Running out of power is never an option when you’re driving your golf cart or Electric Vehicle around town or the neighborhood. When you’re diligent about charging and adding water, there is a time when deep-cycle batteries reach the end of their lifespan and begin to lose performance. When this happens, it’s important to make sure you select the right replacement batteries for your particular application and use.
Which Battery Is Right For You?
Battery selection is key to the longevity of its performance in your vehicle. Going for the lowest cost battery isn’t always the answer, as it may not provide the longevity you need, while the most expensive battery may be out of your budget and still not provide the best option for how you use your vehicle.
The place to start is to first refer to your golf cart or EV’s manufacturer’s specifications. These can be different depending on the manufacturer. For example, Polaris EV’s, Columbia Par Car, Moke, and other popular vehicles all use a 48-volt electric engine but have different amperage and power requirements depending on the use and accessories on the vehicle.
For example, a Columbia Journeyman is a popular golf cart that is used in gated communities and is also made to be street legal for everyday use. While the vehicle uses six deep-cycle, 8-volt batteries, the proper battery model selection will depend on if use the vehicle daily or if it says in storage at your vacation home. For each of these types of scenarios, there are different battery ratings that might better match your usage needs. U.S. Battery’s US 8VGC XC2 (with a 20-hour rate of 170) is a great choice for those who want a longer-lasting battery for this application. The US 8VGCE XC2 (with a 20-hour rate of 155) offers less overall runtime for applications where the vehicle won’t be used daily, offering a more cost-effective solution.
Making Deep-Cycle Batteries Last Longer
To get the most performance from your new battery, you must develop a regular maintenance schedule that consists of:
- Checking and replenishing the electrolyte levels. Installing a BWT or Flow-Rite single-point-watering kit can make this an easy and quick process.
- Performing an equalization charge
- Checking and Cleaning battery terminals and connections
- Performing an opportunity charge when possible
For a full list of proper Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance procedures please see our page or download our Care & Maintenance brochure.
U.S. Battery Deep Cycle batteries are handcrafted in the U.S.A. The batteries also feature our exclusive XC2 formulation that gives them the highest initial capacity, fastest cycle-up time to full-rated capacity, improved recharge-ability, and the highest total energy delivered than any battery in their class. For a complete list of Flooded Lead-Acid or AGM batteries for cleaning machines download U.S. Battery’s Golf and Utility Vehicle Battery Flyer to see all of the models, sizes, and specifications available to fit your particular vehicle.