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AdventureEV April 8, 2024

Benefits of a lithium-ion powered golf cart or LSV

A lithium-ion battery takes far less time to charge than their older lead-acid counterparts. Think 6-8 hour charge window for a lead-acid battery or a 4 – 5 hour charge window for a lithium-ion battery. A lithium-ion battery is also a zero-maintenance battery, which means you don’t have to remember to check the fluids in it every month. Lithium batteries can be left charging all day and night, only unplugging it when you want to take it out for a spin. You don’t have to worry about charging and discharging deteriorating the battery quickly over time, so as long as you are keeping it plugged in when not in use, you shouldn’t have to worry about hoping into your cart to find a dead battery. The biggest bonus is that the longevity of lithium-ion batteries are such that manufacturers offering lithium-ion battery options are happy to offer multi-year replacement warranties on them so you have the buying confidence that you won’t be shelling out a few thousand dollars next year (or even within the next few years) just to keep enjoying your investment.

Caring for your lithium battery powered golf cart or LSV –

 Lithium batteries are resilient, when it comes to extremely cold temperatures, cold weather will not have any long-term impacts to your lithium battery as long as you ensure that charging takes place under prime conditions. So, what are those prime conditions? Ensure that the ambient temperature is above 32 degrees when charging your cart – usually in Florida this isn’t an issue but if you are charging your cart in unseasonable weather or somewhere north of the sunshine state, then you will want to ensure that you are unplugging your battery during extreme cold snaps or when snowy conditions are likely. Charging your lithium golf cart under 32 degrees can cause lithium plating to occur which may reduce the capacity of your cart’s battery to fully charge in the future and ultimately negatively impact your overall charge and run time.  Still charge and enjoy your golf cart when the cold weather appears, just be sure to unplug your cart when the local weatherman tells you to cover your plants and bring pets inside –  and don’t forget to warm up that cup of hot cocoa before heading out on your next adventure with the family!

Are lithium golf cart batteries worth it?

Ultimately that decision has to be determined by the buyer but here are 5 compelling reasons worth considering as you make that determination for yourself:

  1. Lightweight – Lithium-ion batteries are lightweight, reducing the overall weight of your cart significantly compared to other battery types. Having a lighter weighted cart will result in increased acceleration speed and more miles per charge as the overall load placed on the vehicle will be lower.
  2. Longer lifespan –lithium- ion batteries allow for more charge and discharge cycles than their counterparts and thus have a longer lifespan.
  3. Faster charging than AGM or lead-acid batteries
  4. Eco-friendly – lithium batteries do not contain acid that can leak out and cause hazard spills, they have a lower carbon footprint than other battery alternatives and they have a higher recyclability.
  5. Consistent power supplied – lithium batteries deliver a consistent charge throughout the entire discharge cycle, whereas other batteries tend to lose power as the charge depletes. With lithium batteries you will not experience a decrease in performance of your cart as the charge cycle gets lower.

How much does it cost to power my electric golf cart or LSV – 

The average cost of electricity in the U.S. at the time of this blog, April 2024, is about 15 cents per kilowatt-hour. Some metropolitans are more expensive, and some are less expensive, and many have variable rates, charging less per kilowatt-hour if you use electricity overnight as appose to during peak daytime hours, which is when most golf cart and electric vehicle charging takes place anyway. There are many variables to consider when trying to determine how much it costs in electricity to power your lithium powered golf cart. Voltage, Amps, what percentage the battery is trying to obtain a full charge from, time of day of charging, etc  but as a general rule of thumb, it only costs a few dollars a day to charge your electric lithium powered golf cart, compared to the $3.60 average PER GALLON of gas today, the lithium powered golf cart is a much cheaper (and more fun) option for short distance traveling!

Lithium battery safety in my electric golf cart or LSV – 

A Battery Management System or BMS is an integrated electronics board that monitors the health of your onboard lithium battery and everyone quality golf cart should have one! The BMS provides protection against overcharging, overcurrent and charging temperature. The BMS is your golf cart’s internal safety system to ensure you are receiving full and safe efficiencies during every charge, your BMS should also warn you if something is amiss with your battery or charging components. Adventure EV and Venom takes your BMS one step further by offering remote diagnostic abilities, if you are experiencing an issue with your cart’s battery or charging capabilities – a conveniently located QR code allows our team of experts to remote into your BMS and perform diagnostics to identify the issue and make adjustments. Pretty cool, right?

Charge your cart after each use, or daily, and to minimize any risks be sure to use the OEM quality charger that is provided with your cart purchase, it is specifically programed to be compatible with your cart and battery. Regular charging is key to maintaining battery longevity.

When opting for a lithium battery powered golf cart, make sure you are buying a reputable brand from a dealer you can trust. At Adventure EV, your experience and satisfaction is our number one priority, we are happy and eager to answer any questions you may have.

To learn more about the brand name batteries that go into our golf carts. Visit our website Adventure EV 

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