Okay, I’m going to level with you here. If you’d asked me to pick my favourite golf trolley batteries and chargers a year ago, I may have laughed at you. A favorite battery?
Surely there are more interesting things in life to choose from?
Of course, I wasn’t laughing after I did my back in at the end of 2015, and later when I went down the trolley route. And with a bit of skin in the game now, it’s become pretty apparent that some batteries do the business, while others are appalling knock offs which die a frustratingly-quick death.
Obviously it isn’t essential to know the inner workings of these types of batteries from a scientific perspective, but I was quite intrigued to learn a few things. Compared with starter batteries in a car, golf trolley batteries have considerably thicker plates. They are also able to take on incredibly high rates of power, and over varying timeframes, thus they face very different strains to their automobile counterparts. Then you throw in words like voltage and capacity, and it all gets quite complex – well, for my simple mind anyway!
But that’s all by the bye. All that matters is that if your current battery is on its last legs, or if you’re a newbie to the battery game, your next one should be a considered choice. That’s why we’ve done all the considering for you, and are convinced that any of the below three may just fit the bill when you next go battery shopping.
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Our Editor’s Choice for the Best Golf Trolley Batteries and Chargers is the Tenergy Lithium 12V 16Ah Replacement Battery.
You may also like our review of the best golf electric trolleys.
Best Golf Trolley Batteries and Chargers 2016
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- Assessment Criteria
- Key Considerations
- Brief Overview of Top 3 Golf Trolley Batteries and Chargers
- Powakaddy 36 Hole Lithium Plug ‘n’ Play Battery
- Tenergy Lithium 12V 16Ah Replacement Battery
- Motocaddy S-Series Extended Lithium Battery
All batteries and chargers were put to the test against our standard assessment model, where we looked at 3 key aspects: Design & Build Quality, Ease of Use and Value for Money.
Individual scores of each of these aspects was then aggregated to give an overall assessment score, as follows:
|Excellent A+||9.6 – 10||Stop the clock and buy now. This piece of equipment will change your game.|
|Excellent A||9.0 – 9.5||Superb piece of gear. Amazing quality, performance and value for money.|
|Great B+||8.6 – 8.9||Great offering. This piece of gear won’t let you down.|
|Good B||8.0 – 8.5||Solid piece of gear with only minor issues to criticise.|
|Average C+||7.6 – 7.9||Adequate offering, but not the best value for money.|
|Average C||7.0 – 7.5||Not the most exciting piece of gear, seek alternatives.|
|Weak D+||6.6 – 6.9||Leaves lots to be desired. You can do a lot better.|
|Weak D||6.0 – 6.5||Steer well clear of this gear. Not worth the money!|
Design & Build Quality
The biggest advancement in the trolley battery game surely has to be in terms of weight. As someone with back problems – the common affliction necessitating golf trolleys such as these – I always found it ironic that batteries were back-breakingly heavy when they first came out. Thankfully, those days seem to be just about gone with the advent of lithium batteries, and quality and weight are no longer directly proportional.
Of course, a slender design doesn’t hurt either, both for practical purposes and, indeed, aesthetics.
Yet the true mark of quality lies not in physical appearance, but lifespan. Choosing something that is going to last you a while should thus be the number-one priority.
Ease Of Use
I remember my dad’s first ever automated trolley, and, more importantly, the battery. It had cords coming out of everywhere, and looked like a science experiment gone wrong. I was scared to even touch it!
It’s taken a while for batteries to significantly improve in terms of usability, but there are some great products out there which really are just plug and play (forgive the blatant brand reference there!).
Really, it boils down to this… You input the battery, it slots nicely into place, you switch it on, you operate the cart, and you switch it off at the end of the round. And then you charge it, with a simple, easy-to-understand gauge. Simple, right? If it’s a decent product, then it certainly should be!
Value for Money
It’s all about longevity in the battery game. We’re not just referring to battery life on the day. We mean in terms of the product lifespan in general. So take heed of the warranty. This will be pivotal in ascertaining how much you should pay. This is a purchase you only want to be making once every few years – if not even less frequently.
