Manual-Control Electric Golf Caddies with Lithium Batteries
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Lithium-Ion vs. Sealed Lead-Acid Batteries
Battery Technology: The two types of batteries on the market today are the Sealed Lead-Acid (SLA) and the Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery.
Although it is possible to convert a trolley with SLA hookup into a
Li-Ion system, it can be somewhat troublesome. The best option is to
consider the advantages of the two systems and intentionally buy a cart
with the battery hookup you most like.
Sealed Lead Acid
- Less expensive than Li-Ion
- May help stabilize golf cart due to a heavier design than Li-Ion
- Lighter than Lead Acid Batteries
- Smaller than Lead Acid Batteries
- Continues Working 2-4 times longer than Lead Acid Batteries (before replacement is necessary)
about replacing an Electric Golf Caddy’s SLA battery with a Li-Ion battery?
Manufacturers often change from a 12-volt system to a 24-volt system when using
Lithium batteries. So significant modifications in electronics may be required.
If the battery characteristics are
(voltage and amp-hour capacity), it is possible to substitute
a Li-Ion battery for an SLA; however the battery mount would have to be
modified and a different battery charger and possibly cable connections would be
required. Also, if substituted during the warranty period, the manufacturer may
void the warranty on any affected components.
about life-cycle costs battery replacement/operating costs?
Some recent calculations show that when
the Li-Ion battery’s cost is over 3 times that of the SLA battery, life-cycle
cost advantage goes to the SLA battery design. And when the Li-Ion battery cost
is under 2 times that of the SLA, life-cycle cost advantage goes to the Li-Ion
application. With today’s pricing, the life-cycle cost advantage still goes to the
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