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.
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.
Flat Head Screw Driver
Hose Cutter or Razor Knife
Scotch Tape or Similar
Scrub Brush (soft plastic bristles)
Wire Brush (Small)
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.
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.
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The Trojan Hydrolink Watering System consists of multiple Hydrolink units (one for each battery in the system) which clips to the top of your Trojan battery replacing the 3 or 4 cell caps on top of each battery with one. There is a water filling junction where you attach the refill tubing and a water level indicator to display current water levels. The Trojan HydroLink watering system is quite unique because it uses a non mechanical water level indicator or electrolyte level indicator that will tell you when you need to add water to the battery. This indication system is very straight forward and easy to use and easy to see.(Just as easy as reading the gas gauge in your car) When the viewing glass is black the levels are ok, when they change to white you know you need to add water.
Basic Installation Instructions
Installation of this system is quite simple, just remove the old individual cell caps from the top of the your battery and clip in the new hydrolink unit. Once you have repeated this process on each battery in the system then you attach the tubing to each one. Creating a link between each battery with one open end of the system where a patented connector for your hand pump (usually sold separately) is attached to fill and refill the batteries with water as needed. BatteryPete offers the Trojan Hydrolink battery watering system in numerous kits for your golf cart. If you have other applications with a different brand of battery for a golf cart or duffy electric boat, RV, solar system, yacht or any other application that requires a multi-battery system you should be able to find it here. Whether they are 6 volt, 8 volt, or 12 volt batteries Pete has you covered with universal or cut to fit kits here.If you need assistance in anyway please do not hesitate to call us at (954)675-4068 or (772)444-2280 – The BatteryPete Team is here ready to help you.In this case all we really need to know is the specific golf cart you own. The year, make, model and battery system it uses to operate. Usually they are all 36 volt, 48 volt, 72 volt or 96 volt. Once we know this we can determine the best system for you and your application.
If you think you know what you want you can browse Pre-cut kits that are made for specific golf cart applications here.If you want to learn more about battery watering systems and why they are the smart thing to do for your golf cart or other application continue reading.
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.
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.
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