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How To Install a Battery Watering System on your Golf Cart

When you finally get your battery watering system in the mail. It is time to install it. No need to worry, it is a fairly straight forward process.You will need a few tools to make the job easier.

Pro-Fill Battery Watering SystemTools Required:

  • Flat Head Screw Driver
  • Pliers
  • Hose Cutter or Razor Knife
  • Scotch Tape or Similar
  • Water Hose
  • Running Water
  • Scrub Brush (soft plastic bristles)
  • Wire Brush (Small)
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Rags

Preparation:

Make sure the batteries have a full charge. Giving them a fresh charge with your golf cart battery charger will give you a accurate water level reading after the new battery watering system is installed. If you need a good quality golf cart charger BatteryPete offers both Lester Electric and Delta Q golf cart battery chargers at incredibly low prices. Now unless the batteries are brand new you will want to start off by cleaning the battery tops to remove any battery acid, dirt, rust, corrosion etc… from them. While you are on the task it would be recommended to check all battery connections and look over battery cables. Any corrosion build up on terminals can also be removed with a little baking soda and wire brush (coca cola or similar) will also work. After complete rinse off with water thoroughly and wipe down. Let dry or you can blow off with air pressure or leaf blower. Now you are ready to lay out your new water system. Find a nice flat surface about the approx size as the battery bank. If you ordered a pre-cut kit for a specific make and model golf cart open all related packages and assemble the system on the ground to make sure it is complete. If you ordered a universal kit layout the system components and count the battery cell watering valves to make sure you have enough for every battery. Then check to make sure you have enough hose to complete the job. After this quick check you will be ready to proceed with the installation.

Installation:

Using the flathead screw driver or similar tool you can start by removing all the battery cell caps and anything like hold downs that will restrict access from the installation of your new battery watering system. Then replace all the battery cell caps with the new watering valves. Some kits like the hydrolink systems will have cell caps that will cover all the battery cells at once in one unit (3 or 4 in one), other traditional universal systems will have individual watering valves. Either way install  them now. Next you will attach the watering system tubing as shown in the installation instructions or diagram with illustration. Route the hoses in a way that they all connect properly with minimal slack or sagging but not in a position where something might kink, pinch or impinge the flow of water when filling. (Like when you put the seat back down over the batteries on your golf cart) Connecting the watering tubes is as easy as pushing the tubing over the junctions. measuring and cutting the tubbing will be required on the universal kits but the pre-cut kits for specific golf cart models should be correct. In any event if you need to cut the tubing you can mark it with the scotch tape to give a good mark to allow for a clean cut around the tubing. We use a magic marker and tubing cutters because it is faster and allows for a clean cut every time. After all the tubes are attached and the system is in place – hook up your hand pump to make sure it is the correct one for your battery system. Hand pumps are usually always sold separately and sometimes they have different connectors. You can top off the batteries at this point while you have it hooked up to the system. Put the other end of the hand pump into the top of a gallon jug of distilled water and start priming the system by squeezing the hand pump. Squeeze and release and repeat until you see the water level travel through the tubing and the pump itself. Once it has reached the batteries slow the squeezing motion and pay attention for when the hand pump ball gets hard to squeeze under thepressure of your hand. Once hard the batteries and system are full. Disconnect and replace dust cover to the system fill valve. Job well done. Complete by making note of date filled and checked. Good maintenance practices should be periodic say every few months if cart or vehicle used frequently. Bi-annual if not so much. You can watch a video on installing the hydrolink watering system here should you need a visual. Not all battery watering systems are the same but it will give you a good idea of what to expect or is involved. We hope this how to article was helpful. Please leave a comment or feedback either way.

Why is a Battery Watering System a Good Idea?

