We were to term it, “Lead Batteries vs. Lithium-ion Batteries.” We scrounged the internet for facts and case-studies. Our preparation for this article convinced us, lithium-ion batteries are undeniably the future of Golf Carts! Read on, you’ll adore lithium afterwards.
So, lithium is some far off, high-tech technology of the future? No! It’s not in the future. Your smartphone has it, and your laptop too. Lithium batteries were first introduced in 1970s. Sony followed with a rechargeable version. Our batteries were not to be the same ever since. Below is your Stenten’s Crash Course into Lithium-ion Batteries and Lead Batteries.
Lithium-ion vs. Lead
Let’s start with lead. Lead-acid batteries came to discovery around 1859. They were good then, but are quite inefficient now. Among all the rechargeable batteries, lead-acid batteries store the least amount of energy for their size. They’re relatively inexpensive. And it is what you might find in your cart.
Lithium-ion Batteries came in a lot later, as you know, in 1970. It is the lightest metal. But much energy dense than a lead-acid battery. But, the revolution begin when their electrolyte chemistry was drastically improved, a few decades later. They are power efficient, light and friendly to the trees around you. Let us find out, exactly by what figures Lithium-ion batteries compare to Lead.
- Lithium is 3 times lighter and smaller: Lithium-ion allows for faster golf carts. If you’d been going at 20 kmph before, you’d be going 30 kmph after. All that is because Lead batteries are almost 100 kg heavier (in golf carts). Lead is the heaviest non-radioactive metal. Lithium, the lightest.
- Lithium lasts much longer: Lead batteries in your golf cart last 2-3 years. In comparison, lithium-ion lasts more than 12 years. When lead batteries last 500 to 600 charge cycles, lithium-ion lasts 5000 (yes, five thousand). But you can significantly increase lead-acid batteries life by installing a de-sulfator.
- Low maintenance: When you buy a lead batteries, you’ve to check the water levels. You’ve to be wary to not to leave it discharged. In-comparison, lithium-ion batteries are zero maintenance. Put them in your cart, and then forget about them for 10 years.
- Lithium-ion charges faster: Lead-acid batteries take 8-10 hours to charge. Lithium-ion batteries charge on average between 1-2 hours. Lead batteries can be charged on-the-go, much like your smartphones.
- Lithium is pricey: Lithium-ions are 3 times pricier, and therefor, people are picky to buy them. What they don’t realize is: it pays for itself. It lasts 3 times more than lead batteries, charge almost 10 times faster, with zero maintenance. Not to forget, they're much lighter, which makes your golf cart much faster.
Buying into Lithium-ion batteries is like buying into a better experience. These batteries are constantly spreading out from smartphones and laptops to other applications. They ask for up-front investment, but like LED headlights pay for themselves. We do not endorse Lithium-ion batteries in anyway, the above are absolute facts. It’s turns out Lithium-ion batteries are better in almost every way. And more than likely, the future of Golf Carts.
Written by Steve Wilmer
Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint. This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest. Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.