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How to look after mobility scooter batteries

Mobility scooters are key to giving people the independence to get out and about with no physical hassle; and a key part of this is mobility scooter batteries. With that in mind, it is important to look after your mobility scooter batteries.

Of course, this is not the only reason that you should look after your power unit; it’s an investment that you want to get the most out of. Sometimes, people overlook battery care and don’t always get the best performance from their mobility scooter.

We want to help you get the most out of your scooter to keep you mobile and independent for longer.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with some simple steps you can take to ensuring that your mobility scooter batteries’ life remains long and reliable – keeping you going for even longer.

Looking after your mobility scooter batteries is key to making them last longer

1. Charge your scooter overnight once a week when not in use

Having your battery topped up is integral to keeping your scooter going. Even if you only use it for short trips, just plug it in when you get back and charge it overnight; the battery will stay charged and healthy for longer.

There’s no such thing as ‘overcharging’ the battery on a mobility scooter, so don’t be afraid to leave yours charging overnight. Most chargers are now fitted with a cut-off, meaning that they will simply turn off when the battery is fully charged.

You should always use the correct charger for your battery. If you did not get one with your mobility scooter, then you’ll have to buy one separately.

Make sure you get the right charger for the size of your power unit, otherwise it may not charge or could even pose a health and safety hazard. If you’re struggling to find a charger, pop down to your local mobility shop and they should be able to help you out and give you some advice.

3. Make sure mobility scooter batteries are kept in a cool, dry place

Although mobility scooter batteries are built to be robust, keeping them in an optimal environment will make them last longer. If the battery is exposed to damp, it can permanently damage the cell and could eventually stop it from working.

If the battery does get wet, just wipe it down with a cloth.

4. Storing and charging during Winter

Cold weather will affect your battery, so keep in mind that your scooter may do less mileage and go a little slower in Winter. If you go for long periods of time without using your scooter, you should still charge it once a week.

Power units can sometimes be weakened or permanently damaged if they’re simply just left, so by simply plugging it in, you’re making sure your battery lasts.

5. Get your mobility scooter regularly serviced

Most mobility shops offer scooter servicing, which should include a battery test. This will test the functions and health of the scooter battery in various strenuous uses.

This will highlight any possible faults in your current battery, ultimately letting you know if you need to invest in a new power unit.

Summary

These five simple steps will help to keep your mobility scooter battery on top form, giving you the best levels of independence possible. Batteries are built to give you long-lasting results, and these easy tips will help you keep moving around for longer at a lower cost.

If you do require any further assistance, just give us a call and we can give you advice or service your scooter ourselves – we’d be happy to help! For help with funding your batteries, scooter, or any maintenance, take a look at the Motability Scheme.

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Comments

  1. Doreen salikin says:

    Can you just remove your ability scooter battery in the winter and bring it indoors?

    1. Tristan Hulbert says:

      Hello Doreen, many thanks for your comment.

      If you have a smaller travel-type scooter then this certainly is an option, however some of the larger scooters don’t have batteries that are easy to remove. The important thing is to ensure the batteries are kept out of the elements and that it is charged regularly even if it is not being used.

      I hope this helps!

      many thanks
      Tristan

  2. john joseph Mc Gahan says:

    Hi, My name is Joe Mc Gahan, from Keady Co Armagh N Ireland, could you tell me how to access the batteries on a GP500 mobility scooter

    1. Tristan Hulbert says:

      Hello Joe, many thanks for your comment!

      Sorry the GP500 isn’t a scooter we sell, however on most scooters there is a way of lifting the seat off by lifting the swivel lever and tugging the seat upwards at the same time. Then the whole plastic shroud underneath the seat lifts off (they are usually just attached with Velcro). This should give you access to the batteries underneath.

      Good luck!

      Kind regards
      Tristan

  3. Sheila says:

    Hi I need to leave my scooter under cover in joint shelter with neighbour outdoors…it’s hard for me to keep taking battery off scooter ..can I cover the battery with a blanket on the scooter …and whilst I’m charging it overnight …

  4. Sheila says:

    I do have the whole scooter covered with a blanket and waterproof cover although it doesn’t get wet …I’m just concerned about the battery getting cold and damp …the two batteries are in a sealed unit so don’t get hot when charging

  5. Malcolm says:

    Can you hard wire a dash cam to a kondor cabin scooter

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hello Malcolm,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, we don’t supply Kondor cabin scooters so I don’t have any information on whether they are compatible with dash cams or how to install the dash cam.
      If you have a particular dashcam in mind, I recommend speaking to the provider to see if they can advise on how it should be fitted.

