There are a number of people that require the use of a mobility scooter to help them get around on a daily basis. The cost for these scooters can be quite expensive depending on the model that a person chooses, and so people need to know how to make their scooter last as long as possible.
Once a person gets their scooter it may take some time for them to become familiar with it and learn how to properly operate it. By doing some research, people can learn ways to preserve the battery life of their scooter as well as how to properly care for their scooter. Most people don’t plan on having to buy a replacement scooter during their lifetime, so it is in their best interest to take the best care possible of the scooter.
Mobility scooters rely on battery power, one way to extend the life of the scooter is to preserve the battery as much as possible. There are five main factors that can affect the life of a battery. People need to pay close attention to the temperature, depth of discharge, cycle life, state of charge, and over charge conditions. A scooter should be stored in cool temperatures as much as possible. Storing a scooter with the battery in place in high temperatures can drain the battery much faster. Users should also avoid letting their batteries drain completely, because the higher the depth of discharge the lower the life of the battery.
Batteries have a limited life cycle. Each time a person drains the battery completely they use one cycle. Avoiding complete drainage of the battery uses less cycles. Keeping the battery fully or near fully charged when not in use will also preserve the life of the battery. Overcharging a battery can also reduce the life cycle of the battery. If people take proper care of their mobility scooters they should be able to use them safely for years to come.
The best method to charge the batteries is to plug the scooter in to charge at the end of the day when you’re done using it and unplug it once the charger indicates it is full. If you’re not going to use the scooter then plug the scooter in once every other week. Do these two simple steps and your batteries will last for years.