Last Updated: 20/04/2018
Selecting the correct golf trolley or golf buggy battery can be a daunting task, so we've put together a short guide covering the basics to get you back on the course.
Golf Battery Brands
The golf range from Leoch is substantial to say the least with both golf trolley and golf buggy products available. They offer real choice in each category too - with AMG and Gel variants available in different capacities for golf trolleys and even a couple of high AH traditional lead acid products in their buggy range.
Our Lucas range focuses purely on golf buggy batteries and they offer a simple AH distinction between the batteries on offer. Every product is AGM based and comes with a 1 year warranty, the AH rating is the only thing differentiating them making it really easy to select the right product for you.
These deep cycle batteries are designed for reliable performance during high workloads which makes them ideal for golf buggies. You can order these in singles or select from pre-selected sets of 4-6 batteries for specific models.
If you’re looking for the latest designs in battery technology look no further. The DuraDrive range is entirely based on lightweight lithium designs and provides simple options for both golf trolley and golf buggy applications. With 2 year warranties on the golf trolley side and 3 for the buggy batteries your only decision is to select from an 18 hole or 36 hole variant, as both come with the necessary adapters and chargers supplied.
The decision in selecting a golf trolley battery will come down to 3 specific things, the type of connection you require for your trolley, the type of battery construction you prefer and the number of holes you want it to last for - which ultimately comes down to AH.
Golf Trolley Connectors
This is the simplest of all 3 factors you need to consider - select a battery that matches the type of connector you require. Most of our products have bolt through terminals and generally cover all major golf trolley brands as a result, however our lithium range also comes with a Powakaddy T-Bar adapter for a universal fit.
We'll forgo the actual technical differences here which in many ways makes this a fairly straight forward answer - Gel batteries are 'better' than AGM and Lithium batteries are 'better' than Gel and as with most things in life, this makes them progressively more expensive.
If you’re a regular golfer and funds allow then a lithium based battery is an excellent choice, they’re powerful, lightweight and have long 3 year warranties. If you're interested in a more technical discussion on the differences between these types of battery see our previous post - Understanding Battery Construction.
Recommended Golf Holes
Another simple (relatively!) question - how many golf holes do you want the battery to last for? 18 is more than suitable for casual golfers, but if you want the security of being able to play for longer or flexibility of skipping the odd re-charge, then go for 36 to be on the safe side.
We’d always recommend opting for 36, the price difference isn’t dramatic and it saves you from potentially having to purchase another battery to better meet your needs later down the line.
Selecting a golf buggy battery is more akin to traditional vehicle battery selection, you need to consider the battery layout you require, the type of battery construction and ultimately the capacity in AH.
It’s fair to say that in most situations you’re probably looking for a layout where the positive terminal is on the left - the vast majority of our products follow that layout. However it’s absolutely worth checking properly as we do offer options with the positive terminal on the right as well as a classic 6V style layout. There’s no decision to make here other than selecting the correct layout for your buggy.
This is the trickiest step; typically with vehicle batteries you’d replace like for like in terms of technology, however in this instance you can potentially shift from lead to AGM or up to lithium. It really all depends on how you’re charging your batteries and the specific buggy. The easiest answer then is to just match what you have from the manufacturer, but if you do want to upgrade to a different technology that’s likely an option, it’ll just need a little prior research and you can always get in touch with us for assistance.
As is our advice on traditional vehicle batteries, here you need to check what AH you need, either by checking the existing battery or checking your handbook. The latter is preferable as you may not necessarily have the correct battery in-situ as things stand, hence why you’re looking for a replacement! That said the general rule of thumb is a higher AH will power your buggy for a longer period of time.
If you're interested make sure you check out our Battery Terminology Guide which goes into AH, Capacity and Cycles in a little more detail.
Golf Battery Chargers
Once you've finished up for the day the next step is making sure your kit is ready to go again and that means investing in a couple of good quality chargers, suitable for the task at hand.
Golf Trolley Battery Chargers
When selecting a golf trolley battery charger there's little to offer by way of advice as you're limited by the type of battery you've selected. For example you'll need a lithium specific charger for your lithium battery, or a standard charger suitable for 'normal' batteries (i.e not lithium) with the correct connector - Torberry or Powakaddy T-Bar. Beyond that there's little to differentiate what's on offer, so as long as you match the battery type with the correct connector you can't really go wrong.
Golf Buggy Battery Chargers
Given golf buggy batteries are more like a traditional leisure battery you'll be shopping from the standard list of battery chargers and you may find that your current car or caravan battery charger will be suitable, if not you've a simple choice to make between the two options we stock - a 10A or 20A charger. The 10A version will support batteries up to 135AH which is more than enough for charging each individual battery, but don't be afraid of selecting the 20A option if you're looking for a single do it all charger for multiple applications.
There we have it! Advice on brands, considerations for both golf trolley and golf buggy battery purchases as well as a little detail on selecting the correct charger. All that’s left to do now is to check out our UK golf course guide and go and play some golf!