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#1 Titus OFFLINE  

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Posted June 17, 2014 - 08:56 AM

I finally picked up an E14, I've had it roughly a month now and love everything about it. Well except that it doesn't charge. 

 

The batteries are US2000s, load tested excellent before the install. 

 

I plug it in and it's on start, it automatically starts/I hear the transformer humming. With a volt meter, I see no difference in voltage to the batteries. In fact, the charger yesterday stayed on all day to the point where I could smell something heating up, which wasn't good. The charger cord was extremely hot to the touch. 

 

I'm use to golf cars, where the batteries are all hooked up in series, making it a 36 volt system, is this the same case here? Can I just bypass this charger and use a golf car 36v charger? If so, where is the main positive and negative? Or are these 12v systems hooked up in sequence? 

 

I'm new to this GT, so please bare with me. Thank you for your help.


Edited by Titus, June 17, 2014 - 08:57 AM.

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Posted June 17, 2014 - 05:36 PM

Something sure is going on and I don't like it. I plugged it in and noticed something smoking. Then suddenly a spark and it jolted FWD. I was able to unplug it from the wall and it stopped. 

 

I found the 36 V main pos & neg. I believe I am going to disconnect those and set up a golf car charger with an Anderson plug & charge it that way. Unless that's a problem?

 

With the charger unplugged, I was reading 36.6 on the bank. Plugged in when the charger was plugged in, it went to 37.6 and held there. 



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Posted June 17, 2014 - 07:25 PM

A small lead - maybe # 10 wire at the disconnect goes to the charger from the disconnect . The should be removed until the built in charger is repaired . You are ok using an external charger , many people do this .

The built in transformers were exposed to much abuse over the early years . No surge protection with the added joy that color TV's caused line noise and dc fluctuations on an ac line . This knowledge comes from studying SCR history .

E-T ing requires much practice . Good luck .
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Posted June 19, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Thank you for the info! I found this to be the issue

 

 

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Posted June 19, 2014 - 10:49 AM

What are the Electric tractors like? Seems like a neat idea. I know electric motors make some power. I just cant wrap my head around the idea of one. Just curious about them

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Posted June 19, 2014 - 11:05 AM

Thankfully with the junk club car chargers we get it, I was able to grab a replacment which works perfectly. The charger charges now, but I am researching where to turn on the charger too. I ask this because when I turn it to Start, it runs for a little then clicks off. If I go to J, then it stays on for a long time.



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Posted June 19, 2014 - 11:06 AM

I mowed my lawn last night while having a conversation on the phone. I've always been fascinated by them, and I love it. 


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Posted June 19, 2014 - 11:10 AM

That would be neat. So they have alot of power cutting grass?

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Posted June 20, 2014 - 07:35 AM

Where are the pictures?? I have mowed and talked on the phone as well. Pretty amazing.

I have only mowed fairly light grass so I can not tell you how strong a mower they are. But these electric motors are strong for sure.

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Posted February 07, 2015 - 10:54 PM

Did you ever fix the factory charger?

Those capacitors are available from 2 or 3 sources. 






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