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Battery Charging Basics

Battery Charging Basics

Cycle new batteries lightly (20% or less depth of discharge) the first few cycles. This helps complete the forming process of the plates (in case they are not completely finished forming). Always allow batteries to "cool off" after charging. The cooling time is very important because heat is generated during the recharge and discharge cycles. Without the cooling time the heat grows, accelerating grid corrosion, which is one of the major causes of battery failure. Opportunity charging (quick charging between uses) is detrimental to battery life. While it is true that the shallower the cycle,...

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The Case of the Pickled Battery

The Case of the Pickled Battery

It does not happen often but every once in awhile we get a question that just plain stumps us.  Recently, a Customer called late on a Friday, just before closing, with a question that left us scratching our heads.  Apparently, he was doing his monthly water service maintenance on his batteries and he accidently grabbed the “Distilled Vinegar” jug instead of the “Distilled Water” one.  Oops!  He used his battery water fill system and poured about ½ cup of vinegar into the batteries before he caught his mistake.  He knew it was wrong and stopped immediately but wanted to know how much damage...

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Yamaha Recalls Golf Carts

Yamaha Recalls Golf Carts

Do you own a Yamaha cart? This popular brand has an active recall alert – make sure you take a look at the full article to see if you’re affected.You should contact the nearest Yamaha dealer, as they will do the repair for free.   Link to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission 

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Charge at Night – Water in the Morning

Charge at Night – Water in the Morning

Battery Manufacturers recommend leaving your cart plugged in and charging every night after you finished using it for the day. Modern chargers and On Board Computers (OBC's) will shut off automatically either when they are done charging or timed out. The charging process heats up the water/acid solution (electrolyte) and forces the electrolyte that has been absorbed by the battery's lead plates back into solution. By charging the batteries first, the liquid electrolyte will be at the highest possible level before adding more water.  If low, then add Distilled Water (only Distilled Water)...

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