FAQs

Getting Started

ᐅ What do I need to upgrade to lithium iron phosphate batteries?

When replacing any given battery, it’s important to consider a few key factors before committing to a replacement model. These can include:

  • capacity
  • power
  • size requirements 
  • personal preferences for things like speed or battery usage

You’ll also want to make sure you have access to the correct charger for your battery, which is something that can go overlooked. Depending on your specifics, your agent should be able to help confirm this or recommend a new model charger.

Something many people don’t consider, as well, is that it’s completely possible to downsize your battery and keep the same runtime, especially when upgrading from lead-acid. Ask your agent for more information so you can make an informed decision.

ᐅ How many batteries will I need for my golf cart?

Figuring out how many batteries will work best for you can be complicated. Everybody's usage differs and what you think is casual driving might be twice as much as someone else. Things like the range you drive, the terrain, how many passengers, and which upgrades or accessories you have can all vary the performance.

Please see our battery sizing chart for recommended suggestions.

ᐅ Where can I buy an Allied Lithium battery?

All of our batteries are available through our online store, as well as various authorized resellers. Find out more about our products at alliedlithium.com or reach out to one of our qualified sales representatives in an area near you for sales info.

ᐅ What’s the difference between series and parallel configurations?

In a parallel connection setup, 2 or more batteries are connected and the overall battery bank’s capacity is increased as a result. This means electricity available for longer periods of time. Positive terminals are connected, as are negative, with more connections being made until we arrive at the required capacity.

A series connection, meanwhile, is where 2 or more batteries are connected to increase the overallvoltage of the system. The battery system becomes stronger as a result of adding more batteries, but will likely not run for much longer. With each battery, one positive is connected to the negative of the next battery, ramping up the voltage until the desired output is reached. until the desired voltage is achieved. 

ᐅ Do you recommend these batteries for an older golf cart?

LiFePO4 batteries work perfectly in all varieties of golf carts. That said, you may want to consider 80AH batteries and a lithium charger, as older carts tend to draw more power. 

ᐅ Can I use my old lead-acid battery charger with these batteries?

No, we do not recommend this. Using a lead acid charger will damage your batteries, causing them to go out of balance and stopping them from charging correctly in the future.

ᐅ What Amp Hour do you recommend?

This really depends on how you use your cart and how often. Two people living in the same area with the same carts and batteries could use them completely differently and get different mileages as a result. 

Still, when it comes to general Amp Hour usage, some bets are safer than others. We suggest a 60AH unit for avid golfers using lithium chargers.  Once you get into modified carts with specialized controllers or motors, or if you're using a lot of added accessories, you'll want to go up to 80 or 100AH models. 

Technical

ᐅ What are the measurements of these batteries?

Allied Lithium batteries in  60,  80  and  100 AH variants use the same size battery case, specifically designed to match most standard golf cart batteries: 

9.75"H x 7.00"W x 10.20"L

One  60AH  battery weighs  22 lbs. One  80AH  weighs  26 lbs. One  100AH  weighs  28 lbs.

ᐅ How much lighter are LiPo batteries than lead acid?

Speaking in averages, Lithium batteries are roughly half the weight of their lead acid counterparts. That's less weight on your vehicle or solar setup, less weight to slow down a mobile setup, and less weight in general.

ᐅ On my cart I have a speedometer, odometer and battery indicator (state of charge). Will this indicator work with your lithium batteries?

The indicator that we include with a purchase, acts as a miniature voltmeter. We recommend leaving it under the seat. The State of charge that comes with the cart will not work the same way as your current one.

Lithium power draws power differently. It will jump around on a live meter, similar to your instant MPG reading on your car. We always recommend waiting 15-20 minutes for an accurate reading of your battery %.

By clicking on the Menu button on the SOC you will see a Voltage reading across the whole system. At max charge, you should see readings above 54V and when you are close to a dead battery, it should read about 49V.

ᐅ What is the lifespan of these batteries?

Our batteries are rated over 3,000+ charging cycles, or over 8 years of proper usage. This is a reasonable prediction for most customers, given proper charging. 

Comparatively, lead acid batteries are usually rated at between 500 and 700 charging cycles. In addition to this, Allied Lithium also offers an 8 year warranty with a full replacement in the first 2 years, and the 6 years after that with a 1.2% pro-rate, reduced, per month.

ᐅ How to balance batteries in parallel

Follow the following steps:

  • Isolate the batteries from the cart
  • Gather 3-4 feet of 18 gauge wire
  • Connect all positives
  • Connect all negatives
  • Wait 24 hours

 

ᐅ How to automatically balance my 12V series batteries

For a full breakdown, make sure to check out our automatic balancer installation video here.

Safety

ᐅ Are these batteries safer than lead acid or other lithium batteries?

In the battery industry, a battery fire is known as a “thermal runaway”. Whatever you call it, though, the results can be scary, at best, and life-threatening, at worst. Luckily, LiFePO4 batteries run a significantly lower risk of this kind of chemical reaction compared to other lithium batteries, and certainly when compared to lead acid.

Safety is up to utmost importance to the work we do at Allied Lithium. This is why our engineered state-of-the-art battery management systems (BMS) work to detect performance problems before they have chance to get out of hand. Any cells that are not functioning properly are automatically shut down, stopping the problem at its source. The BMS itself also protects your battery from over-or-undercharging, so you never have to worry about over (or under) doing it.

A complete list of Allied’s safety certifications can be found  here.

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