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Wheelchair and Mobility Batteries

Nothing should stop you from getting where you need to be, and that includes the battery in your wheelchair or scooter. Power wheelchair batteries do need to be replaced every so often, so it’s important to understand what type of batteries to use to maintain or improve performance. Before you choose your next battery, think about which one will be best for your wheelchair or mobility scooter. Or, stop by. Our experts can help, with free battery testing, advice, battery installation and more.

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Keep your power wheelchair or scooter powered up with an additional or replacement charger. Choosing the right charger will impact the life of your battery and ultimately the performance of your device. Batteries Plus Bulbs is proud to offer top-quality chargers for thousands of applications to keep your battery running at full power.

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Pro Tip If your battery isn't holding a charge for as long as it used to, it could be time to change the battery.

Charging Your Wheelchair Battery

Because wheelchair and mobile scooter batteries are 'deep cycle' batteries, they should be fully discharged before you recharge them. Most batteries can be recharged hundreds of times before they lose their power capacity and need to be replaced.

Keeping your wheelchair battery or mobile scooter battery charged means using the correct battery charging leads and charging unit. If you happen to use the wrong battery charger for your type of wheelchair battery, you risk causing permanent damage to the battery. If you need to replace or upgrade your wheelchair charger, or have questions about your charging unit, one of our experts will be happy to help you. Batteries Plus Bulbs offers wheelchair chargers from top brands like Duracell to help keep you moving.

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From purchase to disposal, you can count on Batteries Plus Bulbs. Each of our stores features a battery and bulb recycling drop-off point. Better yet, we accommodate battery recycling for personal and commercial use for your convenience.

Prolonging Battery Life

While most wheelchair and mobility scooter batteries are manufactured to be quite durable, they can occasionally be damaged. Over time, undercharging your battery can damage it. Giving your mobile scooter battery a short burst of charge between uses may top up the power supply, but it can also damage the cells inside the battery itself, making it difficult to hold charge in the long run. It’s recommended that batteries are charged overnight after a day of use.

Wheelchair & Mobility Batteries 101

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What Type of Battery Does a Wheelchair Use?

There are two main types of batteries used to power wheelchairs: deep cycle AGM or gel sealed lead acid batteries. Either type can be used as a replacement battery for a wheelchair.

In most cases, deep cycle AGM batteries, or lead acid batteries are cheaper but require more maintenance. By comparison, gel sealed lead acid batteries can be a bit more expensive but are usually allow for more cycles in most applications.

How Long Do Mobility Scooter Batteries Last?

Fully charged power chair batteries are designed to provide approximately eight hours of use before recharging is required. Depending on how often you use your wheelchair, most wheelchair batteries last for one to two years. However, the lifespan of a mobile scooter battery will vary, based on a few factors:

  • How often you charge your electric wheelchair battery influences its lifetime. Over time, undercharging the battery can cause significant damage.
  • The amount of weight a wheelchair or mobility scooter transports will contribute to a battery's lifespan.
  • How often you operate your device throughout the day may influence the lifespan of your mobility scooter battery. Hard and flat surfaces tend to put less wear and tear on electric wheelchair batteries, too.

If you're searching for scooter batteries or chargers near you, Batteries Plus Bulbs is one of the top wheelchair battery providers nationwide. Find a compatible electric wheelchair battery or wheelchair charger for your make and model online or in-store.

What's the Difference Between Deep Cycle AGM and Gel Sealed Lead Acid Batteries?

Deep Cycle AGM Batteries tend to have a larger capacity than their gel-cell counterparts. They can also supply more electrical power and tend to be cheaper to purchase. For these reasons, most people choose deep cycle AGM batteries as a replacement battery for a wheelchair.

Gel Sealed Lead Acid Batteries are maintenance-free. There is also no chance of experiencing an accidental chemical spillage, so they're considered safer than deep cycle AGM batteries, but they are more expensive to buy initially. Despite the initial cost, gel batteries are able to be recharged more times than other types of batteries before you need to replace them.

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