Buying New Golf Cart Batteries – What Is the Best Battery For My Application
1. What is the difference between a deep cycle battery, a starting battery, and a dual-purpose battery?
A deep cycle battery has the ability to be deeply discharged and charged many times during its service life. It is designed specifically for powering electrical equipment for long periods of time. An automotive or starting battery is designed for brief bursts of high current and cannot withstand more than a few deep discharges before failure. This is why it is unable to start your car if you accidentally leave the lights on more than a couple of times. For applications where both engine starting and light deep cycling are required, a dual-purpose battery is often used. This type of battery is neither a starting nor a deep cycle battery but rather a compromise between the two so it performs both functions adequately. Only deep cycle batteries should be used in renewable energy applications.
2. What’s better? 36 Volt 48 Volt or 72 Volt systems?
Systems with higher loads continuous will be better served by higher voltages such 48 volt or 72 volts if you are looking for better performance ( High Torque or Speed) from a upgraded motor or controller set up to minimize voltage drop which impacts overall system performance. The size of the battery or the Ah rating will directly effect the range or time between re-charge. Not all batteries are equal when it comes to capacity (Ah).
3. Why do manufacturers use different alloys in their batteries (lead-calcium, lead-antimony, lead selenium, etc.)?
The composition of the plate grid alloy can have a major effect on operating characteristics, such as behavior on float charging and cycle life. Older lead-antimony designs have good cycling capability but require frequent water additions, particularly towards the end of life, due to antimony migration between the plates. Cells with lead-calcium alloys require far less watering, but tend to have a poor cycle life. Lead-selenium alloys are actually low-antimony types with the addition of selenium as a hardening agent. Such alloys promote good cycling capability, while maintaining a constant and fairly low level of water consumption. Many variants on these alloy types are commercially available.
4. Who makes the best batteries for my golf cart?
We would recommend any battery manufactured in the US. This would include Crown Golf Cart Batteries, Deka Golf Cart Batteries, Trojan Golf cart Batteries or US Battery. The quality of the battery will be determined by the quality of the lead product inside. These battery brands have been around for a long time and are all top notch. You get what you pay for – If any one you see advertising a new golf cart battery for costs less than $100 ea – Buyer beware! Quality lead products are pretty consistent across the board though we have seen in certain areas of the country steep price increases based on one companies saturation in an area. ( No local or regional competitors) So depending on your area of the country one brand might be readily accessible vs another. Shipping these types of batteries is not as easy as us shipping you a new custom golf cart dash kit or lift kit. These types of batteries cannot be shipped via common carrier, and will need to be shipped via tractor trailer LTL freight. So being we will need to ship to a commercial address with access to a loading dock, or have a forklift on hand in most cases. If not we might not be able to supply you with batteries for your golf cart and will need to look for local battery supplier. You can always drop us a line here on the contact us page and just say – Please help we need golf cart batteries for our golf cart. Leave a name , number and your zip code. We might be able to have a affiliate warehouse or battery specialist come by in a smaller truck or van to drop off your new batteries and pick up your old ones. Installation is even available for these scenarios. Though for a small additional fee – usually around 75-100 bucks.
5. How do I select the right battery for my application?
Someone said I need to buy an AGM, Gel or Lithium Battery instead of the regular “Flooded” Lead Acid Golf Cart Batteries mentioned herein. Proper battery selection may require the assistance of a knowledgeable battery specialist. You might need to talk to Pete himself or one of the team members at our parent company www.BatteryPete.com
Though, most golf cart applications will still fall under the basic lead acid battery options available for purchase from our golf cart battery section found here.
Lead acid batteries are the most affordable power solution to your golf cart needs. Usually if you want to upgrade in chemistry to an AGM, GEl or Lithium application the cost will also increase 2, 3 or 10 fold depending… So if you still think you might need the cycle life or 10x the life of a regular golf cart battery and paying 2 to 5 thousand dollars or more for a battery bank is still realistic for you to consider. Please contact us at 772-444-2280 or 772-247-GOLF and ask for assistance from one of our team members about AGM GEL or Lithium Golf Cart Batteries.
