If you want your mobility scooter or power chair batteries to last as long as possible, there are some best practices you should follow.
Here is a list of actions you can take to better care of your battery:
For starters, your battery needs to be fully charged for top performance. To fully charge your battery, you should do so for at least eight hours, even if you did not use your machine for the day. However, do not charge for longer than 24 consecutive hours, and when your battery is fully charged, do not leave the charger in the power outlet.
Another important practice is using the on-purchase-issued charger that came with your mobility scooter or power chair instead of using a generic one. This is not only the most efficient but also the safest way to charge your machine.
Next, ensure you store your battery in a dry and warm place. Storing it in a damp place will automatically negatively impact its effectiveness. Before you store it, consider the outdoor weather it has been exposed to during use. If your power wheelchair or scooter has been exposed to extreme winter cold conditions, wait for it to return to room temperature before you store it, conversely if used in outdoor heat, let it cool down to room temperature first before putting it away.
Although not something that’s needed frequently, cleaning the battery can also aid in extending the useful life. When you have to clean it, it will most likely be because of condensation or accumulation of dirt and you simply want to wipe it off. However, be careful to avoid the battery’s terminals while cleaning, these should remain adequately greased since they contribute to battery life .
Do Not Exceed Weight Capacity
Another great way to optimize the life of your battery is to make sure you do not exceed the weight capacity of your powerchair or scooter. Therefore, you should only bring necessary essential belongings and accessories when operating your scooter or power wheelchair.
Be Aware of Driving Conditions
Also map out your destination for the ideal route before you hit the road. Take the route that has even flat surfaces and avoid the one with steep, inclined, or bumpy terrains. In addition, always check your tires and ensure the pressure is right.
Finally, when using your scooter or power wheelchair, avoid unnecessary stops along the way. Riding consistently reduces battery wasting and optimizes your mobility scooter or power chair’s performance.
We hope that these tips on maintaining and optimizing your mobility scooter or powerchair’s battery have been helpful to you. Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or if you feel we need to add more of these types of articles to our site.
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