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The Ultimate Guide to Golf Cart Battery Maintenance 

 September 19, 2021

By  Phil Borges

It is always annoying to get stuck in the middle of a golf course because your batteries are dead.

Every golf cart owner knows that the battery is one of the most important parts of their cart. If your battery is not working correctly, then your cart will not work properly either. That is why it is essential to care for and maintain your golf cart batteries.

In this post, we will give you some tips on how to maximize the life of your golf cart batteries so that you can avoid being stranded on the golf course ever again.

Guides to Maintain Golf Cart Batteries

Proper maintenance of golf cart batteries is important, but it is not an easy task. You may need to have the correct tools available, and because there are many different types of batteries out there, you also need to know which type your golf cart uses before proceeding with any care or maintenance.

Without good care and upkeep, your battery life can be cut short before its time. Here are some ways how best to take care of those vital components: 

1.Maintain the battery by keeping it clean

Cleaning your golf cart battery is one of the most important things you can do to maintain it. It can be tricky because they attract dirt and grime really quickly, but it will help spot problems before they become big ones when you clean them out.

If your golf cart battery terminals are covered in dirt and corrosion, they need cleaning before anything else. This will be the time to use a bristle brush with baking soda and water mixture to remove any corrosion but be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and eye protection as well. Make cables last longer with a quick couple of sprays of an anti-corrosive spray.

Ensure connectors are kept tight at all times. If they come loose, it could result in a safety hazard and reduce the battery's performance.

A periodic inspection is also advisable to ensure that vent caps are on tightly as well. This will help prevent gas from leaking out, which can cause an explosion or fire risk while charging.

2.Charge the battery each after use

Golf cart batteries lose their power after a day of use, so it is best to always give them an overnight charge to ensure an efficient and clean day on the golf course. Even if you only used it briefly, it is best to charge the battery as soon as possible not to find yourself in a sticky situation.

If you want the best battery life, make sure to never let it run down too low. A good indicator of when your battery requires recharge can be found by checking on its voltage before plugging it into an outlet. Always use matched voltage chargers with your battery packs to avoid overcharging them.

It is not good to charge the battery for long periods of time either because this can negatively impact its life span in the future.

3.Watering battery on a regular basis

One of the best ways to keep your battery in good condition is by watering it regularly. This will help prevent problems with corrosion and oxidation, which can result in you having to replace the battery before its time because it won't hold power anymore.

It is essential to maintain the correct level of water in your battery at all stages. Water should be added as soon as the battery gets fully charged. But before anything else, the plates must always have enough room for this liquid.

To avoid wasting money on batteries that die prematurely, it's best to have a monthly check on the batteries until you find out how often it requires watering.

4.Use the battery as much as possible

To keep the performance of your golf cart batteries as high as possible, it is best to use them for long periods of time so that they will have a chance to charge fully.

Golf cart batteries require a refresh charge every 45-60 days and more frequently in hotter climates. Luckily, chargers with advanced storage mode features will automatically give them an update so long as they are plugged into the charger while away from home.

It is also important not to let the battery drain before recharging because this can result in a permanent loss of capacity, which may lead you to buy new batteries sooner than anticipated and halting your ability to play golf on the course.

Batteries age, and their needs change; they need water more often, longer charging times. Capacity also decreases over time.

5.Battery storage when not in use

When storing your golf cart batteries, it is crucial to keep them in a cool place and ensure that they are dry before keeping them.

You should make a habit of performing a boost charge on your battery before storing it for long periods. This will help the performance and longevity of your battery when you re-activate it later after the storage is over. 

The key to getting the most out of our batteries during this process, as with any other time we use them in our cars or recreational vehicles, is ensuring they do not get too hot or cold while being stored. That means keeping them away from sources of heat like direct sunlight that can cause irreversible damage if left unchecked.

Consider the weather temperature when storing the batteries. If possible, avoid locations with freezing temperatures that could freeze batteries which can lead to unexpected damage.

6.Know the recommended discharge for the battery

There are many benefits to maintaining your golf cart battery. You should discharge it between 50-80% and never go beyond 80%. Alternatively, completely draining a set of batteries will not help the lifespan.

To maintain optimum performance, it needs periodic testing and maintenance.

This includes checking all cells' hydrometer readings while fully charged for making sure they are balanced. Voltage tests can help identify if there are cells with unusually lower charge levels. These might be bad batteries in some cases.

7.Avoid overcharging the batteries

Overcharging batteries can lead to problems like corrosion and oxidation, which can result in loss of power. Also, overcharging will shorten the life span of the battery.

It is ideal to have an automatic charger for the battery to make sure it does not overcharge.

Conclusion:

We hope that the guides above help you understand the importance of golf cart battery maintenance and that it gives you an idea of how the battery life will be maximized.

If you follow these guides, you will never have to worry about being stranded on the golf course again. Golf cart batteries are a vital component of your electric vehicle so make sure they are always in good condition.

About the author

Hi, I'm Phil Borges.. thanks for reading.. My wife says I can't shut up about batteries so to save my marriage I've started this blog .. where I'd be ranting about batteries! Please leave a comment if you have any questions, I'm happy to help!

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