Battery Charging advice for Powered Scooters and Powered Wheelchairs
When you are ready to charge your scooter or Power chair, please follow these guidelines for best results
one of the most avoidable mistakes with powered mobility products is battery issues that arise from poor charging regimes, here is a quick guide to getting the most from your charger and batteries, the better the charging regime the longer they should last.
Tempting as it is, cheap batteries are exactly that, a good battery can last between 3-5 years and in theory some people only change one set of batteries in the lifetime of the product. As most folk will rely heavily on the machine they use, particularly Powered Wheelchair users, they will not want to be getting poor range, or poor lifecycle from using cheap batteries. Osteopoise only use quality batteries that have proven themselves over time and our customers know that they can positively rely on our expertise and backup service to keep them mobile. so here are our top tips for happy charging.
- Check and ensure that the vehicle is turned off.
- Make sure the power socket on the wall is also turned off
- For chargers that have a removable power cable, i.e. the cable that plugs into the wall socket also detaches from the charger, normally a kettle lead type socket, please make sure that the cable is secure at the wall and on the charger.
- Make all of the connections when the chair or scooter and charger, wall socket etc. are all OFF.
- When all of the connections are made and secure, turn the power on at the socket (wall) and check for the power light on the charger, depending on the type of charger you may also have a charge level light as well, this will normally move along or down the scale to indicate the charging progress or change from one colour to another or change from a slow blink to a constant glow, depending on to your particular charger. Refer to your product user manual.
- Regardless of the charger type or the charge level indicator, please leave the product on charge for a minimum of 8-10 hrs without interruption
- Please avoid short “top ups” or trying to boost the charge between uses.
- All mobility batteries are designed for long deep cycles of charge and discharge. Use your product normally throughout the day and put it on charge last thing and leave on charge overnight, the bigger the battery the longer the charge. Short charging cycles reduce the life of the battery and you will need to replace them sooner.
- Do not use a timer or leave the chair connected to the charger when the wall socket is turned off. This will drain the battery.
- Do not plug or unplug the charger from the chair or scooter when the charger is turned on. Always turn the charger off at the wall and then disconnect from the Scooter or wheelchair.