CS (MarApr15) - Trojan Battery

This months cover photo features Trojan Battery, taken from the floor of the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show In Orlando Florida.

Industry News - March/April 2015


New Four-Passenger Electric Vehicle is Great for Neighborhood Transportation, Small Businesses and Golf

Club Car introduces the versatile new Precedent Stretch personal transportation vehicle (PTV). It combines unsurpassed power and durability with four forward-facing seats and 35 additional inches of legroom, for people who want to take the long view. In the Precedent Stretch PTV, you don’t have to leave a friend or relative behind or sitting on a rear-facing seat.

“The vehicle’s automotive design fosters conversation, camaraderie and comfort. It delivers the most front and rear legroom of any four-passenger vehicle in its class,” says Product Manager David Woodward

The Precedent Stretch PTV comes with a maximum speed of 15 mph or with Club Car’s 19-mph Private Use Speed Option, making it ideal for neighborhood transportation.

Engineered to Carry the Load

Many small four-passenger vehicles are simply traditional golf cars that have been extended by a third-party provider, often putting the OEM warranty at risk. The Precedent Stretch PTV was designed to carry the additional length and weight. The car is equipped with 10 percent more battery capacity, providing more range than competitive vehicles. The system features:

A rugged 3.7-hp IQ Plus™ electric motor

A 350-amp controller

A heavy-duty solenoid

Four-gauge battery wires

Regenerative brakes that capture and store energy used during braking, extending the miles per charge

The vehicle uses no gas and releases no carbon emissions. It comes with:

A spacious bagwell for groceries, gear or two sets of clubs.

An exclusive rustproof, corrosion-resistant, 2-x-3-inch tubular aluminum frame that makes it more

impact resistant than steel frames.

An extended Monsoon Top™ Canopy with built-in drains that channel water to the ground.

A heavy-duty SportDrive™ Steering and Suspension System for a smoother ride and better handling.

An integrated rear-passenger grab bar, a five-panel mirror and improved rear braking for safety.

One of the longest, most inclusive warranties in its class.

Club Car vehicles are sold through Authorized Club Car Dealers. To find a dealer near you, visit www.clubcardealer.com.


A Douglassville man has been charged after police responded to a reported burglary at Golf Cart Specialists LLC.

Brandon Hoffmaster, 23, of Douglassville is facing charges after allegedly committing a burglary to support a heroin addiction, according to court documents.

Police were dispatched to the business at 126 Industrial Parkway on Nov 3., where they discovered forced entry was made through a rear garage overhead door. Officers found a window in the overhead door smashed out. They then determined that once the burglar was inside, forced entry was made into the Corporate Controllers Office by smashing a large window after a failed attempt to break open the office door with a sledge hammer, according to police.

A box containing $400 cash, an Apple iPad valued at $736.64 and a video projector valued at $250 were taken. Other offices and rooms inside the business were ransacked and damage was caused to additional property, according to court documents.

The business had also experienced thefts from the warehouse shop in previous months which included a missing Echo Gas BPK Lo-Noise leaf blower, an Echo 14 gas chain saw, a Dewalt Battery Grinder/Buffer and a Snap On three-eights-inch cordless impact tool. At the time, it was suspected that an employee was involved in the thefts and possibly the burglary, according to police. The business suffered a total loss of $1,113.98 Between items stolen during the thefts and the items taken during the burglary, Golf Cart Specialists LLC suffered a total loss of $2,500.62.

Police made contact with Hoffmaster when they arrived to take the burglary report. Hoffmaster had worked as a general laborer in the warehouse. He was found outside the business before management had arrived. After consenting to a vehicle search, police found drug paraphernalia consisting of needles and used waxen bags commonly related to heroin abuse, according to police.

On Nov. 6 Hoffmaster was interviewed by police where he admitted to the theft of the leaf blower, grinder and chain saw. He also admitted to stealing the items to support his heroin addiction. He informed police that he has taken the items to local pawn shops to trade for cash to purchase heroin. He denied being involved in the burglary, police said.

