If you own a mobility scooter, during the cold and rainy winter months, it’s more important than ever to protect the batteries and the machinery from the worst of the weather. Unfortunately, in places like Alton, Winchester, Basingstoke and further afield in Hampshire, it isn’t warm and sunny all-year round!
You won’t be surprised to learn it’s during this time of year that we see an increase in calls from clients who have been having difficulties getting their scooters to work properly.
Nine times out of ten, the issues centre on the batteries. Indeed, the most common cause of mobility scooter breakdowns is battery failure. Batteries don’t last forever, of course, and they will discharge more quickly during cold weather. Nevertheless, it is possible to extend their life, if you look after them carefully.
Unlike mobile phones, where the received wisdom is that you should run the battery right down before recharging, with scooter power units, the complete opposite is true.
You should avoid completely draining your scooter batteries before recharging them. Even if the battery has 80% remaining after a short run, the best thing you can do is to boost it up to maximum, as soon as possible. This will preserve its capacity and shelf life.
As an example, we have one lady client who has been using the same batteries on her scooter for the last five years. Her secret? She makes sure they are restored to full capacity by charging her scooter for at least eight hours after every journey.
Also, if you aren’t going to be using your disability scooter for an extended period, the best practice would be to:
- Fully charge your scooter
- Disconnect the charger completely from the scooter
- Every couple of weeks reconnect and fully charge the scooter.
This will help extend their useful life.
If you suspect that your scooter batteries are playing up, that they aren’t recharging properly, or they don’t seem to be able to hold a charge, we can always check them over for you. The cost for this is £20 per scooter unit.
There is a misconception that disability scooters do not require servicing because they are electrically powered. But this is not the case and we will cover this more in our next blog.
In the meantime, there are other ways you can maintain your scooter during winter months. Keeping the vehicle warm and dry is always a good idea and if you have room for internal storage, then all well and good. But, sometimes, if space is tight, it may be necessary to leave the scooter stored outside. In these situations, providing adequate cover for the working parts and electrics is especially significant. We supply a great range of accessories to protect you, your scooter and those all-important batteries from the wind and rain. Nothing worse than a scooter that won’t run properly, or you find yourself having to ride around on a cold, wet seat!
From a drive-in storage facility to a handy poncho, we have everything you need to protect you and your machine against inclement conditions. Here are some suggestions:
- This deluxe scooter storage cover is made from heavy duty durable fabric that sits firmly over your scooter in all weathers while it is being stored and charged.
- The Scooterpac folding scooter canopy is the world’s first and only universal folding canopy that fits almost any scooter on sale today. The ingenious mechanism lets the canopy fold back behind the seat when not in use and sets up in seconds when needed.
- This wrap around scooter control panel cover is a cheap and simple solution protecting the tiller electrics from the rain.
- To protect you from the wind and rain when you are out riding your scooter, you may want to consider a lined sleeved poncho.
- And lastly, how about a lockable scooter shelter / garage that you can drive your scooter onto and then flip the cover over. For additional security, the shelter can also be locked. Prices start from £300.00 ex vat, depending on scooter size.
As winter approaches, it really pays to keep a close check on your scooter performance. Above all, look after those batteries! If you need any guidance on battery maintenance, or accessories that will help protect your scooter from the bad weather, here in Alton we have one of Hampshire’s best stocked mobility and disability equipment showrooms, as well as on-the-spot expert advice! For all enquiries, call us on 01420 549481.