DSC_7980

How To Charge A Mobility Scooter Battery

After you have used your mobility scooter, even if it was only for a short trip it is a good idea to charge the battery after each individual use of the scooter, you may not have used much of the power in the battery but its better to make sure that your battery is fully charged again and ready for the next time that you need to use the mobility scooter.

Even if you have not used your mobility scooter as much at a certain time, maybe one week you have needed to go out less, its still best to regularly charge and not go too long in between battery charges.

Keeping the battery clean, especially the terminals will help to ensure that your battery gets a proper charge and making sure that the connections to the terminals are on tight enough before attempting to charge the battery is always worth a moment of your time.

Ideally a 12 hour constant charge of the battery each time you charge is better than putting it on to charge for just an hour or two.

After a battery has been in use and charged many times it will gradually lose its performance and if you find that a full charge no longer provides the usual distance range that you were getting and that the mobility scooter doesn’t operate as smoothly as it did before, theres a chance that the battery needs to be replaced, though its always worth having the rest of the scooter checked out first incase any performance problems are related to another part of the scooter and not neccessarily the scooters battery.

When needing to charge your mobility scooter you will either have a removable battery that can be charged on its own or the scooter may require that the battery stays in place while the mobilty scooter is charged up again, in the case of the latter, you will normally find a charging point on the scooter instead of the battery.

If you do need to charge the mobility scooter without removing the battery then you will need to make sure that you have access to a mains outlet, either within your home, garage or a shed, if the battery needs to be removed to be charged, then having an individual who can regularly perform this for you is probably the best idea.

Its worth reading through the manual that will have come with your mobility scooter too, incase there are any specific instructions regarding the charging of the battery and you should only use a charger compatible with your mobility scooter and its battery.

If your mobility scooter and/or its battery are brand new it will usually require a full charge from new, before use.

21 Responses

  1. DEREK BYRNE
    DEREK BYRNE at |

    I am looking for a battery charger for pride colt plus that i can use from a car lighter to charge my battery as i travel around

    Reply
  2. Contax
    Contax at |

    Hi, If a 12v battery an auto electrician may be able to advise you but I believe you would need a split charging relay fitted to your car as used for a caravan battery, it then only allows the extra battery to connect once the car engine has started otherwise you could burn out your car wiring as it would try to drain power from the extra battery when starting car, it may be possible to fit some kind of diode to prevent this if used from a cigarete lighter socket as the booster/starter battery packs can charge this way so must have diodes built into it’s circuit, I am looking for a 24v weatherproof solar charger to mount on garage roof to keep my scooter batteries trickle charged but hard to find.

    Reply
  3. Contax
    Contax at |

    Hi Derek, I came across this link when searching for more information on solar charging for mobility scooter batteries but the price is a bit over the top, I would rather talk to an auto electrician which would cost nothing.

    http://www.mobilitypitstop.com/product.aspx?id=144&cid=1

    Cheers, Contax.

    Reply
  4. How Long Do Mobility Scooter Batteries Last For | Mobilityright.co.uk

    [...] can read more about how to charge a mobility scooter battery and when you reach the stage of needing to replace it with a new one you can read about purchasing a [...]

  5. Contax
    Contax at |

    I have had my Pride Celebrity Sport 8mph scooter for 15 months but only had it out once, I charge the batteries once a month, the fully charged led comes on within 5 minutes so I disconnect charger, about every 3 months I leave in on for several hours even when fully charged. Am I doing it right?
    How long do batteries normally last used like this?

    Cheers, Chris.

    Reply
  6. walter west
    walter west at |

    HI ,I would like to know how the two 12v battery connect, Its got hight & low speed ,I got two leads with a pos & neg on each lead. Would like some help.its so slow in H but L is about right.some one fitted my two new battery for i think they forgot what came from were. Thanks

    Wal. eMAIL walter.west@mypostoffice.co,uk

    Reply
  7. spencer
    spencer at |

    hi , even when your not using you need to give your batteries a full 10 hour charge. irrespective of if the charging light goes too green.
    these are deep cycle batteries not mobilie phone batteries. Your not topping up so to speak !!!!

    Reply
  8. Mobility Scooter Battery Charge Time | Mobilityright.co.uk

    [...] can find information on how to charge a mobility scooter battery by following the link, and combining this with the intructions and recommendation in your [...]

  9. Don
    Don at |

    Hi, My mother has a Shoprider Sovereign Mobility Scooter. She does not use it during the winter time but has been advised to charge her battery twice a week for 8 hours each time whilst not in use. Is this right, surely the charge wont drop that quickly.

