Martin Hopley
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A lot of things have been changing in trolley land, not least of which is the trend for lithium batteries that now means most come with this source of power as standard.

Lithium batteries also mean less space and I get the feeling that compact electric trolleys are at the start of a similar takeover that may see them become the norm.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

Joining the fray is the PowaKaddy Compact C2 trolley that as its names suggests folds down in a similar way to their larger trolleys using a joint on the main arm, but then tucks the front wheel in too as the video below this review shows.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

The 'Simple-2-Fold' system, which I am surprised and relieved to see has not been abbreviated to S2F, enables the Compact C2 to be folded by clicking a button on the lower section, one under the handle and then a third to fold in the front wheel.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

Everything just collapses into place, so no lining up brackets and clips, and after a few goes you can get the movement done in a couple of flicks.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

The dimensions of the Compact C2 when it is open are about the same as a traditional PowaKaddy with the wheel out. However when it is folded it is 35cm shorter, which makes putting it in the boot of your car a much easier proposition and one of the key benefits.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

The handle can be adjusted through 3 positions to suit the height of the user and whilst the folding arm should be locked straight, it is possible to have it on a slight angle to adjust the handle height further, but apparently that is not legit, so you didn't hear that from me.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

All this is good news if you are 6 feet or more as when you attach an umbrella using the optional extra holder, you can walk tall(er) under it rather than stooping.

Built into the handle is a compartment for balls, tees and other small golfing debris.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

Personally I would have preferred a GPS holder like that on the rival Motocaddy M1 Pro, especially as there is a USB charger on the underside of the Connect C2 handle that is a bit redundant if you haven't bought the charging cradle accessory.

The Compact C2 is controlled using a single horizontal speed dial that you push to start and stop and rotate to vary the speed.

Push and hold the dial when stationary and it will start the ADF (they couldn't resist) or Automatic Distance Function to send the trolley 15, 30 or 45 yards. You scroll through the distance options using a very small number in the bottom left of the screen that could be bigger given the visual real estate on the 5.3 x 2.5cm colour screen.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

Apart from the battery charge indicator, that is your lot, which is refreshing that they resisted the urge to put too much data on screen, although a downhill control function would have really topped it all off.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

Once in motion the soft touch handle has a little play in it to smooth out the bumps of a usual golf course and the Compact C2 feels lighter than average and very easy to control.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

Your bag is attached by a couple of rubber bungee straps and if you have a PowaKaddy bag then the Key Lock slot in its base with lock into place on the footplate of the Compact C2 to hold even more firmly in place.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

The centrally located 230W motor has plenty of power and the Quiet Mark approval from the Noise Abatement Society means that you can sneak up on playing partners more easily without them knowing. Great for match play.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

It's all powered by the usual PowaKaddy battery that is light and simply clips into place with the connectors lining up in one movement so there is no need for plugging in cables.

PowaKaddy Compact C2 Trolley

All in all the PowaKaddy Compact C2 is a very well designed and thought out trolley. The Simple-2-Fold design makes putting the trolley up and down quick and easy whilst maintaining a visually appealing design.

If you need to create space in your life for your trolley then it's time to downsize to the Compact C2.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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PowaKaddy Compact C2 Golf Trolley - Product Details

UK Launch25 May 2017
UK Launch RRP£599.99
Trolley TypeElectric
Wheels3
Wheelbase56 cm
Motor Power230 Watt
MaterialAluminium
Dimensions OpenWidth: 56cm, Height: 100cm, Depth: 122cm
Dimensions FoldedWidth: 56cm, Height: 51.4cm, Depth: 34.9cm
Weight With Battery11.6kg
Weight Without Battery9.8kg
Colour Options: Grey/Black
Manufacturer's WebsitePowaKaddy Website

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