Trolley Maintenance: battery care

Here is a handy battery-care check list.  You can find our full range of batteries, bags and chargers here.

  • Batteries work best if they are used frequently and not used for more than the recommended number of holes.  The rule we employ for our batteries is that they are either in use, or on charge.  You cannot over-charge the battery.  PowaKaddy's modern chargers are set to recognise the condition of the battery and will cycle themselves down to a maintenance trickle-charge once it has reached the full charge level.

 

  • The most common cause of damage to a battery is if used for more than the recommended number of holes.  In most cases, an 18 hole battery will manage for say 27 holes, but this takes more power out of the battery than it should be asked to deliver and can cause the battery to go into 'deep discharge', a condition that the charger will often struggle to pull the battery back from.

 

  • There is a commonly-held view that if you only use the battery for 18 holes you will put a 'memory'  in the battery and lose the power that is beyond that point.  This is untrue.  It is true of batteries that you get in mobile phones for example, and these do need to be fully discharged occasionally.  However, this is not the case with the lead-acid batteries used on powered trolleys.  They should never be fully discharged as this is the quickest way to destroy the battery.

 

  • If you are not using the trolley for a week or two, charge the battery fully before you leave it then take it OFF charge.  On your return, charge it fully.

 

  • This is also true if you plan to put the trolley away for some weeks or months.  Don't leave it charging in the garage.  Charge it up once a fortnight, take it off charge and so on. If you have to go away for a lengthy period and you can't do this, you'd be best advised to give the trolley to a friend to use or leave the battery, charger and routine for charging with someone reliable.  If you just leave it there is every chance that when you come back, you won't be able to charge it back up.

 

  • It is worth checking that the bolts which hold the battery top onto the battery are fully tightened from time to time.  If one is loose it can cause power-loss in use (due to intermittent disconnection).

 

  • For efficient battery maintenance it's also worth checking that the two spring-loaded lugs (the shiny round parts on either side of the T-bar connector) push in and out smoothly to make a proper connection with the battery top.  If they are stiff, it's best to replace the part.  This part is an interconnect plug, commonly refered to as the T-bar.  The cause of them becomming stiff is if the T-bar isn't fully inserted into the battery when charging.  This can slightly melt the internal workings of the T-bar, leading to a poor connection.

Battery winter care.

Batteries are affected by temperature.

So do not charge them in a cold winter garage, charge them inside the house at room temperature.

Once charged do not put in the car boot (so that you do not forget it next time you go to the course) or leave it in a cold garage. Keep it indoors, fully charged and recharge every two weeks to keep it in tip top condition
 

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