If you’re on your way to buy a new battery for your golf cart, you may be asking yourself how you’re going to get it out to the car. This might have also got you wondering, how much does a golf cart battery weigh?
A golf cart battery can weigh between 55 and 90 lbs. Batteries that are closer to 90 lbs are typically 12-volt ones, but this is not always the case. Lower voltage batteries can be on the heavier side too.
Read on to find out more about how much some of the most popular 6,8, and 12-volt golf cart battery models weigh, as well as how to safely remove a golf cart battery.
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Different Types of Golf Cart Batteries?
Not all golf cart batteries are created equal. Depending on the type of golf cart in question, one of three main types of golf cart batteries is used.
The majority of golf carts typically contain either 6-volt, 8-volt, or 12-volt batteries. The general rule of thumb is that the heavier the cart, the higher the voltage of its battery. Additionally, batteries used in carts that are designed for heavy-duty use usually have a higher voltage.
How Much Does Each Type Weigh?
Golf batteries typically weigh anywhere between 55 and 90 lbs. Generally speaking, the higher the voltage of the battery, the more it will weigh. However, that is not always the case. Some 6-volt batteries have the same weight as 12-volt batteries.
6-volt batteries generally weigh between 55 and 75 lbs. Here are the weights of some of the most popular 6-volt golf cart battery models.
- Trojan T-605: 58 lbs
- Trojan T-125: 68 lbs
- UPG UB-GC2: 62 lbs
- Interstate U2500: 72 lbs
- Interstate AGC2N: 66 lbs
8-volt golf cart batteries usually weigh in at somewhere between 60 and 80 lbs. However, you may find some that weigh a bit less than 60 lbs. Here are some of the weights of 8-volt batteries commonly used in golf carts.
- Duracell GC8: 63 lbs
- Trojan DC-8V: 61 lbs
- Trojan T-860: 56 lbs
- US Battery: 8VGC-XC 64 lbs
- Trojan Ranger: 160 76 lbs
- Trojan Traveler: 8V 70 lbs
12-volt golf cart batteries are the heaviest, with weights that exceed 70 lbs and can reach 90 lbs. Here are the weights of some popular models
- Trojan T-1260 Plus: 78 lbs
- US 12VXC XC2 82 lbs
- Trojan T-1275: 85 lbs
- Duracell Ultra: 85 lbs
● Interstate 12VGCUTL 86 lbs
What Are the Dimensions of a Golf Cart Battery?
The average golf cart battery has a length of 10 in, a width of 7 in, and a height of 11.5 in.
Is a Fully Charged Battery Heavier?
You may be wondering, does a fully charged battery weigh more than a dead one? The answer is no, it doesn’t.
An electric charge is a form of energy, and energy has no mass. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if your battery is fully loaded and ready to go, or is in need of a recharge. Either way, it’s going to have the same weight.
How to Remove Battery From Golf Cart?
As you can see from the weights listed above, golf cart batteries are quite heavy.
Lifting a 60 lbs box is no small feat. This is why you need to be careful when it’s time to remove the battery from your golf cart for any reason.
If you’re not cautious, you run the risk of causing severe damage to the battery and to your golf cart itself.
Here are the steps you need to take to safely remove the battery from your golf cart (and put it back in).
1. Disconnect the Wires
The first thing you’ll need to do is to disconnect any wires connecting the battery to your golf cart. The main wires you’ll need to disconnect are the ones on the negative and positive terminals, in that order.
If you’re using a metal tool, be very cautious to not let it come in contact with the terminals to avoid any electrical mishaps.
2. Remove the Battery
The best, and safest way to remove a golf cart battery is by using a battery strap. This is a tool made out of heavy-duty rubber that can be attached to the battery via clips. These clips are attached to each side of the battery
Battery straps are highly useful in giving you leverage over the battery. Pulling on the rubber strap allows you to wiggle the battery out of its place and pull it out of the golf cart.
Before you lift the battery out, make sure to have a plastic cover over your garage floor. This is because golf cart batteries often contain acid. In turn, there may be some acid on your battery’s surface. The plastic cover will prevent that acid from getting all over the floor.
3. Returning/ Replacing the Battery
Once you’ve done the required repairs on your battery, you’re going to want to put it back into your golf cart. This is also the case if you’ve bought a new one because the old one is no longer functional.
The battery strap comes in handy during this step too. It allows you to slowly and gently lower the battery into your golf cart. This eliminates the risk of damage your golf cart is susceptible to if the battery is just dropped into it.
So, how much does a golf cart battery weigh?
Golf cart batteries are quite heavy, they can weigh anywhere between 55 and 90 lbs. Where in that range a battery’s weight will lie depends on its type. Higher voltage batteries will typically weigh more. However, that isn’t always true.
If you’re planning on changing your golf cart battery from the comfort of your own garage, make sure to invest in a battery strap. This tool will make your life a whole lot easier, and safer when taking the old battery out and lowering the new one in.