FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I charge a wheelchair battery at home? On the road?
Charging batteries for electric wheelchairs is an easy process. All you need is a standard electrical outlet socket and a charger. To charge your battery, plug the charging cable into the onboard port, ensuring the pins slide in without bending or snapping. The indicator light on the battery charger should be red. When the battery reaches a sufficient charge level, the indicator light will turn green on the charger and the control panel. After an initial 24-hour charge, most manufacturers of power wheelchairs recommend charging your battery at least bi-weekly for 10 to 12 hours each time, even when it's not in regular use. Also, always disconnect the battery from the charger when not in use. Otherwise, it could drain the battery power.
How long do wheelchair batteries last?
A fully-charged wheelchair battery usually supports about eight hours of use. In terms of total battery life, you can expect about a year and a half peak performance before replacing it in one to two years. However, if you have a low-quality battery, it may last only six months. For this reason, it's wise to invest in a high-quality power product like a MK 12-Volt – 60 AMP Heavy Duty Gel Battery. The life of your battery also depends on the weight of the mobility aid, your body weight, the surfaces you typically travel on, and the weight of wheelchair accessories.
Can I use any battery in my wheelchair?
You can't use any battery on a power wheelchair because the system requires AGM or a gel-type battery. Also, all wheelchair batteries have 12 volts. Since all electric wheelchairs have a 24-volt system, you need two 12-volt batteries to power your chair. Before you purchase power wheelchair batteries, ensure that both batteries have matching chemistry and capacity. This requirement is a good reason to buy two batteries of the same brand, like a MK 12-Volt 32 AMP Light Duty AGM Battery.
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