Do Golf Cart Batteries Need To Be Vented?

by Steve | Last Updated: 27 April 2021

If you have a golf cart, then it’s likely that you’ve come across this issue before.

Do they, or do they not need to be vented?

Although a golf cart battery compartment does have ventilation, there are still some areas of concern in terms of air circulation. Golf cart batteries do need to be vented for safety reasons.

Golf cart batteries are one of the most important parts of your golf cart. They provide power to all the other components, and without them, your golf cart will not run.

If you want to keep your golf car running smoothly, it is important that you take care of these batteries.

They are usually stored under the front seat, and it is important to refill them with water and clean out any muck or dirt from time to time.

Some people believe that it is not necessary to vent golf cart batteries.

These people may point out that the battery compartment of a golf car has its own ventilation holes which allow for airflow into and out of the compartment.

This means that no extra measures are needed.

While this argument may seem sound on paper, there are actually some important considerations that must be made.

While a golf cart battery compartment does have ventilation, there are still some areas of concern in terms of air circulation.

For example, the battery terminals themselves often take up space inside and so do not allow for unrestricted airflow – which means these parts can build up with heat energy.

Another consideration is actually in reference to how batteries work: they produce heat energy while recharging which can lead to overheating, and that leads to the production of more harmful fumes.

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Different Types Of Venting Systems

There are different types of vents, including passive or active systems

Passive vents rely on natural air currents to draw out fumes from inside the battery compartment.

While active vents use an electric fan to force air through the vent hole into outside air 

These vents can also help prevent corrosion, which is why they’re important for golf carts!

The battery compartment needs vent holes, which should be at least 1 inch in diameter and should not have any obstructions blocking them.

The best way to vent a battery is by installing vents on the top of the battery and also at the bottom

but remember Venting should only take place when charging or discharging a battery, never while driving the golf cart

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How To Charge Your Golf Cart Battery

It’s important to keep an eye on water levels before charging to make sure no damage will be caused by not having enough water.

If your battery has several water compartments you must ensure each one has the appropriate water level.

Always check the water levels before you charge the battery.

Plug the cart into a battery charger and make sure that it will remain plugged in for as long as is needed to fully charge.

It’s possible that all of the batteries may require up to 12 hours in order to completely recharge.

If any one of them are depleted, you have two options: either plug-in another or wait while they get recharged individually until they’re ready again (it’ll be slower).

An automatic charger is best to use as it turns off when maximum charging has been reached. This prevents overcharging from occurring and prevents unnecessary damage to the battery.

Once charged, make sure the top vent cap is tight so it doesn’t fall off while you’re driving. Be sure to push it down fully until it clicks into place.

Conclusion

Golf cart batteries do need to be vented for safety reasons. The venting should only take place when charging or discharging a battery, never while driving the golf cart

You should always take care of the maintenance of your golf cart’s batteries. They are usually stored under the front seat, and it is important to refill them with water and clean out all dirt from time to time.

Make sure the batteries are maintained correctly, and as much as we all hate following manufacturers instructions, doing so will save you both time and money in the long term.

Steve King, the founder of Fore King Golf, started playing golf at the tender age of 29, after years spent playing many other sports and getting dodgy knees. Although late to the game, Steve soon fell in love with the sport and found himself, like many others, addicted to the pursuit of improvement and playing better. He is currently a member of The Kendleshire Golf Club & Hercules Golf Society, as well as running several competitions for Fore King Golf