When the charger is first plugged in, it draws
close to 10 full amps for a few minutes and then drops off to 5 or 6
amps for the majority of the charging time. The recommended time to
achieve full charge is five hours. The last couple hours the charger
draws slightly over 1 amp. Studies over a thirty-day period have
determined the average amount of power consumed is consistent with the
following formula. 120 volts * 4 amps * 5 hrs = 2400 watt hours
The solar panel charging system delivers 2.4 amps at 36 volts = 90 watt
Ensuring the golf car is outside for 10 hours each day produces the
amps * 36 volts * 10 hours = 864 watts 864 watts divided by 2400 watts
= 36% savings
b. Double the Battery
The number of times a battery can be cycled before it is worn out
increases significantly as the percentage depth of discharge declines.
A battery, which is required to deliver 50% of its power, will provide
30% to 50% more cycles than when it is drained to 80% depth of
discharge. In other words the battery will last approximately twice as
long if it is continually being charged. There is sulfur in the acid
that has a tendency to settle, and become a solid, as the battery is
discharged. To keep the sulfur mixed with acid the battery has to be
recharged. A battery that is being charged continuously has a boiling
effect to keep the sulfur from separating from the acid and becoming a
solid. This produces a longer battery life.
c. Eliminate Stranded Golfers
Due To Dead Batteries
All golf courses have had to deal with golfers stranded on the course
due to dead batteries. These stranded golfers typically end up in the
Proshop after the round demanding you compensate them in some manner.
In an attempt to retain the future business of the golfer you offer
them a free golf car or round on their next visit. With SunCatcher on
your electric golf cars, this problem is eliminated.
d. Reduce Global Warming
Greenhouse Gases From Entering the Atmosphere
Each SunCatcher saves the energy-recharging equivalent of 12 barrels of
oil, or 2,200 pounds of coal over a conventional car's life, providing
substantial air quality benefits. With SunCatcher installed on your
golf car fleet will help you retain or achieve Audubon Society
2. Are SunCatcher Golf Cars still plugged
in at night?
Yes. SunCatcher Golf Cars are plugged in when they return to the barn
to top off the batteries, but they recharge in about 1/3 less time than
a regular golf car.
3. How long will SunCatcher solar powered golf car
SunCatcher solar powered charging system is designed for 30 years of
maintenance-free operation. However, we recommend managers assume a 15
to 20 year operational life in practical golf course conditions.
SunCatcher has a 10-year limited warranty on the top roof itself.
SunCatcher comes with a 5-year power warranty on the solar panels. A
1-year limited warranty against material and manufacturing defects.
4. Does SunCatcher work in cloudy weather?
Yes. SunCatcher produces the greatest saving on sunny days, but still
generates savings during inclement weather. As most courses experience
greater use during good weather, there is a natural correlation with
SunCatcher's operational savings
5. What happens to my SunCatcher solar powered
charging system when I trade in my golf car?
SunCatcher panels are easily relocated to your new cart by your
qualified mechanic or authorized SunCatcher representative to keep the
savings coming. And you will save the cost of a top on your new fleet
of golf cars.
6. How much does SunCatcher cost?
$15 to $25.00 month is a typical range for lease costs. SunCatcher will
estimate the exact cost of lease or purchase using information such as
the type and voltage of cart used, the location of your course, and the
7. What are SunCatcher's maintenance costs and
None! With no moving parts or fluids, SunCatcher's solid state
construction will keep producing savings as long as the sun is shining.
8. What's my next step in evaluating SunCatcher
for my course?
SunCatcher with some basic information such as your brand of cart,
geographic location, and average rounds of play. We will prepare
purchase and finance options tailored to your goals.
9. Do the solar panels mount on my existing
Your existing canopy is removed and replaced with the SunCatcher canopy.
10. How much does the solar canopy weigh?
The solar canopy weighs approximately 55 pounds and mounts to your
11. What colors are available? Can you match my
existing golf car colors?
SunCatcher is available in ten standard colors as offered by golf car
manufacturers. Custom colors are available for a small premium.
12. How do the panels connect to my batteries?
By single Cable containing a positive and negative wire. Connect the
positive wire to the number one battery postitve post and the negative
wire to the number six battery negative post.
13. How much does it cost to ship and how long
does it take?
Shipping costs can range between $50 and $150 depending on your
location. Please call for costs to your location.
14. How will SunCatcher charging system affect my
The battery manufacturers have indicated that this type of charging
system will actually extend the battery life. (See the web site for
more details on how continuous charging system extends battery life.)
15. Will SunCatcher fit on my golf car?
SunCatcher is available to fit the all three golf car manufacturer's
models. Some minor adjustments may be required during installation to
adapt to specific model changes.
16. How long has this technology been used on
electric golf cars and utility vehicles?
Solar power has been tested and used on golf cars and utility vehicles
for fifteen years. SunCatcher, through improvements to the technology
and manufacturing process has now made the application affordable.
17. What is the order time for SunCatcher?
Four to six weeks depending on color selection and quantity.
18. Can the cost of the SunCatcher be included
with the cost of my new fleet of cars in one lease payment?
SunCatcher can be either be included in the lease of new cars or leased
19. How is service work accommodated for
In the event the SunCatcher requires service it will likely involve
maintenance type issues, like cleaning cable connections to the battery
or mounting bolt adjustments, which can be performed by your