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#61 tatertot

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 03:22 PM

How does the batter charge on these? Plug into the wall?

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:11 PM

 tatertot, on 16 April 2018 - 03:22 PM, said:

How does the batter charge on these? Plug into the wall?

Yes. A charger is provided.
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 06:12 AM

 tatertot, on 16 April 2018 - 03:22 PM, said:

How does the batter charge on these? Plug into the wall?

I believe some have a USB port so you can charge in your car
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 06:18 AM

 lawsonman, on 17 April 2018 - 06:12 AM, said:

 tatertot, on 16 April 2018 - 03:22 PM, said:

How does the batter charge on these? Plug into the wall?

I believe some have a USB port so you can charge in your car

Some have a USB port so you can charge your phone or GPS, etc using the trolley as the power source. Not for charging the trolley.
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 06:20 AM

 North Butte, on 17 April 2018 - 06:18 AM, said:

 lawsonman, on 17 April 2018 - 06:12 AM, said:

 tatertot, on 16 April 2018 - 03:22 PM, said:

How does the batter charge on these? Plug into the wall?

I believe some have a USB port so you can charge in your car

Some have a USB port so you can charge your phone or GPS, etc using the trolley as the power source. Not for charging the trolley.

My bad. I thought I read somewhere the Motocaddy could be charged through the port.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 06:21 AM

 North Butte, on 17 April 2018 - 06:18 AM, said:

 lawsonman, on 17 April 2018 - 06:12 AM, said:

 tatertot, on 16 April 2018 - 03:22 PM, said:

How does the batter charge on these? Plug into the wall?

I believe some have a USB port so you can charge in your car

Some have a USB port so you can charge your phone or GPS, etc using the trolley as the power source. Not for charging the trolley.

Correct.

The battery pack comes out of the cart and plugs into the wall charger.

Mine does have a USB port to charge your phone/speaker or whatever else.
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:22 AM

 lawsonman, on 17 April 2018 - 06:20 AM, said:

 North Butte, on 17 April 2018 - 06:18 AM, said:

 lawsonman, on 17 April 2018 - 06:12 AM, said:

 tatertot, on 16 April 2018 - 03:22 PM, said:

How does the batter charge on these? Plug into the wall?

I believe some have a USB port so you can charge in your car

Some have a USB port so you can charge your phone or GPS, etc using the trolley as the power source. Not for charging the trolley.

My bad. I thought I read somewhere the Motocaddy could be charged through the port.

I don't know for sure but I'd think the power requirements of charging the trolley's battery are pretty big compared to USB power. The A/C powered charger that comes with the trolley puts out around 100 watts (at 12V nominal), even the highest power USB chargers are around 25 watts (at 5V)..
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:16 PM

PowaKaddy C2i arriving Thursday. I hope it lives up to its reputation. I still find it very odd that these kind of products are not more popular in the U.S.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:09 AM

 CGM, on 15 May 2018 - 09:16 PM, said:

PowaKaddy C2i arriving Thursday. I hope it lives up to its reputation. I still find it very odd that these kind of products are not more popular in the U.S.

I'm baffled by this. Part of it may be the cost but IMO these are perfect to market towards members at private clubs. My club is a small, "old school" East Coast club that couldnt be more walkable. I think we have 3 members now that have electric models. Which is 3 more than we had a year ago.
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 07:35 AM

 dcmidnight, on 16 May 2018 - 07:09 AM, said:

 CGM, on 15 May 2018 - 09:16 PM, said:

PowaKaddy C2i arriving Thursday. I hope it lives up to its reputation. I still find it very odd that these kind of products are not more popular in the U.S.

I'm baffled by this. Part of it may be the cost but IMO these are perfect to market towards members at private clubs. My club is a small, "old school" East Coast club that couldnt be more walkable. I think we have 3 members now that have electric models. Which is 3 more than we had a year ago.

It seems to me the reason they aren't more popular in the states is the fact we spend all our extra money on new clubs every few months. :)

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 08:06 AM

I saw a brief cell-phone video clip from the Welsh Ladies Open tournament playoff. Both player's caddies had the bags on electric trolleys.

The electric trolley seems as universal in UK as the riding cart does in USA. I've seen busy courses over there where looking out from the clubhouse you can see half a dozen fourballs on various holes and maybe one or two players total shouldering their bags, if that, along with maybe two or three others with non-motorized push carts.
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Posted 20 May 2018 - 06:29 PM

Enjoyable first round with the Powakaddy. Plenty of battery left over. The C2i is very well built and fits perfectly in the trunk.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 02:08 PM

 dcmidnight, on 16 May 2018 - 07:09 AM, said:

 CGM, on 15 May 2018 - 09:16 PM, said:

PowaKaddy C2i arriving Thursday. I hope it lives up to its reputation. I still find it very odd that these kind of products are not more popular in the U.S.

I'm baffled by this. Part of it may be the cost but IMO these are perfect to market towards members at private clubs. My club is a small, "old school" East Coast club that couldnt be more walkable. I think we have 3 members now that have electric models. Which is 3 more than we had a year ago.

