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Best place for batteries? Install myself?
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Old 02-27-2019, 08:10 AM
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What is currently the best place to buy batteries? How much can you saving with self installation?

Need six 8 volt batteries for a club car. Is it worth it to change to eight 6 volt?

Much appreciated.
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Old 02-27-2019, 08:17 AM
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We found Battery Boys were the best but they install too.
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:05 AM
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We use Ken Spano and I would never change my own batteries
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Old 02-27-2019, 10:43 AM
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What is currently the best place to buy batteries? How much can you saving with self installation?

Need six 8 volt batteries for a club car. Is it worth it to change to eight 6 volt?

Much appreciated.
Most current golf carts are 48 volts. Each cell of a lead acid battery is two volts. Thus if you look at a 6 volt battery it will have three fill caps-3 cells x 2 is 6 volts. Common ways to achieve 48 volts is 4 12 volt batteries, 6 8 volt batteries or 8 6 volt batteries. It is more than the voltage that gives you the range-run time. It is also how much current the batteries can hold ampere hours. You can think of it as the size of the bucket or perhaps the size of the gas tank.

The question of using 6 8v or 8 6v is not a simple either or.
Assuming you now have 6 8v, installing 8 6v batteries may require expensive modification. More wiring, perhaps a new battery holder etc. Some batteries have more ampere hours than others. This is done by modifying the plates. Everything is a trade off. They must use thinner insulation between plates and that can make the battery more subject to shock and vibration.

It is worth the cost? Only you can decide. The longevity, useful life of a 12v,8v,6v lead acid battery will all be about the same.

Lithium Ion batteries are now becoming available for golf carts.
They cost more, have a longer life than lead acid batteries and store more current in the same space.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:00 AM
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What is currently the best place to buy batteries? How much can you saving with self installation?
We have used Battery Boys and have been pleased with their work.

It may be cheaper to buy elsewhere and self-install but remember (1) batteries are very heavy, so take it slowly, and (2) you have to dispose of the old ones.

While the shop you buy from may take them, that's a lot of lugging around of batteries, and you'd need to make good notes of how they are installed in the cart from a wiring perspective.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:24 AM
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We use Ken Spano and I would never change my own batteries
I used to use ken spano but have not used him after three bad experiences
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:25 AM
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Another vote for Battery Boys.
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:29 PM
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If you want to try to do it yourself, Rural King has good prices on average batteries.
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:05 PM
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Be careful DC won't let go


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Old 02-28-2019, 06:21 AM
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I used to use ken spano but have not used him after three bad experiences
We were also Ken Spano customers, but after the last couple of times decided to go to Battery Boys, and have been happy ever since.

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