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How Long Do Golf Cart Batteries Last

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How Long Do Golf Cart Batteries Last

When selling golf cart batteries, the most common question is how long will your battery last?

Unfortunately, this is one of the hardest questions to answer.

The answer depends on many factors. Such as the chemical composition of the battery itself, whether it is properly charged and used, the frequency of use…

First, let’s see, what types of golf carts batteries are on the market?

Types of Golf Carts Batteries

Lithium Batteries

In the market, most golf lithium batteries are lithium iron phosphate batteries, and the market share is gradually expanding due to low cost, high safety, low toxicity, no maintenance, long cycle life and other factors.

Click here to know the detail parameter of the 51.2V 30Ah lithium golf carts batteries.

Lithium golf carts batteries
Lithium golf carts batteries

Lead acid Batteries

The lead-acid battery was first invented in 1859 and has been used in the market for more than ten years, with stable performance and low price per units. Mmany governments have urged the market to replace lead-acid batteries with lithium batteries.

Compared to lead-acid batteries, Our below article introduce the detail advantages of lithium batteries.

The reason why we need upgrade the lead acid to lithium?

How Long Do Golf Carts Batteries Last?

Obviously, when someone asks me about how long do golf cart battery last, we should distinguish between lead-acid batteries and lithium-ion batteries, because the lifespan of the two is very different, which is determined by the internal chemistry of the two. Below I talk about the lifespan of lithium and lead acid batteries separately.

Lifespan Of Golf Cart Lead Acid Batteries

LiFespan Of  Golf Cart Lead Acid Batteries
Cycle life of Golf Cart Lead Acid Batteries

The above diagram is the cycle life of Trojan Deep-Cycle Gel Batteries, the lifespan is 500times@80%DOD.That means if you charge/discharge your golf carts one time per day, your golf carts battery can last 500/365=1.36years. And if you charge/discharge your golf carts one time per two day, your golf carts battery can last 500/365*2=2.72years.

Lifespan Of Golf Cart Lithium Batteries

LiFespan Of  Golf Cart Lithium Batteries
Cycle life of Golf Cart Lithium Batteries

The above diagram is the cycle life of ELB Deep Cycle lithium Batteries, the lifespan is more than 6000times@80%DOD.That means if you charge/discharge your golf carts one time per day, your golf carts battery can last 7000/365=16.43years. And if you charge/discharge your golf carts one time per two day, your golf carts battery can last 7000/365*2=32.86years.

In summary,
Golf carts Lead-acid battery can last 1-3years

Golf carts Lithium battery can last 10-20 years.

5 Factors That Affect Golf Cart Batteries’ Lifespan


Just above comparison, the lifespan are typical difference between the golf carts Lead-acid battery and Golf carts Lithium battery. This is the most important factor that we need to know.

Battery Quality

As with most things, you pretty much get what you pay for when it comes to golf cart batteries. Of course, there are budget options that can last for years. But if you really want a battery that will last up to ten years, you’ll probably have to spend more. For example, choosing ELB deep cycle lithium batteries can be used for up to ten years.


As a general rule, you should charge the battery every time you use it. Leaving them empty for long periods of time is not good for them. Doing regular discharge and charge cycles is healthy for the battery and helps extend its lifespan.

Also, be sure to charge them in a well-ventilated area. This will prevent them from overheating.

Frequency Of Use

Some golf carts are used much more often than others, which inevitably affects battery life. Golf cart fleets have much higher battery pack usage — typically two to three rounds of golf a day — than the average personal golf cart. Batteries in these fleet carts typically last 6-8 years if properly maintained.

A privately owned golf cart with an average of three rounds of use per week will likely last longer than that, simply because of reduced battery usage. Private golf cart batteries are expected to last 8 to 15 years.


If you’re going to store the golf cart battery for an extended period of time, make sure to keep it in a cool place. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can have a fatal effect on battery life.

While cooler temperatures are undoubtedly the best option for battery storage, you need to avoid storing it where freezing temperatures are expected. It is also recommended that you monitor the voltage of your batteries every six weeks or so and charge them when they are at 70% or less.

Get the More Detail Parameter Of lithium Golf Carts Batteries

To know more parameter about the golf carts batteries, you can click here to check the spec.

If you want to know how the golf cart lithium batteries produced, you can click here to view the workshop.

How To Prolong The Life Of A Golf Cart Batteries?

As we all know, Proper maintenance of the battery, and compliance with the principles of battery use, which can greatly extend the life of the battery.

Improper use of the battery will also shorten the life of the battery.

Anyway, here are a few tips to keep in mind to enable your golf carts battery last longer.

Charging Tips

  • Regularly Charging. Under normal circumstances, when the battery is too low, there will be a reminder when the golf cart battery has no electricity. At this time, you need to replenish the battery in time. Although the battery is too low, it will not lead to a direct safety accident, but excessive use will lead to over time. Damage to the battery structure.

(For more details about the lithium battery charging, please check our artricle 《Lithium Battery Charging: The Definitive Guide》)

  • Do not overcharge. The inside of the lithium battery cell is also composed of many components. The new battery is fine. If it is used for a long time, the function of which component may decline, so there will be an overcharge safety risk. Generally, Overcharging your golf cart battery cause damage to it in the long run.
  • Use a suitable charger. Do not charge batteries with inappropriate chargers.

Using Tips

Avoid Completely Draining the golf Cart Battery

Once the battery indicator on your golf cart shows that the battery is getting low, proceed straightaway to charge it.

Allowing the battery to completely drain out has an adverse effect on the lifespan of the battery. It could hamper performance.

When the golf cart battery is used up, please recharge the battery in time.

Maintenance Tips

The purpose of daily maintenance is to place the golf carts lithium battery in a suitable environment, thereby delaying the aging of the battery.

Here is two maintenance tips that we need comply with.

1. Protect against moisture.

2. And avoid direct sunlight.

Also you can check below article to get more ideas.

(How to extend the battery life?)

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