Hoffmaster was interview again on Nov. 7. He then admitted to committing the burglary. Hoffmaster explained to police that he had smashed the overhead garage door to gain access on Nov. 1 at around 7 a.m. He then explained that he forced entry into the office and took the iPad, video projector and cash box. Hoffmaster again admitted to stealing the items to pawn for cash to support his heroin addiction. He then informed police that he damaged additional property so that it would appear to have been committed by a non-employee.

Hoffmaster is being charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. He faced a preliminary arraignment on Nov. 7 before District Judge Walter F. Gadzicki and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 17 again before District Judge Walter F. Gadzicki. He was unable to post the set $10,000 cash bail and is being held at Montgomery County Correctional Facility.


Reliant™ AGM with C-Max Technology™, the industry’s first true deep-cycle AGM battery, is now available from Trojan Battery Co., LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries. Reliant AGM maximizes sustained performance and increases total energy output to meet demanding deep-cycling requirements in Trojan’s wide range of market applications.

Reliant™ AGM is manufactured in the U.S. at Trojan’s newest production facility in Sandersville, Ga., and applications including aerial work platform, floor cleaning, golf, material handling, recreation, renewable energy, and remote telecom will benefit from its true deep-cycle design. Reliant™ AGM is also designed to power equipment used in locations where regulatory mandates require use of non-spillable batteries such as airports, healthcare facilities, shopping centers, educational institutions, etc.

“Trojan’s Reliant AGM is specifically engineered for deep-cycling applications, unlike most AGM batteries on the market today which are designed for dual-purpose or standby applications, such as UPS backup,” said Dave Godber, Trojan Battery’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Trojan has focused on deep-cycle technology longer than any other battery manufacturer in the industry and has utilized our extensive expertise and knowledge in developing the industry’s most reliable deep-cycle AGM battery.” Incorporating premium components, state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, a dual-sided pasting process and superior quality control, Reliant™ AGM delivers exceptional quality and reliability the Trojan brand is known for.

“Trojan’s Reliant line of true deep-cycle AGM batteries feature elements that offer a new direction in AGM technology,” said Gordon Beckley, senior vice president of engineering and quality assurance at Trojan Battery. “As the only true deep-cycle AGM battery on the market today, Reliant AGM is a completely new AGM design, which our engineering team has been developing for the last several years. After extensive market research and meeting with our customers to determine their specific requirements for deep-cycle AGM batteries, Trojan’s engineering team set out to develop a true deep-cycle AGM battery to meet these market demands.”

Reliant’s exclusive C-Max Technology incorporates a wide range of features not found in many of today’s AGM battery offerings. The combination of its proprietary paste formula, unique separator, special polymer case design and maximum flame arrestors, coupled with Trojan’s manufacturing excellence, delivers increased total energy output, maximized sustained performance, consistent quality, and enhanced durability.

Key Product Features & Benefits

Proprietary Paste Formula – Paste features elements designed to address the unique needs of

deep-cycle applications to maximize sustained performance and increase total energy.

Unique Separator Composition – Thick design ensures high compression for effective contact between

glass mat and plates which protects against stratification for extended battery life.

Plastic Polymer Case Design – Distinct plastic polymer case formula with reinforced case end walls

increases durability and provides higher battery cell compression to ensure reliable performance.

Maximum Flame Arrestors – Features one flame arrestor for each cell for maximum safety.

For more information on Trojan Battery Co., visit www.trojanbattery.com.


Three felony charges against a Toano man accused of stealing two dozen golf cart batteries from a shuttered golf course in James City were certified to a grand jury Thursday in general district court.

District Judge Colleen Kililea found probable cause on charges of breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny against 29-year-old Benjamin P. Hogge during a preliminary hearing. Additional counts of breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy as well as two counts each of larceny with intent to sell and obtaining money by false pretenses were dropped.

