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Testing Your Mobility Scooter Batteries Before Calling a Technician

Written by Guest Blogger: Chris Miller

Do you have a mobility scooter that is not taking you as far as it used to? Has it been a year or more since you replaced your mobility scooter batteries? If so, it is likely your mobility scooter needs a new set of batteries. However, it is good to know how to test your batteries to ensure they need to be replaced before calling a technician and buying a new set.

Today we will explain how to run some simple tests on your batteries so that you can be sure they are in need of replacement. Before doing any of these tests make sure that your mobility scooter is completely charged over night.

Locating Your Mobility Scooter Battery Indicator

First of all, you will need to locate your battery meter that shows you how much juice your battery has. As you are on the scooter operating it come to a stop with the mobility scooter key still in the on position and look for your battery gauge. The battery indicator can be digital LED lights or an analog amp meter with an orange needle.

To the left, you will see an example of what an LED meter looks like for your reference. Depending on what type of mobility scooter for sale that you found, your meter may look a bit differently. The meters shown here are from a Afikim S4 4 wheel mobility scooter and a Golden Technologies Patriot 4 wheel mobility scooter.

Now that we have identified where the battery indicator is we can tell how weak the batteries are we can start to run a few simple tests.

Testing Your Mobility Scooter’s Batteries

At a stand-still, take notice of where the battery indicator needle is or how many LED lights you have lit up on your LED meter. It should be fully charged while testing your batteries in this process. While stationary, press or push the levers that make your mobility scooter run. Be sure to be on a flat level surface for best results. If the needle or LED lights decrease rapidly as you begin to move, then your batteries are weak and need to be replaced.

Another effective way of measuring the strength of your mobility scooter batteries is to ride the mobility scooter up a slope grade that is 75% of the mobility scooter capability. A simple 6 degree grade would be ample for almost any mobility scooter. We will want to take notice of how many LED lights or what percentage the needle is on the indicator then ride up the ramp. If your battery indicator is near full and then drops to below half way, this is another good sign that your batteries need to be replaced.

Testing Mobility Scooter Charger

The next most logical choice to make when troubleshooting a power related issue is to make sure that the charger is working properly. Plug your charger in overnight and use your mobility scooter the next day. Next, you will want to read your user manual to determine the maximum distance your mobility scooter can go. If you don’t have your user manual, you can visit Mobility Scooters Direct where each product page contains a downloadable user manual. There should be a page in the user manual that contains the travel range for your mobility scooter which you will need to know. Most new mobility scooters go a long distance on a single battery charge so you might be pleasantly surprised when you find out just how long your scooter can go.

Once you’ve identified your travel range, it’s time to take the scooter for a ride. What you need to do next is simply ride your mobility scooter and keep track of the travel distance. Most manufactures base the milage of someone that is 140 lbs so if you are over this weight guideline you will not reach the maximum distance with your mobility scooter. Once you have drained the scooter, charge the batteries again overnight and repeat. If you get a similar distance out of your batteries, then your charger is working to its best capacity. If you get a significant less milage from the day before, you may need to replace the charger with the same specifications as your original charger.

Testing Your Batteries With A Multimeter

The absolute best way to identify the power left in a mobility scooter battery is to test them. A local mobility scooter store will be able to help you test them if you’re able to find one. The problem is there aren’t many mobility scooter repair stores in areas that are not densely populated. If you do find one nearby, hopefully they will be fair with you and offer a good price on a set of new batteries. You might be able to replace them on your own to save some money.

If you have a simple multimeter you can get a good idea of where your mobility scooter battery level is. A multi-meter is a tool used to measure electrical current and continuity in many different type of electrical wave lengths. Mobility scooter batteries are 12 vDC each. Most mobility scooters contain two batteries combined to operate on 24 volts. Using a multimeter set the dial to vDC. Next you will want to locate the charging port and place the red and black leads in to the left and right holes. It does not matter which lead is placed in each hole. You should get a reading of 24 – 25vDC. Anything below 23 volts is considered to be not good with mobility scooters. Now to test the load you will want to turn the scooter on an operate the mobility scooter with the leads in place as they were. The volts will dissipate as you are riding the mobility scooter. If the voltage drops more than 2-3 complete volts your batteries should be replaced.

 

Scooter Lifts Installed with Monthly Payment Financing

Looking for ways to quickly and safely transport your mobility scooter or wheelchair?

In addition to accessible vehicles, MobilityWorks also provides a variety of scooter transport solutions to choose from… include the ones shown below with monthly payment options.

Today’s lifts have been re-engineered to be lighter in weight and have the ability to accommodate heavier scooters and wheelchairs on more vehicles. Installed by NMEDA certified technicians, trained to install these products by the manufacturer, you don’t need to worry about the lift working properly with your vehicle. Inquire online here.

