Allied Lithium Compared to Lead-Acid Golf Cart Batteries

2 min read

Allied Lithium Compared to Lead-Acid Golf Cart Batteries

Lithium batteries and lead-acid batteries are commonly used in a variety of applications, From Golf carts, Boats, EVs and more. Here are the benefits of lithium batteries compared to lead-acid.

  1. Energy Density
  • Lithium Batteries: Have a significantly higher energy density, which means they can store more energy per unit. This makes them ideal for carts where space and weight are critical.
  • Lead-Acid Batteries: Have a lower energy density, resulting in a heavier and bulkier battery for the same energy storage capacity.
  1. Cycle Life
  • Lithium Batteries: Typically offer a much longer cycle life, often exceeding 3500 cycles. This translates to a longer lifespan, reducing the need for frequent replacements.
  • Lead-Acid Batteries: Generally have a shorter cycle life, often around 1000 cycles, which means they will  need to be replaced more often.

Allied Commercial Bank Batteries are designed to go through more than 3500 charge and use cycles! Our 8-Year Warranty is best-in-class.
  1. Efficiency
  • Lithium Batteries: Have higher charge and discharge efficiency, often above 95%. This means less energy is lost during the charging and discharging process, making them more efficient.
  • Lead-Acid Batteries: Typically have lower efficiency, around 70-80%, resulting in greater energy loss during use.
  1. Depth of Discharge (DoD)
  • Lithium Batteries: Can be discharged to a much greater extent (up to 80-90% or more) without significantly affecting their lifespan. This allows for more usable capacity.
  • Lead-Acid Batteries: Have a lower  depth of discharge (typically around 45-50%) which limits use.
  1. Maintenance
  • Lithium Batteries: Are generally maintenance-free. They do not require regular topping up with distilled water or other maintenance procedures.
  • Lead-Acid Batteries: Often require  maintenance, checking electrolyte levels and topping up with distilled water.
  1. Weight and Size
  • Lithium Batteries: Are much lighter and more compact for the same energy storage capacity, making them perfect for golf carts where weight and space are crucial.
  • Lead-Acid Batteries: Are heavier and bulkier, which is a disadvantage in mobile or tight spaced cart.
  1. Charging Speed
  • Lithium Batteries: Can be charged much faster compared to lead-acid batteries - often in just an hour or two. This is beneficial in applications where quick turnaround times are important, such as in electric vehicles.
  • Lead-Acid Batteries: have slower charging rates, which can be a limitation in certain carts, or when you need power fast.
  1. Cost
  • Lithium Batteries: Tend to have a higher upfront cost.However, the total cost  can be lower over time due to their longer lifespan and higher efficiency.
  • Lead-Acid Batteries: Have a lower initial cost,  but may end up being more expensive in the long run due to shorter lifespan and higher maintenance needs.

Looking to purchase golf cart batteries right now? Check out our Drop-in-Ready solutions!

Lithium batteries offer numerous advantages over lead-acid batteries, such as higher energy density, longer cycle life, greater efficiency, and lower maintenance. The benefits of using Allied Lithium over lead acid are truly greater in all facets.