Jerry Snead, a caretaker at Colonial Golf Course on Diascund Road, testified that on Nov. 4, 2014, he was at the property and noticed a white Jeep with the back door open near the golf cart garage. He said as he approached a white male shut the door, jumped in the passenger seat and the Jeep sped off.

The next day he Snead noticed some batteries had been moved and some were missing along with some copper, according to his testimony. Asked if James City Police Chief Brad Rinehimer maintained game cameras on the property, Snead answered yes.

A criminal complaint against Hogge indicates surveillance footage from Nov. 3, 2014 showed two white males matching the description of Hogge and 27-year-old Adam Lawrence Alspaugh on the property. Cathy Black, deputy commonwealth attorney, submitted a photograph of two white males at the golf course as evidence.

At 12:24 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2014, Alspaugh sold 24 Trojan brand golf cart batteries to James City Recycling, according to the complaint against Hogge. Police said the batteries were valued at $3,500.

Investigator Kathy Swanson with James City police testified that she responded to the recycling center, noting that the business’s records indicate a white Jeep Cherokee had dropped off golf cart batteries on that day. She added that copper had been brought to the recycling center the day before. The complaint states Alspaugh was the person who sold it.

Hogge’s girlfriend told the court that her sister’s white Jeep Cherokee had been left at the house for Alspaugh and Hogge to use on Nov. 4, but she had no knowledge of whether they had driven it. She said Hogge indicated he and Alspaugh had been together that day and that the Jeep had been moved from its original parking spot.

Alspaugh was indicted in January on two counts of grand larceny in connection with the incident.

TS (MarApr15) - AGM Batteries

By: Matt Vallez


This article first appeared in the Mar/Apr 2010 Golf Car News Magazine, It has been updated and fact checked for this re-release.

Battery geeks have long heralded the coming of new battery technology, to all including the golf car industry for years, 22 last I counted. During this whole time the wet cell lead-acid battery has been the mainstay of all golf car manufacturers, and is currently the main battery available by the big three golf car manufactures in the electric cars they make (there are now AMG options) That is about to change, there is a new challenger to the dominance of the wet cell lead acid battery and it is for real this time not just hype. The battery type is AGM or (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries, and they are being used in production golf car vehicles by some of the lesser known manufacturers and optional equipment for the big three.

These AGM batteries are sealed lead-acid batteries, also referred to as VRLA (Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid) batteries. They are similar to conventional wet lead-acid batteries however the electrolyte/acid is absorbed in a fiberglass material rather than in liquid form, hence the name glass-mat. Another key difference is that AGM batteries are sealed, so that the gasses produced during charging and discharging operations are recombined and remain within the battery rather than being released into the atmosphere. The sealed construction means there is no water loss in AGM batteries – therefore no maintenance.

This is the most important difference between the two types of batteries. AGM batteries are like wet lead-acid batteries on steroids without the water maintenance issues. All the water related problems for normal lead-acid batteries are eliminated. That also eliminates most maintenance and most common causes of premature failure related to wet lead acid batteries. This leaves a battery that can do the job without the maintenance and problems associated with wet lead-acid batteries.

The charging of any battery is another potential problem area and it exists for all batteries, overcharging has ruined many a good set of batteries. Charging needs to be done at a rate that will not damage the battery and long enough to adequately charge the batteries. Each battery has its own algorithm. A batteries algorithm basically is the rate and duration at which it should be charged for optimum performance. AGM batteries have an aggressive algorithm most similar to wet lead-acid batteries. So in many cases the same charger used for wet lead-acid batteries will perform well for an AGM battery. Gel batteries, sometimes called sealed batteries have much different charging requirements. They usually require different chargers or chargers that have a dual setting, one being for gel batteries. It only takes one over charging of a gel battery and the output permanently reduced. Wet lead-acid and AGM batteries are also not meant to be overcharged but are not as sensitive as gel batteries to the event.

