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How do you test golf cart batteries?

Last Updated: 1st January, 2020

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To test the quality and power of a golf cart battery, you'll need a voltmeter, a load tester, and a hydrometer. The voltmeter will connect to the terminals at the top of the battery to read its voltage.

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In this manner, can I use 12 volt batteries in my golf cart?

Deep cycle batteries are going to be your best bet for more run time. Some electric carts are 36 volt, and most newer ones are 48 volt. Some carts have a 12 volt plug like a cigarette lighter, so if you convert to 12 volt, you will have to rewire that. Lead acid batteries in anything, will last about 5 years.

One may also ask, can you replace just one golf cart battery? The reason is that a deep cycle golf cart battery will not exhibit signs of needing replacement until after they are fully discharged. If one battery is bad, though, then we do recommend replacing all the batteries at once since it will cost more in the long run to replace one battery at a time.

In this regard, should I leave my golf cart plugged in all the time?

You should charge your battery even when you've used it for a short period of time. The charger for your golf cart battery is automatic so it will turn off automatically once fully charged. Keep the golf cart battery plugged in while parked. Do not keep it off the charger for a long period of time.

How much does it cost to replace the batteries in a golf cart?

The general consensus for battery replacement ranges from $800 on the low end to $1500 on the high end. Some packs cost as much as $2000 when you start dealing with 72 Volt systems and sealed batteries. But, for the typical lead acid battery pack, $900 to $1500 is about the norm.

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Kathy Rocabado

Explainer

What should a golf cart battery read?

A fully charged battery will test around 1.275-1.280, while a discharged battery will read in the 1.140 range. Specific procedures for using and reading your hydrometer can vary between brands and should be derived from the hydrometer packaging instructions.

Isona Zermati

Explainer

How do you troubleshoot a golf cart?

There are a few simple problems that you can fix yourself that will not necessitate professional maintenance.
  1. Test the wall socket where you charge your cart.
  2. Expose your golf cart batteries.
  3. Test the batteries for voltage.
  4. Replace dead batteries.
  5. Expose the motor for inspection.
  6. Reset the motor.
  7. Test the cart.

Ilinca Dione

Explainer

How long does it take to charge a golf cart battery?

A relatively-new battery – say 1-3 years old – will typically charge quicker than an older battery. For comparison, a five-year-old battery that is almost fully discharged may take 10 hours or more to charge while a newer battery with the same discharge level may only take 1-3 hours to reach full power capacity.

Aray Arizon

Pundit

How long do golf cart batteries last?

That all being said, properly maintained battery packs in fleet carts tend to last about 4-6 years while private owners tend to get about 6-10 years out of their battery packs.

Lavona Aquerreta

Pundit

How do you recondition a golf cart battery?

  1. Step 1: Tip the battery on its edge: Allow approximately half the battery acid to run out of each cell and into a plastic container.
  2. Step 2: Mix 8 ounces of Epsom salts into 2 quarts of warm distilled water: Stir thoroughly.
  3. Step 3: Put the battery or batteries on a charger.
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Pasty Muruzaga

Pundit

When Should golf cart batteries be replaced?

If you notice that the best golf cart batteries are taking even longer to charge, it's time to replace them. Battery cells will eventually break down over time. The charging power moving through the battery won't be as effective as before. Some batteries may never fully charge at some point.

Sergia Stoffels

Pundit

Does Costco sell golf cart batteries?

Costco offers Interstate brand batteries for boats, RVs, golf carts and lawn mowers.

Minghao Serda

Pundit

What should a fully charged 6 volt golf cart battery read?

It should read 6 volts if the battery is in good condition and is at least 20 percent charged. If it reads less than 5 volts, recharge the battery.

Carmina Aiguade

Teacher

What should a fully charged 8v battery read?

For 36v carts with six 6v batteries we want each battery to read at least 7.0v. For 48v carts with six 8v batteries were looking for at least 9.3v on each battery. Now for 36v carts if any battery reads below 7.0v and is not within 0.5v OF ANY OTHER BATTERY in the set.

Mohamed Ngai

Teacher

How do you test a lithium battery?

A Lithium battery should not be run time tested; the correct method of testing for a Lithium Battery is to take a voltage reading from the battery terminals of a fully charged battery. There are two types of Lithium battery in use, one is labeled Axeon on the base and the other is labeled BMZ.

Hayk Rikert

Teacher

Why does my ezgo golf cart lose power?

If your cart is experiencing loss of power, or inconsistent power availability, your battery connections may be loose, frayed or corroded. Visually inspect each connection. If any appear significantly frayed or broken, you will need to replace the battery cable.

Gurmukh Saravati

Reviewer

Who makes the best golf cart batteries?

?? Quick Look at the Top Rated Golf Cart Batteries ??
  • Best Premium Quality. Lifeline Marine AGM Battery. High quality construction. 5 year warranty. Resistant to vibrations.
  • Best Overall. UPG UB12350 (Group U1) Battery. - Recommended - Great value for money.
  • Great Value. Trojan 6 Volt Battery. Reputable brand. Flood leaded battery.

Carine Hebgen

Reviewer

Are golf cart batteries AC or DC?

DC motor conversions for golf carts work in the following way: The direct current of a 48-volt battery pack is inverted to generate an AC signal to an AC induction motor. The AC motor bolts directly to golf cart differentials. You might need to replace the battery pack if using a 36-volt model.

Bonka Ruh

Reviewer

Can I use regular deep cycle batteries in my golf cart?

The Technical Answer: Yes. It's possible to use a marine battery in place of electric golf cart batteries. They're both technically gel lead acid batteries designed for deep-cycle purposes, reports It Still Runs. However, this similarity doesn't mean that they should be used interchangeably.

Deolindo Maties

Reviewer

How long will a 48v golf cart run?

The average drive time or range for a 36 volt DC system is about 30 miles on a full charge. The 48 volt golf cart offers many more advantages in all 2, 4 or 6 passenger models. They are designed to be used in hilly areas and they offer extended range about 40-45 miles between charges compared to the 36 volt cart.

Isilda Menchacatorre

Supporter

Can you put 48v batteries in a 36v golf cart?

Yes, but effective and simple. However, although it is possible to upgrade these vehicles to electronic speed control at either the 36V or 48V level, I would not recommend it due to the cost associated with the conversion. You can buy a modern 48V cart for far less money than the 36v to 48v conversion.

Airam Muela

Supporter

Can I use car batteries in my golf cart?

No. Regular car batteries are not made to be discharged as much as deep cycle golf cart batteries. So you don't want to use regular car batteries on your golf cart.

Jeremi Habermanns

Supporter

Is a 48 volt golf cart better than a 36 volt?

The differences between 36V and 48V Golf Carts
Electric motors for golf cars, however, are very similar, regardless of brand. The 48 volt golf carts use one third less amperage than the 36 volt system and are more efficient. Golf Carts with 48 volt systems get longer battery life than golf carts with 36 volt systems.

Eladina Zepf

Beginner

How many batteries does a 48v golf cart have?

48 Volt Golf Cart. Golf carts that are powered by 48 Volts consist of either (6) 8 Volt batteries or, in the case of some Club Car Precedent golf carts, (4) 12 Volt batteries.