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5 Essential Tips for your Mobility Scooter Battery Maintenance

This entry was posted on 10/12/2019 09:18:57 AM by Valen

5 essential tips for your mobility scooter battery maintenance

Every mobility scooter owner needs a quick hack list of to do's to get the most out of their mobility scooter batteries. But what's recommended? 

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. 

 

The Complete Battery Guide for Mobility Aid Dealers

 

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

It is crucial to make sure that you have the right battery charger for your battery technology. Ask your mobility scooter specialist to recommend one for you. 

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.

If you are a light user, only using your mobility scooter for 10 minutes once a week, you would be best looking at a cheaper VRLA AGM battery.

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 you have been for a long run on your mobility scooter or powered wheelchair, it is an excellent idea to let the batteries cool down for a while before charging to reduce thermal runaway.

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!

 

These 5 essential tips will help to keep you and your mobility scooter or powered wheelchair battery systems safe. 

Written by Valen

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