The Bruno Outsider scooter lift is one our more popular solutions. This lift is fully powered so it makes lifting and storing your scooter or powerchair outside your vehicle virtually effortless, with one button operation.
The Bruno Curb-Sider makes lifting and storing your scooter or power chair inside your vehicle virtually effortless. The offset arm design allows lifting and lowering from behind, at the rear corner of, or on the side of the vehicle.
The Bruno Joey stores your unoccupied scooter or power chair inside your minivan or full size van at the touch of a button. Simply roll the mobility device on the platform from either side, hit a button, and let the Joey lift do all of the work!

Check out our monthly payment options on installed scooter lifts and wheelchair lifts here.

Disclaimers: † This payment does not represent the actual payment and is just an estimate. For example a $1,950 loan with an interest rate of 15.72% and an APR of 19.32% would result in an estimated monthly payment of $50.90 per month for a 60 month term. In this example an origination fee of $156 would apply which would be included in the principal loan amount and withheld from the loan proceeds. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is the cost of credit as a yearly rate. *This payment does not represent the actual payment and is just an estimate. For example a $2,400 loan with an interest rate of 15.72% and an APR of 19.32% would result in an estimated monthly payment of $62.65 per month for a 60 month term. In this example an origination fee of $192 would apply which would be included in the principal loan amount and withheld from the loan proceeds. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is the cost of credit as a yearly rate. ** This payment does not represent the actual payment and is just an estimate. For example a $3,000 loan with an interest rate of 15.72% and an APR of 19.32% would result in an estimated monthly payment of $78.32 per month for a 60 month term. In this example an origination fee of $240 would apply which would be included in the principal loan amount and withheld from the loan proceeds. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is the cost of credit as a yearly rate. The APR offered to you will depend on such factors as your credit score, application information, loan amount, term amount, and credit history. No loans are offered in Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, West Virginia and Vermont.

 

 

Selecting the Right Wheelchair Accessible Rental Van

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Renting a wheelchair van can be a great way to enjoy a day of family fun with loved ones who need to use a wheelchair and don’t have accessible transportation. Some people also rent vans for a day to help them decide whether to purchasing a handicap van — or whether a specific conversion will work with their current parking situation. Selecting the Right Rental Van will help to answer some of the common questions people have with selecting rental vans. You can also enjoy a 10% Off rental promotion between now and the end of June for rentals booked in July, August or September. Reserve a van now and save later!

MobilityWorks recently published a new video featuring Katie Muise, our National Rental Manager, where she discusses the process of selecting and renting a van from MobilityWorks. Katie has rented thousands of vans in her career and you can tell she’s excited about making people’s lives better by being able to provide this option to our clients.

Contact Katie today about renting a van for a day, week, or even longer!

 

 

Moving Others Forward

Travis-Roy1Eleven seconds into the first game of Travis Roy’s collegiate hockey career, he went head first into the boards cracking his fourth vertebrae. Since that day over 20 years ago, Travis has worked relentlessly to help others recover from spinal cord injuries. His accessible van from MobilityWorks allows Travis to travel all over the country delivering motivational speeches and making appearances.

The Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries by providing adaptive equipment, and to finding a cure through increased funding of research. Their foundation has awarded over $2 million in grants to leading researchers and scientists.

After the injury occurred, Travis received nationwide media attention which he used to jumpstart the foundation. While staying at several rehabilitation centers, he met families that were struggling to have their basic needs met. This helped develop the foundation’s core values of independence and hope.

Shortly after finishing the recovery process, he wrote his book titled “Eleven Seconds”. It focuses on Travis’s determination to defy all odds before and after his injury. His foundation also hosts several annual events including hockey games, dances and dinners.

MobilityWorks of Londonderry is very proud to call Travis a client and friend. He recently purchased his fourth accessible van from one of our most experienced Certified Mobility Consultants, Roger Lajeunesse. When Travis flies to Florida to visit his parents, he also rents from our Orlando location.

To learn more about his story or foundation visit www.travisroyfoundation.org

MobilityWorks of N. Attleboro to Participate in Telethon

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On January 28th the MobilityWorks team of North Attleboro, MA is excited to participate in the Meeting Street Dial for Dollars Telethon. Meeting Street was founded in 1946 as a place where children of all ages and abilities receive individualized attention for highly trained teachers and therapists.  They work with over 4,000 kids in the New England area by developing their skills and building relationships.

For over 40 years Meeting Street has been broadcasting their annual telethon on a local news station and for the second year in a row MobilityWorks is proud to be helping out. Christopher and Sarah from North Attleboro will be answering the phones. They also have an online auction with wonderful items such as tickets to Disney World, golf outings, and rare memorabilia. The telethon will be live from Dartmouth University on WPRI Channel 12, January 28 from 7-11 PM.

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Last year the MobilityWorks team raised $3,000 as a sponsor of the telethon and this year they are hoping that the fundraiser brings in even more money for Meeting Street!

Visit www.meetingstreet.org to learn more about their organization and the upcoming telethon.

 

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