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Batteries Included - Review of Electric Golf Trolleys

Technology is driving the development of the electric trolley at a rate of knots, with all of the leading brands having to be on top of their game in the face of serious competition. The good news for you, the golfer, is that there is now more choice and better quality than ever before. We round up the leading models in fleet

POWAKADDY FREEWAY DIGITAL

The new Freeway Digital’s lightweight and robust frame takes its inspiration from the state-of-theart Powakaddy SPORT. A whisperquiet motor ensures that the Freeway Digital is not only visually stunning, but a sturdy and reliable piece of kit that delivers outstanding performance. Features abound, most notably the soft-touch ambidextrous digital ‘T’ bar handle complete with builtin responsive 9-speed control roller, fully-integrated LED display screen, and electronic digital distance function. Available in classic black or a white frame.

Guide: £349.99 (18-hole lead acid battery), £379.99 (36-hole lead acid battery) and £529.99 (Lithium battery). All models come with a 2-year warranty period.

www.powakaddy.com

EZICADDY EZI 3 & 5

Featuring a lightweight aluminium frame, a unique plug’n’play battery, and adjustable handle, the EziCaddy is one of the most user-friendly models on the market. A robust, powerful 240- watt motor provides the oomph to cope with even the most demanding courses, while an automatic distance function allows you to focus on your golf while the clubs are valet parked. Sold direct by the UK manufacturers – you can buy online or over the phone – the ‘make life easy’ mantra behind the company extends to the price, with EZiCaddy starting at just £249 for the EZi3 and £299 for the fully-featured EZi5. A lithium battery model weighs in at £399. Both the Ezi 3 and Ezi 5 models are available in metallic black or polar white, with a choice of burnt orange or grey trim, and come with a no-quibble 28-day money back promise and a 2-year guarantee.

www.ezicaddy.com

POWAKADDY SPORT

PowaKaddy’s premier offering, the Sport, combines strong and lightweight materials with a whisper-quiet 200 watt motor for impressive handling and operated via a 9- speed control roller and a fully integrated LCD display screen integrated within the ergonomic grip handle. A 3-way ‘no-fuss’ folding mechanism shrinks the Sport to dimensions capable of fitting into the smallest of car boots. As well as the standard 18-hole and 36-hole lead acid battery options the new PK Sport is available with a lightweight Lithium battery (pictured right). To underline the quality and durability of the new PowaKaddy Sport, all models are offered with an extended 2-year warranty period.

Guide: £429 (18-hole lead acid battery), £629.99 (Lithium battery - 75% lighter than standard), and £729 (Lithium EBS - ‘Electric Breaking System’). Wide wheels available as an optional extra for extra stability on hilly courses.

Locate your nearest stockist at www.powakaddy.com

STEWART GOLF X7 LITHIUM

The X7 Lithium is the latest generation of the multi-award winning and futuristic X-Series from Stewart Golf. As the name suggests, this version has a lightweight lithium battery as standard. The X7 also has a number of technical improvements to make this the most efficient X-Series to date. Fully remote controlled from up to 50m, the compact handset allows you to control the machine forwards, backwards, left and right at the touch of a button. Because the X7 was designed specifically to be remote control, it has outstanding balance and performance on the golf course to match it’s looks. Available in Black, Silver, White, Green

www.stewartgolf.co.uk

MOTOCADDY S3 PRO

The flagship S3 Pro builds on and refines many of the popular features previously enjoyed on the S3 Digital – including a fully patented USB GPS charging port and an exclusive CartLock pin-code security device. There are also some neat extras built in to the full colour screen control panel, such as a ‘lost ball’ timer which, activated at the touch of a button, emits a discrete series of beeps once five minutes has elapsed. Ease of use on the course is guaranteed with Adjustable Distance Control (ADC) that allows the user to set the trolley to travel independently anywhere between 5-60 yards. The Motocaddy S3 Pro is available in Black, Titanium and Alpine.

Guide: £399.99 (Standard Battery), £399.99 (Extended Range Battery), £599.99 (Motocaddy Lithium Battery).

www.motocaddy.com

MOTOCADDY S1-PRO

Sleek and contemporary in appearance, the S1 Pro boasts the company’s trademark S-shaped frame constructed with aerospace-grade aluminium, with a simple folding mechanism and quick-release wheels allowing it to be folded in one movement for ease of transportation and assembly at the course. The S1-Pro shares the patented USB Charging Port to power GPS devices directly from the trolley battery, as well as an easy-to-use Adjustable Distance Control (ADC) feature to send the trolley independently on a choice of three distances. Available in Black, Titanium and Alpine.

Guide: £349.99 (Standard Battery), £379.99 (Extended Range Battery), £549.99 (Motocaddy Lithium Battery).

www.motocaddy.com

GOLFSTREAM REVOLUTION

Assembled by hand in Kent, with all British sourced parts and an in-house electronic design team, the Revolution trolley from Golfstream stakes its reputation on the ultimate in reliability and quality. A key feature that sets the Revolution apart from foreign-made rivals is the unique ‘One-Click’ folding mechanism. The simplicity of the system means it can be out of the boot of a car and upright in less than a second. With a super-strong aircraft grade aluminium chassis and robust marine grade stainless steel rear axle, the Revolution has been built to last.

Guide: £458

www.golfstream.com

BIG MAX GAMMA

With its sleek design, compact folded size and a discreet 54 hole Lithium- Ion battery, the Gamma from Big Max represents a sophisticated and intriguing package. Among a long list of impressive technical innovations, the Gamma boasts a motor brake, digital organiser, detachable side wheels and foldable front wheel, while the digital distance control display also shows distance between stops, total walking distance and battery status. The wheelbase itself is also fully adjustable, allowing the user to optimise performance on different terrains. Available in Red, White, Black.

Guide: £995

www.bigmaxgolf.com

HILLBILLY TERRAIN

This robust and no-nonsense electric trolley features a compact, three-way folding frame and a powerful 200W motor – a workman-like trolley that makes light work of even the most demanding terrain. The pre-set distance function allows you to send the trolley ahead, handy when it comes to speeding up play or when looking for a ball. Comes in black and some green accents have been added to make it look more attractive and is available in a lightweight 18-hole or upgrade to a 36-hole battery. The Hillbilly Terrain comes with a 2-year guarantee (Note: the battery comes with a one year guarantee) and is backed up by an unrivalled UK after sales and service facility.

Guide: £269.99

www.hillbilly.co.uk

BIG MAX NANO

Incorporating an ultra-lightweight lithium polymer battery within the tubular frame of the trolley itself, the Nano makes the most of every inch of space to trim it’s total weight to just 11.5 kg, while the design – based on the traditional pull-cart of yesteryear – folds to one of the smallest sizes on the market. Once on the course, the Nano offers hands-free operation, a maintenance- free gearless and brushless motor, a magnetic speed control for super-smooth acceleration and handling and a motorised brake – plus one or two other features you might expect of a machine nudging fifteen hundred quid. Evidently, this level of design and innovation doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re in the market for a slick ride that will fit in the boot of a sports car, the Nano ticks all of the boxes. Available in Charcoal, Silver, White

Guide: £1,495

www.bigmaxgolf.com

July 2012

Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine








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