If you have followed my articles so far, I hope this trip has been informative for you. More importantly, I hope they have helped you to understand and select the best scooter possible for your budget. My goal is to save you some exploration time and learn from my experience. In this issue we will explore details surrounding the electrical system of a typical electric mobility scooter.
The charging system on an electric scooter is made up of a battery and some sort of plug-in A/C adapter. The purpose of the adapter is simply to convert alternating current (A/C power) into direct current (D/C power) so that it can be used to charge the battery for your scooter. Most of these adapters have some sort of “smart” design that allows for a rapid battery charge, along with an “automatic off” feature that powers the unit off when the battery reaches its full capacity. You should try to avoid any charging units or electric scooters that do not include this feature. It is important that you understand that an over-charged condition could cause permanent damage to your scooter battery.
Most electric scooters run on a single sealed 12-volt rechargeable lead acid battery. However, depending on the brand and model, some scooters may have anywhere from one to three of these batteries installed. The power and quality rating of your scooter battery is crucial to the range of the scooter. In addition, low tire pressure, extreme temperatures, rough terrain, hills, high levels of speed, and the weight of the rider will put extra demand on the battery and drain its power much faster.
The average life span of a typical scooter battery is usually between 250 – 500 charges, but this can vary depending upon the brand and quality of the battery installed. A completely drained battery can take anywhere from two to eight hours to fully recharge — but again, this will depend on the brand and quality of the electric scooter, along with the quality of the charging unit being used. Some electric scooter models may also offer a quick change battery option that allows for you to swap out your depleted batteries for a fresh set whenever necessary. It is recommended that you always try to keep your lead acid batteries fully charged since they tend to have a much shorter life span if stored for a length of time in a depleted condition. For longer battery life, always remember to charge your electric scooter’s battery immediately after riding it.
Knowing how to properly care for your scooter and its electrical system can greatly improve the performance and life span of your electric mobility scooter. Keeping this system in a clean and fully charged state will provide many years of comfort in knowing that your scooter is ready to go whenever needed. Most importantly, you can have the confidence and peace of mind in knowing that it will not leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere at an inopportune time. Take care of your scooter and it will take care of you!