Types of Golf Cart Batteries

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Popular Golf Cart Models

Popular Golf Carts such as Club Car, Yamaha, E-Z-Go, Garia, Star EV, Polaris, and Cushman have models that take batteries. More common, 6v, 8v, 12v, 36v, and 48v battery sets. Between keeping it charged and lasting a long time, do you know which battery works best for you?

Diving into Deep Cycle Lead Acid Batteries

These are bigger batteries and are composed of two cells with lead and lead oxide and are maintained by a sulfuric acid and water solution. Unlike most known renewable power sources, the capacity of the Deep Cycle Lead Acid Battery is virtually variable and is dependent on the electrolyte levels in each cell. If and when properly maintained, poses the ability to supply high currents while maintaining power proportionate to its size and weight.            

Great for golf courses and even around the neighborhood, these flood batteries for electric golf carts provide great value for low-speed electric vehicles. Lead Acid Batteries remain a popular choice for golf cart owners because of their economic maintenance and their time-tested tolerance for extreme usage. Since their invention in 1859, certain modifications and advancements have made this a pragmatic choice, especially for the Do-It-Yourself types who refuse to avail of professional maintenance services as much as possible. Beyond their very cheap and attractive costs in purchase and maintenance, they are generally accessible, coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, and configurations.

Lithium-Ion Batteries

Game changer. Lithium Ion has been the most preferred choice for batteries and power storage applications. Long lasting, with many more cycles. Like their first generation counterparts, lithium-ion batteries are made up of power-generating, conductive surfaces called cells. During the charging cycle, lithium ions move back and forth between its positive and negative electrodes before taking the energy in for storage. The ions, then, move back to the positive electrode when used to produce energy which, in turn, provides power.

The charge and discharge process, while appearing simplistic and convenient, gives lithium-ion batteries cycle times of 5,000 thereby extending battery life and allowing prolonged use in between charges. Likewise, since lithium-ion batteries have no liquid electrolytes, they are free from any fluids that consequently require a constant need for fluid refilling and fluid level monitoring is unnecessary.  

Being significantly smaller than their lead-acid counterparts, the Lithium-Ion battery has a more compact storage than the traditional deep cycle variants.

 

 


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