An electrically powered scooter is an important aid for individuals with reduced mobility. Taking proper care of the scooter and following the manufacturer’s recommended charging procedures will make the batteries last longer. You will eventually need to replace the scooter batteries because they will reach the end of their serviceable life. Knowing how to replace worn-out batteries will save money and ensure that your scooter will be ready when you need it. Contact Medicare or your insurance company to determine whether they will cover the cost of a new battery.
The following steps are a general overview of how to change the scooter batteries in an electric mobility scooter. The work will require a screwdriver, a set of pliers, and an adjustable wrench. To prevent the scooter from moving while you are changing the battery, place it in the “Drive” position before turning it off.
Each scooter has a different configuration. In most cases, the battery is located low on the scooter to help balance the center of gravity. As a result, the battery compartment is usually located under the seat. In order to change your battery, you will need to remove the seat on your scooter to access the battery storage compartment.
Open the battery compartment by removing the screws or quick snap clips that secure the cover. Set the cover aside. Carefully inspect the position of the cables and defective battery because you must install the new batteries in the same position. Unplug the batteries from the scooter, and release the strap that holds them in place. Remove the batteries from the scooter.
Disconnect the battery cables from the old batteries and attach them to the new ones. Ensure that the cables are secure and matched to the correct terminals. A plus sign and the color red indicate the positive terminal. A minus sign and the color black indicate the negative terminal.
Once the cables are in place, insert the new batteries into the compartment. Secure the batteries in place with the strap. Reconnect the battery plugs to the scooter. Close the battery compartment cover and replace the seat. Charge the new batteries overnight. Remember that the scooter is still in “Drive.”
If you are not sure about the type of battery that your scooter uses, contact your battery retailer. The knowledgeable staff will gladly help you obtain the correct model. You should also create a system where you can quickly order the batteries online or over phone on a regular basis. Following these procedures will help ensure your continued mobility.