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Charging electric golf cart using generator or solar?


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05-07-15, 09:08 AM   #1  
Charging electric golf cart using generator or solar?

I purchased a 2010 ezgo rxv golf cart. I want to leave it at the local golf course. I need to be able to charge it. Was wondering if a generator would be a good option or is solar panels better. The cheaper the better for me.

 
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05-07-15, 09:18 AM   #2  
I think solar would be the better option. Charging batteries for a golf cart takes many hours (8 or so) and I doubt you would want to run the generator for that long, and hang around just to charge them.


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05-07-15, 10:15 AM   #3  
They don't have an electrical receptacle at the golf course you can use? Unless your walking to the golf course I'd suggest taking it home and charging it. Quick disconnect example: http://www.ebay.com/itm/BATTERY-CABL...-/400905719771


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05-07-15, 10:54 AM   #4  
Solar is an option though it would not be cheap. Your batteries are 48volts so you'd need to get up around 57 or 58 volts for charging. A charge controller would be a good idea unless you go with a small set of panels but then you're charge rate would be slow. Plugging a traditional charger into an outlet is a much better options. Or, get a gas cart.

 
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05-07-15, 02:00 PM   #5  
An additional problem with solar is the panels could become a target for theft as you're looking at a several hundred dollar investment.


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05-07-15, 05:27 PM   #6  
Good point! I could use a new charging array for my electric pond boat.

 
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