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Proof Proper Maintenance Adds Years To Golf Car Batteries

In many retirement communities, electric golf cars are the major form of transportation. For one dealer, Jim’s Carts N Parts in Milton, Wisconsin, they train customers in performing proper maintenance procedures on the golf car batteries within the vehicles they sell.  While other golf car dealers hand out pamphlets on battery maintenance, Jim Naughton Sr. takes the time to personally conduct classes for each customer before they take possession of a new or used golf car purchased from them.

The results of these efforts are demonstrated with this latest testimonial from the company, who came across a set of U.S. Battery US2200 XC2 batteries that were purchased new and installed on a customer’s golf car in June of 2012. The team at Jim’s Carts N Parts had purchased the vehicle as a trade-in for a newer model. Once they checked the condition of the batteries, which included a discharge test, it indicated that the batteries lasted 72 minutes on a charge and were still at maximum capacity after more than five years!

Proper battery maintenance for flooded lead-acid batteries is simple and can be checked with an inexpensive hydrometer. More information and tips on proper battery maintenance and using a hydrometer to test a battery’s state of charge, are available at www.usbattery.com.

 

Correct Charger Settings And An Off-Season Charging Regimen, Dramatically Extended The Battery Life Of This Golf Car Fleet

Congress Lake Club in Ohio Found That By Changing To The Correct Charger Settings, With An Off-Season Charging Regimen, Can Dramatically Extended The Battery Life Of Its Golf Car Fleet.

When Congress Lake Club in Hartville, Ohio purchased a new fleet of EZGO TXT golf cars in May of 2012 they didn’t expect to get sluggish performance right from the start. One of the club’s members, Bill Glover, retired U.S. Battery VP of Sales, immediately realized that the golf cars were not performing at their full potential. Since the golf cars were also outfitted with U.S. Battery products, Glover got with the club’s safety supervisor Lynne Vincent, and Bob Gegick, superintendent of grounds, to work on ways to solve the problem.

After doing some preliminary testing, it was determined that the batteries appeared to be undercharged. The first course of action was to put the batteries through a series of equalizing charges to see if their performance would improve. The result of this process showed improvement in the overall battery performance, indicating that this was most likely a charging issue and not a battery related problem. Glover contacted Delta-Q, the manufacturer of the charging system, and requested that they send him some chargers with a revised charging algorithm installed (basically this amounted to a simple software change). “After being cycled five or six times with the new chargers and correct charging profile, the batteries quickly ramped back up to their full rated capacity, further verifying that incorrect charging regimes were the root cause of the sluggish performance,” said Glover.

Bill Glover, retired VP of Sales at U.S. Battery with Lynne Vincent.

Bill Glover with Lynne Vincent

To avoid this type of situation again, Glover and Vincent decided to create an off-season charging regimen that would prevent the batteries from their fleet from having this problem again after they have been sitting through the winter months. The process involves:

 

  • Allowing each golf car to run through a charge and checking the state-of-charge in each battery.
  • A discharge machine is used to cycle each golf car.
  • A constant current charger is placed on the batteries to bring them up to full charge, 1.275 specific gravity readings in each battery cell. This step was done several times to assure the sulfate is completely transformed back into the solution.

“The off-season charging regimen has been extremely effective in keeping the golf cars performing like new every year,” said Glover. “The program has worked to extend the life of the batteries which are now five years old, and the golf cars are still running like new.”

While U.S. Battery recommends storing batteries in a fully charged state, these additional steps have proven to be beneficial to the Congress Lakes Club’s fleet of golf cars. For additional information on battery charging and maintenance tips can be found on the U.S. Battery website at www.usbattery.com.  More information on Congress Lakes Club can be found at www.congresslakeclub.com.

 

 

Battery Maintenance Training For Customers Helps One Golf Car Dealer Diminish Battery Returns

After 15 years of selling new and used golf cars, Jim Naughton Sr., owner of Jim’s Cart N Parts in Milton, Wisconsin, sells lots of golf car batteries to power them. What sets this dealership apart, however, is that within the last 10 years the company has seen only one battery come back under warranty. “We have customers that get 10 years out of a single set of batteries in a golf car that we sell,” says Naughton. “The reason is that we set up a mandatory training session where customers learn how to take care of their golf car’s batteries. If they don’t want to attend, we don’t sell them a golf car.”

Jim’s Carts N Parts services a growing population of retirement home owners in the area, who prefer to drive around in electric vehicles. Naughton saw the need to properly train his customers in the methods of maintaining the golf car batteries in the vehicles they sell. “Our success begins with using only U.S. Battery products, which over the years, have provided the best long-term performance for the vehicles we sell,” said Naughton. “We get them from our dealer Northern Battery who also provides us with the service and dedication that meets our requirements. The training we offer is as simple as showing our customers how to check and maintain the electrolyte levels in the batteries, and to ignore all the other advice given to them by family members or their RV buddies. If we show them right from the start how to properly maintain their batteries, they can typically get an average of five to seven-year life spans from a set of U.S. Batteries in their golf cars.”

At age 71, Naughton learned the importance of educating and providing service to their customers from his early experience in the battery business and meeting with U.S. Battery’s founder John Anderson. “He was a ‘matter of fact’ sort of guy,” said Naughton. “We sat around discussing the battery business and how well customers respond when you take interest in their needs and educate them.” Naughton is passing on his experience and sales techniques to his son who also shares in his dad’s beliefs and plans to continue doing business this way. “The customer is coming to us because we’re experts on golf cars, so we also have to be experts on batteries too,” said Naughton Sr.

