“Golf car battery” is supposed to be spelt as golf cart battery. I needed to use the title “golf car battery” so that you can be here. LOL
On a rather serious note , we are here to discuss the core of your electric golf cart: the batteries!
Golf cart batteries are the one repair factor that our customers of electric carts are most concerned with needing to buy, as they are costly to install but absolutely required for the cart to operate.
However, buying an electric golf cart may not have to be fraught with anxiety over battery replacement! When we compare the expense of batteries over their useful life in an electric cart to the cost of petrol and upkeep in a gas-powered cart, the prices are remarkably comparable.
Electric carts are also remarkable for a variety of reasons: they run quietly (which is needed for hunting and at certain country clubs), they have immediate torque, they do not need diesel, grease, or fuel filters to be replaced, and they do not smell (great for indoor facility use).
We’re answering any questions you may have regarding golf cart batteries, voltage, lifetime, cost, and battery chargers in the section below!
HOW LONG DO GOLF CART BATTERIES USUALLY LAST?
When correctly handled and used in conjunction with a golf cart battery charger, the batteries can last up to six years under normal usage. A high-quality golf cart battery charger / maintainer (such as the ones we offer on our site) can have the proper electrical flow when charging your cart and will provide auto shut-off functions (to prevent your cart’s batteries from being fried).
WHICH GOLF CART BATTERY BRAND IS THE BEST?
Whenever it comes to lead-acid golf cart batteries, Trojan Golf Cart Batteries were considered the market norm. But don’t take our word for it; Trojan batteries are standard on all Club Car, EZGO, and Yamaha Brand carts. These OEM cart brands have extensively checked batteries from every battery manufacturer on the market and have repeatedly chosen Trojan.
Trojan Battery Company, headquartered in the United States of America, was established in 1925 and has grown to be the world’s largest producer of deep-cycle solar and motive batteries. Trojan has dominated the field of deep-cycle battery production with a diverse variety of flooded, AGM, gel, and lithium batteries and nearly a century of manufacturing experience.
Recent years have seen the rise of Lithium Golf Cart Batteries in the golf cart nation. Allied Lithium, RELiON, ROYPOW, and Samsung are the best models of lithium-ion golf cart batteries. For further information on lithium batteries, read our post on Why Lithium Golf Cart Batteries Are the Future.
SELECTING THE RIGHT GOLF CART BATTERY
Plus Bulbs carries a wide array of deep cycle batteries for your Club Car, Yamaha, E-Z-Go, and Cushman golf carts, like AGM, gel, and flooded lead acid styles. Advanced AGM and gel forms feature a spill-proof design, providing additional durability over long hours or on bumpy terrain.
If you’re searching for a single battery for your own golf cart or managing several carts at a golf club that need multiple batteries, simply choose the make and model of your golf cart and our Golf Cart Battery Finder can guide you to the right choices.
WHAT ARE THE PRICES OF GOLF CART BATTERIES?
Golf cart batteries are one of the most costly maintenance costs you can incur over the course of your golf cart’s existence, but as discussed at the outset of this post, you can save on petrol, diesel, filter, and other maintenance costs than you will have with a gas cart.
Trojan Golf Cart Batteries usually cost about $1,300. A package of lithium-ion golf cart batteries, on the other hand, would cost you more to $2,000.
It is important if you should not attempt to economize on golf cart battery replacements. Purchasing off-brand or recycled batteries would always cost you a nice penny and will almost certainly leave you disappointed as they die after a brief period of usage. When it comes to golf cart batteries, you absolutely get what you pay for!
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT STYLES OF GOLF CART BATTERIES AVAILABLE?
There are four distinct categories of golf cart batteries on the market, the majority of which are deep cycle:
• Lithium-Ion Golf Cart Batteries
• Gel Lead Acid Batteries
• AGM Lead Acid Batteries
• Flooded Lead Acid (or ‘wet cell’ batteries) are those that contain water.
Almost every golf cart on the market today has Flooded Lead Acid batteries as usual. This battery form is suitable for almost every golf cart use (including off-roading, and more). Trojan Battery is the market leader in this segment of the market.
