CAN I REPLACE ONLY 1 OR 2 GOLF CART BATTERIES?

Mar 12
2010

Golf Cart

Golf Cart

We here at BestBatteryTips.com get asked this question numerous times. Can I replace only one or two batteries in my electric golf cart? Well you can, but do the manufacturers or ourselves recommend this? The answer is NO. We have people tell us all the time that their batteries are only 4 years old, and only 2 of them are testing bad. Why can’t I just replace them, and I will be good to go? The other batteries have 4 years of use and are a long way from factory new batteries. As a result of charging and discharging, their ability to hold a solid charge is not there. Ever heard the saying you are only as strong as your weakest link? This couldn’t be more true in the golf cart world.

We understand why people try to change only 1 or 2 batteries, because golf cart batteries aren’t cheap. In the long run you are actually spending more money by trying to save money if that makes sense. The life expectancy of golf cart batteries is generally 5 years. Now it has been said that Trojans can last up to 7 years, but from what we have seen 5 years or less seems to be the norm. Especially on golf courses where the batteries are ran through the gauntlet of charge and discharge cycles. We have heard, and seen to many times where putting 1 new battery in a golf cart leads to a melt down of battery connections, cables, and even exploding a battery. How does this happen you ask? You are only as strong as your weakest battery. The current traveling through the cables and batteries will find the weakest spot, and this is how melt down of items happens. The reason meltdowns happen is because it gets hot in that area. The new battery that was installed will become the same as the old batteries due to the heavy draw from the old batteries. Old batteries do not become refreshed by putting new batteries in the cart. The old batteries will draw off the new batteries until they become equal with the old, its that simple.

We are sorry to say but when its time to open your wallet, its time to open your wallet.

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BATTERY CORROSION

Jan 20
2010
Battery Corrosion
Battery Corrosion

Battery Corrosion can be found 75% of the time under the hood of automobiles, in boats, and golf carts. Battery corrosion can be a real burden to get rid of once it starts if not addressed quickly. Doing nothing about a corrosion problem will lead to other problems down the road. The corrosion eventually interferes with the connection between the battery and cables attached to the battery. Common problems due to corrosion are automobile starter dragging, charging problems related to your battery, and no starting ability. In golf carts, not being able to charge all batteries evenly, cables becoming hot and melting during charging, and of course short run times due to state of charge of the batteries. Boat batteries attract corrosion, because of the high humidity and sometime salts that are present in their environments. You may pose the question, what is corrosion? A battery has sulfuric acid inside and produces hydrogen gas, which is the main factor behind the corrosion which naturally occurs on your battery cables. This is because when your automobile and battery are running, small amounts of gas are released through the batteries vent cap or caps.The gas naturally combine with the heat, grime and humidity in the air, and some other things like grease, oil and coolant, to form corrosion on your battery cables and terminals. Once corrosion makes a home on your battery and connections things will only get worse over time.

Battery Terminal Spray
Battery Terminal Spray

Preventing corrosion is simple and easy to do. You can purchase battery terminal spray at your local Auto Parts store that will prevent corrosion from forming. Just spray your battery posts and terminal connections thoroughly. You can also use white lithium wheel bearing grease, and apply thoroughly to the battery posts and terminal connections. DO NOT USE jelly or Vaseline, due to their melting point. When battery corrosion is already present, it must be completely removed before applying any corrosion inhibitor. The first thing you will want to do is remove the black and red battery connections in that order. Be careful not to allow the cables to touch any other part of the automobile, especially if their is two batteries installed, the red positive will still be hot from the other battery. Once you have your connections free, you are now ready to begin cleaning the corrosion away. A wire brush works best for scrubbing away battery corrosion. Mixing one cup of water to two tablespoons of baking soda is a excellent cleaning agent. Once you have all of the corrosion gone, and the battery and connectors are dry. You then must coat the battery posts with the terminal spray or lithium grease. Put your terminals back on red positive first, then black negative. Tighten your cable connections, and the job is complete. Always remember to wear safety goggles and rubber gloves when working with batteries.

Golf Cart Batteries

Nov 26
2009

Golf Cart Batteries

Golf Cart Batteries

Trojan Golf Cart Batteries

Trojan Golf Cart Batteries

6 Volt Trojan

6 Volt Trojan Battery

8 Volt Trojan Battery

8 Volt Trojan Battery

Since 1925, Trojan Battery Company has been known for delivering the world’s most trusted deep cycle batteries with superior engineering and innovative product design.

Fact, 98% of America’s premier golf courses choose Trojan golf cart batteries to use in their fleets.

Fact, the world’s top golf cart manufacturers put Trojan golf cart batteries under the seat of their carts.


Trojan’s huge portfolio of deep cycle golf cart batteries are available in 6 volt, 8 volt, and 12 volt sizes and features their proprietary Maxguard Advanced Design Separator and exclusive Alpha Plus paste formulation. These technologies help extend the life of your golf cart batteries, and sustain performance and lower overall maintenance costs.

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