Every vehicle needs an efficient fuel system for it to perform well. This is the same case with mobility scooters. The batteries that are fitted to the scooters are the fuel tanks and it is important to maintain them properly.
Common questions and answers
What’s the best way of preparing mobility batteries in order for them to perform the best?
Before the delivery, the dealer needs to fully charge the batteries. It is a good idea to charge them yourself before you start using the scooter because you can never know whether it was fully charged or not. When you are done using the scooter for the day, put it on the charger then leave them to charge until the battery is fully charged. Charging it overnight is not going to cost you much because of the automatic charger that is used. You don’t have to disconnect it from charging until you need to use it.
You need to know that most batteries are defined as “deep cycle” and “traction”. They start with a very low capacity, and when you discharge and charge the battery over a period of time, the capacity increases and it is going to peak at the maximum level. This is going to have an effect on the range of your scooter from 60% of the stated range to 100%, but it depends on the number of charge cycles. During the early life, it is going to seem like it has low power (about half of the valuable capacity). You can expect to get 100% of the batteries capacity when you use it 10-15 times (charging and discharging)
What is the lifespan of scooter batteries?
Most of the manufacturers from Mobility Giant offer a 12-month warranty against any manufacturing defects. You can expect to get about 18 months of usage from mobility batteries but it will mainly depend on the usage. It can reach three years lifespan if you use your scooter for light mobility applications like using it once or twice a week. The lifespan could be 12-18 months if you are using the scooter daily on long journeys.
What affects the range of scooters?
Ambient temperature, the weight of the user and the scooter, tire pressure, terrain, and the state of battery charge can all affect the range of the battery. When the temperatures are outside the yearly averages like over 25 degrees and below freezing, it is going to have an effect on the range. When the battery has a low state of charge, it is going to have a low capacity which lowers the range.
Can you transport the batteries by air?
You can transport most sealed mobility batteries by air, your battery dealer or supplier can give you an IATA certificate proving this. The battery can also have a sticker on it showing that it is IATA-approved.
More battery tips
You shouldn’t let your batteries run flat. Make sure you don’t leave auxiliary equipment and lights after use.
Always charge the battery after use if you are a daily or regular user.
If you are an occasional user – then charge it before going out and always after using it.
If you store the scooter for more than six weeks, you need to fully charge the batteries and then disconnect them. You should check on the batteries every month and recharge them.
You shouldn’t switch the charger before the battery is completely charged. You will know by looking at the charge complete indicator.
Make sure you have unplugged the charger from the equipment and the mains after you are done charging. There are some chargers that will drain the batteries if they are left plugged in after unplugging or switching off the mains.
When disposing of the old batteries, make sure you use an approved source. Contact the local authority or supplier to find the right agent.