What Do You Look For When Purchasing Golf Cart Chargers?
There are many questions that consumers have when it comes to purchasing golf cart chargers. There are so many to choose from that it can be difficult to know which one to buy. Here are some frequently asked questions that will help you determine the best golf cart charger to invest in.
How long does it take for a golf cart to charge?
It will depend on a number of factors, which includes the quality of your battery, the batteries depth of discharge and the quality of your charger. For older batteries you may find that it takes longer for them to charge. Newer batteries that have only a 20 to 30 percent depth of discharge (dod) will probably take 1 to 3 hours to fully charge if you are using a heavy duty charger. The charge time will depend on all of these factors, so remember this before charging.
Does my golf cart need to be charged after each use?
In most cases, it is a healthy practice to bring your golf cart’s battery bank up to a full charge after each use. Especially if planning on going away for awhile and the cart will sit in storage. So yes, it is a good idea to charge after each use. When you are using an automatic golf cart charger, they will shut off once the batteries have reached full capacity. This will decrease the worry of overcharging your battery.
Your golf cart needs to be charged in Run. Tow should only be used in long term storage or if the battery is being removed.
What is storage mode?
This mode will take place when the charger is hooked to the battery and wall for long periods of time. Storage mode would occur if the battery voltage drops below a predetermined voltage rate, or if 10 to 15 days has gone by. It basically keeps your batteries at full capacity in a safe way while being stored. Trickle chargers will provide a non-stop charge. A charger that has safe mode will only kick in when the battery needs to be charged.
Does my charger have a storage mode?
There are some chargers that have this feature. If this is a feature that you are interested in, make sure that you consult a battery charger expert so that you can choose the right charger.
Can a 36 volt charger be used on a 48 volt golf cart battery?
In no case can a36 volt charger be used on a 48 volt battery. Voltage matters when it comes to matching up the correct charger and battery. Always ensure that your chargers volts and your battery volts match.
Can a battery charger be worked on?
Your battery charger can be serviced by a golf cart battery professional. Ensure that the professional you select has experience in repairing golf cart chargers, as you do not want to jeopardize the functionality of your golf cart battery. They will be able to evaluate the charger and let you know what is going on with it. In some cases, you may be better off replacing the charger with a new one, as there are some affordable golf cart chargers on the market.