Freeway ll Conversion Kit Back in Stock – 15% off this weekend only

Powakaddy Freeway ll / 2 Conversion Kit

No, this is not the flight deck from the Star Ship Enterprise. This beauty is an answer to the prayers of Freeway ll (2) users.

The Freeway ll (2) was a huge seller. There are lots of them out there. Like all trolleys, it has had its faults and niggles but the thing that users probably disliked most was having to press a button up and down to control the speed.

This device – which is a Freeway ll (2) conversion kit – will enable you to convert the trolley to one using a conventional ‘roller’ (left or right-handed, they are on each side, helpfully) to control the speed. Thus you can set the trolley to the exact pace that you want rather than the clunky, imprecise button control.

The electronics used in this have been tried and tested in the current Freeway Sport and are (so far) fault free.

It comes to you with full written instructions plus diagrams.
The kit includes:

  • Full instructions
  • A new handle
  • All the handle’s internal workings (ready fitted)
  • Replacement cables
  • A replacement controller
  • All nuts, bolts and cable ties

Purchase these parts individually and it will cost over £200. You can buy this from us for a greatly subsidised price!

This weekend only there is a code for 15% off – the code is:  conversion kit

So if it’s too cold to play golf next weekend you can order this now and fix it to your trolley instead.  Get yours here.

Code offer ends Sunday 25 January 2015.

 

Technical Up-Date: radiused spacers & star-loc washers

I bet you weren’t expecting that, were you?

Here is a little herd* of radiused spacers:

Cute little critters, aren’t they?  But they are notoriously shy.  As are their best mates, the star-loc washers:

The point of these spacers and washers is that they prevent wear and tear on the moving, metal parts of your trolley.  You can’t see the spacers, but it is an easy task to undo a few nuts and bolts and pop new ones in.

The kits are available here.  Only £10, but such a worthwhile investment of a little time and money.  We have also added how-to articles about these in our Advice Centre.  Here is the one on radiused spacers; and here is the related paper on star-loc washers. These articles also explain all about the job these spares do – the unsung heroes of your trolley, basically.

The wear on these, especially the spacers, will not be obvious with a visual check, so we advise replacing them every season, especially if you play every week.

A job for this weekend, perhaps?  Well, it’s more fun than the supermarket…

* collective noun for radiused spacers? We have gone with herd, but Kirsten thinks that a squeeze of radiused spacers is probably a better one. – Ed

The Secret Life Of A Potentiometer…

The little chap in the photo is a potentiometer.  This one is for a Freeway.  But there are variations, depending upon your model of PowaKaddy trolley.  We stock the full range – if you can’t easily find yours, just type potentiometer into the search box at the top right of the website and it will take you to the full page of listings.  They are also often referred to as ‘pots’ and because I am going to be typing this a lot, I am going to refer them, in a rather forward and familiar fashion, as pots from now on.  It’s OK.  We have been introduced.

We have also prepared a brief video tutorial on fitting a new pot.  You can see this here. It’s a pretty straightforward wrangle and the video really breaks it down, step by step.

But Alfie thought that you might like to know what is going on with the pot.  He thinks this because we get a lot of queries about pot-related problems.

Confusion of the terminology is a common early stumbling block.  The most common – and very understandable  - error people make is referring to the knob they turn in order to make a trolley go, as a switch.  It is in fact a potentiometer.  Pot to you. The trolley does have a switch but that is elsewhere.

A switch is an electrical component used to break or make a circuit, like a light switch. Most trolleys have one on the handle and you would use it to stop your trolley; and then get it to re-start at the same speed it was travelling at, when you stopped it.  Thereby saving you the trouble of resetting your speed and saving wear and tear on the pot.

The part you rotate to control the trolley’s speed is a pot. A switch cannot vary the levels of power travelling through it.  The switch will simply start, or stop, the trolley.

The pot is the rather more clever chapie that establishes the levels of output. For example, in a loudspeaker, a pot is used to adjust the volume. In a television set, computer monitor or light dimmer, it can be used to control the brightness of the screen or light bulb.  In the case of a golf trolley they control the level of power going to the motor and thereby control the trolley’s speed.

Inside they have a resistive ring made of carbon. As you increase the speed of your trolley the point of contact moves from one end, with low resistance to the other, with high resistance. The higher the resistance the greater the speed.

They are subject to wear and tear.  A typical symptom of pot-failure or imminent failure, is intermittent stop-starting of your trolley.  There are other reasons why this may be happening and you can read about these here.  It can be worn motor brushes, or a frayed cable – but once you’ve checked these, using our handy guide, you will probably be looking at the pot as the culprit.