Maintaining Your Golf Battery…Erika Bultitude
Golf Clubs are reporting more people than ever wanting to play golf and join their local golf clubs. This includes many that are new to the game. With electric golf trolleys being one of the key pieces of equipment, choosing the correct battery and understanding how to get the most out of it is crucial.
Maybe it has been a while since you last played and your battery no longer works? How can this be prevented next time? During periods of non use, how should you store your Golf Battery? Please read on for all you need to know about GOLF BATTERY MAINTENANCE…
Top Tips on caring for your GOLF BATTERY.
Your frequently asked questions answered by the BBL Battery Experts…..
I only played 6 holes today, do I need to recharge my battery?
A battery should always be charged as soon as possible after use, it is not designed to be used day after day without recharging as this will reduce the capacity and shorten battery life.
Should I completely discharge my battery to prolong its life?
Batteries should never be fully discharged as doing this runs the risk of irrecoverable long-term damage. Deeply discharging your battery will not increase its capacity or life span.
My trolley didn’t make it round 18 holes today, is there a problem with my battery?
There are many different factors that can affect performance including the weight of your bag, type of course (hilly / flat), weather and course conditions. Such factors will have an effect and making a trolley work harder such as letting it pull you up hills will have a big effect on your battery! If you didn’t make it round 18 holes, the battery should be professionally tested to establish if it is faulty or establish if there is a problem with either your battery or charger.
Is it best to leave my battery on charge?
There is no need to leave it plugged in for extended periods. For safety and environmental reasons, it is best to fully charge your battery and then unplug everything. The battery will hold its charge for at least 6 weeks before a top up is required.
I don’t have enough time to fully recharge my battery, should I just charge it for just a short period?
A Lead-Acid battery must be fully recharged and should never be charged for short periods. A Lithium battery’s capacity will be increased by any amount of charging but will need a full recharge to reach maximum capacity.
I am not playing over the winter, what should I do with my battery?
If you have a Lead-Acid battery, it should be stored fully charged and topped up every few weeks. Lithium batteries should be left in a ‘half charged’ state – simply use it for your normal round and then charge for 1 hour 30 minutes. It can now be left the whole winter, no need to top up, just recharge before your next game.
Does it matter where I charge my battery?
It must be charged on a dry, non-carpeted surface in a temperature ranging from 10 degrees C TO 30 degrees C.
Should I buy a larger capacity battery?
Although a larger capacity Lead-Acid battery may run your trolley for longer, a heavier battery will affect trolley performance. Higher capacity Lithium batteries offer significant benefits and do not have many of the weaknesses that a Lead-Acid equivalent battery does.
I am thinking of getting a new battery, should I choose Lead-Acid or Lithium?
Although Lithium is a bit more expensive, it is a much better long-term option, which will actually save you money! Not only do good quality Lithium batteries last significantly longer, they are smaller and much lighter.
To find out more, please call or email your nearest branch.