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Maintaining Mobility Scooter Batteries

  • Publish Date : 2009/08/16 - (Rev. 2019/05/19)
  • Author : Disabled World
  • Contact : www.disabled-world.com

Synopsis:

Taking care of a mobility scooter battery is essential to maintain its performance in terms of speed and distance per charge.

Use the charger that came with your battery for the safest and most efficient charging.

Greasing the terminals, of the battery is part of keeping the mobility scooter maintained.

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Taking care of a mobility scooter battery is essential to maintain its performance in terms of speed and distance per charge. When you use the scooter know that the battery is at its peak, and the independence it provides will not turn negative. Listed below are a number of hints and tips for taking care of an electric scooter battery(s).

Keep it Charged

Never allow the battery to be fully discharged, where the scooter is not regularly used it must be charged once per month as a minimum. Alternatively, the battery can be left connected. It will not overcharge if you are using the correct charger.

  • Charging of the battery, according to the manufacturers recommendation, is an essential part of keeping the batteries performing at their best.
  • After any type of use it is advisable to plug in the battery charger so the mobility scooter will be ready for the next outing.
  • Use the charger that came with your battery for the safest and most efficient charging. Chargers are matched to the type and size of batteries.
  • If you plan on not using your scooter for an extended period, disconnect the battery from the mobility scooter and make sure it is fully charged.

Keep it Cool

Black and white illustration of a lead acid type battery.
Black and white illustration of a lead acid type battery.
  • A mobility scooter battery will not get damaged in extreme heat or cold but, to improve performance, store them in a cool and dry place.
  • When the scooter is not going to be used often, such as during the winter months, take the batteries off the scooter and store them inside.
  • Make sure you charge them periodically so they do not completely lose their charge.

Care for the Battery

  • Greasing the terminals, of the battery is part of keeping the mobility scooter maintained.
  • Keep the battery clean by using a damp cloth and avoid wet conditions when using the mobility scooter.
  • If the batteries do get wet wipe them off and let them dry completely before using the mobility scooter.

Extending Battery Life

  • Avoid stop and start driving.
  • Maintain steady speeds on your scooter.
  • Limit the baggage weight on your mobility scooter.
  • Be sure the battery is fully charged before you drive for the day.
  • Maintaining the correct tire pressures on your mobility scooter is very important and will help extend the range of your scooter significantly.

Battery Life and Warranty

Most manufacturers generally offer a 12 month warranty on batteries, mobility scooter batteries should deliver an average lifespan of up to 18 months depending on usage.

  • In light mobility applications - using your scooter once or twice a week - the battery can deliver up to 3 years lifespan.
  • In heavier usage - such as using your scooter daily on long journeys - the lifespan could be between 12 to 18 months.

If charged and stored correctly mobility scooter batteries, depending on type, can provide from 20 to 45km of travel per charge. Though, it is essential to check this with the scooter manufacturer as this can vary according to the specific mobility scooter make and model.

Summary

Today's modern batteries are manufactured to give you long-lasting results, however, caring for mobility scooter battery(s) is essential to ensure continual peak performance. By properly taking care of and maintaining the scooter batteries your mobility scooter will provide you with the freedom you desire. Whenever you have your scooter serviced, be sure to ask the service personnel to include a battery test. This will test the functions and health of the scooter battery under various loads and uses, and will highlight any possible faults in the current battery.


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