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How do I look after my mobility scooter battery?

It’s important to look after Mobility Scooter batteries. When they’re not taken care of, it can shorten the life of them. This can lead to breakdowns, expensive replacements, and they can potentially be quite dangerous if not taken care of.

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How Long Does the Average Mobility Scooter Battery Last?

Understanding the mobility scooter battery life is crucial when planning activities. Generally you should be able to find this out from the Mobility Scooter manual or manufacturers guidelines. However, the battery life can depend on many factors such as age, and how well it’s been taken care of.

Common mobility scooter battery types

First things first, mobility scooters come with different types of batteries. The two most common types are sealed lead-acid batteries and lithium-ion batteries.

Sealed lead-acid batteries for mobility scooters

Sealed lead-acid batteries have been around for ages, and they’re known for their durability. On average, these batteries can last a good amount of time. But, they do eventually wear out.

You can look after this battery type by using the correct charger, storing in a cool and dry environment, keeping any charging terminals clean, and not overcharging the battery. Regular use and charging will also help the battery. We always recommend you check with the instructions of your mobility scooter, which should offer advice on the best way to maintain the battery.

Lithium-ion batteries for mobility scooters

Lithium-ion batteries are a more modern battery which you’ll find in a lot of newer battery powered items. They’re lightweight, pack a punch, and can last for many years if treated right. However, they can be a bit more expensive upfront.

Basic care for Lithium-ion batteries includes regular charging, avoiding full discharges or overcharging, using the original charger or replacing with a manufacturer supplied charger.  Check the manufacturer’s guidelines for a full guide on taking care of your battery.

When should I charge my mobility scooter?

The golden rule here is to charge your mobility scooter battery regularly, ideally after each use. Your scooter needs consistent care and regular charging to perform at its best.

Charging a mobility scooter battery is a breeze. Just plug it into the provided mobility scooter battery charger and let the magic happen.

Top tip: try not to let your battery run all the way down before charging it. This can be bad for the battery’s health overall.

Where to Store Your Mobility Scooter battery

Unless explicitly stated by the manufacturer, we don’t recommend removing your mobility scooter battery. Therefore, it’s important to consider where you park the scooter to protect the battery, as well as the other electronic equipment on board.

It’s best to store your mobility scooter in a dry, cool place. Extreme temperatures, whether scorching or freezing, can be tough on your battery’s lifespan. Moisture can corrode the electronic components and battery terminals so it’s worth storing it somewhere dry.

How to make a mobility scooter battery charge last longer?

  • First, keep an eye on your tire pressure. Properly inflated tires make for a smoother ride and less strain on the battery and motor.
  • Lighten the load! Just like you, your scooter prefers to carry a lighter load. Clear out any unnecessary baggage and enjoy a longer ride.
  • Smooth sailing – avoid steep inclines whenever possible. Your battery will thank you.
  • Keep your speed in check. Cruising at a steady pace will help conserve battery power.
  • Regular maintenance is key. Keep your scooter in tip-top shape, and it’ll return the favour with a longer battery life.

Common Mobility Scooter Battery Problems

Now, let’s tackle the bumpy road of common mobility scooter battery problems. Even the best batteries can hit a few bumps along the way.

One of the most common issues is battery degradation over time. It’s like the aging process for batteries. As they get older, they can’t hold a charge as well as they used to. But don’t fret; most manufacturers will offer a replacement.

Another issue to watch out for is leaving your scooter unused for extended periods. Batteries, especially lead-acid ones, can suffer if they sit idle for too long. So, if you’re planning on an extended scooter sabbatical, consider a maintenance charge every now and then.

Are mobility scooter batteries dangerous?

As long as batteries are correctly cared for, then the safety risks should be minimal. Like any battery, there are always some small risks. Here are some things to watch out for to avoid risk of fire or injury.

Leaking or Swelling: If a battery is leaking or swollen, it is a clear sign of danger. This can occur due to overcharging, overheating, or a manufacturing defect. Do not use a battery that shows these signs.

Overheating: Excessive heat is a warning sign of potential danger. If a battery becomes excessively hot during use or charging, it may be a sign of a malfunction. Stop using the scooter and allow the battery to cool down.

Foul Odor: If you detect a strange or pungent odor coming from a battery, it may indicate a chemical reaction or leakage. This could be a sign of a malfunctioning or damaged battery.

Smoke or Fire: Smoke or, worse, flames emanating from a battery are clear signs of a serious issue. In case of smoke or fire, immediately move away from the affected area, and use appropriate fire safety measures.

Reduced Performance: If a battery’s performance significantly drops, it may indicate internal damage or aging. This can lead to potential hazards, so it’s advisable to replace the battery if you notice a substantial decrease in performance.

Corrosion: Corrosion around the battery terminals or on the battery itself can be a sign of a chemical reaction. This may compromise the battery’s functionality and pose a risk.

Unusual Sounds: Strange noises, such as hissing or popping, can be indicative of a malfunctioning battery. If you hear any unusual sounds, it’s best to discontinue use and investigate the cause with the manufacturer’s support.

Incompatible Chargers: Using a charger that is not designed for a specific battery type or voltage can lead to overcharging and pose a risk. Always use chargers recommended by the device manufacturer.

Incorrect Voltage: Using batteries with the wrong voltage for a device can lead to malfunctions and safety hazards. Always use the recommended battery type for your scooter.

If you observe any of these signs, it is crucial to take immediate action to mitigate potential risks. Stop using the scooter and seek professional assistance or guidance immediately on how to safely handle the situation. Never ignore warning signs, as battery-related incidents can lead to serious consequences, including fire and injury.

In conclusion

Understanding the ins and outs of mobility scooter batteries is vital for a smoother and longer-lasting ride. Whether you have sealed lead-acid or lithium-ion, knowing how to care for your battery will keep you cruising with confidence. So, charge up, hit the road, and let the good times roll on your trusty mobility scooter!

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