That’s not to say you should allow yourself to be ripped off. But cheap is not the chosen path here – quality is.
Take our word for it… you get what you pay for when it comes to trolley batteries, and you’ll save money over time if you’re prepared to take the initial hit.
Brief Overview of the 3 Best Golf Trolley Batteries and Chargers
Powakaddy 36 Hole Lithium Plug ‘n’ Play Battery – See Special Offers from $89.00
The Powakaddy 36 Hole Plug ‘n’ Play stands out from the chasing pack for a number of reasons, performance among them. But we were also very impressed with the sheer simplicity and sleekness of it all. It claims to be the thinnest on the market, and we’re not inclined to argue.
It also charges up real quick, made it comfortably around our local course for 18 holes, has good features such as ‘Advanced Battery Management System’, and, because of the Plug ‘n’ Play system, it really does just slot into place. You switch it on, and then away you go.
It is also compatible with pretty much every Powakaddy model too, which doesn’t hurt either.
Here is a summary of the pros and cons.
- Plug ‘n’ Play really is a great touch. It’s as easy as it sounds
- So sleek and lightweight, which is an important box to tick
- Excellent performance. I’m not silly enough to play 36 holes, but this will last you if you’re that way inclined!
- Warranty of 5 years (albeit pro-rata) says it all. This is one you can trust
- I suppose it isn’t the cheapest in the world. But it’s hard to knock it in terms of quality
Tenergy Lithium 12V 16Ah Replacement Battery – See Deals Starting from $299.99
But certainly in terms of product, it was hard to have too many complaints about this little gem from Tenergy – other than perhaps price.
Obviously one of the big plus points here is that it is compatible with a number of leading brands in the electric trolley game, including Powakaddy, Motocaddy and PowerBug. But there’s more to it than that. Weighing in at just over 5 lbs, it’s as easy to carry and transport as any others out there.
The Battery Management System is also a solid box ticked, ensuring that the lifespan will be preserved and enhanced, and it’s hard not to love the LED fuel gauge. And for those of you who are environmentally conscious, you’ll be pleased to hear that this is one of the market leaders in that regard. It’s made of non-toxic, non-corrosive materials, thus reducing your carbon footprint.
True, it is at the northern end of the price map. But, depending on your seller, you could be looking at a warranty of up to 5 years. The point is, over time, this seems like it will be very decent value for money.
Here is a summary of the pros and cons.
- Lightweight, compact and compatible with a number of brand leaders
- Good battery life, and charges up pretty quick tool
- Environmentally friendly
- Decent value at $300, given that it will last you a while
- Not the most aesthetically pleasing, although that’s hardly a priority
- Allegedly poor service and slow delivery from manufacturer. But that’s “he said, she said” though!
Motocaddy S-Series Extended Lithium Battery – See Offers Here
But come on… what’s not to like? What really tips the scales first and foremost here is the battery life. It’s out of this world! I’ve done two rounds with it having not charged, and there’s still plenty left. I’m sure you could get at least another 18 holes in. And even when you’re running on empty, it takes just 4-5 hours to recharge.
But it’s also so wonderfully light and slender, and it folds away like a dream. It’s pretty easy on the eye too! It also has that extra bit of oomph, which is particularly handy if you play hilly courses on a regular basis.
All in all, this thing just screams reliability and durability, and you’ll be able to put a lot of miles onto the clock here. The argument against value for money would be a reasonable one. But again, is $300-odd over the space of five years – probably more – such a bad investment? Not if she runs like this for her whole lifespan it isn’t!
Here is a summary of the pros and cons.
- Look, feel and weight are just unsurpassed. Such a sleek battery
- Recharges in as little as 2 hours after a normal round
- You’ll be able to get at least 36 holes out of it at a time
- Has that extra bit of power compared to others, and just has an unmistakable feel of reliability and quality
- They should really put a handle on it to make it easier to pick up
- It costs a few greenbacks, especially if you’re shipping it in. But if you can stomach the initial pain, it will be worth it