How to Look after your Battery
Great Tips for Maintaining your Golf Battery.
A battery should always be charged with its lid uppermost, in practical terms this is when the vent strip is uppermost and Crisscross pattern is underneath (Sonnenschein) or black lid (Yuasa) is uppermost.
Always charge your battery for a minimum of 8 hours between rounds, this will ensure adequate charging. When you receive your new battery please make sure that the date on the sliver date label (located on the side of the battery casing) is no more than 12 months previous, If it is, please return the battery to your point of purchase for a replacement.
The Powakaddy batteries must be put on charge for a period of 24 hours, this will "activate" the battery. You will find that the "charge complete" light comes on before the 24 hours are up, you must keep the battery on charge. When the battery is new you will need to "run the battery in" this will increase the capacity or "power" level.
Within this running in period you may find that your trolley will lack power towards the end of the round, this is perfectly normal and will improve after 3 or 4 rounds of golf. The battery must only be used for a maximum 18 holes after which time the battery should be re-charged as soon as possible (within a 24 hour period).
As a matter of course the battery should be re-charged after each use even if less then 18 holes are played. Playing more than 18 holes could over discharge the battery to the point of damage. Leave the battery connected to the charger for at least 8 hours with the mains supply switched on then leave on charge all the time the battery is not being used.
This is completely safe and the cost of electricity is very minimal (less than 2 watts). Never leave your battery connected to the charger with the mains switched off, or during prolonged power failures, as this could irretrievably discharge your battery.
If you prefer not to leave your battery on charge as you know that you will not be playing for at least a month, you can store the battery. Fully charge the battery, remove from the charger and store in place where the ambient temperature is above 10 degrees Celsius (+10ºC) and less than 30 degrees Celsius (+30ºC).
Recharge every 3 months or 24 hours before your next round. When charging the battery do not place the battery on a concrete floor, have the battery raised off the floor on wooden blocks or place the battery on a shelf.
The batteries used by Powakaddy are NOT nickel-cadmium, you should never fully discharge the battery with a light bulb or other means. This will, if done, cause severe damage to your battery and if the voltage has fallen below 9 Volts the charger will not be able to recover the battery. The life of the battery will depend on several variables: 1) Frequency of use. 2) Number of holes played each round. 3) Type of course, flat or hilly. 4) Weight of bag and clubs. 5) Compliance to all of the attached recommendations