The Life Expectancy of a Golf Cart Battery

By Kim Kleinle

A golf cart battery stores electricity that will help power the cart. As with so many of our mechanical devices, how we treat it and maintain it will affect how well and long it operates.


A golf cart battery can last from several months to seven years, depending on the use and care it gets. Proper maintenance will keep your battery operating longer, even if you use your cart frequently.

Worst-Case Scenario

Golf cart batteries can be destroyed in less than a year if left sitting in a hot garage without being charged.

Proper Charging

Allow the battery charger to complete the process by turning off on its own. Short-charging can make your batteries unbalanced and shorten their lifespan.


Check your battery water level and add distilled water when needed. Don't use tap water, which contains minerals that will reduce battery capacity.

Keep Charged

Batteries may gradually lose their charge over several weeks--even without use--which could lead to the batteries freezing. A frozen battery must be replaced.

Winter Storage

The batteries should be stored fully charged and disconnected from any circuit that could discharge the battery pack. Clean each battery and remove from the battery case.

About The Author

Kim Kleinle is a PGA/LPGA professional and a member of a select group certified in instruction by the Professional Golfers' Association. She began writing in 1980 after earning her degree. Her work has appeared online, in "Northeast Golfer" and in newspapers, including the "Scranton Times." Kleinle holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Point Park University, Pittsburgh.

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