Electric Go-Kart Stands: Everything You Need to Know
Electric go-kart stands enable you to lift your go-kart single-handedly, without the help of another person and without having to physically carry your go-kart.
Not only does this save you a lot of time, but it also requires much less effort. It’s convenient and can be used, at home, in your garage and even at your favorite race track. Unfortunately, not many people have heard of this nifty gadget. In this guide, I’ll be giving you an in-depth take on electric-powered go-kart stands and why I decided to buy one.
What Are Electric Go-Kart Stands?
If you’re not familary with an electric go-kart stand, you must be wondering why a go-kart stand would be electrically powered and how they work. Let me start off with its differences from a standard go-kart stand.
A normal go-kart stands has a metal structure that helps to keep the go-kart in place and allows easy access to all areas for maintenance. Some kart stands have wheels, which allow you to transport your go-kart by moving the stand. In order to get your go-kart on top of the stand, you’re usually required to lift your go-kart with a partner, which is extremely inconvenient.
An electric go-kart stand replaces the need of physically lifting your go-kart onto the stand, as it has a built-in hooking and lifting function. This makes lifting and transporting your go-kart extremely easy and convenient. Most importantly, you’ll be able to do this on your own, without the need of a partner. An electric kart stand also provides you with the same access to your go-kart like a regular stand, for easy maintenance.
Where Can I Buy an Electric Go-Kart Stand?
Surprisingly, not many people know that there are electric go-kart stands available. That’s still astounding to me, as I see people’s jaw dropping when I pull mine out of my trailer.
Electric go-karts stands are available at certain shops. The easier and more convenient way is to purchase one online. There are several companies that sell it but one go-kart stand that I recommend is the Streeter Superlift Electric Racing Go Kart Stand. It’s the product in the image above and is available on eBay.
What Materials Are The Kart Stand Made Of?
Electric go-kart stands are very similar in design, build quality and materials as regular go-kart stands. However, they do have different features and functionalities.
The stand itself is made of high-grade steel and four large wheels that allow you to move it. It also contains a winch that is powered by an electric motor and a battery. Please note that some stands don’t include a battery and this sometimes needs to be purchased separately. Here is a summary of all the parts that make up an electric kart stand:
- 1x Electric Motor
- 1x Electric Winch
- 4 x Wheels
- 1 x Frame
- 2 x Holding Chains
- 2 X Retriever Hooks
- Batteries (usually not included)
What Type of Go-Karts are Compatible With the Stand?
The great thing about electric go-kart stands is that they’re compatible with almost all types of go-karts. It’s compatible with all standard, mini, cadet and junior racing go-karts. Additionally, it’s compatible with most off-road go-karts, given that you’re able to access the rear axle with the two retriever hooks.
Just keep in mind that most of the electric go-kart stands have a weight limit, as the electric motor and winch need to be able to lift the entire weight of the go-kart. Usually, this weight limit is 250 lbs (113.4 kg). Make sure to check the product page for the exact specifications.
Do I Need to Maintain an Electric Go-Kart Stand?
There is close to no maintenance needed for an electric go-kart stand. The only thing that you’ll need to do is to charge the batteries regularly and exchange them at the end of their life cycle.
Depending on what battery you opt for, they can last from a few hundred cycles to more than a thousand cycles. This means that you’ll be able to get around 3 – 5 years out of your battery, if you operate your electric go-kart stand on a regular basis.
How Do I Lift a Go-Kart With an Electric Kart Stand?
Operating an electric go-kart stand is extremely simple. In fact, it’s so simple that you don’t require any instructions and operating manuals. However, I’ll provide a simple guide below that you can refer to. You can take a look at the three videos below on how easy it is to operate these stands.
If you’re looking for an operating manual, you can follow these simple steps below. Please remember to operate your equipment safely at all times.
- Lower the arms of your electric go-kart stand to the lowest position
- Move the arms underneath your go-kart and align the two hooks to the rear axle
- Enable the winch and watch as the go-kart is being lifted into position
- Ensure that your go-kart is it firmly held in place
Congratulations, that’s it! In just 4 easy-to-follow steps, you’re able to lift your go-kart on to the electric stand, without the help of another person.
What Batteries Are Compatible?
Most electric go-kart stands use U1 batteries. U1 batteries are one of the most common and affordable lead-acid batteries that are also used in electric scooters, go-karts or other electric recreational vehicles.
You should ensure that the rated voltage of the battery matches that of the motor. The electric go-kart stand that is featured above is rated at 12 volts. There are plenty of options available for you to choose from when it comes to U1 lead-acid batteries. Here are some of the most common and affordables ones available.
Most Common U1 Batteries:
- Fleet Farm U1R
- Walmart U1R7
- Sears (Diehard) U1 / UR1
- Batteries Plus SLIU 1RA
- Tractor Supply GT-X / GT-H
- Expert Power U1
- Mighty Max U1
- Powersonic Battery PS-12350
- Rhino Battery 33-12