Golf Cart Battery Care: Water Tips
Brand new batteries will use very little water at first, but with average use, will need water about every other month. During the summer please check your batteries once a week to ensure proper golf cart battery care. The humidity and extreme weather will evaporate water at a faster rate than during cooler months. As the batteries get older, it takes longer for for it to reach a full charge, thus using more water more frequently.
To ensure you use proper golf cart battery care, correctly and effectively fill your batteries by following these steps:
• Open the vent caps to check the fill wells; the minimum level for the solution is the top of the plates.
- If the level is below the plates, then add just enough water (distilled) to cover them.
- Charge the battery completely, and check the electrolyte level again.
- Add distilled water (the level should end up about 1/8” below the bottom of the fill well)
- For best results, clean all vent caps before replacing them. Be sure they are tightly secured into place.
• Use only distilled water for golf cart batteries. Throughout their lives, electric vehicle batteries may use up to a full 16 quarts of water. Using non distilled water results in a buildup of minerals in the batteries that can negatively affect performance and lifespan and does not represent proper golf cart battery care.
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Golf Cart Battery Care – Proper Watering
Although they need significantly less maintenance than automobiles, golf carts still require a certain amount of upkeep. You may not realize it, but your golf cart batteries require maintenance throughout their life to keep them running reliably. One integral aspect of this maintenance is battery watering. Unless you have a sealed battery, you should check the water level of your batter at regular intervals, usually about once a month, to ensure golf cart battery care is within the recommended range. If it is below the plates, you should add water, since consistently low water levels can result in damage and necessitate replacement of the battery. Be sure to use pure, distilled water and don’t overfill. Also, to avoid corrosion, keep the plates from being exposed to the air.
Golf Cart Battery Care: Common Mistakes
Under Charging: Leaving the golf cart inactive for over 2 months will reduce the battery life and require major golf cart battery care in return. Continually operating the battery in a partial state of charge, or storing the battery in a discharged state result in the formation of lead sulfate compounds on the plates.
Over Charging: Continuous overcharging causes accelerated corrosion of the positive plates, excessive water consumption, and in some cases, damaging temperatures within a lead acid battery. Deep cycle batteries should be charged after each discharge of more than 50% of the batteries rated capacity, and/or after prolonged storage of 30 days or more.
Under Watering: In a deep cycle lead acid battery, water is lost during the charging process. If the electrolyte (water/acid) level drops below the top of the plates, irreparable damage may occur, as the plates will get hot, warp, and crack leaving the battery weak and inefficient. Water levels should be checked and maintained routinely.
Over Watering: Excessive watering of a battery results in dilution of the electrolyte, overflow, reduced battery performance, and unnecessary maintenance which may be messy and damage the floor.
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