A golf cart is a device that is usually like a mini automobile, used to carry two golfers and the golf clubs owned by them. It carries the golfers around the golf course for covering long distances and also around a desert area. The golf cart makes it easy for the golfers to travel, as walking is time-consuming and a lot of energy is wasted in it. Modern golf carts usually run on batteries. So batteries are the vital element in a golf cart. A golf cart doesn’t work on a single battery. According to the cart type and system, a golf cart might need 3, 4, 6 or 8 batteries. If one has to get new batteries for a golf cart, there are some important factors that one has to consider before purchasing batteries for the golf cart;
- Evaluating brands
- Golf cart
- Type of battery
- Battery compartment
- Voltage system of the golf cart
- 6 volt, 8 volt or 12-volt batteries
- Battery size and model
- Battery warranty
Before deciding to buy the new batteries for the golf cart, one should always look back and check the old batteries; the size, models and the brand of the batteries. If the earlier batteries gave satisfying output and power and the golf cart worked properly, then one must simply prefer to go for the same type of batteries. In case the older batteries were not that powerful, then the new and different set of batteries are required to be bought. One should always check the manual of the golf cart in order to get more information about the battery compatibility.
There are many golf cart battery manufacturing brands. Every brand use their unique techniques for manufacturing the batteries. One should always research on the different brands and look for the reviews by other experienced customers about the brands and their opinions about a particular brand. Some brands manufacture golf cart batteries for the use in extremely cold climates and some for extremely hot. One can also consult a known experienced friend or the golf cart retailer about which type of batteries will best suit that particular golf cart. So according to one’s requirements, one must select the best brand.
Before getting a battery for the golf cart, one must research thoroughly about the golf cart that one own. The model and the system should be checked. The main factor is whether the golf cart is heavy or light. For heavy golf carts, more power is required to run the golf carts and so, the batteries must have more power. These batteries might be heavier and much more costly than the standard golf cart batteries that are used in standard or light golf carts. If a less powered battery is bought for a heavy golf cart, the cart would not work the way it normally does and the battery will also lose its life span before the expected time period.
Type of battery
Golf cart batteries are though manufactured differently for the different purpose, but just like other standard batteries, the golf cart batteries come in different technology type, like flooded lead-acid, gel battery or the AGM battery.
- Flooded lead-acid golf cart batteries are the oldest kind of batteries. These batteries are filled with liquid electrolyte and lead plates. The flooded batteries are heavy and give deep charge and discharge. As the batteries are filled with fluid acid, there is a risk of acid spilling and needs a lot of maintenances. These golf cart batteries are also not vibrations or bumps proof. These batteries are cheap but have a lot of disadvantages.
- Gelled electrolyte golf cart batteries are the type of batteries in which the electrolyte is the same as the standard flooded golf batteries, but the electrolyte is mixed with fumed silica and is gelled, making the electrolyte immobile and the batteries spill or leak proof. This type of golf cart batteries are flexible batteries as these can be placed in different position and don’t spill even if the battery gets inverted upside down.
- AGM golf cart batteries are absorbed glass mat batteries. These batteries don’t contain any electrolyte and are dry. The thin glass fibers are soaked in the electrolyte and later woven into a mat-like structure. This type of golf batteries needs zero maintenance and are the spill, leak and vibration proof, but are very costly. If one has a low budget, then this type of batteries is not a good choice.
A Golf cart has a specialized compartment for placing the batteries. Different golf cart compartments have different length, width and height for the batteries to be placed. Batteries cannot be just bought randomly of any size, as too large would not fit in the compartment and too small would just displace due to the bumps and might get damaged. So, one must measure the space available for the storage of the batteries.
Voltage system of the golf cart
Voltage system of the golf cart in and very important factor to consider before getting new batteries for the golf cart. The different golf cart has different voltage system. There are usually two types of voltage systems, 36-volt system or 48-volt system and automatically, the number of batteries required depends upon the voltage system. In a 48 volt system, more number of batteries are required than that of 36 voltage system. A particular golf cart has any one of the two voltage systems. So according to the voltage system of the golf cart, one should decide which type of batteries should be actually bought.
6 volt, 8 volt or 12-volt batteries
Golf cart batteries come in three types of volts, which are 6 volts, 8 volt or 12-volt batteries. One should select the batteries according to the Voltage system and compartments; the number of batteries, as well the voltage of the batteries is to be decided. In a 36 volt system, six 6 volt batteries or three 12 volt batteries can be used and in 48-volt system eight 6 volt batteries, six 8 volt batteries or four 12 volt batteries can be used. So according to the need, power and budgets, the number of batteries required should be decided.
Size and model of the batteries
The batteries of the golf cart come in different models and sizes. According to the amp-hour rating and required power, the sizes must be selected. One must make sure that in the series of connected batteries, there is enough space and the compartment has some space for the gas to pass through. All the batteries to be connected together must be of the same size and model as well as the brand because different batteries of sizes, models and brands connected together would not be able to deliver the satisfactory performance and also the life span of the batteries will be decreased.
Terminals are the vital part of any type of batteries and so is it for the golf cart batteries, as the terminals are the part through which the batteries are connected to each other. Different models of the golf cart batteries have the different option of terminals, so, depending on the quality and types of cable wiring and connections that one has planned to use, the batteries with that terminal option should be bought. The size of the cable should be proper; else it may cause the batteries to overheat due to overcharging.
Budget is an important factor while buying batteries for the golf cart. Say, for 36 volts system, one can either buy six 6 volt batteries or three 12 volt batteries. 6 volt batteries are heavier and costlier and give more output than 12 volt batteries, but if one has a very low budget, buying six 6 volt batteries will be a problem, so according to the budget, as three 12 volt batteries will cost much less than the six 6 volt batteries, one would have to prefer to buy the three 12 volt batteries. In case there are no budget limits, then one can buy the 6-volt batteries without any second thought.
Warranty is very important part while purchasing batteries for the golf cart. For example, within a month or two of purchasing a battery, if the battery gets damaged due to some internal reasons in the battery, one cannot just go and get a new one, as the battery is very costly, so the warranty helps in this situation, in either repairing the battery for free or getting a new whole battery replacement if repairing is not possible. One must always go for the batteries that have the maximum warranty period. These days, there are some special offers that one can even extend the warranty by paying some small extra bucks.
One should check thoroughly all the necessary factors before going for the purchasing of the golf battery. So according to the system of the golf cart, power requirements, benefits and specifications of the battery; as well the budget limits being kept in mind, one should buy the best golf cart battery; or batteries that can be accessed.