Maintenance of Powerchair and Mobility Scooter Batteries
If a battery is over 3 years old, it is a good idea to have it checked by Newbury Mobility Ltd to determine how much longer it will last. Good maintenance of your batteries will ensure a long life and ensure maximum performance from your product. Below are a few tips on how to maintain your batteries and extend their life.
Charging Your Battery – Scooters and Powerchairs
When your batteries are new, we recommend that you use them as close as possible to their full discharge before charging them again. So wait until your ‘fuel gauge’ is showing less than half before recharging. If you do this for the first few times, there is a better chance for your batteries to work at their maximum capacity for the longest time.
Once you’ve completed this initial phase, if you’ve used your Scooter or Powerchair during the day, the best idea is to put it on charge for a full eight hours over night. Once the battery is fully charged, the charger will continue to release a small trickle of power into the battery, ensuring a maximum charge.
Be careful not to interrupt charging unless you absolutely have to. It is best that the batteries have reached their full charge before you take them off charge.
Only use the charger that has been supplied with your vehicle. Incompatible chargers can seriously shorten the life of your batteries. If you lose your charger or it is no longer working, call us on 01635 905478 and we can supply you with a replacement that is correct for your make and model.
Keeping your batteries dry
Store your scooter and batteries in a cool dry place if possible. Batteries do not like extremes of temperature. If your battery is left near a radiator for example, it may have a detrimental effect. Ensure the terminal fittings are secure and clean – this will prolong the life of the battery. Should your batteries get wet, remove them if possible and wipe them down with a dry cloth. (When you have your Scooter or Powerchair serviced, the technician should always check the batteries and the terminals.)
If you are not going to use your Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair for a prolonged period, charge them fully, then remove them and store them in a cool, dry place such as a cupboard.
If you have any questions at all about how to get the best life out of your batteries, just give us a call on 01635 905478 and we’ll be glad to help. Or fill in our Contact Form and we’ll get right back to you.