How Long Do Mobility Scooter Batteries Last For

When we look at this question, it is easy to see that we can be referring to two separate expectations, those being:

1, The amount of user time that one might expect from their mobility scooter after having fully charged the battery for example, or;

2. The life that a mobility scooter battery may have before needing to be replaced with a brand new battery.

We will look at both here:

With regards to the first, when you take ownership of a mobility scooter, you should be able to find out quite quickly and easily how much use you can get from a fully charged battery.

If it isn’t stated in the documentation that comes with the make and model that you purchased, then the retailer where you bought it from should be able to advise you and then of course you can find out for sure by taking out your mobility scooter and using it for as long as it will allow you to before it needs to be fully charged again.

If you do try that, just make sure that you don’t go out alone and find yourself stranded with a battery that is unable to get you back home.

Now looking at the life expectancy from your mobility scooter battery, this can depend on a few things.

The way in which you choose to charge the battery can have an effect on how long it will serve you before needing to be replaced.

One of the first things to do is to read and strictly follow any battery charging and maintenance advice that is provided within the documentation.

Keeping the terminals and the battery itself clean, making sure its secure, that the connections are secure and that you follow any charging instructions properly, also using what is supplied and not trying to charge the battery too quickly or taking risks with anything regarding this can not only mean a longer life for your battery but also greatly minimizes any risk of injury to yourself.

You 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 new mobility scooter battery which should not need to happen too often if you take care of it.

Even when a mobility scooter is brand new, and of course its battery and everything else is brand new, there can sometimes be problems with it holding the charge properly from when you first start using the mobility scooter.

This may be no fault of your own and may be an issue with the battery itself, even though its new, or there can be a fault somewhere else on the scooter that may interfere with the battery being able to charge properly or to get the expected time of use from it.

Sometimes matters like this may be a little bit frustrating at first as you are probably doing everything as you should and may even take it back to the place that you bought it from a couple of times before they find out what the actual problem is.

The life expectancy of your mobility scooter battery and how far a distance you can travel before needing to fully recharge can both be estimated if you have a good healthy battery and everything else is in good working order and maintained well.

But as with most things in life, it is not always possible to figure out how long you may get from either as there are always the exceptions to both the manufacturers and retailers expectations and your own.

10 Responses

  1. john neil
    john neil at |

    my mobility scooter will not go battery fully charged lights work horn works but will not go

  2. afikim
    afikim at |

    nice post
    I think there’s a few more factors that affects how long the battery would last.
    1.numbers of passengers
    2.road quality
    3.wight loaded on the mobility scooter

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  4. Mr Rob Nash
    Mr Rob Nash at |

    if you live up a hill like we do in Grantham Lincs you need to get either 50 amps batteries or 75amps batteries if you are going to go all over town. This will mean useuarly a larger scooter.
    A scooter that is class 3 that can be driven on a road (side streets only recamended) and on the footpath.Dont try driving down the main road as its going to anouy other road users and they could try and get past you in the traffic and cause you to have an accident?

  5. Mr Rob Nash
    Mr Rob Nash at |

    I thinkyou need a class 3 scooter with either 50amp or 75 amp batteries as we also live up a hill in Grantham Lincs. I have driven mobility scooters since I got my mobility high rate benefit in approx. 1996 now 76. Always visit your local mobility shop for repairs.

  6. Mr Rob Nash
    Mr Rob Nash at |

    we recommend a 50 amp or 75amp batteries and a class 3 scooter

  7. steven Schaumburg
    steven Schaumburg at |

    I was charging and I get a rotten egg smell!

  8. eddie
    eddie at |

    My Wife has owned her Kymco boot scooter for 5 years and in that time I have come to realise that the manufacture’s claim of how far the scooter should travel is somewhat erroneous. According to the spec sheet: 10st rider can travel nine ( 9 ) miles providing it is on a flat surface ( where one finds a flat surface of nine miles is beyond me ). I came to my own estimation by reading the wattage of the motor which happens to be 270 watts. I then multiplied the volts (v) by the amp hours (ah) divided by the motor wattage and multiplied by the maximum speed of the scooter.
    i.e 2, 12 volt batteries ……. 12 volts* 2 * 12 ah / 270 * 4 mph = 4.266 miles.
    This figure applies to just the rider and the scooter. Now add in the terrain and any extra weight such as shopping etc and this figure goes out the window.
    In our case my wife uses this scooter about ten times per year with a maximum distance of 2 1/2 miles ( i am being generous here as it is really about 2 miles ). The final part of the journey involves a 250 yard approx 15 to 20 degree up hill climb with the extra weight of shopping plus my Wifes weight (10 stone ). Another thing that has to be considered is the amount of times the accelerator lever/switch is pressed. Every time the lever is pressed power is drawn ( to move the scooter and the rider requires excessive power as opposed to when the scooter is moving continuously ). I charge the batteries after every trip and also every week when it is not being used. And after all this our batteries last about 12 months. And no, getting a 12 v 15 ah battery will give us virtually no more distance.
    I have come to the conclusion that boot scooters are really designed to be taken the the super market ( etc ) in the car and then used to ride around the shopping centre as opposed to what we use it for!

  9. Robert Van Istendal
    Robert Van Istendal at |

    That’s your problem, to much charging, you should let a battery get fairly low before charging, But not so low that you will run out before you get to where you are going.

  10. Peter Jannece
    Peter Jannece at |

    Anyone got any comments regarding battery use and reliability on Lithium batteries?


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