Golf carts have been in use for decades but since they are very inexpensive to drive, and many gated communities allow them on their roads, more people are using them every day. They even come with customized bodies that can look like classic cars, 4 X 4s, tractors, and dozens of other great looks. In most cases, as long as you only drive on the gated community roads, you don’t need a license or insurance, and the cost per mile driven is very low. They are also quite easy to maintain, only needing a fraction of the amount of knowledge that a gasoline car needs. They do have to be keep charged correctly, however, for the best longevity of their batteries. Here are some tips on choosing the right golf cart battery chargers from Battery Pete.
Lead Acid Batteries Like To Be Kept Charged
There are different batteries made from different elements that exhibit properties that are also completely different as well. Many of the older rechargeable batteries liked to be run down most of the way and then recharged, but not so with lead acid batteries. They like to be kept charged up, and they never like to be run all the way down to zero.
The deep cycle batteries that come in golf carts can actually handle being run down better than a standard car battery can. It has to do with how thick the plates are and if they have built-in spacers to keep them from warping. Still, in order to get the best life from a lead acid battery, it’s important not to ever over charge it, and also never allow it to fully discharge either. Both could possibly damage the battery or at least shorten its lifetime.
Check Your Voltage To See Which Charger You Need
The very first thing to do is check and see what voltage your golf cart requires to be charged at. Each individual battery could be a 6 or 12 volt battery, but when they are all charging together, it may be 36 or 48 volts that you need. It has to match or you may overcharge or undercharge your cart.
You’ll also need to match the connector, but many chargers will come with the most common plugs and if you have one of the major brands of carts, you should be OK. You should still check to make sure before you buy to avoid problems and wasted time. If in doubt, you can take your old battery charger along with you to match up the plug or connector. Most places that sell these chargers will automatically know by looking which charger you need and which brand of cart you own just by looking at the plug.
Chargers come in various amp ratings too, the higher the amp rating the faster it will charge your batteries. You should also make sure that it will automatically drop down into the maintenance mode when the batteries are fully charged. The eliminates the problem of overcharging which can ruin a set of batteries very quickly. If you’re going to store your cart over the winter, you also might consider buying a separate maintenance only charger that you can confidently leave plugged into your cart for months without worrying. Then the first time you go to use it in the spring, your cart will be fully charged and ready to go.
Using golf cart battery chargers is very simple, just follow the instructions. Taking good care of your batteries ensures that you’ll get a full lifetime of service from them and they’ll be ready every time you need them.