When you’re dependent on a power wheelchair for mobility, your battery becomes very important. A wheelchair battery that isn’t properly maintained and charged runs the risk of failing when you need it the most. To avoid running out of battery power when you’re on the go, follow this simple list of do’s and don’ts.
- Follow all manufacturer instructions regarding maintenance. Use the manufacturer’s recommended charger, as well.
- Conduct a weekly inspection of your wheelchair battery. Check cables and terminals for corrosion. If you find any, simply remove it with a small wire brush.
- Charge your wheelchair battery every day. A battery left uncharged can deteriorate and will be more likely to fail when you do charge it. Most of our clients find that an overnight charge is most convenient for their schedules and lifestyles. Make it part of your evening routine.
- Expose your wheelchair unnecessarily to extreme temperatures. Excessive heat or cold can damage the battery and shorten its lifespan.
- Unplug your chair before the battery is fully charged. Make sure the battery has a chance to charge completely before you use the chair. Look for the indicator light that indicates when charging is finished.
- Overcharge your chair, as this can permanently damage the battery. Avoid charging your wheelchair battery for more than 24 hours at a time.
With proper care and maintenance, your wheelchair battery has a potential lifespan of two years — but nothing lasts forever. If you notice that your chair doesn’t hold a charge for as long as it used to, consider purchasing a new battery. Many batteries can be purchased online, but for expert advice, contact a reputable power wheelchair dealer in your area.
At Power Mobility and Lifts, we have a long tradition of helping our clients purchase and maintain quality mobility equipment. Contact us today with all of your wheelchair battery questions and concerns. We’re at your service.
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