Brian C from Stuart asks:
“I just returned from NJ after spending the last 7 months at my primary residence. My golf cart charger does not appear to be working now – but was fine before I left.
Do I need new batteries? They really aren’t that old.”
Hello Brian! This is a common problem after returning from an extended absence. It is very likely that your charger is still in good working condition. There is also a good possibility that you don’t need to purchase new batteries, at least not until we evaluate the situation. Give ACE a call and we will come out and “encourage” your batteries to begin taking a charge again. When battery voltage gets too low, you will need a service technician to give them a boost. At this point, they should begin to charge again with your existing charger. Once you get back up and running, if you continue to have charging difficulties or shortened run time, we can research each individual cell and take it from there.
Before you head north next spring, you have a few options available so that you don’t return to the same situation next year. If you have a local family member or friend, they can re-start your charger every week or 2 to keep your batteries properly charged while you are away. Be certain that you provide them with instructions on how to check the electrolyte levels in each battery. These instructions can be found in your owner’s manual. Additionally, many communities have a local handy man that will often provide this service for a very reasonable seasonal fee.
Another option would be to purchase a higher end charger that will monitor and maintain battery voltage levels without the need to manually re-start the charging process, however, it is still recommended that the electrolyte levels be monitored by someone according to manufacturer’s recommendations. Single-point watering systems are also available to make battery maintenance easier for both you in season, and your caretaker off-season. These items are available in our showroom or on our website. Please give us a call if you have any additional questions on battery maintenance or long-term cart storage. Welcome Back!