The Best 5 Electric Golf Trolleys

Golf is difficult enough without having to lug 14 clubs, dozens of balls and a multitude of other objects around on your back. Why make things difficult? Using an electric golf trolley is the way to go, and these days they are even programmed to follow you….how cool is that?

Here are my reviews on the 5 best electric golf trolleys available today, to help you make an informed choice.

There are a few things to consider before parting with any cash, one is the battery power- how long the battery will last on a single charge, how much time it takes to re-charge, and the battery’s lifespan. Then there are the added features such as battery indicators, and the distance measuring and pedometers. How efficient are they? The weight and size of the trolley options are also a factor especially if you have a small family car.

Although a trolley carries your bags for you, you’ll still have to steer it around the course and speed control is important. Some electric models just come with the basic on/off function and pre-set level of power. Others are designed with a speed dial which allows more progressive levels of speed which you can easily control. Then there’s the issue of the braking system. You obviously don’t want your trolley rushing away as your going downhill. There are also remote controlled trolleys that will allow you to send the trolley around the green as you walk over it. All such features have been looked into in the golf trolley reviews, whilst factoring in the price. So, which are the 5 best electric golf trolleys?

Stewart Golf X9 Follow – $3,352.00, available at Onlinegolf

Stewart X9 follow

Stewart X9 follow

Pros: Let’s start with the “Follow” part. It’s why the products so popular anyway. To use this “follow” feature, all you need to do is press a single button on the remote control handset. This creation from Stewart Golf uses a Bluetooth-powered electronics system so that the trolley can follow you around the course. By the way, the remote control is rechargeable. Once you start walking, the X9 Follow stays a few paces behind you and exactly matches your walking pace. It even holds its position when going down hills. How? It uses a patented electronics system which automatically varies and brakes the twin motors in order to alter both the speed and direction. This also means that you don’t have to press any buttons when you stop at your ball and walk away again. This user friendly feature goes a long way in taking away the hassle of typical electric trolley operations.

What of the aesthetics? The Stewart Golf X9 Follow is available in 4 colours: Pearlescent White, Metallic Silver, Metallic Black and British Racing Green. It retains the slick look that is familiar to the previous Stewart Golf X Series releases. However, its designers have integrated two additional antennas under the distinctive X Series bodywork. In fact, the only outward indication of any change is a new badge and a blue LED which replaces the aerial.

Using the follow feature is, without a doubt, the most relaxing way to play. But sometimes you may be in deep rough, or around the green, and you want to send the trolley to a different location. Additionally, some golfers like having more control over their trolleys. In addition to the “follow” mode, the X9 Follow comes with full remote control functionality. That way, you have 3 options: you can keep the handset on the handle and control the trolley manually, use the remote control or you can activate the follow function. And just like all other Stewart Golf powered products, every X9 Follow is hand-made to order in the company’s workshop in Gloucestershire. They are powered by a high-quality lithium battery, and each comes with a full 2-year warranty that covers both the trolley and the battery.

Cons: It’s a superb product. And with high quality comes high cost. The X9 Follow goes for £1,499 in the UK. However, if you make the purchase, you can be certain that you’re getting a value return of your money’s worth.

 

Motocaddy M3 PRO – $999.00 Motocaddy, available at Onlinegolf

Motocaddy-M3-pro

Motocaddy-M3-pro

Did you love the M1 PRO compact-folding technology, but wished it had additional performance features? You’re not alone. Golfers complained, and Motocaddy listened. M3 PRO borrows its two-bar frame concept from the continuing M1 PRO. The frame folds down 40 per cent smaller than the Motocaddy S-Series. It basically allows you to fold down the trolley to a size that’s not much bigger than the normal allowance for airline hand luggage. It also borrows a host of features from the brand’s popular S3 PRO model. These include a clock and battery meter, a 5-minute “lost ball” timer, a “round” timer, in addition to a full-colour digital screen that has multiple distance readings. The M3 PRO is Motocaddy’s most advanced trolley to date and, according to the manufacturer, it’s the result of more than 12 months of research and development.

