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Lithium Battery Golf Caddies

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There are two types of batteries that are most common with electric battery golf carts: 1. sealed lead acid (SLA) battery and 2. the lithium ion battery. Most cars in America carry a lead acid battery while virtually every Blackberry and laptop computer gets its power from a lithium ion battery.

SLA has the lowest energy-to-weight and energy-to-volume battery designs in existence, making them very big and heavy for the total amount of power they can put out. What they do have going for them is that they have a very high surge-to-weight ratio, meaning they can deliver a big jolt of electricity all at once. This makes them perfect for applications that need a big, sudden surge of power, such as car starters. Lead acid batteries are also cheap to produce. They also have long recharging times. 

Lithium ion designs have a high power-to-weight and power-to-volume ratio. There are even lithium ion batteries with a big surge capability, like that of a lead acid battery. However, they have one big drawback -  they are very expensive to make.  We have listed the advantageous and disadvantages of the two batteries so that you can make an informed decision:

Sealed Lead Acid Battery:

PROS: 1. Cheaper than the Lithium Ion, 2. Good life cycle (usually lasts for ~150-250 charges so depending on how often you play, it should last for a few years); and if it goes bad, you can usually replace it for ~$100.
CONS: 1. Very heavy (usually weighs ~25 lbs), 2. Takes longer to charge than the Lithum Ion battery

Lithium Ion Battery:

PROS: 1. Very lightweight (usually weighs ~2-11 lbs), 2. Longer life cycle (usually lasts 500+ charges)
CONS: 1. Very expensive (usually cost ~$300-400)