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I may have a chance to get or puchase a Fork Lift battery charger for little
money, I was wondering would this be a good charger for an electric vehicle?

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Hi Rob,

Yeah, you can use a forklift charger. I used to on my
96 volt Jeep. Split pack to 48 volts for charging in
parallel. These were 6 volt flooded golf cart
batteries. Worked well. Paid $50 for the charger.
But is was 208/240/460 3 ph input. It was just used
where I work and had 3 phase.

Typically forklift chargers are 3 phase. I'm told you
can run on single phase and derate, but have never
tried that. It is possible you could play with it and
get it working from a stove or dryer circuit at home.
But you still have the output voltage to contend with.
Typically 12, 24 or 36 volts. Sometimes 48. Seldom
any higher. And probably just good for flooded
batteries. Not a lot of adjustment, if any, for
charge algorithm.

Jeff M



--- Rob Hogenmiller <[email protected]> wrote:

> I may have a chance to get or puchase a Fork Lift
> battery charger for little
> money, I was wondering would this be a good charger
> for an electric vehicle?
>
> Thank you
>
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Rob Hogenmiller wrote:
> I may have a chance to get or puchase a Fork Lift battery charger for little
> money, I was wondering would this be a good charger for an electric vehicle?

Yes, for big flooded batteries like golf cart batteries. These chargers
are also set up for lower voltage packs than most people use in on-road
EVs, so you may need to split your pack into 2 or 3 sub-strings and
charge them in parallel (i.e. for a 48v charger, break a 144v pack into
3 parallel 48v sub-strings).

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