Yes, it is possible to overcharge your batteries. Overcharging your batteries can cause excessive gassing (water breakdown), heat builds, and battery aging. Fortunately new golf cart chargers have an auto-shutoff feature helping minimize this window of possibility. Regardless of whether you have a lithium powered golf cart or a traditional deep cycle lead battery powered golf cart, we recommend charging your golf cart after every use.
On the flip side, undercharging your golf cart is something to be aware of, too. Undercharging your golf cart’s batteries causes stratification which leads to premature aging.
It takes between 8-10 hours for a golf cart with deep cycle batteries to properly charge. A common mistake among golf cart owners is charging golf carts multiple times throughout the day. This practice can sometimes produce a false charge reading on initial start up because all it does is “tickle” the system. You will likely see a significant decrease on your meter often reverting back to the original charge level within a mile of use.
Advancements in Golf Cart Charging:
Significant strides have been made to the charging process in part to introducing lithium battery-powered golf carts to the market. This technology has effectively cut average charge times in half which allows more time on the path. To learn more about lithium battery golf carts, you can visit E-Z-GO’s website or take a peek at our current lithium-powered inventory here!