If your golf cart is in bad need of a charge and your electric golf cart battery charger is not turning on when you plug it in, the problem may not be in the charger. There is a good chance that the batteries have drained down in voltage to the point where the charger does not recognize the batteries. If this is the case, then you will need to charge those batteries using a 12 volt automotive charger.
“How do I charge a 48 or 36 volts with a 12 volt charger?”
Well, it is not very difficult, but it is much easier to show you than to tell you. So we created a video to do just that…
A few things to keep in mind…
First, it is possible to charge the batteries in your cart backwards. If you place the clamps from your charger on the wrong posts then you could end up giving each battery a negative charge, which could make your 6 volt or 8 volt golf cart batteries unusable. Sometimes that can be corrected, but not always.
If you are in doubt after watching this video, you may want to have a more experienced person give you a hand. Or if you live near Crossville, TN, bring it on in to us and we will make sure your batteries are charged correctly.
Another thing to keep in mind is if the cart has been sitting long enough to go completely dead, then there is a good possibility that the water levels are low. Normally, you only want to add water after charging your batteries. However, if they are completely dry it is good to add just enough water to reach the tops of the plates before charging. The boiling of the batteries that occurs during a good hot charge is part of what helps break down the sulfates on the plates of the batteries. Without having any water in your golf cart batteries this will not happen.
We hope that this video helps you bring your golf cart back to life. If we can post anything specific that would help you with your golf cart’s needs, please let us know in the comment section below.
Thanks, and Happy Carting!