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Battery runs out in less than 60 min, used to go for hours.

My dad's wheelchair is running out of battery after a short 40 minute ride. We used to be able to go for 60 minute walks for 5 or 6 days before it even was down to the red lights on the meter. Now it runs out fast on a full charge, the red lights begin blinking at around 35 minutes, what's going on ? If it needs a new battery can I change it myself? The chair is apx. 6 years old and gets no use during the winter and maybe 60 minutes a day 3 or 4 times a week in the summer. It's his only way to get outside and it's very important. It's model P-220.

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Hi. With batteries it is very important to recharge them after each use, overnight. I have seen batteries last 7 years in a mobility scooter, because the batteries were charged properly. Batteries store electrical energy by means of a cemical reaction, and if left in a discharged condition for too long, damage is done to the internal plates of the battery.
Batteries are designed to do so many charge cycles.
If a battery is run down to 75% or more, you will not get many cycles out of it. If you only run it down by 25%, you will get 100's of charge cycles out of it.
I would say that you will need to purchase new batteries for it.
When changing the batteries, change one completely first, and then the other. This way you will be less likely to mix up the wires.
Red is positive, and black is negative.
Good luck. Neil.

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