If not using a scooter for months at a time, what is best way to preserve the batteries and the scooter?
There is really no easy answer for this, it's kind of a lesser of 2 evils kind of thing.
The batteries on scooters and power chairs have a gel inside them that will oxidize or solidify if it is not put on a charger on a regular basis (at least once a week for 8 hours). However, keeping the batteries connected to the charger for a long period of time (weeks, months) can cause the power cells inside them to deteriorate and not last as long. Scooters and powerchairs are meant to be used and portable, which is why this type of universal gel battery is standard in nearly all of them.
Storing the scooter outside can be a problem as the controller can be damaged by water, heat or condensation and the tires and seat upholstery may crack under weather extremes as well. Storing inside is recommended, if possible.
The best I can suggest is to store the scooter in some type of shed so that it is protected from the elements, and cover it with a soft water proof cover, like those used to cover outdoor grills. Get an outdoor electronic light timer and drop cord and plug it into a grounded outlet, attach the charger and plug the scooter to the charger. Set the timer to turn the charger on for 8 hours once a week. Hopefully, this will keep your scooter in good condition until you can use it again.
I hope this information is helpful to you- good luck!
Dec 27, 2010 |
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