How Much Do Golf Cart Batteries Weigh?


The weight of golf cart batteries will depend on the size and type of the battery, but are usually between 40 to 70 (lbs).

Does the battery weight affect your golf cart? Yes!

Choosing a battery based on weight shouldn’t be a extremely difficult decision. Factors that can affect this decision depend on the size, dimensions and power output of your cart.

Generally speaking, the extra weight of a heavier battery will keep your cart more stable. However the added pounds will slow down your cart a little. There is a fine balance here, which requires extra investigating. 

Generally a heavier golf cart will need a more powerful motor. And a powerful motor should have a higher voltage battery.

 

Total Golf Cart Weight & Dimensions

Your typical golf cart will weigh between 650 and 1100 lbs / (294kg and 498kg), with the battery.

If looking directly at the websites of cart manufactures, you’ll often find figures on the lower range. Although they may say their cart weighs 650 lbs, this amount isn’t entirely accurate. 

Manufactures will quote the dry weight of their golf cart, making the figure as low as possible. However once you take it home, things become very different.

Adding a battery, modifications and other essentials will quickly increase the weight of the golf cart. 

Additionally, the type of cart will play a large factor into its weight. A 1 or 2 seated may weigh less than a 4 seated cart.

Throw on some large 23″ tires, and again the weight will sky rocket.

Having said that, a typical finished weight will end up between 900 to 1100 lbs. 

 

Golf Cart Battery Chart

Choosing a battery for your golf cart doesn’t need to be difficult. As I said earlier, a heaver vehicle will require a more powerful battery. Most batteries on the market will be between 6 and 12 volts. You can find 24 and 36V options too, but these are suited for extra heavy terrain and longer travel times.

Most batteries will range from 120 to 400 watts.

Look at your golf cart instruction manual and you should find the recommended battery specifications needed for your specific cart. Follow whatever the booklet suggests, as manufactures do a lot of testing in this area. 

 

How Much Does A 6 Volt Battery Weigh?

Model | Volts | Size | Weight

  • Trojan T-605 | 6 Volts |  (L) 262 mm, (W) 181 mm, (H) 281 mm | 58 lbs

  • Trojan T-105 | 6 Volts | (L) 262 mm, (W) 181 mm, (H) 281 mm | 62 lbs

  • Trojan L16G-AC | 6 Volts | (L) 308 mm, (W) 174 mm, (H) 417 mm | 104 lbs

  • Interstate U2200 | 6 Volts | (L) 260 mm, (W) 181 mm, (H) 282 mm | 63 lbs

  • Interstate U2500 | 6 Volts | (L) 295 mm, (W) 178 mm, (H) 295 mm | 72 lbs

  • Interstate AGC2N | 6 Volts (L) 10 1/4 “, (W) 7 1/16″, (H) 10 13/16” | 66 lbs

 

How Much Does A 8 Volt Battery Weigh?

Model | Volts | Size | Weight

  • Duracell GC8 | 8 Volts | (L) 260 mm, (W) 181 mm, (H) 283 mm | 63 lbs

  • Trojan DC-8V | 8 Volts | (L) 259 mm, (W) 179 mm, (H) 283 mm | 61 lbs

  • Trojan T-875 | 8 Volts | (L) 259 mm, (W) 179 mm, (H) 283 mm | 63 lbs

  • Trojan T-890 | 8 Volts | (L) 259 mm, (W) 179 mm, (H) 283 mm | 69 lbs

  • Trojan Ranger 160 | 8 Volts | (L) 259 mm, (W) 180 mm, (H) 302 mm | 76 lbs

  • Trojan Traveler 8V 8 Volts | (L) 259 mm, (W) 180 mm, (H) 302 mm | 70 lbs

 

How Long Will A 6V Battery Last?

In order to determine how long the charge of your 6 volt battery will last, we have to know 3 things. The volts, watts and the amps. 

  1. Multiple your volts by the number of amps 
    example: 6V battery X 50 amp hours = 300 watt hours

  2. Divide the amp hours by 50
    example 300 watt hours / 50 = 6 hours of use 

The above formula will give you a close enough reading and help you plan your trips to the golf course.

I highly recommend using a battery charge tester. This will allow you to test how much voltage your battery is putting out.

It’s not uncommon to find dead battery cells in relatively new battery. A multimeter can be used for this, and will easily show what condition your battery is in.

If this is not possible for you, take your battery to a testing centre. These stores will happily test your battery for free.

 

Lithium Ion Vs Lead Acid Charging Times

TIP: Lithium-ion batteries are quicker to charge than lead acid.

I know from personal experience that lithium-ion batteries do in fact charge much faster than lead acid models.  I’ve also found that they discharge at a slower rate. How much is the difference? An astonishing 20%!

 

 

Gas vs Electric Golf Cart Weight

For years, golfers have been debating about the pros and cons of gas vs electric golf carts. However when it comes to what weights less, is there a clear winner? Yes!

You’ll find in most cases that electric carts will weight considerably less than gasoline versions. 

I’ve done extensive research, and found that gas versions of the same model weight 100 lbs more than electric models!

 

Are 9 Volt Batteries Heavier Than 6 Volts?

Not necessarily. The higher the voltage of a golf cart battery, doesn’t mean it will weigh more than a lower voltage battery. 

A quick look online and you’ll find many V6 batteries that weight the same as V9 or V12 batteries.  

The voltage just refers to the total volts in the battery, but the weight will depend on the size and weight of the cells.

 

Does a Fully Charged Battery Weigh More?

Another age old debate is whether a fully charged battery weighs more than a dead battery? The answer isn’t quite as straight forward as you may think.

Energy doesn’t have any mass, therefore it technically has no weight to it. The energy in your golf cart battery also doesn’t weigh anything.

Therefore the simple answer is no! A charged batter weights the same as a flat battery.

Whether it’s a Lithium-ion, NiMH, or lead acid, there will be no measurable difference.

 Now for the technical answer. You may find that some batteries do in fact differ in weight, depending on their amount of charge. How is this possible?

Well, a battery in the charged state may in fact weight more than a dead battery. However the increase isn’t due to the extra energy stored. Instead it’s because some other types of batteries like the Zn-air will release gases during discharge, resulting in an weight increase.

For your typical golf cart, this is not applicable. There is no measurable difference in weight.

 

Conclusion

When it comes down to it, choosing the best battery for your golf cart is an important decision. The extra 40 to 70 lb difference that a battery adds to a cart, can make a difference. The weight will affect your carts speed and stability, so please bear that in mind.

If you’re a regular golfer I would say a 6 to 9 volt battery is more than enough power for your cart. 

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