for a while--- just keep it plugged into the charger that came with it and turn the run/tow switch to "tow" ?

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Old 03-15-2016, 08:08 PM   #10
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Default Re: 2016 yamaha Drive: storage/battery charge question

So Volt_Ampere, do you think 2016's are diff then 2012? do you think regardless I should go with the trickle charge when left for a while then?

what about the run/tow switch?

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