Scooter doesn't seem to be charging after sitting all winter.
Today we took out my scooter and it needed a charge. We put it on the charger but it starts charging (yellow or orange light) for a short period but then the light turns green, however the batteries are not fully charged. The batteries were not completely drained as it moved a little bit but not much. Could the batteries need to be replaced or does freezing affect them?
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hi if youre batteries have been sitting for 18 months without a charge they r probably no good now after batteries sit for a long time the plates develop a coating & when u do charge them the they will not charge properly..youre charger guage is not a true reading the only way Is to use a battery LOAD tester this will give u a true reading on the condition of youre batteries...u can buy a battery load tester of e/bay for aprox $35 ........
Take the batteries down to a battery shop and have them load tested. Make absolutely sure they are DEEP CYCLE batteries. My 35a\h batteries put out 480 cranking amps. The battery shop can also test your charger. I have two chargers for my scooter the 4amp charger that came built into the chair, and a really nice three stage 5amp external charger. My scooters batteries have two 50amp quick disconnect connectors. I made up an external harness for the 5amp charger with the same connectors. I can now charge up my batteries out of the scooter. They say my built in charger is a 4amp charger, its slow in comparison to the 5amp charger. Batteries are expensive, regular chargers charge at one rate, full speed and can overcharge a battery. A three stage charger is by far way batter on your batteries. When you start to charge a depleted battery it put out full 5amps but as the battery nears being charged the charger backs off the amperage. When the battery is fully charged the charger goes into float mode and put out just enough amperage to maintain the charge. When i'm not using my scooter i keep the batteries connected to this charger. Deep cycle glass mat batteries don't stay charged very long when just sitting around. In about six months a dead battery will sulfate to the point where it will no longer take a charge. That happened to me once and cost me $200, never again will this happen to me. Battery shops are great places they have the instruments to tell you everything you need to know about the batteries. The batteries are the heart of your scooter unless you know there condition all kinds of strange things can happen. To make sure my batteries were good i have them checked against a known good set of batteries. BTW- Cranking amp is measured by putting a load on battery and increasing that load until the voltage falls off. At the point just before that voltage drop they measure the amperage output, that is you're cranking amps
well it could be that you overcharged the batteries. You should not leave the scooter on the charger full time. you should charge the scooter nightly while you sleep unplug from the charger when you get up in the morning. the charger should not be on the scooter more than 12 hours per day and that rare. Whenever you have a red and green light on the charger the scooter is fully charged and can be unplugged. Always put it up fully charged and then charge after each use. Your batteries need to be replaced and charge the new ones before use then charge overnight each day that you use the scooter. If you don't use it for a few days you should still be fully charged than charge after use Hope this helps
try borrowing a charger from a friend or neighbor to charge your scooter If it charges the batteries then your charger is bad if it doesn't charge your batteries then the batteries are bad Hope this helps
Make sure that the charger is fully connected to the scooter; ususally the controller lights will go slowly left to right to indicate it is charging. Make sure the charger is plugged directly into the grounded wall outlet, not into an extension cord or power bar. If the charger is not being recognized by the scooter, you may need to replace the charger, or at least the power cord to the charger.
If your scooter has been sitting unused for a while? If so, the batteries might not charge anymore and will need to be replaced. Contact the manufacturer for a service call or troubleshooting over the phone.
I had a similar problem. When scooter purchased, gave it the full 8 hr charge. Was great. Husband did not bring batteries n that winter from unheated building. If left in cold a trickle charger needs to be on it. Easier to take out and bring in.
Same thing happened. Would charge and said fully charged but one battery(has 2) had a dead cell from being out in the cold. Took to batteries plus(very reasonable) had it checked and purchased.new one. Put in and gave it a full charge. Wonderful ever since. Use it at horse shows to run from trailer to stalls to arena and all over. Constantly forget to turn switch off and still comes through for me. It appears to go into a sleep mode when you forget to switch off. When back to trailer to sleep plug it in. The first 2 days of a 7 day circuit didn't plug in but then started to whenever I took it back to trailer as the strip sign says on platform. Duh!! Love it, love it love it!!!