Other interesting facts about AGM batteries: Shock and vibration resistant, little self-discharge per month only 1%, can be installed and operated upright or on its side, certified safe for land, sea or air transport by DOT, IATA, IMDG, ICAO. That is to list a few. These batteries are here now and have become a viable alternative option for wet lead-acid batteries. They are more expensive to begin with, so currently the most common use is for AGM batteries are applications where performance is more important than economy. As these batteries gain popularity, they are a serious rival to the status quo, wet lead-acid battery.

I want to thank the people at Fullriver Battery Company for contributing to this article.

ATG (MarApr15) - How to Test a 2010 48V TXT

MD writes: How do I do testing on a 48-volt TXT 2010

According to Roger: TXT 48 Volt Electric Car 2010 and Up:

Make sure you turn the run/tow switch to tow if disconnecting the battery pack for any reason or you can see catastrophic controller failure! Make sure the rear wheels are off the ground for safety. Wear eye protection! Do not jump things out!

To start you must confirm the following:

You must see above 48 volts on the battery pack as 48 volts is a dead pack. 52 volts is fully charged. Yes the car will run at 48 volts, but not long.

You must have a voltmeter with self-penetrating leads to test pin-out voltages.

Self-Penetrating lead clips. You will need the lead wires as well. Electronic stores carry these. TP82 Clips and TL222 Leads.


Confirm you have 48 volts positive at pin number 9 red wire on the 16 pin connector (run/tow in run position). If not fix that wiring circuit.

Confirm you have 48 volts positive at pin number 10 yellow wire (with key switch on). If not fix that wiring circuit.

Confirm you have 48 volts positive at pin number 6 green wire (key on in forward and foot pedal pushed). If not fix that wiring circuit. If voltage is present before you push the pedal the switch is stuck in the on position and will cause SRO/HPD and shut the logics off. All three voltages we just tested must be in sequence.

Confirm you have 48 volts positive at pin 8 green wire (key on in forward). If that voltage is missing then we need to confirm 48 volts positive is on the center terminal (gray wire) of the forward and reverse switch. If that voltage is missing repair that wiring circuit. The same thing applies to pin 16 orange wire.

Confirm you have 48 volts positive (may be a tad under that) at pin 5 which is an orange/red wire and can be an off red color. If that voltage is missing the disable circuit is defective in the charging receptacle. To test remove the blue wire from the off red wire. Supply a 48 volts positive to the off red wire. If the car runs you have found the problem. If the car still does not run we test other circuits as follows.

With the key on place a voltmeter on the small yellow wire on the (small terminal) contactor. You must read 48 volts positive, if you do not fix that wire circuit. If you do read 48 volts positive move your test lead to the other side (blue wire) you should read 48 volts positive. If you do not the coil inside the contactor is open, replace contactor. If you read 48 volts positive then push the accelerator pedal (key on in forward). You should see that blue wire turn to a negative potential. If it does not and all other pin-out are correct we either have a motor, speed sensor, ITS or controller issue. This section was for a contactor that does not “click”. If it does “click” we have issues with the ITS, or motor.

ITS at pin 1 white wire should be a 14 volts +/- positive output to the ITS module. If that voltage is missing the controller is defective. If that voltage is present check for positive .3 volts +/- at pin 2 black wire. As you push the accelerator that voltage should increase close to 2.94 volts +/-. If it does not the ITS is defective. If that voltage is correct test the motor as per motor testing. Disconnect the F1 and F2 field connections. Place an ohmmeter across the field terminals. You should read 1 to 3 ohms, and if you do not you have motor problems. Check all four motor terminals with and ohmmeter to ground (low ohms). If you have a terminal that is grounded to the frame, repair the motor. It is all about following procedure and the car diagram to find the known potentials and confirming them. Make sure you have the tools to do the job!

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