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Keeping the Power On: The Basics of Power Wheelchair Batteries

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Those that have used a power chair or mobility scooter for awhile know the challenges of keeping a battery charged and in good condition. While most mobility scooters have a range of 10-15 miles, which most people won’t hit during a normal day, not keeping the batteries properly charged can decrease this range and leave you needing to buy a new one. We’re here to help you with some tips as to how you can keep your power chair or mobility scooter battery fully charged and ready to go.

Although this may seem redundant and downright obvious, keep the batteries charged. Ideally they need to be charged after every use, no matter how long or short the use was. While this may seem tedious, especially if your device uses large batteries, it will keep the batteries at their peak charge and ready to use any time.

Another way to make sure the performance of your battery doesn’t slip is to store the battery in a cool and dry place in your home. While they won’t be damaged in the heat or cold, their performance could begin decreasing if left in those temperatures for long periods of time. For those with scooters that are kept in the garage or on the back of a vehicle, bring the batteries indoors during the winter when they’re not being used as often.

Most importantly, never let your batteries go “flat” or “dead.” Allowing this to happen can irreversibly damage the batteries and shorten their lifespan considerably.

So to review: 1) Always charge your batteries after every use, no matter the length of the use, 2), store them in a cool and dry place indoors, especially during the winter, and 3) never let your batteries go “flat.”

Following these simple tips can help to lengthen the lifespan of your battery and ensure that you’re never left stranded anywhere.