Five Ways to Get Five Years Out of Your Golf Cart Battery

Author // NPR Car Talk
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Owning a golf cart is not just for golf resorts! Many small retirement towns promote golf carts as a great mode of transportation that costs less than a car and requires less maintenance. In most states, it is legal to drive a golf cart on any road with a speed limit of 35mph or less. If your most common outings utilize roads in that category, it’s a great idea to buy a golf cart to use instead of a car.

A brand new golf cart costs as little as $3000, and used golf carts go for even less. A gas engine golf cart can get as much as 40 to 50 miles per gallon; if your golf cart is electric-powered, your gas bill is $0.00. If you crunch the numbers, you’ll see why using a golf cart for a daily driver leads to big savings, fast.

Since golf carts use little to no gas, they heavily rely on their battery for power. The typical golf cart battery needs to be recharged every two to three days, but as the golf cart takes wear and tear, the battery life tends to degrade. It can be frustrating to have to charge your gold cart battery constantly, and if you have to replace it too often, it dips into the savings you earn from driving a golf cart in the first place. Here are a few tips to extend the lifespan of a golf cart battery:

  1. Always use an automatic charger. One of the fastest ways to wear down your battery is by constantly overcharging it. An automatic charger turns itself off as soon as the battery is completely charged and eliminates this risk altogether.
  2. Don’t let the battery die. Running the battery to empty is also bad for it. It’s a good habit to always charge it on days that you use your cart, so the battery never hits E. Ideally, whenever you charge your battery, charge it to full (with your automatic charger that prevents it from getting overcharged).
  3. Maintain the battery. Inspect your golf cart’s battery once a month to make sure there is no corrosion and the water levels are adequate. Clean any emerging corrosion off of the battery terminals, and use distilled water to top off the water levels.
  4. Be mindful of battery drainers. Using the radio, lights, or electric devices while you operate your golf cart draws energy from the battery. Use them as you need them, but make sure to turn them off when you’re finished. Anything drawing power from the battery has the potential to drain it, which is not good for your battery’s lifespan.
  5. Use a desulfator. Sulfate build-up is the culprit behind 80% of premature battery replacements. A desulfator is a small instrument that costs as little as $15 and prevents sulfate from killing your battery.

If you have a quality battery and follow these instructions to keep it in good shape, you should get five years or more before needing to replace it.

Do you have any tips on extending the life of your golf cart battery that we didn’t include? Please share them in the comment section below.

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