Charging Your Power Mobility Device

Your mobility device uses a pair of deep cycle batteries that are designed to hold charge for an extended period and provide power to your device for traveling a fair distance.   For Example: a well conditioned fully charged pair of 35 amp hour batteries can provide power to drive a scooter a distance of 10 - 15 total miles.

Here are some tips on Charging your Power Mobility Device from Trusted Mobility:

1) Always follow your manufacture's instructions.

2) Only use a charger designed for your type of mobility device. Do NOT use a car battery charger as you can damage the electronic circuits, batteries and even create a fire hazard. 

3) Allow your mobility device to fully charge its batteries. Charge your mobility device 8 to 14 hours - ONLY.   To attain full charge, your batteries must be charged for a minimum of 8 hours. However be careful not to overcharge your batteries.  Do NOT exceed 14 consecutive hours. Exceeding 14 hours will degrade your batteries and cause premature death of your power source.  Damaged batteries result in shorter driving distances and you will notice a rapid decent from full power to charging required on your battery gauge or LED.  Batteries are generally not covered under warranty so Take good care of your power source.

4) Also avoid charging your mobility device batteries for short periods of time(less than 8 hours). This can also injure your batteries and shorten their life.

So the take away lessons are:  Follow your manufacturer's recommendations, use a charger that is designed for your type of batteries and system, don't over or under charge your batteries (stay within 8-14 hours of charging).  Keep these recommendations in mind and you'll enjoy the power your device was designed to deliver.

Remember Medicare does not approve Power Wheelchairs for outside use - scooters are designed for that application.

Avoiding Injury While Crossing the Street by Sergio Duarte Trusted Mobility Expert

Avoid injuries while crossing at a street corner by taking the center of the corner cut out. Most injuries to users and damage to your Power Wheelchair occur when mobility device users do not take the corner cut out. Remember the center of the cut out is the lowest part of the curb. When you go off center, you are you actually going off the curb "airborne." Dont take the chance that your device will land safely and not damage tires or any other part of the chassis. While using your device always use the street corner to cross and if possible use a safety flag on your mobility device. Also remember you are pedestrian in your mobility device and use the side walk - never drive on the street with regular vehicle traffic.

Battery Tips From Sergio Duarte, Trusted Mobility's Technical Wizard

We want to keep you ready to roll - so follow these battery tips to keep your chair ready to go:

  • If you use your chair every day, charge it every night for 8 – 14 hours.
  • If you use your chair occasionally, charge the batteries 2 – 3 times per week for 8 – 14 hours.
  • At a minimum, charge your chair at least once per week for 8 – 14 hours.
  • Do not charge the batteries for more than 24 consecutive hours.
  • NEVER allow the batteries to lose the charge completely (down to 1 red light).
  • Do not use the chargers designed for automobiles or wet-cell batteries.
  • Only use the charger that is designed for your chair.

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Keeping your mobility equipment clean

Use a damp cloth with water or a mild soap solution or watered down Pine-sol to wipe down your electronic components of your chair or scooter.  To avoid damaging your chair or scooter, never wet your electronics, such as your joystick or charger.  Remember your mobility equipment is not waterproof.  Follow your manufacturer's instructions for care and cleaning of your mobility product.

Learn your wheelchair language!

As problems begin - your wheelchair will tell you.  A rattle or louder sound as you go over thresholds may indicate loose leg or arm braces.  A high pitched whining sound could indicate worn bearings or misaligned belts.  If you learn how your power wheelchair sounds when things are working well - you will know when its not.