Ok so you are obviously considering purchasing a battery watering system for your golf cart or and other application that requires you to utilize multiple batteries to generate the kind of power to make it useful. Well you have come to the right place – BatteryPete not only offers numerous battery watering system options he has a Team of specialists ready to help you get what you need. Whether it is the Hydrolink Pro Fill battery watering system that will meet your specific golf cart needs,  or the Trojan Hydrolink watering system specifically designed for Trojan batteries. BatteryPete even offers cut to fit or universal watering system kits here  whether you need a kit for two batteries or 6 batteries. Or view the complete line of products from Battery Watering technologies here. Pro-Fill Battery Watering System - Universal Now with that said, “Lets talk about the features and benefits of battery watering systems in general.” We will also discuss some specific features and benefits of a quick fill battery watering system as we learn a little today. Til then lets start with “why they are a good idea.” If your battery system is comprised of traditional lead acid batteries you should consider one immediately. This type of battery has been around for a long time. For at least a hundred years and they still remain the most common used today. It is not without good reason either – if later on you would like to learn more visit some other posts in our blog that discuss more in depth. Though it’s one of the oldest recipes for portable power it is still found in a wide range of applications the world over. This is basically because they are relatively cheap to manufacture compared to other types of portable power sources and if considered on a scale of power to weight ratios that are actually renewable on several fronts. It is a no-brainer! But these types of batteries do require some general maintenance to last a long time. Hence the design and wide use of a one point quick fill battery watering system. This is due to the fact that during the process of recharging a lead acid battery some of the water or electrolyte inside the battery is broken down into elements like hydrogen and oxygen. This is also why lead acid batteries are vented or are valve regulated so this gassing can escape. Otherwise it would create great pressure within the battery casing until it cracked or exploded to release the pressure, but the Sulfuric acid within the battery isn’t lost in the process, just pure water.  So over the course of time or life of a battery the water levels are depleted and need to be replaced to maintain optimal performance of the battery. This is why we need to check the water levels in your batteries periodically and replace it when needed.

Saving Time and Staying Safe

To check and fill a bank of batteries (or multiple banks) of batteries can be time consuming. It can also be quite dangerous if you are not careful and know what you are doing. On each battery you will need to open the cell cap, check the water level, add water when needed and recap. Then repeat however many cells are within the battery bank. This is obviously time consuming, then factor into the fact you are dealing with battery acid. Exposing yourself to breathing it and the possibility of overfilling a cell causing acid to drip all over your vehicle, the ground below or yourself. In some cases it is pretty easy to do but in others it is quite difficult because the location or position of the batteries in the vehicle or vessel. To learn more about the best Custom Pre-Cut Golf Cart Pro Fill watering systems or about a great universal Pro Fill watering system continue reading.  If you would like to know how difficult it is to install your own golf cart watering system continue reading here. BatteryPete is continuously adding new articles here about “How To”, new product review, battery charger knowledge or battery knowledge. Please leave a comment if you found this article to be helpful or if you would like to learn more about it. The BatteryPete team…  

What is a Golf Cart Battery Charger

golf cart battery chargerYour golf cart battery charger is basically a electrical device that can redirect electric current back into your golf carts battery system. Some are designed to recharge your batteries quickly and others that charge your batteries slowly. Then you have what we call a trickle charger that produces a very small current that is applied constantly to a battery or battery bank. Then you have what we call a battery charger analyser that can not only charge a battery but analyse the state of charge (SOC) to maintain the internal condition of the golf cart battery. Which type of battery charger is best all depends on the needs of the consumer and what exactly is the application. Pete is a car guy, so for him trickle chargers are important because the cars sit for long periods of time in between use. The trickle charger is designed to offset the discharge rates that are inherent with traditional lead acid batteries. Then you have charger/maintainers which combine features found in a simple charger and a trickle charger that monitor the battery bank by interal circuitry and external sensors. These type of chargers are most prevalent on boats and RVs because battery banks need to be recharged fairly rapidly after dry camping or at sea anchored not underway. These type of vehicles or vessels use the battery bank s to power lights and appliances when the engines are not running turning alternators or generator to create power. Then they as well tend to sit for long periods of time in between use so they need to be either plugged into what they refer to as shore power in the industry. This gives them the ability to get an electric current back into the system to maintain a charge like Pete’s cars collection without draining the systemThen you have for instance a Tesla electric car you will want a rapid charger to recharge on demand without having to wait hours for the charge to be complete. Most newer electric vehicles use a totally different battery chemistry. Lithium batteries have different characteristics than say your golf cart battery. Heck lets face it the same battery technology that is in your golf cart today was around over one hundred years ago. It is still used today for numerous reasons like its power to weight ratio, or its ability to be recharged effectively again and again for years. Not to mention it is fairly cheap to make a traditional lead acid battery if the manufacture has their plant optimized correctly. I say this because if they can utilize old batteries for raw materials to make new ones they have a almost endless supply of raw material at a fraction of the cost of raw elements. Lead acid batteries are the only true success story on the plant when it comes to recycling. Your golf cart battery charger should be able to perform all of these things effectively to meet the demands of the golf cart and the user. Recharging fairly quickly when the battery system has been drained from prolonged use, then being able to be plugged in and left for the summer or winter until the weather permits the use of the golf cart once again. Lester Electric makes a great golf cart battery charger that will do just that. Giving you the peace of mind to plug it in and forget about it. To learn more about who has the best golf battery charger continue reading.

