How To Refurbish Golf Cart Batteries
Unable to properly charge your golf cart batteries after being used can damage more than you may know. Incorrect charging practice will affect the charger's charging ability and will let the batteries deteriorate faster.
As a golf cart owner, you should learn how to refurbish golf cart batteries. You can do some necessary measures that would not hurt your pocket but can help restore your battery. Knowing how to recharge batteries will extend its life for months or even a year or more.
Restoring Golf Cart Batteries
Restoring golf batteries is cheaper than buying a new one. Try the steps below on how to refurbish golf cart batteries.
What you will need:
- Battery charger
- Epsom salts
- Baking soda
- Distilled water
- Turkey baster
- Voltmeter (as required)
Step 1 - Tilt the battery
Let almost half the battery acid to get empty on each cell and into a plastic container. Get your paintbrush and dip a little in a baking soda solution.
Next is to proceed in cleaning the battery. Wash the battery with plain water. Just secure that no water can get inside any of the cells.
Step 2 - The salt and water solution
Get 8 ounces of Epsom salts and two quarts of warm distilled water. Then mix them together until the salt dissolves. With the use of the turkey baster, baste each battery cell with the Epsom salts solution until all the cells are filled.
Step 3 - Place the battery on a charger
Charge the batteries overnight. Epsom salts eliminate the sulfation or deposits on the battery plates that prevent the battery from getting a full charge. Charge the battery for maybe a whole day and check if there is an improvement.
If it's still not fully charged, it means that they can no longer be saved and go get new golf cart batteries instead. If the battery has been charged, replace the cell caps, and test your golf cart by driving it on a long ride to see how long the battery will last.
Plus, if the ride and power are short, the cart needs new batteries.
It is also possible that your golf cart battery charger is not charging correctly. Get your voltmeter for you to check the power output of the battery charger.
Attach the voltmeter to the battery bank once the charger has been hooked up to the golf cart. Then, turn it on. The golf cart's battery voltage bank should bounce up from the state before you turn on the golf cart battery charger.
It would be best to hook up your golf cart charger to your golf cart after use. This will keep the cart batteries in a much better condition.
Try to save some money by learning how to refurbish golf cart batteries. Buying new ones isn't always the solution. You can try to salvage those batteries instead of just replacing them right away.