Mobility Scooter Batteries
- Q: Are Mobility Batteries Safe?
A: Yes they are Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries, maintenance free and are accepted on all forms of transport including aircraft.
- Q: What is the difference between a AGM and a GEL battery?
A: An Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) is the standard Mobility Scooter battery, and is for general use.The Gelled Electrolyte (GEL) is capable of a deeper discharge and can be charged / discharged (cycled) more than a AGM battery; it is usually used by people who use their Mobility Scooter for frequent long journeys.
- Q: Can I use car batteries in my Mobility Scooter?
A: NO, car batteries are designed to give a short burst of very high current, but Mobility Scooter batteries are designed to provide long periods of constant low current.
- Q: What is battery capacity?
A: Battery capacity is the amount of charge you battery can hold. i.e. If you have a 50 amp/hour battery then when it is new, it will supply 50 amps for a period of 1 hour (100%) capacity. After some time, the capacity may drop to 75%, then the battery can only supply 50 amps for a period of 45 minutes.
- Q: What is the lowest battery capacity I can use my Mobility Scooter?
A: It is recommended by the battery manufactures that when a Mobility Scooter battery falls below 65% then the battery should be renewed.
- Q: How can I measure my battery’s capacity?
A: when you have your Mobility Scooter serviced, the engineer can check your batteries for you. Ask the engineer to let you know what the capacity of each battery is.
- Q: How long will my batteries last before I need to renew them?
A: My answer is always it depends upon how you look after them. If you keep them charged, even during the winter when you are not using the Mobility Scooter, and work them frequently (use your Scooter frequently). Do not let them get too cold during winter, then a set of batteries can last for at least 3 years.