How do I use my new golf cart battery charger

Ok – Today is the day! Your brand new golf cart battery charger arrives in the mail from BatteryPete. Now what??? First of all if you notice for any reason the box is damaged or looks crushed open it immediately. Make sure the charger is not damaged in any way shape or form.  Plug it in to make sure it works or hook up to your device to check it. If it is damaged due to shipping from UPS, FedEx, DHL, or USPS we will want to start a claim report and get a new battery charger out to you immediately. If it’s like 99% of our deliveries – it will arrive one time in good shape ready to perform as advertised. You should open packaging carefully as some chargers come with loose parts and accessories in the box. We don’t want to lose anything that might help with the installation if required or for the safe efficient operation of your new golf cart battery charger. I will note for the record now that all of the new style chargers whether, 36 volt battery charger or 48 volt battery charger, they are very straight forward and easy to use. All of our golf cart battery chargers are very user friendly. If you have owned a golf cart before now and you are familiar with the charging system nothing has really changed in the past 50 years with how they are attached to the cart. The main thing that has happened with all new style golf cart battery chargers is they are safer because they communicate directly with the OBC on the golf cart. If something is not right the battery charger will not start charging or more specifically it will not start applying amperage to the circuit. The Lester Links Series by Lester Electric does still offer a really high quality OBC Bypass charger for certain golf carts. Though most golf cart manufacturers these days build there carts around a OBC. Computers can help diagnose problems when they arise. Whether it be charging or performance golf carts today are a lot smarter than they were years ago. With that being said so are the batteries in your golf cart. So take note – this little tidbit could save you a lot of money… Investigate under the seat and make sure all connections on your battery system are sound and in good shape. If they are green looking or have a white powder like substance on them they will need to be cleaned and maybe replaced. Corrosion is a bad problem with golf carts because for one most golf cart batteries are of the lead acid variety, and two most golf carts are kept in climates that are humid or near the ocean. Salt water or salt spray coming off the ocean will get into everything. If not weather tight it will wreak havoc with any type of alloy, even aluminum. All battery terminals are usually made of lead and all connectors are usually lead, zinc plated or copper, which will still corrode as well. A good connection is paramount on every terminal, whether a positive or negative. In order to get a good charge on all batteries they need to be connected to one another and have little or no resistance between connections. This is also true if you want to get the best performance out of your electric motor. If you are experiencing sluggishness with the performance of your golf cart this might be the cause of your problem. If you need new battery cables for your golf cart BatteryPete offers affordable golf cart battery cable kits for most golf carts. If all looks OK under the seat you can proceed with hooking up your new golf cart battery charger to the golf cart. Depending on the make and model of your golf cart battery charger some installation might be required. In reference to the on board variety vs the plug-n-play Lester Links Series Golf Cart Battery chargers. If you purchased a new Delta Q QuiQ Battery charger it will need to be programmed to your specific type of batteries in the device or vehicle if not one of the 10 pre-programmed into the charger. If you purchased from us it should be programmed already if you communicated with us during the checkout process. The New Delta Q iC650 line is pre-programmed as well but you can change the algorithms yourself without a programmer kit. Once all is said and done the indicator lights on any specific golf cart battery charger should reflect the state of charge or status of charger. If you purchased to older style analog sweep gauge chargers they will show amperage applied. Which over time of charge should decrease as the batteries take a charge. If this does not happen then you need to check your batteries. if you are still hungry for more information and want to learn more about what exactly is a golf cart battery charger continue reading.