If you use a power wheelchair every day, you know how essential it is for doing what you need to do and getting where you need to go. All that stops, however, if your battery isn’t properly maintained. When a power wheelchair is performing erratically or isn’t working at all, the battery is often to blame. Sometimes a simple overnight recharge is all that’s required to fix the problem. Other times the battery has been neglected so long that there’s nothing to do but purchase a replacement.
Make wheelchair battery maintenance a priority and part of your regular routine. Following these tips will get your wheelchair moving in the right direction:
- Follow manufacturer guidelines: Don’t try to guess what will work best for your particular wheelchair battery. Find out what the manufacturer recommends and follow the instructions.
- Use the right charger: Always use the charger that came with your wheelchair battery. Never use an automobile battery charger.
- Charge nightly: If you’re using your chair every day, you should be charging it every day. An overnight charge should be sufficient. If your wheelchair isn’t currently in use, charge it every two weeks just to maintain the battery.
- Don’t top off: Your wheelchair battery will last longer if you limit your charging to once a day. Topping off the battery between charges can actually shorten its life span.
- Avoid temperature extremes: Most wheelchair batteries work best within a certain temperature range. Extreme heat or cold can reduce the battery’s capacity and even lead to permanent damage.
Want more tips on keeping your wheelchair battery in peak working condition? The experts at Power Mobility and Lifts are here to assist you. With more than 35 years of combined experience, our staff knows what it takes to keep your power wheelchair or scooter up and running. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an in-home maintenance visit.
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