Could anything be worse than excitedly preparing for your tee time, only to find out that your golf cart won’t start? Probably not. If you rely on your trusty cart to caddy your clubs around the course, you’ll want to be sure the batteries are in tip-top condition and fully charged. Granted, maintaining batteries may not be the first thing you think of upon waking each morning, but it is an important topic nonetheless.
If you are in need of a primer, read on for a few simple ways to get maximum usage from those cute little black boxes.
1. These Batteries Won’t Power Your Regular Ride
Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could swap your dead golf cart battery for the nice, juicy one in your car or truck? It would. But, that won’t work for the simple reason that electric carts use a 6 volt battery, while motor vehicles use a 12 volt. There are many differences between the two, but one of the most notable is that cart batteries don’t charge while you are driving. Thus, the lifespan is less than that of a car battery. With that difference in mind, here are a few ways to improve the useful life of your golf cart battery:
Always turn your cart off when not in use
Limit the usage of accessories such as lights and radio
Remove the keys after each usage
Don’t overload your cart with heavy items
Refrain from long, grueling, uphill drives
Try not to completely drain your battery
Transport your cart by truck if you need to move it across town
2. Keep Them Clean and Happy
Maintaining your golf cart batteries is as simple as keeping the terminals clean and the water level at the proper level. Corrosion, if it occurs, can be removed with a baking soda and water solution, applied vigorously with an old toothbrush (or a new one, if you prefer). When adding water to your battery, be sure to use distilled, to avoid mineral buildup, and don’t overfill it.
3. Charge Frequently
For best results, charge your battery after every usage, but be sure to disconnect it from the charger as soon as it is fully charged, as overcharging can be damaging. To make this chore easier, set a timer or treat yourself to an automated charger, which will turn itself off when your battery is done charging. By charging in the evening, you can count on a battery that is ready to go come morning.
4. Consider an Upgrade
Batteries that have been properly cared for can last up to five years. If you feel like your golf cart battery isn’t up to par, shop around for an upgrade. Manufacturers are constantly coming up with new and improved technology, and if you golf frequently you may need to spend money on a premium battery. Buying a battery wholesale can be a cost-effective choice.
Whether you are doing laps around the links or just going for an evening roll around the neighborhood, golf carts are handy little vehicles. When powered by batteries, they are quiet and efficient. Maintaining your batteries, keeping them clean and charged, and using them appropriately can lengthen their useful lifespan significantly.