Published on March 3, 2014
A Guide To Replacing and Installing Mobility Scooter Batteries
Index • • • • • • • • • • • • Slide 3 - Mobility Scooter Batteries Slide 4 - Time For A New Battery? Slide 5 - Mobility Scooter Batteries - Technology Slide 6 - Replacing The Battery Slide 7 - Removing The Seat Slide 8 - Removing The Batteries – Step 1 Slide 9 - Removing The Batteries– Step 2 Slide 10 - Disconnecting The Batteries Slide 11 - Installing Your New Batteries Slide 12 - Charging Your Battery Slide 13 - Seeking Expert Advice Slide 14 - Blue Box Batteries
Mobility Scooter Batteries If your mobility scooter battery needs replacing, it’s worth purchasing a high quality design. Lead-acid batteries of this nature will: • Provide optimum power when you need it most • Be more durable • Allow you, your friend, or relative to successfully travel from A to B • Help to prevent major problems during transit Essentially, a reliable battery is one of the most important parts for your scooter as it enables optimum performance.
Time For A New Battery? Obvious signs that your battery needs replacing include: • • • • Your scooter seems sluggish It doesn’t feel smooth when driving It’s failing to start properly It’s not starting after a full charge If any of these problems sound familiar, then it could well be your battery that’s causing the problem. To test this, remove the existing battery and replace it with a new one.
Mobility Scooter Batteries – Technology Mobility scooter batteries are made using two types of technology: Gel – offers deep discharging capability Cyclic AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) - offers superior cyclic capacity to standard AGM Batteries come in 12-volt sizes, meaning that two are required to power a 24V motor. 36V motors are also available however they are less common than the 24V variation.
Replacing The Battery First of all, look at the manufacturer’s manual to view the make and model of your scooter so you know which one you require. Here, you may also find step-by-step instructions to guide you along the way. Remember: • If you don’t know which model you own, speak to your battery supplier • You may wish to ask someone to assist you with the replacement process • All scooters are different, the following represents a general guide only, remember, when in doubt always consult your scooter user maintenance manual
Removing The Seat • Put the scooter into drive gear as opposed to neutral before you turn it off – this will prevent it moving when replacing the battery • Next, remove the seat by pushing the levers or undoing the pins/screws – each seat will be different • Use the manual if you require further information at this stage
Removing The Batteries – Step 1 • Open and remove the cover to gain access to the mobility scooter batteries • Take a closer look at the cable positions and take a photo to refer to later • Unplug the battery – usually via two plugs located between the batteries
Removing The Batteries – Step 2 • Disconnect the batteries if they are being held in place by clips or straps • Carefully remove the batteries by keeping them upright and make sure they don’t tip over – check if there are any handles to help you • During this process, make sure you don’t pull any cables as you could damage the scooter and its components • Place the batteries upright on a flat surface
Disconnecting The Batteries • Locate the battery points – normally found on top of the battery • Use the correct tools to undo the connections, but make sure you disconnect the positive connection first (red), before the negative one (black) • Make sure the wires don’t touch when you are disconnecting the battery
Installing Your New Batteries • Connect the cables to your brand new mobility scooter battery by using the same process as above • Place the batteries in their original position • Retighten the clips or straps and reattach the two plugs - located between the batteries • Finally, replace the outer cover and the seat, take the mobility scooter out of drive and charge the batteries
Charging Your Battery With a new battery in place, you’ll also need a charger so that you can maintain power and travel on your scooter successfully. 3-pin point connectors are standard for the majority of mobility scooters and allow for short circuit protection and trickle charging too. Charge your battery on a regular basis to ensure it performs to optimum efficiency. Finally, never use a charger that’s not designed for a mobility scooter as this could cause damage.
Seeking Expert Advice If you are having difficulty replacing and installing your mobility scooter battery, always seek technical advice and assistance. You don’t want to make any mistakes, as this could cost you more in the long run, plus you could be without the use of your mobility scooter too. Speak to your battery supplier or the manufacturer of the scooter if you are experiencing problems.
Blue Box Batteries For help and advice regarding battery requirements, speak to Blue Box Batteries, a supplier of domestic and commercial batteries and accessories. Find out more by contacting us today: Web: www.blueboxbatteries.co.uk Phone: 02381 789 197 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/blueboxbatterie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Box-Batteries-Ltd/190241727657118 Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/105008220812492594228/posts?hl=en YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/BlueBoxBatteries
Image Credits 1. http://www.bigstockphoto.com/image-465978/stock-photo-scooter 2. http://www.bigstockphoto.com/image-27249932/stock-photo-screwdriver-isolated-on-awhite-background 3. http://www.blueboxbatteries.co.uk/
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