Pros: You can never be too safe. The M3 PRO’s digital screen also comes with Motocaddy’s exclusive CartLock security device. This is feature allows you to set a pin code, which renders the trolley useless to any would-be thief. And just like the M1 PRO – which was most successful trolley launch of the brand of all time– the M3 PRO comes with an integrated Accessory Station. This is a simple handle height adjustment with an inbuilt device cradle that is designed to hold GPS devices, and it can also be powered from a USB charging port.

The M3 PRO also has an Adjustable Distance Control (ADC) system. This system allows you to set the trolley to travel up to 60 yards independently. The trolley also has fully-adjustable bag supports that can accommodate various bag sizes. Moreover, both right and left-handed users can easily use the handle. The trolley offers you 9 user-friendly speed settings that you can choose from as you operate the trolley that is powered by a silent 230w motor.

Cons: Using this folding system takes longer than the other Motocaddy S models. But this shouldn’t worry you a lot, especially if you’re concerned about storage space. It’s a small price to pay. You also don’t need a lower bag strap when using this trolley. Why? The M3 PRO comes with Motocaddy’s EASILOCKTM technology. This is a connection system with two holes on the trolley’s bag support which are aligned with two removable locking pins on the base of Motocaddy cart bags.

The M3 PRO is comes in both Black or Alpine matt finishes goes for £449.99 for the 18 hole Lead-acid battery, £599.99 for the 18 hole Lithium battery, and £649.99 for the 36 hole Lithium option.

 

 

PowaKaddy FW5 – $768.00, available at Onlinegolf

FW5_Main_Store_Image-450x470 (1)Think of the FW3, but now with all the extra features that you like. Now this is the gadget fan’s favourite Powakaddy model. The PowaKaddy FW5 electric trolley represents a truly world-class product, as it blends modern styling and precision engineering with a user-friendly functionality.

Pros: Its notable features include: a Digital Power Gauge and Battery Fuel Indicator, and Integrated USB point through which you can charge your phones and GPS devices. It also has the ADF (Automatic Distance Function) that you can use to pre-set trolley distances, from 15, 30 to 45 yards. The FW5’s ambidextrous control has a soft touch T-Bar grip. The trolley also has a Power, Pause and Resume function, which completes its effective digital offering.

Its aesthetics are pleasing to say the least. The trolley has a Piano Black trim and you purchase either a Polar White or a Classic Black frame. It provides a distinctive sporty look with its new PowaFrame. It has a low-profile chassis design and comes with 5-spoke quick release wheels. It also has the “Plug n Play” Battery System. Its motor operates quietly too. The PowaKaddy FW5 comes with a quick 3-Fold mechanism, an improved front wheel adjustment plus bungee bag straps and a key-lock base.

Cons: As they upped the features from the FW3, they also upped the cost. Additionally, the standard battery retains power for shorter periods. It’s best to opt for the Extended Range options.

It retails for £390 (the Standard Battery), £425 (Extended Range Battery option), £555 (the Lithium Battery) and £610 (for the Extended Range Lithium Battery option).

 

PowaKaddy FW7 – $920.00, available at Onlinegolf

PowaKaddy fw7

PowaKaddy fw7

The premium offering in the new PowaKaddy FW range includes a new Plug ‘n’ Play battery system, which is designed to be quick and easy to set up. A full-colour LCD screen is combined with a variable distance control and a USB charging port. The FW7 is also available with an Electronic Braking System, which aids control on hilly ground. Models with this included start at £670.

Pros: Much better visually than the legacy models, retaining a solid build that PowerKaddy has become famous for. Both the Lead-Acid and Lithium batteries last longer and are now more user-friendly. The Lithium battery when tested in a recent Golf Monthly review coped well with hilly ground. Other notable improvements include an enhanced power control which is suitable for both left and right handed players.

