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The complete guide to mobility scooter batteries

Mobility scooters are an essential part of everyday life for some people, and without them, they would be left without any form of transport. It is vital that you properly maintain your mobility scooter battery. By doing this, you can ensure that you prolong the lifespan of your scooter and avoid any additional costs that come with poor battery care. This guide will provide you with the information and knowledge that you need to ensure you are getting the most out of your mobility scooter batteries.

How long do mobility scooter batteries last?

The life of a battery can vary a great deal depending on the type of battery and how it is used. Strident mobility scooter batteries, for example, can last up to 10 years if they’re cared for correctly. However, the actual lifespan of a battery can vary depending on usage and aftercare.

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As with lots of components, there are several different types of electric mobility scooter batteries that you can buy which all have different life spans.

The two main types of batteries for mobility scooters

AGM Batteries

  • Shorter lifespan than GEL batteries
  • Often smaller so ideal if space is an issue
  • Ideal for people who travel, infrequently, on short distances
  • Cheaper than GEL batteries

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GEL Batteries

  • Typically last longer than AGM batteries
  • Recommended for regular mobility scooter users
  • Much more tolerant of poor treatment (e.g. overcharging)
  • Cost more than AGM batteries

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How to achieve optimum mobility scooter battery life

Proper battery care is crucial in ensuring you will achieve optimum battery life and get the most out of your purchase. The charging of your battery is a huge factor in how it continues to perform, and how to maximise this performance.

Charge your batteries at the right time

Unlike many things, there is a ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ time to charge mobility scooter batteries, but this can depend on the type of battery that you have.

AGM Batteries:

  • Fully charge the AGM battery when it’s brand new
  • Charge them at the end of the day when you are finished using your mobility scooter
  • If you are unable to do this, charge them once a week
  • Every two months, let the batteries discharge until the battery gauge shows a low charge
  • Try to prevent the batteries from ever running completely flat

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battery for mobility scooter

GEL Batteries:

  • Fully charge the battery when it’s brand new
  • After that recharge GEL batteries whenever the battery gauge shows a low charge
  • If you don’t use your mobility aid for over a week then recharge the battery back to full capacity
  • Charge them when you have finished with the vehicle for the day
  • Recharge them once a week regardless of how much you have used them
  • Do not allow GEL batteries to run completely flat

Tips for all batteries:

  • Don’t overcharge them. Most mobility scooter batteries can reach their maximum capacity over 8 hours – from empty. So charging your batteries overnight may work for you, as long as they are disconnected once fully charged.
  • Run new batteries down. Every new battery should be fully charged and then run down to empty a few times before you use it. This procedure will help the battery operate optimally and provide accurate readings of the current charge levels.
  • Keep your batteries active even if they are not in use. Inactivity can damage your batteries chemicals, draining and charging your batteries at least once every six weeks should solve this issue.

Charge your batteries the right way

Ensure you use the charger that your batteries manufacturer recommends. Although this may seem obvious, lots of mobility scooter users are killing their batteries by using third-party chargers that are not suitable for their battery. Take a look at our page on selecting the best charger for your battery, for a few more pointers.

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mobility scooter battery life

How far can you go on a mobility scooter?

Typically you can travel between 10 and 30 miles on a single charge, providing you’re travelling in good conditions. Range always varies depending on the make and model of your mobility scooter and the conditions you’re riding in. Even the longest range mobility scooter may struggle in poor conditions. Be sure to check the battery details or ask the manufacturer if you want to know the exact range of your scooter

What factors affect the range of a mobility scooter?

There are lots of factors that affect the range of mobility scooter batteries.

  • Age and condition of the batteries
  • The weight of the rider
  • Any additional weight of shopping or other heavy items
  • The type of surface that you’re riding on
  • Tyre pressure
  • Bad/cold weather conditions – most scooters fare better in warm weather conditions

It’s always best to be cautious when estimating how far you’ll be able to go on a full charge as you wouldn’t want to run out of power.

When should you replace your mobility scooter battery?

The life of a single mobility scooter battery depends on a lot of the factors we have mentioned already in this guide, such as battery usage and maintenance. Typically, your battery will need replacing after 18 months of average usage. However, we have seen batteries last for up to 3 years. If your mobility scooter keeps losing power, or the battery gauge shows a lower state of charge than usual after a day’s use, it most likely means that the battery is starting to wear out and could need replacing.

Is it time to replace your battery?

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.

All of our batteries are tested in rugged environments, to gauge their performance in extreme circumstances. These batteries give users the confidence of freedom and power when and where they need it.

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If you want to talk to one of our experts about your mobility scooters battery, call us on 0845 555 5511, or message us via the contact page.