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Pros & Cons: 48 Volt Golf Cart vs. 36 Volt Golf Cart

We have talked about the pros and cons of EZGO vs. Club Car and touched on voltage in that discussion. It is time to dig a bit deeper and understand the voltage that powers your golf cart.

What is Voltage?

Before we jump into the pros and cons of different golf cart voltages, let's go back to science class and talk about what voltage really is. Technically speaking, voltage is the potential difference in charge between two points in an electrical field. The greater the voltage is, the greater the current.

What Voltage Is My Golf Cart?

It is important to know what voltage your golf cart is to understand its speed and power potential. To determine whether your golf cart is 36V or 48V, follow these steps:

  1. Lift up the seat to view the battery compartment.
  2. Count the number of holes on each battery. You may need to remove the battery cap to see the holes.
  3. Multiply the number of holes by 2 to determine the golf cart battery voltage.
  4. Multiply the golf cart battery voltage by the total number of batteries.

Example: In my Club Car Precedent golf cart, each battery has 4 holes. 4x2=8 so they are 8 Volt batteries. There are 6 of them, so my cart is a 48 Volt cart.

8 Volt Golf Cart Battery - No Cap

As an aside, maintaining your batteries is extremely important for the current to flow at the proper voltage. We recommend this short ebook on battery maintenance, which is free on Kindle Unlimited.

36 Volt Golf Cart

A typical 36 Volt golf cart will have a battery configuration of (6) 6 volt batteries.

PROS

  • They are more affordable to purchase.
  • Replacing the batteries is more affordable, since there are only (6) 6 volt batteries.
  • Stock motors and controllers are typically more affordable to replace.
  • They are perfect for cruising around a flat surfaced neighborhood or golf course at 10-12 mph.
  • They can be upgraded for speed, if needed.

CONS

  • They produce less power than 48 Volt systems.
  • They are less efficient and therefore, yield fewer hours on a charge.
  • It is not recommended that a 36V golf cart be used offroad, since it has less power.

48 Volt Golf Cart

Golf carts that are powered by 48 Volts consist of either (6) 8 Volt batteries or, in the case of some Club Car Precedent golf carts, (4) 12 Volt batteries.

PROS

  • They are easily converted into hunting buggies or offroad carts.
  • They use 1/3 less amperage than 36 Volt carts, so they are more efficient.
  • Parts, especially upgrades, are more readily available for 48 Volt systems.
  • Golf carts with 48 Volt systems have higher resale values.

CONS

  • Batteries are more expensive to replace.
  • If the system uses 12 Volt batteries, run time will be less due to a lower battery lead volume.
  • Replacement motors and controllers are typically more expensive.
  • 48 Volt cart are more expensive to purchase.

Whether you decide to go with a 36 Volt or a 48 Volt, the important thing is that you understand the difference so that you have realistic expectations of your new golf cart.

Please visit WHEELZ Custom Carts for custom accessories or replacement parts.

 

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How to Properly Winterize Your Golf Cart

The team at WHEELZ prefers to operate our golf carts year round. And with so many uses for golf carts, even during the snowy months, why winterize? But, if you are a snowbird or someone who prefers to pack the golf cart away during the off season, do it correctly. Here are a few tips for both gas and electric golf carts:

Step 1: Thoroughly Clean your Golf Cart

When it comes time to store your golf cart, be sure that it is clean. Use soap, water, degreaser, and other cleaning products as needed to wash away dried mud, sand, grime, and dirt on the golf cart. Don't let a dirty golf cart nag at you all winter, clean it now. Cleaning your golf cart makes it easier to work on / inspect before storage.

Use a battery terminal cleaner to clean corrosion from the battery.For a DYI cleaner, mix a bit of baking soda and water together and use it to lightly brush the terminals. Rinse the solution off with water and dry with a towel. While the battery dries, check the connecting wires on the battery to ensure a tight fit and no wire breakage or damage.


Now is a good time to park your golf cart in the spot where it will be stored, because after the winterizing process, it will have to be pushed to be moved. 

Step 2: Winterizing your Golf Cart

If your cart is gas, drain gasoline from all plumbing and parts from the carburetor to the fuel tank. Fuel that is left to sit in the cart over the winter can cause gunk to form in small parts of the carburetor or the fuel pump. If your golf cart has a shut-off valve, make sure it is in the "off" position. If your golf cart does not have a shut-off valve, disconnect the fuel line from the fuel tank. After all fuel has been drained, and lines shut off / removed, run the engine until it dies. Loosen bottom screw on the carburetor bowl to drain the remaining fuel out of it. Seal the gas tank by tightening the gas cap. Next, stick a golf tee into the vent tube and seal the edges with some duct tape for a secure seal.


Step 3: Finishing Touches

Disconnect battery cables to prevent any unnecessary electrical problems from occurring while in storage. If the cart will be checked on periodically, leave the batteries connected and hook the cart up to a maintainer. Inflate tires to the proper pressure before storing to maintain the shape of the tires when it is not driven.

DO NOT LOCK your golf cart's parking brake. Locking the parking brake cable for an extended period may cause the cable to stretch. Place wooden blocks behind the tires to prevent movement while in storage.

 

Be ready to tune up your gas golf cart when you take it back out of storage.

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Golf Car Options Magazine Features WHEELZ' Holiday Gift List

WHEELZ Wacky World of Golf Cars
Golf Car Options is the only magazine exclusively for golf cart owners. Packed full of maintenance information and the latest parts and accessories, it is available in digital or print formats.
WHEELZ Owner, Julie Wilson, is a regular contributor, so check out her latest article.
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Admit It...Your Golf Cart Needs a Facelift

Does your golf cart blend in with the crowd? Is it cracked, faded, or plain ugly? Now is the time to replace your golf cart body and restore your golf cart to a personal vehicle that makes you and your family proud on the golf course, in the RV park, or down the trails.

Now, for a special price and with FREE FREIGHT, check out:
Anxious about a DIY install? Don't worry, we have you covered!
Our Resources page has links to complete body and light kit installation instructions.
 
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September / October 2016 Edition of Golf Car Advisor Features Article by WHEELZ Owner, Julie Wilson

5 High End Luxury Vehicle Features That Have Crossed Over To Golf Cars

Golf Car Advisor Magazine

Is your golf car looking more and more like a luxury vehicle? If so, you will relate to Julie Wilson's most recent article published in Golf Car Advisor magazine. 

 

Here are our picks for our top luxury golf car products:

Sentry Golf Cart Dash System

Sentry Golf Cart Dash System

Golf Cart Custom Bucket Seats

Golf Cart Custom Bucket Seats

Custom Golf Cart Steering Wheel

Custom Golf Cart Steering Wheel

For more luxury golf cart ideas, be sure to check out the article and visit WHEELZ

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