As the weather gets chilly, it's understandable that trips with your scooter or power wheelchair may become less frequent. One of the biggest surges of activity our service department sees is in the spring, after mobility equipment has sat for several weeks without being charged or operated. The batteries have been let go and will not take or hold a charge.
Now is the time to be sure you've got a plan to protect your batteries.
Leaving your charger plugged into an outlet will not keep your batteries charged, as modern chargers are a single-cycle charger.
Meaning, once a charger has completed a charging cycle, the charger will not re-engage the batteries again until it is powered off and back on again.
We highly recommend plugging your charger into a timer when your device is not being used on a regular basis.
This ensures your charger is automatically being turned on / off, giving your batteries the attention they require to be at their best. Just a few hours at night will do the trick.
With today's modern electronics, there is no way to over-charge your batteries.
However, you certainly can under-charge your batteries.
If your scooter or power chair will not be used for several weeks/days, using a timer will give your batteries the attention they need to be ready to go when they're needed!