Proper golf cart battery maintenance ensures your cart will perform optimally. Fortunately, battery maintenance is not difficult or time-consuming. Follow the steps below, and you’ll get the most from your cart for a long time.
1. Keep the Top of Your Batteries Clean & Dry.
Get in the habit of visually inspecting your batteries each time you charge them.
If they need cleaning, use a bristle brush and a solution of baking soda and water. Remember, “Safety First!” Remove jewelry and wear safety glasses and rubber gloves.
Once the batteries are clean and dry, spray the cables with anti-corrosive spray, available at CartsPlus.
2. Charge Your Cart’s Batteries for 8 To 10 Hours.
Charge Your Cart’s Batteries for 8 To 10 Hours with A High-Quality Charger.
The best charging practice is to charge your batteries overnight, even if you have only used the cart for a few minutes.
An overnight charge will give the batteries a proper charge.
Ideally, use a charger that does not need to be manually turned off, so you can set it and forget.
CartsPlus has a full selection of Club Car, EZ-Go and Yamaha Chargers.
3. Top Off Each Battery Cell.
After Charging Ensure That Each Battery Cell Is Filled, But Do Not Over Fill.
When necessary, fill each battery cell with distilled water. Do not use tap water as the impurities will degrade the batteries capacity. The water should cover the plates by about ¼ to ½ inch.
4. Use Your Golf Cart Often.
Golf cart batteries are built to be used often and regularly. However, if you aren’t using your cart often, do a refresh charge every 45 days or so.
It may be challenging to keep the batteries properly charged if you only use your cart seasonally. Fortunately, a charger that features advanced storage makes the job a lot easier.
With an advance storage charger, if the charger is plugged into your cart, the battery will be properly charged.
5. Avoid Over-charging Your Batteries.
This is mostly a concern with manual chargers. An automatic charger will turn itself off when the batteries are properly charged.
6. Do Not Discharge Golf Cart Batteries Beyond 80%.
When using your cart, only allow the batteries to discharge to about 80%. Never use up all the charge, but keep at least 20% charge on your batteries.
7. Don’t Let Your Batteries Freeze.
Battery voltage changes in extremely cold temperature and will give your charger false readings. To avoid damaging your batteries, don’t let them freeze and don’t charge them when they are extremely cold or frozen.
8. Replace Golf Cart Batteries When Needed.
Golf cart batteries have an expected lifespan of about 6 years. If you’ve had your batteries for a while and your cart is feeling sluggish, it might be time to replace your batteries.
At CartsPlus, we’re happy to help you with all your golf cart needs.