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Best Golf Cart Batteries

Best Golf Cart Batteries

The best golf cart batteries are the freshest

When you search for the best golf cart battery, accessories and cables, keep in mind that any top rated battery will ideally not be older than 6 months. Each battery maker puts a code on their battery which tells you the age of the battery. Look for the code in the description of the product or on the sticker usually seen on the side right towards the top. Some companies put the battery code date somewhere close to the terminal post of the battery so watch out.

Suppose the code says J14. Reading from the left to the right, J (the first digit) is a letter that denotes the month of manufacture and 14(the second digit) is a number that denotes the year. Hence, in this instance, the date code of the battery is October 2014. You could use this as a basis to perform comparisons of different golf cart batteries before taking the final call. Make sure you only settle for the freshest battery.

A rundown of some key features of a golf cart battery

After going through several golf cart battery reviews, many of you, by now, would have a fair idea of the key features to look for. Here is a short compilation of features that are available in some of the best golf cart batteries that won’t let you down.

Deep cycle service: Thick, high density fasted lead plates and a reinforced grid means the battery can hold up against long cycles of continuous discharge and repeated recharging.

Less maintenance: Features a maintenance-free design that includes heavy duty sheet separators and a large tank to reduce water loss and optimize water consumption. Has a heavy-duty casing that weathers the storm and resists breakage to safeguard equipment and increase longevity.

Life: Enhanced battery life means better depth of cycling and more number of cycles. Best golf cart batteries have a sound cycling technology that guarantees around 800 to 1500 cycles of discharge to around 50% capacity. Batteries that have 70% depth of discharge are supposed to have a longer battery life even though the best golf cart battery in the market most likely discharges to a nominal capacity of 50%.

Vibration resistance: Partition connectors fitted with cast-on strap allow for better electrical conductivity and superior strength necessary for resisting vibration.

Power distribution and control: An optimized design that stream lines the path in which current flows and guarantees maximum power delivery.

Robust construction: A rugged design made of high density components ensures longevity and an electrical short protection system that protects power-generating components from electrical shorts.

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Golf carts as viable future transportation

Golf carts as viable future transportation

The San Diego Association of Governments has noticed a big increase throughout the county in the use of golf carts and low-speed vehicles — golf carts being two-seaters and LSVs, as they’re called, being four-seaters.

So, a group of traffic engineers from throughout the county looked at LSVs (often called NEVs, for “neighborhood electric vehicles”) on September 21 and saw a lot of potential for use of electric carts in transportation, according to City of Carlsbad traffic engineer Doug Bilse.

“We have a lot of questions about using them on the streets, and we learned that local jurisdictions need to take action to allow people to use these vehicles on the roads,” Bilse said.

Traffic engineers are starting to think of the way future roads will be designed, especially with the effort to reduce greenhouse gases.

“If you look at the percentage of trips, most people’s trips are within a few miles of where they live,” Bilse said. “But with kids to pick up and groceries to haul, for example, they may need transportation sometimes. If you could push a button on your cell and get an [neighborhood electric vehicle] to your door, and if the neighborhood shared a few of them, it would make it so people would need fewer cars.”

 Regional traffic engineers are starting to look at how to include low-speed vehicles in street design, since they expect that self-driving vehicles will be built on low-speed vehicle platforms, Bilse said.