by Malcolm Woods
Planning to replace your cart batteries? Even though there are other factors that determine how well the battery serves you, such as the maintenance, the brand matters a lot.
In the world of golf cart batteries, the two main brands that customers tend to go for are Crown and Trojan.
If you have talked to battery dealers in your area, it is likely that they have mentioned the two brands. The funny thing is that all dealers tend to have varying opinions on which one is better between Trojan and Crown.
Though this doesn't always apply, dealers tend to lean toward the brand that makes them better profits.
So, I thought I would take the opportunity to help you see the differences between trojan and crown batteries.
That way, you'll be able to make up your mind.
Let's get started.
Trojan has been around for around 100 years, so experience-wise, they're good and reliable.
When it comes to the chemistry, the Trojan batteries for the golf course are deep-cycle flooded. That means the internal parts are covered with battery acid. Gas is produced and must be able to escape.
As carts are normally operated outdoors, that shouldn't be much of a problem, but if you're looking to go green, such a battery wouldn't be the best choice.
Also, realize that trojan batteries need some maintenance such as watering.
Trojan batteries are relatively expensive, but the loyal following they enjoy claims that these are worth the price. Why? Performance - these supply power excellently.
Another reason why some people prefer Trojan batteries is that these come with a longer manufacturer's warranty. You get a 2-years full replacement warranty.
Note: however, that Trojan is notorious for not honoring their warranty.
On average, it is a lot easier for a Crown warranty to be honored, which for me is better than having a long warranty that's not honored.
On the longevity, they're not as durable as the maintenance-free Crown batteries.
Crown too is an old brand that has been there for almost a hundred years. So, like Trojan, they have experience in battery making.
One of the reasons why I personally feel this brand is better is chemistry. Unlike the Trojan batteries, which are deep-cycle flooded, the Crown batteries for golf carts are deep cycle AGM.
That means there can be no acids leaking no matter how you install the battery. Again, there are no gases being produced, which means these batteries are good for the environment.
If you're thinking of going green, Crown batteries would be a better choice.
As there is no gassing, you can use the battery indoors with no worries.
About the performance, these are as good and as reliable as the Trojan batteries. What I love is that you can discharge them up to 80%. The Trojan batteries can only be discharged up to 50%.
Crown batteries offer a shorter warranty than the Trojan batteries - usually up to a year. But what makes this warranty better is that Crown honors its warranties a lot more readily than Trojan.
Like Trojan, Crown boasts a large following of loyal customers who maintain that Crown batteries are the best.
The design is one area where the two brands are somewhat different. While Trojan features the traditional battery design, Crown features a more modern-looking design.
When it comes to the construction, both batteries feature a cast make achieved through highly precise automated welds.
Note: While a one-piece solid cast design is used in the making of Crown batteries, different cast parts are brought together with the help of robotics in the making of Trojan batteries.
With regard to sturdiness, the batteries are equal. They're both really robust.
It is the final design that differs, with the Crown batteries getting a more modern and stylish look.
If you're looking for a battery you can always charge quickly, Crown is the one to pick. As Crown uses a single-piece cast design, the internal resistance is lower, making it easier to charge and discharge the battery.
It takes less time to charge a Crown battery than it takes to charge a Trojan battery of similar size.
The depth of discharge allowed is one of the factors that determine battery life. A battery that can safely be discharged more serves longer hours and ultimately lasts longer.
While Trojan batteries should be discharged up to 50% before requiring recharging, Crown batteries can be discharged up to 80%.
At their positive plate, Crown batteries feature a dense TBLS content. This makes them able to resist discharge or breakdown better. And that way, they're able to last longer, providing more stable power.
This is probably the main area where the two are different.
Trojan batteries are deep-cycle flooded. That means they can leak acid when put in a tilted position for long. They also release a little bit of gas, making them not the best option for indoor use.
Crown batteries are deep cycle AGM. That means you can mount them in any position without worrying about fluids leaking. You don't need to worry about skin irritation as there are no acids leaking.
If you want a maintenance-free battery that you can safely use indoors, the crown would be the better option.
So, which one between Crown and Trojan do I think is better? I feel the Crown is better. It requires lower up-front cost, and unlike the Trojan batteries for golf, it doesn't require watering as a maintenance routine.
Moreover, it doesn't produce gas, which makes it "greener" and suitable for use both outdoors and indoors.
With batteries, a bad experience with a brand might cause you to never trust the brand again.
While it is okay to look at the brand's reputation when shopping, you got to realize there are other factors at play in determining your experience with a battery.
Most importantly - how you treat your battery. Batteries need to be charged regularly. Again, you got to avoid overcharging them.
About Malcolm Woods
Malcolm Woods is a blogger who enjoys writing about technology and solar power. He has a passion for learning new things, and loves to share his knowledge with others. Malcolm is also an advocate for sustainable living, and believes that everyone has a responsibility to do their part in preserving our planet.