How to care for your golf trolley battery.
Do you own an electric cart, whether a Motocaddy or Powakaddy all battery care is similar, doing the right things will help your battery life.
I only played 9 holes today, do I need to recharge my battery?
A battery should always be charged as soon as possible after use, it is not designed to be used over subsequent days without recharging as this will reduce the capacity and prevent you completing your round.
Should I fully discharge my battery to prolong its life?
Batteries should never be fully discharged as it runs the risk of irrecoverable long term damage. Deeply discharging your battery will not increase its capacity or life span.
Can I use any charger with my battery?
It is important to only use a charger compatiable with your battery. A lead acid charger must never be used on a lithium or vice versa. The safest thing to use is a charger recommended by the manufactuer.
Why is my battery struggling to complete a round?
A Lead-Acid battery takes upto 6 hours to reach its peak performance. Lithium batteries are normally stored in a pert charged state and need to be full charged before their first use.
If i don’t play regularly play a full round will this affect the battery’s memory?
Neither Lead-Acid nor Lithium batteries have a ‘capacity memory’. The most important thing is to re-charge your battery as soon as possible after use.
I didn’t make it round 18 holes today, is there a problem with my battery?
There are many factors that can affect performance including the weight of your bag, type of course, weather, course conditions and using features such as charging ports. Making a trolley work harder such as letting it pull you up hills will have a big affect on your battery! If you didn’t make it round 18 holes, the battery should be tested to establish if it is faulty, or if there is a problem with either your battery or charger.
Is it best to leave my battery on charge?
There is no need to leave it plugged in for extended periods. For safety and environmental reasons, it is best to fully charge your battery and then unplug everything. The battery will hold its charge for at least 6 weeks before a top up is required.
I don’t have enough time to fully recharge my battery, should I just charge it for just a short period?
A Lead-Acid battery must be fully recharged and should never be charged for short periods. A Lithium battery’s capacity will be increased by any amount of charging, but will need a full recharge to reach maximum capacity.
I am not playing over the winter, what should I do with my battery?
If you have a Lead-Acid battery, it should be stored fully charged, topped up every few weeks. Lithium batteries should be left in a ‘half charged’ state – simply use it for your normal round and then charge for 1 hour 30 minutes. It can now be left the whole winter, no need to top up, just recharge before your next game.
Does it matter where my battery is charged?
It must be charged on a dry, no carpeted surface in a temperature ranging from 10 degrees C TO 30 degrees C.
I only play 18 holes at a time, but I want a battery thats as long as possible.
Should I buy a larger capacity battery?
Although a larger capacity battery may complete 18 holes for slightly longer, a heavier battery will affect trolley performance. Higher capacity Lead-Acid batteries should only be purchased if you regualrly play 36 holes in a day. Higher capacity Lithium batteries offer a significant benefit and do not cause the performance detriments of a Lead-Acid equivilant.
I am thinking of getting a new battery, should I choose Lead-Acid or Lithium?
Although Lithium is a bit more expensive, it is a much better long term option, which will actually save you money! Not only do good quality Lithium batteries last significantly longer, they are smaller, lighter and come with much longer warranties.