Q. What type of battery should I use for my electric golf buggy?
A. The battery should be rated to at least 16 amp hour capacity.
We recommend that a “dry” or sealed lead acid battery be used as there is no maintenance to be done and no risk of acid spillage.
As a rule of thumb, wet batteries cost about 50% of a dry battery, with a life expectancy of 50%.
In the long term there is nothing to gain from use of a wet battery and they do require more maintenance as well as being likely to corrode buggies, car boots and clothing unless great care is exercised.
Whether it is wet or dry, the battery must be DEEP CYCLE RATED. Some batteries give charging recommendations for cyclic and standby use. This DOES NOT mean they are cyclic rated. Ask your supplier for the manufacturers cyclic life rating for the battery offered. If there isn’t one available, then it is not a cyclic rated battery.
Q. Do you recycle old batteries?
A. Yes, drop off your old batteries and we will ensure they get properly recycled in an environmental way.
Q. How long will a battery last?
A. A deep cycle rated sealed battery should complete 18 holes for at least 200 rounds, or two years if used less than twice per week. These batteries frequently last longer, and many factors such as the course played, charging regime, buggy types all contribute to battery life.
Unfortunately, some users do not achieve these results for reasons unknown. Manufacturers warranty periods are strictly adhered to and little can be done in these cases if the warranty period is exceeded before a problem is reported.
Q. How do I charge the battery?
A. The battery should be put on charge as soon as possible after your game.
Never leave a battery partially discharged as it will reduce the long term life of the battery.
Check and follow the charging instructions as set out by the battery and charger manufacturer.
Generally, a battery will take six to eight hours to become fully charged after an 18 hole round.
Unless you have selected an extra large capacity battery (greater than 28 amp hour), we do not recommend more than 27 holes on a single charge (although in many cases 36 holes can be achieved if care is exercised to minimise battery usage).
Q. How soon will the battery be ready to use again?
A. The battery should be charged for no less than 8 hours before re-use.
Q. My friend uses a small battery, will it work on my buggy?
A. Small batteries will work on any electric buggies, however, all batteries have a life span of a given number of “cycles”.
The number of cycles possible is governed by how deeply the battery is discharged. (e.g. 100 cycles at 100% discharge, 200 cycles at 50% discharge)
Note the 200% increase in cycle life when depth of discharge is reduced to 50%.
A small battery will be more deeply discharged than a larger one doing the same job, thus the smaller battery will not have as long a life.
A. The gradual, natural deterioration of the battery capacity may mean that the buggy will not complete the round, but, in the eyes of the manufacturer of the battery, it is within specification.
As an example, assume that a battery capacity of 13.5 amp hours is needed to complete 18 holes.
A 24 amp hour battery can therefore be at 55% of capacity before a problem is noticed.
A 17 amp hour battery will only need to drop to 80% of capacity under the same conditions before the problem is noticed.
Battery manufacturers use a given percentage of rated capacity (in most cases 66.6%), as a determination of whether a battery is considered faulty under warranty.
It is possible for a smaller battery to be unable to do the task asked of it, but still measure better than the minimum capacity test for warranty purposes, therefore the manufacturer deems the battery to be good. It doesn’t help you because it will not drive the machine for the 18 holes you want.
Our recommendation is not to use any battery of less than 16 amp hour except in cases of exceptionally efficient machines. (We are unaware of such a machine as yet)