Lithium ion batteries (or LiFePO4 batteries) have been around for a while now on electric golf buggies, but until recently have been quite expensive. Most brands now including MGI Golf, Autocaddy, Motocaddy and Powakaddy come standard with lithium ion batteries. But not only can you get a lithium battery for a new golf buggy, there are suppliers providing them for older buggies by running on the same voltage as a lead acid battery.
Below is a breakdown of the advantages of a lithium golf battery over their lead acid counterparts:
The main advantage of a lithium battery is the life expectancy. Whilst a lead acid battery will last around 300 cycles, a lithium battery can last up to 5000 cycles, meaning over the life of the battery a lithium is more cost effect per round of golf. Lithium batteries are maintenance free and have the benefit of a control board built in, thus ensuring worry free golfing.
Another advantage is in the weight of the battery. A lithium battery weights on average 5 times less than a similar amp-hour lead acid battery. This makes it easier to lift making it easier to transport to other golf courses. The lighter weight also puts less strain on your buggy and therefore less wear and tear over time. This will improve the life of your buggy and mean less repairs will be required.
Lithium Golf Buggy Battery 24-volt 250Wh. Weighs only 2.6kg.
Charging times are also reduced when using lithium batteries over lead acid. Whilst it can take over 8 hours to charge a lead acid battery, a lithium battery can be fully charged in less than 3 hours. Lithium batteries are also able to be left off charge for longer periods of time compared to a lead acid battery. Once fully charged your lithium battery can be left off charge for up to 3 months before any damage occurs, whilst a lead acid battery will start to sulphide within 3 weeks.
Lithium batteries (Li-Ion batteries) require less maintenance than most forms of batteries. Other batteries, such a lead acid, require a periodic discharge to maintain the battery memory. This is not required for Lithium batteries, which can be left off charge for up to 3 months (once fully charged).
Lithium batteries also do not require topping up, like older forms of lead acid batteries. This means there is less maintenance required and less that can go wrong.
So there you have it, a lithium golf battery will not only last longer than a lead acid battery, but will save you time and money over its life. If you are in the market to upgrade from a lead acid battery to a lithium golf battery, check out our lithium battery & chargers to see which product is right for your needs.
Hillside Buggies sells a range of lithium batteries and chargers for your golfing requirements. Call us on (08) 9209 1625 to discuss your needs.