Yamaha Golf Car Battery Charging Instructions

by Suzanne Smith Dickinson

The Yamaha golf car is a battery-operated vehicle made by Yamaha Golf-Car Co. for use on golf courses or for personal short-range transportation. Each battery charge should allow the car's use for 36 holes of golf, or approximately eight hours of driving time. The battery has a maximum life, with its capacity to generate power diminishing over time. To maximize the battery's lifespan and optimize its performance, charge the golf car before each use and perform battery maintenance as listed in the owner's manual.

Turn the golf car ignition key to the "off" position. Remove the key.

Place the battery charger on a solid, level surface that is fireproof, such as a concrete garage floor, and in a well-ventilated area. Plug the charger into a grounded, three-prong electrical outlet.

Attach the DC outlet cord to the charger. Insert the grounded female plug into the slot on the back of the charger, or attach the positive and negative connectors to their respective color-coded nodes on the back of the charger, depending on the charger model you have.

Remove the faceplate covering the DC receptacle, if there is one. Plug the male end of the DC outlet cord into the receptor on the golf car, located on the outside of the containment wall below the seat cushion. Allow the battery to charge.

Remove the DC outlet cord when the battery is fully charged. Grasp the plug in the receptacle and gently pull it outward. Replace the DC receptacle faceplate, if your model has one.

Items you will need

  • DC output plug
  • Battery charger rated for use with a 48-volt Yamaha golf car battery
  • Well-ventilated area

Tips

  • The battery charger will automatically turn itself off when the charge is complete to avoid overcharging.
  • Follow the manufacturer's charging and maintenance schedule found in your owner's manual for best battery performance.

Warnings

  • Charge batteries in a well-ventilated area, as explosive hydrogen gas is produced while the battery is being charged.
  • Do not disconnect the DC outlet cord from the battery receptacle while the charger is on. This may create a charged arc that could cause an explosion. Unplug the charger first if you need to disconnect the car before it is fully charged.

About the Author

Suzanne Smith Dickinson has been a professional writer since 1989. She currently maintains a humorous blog that has garnered national attention. Her articles have appeared in "Community Health Forum" magazine, and many of the Suburban newspapers and special sections in Michigan, Georgia and North Carolina. She attended Georgia State University as an Honors English student.