Frequently replacing golf cart batteries can become rather expensive and time consuming. Many cart owners also find it frustrating when their batteries need to be charged again after a short time. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to make them last longer. It's particularly important to maintain and charge your batteries properly.

Chargers

Overcharging your golf cart batteries may damage them. It is best to use an automatic charger that turns itself off when a battery is fully charged. Some older models lack this important feature. If you must use a manual charger, don't forget to turn it off. You can set an alarm clock or timer to remind you when the battery is ready.

If possible, charge your batteries every day that you use an electric golf cart. Do not drive the vehicle until the battery dies; lead-acid batteries won't last as long if you completely discharge them. It is also advantageous to begin charging a golf cart battery when there's enough time to fully charge it before your next trip.

To make your batteries last even longer, consider using a Dual Pro charger. This sophisticated, dependable charging system is completely automated. Unlike most units, it precisely delivers the maximum charge every time. This increases golf cart battery life by at least one-fifth. You won't have to charge or replace the batteries as often.

Maintenance

Remember to clean your golf cart batteries and check the water level each month. It's vital to prevent damage by removing corrosion from the battery terminals. When watering batteries, use distilled water and pay attention to the water level markings. You can automate this process by using a battery watering system.

Operation

If you leave it on for a long period of time, any light bulb or electronic device can harm your golf cart battery by fully discharging it. You may have to jump-start a gas-powered cart if this happens. Remember to switch off the lights, radio and other accessories when you finish using them. Always remove the key before leaving your golf cart.

Driving techniques also affect battery life on electric golf carts. To get the most out of your batteries, avoid steep hills and don't bring unnecessary items. Your passengers should not exceed the vehicle's recommended weight capacity. If you need to move the cart a long distance, consider using a truck or utility trailer to carry it.

Replacement

If you follow all of these tips, your golf cart battery should last a minimum of five years. You will also gain the ability to travel longer distances between charges. When your cart's battery stops working, be sure to recycle it and purchase a quality replacement. Units with high amp capacities usually last longer.