Hitting the golf course is one of the best ways to enjoy the summer. However, a dead golf cart battery can quickly derail your plans. Here are five common mistakes that may cause your golf cart battery to die.
Overcharging the battery. Using a smart charger to power your golf cart battery is the best way to ensure you don’t accidentally overcharge it and decrease its lifespan. Smart chargers turn off automatically as soon as the battery has reached a full charge. However, if you only have a manual charger, set an alarm to notify yourself when the battery is ready so you don’t forget to turn it off.
Driving your cart until the battery dies. You should avoid driving your golf cart until the battery completely dies. Letting a golf cart battery run down until it’s almost empty or totally dead can lead to significant damage over time. Instead, charge the battery after every use. Doing so will also ensure your golf cart’s ready to go when you need it next.
Neglecting general battery maintenance. It’s a good idea to take a few minutes every month to wipe down your golf cart battery and check the water levels. You should also keep an eye out for corrosion on the battery terminals. Corrosion is one of the biggest dangers to a battery’s longevity and can quickly cause it to deteriorate.
Driving the cart past its limits. It’s important to know your golf cart’s limitations. To get the most out of your battery, avoid driving your golf cart up steep hills, over long distances and loading it down with excessive weight. Check your golf cart’s operations manual to ensure you’re not going over its listed weight capacity.
Leaving electrical accessories on. Remember to turn off the lights, radio and any other electrical components on your golf cart when it’s idling or not in use. Leaving these accessories running can tax the battery and cause it to fully discharge.
The average golf cart battery lasts between five and 10 years if properly maintained. However, when your battery finally does call it quits, make sure you recycle it and speak with the professionals at Prairie Battery to find a high-quality golf cart battery replacement.
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If you’re looking for a high-quality deep-cycle golf cart battery, look no further than Prairie Battery. We carry a wide variety of batteries for recreational use, as well as chargers, inverters, power adapters and more. Contact us today for expert advice and support at our Winnipeg, Brandon, Regina, GTA or Edmonton location.