Keep in mind golf carts are designed for short trips around the green. A golf cart battery is meant to go about 7 miles before it is done. They’re typically good for about four hours of use. After that, they need to be recharged.
You can extend the life of your battery by making sure you don’t ever let the battery go below fifty percent. Running the battery down to nothing shortens its lifespan. You should also make sure to recharge the batteries after every use.
A good golf cart battery will provide consistent mileage and a long cycle life. You need to be able to recharge it and discharge it hundreds, if not thousands of times to get a satisfying performance.
As your battery starts to wear down you’ll find the range on your golf cart will be drastically reduced. You might also find you have trouble accelerating, or your golf cart struggling to manage inclines.
At that point you might want to get a voltage tester to see what’s going on. You should do this as soon as you notice signs of trouble. If the voltage is normal, you might also need a new charger. Chargers go bad too!
Do a visual check on the battery as well. Cracked or bulging housing? Obvious leaks? Do not pass Go, do not collect $200, come to Batteries Shack and get it taken care of. The battery has officially become dangerous.
It’s usually better to just go ahead and replace the battery early, there’s nothing to be gained from trying to push it past its normal capacity.
Some of our customers are tempted to replace their golf cart batteries with car batteries, either out of ignorance our because they feel the car battery will be cheaper. This is great way to damage your golf cart. Golf cart batteries are “deep cycle” batteries designed to be charged and discharged repeatedly. Car batteries aren’t designed the same way.
Our golf cart batteries are maintenance-free, spill-proof, leak-proof batteries specially designed for golf carts. They do not ever need to be “topped off” with distilled water and they last for an average of five years. If these batteries sit in the garage for a long time they won’t go bad, they just will need to be recharged. Thus, they make the best choice for your golf cart.
Not sure which of our batteries is best for your golf cart? Stop by Batteries Shack in Sterling Heights, MI, and our team of battery experts will help ensure you get the most golf out of your cart.