National Golf Lovers Day was October 4th this year, with that in mind now is the time to keep your golf cart in mint condition. Let’s start with the battery.
What type of battery does your golf cart use?
Golf Cart Battery Options
The type of golf cart you drive will determine the kind of battery you need. Most standard carts use a 6-volt golf cart battery. If your cart doesn’t use a 6-volt golf cart battery, then the other two standard options are an 8-volt or a 12-volt golf cart battery.
Besides the standard battery options there are three golf cart battery favorites:
- Lithium Golf Cart Batteries
- 36 Volt Batteries
- 48 Volt Batteries
Lithium Golf Cart Batteries. Longevity is why lithium golf cart batteries are more popular in general. Lithium golf cart batteries can last through 5,000 charging cycles. That’s more than twenty times the longevity of a standard 6-volt golf cart battery or 12-volt golf cart battery. However, caring for a lithium golf cart battery takes a bit more precision. Failure to properly maintain them can reverse all of the advantages.
36 Volt Batteries. Affordability makes the 36 volt battery a popular option. This battery is ideal for cruising around the golf course or driving slowly on smooth sidewalks. They are not ideal for off-roading.
48 Volt Batteries. Off-roading is the key option for 48 volt batteries. They are a bit more expensive, but by upgrading your cart to a 48-volt system, you also increase the value of your golf cart should you decide to sell it.
Why Lithium Batteries are So Popular for Golf Carts
As the golf cart market continues to evolve, more and more people are taking advantage of the versatility and performance that lithium batteries provide. For decades, deep-cycle flooded and lead-acid batteries were the most cost effective way to power a golf cart. But with the increase of lithium batteries available in so many high performance applications, the advantages of using them in their golf cart is getting attention.
Lithium golf cart batteries cost more than lead-acid batteries but offer measurable benefits:
- Last 3x-5x longer than lead-acid batteries
- Require no maintenance—no watering or cleaning
- Do not lose power as their voltage dips
- Recharge speeds are much faster
- Weigh less
So as National Golf Lovers Day approaches, remember the important stuff about why you love the game. Sure it’s exhilarating; it can even be thrilling, but don’t want it to be embarrassing by having your golf cart battery die on the 4th hole. Make sure your golf cart is running like a pro -- get that battery checked or maybe it’s time to replace it. Continental Battery can help.
At Continental Battery, we’ve been providing our customers with high-quality batteries for well over 89 years. Our lithium-ion golf cart line of batteries provides superior performance, translating into substantial cost savings over traditional lead-acid ones