Winter could significantly slow down the charge and discharge rate of your golf cart and equipment batteries. Apart from affecting the rates, the cold winter season also pose the risk of freezing the electrolyte when the battery is not stored correctly. Here are few important tips to make sure that your golf cart batteries don’t freeze. You will also learn how to use a hydrometer to determine their stage of charge.
Flooded lead acid golf cart batteries have a discharge and charge rates that rely on temperature. Although warmer climates have a tendency to increase the charging and discharging rates, the cold winter season could slow down the rate of charge and discharge. Apart from affecting the rates, cold temperatures also run the risk of freezing the electrolytes when the battery isn’t stored correctly.
Storing Golf Cart Batteries In A Discharged State
Among the most typical mistakes made during the colder season is storing the Myrtle Beach golf cart battery in a discharged state. A battery in this state in a very cold temperature will let the electrolyte to freeze and cause it to expand. Keep the battery fully charged during winter so the electrolyte is much less likely to freeze and lead to unexpected failures.
Having said that, you should not expect to charge your custom golf cart batteries and return in spring expecting that everything will be fine. If you store your golf cart Myrtle Beach away during the winter season, it’s important to always check the state of charge of the battery. Do this by taking gravity readings. Just like charging rates, the temperature will also affect your readings. So be sure to add a correction factor that differs from the electrolyte temperature.
Temperature will also affect the rate of charge and discharge. A cold battery will charge and then self discharge much slower than a warm battery. However, it will also show lower capacity. This is true for those custom golf cart fleets that can operate during the colder season. Even though these fleets might not experience the freezing temperatures, the cold temperature will increase the resistance in the chemistry of the battery and lead to a reduction in the battery capacity. Generally speaking, the capacity is for every 15 degrees to 20 degrees below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the battery will lose 10 percent of its capacity.
Checking Specific Gravity Reading
Being able to check the specific gravity readings in the flooded lead-acid batteries is a benefit in cold weather operation. It lets the operator to totally understand the impact of cold temperature on the battery, and lets them to be maintained correctly. Although the downside of operating or storing golf car batteries in the winter needs regular specific gravity checks, one of the positive aspect is that the colder temperature will lower self-discharge rates. In the long run, checking the state of the charge on the fleet’s batteries will be cheaper than having to change at least one damaged battery.
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Myrtle Beach, SC, 29578
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