All batteries start to deteriorate from date of manufacture due to the electro chemical reaction which creates the power.
Batteries can fail prematurely for a number of reasons, the most most common factors being:
- Incorrect charging regime which either over or under charges the battery.
- A faulty charger - if your charger is over five years old and has been used regularly, (say once a week), you will probably need a new one.
- Excessive demand from the motor caused by overloading or axles not rotating freely - always make sure that the equipment the battery is being used on is clean and properly maintained.
- Accidental damage such as dropping it - Always handle your battery with care.
- Leaving the battery for long periods of time without charging it or leaving it in a discharged condition.
- using the battery for longer than it's recommended capacity.
Golf Battery Do's and Don'ts
- Always keep your battery clean & dry
- Always charge your battery as soon as you can after use.
- Ensure that your battery charger is compatible with your battery and is in good working order. It is likely that any charger which is over 5 years old and regularly used will not provide a consistent or adequate charge.
- Make sure that the terminals on your battery are always clean and free from corrosion.
- Make sure that all connections from the charger to the battery are secure.
- Do not store your battery on a cold or wet surface.
- Do not use your battery for longer or more that the prescribed usage - eg do not try to use a standard 18 hole battery for 2 rounds of golf.
- Do not charge your battery in the damp or airtight conditions.
- When charging, do not have the battery or charger covered.
- Do not expose your battery to flames.
- Do not short circuit the battery.
Frequently asked Questions
- Q - If I only play 9 holes, do I still have to charge the battery before my next game? A - Yes, the battery should be recharged after every use, regardless of the number of holes played.
- Q - Should I fully discharge my battery from time to time? A - Definitely not. You should never completely discharge a golf battery as this can seriously reduce the capacity of the battery.
- Q - Should I leave my battery constantly on the charger when I'm not using it? A - This depends on your charger - most modern chargers are designed so you can leave your battery on a constant charge but some are not - follow the instructions that come with your charger.