What is a Battery Lead
A battery lead consists of twin wires connected to the terminals of a battery which run to an adapter or plug. This plug connector is then used to connect only the correct round so as to allow the electric current to flow into the product. A golf trolley battery lead is a conduit which delivers electricity current needed from the battery.
Where are a battery leads used
Golf trolley battery lead’s are made up of two wires covered by insulation layers. Over each wire is a covering sheath for these two wires. The battery terminal connections are usually by a clamp nut and bolt with washers or a cross screw washer type connection device. The insulation around each wire is normally coloured by its pole connection positive or negative. The positive wire is normally RED in colour and the negative wire is normally BLACK in colour. An important thing to remember when connecting the positive and negative to the terminals. Always remember to make sure the wires are connected to the correct terminals. This is done as denoted on the battery poles themselves by either a symbol + for positive and – for negative. Sometimes a red around the battery pole for positive and black around the other battery pole for negative.
Components of a battery lead
The other side of the golf trolley battery lead is nearly always some kind of connector. These connectors come in various designs, shapes and functions. Most common in the golf trolley battery lead are two main types the Torberry connector and the 3 pin round connector. The Torberry connector has two side by side square shaped internal spade connectors, these are also coloured red and black. Torberry connectors are designed so it can only connect the correct way around. The other 3 pin round connector is designed with 3 pins although like the Torberry connection only two are used in a golf trolley battery lead. The 3 pin battery lead connector is a female round 3 holed connection with a screw on dial. This screw on dial holds the battery lead in place. This often can cause connection problems if it is pulled off without unscrewing the dial first.
Damage to a battery lead
It is a very common occurrence for damage or corrosion to the golf trolley battery lead and happens a number of different ways, highlighted below.
Pulled Battery Lead
- A pulled battery lead can happen when the golfer gets tired at the end of a round. Its easy to forget to unscrew the the dial and pull the lead itself. This causes the lead to break away from its internal connections or disturb the internal round connectors. In turn it causes either intermittent current or a complete break in the electrical connection.
- Pulling straight from the battery itself. This can cause damage to the lead by either as previously mentioned or from the battery connection side.
Corrosion to the Lead
- Corrosion to either side of the connection. Either at the battery side or the 3 pin connector side. This can cause intermittent connection or a complete connection loss.
- Dirt or foreign objects can get into the connector. On either side this can also cause a loss of electrical connection.
Water and Dampness in the Lead Connections
- Water ingress can stay in the lead connectors. This can cause damage over time by way of corrosion or can easily lose the electrical connection straight off.
Fitting a 3 pin golf trolley battery lead
Fitting a battery cable is one of the easiest tasks. To fix a broken golf trolley with no power or intermittent current where the golf trolley cuts see the support page. This page has full instructions and videos on how to fit a new golf trolley battery lead.
Purchasing a new battery lead
Purchasing and fitting new battery lead is simple and easy. We supply a fast delivery time and its easy to fit. This gets you back on the golf course playing your 18 hole round in no time. Purchase a battery lead
Types of Battery – Lithium Battery or Lead Acid
Most of the golf trolleys have lead acid batteries. The lifespan of a Golf trolley battery varies according to the type and use it is put through. The newer type is the Lithium battery. This is much lighter and can take a full discharge without damage occurring. It also has a much longer life span and can do around 1500 cycles compared to the lead acid battery of around average of 300 cycles.
Damage to a battery
It is important it is cared for in a specific way, this will preserve the battery’s life span. For example a 12 volt lead acid battery can not be discharged below 9 volts because it causes irreparable damage to the battery. If a golf trolley is starting to get low on the display indicator, then its advisable to turn off the power to the trolley before the battery gets discharged below 9 volt level. The problem with discharging below the 9 volt level is it causes the capacity to reduce by around 60% or more. This means when trying to recharge the battery it will charge only around 30-40% . Normally the light on the charger will show full but the battery will only manage around 75% of the golf course. This is depending on the course and conditions of course.