Who Makes The Best Golf Cart Batteries – Complete Guide

Who Makes The Best Golf Cart Batteries – Complete Guide

Golf cart batteries are investment purchases so to get the most of your investment, you want to buy a battery from a quality supplier and take care of it the right way.

 

Who makes the best golf cart batteries?

We’d strongly recommend staying away from the batteries sold by big-box stores and going for a battery made by a company which specializes in them.  Here are some names we’re happy to recommend.

 

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Amstron Battery Review

Amstron describes itself as a power solutions company and has three product ranges, MedXP, UPS and SLA, or sealed lead acid, which is the form of battery most golf carts require.  They offer 6V and 12V SLA batteries but sadly no 8V batteries.  Amstron has built its brand through providing batteries which hit the sweet spot between reliability and economy.  You will certainly find technologically superior batteries on the market, but, of course, you’ll pay for them.  Many golfers find that Amstron batteries do just fine for their golf carts and offer good performance at a reasonable price.

 

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Lifeline Batteries Review

Lifeline market their products to the marine, RV and racing car communities and are very well-respected by all of these groups since their batteries combine cutting-edge technology with old-school attention to build quality and are designed to stand up to hard wear and hard knocks.  Of course, the pricing reflects this, which is why this brand is not for everyone.

Some golfers may feel that using Lifeline batteries in their golfing carts is a case of spending more money than is necessary to get the results they want.  It’s all a matter of opinion, budget and environment.  If you live in a fairly temperate climate and your regular golf course doesn’t have much in the way of challenging terrain then the advantage of buying Lifeline is simply the fact that your upfront investment will last you a long time.  If, however, you’re in a very hot or very cold climate and/or have to deal with difficult terrain, then Lifeline batteries may be a very wise buy.

Lifeline Marine AGM Battery - GPL-4CT
6 Reviews
Lifeline Marine AGM Battery - GPL-4CT
  • Voltage: 6 Volts
  • Amp. Hrs. 20 Hr Rate: 220
  • Minutes of Discharge @ 25 Amps - 492
  • Minutes of Discharge @ 15 Amps - 856
  • Minutes of Discharge @ 8 Amps - 1692
  • Great for Marine, RV, & Solar applications
  • MADE IN USA!

 

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Trojan Batteries Review

Trojan batteries tend to be priced at a similar level to Lifeline ones, but they do market more actively to the golfing community and frequently claim a place at the top of the “best of” lists produced by the golfing press, so their batteries tend to be seen more as investments, which, indeed they are and, assuming you take care of them properly, they will be long-term investments.  What’s more Trojan have the reputation of being a company which stands by its warranties and offers excellent customer service.

Trojan Trojan 6 Volt Battery T-105
8 Reviews
Trojan Trojan 6 Volt Battery T-105
  • Voltage: 6, Amperage: 225Ah, Chemistry: Flooded
  • Length: 10.300, Width: 7.100, Height: 10.800
  • Trojan
  • Flooded Lead Acid

 

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UPS Batteries Review

UPS targets its products at the IT industry, but it also produces an extensive range of sealed lead acid batteries, which can be used in golf carts.  If you are going to use UPS batteries, we strongly recommend that you buy them new rather than, for example, buying ones which are being moved on after having been used in server rooms.  While we’re all in favor of reusing and recycling, we don’t think that golf carts are the place for used batteries since they can give out unexpectedly.  New UPS batteries, however, can offer excellent value for money.

Sealed AGM Gel Golf Cart Battery 12 Volt 35 Amp Hour
9 Reviews
Sealed AGM Gel Golf Cart Battery 12 Volt 35 Amp Hour
  • UPG # D5722 UB12350 12V 35Ah
  • Dimensions: 7.75 inches x 5.19 inches x 7.13 inches. Weight: 22.50 Lbs
  • SLA/AGM maintenance free, spill proof battery
  • Rechargeable battery that can be mounted in any position, resists shocks and vibration
  • 1 Year Warranty

 

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USB Batteries Review

US Batteries have long been locked in battle with Trojan for the hearts, minds and wallets of golfers.  These days, USB now have enough credibility that their products tend to be priced on a similar level with Trojan, although they may still be a bit cheaper.  As you may have guessed from this comment, the performance of USB batteries is now, at least near enough, a match for Trojan and USB also offers solid warranties and great customer service, so really the USB versus Trojan decision probably boils down to personal preference (or pricing when you go to buy).

U.S. GC2 US2200XC2 6V 232A Deep Cycle Flooded Acid Battery
  • U.S. GC2 US2200XC2 6V 232A Deep Cycle Flooded Acid Battery
  • Length: 10.250, Width: 7.120, Height: 11.250
  • Group GC2
  • Flooded Lead Acid

 

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Bonus pick – ExpertPower Batteries Review

Expert Power Batteries don’t really go in for the same level of marketing as some of the other names we’ve mentioned, which is presumably why they don’t seem to have the same degree of brand recognition, even though they’ve been around for a long time and produce excellent batteries, backed by warranties you can rely on and very respectable customer service.  We’ve included them as a bonus pick purely because it is not a household name, but these batteries are definitely worth a look.