Big Max Nano Plus – $2,460.00, available at Onlinegolf

Big Max Nano Plus

Big Max Nano Plus

Closing off the golf trolley reviews is the Big Max Nano Plus.

Pros: It has everything you’d want from an electronic trolley. From the digital screens and remote control, speed and battery indicators, reverse gears parking brakes and 36 hole range all the way to the security lock systems. It’s also compact and lightweight. It weighs 11kg. And that’s including the battery! The Lithium-ion battery easily fits into the frame of the trolley, and the entire structure folds down to fit into even the smallest of car boots. Big Max knew what they were doing. In fact, it may be the smallest folded size in available in the market. With a host of features, the Nano Plus offers everything you’d want from an electronic trolley. Its gearless motor is also easy to maintain.

Cons: It doesn’t have varieties in battery choices. All Nano Plus products are lithium based. Good things don’t come cheap. For this trolley you’ll have to dig deeper into your wallet than all the rest. But then again, it will be worth it. It retails at £1599.

 

Types of Golf Trolley Batteries

How do you know which is the best golf trolley battery for your trolley? There are basically 2 types of electric golf trolley batteries: lead-acid and lithium ion batteries. The best golf trolley battery for your case depends on factors such as the rate of discharge, cost, and how much additional weight it will mean for your trolley.

  1. Lead-acid Batteries- they are just like those car batteries used in construction, the only difference being that they are “deep discharge” batteries. This simply means that they are designed to withstand being completely drained on a regular basis. There are 2 versions of these batteries:
  • AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) Golf Batteries-Originally, they were designed as general purpose batteries. However, the ones for golf come with thicker plates and are capable of deep cycle use. The AGM is a special design glass mat that’s designed to wick the battery electrolyte between the battery plates. The AGM batteries contain only enough liquid to keep the mat wet with the electrolyte. This means that if the battery is broken, there isn’t any free liquid available to leak out. They are also the cheapest golf battery type and lasts for an average 300 cycles.
  • Gel Golf Trolley Batteries-they’re robust and capable of living with harsh operating environments. A gel cell battery contains a silica type gel in which the battery electrolyte is suspended in. This thick paste-like material allows electrons to flow between plates. And like the AGM, it’s non-spillable. In addition, it can last for over 350 cycles. Hence, the Gel cell batteries have a slower discharge than the AGM batteries.

The lead acid batteries are heavier than their lithium-ion counterparts, but they are cheaper.

  1. Lithium-Ion Batteries-These are the more popular option. Why? They are deeply discharged but have a higher energy density. In layman’s terms, they are smaller in size but pack the same punch. This also makes them lightweight and more portable. Consequently, they are more expensive. Gram for gram, they are nearly twice as expensive as the lead acid batteries. That’s because of the efficiency they provide.

When selecting the best golf trolley battery, also consider the charging times. For instance, lead-acid batteries generally take longer to charge than the lithium-ion batteries. And if you intend to switch from one type of battery to another, remember to change the charger too. This prevents damaging the battery.

 

When making any electronic trolley purchase, ask yourself whether it’ll fit into your car. You may assume that it’s not that important a factor to consider, but you don’t want to be stuck with a trolley that struggles to fit into your car or locker. In fact, most trolleys in the market today are designed with the idea that they’ll be stored in car boots. So you’ll have a wide variety of options for how the trolley folds and comes apart. In addition, ensure that the handle is the right size. You want the handle of the trolley to be suitable for your height. You don’t want to have to bend when you’re operating it. Harming your back will compromise your health and your game. Additionally, check out how long the battery will last. Without the battery, the electric trolley won’t go far. Hence, you should investigate the battery life of a trolley and how many holes it should run for. That way, you’ll be in a position to easily decide whether you need to buy a spare battery or go for a longer life battery.

And if you are feeling really flush…have a look at Golf Monthly’s article on the Golf Board.

Original article here.

 

 

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