Unfortunately alot of private clubs won't allow these which is ridiculous imo.
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 06:49 PM

Why does a private club not allow these?  I had never even thought about asking permission at my club. They are no different than any other push cart.

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:06 PM

I'm thinking of joining a private club so yesterday I was invited to play a "test round" at Inglewood GC in Kenmore, WA -- just across the lake from Seattle.  I'm a confirmed walker so I took along my Sun Mountain Speed Cart but I was a bit concerned as I knew this old course (est. 1919) was about as hilly as you can get.  Interestingly, my two hosts both had their bags on electric trolleys.  I made it through the first nine okay, although in spots there was a good deal of huffing and puffing on hills as I pushed the 80-pound bag/cart combo... even though I'm in pretty good shape.   At the turn the two "senior golfers" elected to go with a riding cart and I asked one if I could switch my bag to his $400 Bat-Caddy as I was really curious about the experience.

Goodness... what a discovery!   The Bat-Caddy was the simplest design imaginable: no remote, no downhill brake but it worked like a charm.  I kept my hand on the handle probably 98% of the time, using my thumb to adjust speed with the small knob near the grip.  It did require constant monitoring based on how fast I was walking but I got used to it quickly.  The back nine was a breeze; just like  you'd feel with a real human caddy.  Bottom line is: I don't know why EVERYONE who plays a lot and enjoys walking doesn't invest in a "power trolley."  

So why aren't they more popular here in the U.S.?  Easy: too many American golfers are lazy and simply like to ride.  (I'm in my 60's and pick up a lot of games.  I have to shake my head when I'm waiting on the first tee and up drives a group of healthy guys in their 20's or 30's or 40's.  You're RIDING?  Seriously?)  Of course, there is the expense factor... spending $400 to $2,500 for a machine -- no matter how useful -- may be a roadblock for many.  And LOTS of resorts don't help -- they actually require golfers to take a riding cart; perhaps my biggest pet peeve.  

This thread has been great; lots of opinions and advice so now I'm going to begin my own research.  One option not mentioned yet in the thread is the Alphard eWheels.  This is a motor equipped with its own wheels that can then be attached to nearly any existing push cart.  Why let that spendy SpeedCart or Clicgear go to waste?


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Posted 26 July 2018 - 05:51 AM

 FairwayFred, on 21 May 2018 - 02:08 PM, said:

 dcmidnight, on 16 May 2018 - 07:09 AM, said:

 CGM, on 15 May 2018 - 09:16 PM, said:

PowaKaddy C2i arriving Thursday. I hope it lives up to its reputation. I still find it very odd that these kind of products are not more popular in the U.S.

I'm baffled by this. Part of it may be the cost but IMO these are perfect to market towards members at private clubs. My club is a small, "old school" East Coast club that couldnt be more walkable. I think we have 3 members now that have electric models. Which is 3 more than we had a year ago.

Unfortunately alot of private clubs won't allow these which is ridiculous imo.

Why private clubs in the US wouldn't allow electric trolleys?!?

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 09:39 AM

 imakaveli, on 26 July 2018 - 05:51 AM, said:

 FairwayFred, on 21 May 2018 - 02:08 PM, said:

 dcmidnight, on 16 May 2018 - 07:09 AM, said:

 CGM, on 15 May 2018 - 09:16 PM, said:

PowaKaddy C2i arriving Thursday. I hope it lives up to its reputation. I still find it very odd that these kind of products are not more popular in the U.S.

I'm baffled by this. Part of it may be the cost but IMO these are perfect to market towards members at private clubs. My club is a small, "old school" East Coast club that couldnt be more walkable. I think we have 3 members now that have electric models. Which is 3 more than we had a year ago.

Unfortunately alot of private clubs won't allow these which is ridiculous imo.

Why private clubs in the US wouldn't allow electric trolleys?!?

For starters, those with caddie programs.
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Posted 26 July 2018 - 09:42 AM

 BenSeattle, on 13 July 2018 - 12:06 PM, said:

I'm a confirmed walker so I took along my Sun Mountain Speed Cart but I was a bit concerned as I knew this old course (est. 1919) was about as hilly as you can get.  Interestingly, my two hosts both had their bags on electric trolleys.  I made it through the first nine okay, although in spots there was a good deal of huffing and puffing on hills as I pushed the 80-pound bag/cart combo... even though I'm in pretty good shape.

If you don't get an electric trolley...or if if you DO get an electric trolley...you might want to get rid of about 30 pounds of junk from your golf bag. Yikes!

My SpeedCart weighs about 18 pounds IIRC. My golf bag with 14-clubs and normal assortment of stuff in the pockets is about 26 pounds. Even when I use my Motocaddy instead of the SpeedCart I doubt I've ever hit 50 pounds all-up. Are you using a leather Tour bag and carrying a spare pair of shoes?
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Posted 26 July 2018 - 12:52 PM

Maybe BenSeattle is like me and just carries LOTS of spare balls (just in case). :)
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