6 Key Steps To Maintaining Your Lead-Acid Golf Cart Batteries

Batteries are one of the most important components of your golf cart. Lead-acid batteries are commonly used, and have several advantages over newer battery options. Lead-acid batteries are a tried-and-true technology, which have been around since the nineteenth century. They are relatively cost effective compared to AGM and lithium alternatives. Additionally, lead-acid batteries are more environmentally friendly than lithium batteries, given that they require three times less energy to produce and that they are recyclable.
Lead-acid batteries do require maintenance to keep them in good condition. In this blog post, we will discuss six tips on how to maintain your lead-acid golf cart batteries.
1. Keep the Batteries Clean: Dirt and debris can cause corrosion on the battery terminals, reducing the effectiveness of the battery. Clean the terminals regularly using a solution of baking soda and water, and then rinse them thoroughly with clean water.
2. Monitor Water Levels: The lead-acid batteries require distilled water to maintain the right electrolyte level. Check the water level every month and add distilled water as needed. Make sure not to overfill the batteries as it can cause damage to the internal components.  Adding distilled water should be done prior to a charging cycle in order to ensure that the plates are completely covered by water. However, it is extremely important not to overfill the batteries prior to charging. Best technique is add enough distilled water to completely cover the plates, charge fully, and then top off the batteries to the indicated fill line once fully charged.
3. Avoid Overcharging: Overcharging the batteries can cause permanent damage to the cells and reduce their overall life. Use a quality battery charger that has a built-in voltage regulator to prevent overcharging.
4. Store the Batteries Properly: If you plan on storing your golf cart for an extended period, remove the batteries and store them in a cool, dry place. Before storing, ensure that the batteries are fully charged and covered to protect them from dust and debris.
5. Equalize the Batteries: Equalizing the batteries helps to ensure that all the cells are charged equally. This process helps to extend the life of the batteries and improve their overall performance. You can equalize the batteries by charging them to a higher voltage and then allowing them to discharge naturally.
6. Avoid Deep Discharging: Deep discharging the batteries can reduce their overall life and effectiveness. Avoid letting the batteries discharge to less than 20% of their capacity.
In conclusion, maintaining your lead-acid golf cart batteries is crucial to ensure that they last for a long time and perform optimally. By following these tips, you can extend the life of your batteries and avoid
costly premature replacements.