      Kind Regards,
      Leanne

  6. David Irving says:

    Can I leave charger lead plugged in to go go 3 whilst using machine. I am having trouble plugging charger in and often fall over

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hi David,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We wouldn’t recommend leaving your charger lead plugged in whilst using your mobility scooter. There’s a risk it could get tangled up or just generally get in your way whilst driving.

      How often are you charging you scooter? Would it be possible for someone to visit and help you with safely plugging the charger in?

      Kind Regards,
      Leanne

  7. mrs readhead says:

    hello my moblity scooter gauge shows no charge and does not move but when i connect the charger it goes to full chage which one will be the most obviuos one do i need new batteries or charger

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hello,

      Thank you for comment.

      There could be a problem with either the battery or the charger. Unfortunately, it’s hard to say which is more likely without more information about your mobility scooter.

      Did you purchase your scooter from Yorkshire Care Equipment? If it’s a model we supply, we may be able to advise over the phone. Please give the servicing team a call on 01423 799960. We are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.

      Thank you,

      Leanne

  8. Karen Smith says:

    Hello
    Leanne ive got a pro- rider freedom boot scooter, after chargin my pro rider battery box 10a 12 volt i only getting 1 hour of use then the battery was dead..
    When i first got the scooer it gave me maybe over 3 hours of battery life i had these new batterys about a month hhey were new they said. Can u mix batteries? Use in scooter another 1 to give u more battery life? Or wil it burn out the batteries? Or its ok to they are lead acid the do loose they charge after a time of use?

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hello Karen,

      Thank you for your comment. I have checked with our mobility scooter specialist and he gave the following advice.

      Unfortunately, pro-rider isn’t a model / manufacturer that we deal with. So, you are best speaking to the manufacturer to see what they suggest.

      However, you are never supposed to mix batteries as the bad battery will take away from the good one. Always use 2 new batteries.

      I hope that helps.

      Kind Regards,
      Leanne

  9. Val Worledge says:

    I have replaced my Batteries on my TGA Breeze & now after several weeks I have inadvertently let them go flat. My TGA charger shows 3 light flashing & error. Can I take seat & cover off & charge them each with a 12v charger

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hi Val,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I’ve spoken to a colleague and there’s quite a lot of different things that could be causing this.

      He has sent you an email and can hopefully get in touch over the phone to talk through some different options to try find a solution.

      Many thanks,

      Leanne

  10. Donald GILSENAN says:

    Kymco k lite folding scooter 10 mile, ggetting upgrade battery 12 miles how can I tell it’s upgraded

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hello Donald,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We don’t actually supply the Kymco K Lite scooter. However, when you upgrade to a battery with 12-mile battery life you should be able to travel further on a single charge!

      If you find you aren’t able to go 12 miles on your scooter before it needs charging, I’d recommend contacting whoever did the upgrade for you.
      Please note, the speed you travel can lower the range. So, if you’re always going at top speed then your battery might not quite last 12 miles.

      I hope that helps.

      Kind Regards,
      Leanne

  11. Ron says:

    What can I do if I leave my Handicap scooter in the house 80° temperature for five months will the batteries be OK or can I put a timer on the charger and charge it once a week for six hours

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hi Ron,

      Many thanks for your comment.

      I have spoken to one of our service engineers for you. He says your batteries should be fine with charging once a week.

      If you’re based in the Yorkshire area, give us a call if you have further questions or want to take out a servicing plan to cover your mobility scooter maintenance. We can provide an annual service even for scooters we didn’t supply originally.

      I hope that helps.

      Kind Regards,
      Leanne

  12. Pat Dixon says:

    My tire keeps losing air.how do you get the tire off a Max Mobility Scooter? We can’t get it off to get fixed thank you for any suggestions

    1. Tristan Hulbert says:

      Hello Pat

      Many thanks for your enquiry. Is this the TGA Breeze S4 Max scooter you are referring to? If so, if you contact our aftersales team on 01423 799960 they should be able to help.

      Kind regards
      Tristan

  13. Don S says:

    I have a gogo scooter and I think there is a bleeding short on the vehicle. To verify this, what should the resistance be across the 1 and 3 terminals on the vehicle?

    1. Tristan Hulbert says:

      Hello Don

      Thanks for your comment. I’ve asked our service department and this is what they’ve said:

      If there is a short circuit on the scooter this will break a fuse or damage something along the main circuit, which, would break the main circuit itself so there would be no resistance reading on those pins. If you mean that you’ve got a power leak somewhere, we doubt it would be the case as there are not that many components on the unit that could drain the batteries, obviously main power consumer will be the drive assembly.

      I hope this helps.

      Many thanks
      Tristan

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