Month: April 2016
Golf Cart Batteries Discharge RatesWhy does my golf cart battery charger need to stay connected to my golf cart battery bank when not in use for extended periods of time?) It all starts with the chemistry of your batteries. Almost all golf carts come from the manufacturer with cheap batteries. Or at least cheap reliable chemistry. Batteries can be very expensive depending on the chemistry and anatomy of the specific battery in question. Usually when we come across golf cart batteries and the golf carts themselves they are all ran on lead acid type batteries. These batteries are configured within the golf cart’s frame rails and depending on the type of motor they are running you could see between (4) four and (8) eight batteries. These batteries will make up either a 36 volt battery system or a 48 volt battery system. Examples: (6) six 6 volt batteries could be found in a 36 volt golf cart. Or (4) 12 volt batteries could be found in a 48 volt golf cart or even (6) 8 volt batteries could be found in a 48 volt system. Another quick way to determine what the voltage is of the batteries in your golf cart is to just count the caps on top of the battery. In some instances they will have a quick release car that covers all the cells filler holes. Either way count the caps or the holes that are being covered by one. (Each cell is 2 volts.) Then just multiply that number by the number of batteries found in you golf cart or application. Usually the number of batteries or the power in each golf cart battery bank is going to be determined by the golf cart batteries’ discharge rates from the electric motor or accessories running off of it. Example – Stereo, Lights, Cooling fans, etc… So now that we know that our golf cart is running on lead acid batteries, let me explain why you need to keep you golf cart batteries fully charged and why certain battery chargers are best for your golf cart. Lead acid batteries are very affordable in comparison to AGM Batteries or lithium batteries. This is based on the internal elements and chemistry that make up the battery. Lithium batteries will last 10x as long as traditional lead acid batteries and have less than .01% discharge rates in static situations. (This is why they usually cost 10x as much.) Another form of chemistry found in golf cart batteries on occasion is a AGM battery, which usually on average lasts 3x as long and have about a .030 discharge rate monthly if not charged or used often enough. They usually will cost 3x as much as the traditional lead acid batteries. As for your battery – a traditional lead acid battery – they are tried and tested products that get the job done. Though these types of batteries lose about 10% of their charge a month if they sit with out a charger on them. That is without a load on them – If your electrical system is applying a load in anyway that number could be drastically larger. So we need to make sure the charger is operating properly and completely. Also note that your golf cart batteries discharge rates will be affected by usage and the type of motor you are running within the cart. If you would like to learn more about your golf cart or the batteries it operates on continue reading Please leave comments if this article was helpful.
Club Car Battery Charger at Wholesale PricesIf you are an avid golfer, you will want to familiarize yourself with the Lester Electric Link Series club car battery charger. The Lester Links series golf cart battery charger is the best golf cart battery charger for your club car. Lester Electric has been manufacturing battery chargers for decades now and is one of the only manufactures that offer a 2 year limited warranty on all of their products and battery chargers. Not to mention they are made in the good ole’ US of A. High quality at an affordable price point. There may be a time when you need to use the charger on your cart, and you want to be sure it is operating correctly. There are some things that you can do as a golf cart owner that will help prolong the life of your batteries and your battery charger. A new golf cart will need to be charged about 20 to 50 times before they reach their full potential. You will shorten the carts battery life if you run them way down. Battery D.O.D. “Depth of discharge” is a topic we will cover in another post soon under technical information. It is very important that you familiarize yourself with proper battery maintenance. The Charger Golf carts run on deep-cycle batteries, which gives your cart a steady current of power. In order to charge the batteries, you will need to plug it into an outlet. Ensure that you choose the correct voltage outlet, as this could cause damage to the cart. Once the charger is plugged in, you will notice it turning on about 2 to 5 seconds later. Once the charge is complete, it will turn off. At this point, you can unplug the cart. There is no shut off switch for the charger. Ensure your cart is fully charged before you use it. This is especially true if the cart is new. Here are a few things you want to be sure to do when using a battery charger.
- Every Use – You will need to charge your golf cart batteries after every use. This is even true if you used the cart for 10 minutes. Keep the batteries at a full charge, as this will prolong their life.
- No Charge – DO not use your golf cart until there is no battery charge left in it. The indicator light will let you know when your batteries are getting low. At this point, you want to get your cart plugged in. Allowing the batteries to run so low that the indicator light comes on will shorten the life of your batteries. Once the batteries are running this low, it may be difficult for them to hold a charge, or even recharge. Deep-cycle batteries need to have a bit of charge left for them to charge efficiently.