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Is a 48 Volt Golf Cart Better Than a 36 Volt Golf Cart?
Is a 48 Volt Golf Cart Better Than a 36 Volt Golf Cart?
The answer is, it depends. There isn’t a huge difference between a 36V and 48V golf cart. Both are excellent choices and have a great deal of advantages to be considered when looking into purchasing a golf cart. It really depends on how you’re going to be using your cart. Here are some things to consider:
- Power/Torque - A 48V system has higher low-end torque which you’ll feel when you accelerate. Basically, a 48V system gives you more “pep in your step” and picks up/speeds up a bit faster than a 36V system.
- Energy Needed/Amps Drawn- A 48V system draws less amps and provides a little more range with all things being equal (cart/passenger payload weight, motor horsepower, etc).
- Terrain Where Driven - A 48V system is preferred for terrains that are a bit more rough and “hillier” where the golf cart will need a little more “push”. For example: A golf course with a lot of hills, going up and down rougher terrain to get to your hunting spot, etc. A 36V system is great for flat, smooth, dry surfaces such as driving around your paved golf cart community, golf course, or general leisure cruising.
- Cost - 36V golf carts and their repair parts can be slightly cheaper than 48V golf cart parts.
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Is a 48V Golf Cart More Powerful Than a 36V Golf Cart?
48V golf carts have improved torque, better pulling/hauling power up hills and around rough terrain, and just have more overall power in general.
Is a 48V Golf Cart Faster Than a 36V Golf Cart?
Standard 36V and 48V golf carts are capable of the same top-end speed (12MPH). You can, however, make your golf cart go faster by doing a couple of things:
- Larger Tires - You can purchase larger tires. The larger the diameter of the wheels, the faster your golf cart will go. Standard carts will allow for a maximum of 20” tires without the need for a lift kit or block lift. Standard golf cart tires are 18” so an upgrade to 20” tires will give you an added 2 MPH.
- Torque/Controller Upgrade Kit - You can upgrade the torque on your golf cart with a torque upgrade kit or controller upgrade kit.
Something to note when upgrading the speed on your golf cart: ALWAYS be careful! Golf carts have set speeds for a reason. But, if you just need that extra boost and opt to upgrade the factory stock speed, safety first!
Can I Convert a 36V Golf Cart to a 48V Golf Cart (and How)?
Yes! Here are the main parts that will need to be installed/swapped out to do a 36V to 48V conversion:
- Upgraded batteries
- Upgraded solenoid
- Upgraded solenoid diode and resistor
- Upgraded controller
- Upgraded motor
Why 48V and not 72V?
While 72V’s pack a punch in regards to power, the parts and up-keep on a 72V system can get pricey. Think of 48 volts as the goldilocks option. Not too little power (36V) and not too much power/expense (72V).
Which Golf Cart Brands Make 36V and 48V Golf Carts?
Their are 3 primary golf cart brands in the industry that both have 36V and 48V systems: Club Car, EZGO and Yamaha. There are also several other brands out there such as Taylor-Dunn, Par Car, Polaris, GEM Car, the Star EV golf cart and many others.
When Did They Start Making 48V Golf Carts?
Starting at 36V and working their way up to 48V (even 72V in some cases), 48V golf carts were not introduced until the mid-90's. Here are are the manufacturing years that some of the most popular golf carts starting manufacturing 48V carts:
- Club Car - Club introduced their 48V system in 1995.
- EZGO - EZ-GO introduced their 48V system in 2008.
- Yamaha - Yamaha introduced their 48V system in 1995.
How Old Are 36V Golf Carts?
Golf carts in general have been around for quite some time, longer than you probably realize! Here are the manufacturing years that some of the most popular golf cart manufacturers starting making 36V golf carts:
- Club Car - Club Car first introduced their 36V golf cart in 1950.
- EZGO - EZ-GO first introduced their 36V golf cart in 1960.
- Yamaha - Yamaha first introduced their 36V golf cart in 1979.
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Golf carts use 8 volt golf cart batteries, 12 volt or 6 volt battery packs
The 8 volt golf cart battery is the most common. Of course no golf cart runs on one battery like a car. They come in packs. Most battery packs are made up of 6 batteries. The total golf cart battery voltage for six 8 volt batteries is 48.
If you are thinking of getting a new Club car golfcart, they all use 8 volt batteries - 6 of them for 48 volts.
A new EZ Go electric golf cart will use either six 6V golf cart batteries for a total of 36 volts or four 12 volt batteries for a total of 48 volts.
You can tell if your golf cart uses 8 volt golf cart batteries by the number of cells or holes it has. Each cell is equal to 2 volts.Multiply the number of holes by 2 - as you can see with this Trojan golf cart battery there are 4 cells - 4x2=8. So the battery pictures is an 8 volt golf cart battery.
Trojan 8 Volt Golf Cart Batteries
All new Club Car golf carts use six 8 volt Trojan golf cart batteries.
Five out of the 6 golf cart dealers in our golfing community use the Trojan batteries. They all stated that they performed better and lasted longer than the Exide golf cart batteries.
I was told by one dealer that if the Trojan batteries are well maintained using only distilled water, you may see them last 6-8 years. But another dealer said you can expect a 4-5 year battery life with Trojan.
Trojan makes three types of 8 volt golf cart batteries. They are:
1. T-860 8V Deep Cycle Battery
2. T-875 8V Deep Cycle Battery
3. T-890 8V Deep Cycle BatteryWhen you make your purchase:
1. Check the date code on the battery to make sure it hasn't' been sitting on the shelf for a long time. This can seriously affect performance.
2. Ask about the warranty. How long is the warranty and does it replace the battery or just pro-rate the replacement cost of the battery.
48 Volt or 36 Volt - Which is Better?
According to my golf cart experts at Affordable Golf Carts, 48 volt batteries use 1/3 the amperage than a 36 volt. Golf carts with 48 volt batteries are more efficient. From their experience, a golf cart using 48 volts has a longer life than 36 volt batteries.
This is good news for me, because I just upgraded my 1987 Club Car that used six 6 volt batteries for a 2006 Club Car that has six 8 volt batteries.
Other popular makes of 8 volt golf cart batteries are Exide and U.S. Battery. U.S. Battery boasts of their fast cycle up to full capacity, charges faster, and the batteries last longer.
Maintaining Electric Golf Cart Batteries
Electric golf cart battery packs will last between 4-7 years depending on how the cart is used, if proper charging practices are followed, and if correct water levels are maintained.
Check out how you can lengthen the life of your batteries with these tips and instructions:
Where to Buy 8 Volt Golf Cart Batteries
Living in a golf cart community there are several golf cart repair businesses that will replace your batteries. We have also used Batteries and Bulbs when our batteries needed to be replaced.
Other deep cycle battery buying options may include your local Napa Auto Store or Lowe's Home Improvement store. Golf Cart Garage website sells them but the batteries cost more when you buy them on line.
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