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Old 04-10-2014, 07:46 AM
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Golf Cart Batteries

I realize that this is not a hotrod-specific question, but it does involve swapping components, so it's somewhat related.

I have a Club Car golf cart that uses four 12V batteries that are at the end of their useful life and will no longer hold a charge, even after long treatments with a "battery conditioner/charger".

I realize that actual golf cart batteries are physically different: they have thicker plates, extra depth below the plates to catch sulfates and extra space above the plates to hold extra electrolyte. Why? Because golf carts, used to play several rounds of golf every day for months on end and subject to daily recharging, are hard on batteries. This means they cost $200-$300 each.

My golf cart is lightly used (and not used at all for 6 months out of the year). I realize that it would not be adequate for the punishment meted out on a golf course, but that's not the environment for my golf cart.

So why wouldn't a similarly-rated deep cycle marine battery costing $100 be adequate for light-duty use?

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Yes they will work. I have a pair of old Harley (Columbia) electric carts that were originally 36 volt (6-6volt batteries) and replaced them with three 12 volts. They don't have the charge length and slow down faster. But I only use them for yard/farm work during the summer..
probably won't go 18 holes, but work around here.. Other drawback is the cart is now lighter and won't pull dead vehicles around like it once did.
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48 volt golf cart? cool, the deep cycle truck batteries should work fine.
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I have been gathering these for a project I have been working on:

UPG27 AGM Battery

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Old 04-11-2014, 04:24 PM
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the trick to golf cart batteries is to keep it plugged into the charger.
my 03 club car has a computer in it that checks the battery condition every 4 days

my club car doubles as a water truck in the summer, 55 gals of water is roughly 456 lbs
handles it with no worries

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