In this blog, the team at Valen go through the top 5 essential things to do to get longevity from your mobility scooter or powered wheelchair battery.
1. Fully charge your Battery
Neglecting to charge your battery fully - even for just one day - could reduce your scooter's driving power and interrupt the freedom you've come to enjoy.
Your mobility scooter should be charged until the green light comes on and then left for a few hours minimum to float charge. This float charge is essential as it ensures the battery has the maximum charge and can perform to the best of its ability.
It is best to leave the battery on charge for as long as possible. Please note a full charge can take anywhere from 6 to 10 hours.
2. Use the correct Battery Charger
Ensure you have a multi-stage charger that will be able to boost and float your battery. You can't overcharge your battery with modern 'smart' chargers. When the battery is connected to power, the charger will only charge as much as is required.
3. Install the correct Battery Technology
There are many different battery technologies out there for you to choose from.
What seems to be the cheapest initial option may not always pan out to be the most affordable in the long run.
However, for heavy users, say someone using their mobility scooter or powered wheelchair multiple times a week or full-time, we would recommend looking at a cyclic battery such as Hybrid or a Gel battery.
4. Regular service by an approved Service Agent
It is best to regularly take your mobility scooter or powered wheelchair and battery charger to an authorised service agent. An approved service agent is trained in battery technology and understands how to test both the battery and battery charger for you.
Get in contact with the team at Valen to make sure you use an approved and trained mobility scooter specialist!
5. Let your Batteries cool down before Charging
If your battery experiences thermal runaway, the heat it generates will ruin the battery.
Make sure you don't forget to give them a complete charge as mentioned in tip 1!