It’s always a sensible idea to invest in good quality batteries for your mobility scooter. But once purchased, properly maintaining those batteries should be an important practice. You can expect most battery products to last around a year before they’re in need of replacement. But with the following tips, they could last much longer – providing maximum value-for-money and reliability.
Overcharging is one of the most common causes of shortened battery lifespans. Mobility scooter batteries will tend to reach capacity (from empty) over the course of around 8 hours. So if you charge your batteries overnight, be sure to disconnect your charger in the morning once the batteries are full. Try and get in the habit of connecting and disconnecting your charger at the same times each day, to get into a proper routine. Chargers with built-in overcharge protection (like the ones here) can also help to negate this issue.
Every set of new batteries you purchase should be charged up to full and then run down a few times before use. This helps them to operate optimally and provide accurate readouts of their current charge level.
This should be obvious, but incorrect charger use can be especially harmful to your batteries’ longevity. Make sure that you use a charger recommended by your battery’s manufacturer, or one specified in your product’s manual. Take a look at our page on selecting the best charger for your battery, for a few more pointers.
If you don’t use your mobility scooter regularly, your batteries won’t get used (or charged) as often as they should. Inactivity can be damaging to the battery’s chemicals, so be sure to drain and charge your batteries at least once every six weeks.
For more tips on battery maintenance, or for advice on purchasing new batteries for your scooter, don’t hesitate to ask the team here at Ivanhoe.
With over 15 years of direct experience with battery power, our knowledgeable team is happy to help you make an informed decision.