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kmyer74 04-24-2012 08:16 AM

220 extension cord question..
Hello everyone,I have a question about a forklift battery charger i bought. Ok,its an exide forklift battery charger 36 volts. It weighs a ton so i am having to run a 25 foot extension cord to it. My question is,my 220 wall outlet has three holes so i went to lowes and made a 220 extension cord. Now i get to the ac cable coming out of the charger that hooks to the extension cord(plug was cut off),there are 4 wires coming out of the cable green,white,red, and black......the guy at lowes said i could buy a 3 prong plug for it to plug into the female end of the extension cord because one of the 4 wires is probably neutral and i wouldnt have to hook up but the green,white and either the red or he right? Inside the charger the red,white and black all go to big fuses and green to ground. Also above the fuses it says "factory set to 480 volts ac". I guess my question is,will this charger only work using a 4 prong wall outlet(mine only has 3) and with 4 prong plug hooked to cable coming out of the charger itself or is the guy at lowes right in saying that only the red OR black wire has to be used? Sorry if this is confusing but ive searched and searched online for 3 days and havent found anything. Thanks in advance for any help-Kevin

a7ecorsair 04-24-2012 08:20 AM


"factory set to 480 volts ac"
This is your first problem:eek:
Do not plug this in to anything until you understand this charger. It could be three phase.

mpoulton 04-24-2012 08:24 AM

Three fuses and a 480V rating? That's a 3-phase charger. Unless it can be rewired for single phase, you can't use it on a single-phase supply. What is the model number?

kmyer74 04-24-2012 09:56 AM

Its a D3-18-850B

zappa 04-24-2012 10:59 AM


Originally Posted by kmyer74 (Post 906294)
Its a D3-18-850B

I'm only finding that model in 3-phase. Perhaps you could contact Exide
and see if they offered this model in single phase.

shockme123 04-24-2012 01:40 PM


Originally Posted by zappa (Post 906322)
I'm only finding that model in 3-phase. Perhaps you could contact Exide
and see if they offered this model in single phase.

hi we have 15 chargers here all but one are 3ph, your have to get 1ph charger and should be a 50amp plug . make sure you have enough power . :)

a7ecorsair 04-24-2012 02:46 PM

Aside from getting it to work....
What do you plan to do with this charger?

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