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Do you own a Golf cart? Are you planning to replace your Golf cart battery? Then do read this article, or else, I wouldn’t say. You’ll know it for yourself someday.
Yeah, So, I am going to tell you about Golf cart batteries. I know you are here to know how many batteries a golf cart contains but can’t you lift your Golf cart’s seat and see how many it has underneath?
That too won’t be easy as you have to determine the voltage of those batteries. But don’t worry, today we will discuss everything you need to know about Golf cart batteries. But first, let’s see how many batteries a Golf cart usually has, then we’ll move onto other details.
So let’s dive right into this topic.
How Many Batteries In A Golf Cart? Total Batteries in a Golf Cart
The Total amount of batteries vary according to the power of the Golf cart. Some golf carts are designed to be powered by a system of the 72-Volt battery. In that case, they might use 6 Batteries of 12-Volt or 12-batteries of 6-Volt, but the latter is rare.
Usually, the most powerful Golf carts have a system of 12-Volt batteries connected in series. Most companies use it because they can provide more power as compared to the other voltages batteries.
● Can I replace three 12-Volt Batteries with six 6-Volt Batteries?
Yes, It is quite possible to replace your 12-volt batteries with 6-volt ones. But the only problem you’ll face is that your Golf cart will use some of its power.
The battery won’t last as much as it used to. But I’ll take you through the process by which you can replace a 12-volt battery system with a 6-volt battery system.
- Firstly, take out the three 12-volt batteries from your Golf Cart and buy six new 6-volt batteries.
- Now, place these batteries in the place where the 12-volt batteries were.
- Connect the negative terminal of the first battery to the second battery’s positive terminal and repeat this step for all the other ones.
- Once it’s done, now connect the Golf cart’s positive terminal to the positive terminal of the first battery and the negative terminal with the negative terminal of the sixth battery.
- And you are ready to go. You have successfully replaced the 12-volt battery system with a 6-volt battery system.
Types of Golf Cart Batteries
The Golf Cart batteries are usually of two types that are discussed below.
1. Lead-Acid Battery
The Lead Acid batteries contain an electrolyte that is filled between two adjacent cells. These two adjacent cells with the electrolyte make up one compartment inside the battery. This single compartment is usually of 2-Volt.
The Lead-acid batteries are further divided into three types:
- Flooded Lead-acid Battery – Most Commonly Used
- Gel Lead-acid Battery
- AMG Lead-acid Battery
These batteries have a long life if they go through regular maintenance. But the drawback is that you need to keep the electrolyte filled to the top, or else it can damage the battery. Another thing is that they need to be correctly stored in the cold season or else you need to buy a new one in the next season.
2. Lithium-ion Battery
Lithium-ion batteries are the latest types of batteries in the market. These are more durable and long-lived than a Lead-acid battery. These batteries contain Lithium ions suspended in an electrolyte. When the battery charges, they move to the positive pole, and when it discharges, these ions move to the negative pole.
These batteries have a lifespan of 2000-5000 cycles. Lithium-ion batteries are much more powerful, but the only drawback is that they cost way more than a Lead-acid battery. No need to worry about maintaining this battery, and it is an investment worth doing.
Voltages of Golf Cart Batteries
The Voltages of the Golf cart batteries vary from cart to cart. A 12-volt system runs some golf carts, but the more powerful ones usually have 72-volt power. Usually, the batteries are divided into three voltages:
To identify the voltage of your Golf cart battery. Raise the seat of the golf cart and count the number of lids your battery has. Each of these caps has a 2-Volt cell underneath.
So you just have to multiply the number of covers with “2,” and you’ll get your battery’s voltage. The voltage is usually written on the battery, but that can take so much time to find the rating.
Benefits of a Rechargeable Battery
The batteries used inside the Golf cart are all rechargeable to be used for a more extended period. You can recharge them again and again until they complete their life span. Some benefits of rechargeable batteries are as follows:
1. Higher Performance
Rechargeable batteries have high performance as compared to Alkaline batteries. Many researchers found that rechargeable batteries work 5 to 10 times more efficiently than regular batteries. Usually, the appliances and automobiles, including a Golf cart, have a rechargeable battery for a more extended period.
The Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries latest in the market, have a battery life of 3 to 5 years. And if you take good care and provide regular maintenance to your lead-acid battery, it can also last for five years. In the end, it depends upon the care you give to your battery.
2. More Convenient
These rechargeable batteries are more convenient than any other batteries. They will take 4 to 5 hours to get charged completely, and then you can use them all day long. Generally, people plug in their batteries at night, and when they wake up in the morning, they install the battery back into their golf cart and go for a play.
The Rechargeable batteries are considered to be environment friendly. Some batteries only take 2 to 4 hours to charge completely and can be used for a longer period. According to research, these batteries decrease global warming by 28%, Air and Water pollution by 30% and 12%, and can converse natural resources.
So it is always advisable to use rechargeable batteries if there is an option to use them. You will feel happy to save the environment from harm.
Another advantage of using a rechargeable battery is cost-effectiveness. Some people think that these batteries are costly. But in reality, you only need to pay for them once, and then you can use them efficiently for more than five years. And in those years, all that cost is covered will profit.
Disadvantages of a Rechargeable Battery
We have already discussed the benefits, but every good thing has some negative points, and so do these rechargeable batteries. Some of the disadvantages of using a rechargeable battery are:
These batteries are eco-friendly, but they can be hazardous to the environment if they are not disposed of properly. You shouldn’t throw a battery away until all of its power is taken away.
There is no scientific reason behind why these shouldn’t be disposed of when they have a charge left in them, but there is proof that these cause significant harm to the surrounding.
You can ask the supplier how you can safely dispose of these batteries or call the nearest disposal department so that they can come and safely dispose of these batteries.
2. Battery Cost
Because these batteries are rechargeable, they cost much higher than an ordinary battery. You can buy a standard lead-acid battery for around 700$, but a Lithium-ion battery will cost you over 2000$.
But the experts advise investing in Lithium-ion batteries as they last longer and can compete with 3 – 5 lead-acid batteries. So if you do the calculations, you’ll see that buying a Lithium-ion battery is a win-win situation.
3. Charging Time
Many rechargeable batteries take up to 10 hours to completely charge, especially those that have become old. They take up a lot of energy resources. It is advisable to give proper care to your battery, so it doesn’t wear out much to consume a large amount of energy to charge fully.
So I hope you know all about Golf cart batteries. Now, whenever you want to replace or change the battery, you’ll know what to buy. Let’s just have a recap of what we learned through this article.
- Golf Cart Batteries contain a system of three or more batteries connected in series.
- Two types of batteries, Lead-acid and Lithium-ion, are used in Golf carts.
- These batteries are very efficient but are pretty expensive at the same time.
That’s it. Now you won’t have to worry about batteries if someone asks you about it. No one ever will, but as you know, knowledge never goes to waste.