How Often Do You Recharge
Golf Cart Batteries?
Electric golf carts are the most common and energy-efficient mode for transporting golfers and their equipment around a golf course. Nearly all golf carts used for recreational purposes are designed to comfortably carry two or more people around the course, neighborhood, or campground.
Battery configurations typically range from 36 volts to 72 volts, using sets of 6 volt, 8 volt, or 12 volt batteries depending on make, model, and year. These dedicated Deep Cycle batteries can be expected to last 3 to 6 years in commercial applications, or 4 to 8 years in private applications, provided they’re properly maintained.
Golf course maintenance personnel recharge institutionally owned golf carts after every 18-hole round of golf, which lasts approximately four to five hours, and measures approximately 6,000 yards (3.5 miles). Individuals who own personal recreational golf carts should recharge after any extended period of use or at the end of each day. While slope and terrain play a role in range, the biggest deciding factor of range is the capacity of your batteries. Higher amp hour batteries take slightly longer to charge, but offer greater range.
When licensed, golf carts are also used for short-distance street commutes, especially in retirement communities and residential golf settings. A standard golf cart travels at about 5 to 20 miles per hour on flat ground. Recreational golf cart models come in all shapes and sizes, from 2 seaters to 6, with many accessories available online and locally. State and local laws vary from one place to another, so you should always check the local laws before operating a golf cart on public roads.
Prolong Battery Life
Proper maintenance of your batteries is the key to getting the longest life and most reliable service out of them. Best practice when applicable is to check the fluid level in your battery at least once a month to ensure they’re at the proper level. The damage done by running a battery dry is irreversible, and will void any warranty the batteries had. Aside from running a battery dry, the worst thing you can do to run them down and let them sit. Fully discharging a battery and/or allowing it to sit can accelerate the buildup of sulfur deposits on the plates, severely impacting capacity and the lifespan of your batteries.
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