Acid-soaked dirt on top of the batteries can reduced battery efficiency through self-discharge so it is very important to keep batteries clean.
Any corrosion built up on or around batteries should be removed
Use 1 cup of Baking Soda to one gallon of water to wash batteries. Rinse with clean water.
Do not let Baking Soda solution enter the battery through the vent cap.
Terminal connections should be clean and tight. Any fray or worn wires need to be replaced.
Rule 2 – Maintain Proper Water Level
Correct watering techniques extend the life of your battery system.
The water level should be check weekly on each battery. As the batteries age, they will use more water. Once you are comfortable with the amount of water your batteries are using, you can decide if checking the batteries once or twice a month is acceptable.
When adding water, only add distilled water and only add enough distilled water to cover the plates.Non-distilled water can haveharmful minerals which will have a cumulative adverse effect on battery performance.
Never allow the water level to fall below the tops of the plates because this will cause the exposed part of the plate to become permanently inactive. ** Don’t use a battery filler – they tend to overfill the battery **
Add water only after the cart has been charge; unless the water is below the level of the plates.
Overfilling a battery before charging will result in overflow during charging. The electrolyte level rises during charging and if the battery is too full it will boil over.
Water added to replace the spillage dilutes the electrolyte and reduces its specific gravity. Cells with lower specific gravity have lower charging capacity. Overfilling reduces the life of your batteries.
Rule 3 – Battery Hold Downs
Excessive vibration shortens the life of the battery system.
Battery hold downs should be tight enough to keep the batteries from bouncing.
Excessive vibration causes the plates to shed prematurely.
Excessive vibration may cause the acid to leak out of the vent holes causing corrosion and reducing the electrolyte in the batteries.
Make sure battery hold downs are not too tight as to crack or buckle the battery case. This could cause leaks that could dry out a battery cell.
Rule 4 – Charging the Battery System
Correct charging methods extend the battery life and range between charges.
If you have a manual charger, you need to make sure that you don’t over charge or under charge your batteries. Automatic chargers prevent over charging and under charging because they shut off automatically.
The batteries must be used prior to charging. After a round of golf or when the state of charge meter gets to half, go ahead and put it on charge.
Charge overnight like you would your cell phone. Schedule enough charging time, if possible, so the charger shuts off automatically. Age of battery, condition of battery, state-of-discharge, temperature of electrolyte, AC line voltage level, and other variables affect charging time.
Batteries that are not used will self-discharge. Make sure that cart is getting charged once a month. Do not let cart sit for over a month without charging it. The batteries will drain. Again, the batteries must be used prior to charging so drive it down the street prior to charging.
You have to plug in the charger each time you charge the cart. You can’t leave the charger plugged in and expect it to charge. The charging process is activated when it is plugged in. Unplug charger and re-plug in to start charging process again.
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