    Reply
  10. Contax
    Contax at |

    Hi Don, I have my Pride Celebrity X Sport I bought when I was bad but now I have got pills back I can manage short distances so only ran scooter once, it’s 2 years old now, I used to switch charger on each month and the fully charged light come on each time after 5 mins.
    I have spoke to a couple of the battery manufacturers but they are not helpfull, I now charge it for about 18 hours about every 6 weeks, it still shows full charge in about 5 mins. then just trickle charges as the charger is inteligent so I understand can’t overcharge but recommends maximum 24 hour charge. Hope it helps.

    Reply
  11. Dom
    Dom at |

    Hello,
    I would like to charge my batteries of the scooter. 12v 50Ah lead and gel.
    Can I use a 24v car/motorcycle battery charger?
    I know I will have to bridge the two batteries (+)to(-).
    Or, may I be able to use two seperate 12V car/motorcycle chargers?

    Many thanks, Dom

    Reply
  12. Contax
    Contax at |

    Hi Dom, I don’t think I would risk a normal car battery charger but I do use the intelligent electronic chargers from Aldi & Lidl to charge my 12v car booster packs with 17ah SLA battery and works better than the small charger supplied with them. (They are similar to the expensive CTEK chargers)the charger switches to maintenance charge when fully charged and can also do a pulse charge to revive batteries that won’t normally charge (almost dead), they were £12.99 each when on offer. The manual says suitable for lead batteries with an electrolyte solution or gell up to 14ah & 120ah modes, charge at 0.8 to 3.8 amp on 12v. (0.8 amp on 6v motorcycle)
    This way would require 2 chargers to charge both at same time, I think they are great chargers so I got 1 from Lidl then saw 1 reduced at Aldi in sale to £9.99 and could not pass a bargain by.

    Reply
  13. Barbara
    Barbara at |

    HI – I use a Rascal taxi 4 (4 years old , but I’ve onl had it a few months.) and I am find ing all this conflicting advice about charging thee batteries most confusing. Thrown into this is that someone else said I should condiser a 3-phase charger, and leeave it on all the time. But thias is not practical.

    ALSO — has anyone yet sorted a way to use solar panels to ccharge? We use our caravan a lot in the suummer, on sites with no hook-up, so this wouldd be a big bonus for me.I tries putting my battteries on, vvia my charger and an inverter, from a well charged leisure battery, but it sounded such a loud alarm I hastily disconnected it! Sensible comments and Ideas would be welcome

    Reply
  14. MIKE
    MIKE at |

    Hi,my mother in law has had a Sterling mobility scooter in her garage for about two years without it being used. She has asked me to try to get it going again for her, but when I plug the charger into the scooter, the charger itself has a flashing light and constant beeping sound, which only stops when you disconnect it from the scooter again.
    I do not have a manual, and have no idea about the condition of the batteries.
    Can anyone suggest what the problem may be ?
    Thanks.

    Reply
  15. Lindo
    Lindo at |

    I recently bought a secondhand scooter from a mobility shop. It has a display panel of a series of red lights showing it to be fully charged. I still charged the scooter after 3 uses for 12 hours and 24 hours the next time. But, on both occasions the charger light stayed yellow with a red light too. When I asked the mobility shop they said I had overcharged it! There is no manual to refer to and the makers website is not sufficient. HELP !

    Reply
  16. stephanie
    stephanie at |

    Hi – for mike mother-in-law who has sterling. Her batteries have gone I had the same prob. I just paid £220 for new ones.. Good luck.

    Reply
  17. mick
    mick at |

    i have a craftmatic comfort coach iv got new batteries how long is needed to fullycharge and if not used do i still charge got a meter on back dont fully understand got no manuel

    Reply
  18. Abel
    Abel at |

    I have a craftmatic comfort as well and have the manual and I can photocopy and send it to you but you need to send the money to make copies. I am also having problems with scooter. The motor which turns the wheels needs replacement and I don’t know where to get the spares.

    Reply
  19. john
    john at |

    Can anyone tell me what colour the light should be on the charger of a Rascal 4 when it is on charge please.Just borrowed it as my partner snapped her ankle on holiday in Greece.

    Reply
  20. gill
    gill at |

    i have a comfy coach IV mobility scooter do i need to put the key in when charging the battery e-mail gill6310@gmail.com

    Reply

Leave a Reply