One of the most important accessories that come with an electric golf cart is your golf cart battery charger. Without your charger, you will not be able to replenish your batteries if they ever get low.
In order to avoid this issue, you need to be certain that your charger is working. If it happens to stop working and you cannot contact a professional, you should be able to perform some basic troubleshooting yourself.
Here are some common problems you may face with your golf cart battery charger and how you can address these issues.
Charger Won’t Turn On
Even if the charger isn’t turning on, it may still be usable. Some solutions that you should try include:
Make Sure The Batteries Are Charged: If you’ve waited too long to charge your electric golf cart batteries, the existing charge may be too low for your charger to detect.
In such a situation, the charger will simply not turn on. In order to address this issue, many chargers offer modes that ensure that your batteries have partial charge even when you aren’t using them. Alternatively, you can also provide your batteries with a small, manual charge so that your regular charge can then take over.
Connections: If there is an issue with how your batteries are connected, they may experience a loss of power, which can cause your golf cart battery charger to fail.
In such a situation, you will need to check each battery terminal. Any issues with the connections or any corrosion can impede the flow of electricity and may be an indication that your batteries need to be replaced.
Charger Runs Too Long (Or Not Long Enough)
If there is an issue with how long your golf cart battery charger is running, this is indicative of an issue with the charger’s computer.
A failure in this section can result in the charger being unaware of when to stop charging. Depending on how handy you are, you may be able to replace this component on your own or may need to buy a new charger altogether.
One issue that many electric golf cart is that when you plug your charger in, it may make a clicking sound and then do nothing. In such a situation, this is an indication that while the charger’s computer ‘brain’ is aware that it is time to charge your cart, it is unable to do so for some reason.
In such a situation, your charger will need to be checked over by a professional, such as Carts & Parts. If it needs to be replaced, make sure to check your warranty (if you have one) in order to determine whether it is covered under the same.
Depending on the make and model of your cart, your golf cart itself may get in the way of properly charging your batteries.
In such a situation, this is happening because your cart’s on-board computer is confused about how much charge your batteries currently have. This is another reason why your cart will need to be checked out by a professional.
There are two ways to keep your batteries fully charged; the first is to use the golf cart battery charger and the second is to use the deep-cycle batteries.
If you use the golf cart battery charger while the batteries are still in the device and not put into the alternator or the cart, then it would be best to leave the battery in the device for three to five hours to get the full charge. This ensures that there will be no damage done to the batteries in the process.
However, if you do use the charger while the batteries are inside the vehicle then it is important to ensure that you put the batteries back in the alternator after your golf cart ride is over.
Deep cycle batteries are designed to last a long time without needing to be replaced. If you want to extend the life of your batteries, then you should consider using these chargers to keep your batteries fully charged.
If you are having an issue with your golf cart battery charger and are unable to figure out the source of the issue, feel free to contact Carts & Parts at (937) 459-8891. We’d love to answer any questions that you might have or help you buy a new charger if necessary!