Battery Care

 

          

1. For Brand new batteries                                  

New batteries need a few discharge and charge cycles to allow them to work at their full rated capacity.

When your batteries are new, it's a good idea to use them as close as possible to their full capacity before charging them again. So, you should use the scooter and  take them down to when the battery indicator is in the lower part of the amber range. You will need to do this 5 or 6 times, but if you start with this routine there is a better chance that the batteries will give you their maximum rated capacity in the longer term.

2. What is the correct charging regime?  
ALWAYS READ YOUR USER MANUAL FOR GUIDANCE SPECIFIC TO YOUR VEHICLE.  
                             

The general advice is to charge your mobility scooter batteries after every use but you may use your scooter more than once during the day. It’s probably not a good idea to charge it after a quick morning trip to the shop when you know you are going to use it again in the afternoon.
The important thing is that you should not interrupt charging. In other words, be sure that the batteries are fully charged before you take them off charge.
Wait until the charger is showing the batteries as fully charged.
The best thing to do is charge the batteries overnight - as long as you have used the mobility scooter that day.
If you use you scooter only occasionally then charge the batteries at least once a week, but if you use your scooter every day, it's an easy rule; charge the batteries overnight.

3.Use the correct charger and don't overcharge them

Only use the charger that has been supplied with your mobility scooter. Using an incompatible battery charger is likely to be detrimental to battery life. If you lose your battery charger, be sure to replace it with one that's approved or supplied by the vehicle's manufacturer.

It will take around eight to ten hours to charge your batteries to their full capacity.
As soon as you know your batteries are fully charged, disconnect the charger.
Some chargers have “intelligent” circuits designed to prevent overcharging. These may be left connected. In all cases have a read of the manual instructions for the particular charger that you have.

 When you remove your mobility scooter from charging, always turn off the mains and then disconnect the charger from the scooter.

4. Water and Electricity do not mix !         

Being wet can be harmful to all batteries - and mobility scooters batteries are no different in this respect. If your mobility scooter gets soaked with rainwater, it's a good idea to remove the batteries and wipe them down with a dry cloth before replacing.
Keeping the battery terminals greased will also contribute to a longer life. Use petroleum jelly for this such as Vaseline, because many greasing products contain materials that conduct electricity or degrade plastic, or both.

5. Store them correctly                          

Extreme temperatures can have a very detrimental effect on the life of your mobility scooter batteries - so it's important that you store them in a suitable place if you are not going to use the scooter for a prolonged period. Leaving your vehicle in a cold garage with the batteries intact, for example, is not advisable. The best solution is to store your mobility scooter indoors, but not too close to a radiator. If that's not possible, removed your fully-charged batteries and put them in a cool, dry place such as a storage cupboard.

Remember also that heat can be a battery killer too! For example, a flat battery stored at high temperatures can be ruined in 1 to 2 days!

Please remember; the life of your batteries is in your hands! Treat them well and they should give you  good service.