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When Should I Charge My Mobility Scooter Battery?

Think of your mobility scooter as you would a car – its fuel system needs to be efficient and well-kept. Batteries in this case are the ‘fuel tank’ and should be cared for correctly so that your scooter can perform best.

This article will equip you with the knowledge on when and how to best charge your mobility scooter battery, so you can get where you need to be!

Type of Mobility Scooter Batteries

There are two different type of batteries that your scooter may use: gel batteries or sealed lead-acid batteries. However, they are similar when it comes to charging requirements, which will be explained below.

Gel Batteries and Sealed Lead-Acid Batteries

With both battery types, when brand new, you will need to fully charge them before use. After the first use, simply charge them whenever the battery gauge indicates it’s low. If you have not used the scooter much, and the charge has not reached low on the gauge, then it is advised to recharge them once a week regardless.

This advice changes after you have charged your batteries about twenty times. At this point, you should charge every time you have finished using your vehicle.

Around once every two months, it is recommended that you let the batteries run low so that they can be recharged as if they were new. Think of this process as a ‘reset’ that helps extend the battery-life.

With both battery types, try to avoid running out of charge and be especially careful you don’t get caught out empty on charge and stranded!

Differences Between Battery Types

These two battery types don’t differ when it comes to charging, but they may perform slightly differently. Sealed lead-acid batteries are more reliable and cheaper than the gel equivalent. On the other hand, gel batteries may be more expensive, but they are more resilient to temperature, shock and corrosion, making them more durable. Be careful with overcharging them however, as they can become damaged this way.

Mobility Scooter Battery Charging Tips

Some useful tips to keep in mind:

  • Only use the charger you have been supplied with by the mobility vehicle.
  • Let your scooter fully charge if you can. Note that this may take over 8 hours, so perhaps charge overnight for convenience.
  • Running your battery flat can damage your vehicle and effect the performance, so avoid this.
  • If your scooter isn’t going to be used soon, then unplug it and charge it closer to the time instead.

Incorrect Charging

Both undercharging and overcharging your scooter’s battery can contribute to a higher chance of battery failure. This is something that is often overlooked or not properly educated within the mobility scooter world.

Overcharging your batteries isn’t as easy as undercharging, but the consequences can be worse and much more sudden. By overcharging your scooter batteries for even 2-3 hours, you can damage them past fixing.

Undercharging your mobility scooter’s batteries is seen more commonly, as it can be easily done. What happens when you undercharge the batteries? The sulphates in them are unable to break down, which means the battery can’t be conditioned in an optimum way. Batteries that fail in this way take a lot longer, with every undercharging contributing to shortening the battery’s lifespan.

How To Charge Your Battery Correctly

  1. Ensure your charger is a good quality, intelligent one that allows your battery to be step charged.
  2. After a day of using your mobility scooter, no matter how much, leave it on charge overnight to avoid leaving the battery in what is deemed a ‘neutral state’.
  3. When getting a new battery, make sure you fully charge it in case it has been sitting for a while without being charged.
  4. Even if your mobility scooter isn’t in use, make sure you regularly charge it- every 6 weeks if still connected to the scooter, and every 3 to 4 months if disconnected.  
  5. It is also recommended to replace your charger every few years, as the electrical components can become worn out and lead to easier overcharging and undercharging.

There are a range of other factors that can also affect the lifespan of your battery:

  • Type of terrain travelled over
  • The type of charger used
  • Your charging routine
  • Weight of yourself and mobility scooter
  • The range
  • How often you use the mobility scooter

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