how lithium battery conversion takes golf cars to new levels

You might’ve never given much thought to your golf car’s power supply, much less whether a lithium battery is right for the vehicle. As long as it’s going up hills, through sand, and down Myrtle Beach streets, all is well, right? Not quite. With traditional lead-acid batteries, you might be short-changing your vehicle’s power, speed, and efficiency.

Enter lithium batteries. They’re becoming increasingly common as manufacturers enhance their driving experience. But what does this mean for golf car owners? 

In today’s article, we’ll cover the nuts and bolts of lithium battery conversions and why you should trust Best with yours. 

What’s the Difference?

Traditionally, most golf cars come with a lead-acid battery. However, we first need to understand how lead-acid batteries work in order to appreciate lithium.

As you might suspect, lead-acid batteries generate power when the sulfate in the battery’s sulphuric acid bonds to the lead. The problem is that there are limited sulfate ions in the acid. The results over time are depleted sulfate and weaker charges. While this is normal for these batteries, their lifespan cuts users’ power supplies much shorter than needed. 

Another drawback with lead-acid batteries is their shortcomings with power over long periods. Short energy bursts are much more in their wheelhouse.

Lithium batteries are a completely different approach. Inside the battery, an anode and cathode store lithium. From there, an electrolyte sends positively charged lithium ions from the anode to the cathode. The lithium ions create free electrons in the anode, creating a charge at the positive current collector. The electrical current then flows to the negative current collector. 

What does the conversion entail?

Converting these batteries requires special considerations, such as:

  • Choosing the proper voltage and capacity for your car’s power requirements. 
  • Addressing corrosion in battery trays and cables. 
  • Correct parallel installation. 
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the shape of power to come

Let’s get to the obvious question: what are the perks of a lithium battery conversion? Well, there are quite a few. When converting to a lithium battery, you can typically expect the following:

  • Double to triple the run time. 
  • Longer lifetimes; need to be replaced less often. 
  • Faster charging. 
  • A fraction of the weight of lead-acid batteries. 
  • Require no watering. 
  • Enough battery range for cold weather. 
  • Constant voltage through the entire charge. 
  • A 99% charge efficiency (lead-acids are 85%). 
  • Improved speed and maneuvering. 

Find Someone You Can Trust

Converting your golf car alone can be tempting, but don’t be fooled. It’s risky business and calls for technical skills, electrical modifications, and safety precautions. If you do it improperly, you could very well end up with a fire or other safety hazard on your hands. We can’t be sure, but we’ll guess that this isn’t the way you want to spend time with your vehicle.

So if you’re ready for this change, Factory Authorized Dealership with certified technicians for this conversion is vital. That’s where Best comes in. Our seasoned crew has this distinction, which is uncommon in the Myrtle Beach area.  

Don’t wait for a dead battery to drain your fun this summer. For the next level of efficiency and operation, get in touch with Best today!