Your Mobility Scooter and Powerchair questions answered.
Q: Can I charge my scooter/powerchair batteries via my car?
A: No do not attempt this unless you have purchased an inverter to be able to charge it in your car. Your car uses 12v whereas your scooter uses 24v.
Q: Can I fit two car batteries to my scooter because they are cheaper?
A: No. Although they may look the same, a car battery and traction battery are designed and built completely differently. Car batteries will fail as they're designed to have a steady charge as they are used.
Q: Why do the lights/needle on the battery level display keep moving as I use my scooter but stay still when I stop?
A: As your scooter is moving along, many different power demands are made upon it. Going up hills, riding on slippery grass, mud, gravel, all of these call for more power from your vehicle. The battery level lights/needle are simply reflecting these varying demands. When you stay still the lights stay still and display how much 'charge' is left in your batteries.
Q: Why is it that some days I can do more miles than other days?
A: This can happen for any of the reasons stated in the above paragraph and also if the weather is very cold and damp. The reason for this is that ALL batteries perform less efficiently under these conditions, so it is very important to keep batteries fully charged.
Q: When should I charge my scooter up and for how long?
A: Charge your scooter every day you sue it and once a week when not in use. It is quite safe to leave your vehicle constantly on charge for up to five days. Charge periods should be 8-12 hours after each use. Please refer to your owner's manual for charging information.
Q: Can I use a car battery charger to charge up each of the batteries individually?
A: No. Do not attempt this as despite the fact they look the same, your scooter batteries are very different to car batteries. Any attempt to charge them using an unapproved scooter charger will void your guarantee and permanently damage your batteries, or even worse, it could possibly cause a fire or explosion!
Q: Why does my scooter occasionally stop for no apparent reason?
A: There are many possibilities but if there are no know faults with the scooter, it could be electro-magnetic interference caused by a mobile or other type of radio-signal.