Regularly checking electrolyte levels, performing an equalization charge, in addition to checking and cleaning battery terminals and connections, are additional methods that can increase battery life. More information can be found on U.S. Battery’s video on proper battery maintenance here.  For more information, on U.S. Battery products, visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Trucks Provide Aid To South Georgia Residents After Being Hit By Devastating Tornados

After several tornados hit the Albany region of South Georgia, it left hundreds of families without homes. As people called for aid, U.S. Battery’s Director of Transportation Scott Perdue was contacted by an associate pastor from a church in Acworth, Georgia, and asked if the company would help in delivering food and supplies.

As a result of this outreach, the owners of U.S. Battery made the use of one of the company’s over the road truck and trailer available along with U.S. Battery driver, Tony Pitchford. “In just two days, the church managed to get enough donations of food, water and other necessities to fill one of our trailers, and we were able to get them to the people in Albany,” said Perdue.

“I cannot tell you how appreciative we are of your outstanding generosity,” said Rev. Chuck Smith, Pastor of Glade Rd. Baptist Church in Acworth, Georgia. “You were very instrumental in making the lives of those who lost so much, a little more bearable. Thanks to people and business like you, we were able to supply food, water, clothes, hygiene products, and many other necessary items to the victims.”

“U.S. Battery has manufacturing and distribution plants in Augusta and Evans, Georgia and are always ready to help people in need when necessary,” said Perdue. “This is no different from when we participated in the Convoy Of Care to deliver food and supplies to Louisiana flood victims last year.”

U.S. Battery is a manufacturer of premium batteries used for industrial and commercial applications. The company has been manufacturing batteries since 1926 and is ships products worldwide. For more information, visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Products Continue Working After Nearly Ten Years Of Continuous Use

With an estimated 3,000 cycles from two U.S. Battery products, one Illinois homeowner continues to use two nine-year-old 12-volt deep-cycle batteries to power a sump pump on his property. Ray Montonera’s lakeside home in Lake Zurich, Illinois is subject to flooding from rising groundwater levels. So it’s important that the sump pump in his basement is capable of operating 24/7. After contacting U.S. Battery about the USB 185 12-volt deep-cycle batteries installed on the system from the previous owners, the serial numbers indicated the batteries were nine years old.

“We live close to a lake where the ground water is high,” said Montonera. “We wanted to make sure our sump pump was protected with a battery backup system and discovered the previous owners had installed an industrial sump pump with U.S. Battery products. When I got around to checking the batteries, I saw that the water levels were low. I filled them back up and contacted U.S. Battery to see if this would damage them. After giving them the serial numbers, I discovered these batteries were ten years old and still operating!”

Montonera’s sump pump system consists of two motors and AC/DC converters that constantly switch back and forth to keep the batteries charged. “The system runs frequently, and in the summer is on and off about every two minutes,” said Montonera.

“We figured the low Depth of Discharge and constant use, kept our U.S. Battery 185 12V units constantly charged and operating for a long time,” said Zachary Cox, U.S. Battery Manager Product & Process Engineering. “We know we build reliable products, but for two 12-volts lasting 10 years, it was encouraging for us to realize our efforts and commitment to quality are working.”

“For me, it was encouraging that a company like U.S. Battery would answer my questions and provide that level of service,” said Montonera. For more information on U.S. Battery products visit www.usbattery.com.

North Carolina Golf Course Owner Relies On U.S. Battery Products To Keep His Golf Car Fleet Running Longer

When you own and operate a golf course, managing your overall operating expenses becomes a big priority. This is the case for Dennis Watkins, general manager and owner of the Lakewood Golf Club in Statesville, North Carolina.

Watkins has been in the golf course business for more than 40 years and knows that a large part of any course’s operating expenses goes into maintaining and operating a fleet of golf cars. “The batteries we use in our golf car fleet are my life-blood, so I use U.S. Battery US2200 six-volt batteries because they outperform any other brand of I’ve tried in my 40-years in this business,” says Watkins.

As the golf course’s owner and operator Watkins works hard to get as much use out of his fleet of 70 golf cars, which in turn helps lower his overall operating costs. “I make sure that the water levels are above the battery cell plates and I maintain a strict maintenance schedule,” says Watkins. “Compared to other brands, I can consistently get four seasons out of U.S. Battery products before they need to be replaced.”

“I’ve used other competitive brands that cost the same, but the failure rate always left me stuck with unusable batteries. Some have only worked for 24 months. In my experience, U.S. Battery’s US2200-XC2 deep-cycle batteries give me the most value of what I expect to get out of my golf car fleet.”

U.S. Battery’s US2200-XC2 is the company’s most popular six-volt deep-cycle flooded lead-acid battery for the golf car industry. With its exclusive XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology® the US2200-XC2 has the highest initial capacity, the highest rated capacity, and the ability to reach peak capacity in fewer cycles, than any other battery in its class. Aside from its performance, the US2200-XC2 batteries also feature extra heavy-duty connector lugs, a tough polypropylene exterior case, and the company’s positive locking SpeedCap® venting system for easy maintenance and durability in a variety of conditions.

U.S. battery products are manufactured in the U.S.A. and distributed worldwide. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit https://www.usbattery.com.