Tips To Properly Charge A Golf Cart With Lithium Batteries

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Most modern golf carts use lithium-ion batteries instead of older lead-acid models. Lithium batteries generally last longer, charge faster, are lighter weight, and require less maintenance. It’s understandable why these batteries are so popular with current models, and it’s a good idea to know how to take care of them when it comes to your cart. Here are some of BigBattery’s tips to properly charge a golf cart with lithium batteries so you can get the most out of their lifespan.

Mind the Temperature

It’s always good to understand how well batteries handle certain temperatures so you can charge them in an environment that isn’t outside optimal parameters. Thankfully, lithium batteries have a much wider temperature range than lead-acid batteries, which makes it easier to maintain a comfortable atmosphere when charging or discharging.

It’s best to store lithium batteries in a place between 32 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit. You shouldn’t need to worry about overheating, but it helps to charge your batteries in a warmer area during the winter to prevent any damage.

Avoid Overcharging

Overcharging is a serious problem for batteries. Forcing an overcharge often dramatically reduces your battery’s lifespan, and extensive overcharging may result in your battery struggling to hold a charge for as long as it used to, let alone other potential long-term damage internally.

Fortunately, most lithium batteries and chargers come with a battery management system (BMS) that automatically stops the flow of current when the battery is fully charged. One tip to properly charge a golf cart with a lithium battery is to avoid leaving the charger on overnight, even with a BMS, to charge your battery.

Charge Before and After Neutral Periods

It’s normal for a battery to go through a natural discharge when you’re not using it for an extended period of time. It’s always a good idea to fully charge your battery before putting it into storage to reduce the risk of draining it more than necessary. When you bring your cart out to use again, we suggest charging the battery before driving so that you start with a full charge.

BigBattery can help you learn more about lithium-ion golf cart batteries and how to properly care for and maintain your equipment. We have a wide selection of parts, services, and many helpful blogs like this one to answer your questions. If you need any additional information, you can contact us anytime to speak with a specialist who’s happy to assist you with any questions, comments, or concerns.