Mobility Scooters in the snow
I have received an email from one of our customers asking if there is any way to use a mobility scooter in the snow?
This conjures up many mental images, mobility scooters with snow chains, 4×4 mobility scooters, scooters with skies strapped to the front wheels.
The answer is of course do NOT use your mobility scooter in the snow or on icy pavements / roads
The majority of mobility scooters are rear wheel drive, so the rear of the scooter will tend to slide sideways.
Winter Tips for Mobility Scooter Owner
- Do not go out in the cold unless absolutely nessesary.
- Keep your Mobility Scooter in the dry, in a shed, garage or under cover.
- Before storing your Mobility Scooter for long periods, ensure the tyres are fully inflated as flat tyres will crack, and fully charge your battery.
- Place a blanket over the motor and battery end of the Mobility Scooter, to prvent condensation and the battery from freezing.
- Remember to charge your scooter for at least 12 hours (over night) once a month, while you scooter is in storage. This will top up the charge and help to preserve your batterie’s life.
Mobility Scooter Battery Charging
- Q: How often do I need to charge my Mobility Scooter batteries?
A: Charge it over night after each time you use the Mobility Scooter using the supplied battery charger.
Or better still leave it on charge untill you use it next – Come in …. Plug in
- (Do NOT wait until it gets into the RED band)
- If you are NOT using your mobility scooter for a long period of time, then charge it once a month for 12 hours, to maintain the charge.
- Q: How long should I charge my Mobility Scooter?
A: You should charge it for at least 12 hours. Note when the green light on the charger comes on, the battery is about 90 to 95% charged, and should be left on for a further 1 to 2 hours.
- Q: If I leave my Mobility Scooter on charge for a day or more, can it damage the batteries?
A: No, the charger will switch itself off internally once it is fully charged. If left connected to the charger, (with the mains power switched on) for a long period of time (2 weeks plus) then the charger will keep the battery charge topped up.
- Q: If I have finished charging my Mobility Scooter do I need to disconnect the charger?
A: I would always recommend switching off and disconnecting the charger at the end of a charge. Due to some chargers are prone to discharge the batteries if only the mains are switched off and the batteries are left connected to the charger.
- Q: Can I use a car battery charger to charge my Mobility Scooter?
A: No, it will damage the batteries.
- Q: How much will it cost to charge my Mobility Scooter batteries?
A: Depending upon the size of your batteries, the charger is only 36 to 96 watts which at 16 pence a kwh and a 12 hour charge would be about 7 to 18 pence per charge.
- Q: How far can I go on a single charge?
A: The distance given in your user manual is for, a flat run with a new scooter with new batteries and no head wind. And probably could never be achieved in normal use, I always quote about 2 miles less than the distance in the manual.