AGM or Gel batteries are used in very few carts, but since they are both lead acid batteries, they perform very closely to Flooded Lead Acid batteries.
Lithium Golf Cart Batteries are a rapidly growing and lucrative segment of the golf cart battery industry. Although lithium-ion batteries currently cost slightly more than lead-acid batteries, they provide many significant advantages:
Lithium-ion batteries (72 lbs) are just a quarter the weight of lead-acid batteries (325 lbs)
Lithium-ion golf cart batteries last 3–5 times longer than lead-acid golf cart batteries (up to 5,000 charge cycles vs 1,000 with lead-acid)
Lithium-Ion batteries do not lose strength when the voltage drops (lead acid batteries wear out with time).
Lithium-ion golf cart batteries don’t need to be serviced (no watering or cleaning)
Lithium-ion batteries recharge even better than lead-acid batteries (80 percent charge can be achieved in as little as 1-hour, full charge in 2-3 hours)
If you’re looking for Lithium-Ion batteries for your golf cart, we have Allied Battery and Relion Drop-in-Ready Lithium batteries for golf carts.
CAN STANDARD CAR BATTERIES BE USED TO SUBSTITUTE THE BATTERIES OF GOLF CART?
You are unable to. Normal automobile batteries are not required to fuel the whole vehicle (the gas motor does that job). If the car is driving, the alternator powers the car’s accessories from mechanical energy. Car batteries are mostly used to start the vehicle and sometimes to fuel gadgets.
Due to the fact that automobile batteries are intended to discharge at a far slower pace than deep cycle batteries, they cannot be used as the primary source of electricity for your golf cart.
ARE THE BATTERIES IN MY GOLF CART 6, 8, OR 12 VOLTS?
The simplest way to determine the battery type in your cart is to:
Raise the front seat of your golf cart and locate the batteries.
Check the number of acid holes on the battery head covers of each battery. On the top of each battery, there are typically three, four, or six holes. Calculate the voltage of one of your golf cart batteries by multiplying the number of acid holes on it by two.
IS MY GOLF CART 36V OR 48V?
As an illustration: 36-Volt Golf Cart (equipped with a six-volt battery system):
Three acid holes multiplied by two volts per hole equals six volts.
6 volts multiplied by six cumulative wheel batteries equals a 36-volt cart.
For instance, take a 48-volt golf cart (equipped with a six- and eight-volt battery system):
4 acid holes multiplied by 2 volts per hole equals 8 volts
8 volts multiplied by six cumulative wheel batteries equals a 48-volt cart.
To read more about your cart’s voltage or the various battery and adapter models, click this connection to QUICKLY calculate the voltage of your golf cart’s battery.
HOW DO I EXTEND THE LIFE OF MY GOLF CART’S BATTERIES?
As with fruit, the fresher the golf cart battery, the better. Batteries perform optimally while they are brand new! Both battery manufactures (including Trojan Battery) inscribe the launch date on their latest batteries (this date code is federally required). It is prudent to purchase batteries that are no more than six months old.
When it comes to reading the date codes on Trojan Batteries, the process is straightforward:
Every battery bears a three-digit date code. If the code is D19, for example, the letter denotes the month of manufacture of the battery. The two digits signify the year of manufacturing of the battery. Thus, D19 indicates that the battery was made in April of 2019.
For your convenience, here are the Trojan month codes:
A – January
B – February
C – March
D – April
E – May
F – June
G – July
H – August
I – September
J – October
K – November
L – December
ARE THERE SOME RED FLAG PROBLEMS WITH MY GOLF CART BATTERY THAT I SHOULD BE AWARE OF?
Have an eye out for rust on batteries. Golf cart batteries are charged with a combination of acid and water. The acid in your batteries will result in the formation of a white crusty film on the tops of your batteries and at the battery contacts. Corrosion should be removed completely otherwise it can trigger the batteries to short circuit, rendering your golf cart inoperable.
IS IT APPROPRIATE TO JUMP START MY GOLF CART USING THE BATTERY FROM MY CAR?
DO NOT use your vehicle to jump start your deep cycle lead-acid golf cart batteries. You have a really high chance of destroying them.