ExpertPower 12V 7 Amp EXP1270 Rechargeable Lead Acid Battery
2,709 Reviews
ExpertPower 12V 7 Amp EXP1270 Rechargeable Lead Acid Battery
  • GENUINE EXPERTPOWER BATTERY - The Most Trusted And Highest Reviewed Sealed Lead Acid Batteries On Amazon
  • BATTERY TYPE - 12 Volt 7 Amp 20 Hour Sealed Lead Acid Battery With F1 Style Terminals. Operational Temperature : Discharge: -40 °C to +60 °C (-40...
  • RUGGED CONSTRUCTION - The High Impact Resistant Battery Case Is Made Up Of A Non-Conductive ABS Plastic. This Material Has a Strong Resistance To...
  • AGM TECH - The Acid Inside Is Absorbed Between The Plates And Thereby Immobilized By A Very Fine Fiberglass Mat. This Along With The Valve Regulated,...
  • USER FRIENDLY - Easy, One-Time Installation Of Our Maintenance Free and Valve Regulated Batteries Will Get Your System Or Application Running In No...
  • Charging Time - 4 hours - 12Volt 2Ampere Smart Charger
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How long can golf cart batteries last?

The only definite answer to this question is “it depends”.  It depends partly on their initial quality, partly on how you use them and partly on how you take care of them.  Buying a golf cart battery from one of the manufacturers suggested above should take care of the first point, so let’s look at the second and third.

 

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Using a golf-cart battery effectively

The basic idea behind using a golf-cart battery so that it lasts as long as possible is to treat it gently.  Think about the techniques you use to minimize fuel consumption in a regular car.  You avoid doing anything suddenly if you can help it, instead you slow to a stop and accelerate smoothly away, you also prepare for turns rather than just swinging into them.  You do your best to avoid terrain which is going to challenge your vehicle and you respect its capabilities and don’t push them.  With regards to golf carts, the key point here is to pay attention to weight limits and remember that they are cumulative.  In other words, it’s all very well packing your cart correctly to begin with, but if you add a bit here and a bit there and maybe pick up an extra passenger along the way, then there’s a distinct possibility that your cart’s going to start to struggle and so will your battery.  Finally, do not let your golf cart battery go completely flat if you can possibly avoid it.  Running it down to nearly empty is fine, just put it on a charger before it dies completely.

 

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Taking proper care of your golf cart battery

There are two good reasons for making the time to take care of your golf cart battery in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.  The first is that a standard warranty will typically only cover manufacturing defects, not problems caused by you failing to look after your battery properly.  The second is that good maintenance can really extend the life of your golf cart battery and so helps you to get the absolute maximum value for money.

 

Always charge your golf cart battery the right way

Effective charging means charging your golf cart battery until it is completely full and then immediately stopping the charge.  This is why smart chargers are so useful as they will shut off automatically as soon as the job is done, meaning you can just “set and forget”.  Ideally you should aim to charge your golf-cart battery after every use to reduce the risk of it continuing to discharge, slowly, to the point where it goes completely flat.

Never underestimate the importance of proper charging.  A significant percentage of problems with batteries are actually caused by improper charging rather than the battery itself.

 

Keep your golf cart battery clean and watered

The bad news is that sulfur deposits can really damage a golf cart battery, but the good news is that a little regular maintenance is all it takes to deal with the matter.  Just pick up a desulfation product from your favorite (online) store and use it once a month (or at least once every six weeks, if you’re really pushed for time).

Many batteries still need their water levels topped up every so often (basically when they drop below the minimum level).  Always used distilled water for this, not just filtered water, proper distilled water, and pay attention to the marks indicating the maximum water level.  Some modern batteries don’t need to be topped up.

 

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Putting your golf cart battery into storage

If you’re not planning on using your golf cart for a while, then, as an absolute minimum, disconnect the battery, otherwise it will continue to discharge and will eventually run completely flat to the point where it cannot be revived by charging and you will have to get a new one.  This is highly unlikely to be covered by your warranty so neglecting this step can be an expensive experience.

Ideally, charge the golf cart battery and then disconnect it, clean it, top up the water (if necessary) and put it in an appropriate storage place, which basically means one where it is protected from extreme temperatures (both hot and cold), moisture and physical damage.  Unlike foodstuffs, light itself doesn’t impact golf cart batteries one way or another, but if you leave the battery near a source of light, then make sure that the light does not generate heat, which will.  Obviously, the golf cart battery needs to be somewhere neither children nor animals can get to it, but ideally it should be somewhere reasonably accessible to adults because you will probably need to bring it out of storage every couple of months or so to top up the charge.


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