If you own an electric golf cart, you understand the importance of maintaining the battery. The battery in your golf cart is most likely a deep cycle battery. Proper care of these batteries ensures that they last longer, which means you don’t need to replace them as often.
Here are some tips that can help you extend the life-span of your deep cycle batteries:
• If your batteries are new, make sure you charge them thoroughly before using them for the first time.
• To get the best performance out of your deep cycle batteries, make sure the battery cables are intact and the connectors are kept tight. When working on the battery, use insulated tools to avoid shorting the battery terminals.
• Clean your deep cycle batteries frequently and make sure there is no dirt on them.
• Do not discharge your battery if it is below 80% of its rated capacity. Taking care when discharging it will help extend its life-span.
• Before you charge the batteries, make sure that they have been watered. If the plates are exposed, they should be covered with 1/8” of acid. Make sure to check the acid levels after charging the batteries.
• Long periods of inactivity can cause harm to your batteries, especially if they are lead-acid batteries. If you know you will not be using your cart for some time:
• Remove the battery once it has been completely charged.
• Make sure that you have removed all electrical connections from the batteries. This should include series and parallel connectors.
• The battery should be stored in an area that is cool but is not below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.