Club Car Battery Charger

I've owned a Club car for 20 years along with a Club car battery charger. A Club Car battery charger usually comes with your electric Club Car golf cart. The two most common ones are a 36V or a 48V - however each one of these can come in different amps. A higher amp charger charges batteries quicker. A golf cart battery charger can be specific to the make and year of the golf cart or universal. 

club car battery charger

The older battery chargers use a fixed low amp output. They do not have a microprocessor that feeds it information from the batteries. They simply put out a fixed rate.  A golf cart owner would need to manually, and periodically check to see if the batteries were charged and unplug it or the batteries would become overcharged.  

New battery chargers are "smarter" and use a microprocessor that feeds information from the lead acid battery, and regulates the amp output to maintain a fully charged state without overcharging.

Today's deep cycle battery charger prevents problems of overcharging or undercharging provided the charger features automatic shut off or a trickle "float" charge.

According to the Club Car manual, "All cells are automatically given an equalization charge at low current for 2-3 hours, which prolongs battery life."

Besides shortening the life of your batteries, did you know that when batteries are left without any charge, the internal components are affected as well? That's what the Club Car manual says.

When to Get A New Club Car Battery Charger

How do you know it is time to change your battery charger? You can bring it in to your local golf cart shop to have the battery charger tested. Often if the charger is giving you some problems it can be repaired rather than be replaced. Sometimes all it needs is a new cord or connector.

club car charger small

First test your batteries with a volt meter to be sure that all of your batteries are good. If the batteries are fine, but the meter on your cart is not showing a full charge after being charged, then it's time to look at a new golf cart battery charger.

Golf Cart battery chargers are made for either a 36 volt battery or a 48 volt. A 36 volt golf cart has six 6 volt batteries, and a 48 volt vehicle has six 8 volt batteries.

Never use more volts to charge less volts - in other words never use a 48 volt charger to charge 36 volt batteries. 

club car battery charger
club car battery charger

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48 Volt Club Car Battery Charger

You will need a charger that is designed specifically for ClubCar golf carts.Make sure the new charger uses the same type of connector or plug  as your old charger - there is  a crow foot connector and a round connector.

The round 3 pin one is normally used for 1995-Up Club Car DS and Precedent and ensures a secure and efficient charge.  Other features to keep in mind are how fast is the charging time, overcharge protection, short circuit protection, and reverse polarity protection. 

48 Volt Club Car Golf Cart Battery Chargers

36 Volt Club Car Battery Charger

Some of the new  Club Car chargers are equipped with an all-aluminum alloy casing and three-stage charging mode with trickle mode that prevents overcharging. 

A convenient LED screen and 2 LED indicator lights allow for monitoring the charging status indication.

black club car ds

The 36 volt battery charger often uses a crow foot or splayed connector. 

crow foot charger plug

Again, for safety, look for short circuit protection, over-voltage protection, over-temperature protection, reverse polarity protection, over charging protection, over current protection.

36 Volt Club Car Battery Charger

Club Car Battery Charger Cord & Plug

club car battery charger

It's not uncommon for the cord or plug to wear out.  Instead of buying a new charger, you can replace the cord and plug. Be sure to get the correct one that matches the number of volts on your Club Car battery charger. 

48 Volt Club Car Golf Cart Battery Charging Cords and Plugs

Club Car Battery Charging Tips

Be sure to always charge your electric Club Car golf cart in a well ventilated area and practice smart battery charging.

golf cart in off position

  1. Turn Off the Golf Cart: Make sure the key is turned off and the cart is not in use.
  2. Connect the Charger: Plug the charger into the charging port on the golf cart and connect the charger to an electrical outlet that is not used for any other item such as a refrigerator. Make sure it's securely connected.  You should see a blinking green indicator light on the charger and the golf cart when it's charging. 
  3. Wait for Full Charge: Allow the charger to fully charge the batteries. The time it takes will depend on the state of the batteries and the charger's specifications.
  4. Store the Charger: Properly store the charger in a dry, safe and well ventilated location when not in use.

It's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations for charging your Club Car golf cart batteries to ensure optimal performance and longevity. If you encounter any issues or have questions about your specific charger model, refer to the user manual or contact Club Car customer support for assistance.

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