Get Charge Tracking Software For Delta Q iC650 Golf Cart Battery Charger
Now that you finally took the plunge and purchased the all new re-designed Delta Q iC650 Golf Cart Battery Charger. You want to take advantage of one of its key features “Charge Data Tracking”. It is really a cool feature to come from a golf cart battery charger for under a grand. Actually for any charger for that matter. We offer the complete line of Delta Q Battery Chargers on our original site at BatteryPete
. Whether you are looking for an industrial battery charger or a Delta Q golf cart charger. Here at Pete’s Golf Carts we are specific so you will only find the 36 volt Delta Q iC650
and 48 volt Delta Q iC650.
Anyhow, we still get calls and questions daily about whats what or how to do this or how to do that so here I am again trying to put this blog post together to help you guys out a little more. I got a call yesterday for a cool cat – Ex-military tech that wanted to know…. How Do We Get Get Charge Tracking Software For the Delta Q iC650 Golf Cart Battery Charger. Usually I am right there with the answers whatever someone my fire my way but this time I was stumped! So I did some research after work and made a few phone calls to get the info my new friend needed. The Delta Q iC650 is a all new redesigned unit built on the QuiQ charger legacy for Delta only better than ever. The dimensions have come down, the internals are fixed, the thing is super rugged durable. You can watch a crazy clip on one of the product pages where they demonstrate just how so.
Now that we got the basics out of the way and gave you a laugh lets get down to the specifics and get technical. As we know the Delta Q iC650 is a digital smart charger capable of charging any mainstream battery technology (chemistry) like Lead Acid, AGM, Gel and even Lithium. It is handled internally by a pre-programmed algorithm specific for your battery type. The boys at Delta Q Technologies have spent years developing different algorithms for 100’s of batteries. Which only happens after doing tons and tons of R&D tracking charge and discharge data. Now they have once again set the bar and put that power of knowledge in your hands. This will allow you to see first hand how the batteries in your cart are being charged and reflect on the actual physical properties that take place in any given charge cycle. Example – They are getting really hot, boiling even! Don’t seem to be charging 100%. The days of old – relying on your sense of smell or touch are to determine charging characteristics are over.
You can follow the link provided here to Get Charge Tracking Software For Delta Q iC650 Golf Cart Battery Charger. Download the official Delta Q Software (IDAT) Simple IC Data Analysis Tool
for free. All IC Series chargers record data such as capacity returned, charge cycle completion or interruption, and the charge profile being used. This data is useful in vehicle or machine diagnostics. The software will enable you to easily view and understand charge tracking data from your IC Series battery chargers. Continue to learn about Delta Q Golf Cart Battery Chargers
. Some of the features and benefits that make them hands down one of the best golf cart chargers on the planet.
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Who Makes The Best Battery Watering System for your Golf Cart?
Well you asked so here we are talking about it! Who does make the best battery watering system for your golf cart? I know, I know this might seem quite arrogant but we do! BatteryPete has been doing it for years… Pete works with the top manufactures in the industry to get the systems they offer to the public – and all the products we offer are great products at fair prices. But after doing this as long as we have been doing it we know what works best for what. Meaning some applications are better suited for one brand of watering system and another for another. If that makes sense? BatteryPete also offers universal kits for you to install on special construction of one of a kind systems using only the best components in each and every watering system. Lets take the Hydrolink battery watering system into consideration for a minute. The Hydrolink battery watering system has one specific feature that set it above the rest and makes it one of the best. It is the fact they use non mechanical valve that do not break or get gummed up over time and will never give a false reading. The Hydrolink battery watering system also uses one piece cap covers for a super fast and easy installation. That is always a plus with the DYI guy. Leaving more time for fishing or watching the game on the weekend. Lets face it that is why we are installing something like the hydrolink watering system in the first place. Free up some of our down time to do other things besides preventive maintenance and working on stuff on the weekend. The Hydrolink Pro Fill battery watering system
is another great battery watering system if not the best battery watering system because it is also made with one piece cap covers and non mechanical valves. Though the biggest difference is the flow rite pro fill battery watering system is available for almost ever type and size battery on the market. This is a major draw for most guys because they dont have trojan batteries in their golf cart or Rv but want a good watering system. This in my opinion is why Pete and I think the best battery watering system is the flow rite watering system
. If you would like more information on the flow rite watering system continue reading here
or if you would like to purchase now your new flow rite watering system