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Tackling any type of terrain on mobility scooter

On rare occasions, we are asked how our mobility scooters deal with terrain of various type. In this short post, we will gladly disclose this information, taking in consideration the types of trips our customers often take. 

Depending on the season, mobility scooters face different challenges. As such, we will divide the information between summer and winter, to discuss all possible scenarios.

Mobility scooter – terrain during summer trips

During the hot season, mobility scooter sales skyrocket, because beautiful weather is the perfect time to drive around. One of the most common terrains encountered by riders is a simple earth or sand path. If they aren’t powdery, they are harmless to inner workings of the vehicle, especially the electric motor.

However, powdery sand which can be encountered in a very dry season on the beach will definitely harm any electric components. Small grains can get inside, damaging them over time. As such, it’s best to avoid driving a mobility scooter on such terrain of any kind that has an electric motor.

Another type of terrain is grass. A short, well trimmed one will not harm the vehicle at all. In fact, Model FASTER with roof is used as a golf buggy at times and handles such terrain well. On the other hand, very tall grass might get entwined in moving parts of the vehicle, so it is best to avoid it.

Riding mobility scooter in winter

For last, we leave dealing with snow. Obviously, an electric scooter isn’t a snow plough and shouldn’t be used as one. Some users might be worried about riding in winter altogether, because of all too frequent moisture.

When using a mobility scooter in winter terrain, packed snow roads won’t be an issue. Any moisture which might gather is also easily dealt with. All the user has to do is to wipe the vehicle with a dry piece of cloth and let it dry before the next usage.

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Can mobility scooter batteries be repaired?

The question if mobility scooters batteries can be repaired has surfaced numerous times. It is one of the most vital questions that often is asked by long-time mobility scooter users. In this short article, we will bring about not only a solution to the issue but also a few tricks to make batteries last longer.

Let’s start with the reason why a battery might deteriorate faster than expected, even though there is a half-year warranty on it, and you know it is still pretty new. In the case of all lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, what matters is continuous usage. Non-used, left discharged for a long time, or constantly plugged into a charger forever. Those are the majority of issues that make the batteries lose their voltage much faster than intended. If it drops, the charger might no longer work on them. Thankfully this might not be the end of the road for those batteries yet.

How to repair batteries for electric scooters?

Let’s focus firstly on lead-acid batteries. First, what should be done is reading the voltage. If for example your battery should be 60V, and it dropped to 50V, it is only logical that a 60V charger won’t be able to charge it up properly any more. This however does not always mean if the battery should be replaced, especially if it is still quite new. To fix such a battery, it would need to be taken out and all cells should be disconnected. A battery usually has four or five of those. Then, each cell should be separately charged with 12V power. Once done, the cells need to be connected again as before and this should up the total voltage back to normal, thus reanimating the battery.

Can mobility scooter batteries be repaired if they are lithium-ion? Certainly yes, however the process is much more difficult, and we advise buying a new one. However, it is possible to attempt revival of them as well. In case the battery no longer charges, and there are no changes in voltage after an attempt to charge has been made, there is one, final solution. A lithium-ion battery would have to be put in an airtight bag and put in the freezer for 24 hours. Be sure to not let any moisture get into it, as this could damage the battery permanently. After that time, take the battery out of the freezer and let it thaw for 8 hours to the room temperature. After that, attempt to fully charge the battery and if it works, your electric scooter is ready to go!

How to extend longevity of mobility scooter batteries?

We hope that the above mentioned solutions can get your mobility scooter batteries repaired. Lastly, we would like to share some tricks and tips to extend the longevity of those.

Trick number 1: Always let the batteries work, at least twice a week. You don’t have to ride the scooter, but simply turning it on for 5 minutes is enough. This allows the battery to be in motion and keep its voltage longer.

Trick number 2: Storage is important. Obviously, moist, wet places are not a good environment to store such items. Low temperature is okay, especially for lithium-ion batteries, but try to get the optimum room temperature if your scooter is stored.

Trick number 3: Don’t overcharge. The battery has its life cycles, usually 600 of them, which should last easily about two years. However, if the scooter is charged, it’s best to not leave the charger plugged in, as it still is working. This might also lower the longevity.

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Display for a mobility scooter – LED or Analogue

One of the vital differences is the display for a mobility scooter, which can be either LED or Analogue. Both of them have their strong and weak points. Which one is better though? Follow us on this comparison to learn how to look through the eye of an expert.

It is easy to see that this might seem like another ongoing conflict in which the ever progressing technology is involved. However, we believe this is a great time to talk about it, as it would definitely make it easier to decide on which scooter to buy.

Are the old analogue displays bad?

Old doesn’t mean useless or unwanted. On the contrary, analogue displays are still in their prime phase of popularity. They might date back a few decades, but this only means they had time to gain many improvements.

Obviously the strongest point of this kind of display would be its reliability. Even when broken down, analogue displays would be much cheaper to fix in any local workshop.

On the downside, the limited space means the numbers marking various information on a display for mobility scooters are smaller. For seniors whose eyesight might not be as good as it used to, this might be a bit more troublesome. Of course, that is not something a good pair of eyeglasses couldn’t fix.

Why might you want a LED display for a mobility scooter?

As many improvements as there were, there must have come a time when ever advancing technology would evolve the next big step. That evolution is a LED display. Compared to the old analogue one, it allows for easier communication between the driver and the rider. While in the old ones, the number representing maximum speed was marked by a pointer, this is not the case in LED displays. Here, the number changes, allowing it to show in big and easy to read letters. This has saved lots of space on a display for a mobility scooter, making it possible to communicate other vital information.

Of course LED displays would still make the battery consumption a bit bigger. This is definitely a good trade, considering the fact that a LED display is easier to read during nighttime.

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