An overview of Mobility Scooter Batteries
Mobility Scooter Batteries were developed in conjunction with the first electrically-powered scooters, which were invented and developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Gasoline-powered scooters also exist, but are being increasingly phased out in favor of electric scooters.
Purchasing your Mobility Scooter Batteries
Mobility Scooter Batteries vary according to the model, make and type of mobility scooter or electric wheelchair. It’s important to ensure that the battery you purchase corresponds with the scooter you use.
Choosing the right Mobility Scooter Batteries
- Most batteries for Mobility Scooters are lead-acid batteries. These fall into two distinct categories, with several subtypes. Most users recommend asking for a ‘sealed’ battery if possible, as it requires less upkeep and maintenance on the part of the user.
- Batteries are stored on the scooter itself, so correct fit and size is key.
- If you have a question about your Mobility Scooter Batteries, do not hesitate to ask the retailer from which you purchased them. Mobility shops carry a wide range of batteries, and can provide customer service to help you select the model you need.
Maintaining your Mobility Scooter Batteries
- Charging your batteries necessitates a battery charger unit, to be connected to electric power. Particularly for those with low stamina, it may be necessary for an assistant or family member to charge the scooter batteries.
- Charge batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions; make sure to charge the batteries on your scooter prior to a prolonged outing of any kind.
- Most manufacturers and mobility shops recommend that you store your batteries in a cool, dry place, in a location inaccessible to children and pets.
- Regular inspection and maintenance of your mobility scooter battery can be made simpler via warranty; ask your mobility shop about the a possible warranty for your battery at the time of purchase.
- Average lifespan of a mobility scooter battery is approximately two years, though this does vary based on battery type and frequency of scooter use.
- Batteries should not be left in a damp environment; if your mobility scooter and batteries are left outside during inclement weather, the scooter and battery functions could be compromised.
- If batteries do come into contact with moisture, disconnect them from the scooter, and dry with a cloth. Allow the batteries to dry completely before attempting to reconnect them to the scooter.
- Tightening the connections on batteries is essential, as loose cable connections can cause operational difficulties.
- It’s worth noting that different airlines, trains and buses have different policies regarding mobility scooter and mobility scooter battery transport; remember to check ahead of time what your mode of transportation permits as regards equipment storage.
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