How Do I Know If My Mobility Scooter Battery Is Dead? (Steps)

How often have you had a long shopping day planned or just intended to visit friends, only to find that your mobility scooter won’t move? It may be the battery. What can you do to keep it working longer?

 

This blog will give you the steps in checking whether your mobility scooter battery is dead. Also, I will provide tips on how to test your battery. You’ll learn a lot from this, so keep reading on. 

 

You can tell if your mobility batteries are about to die and need a replacement when: 

  • Your battery does not charge
  • Your mobility scooter slows down when you press the accelerator
  • Your mobility scooter breaks while you are driving
  • Your mobility scooter seems to be losing range.
  • You hear a clicking noise from the controller area, but there is no power to turn on the mobility scooter.

 

How can you tell when your mobility scooter batteries are dead or dying?

Your battery does not charge When a scooter battery dies, it can be difficult to tell. It doesn’t always flash and make a noise as you see in the movies or on television when car batteries die. When your mobility scooter batteries are very old, dead, dying, or there’s some other issue with them. They may not be able to accept a charge from either your battery charger or your scooter’s alternator.
Your mobility scooter slows down when you press the accelerator
Your mobility scooter slows down when you press the accelerator. As a rule, a new or fully charged battery will give your mobility scooter better acceleration and climbing ability than an old, weak, or partially discharged battery. Suppose your mobility scooter seems to lack the average power it used to have. Perhaps it is time to replace the batteries in your scooter.
Your mobility scooter dies while you are driving Suppose you notice that your mobility scooter has lost significant power or struggles more than usual when climbing hills or inclines. Then, it could mean that your batteries are on their way out.
Your mobility scooter seems to be losing range A mobility scooter’s batteries may need to be replaced if it’s not going as far as it used to on level ground or downhill. The loss of power and shorter run times could also mean that you have a problem with your scooter’s electrical system or controller.
You hear a clicking noise from the controller area, but there is no power to turn on the mobility scooter This could indicate that your batteries are dead, and you will need to recharge them or replace them with a set of new ones if they don’t hold a charge.

 

In some cases, it is possible that your batteries aren’t dead but instead have a problem with one or more of their internal connections. A good battery charger can test each cell in a battery and verify whether they are bad. This eliminates the need to replace an entire set of expensive batteries when only one or two cells may be defective.

 

When checking out your scooter batteries, you should check to ensure that the cables are plugged in securely. All the connections to which they are connected should be corrosion-free.

 

Corrosion causes a power loss, so clean all connections carefully before reattaching them securely. Suppose one battery seems to be working well while the other is weak or dead. You should clean and tighten all connections to both batteries before testing them again. 

 

Whenever a battery does not retain a charge after being cleaned and reattached, it may be time to replace it. This could indicate something else wrong with your scooter’s electrical wiring or controller.

 

 

Replacing the Mobility Scooter Batteries with New Ones

After determining that your batteries are not holding a charge or are otherwise defective, you will need to replace them with new ones. The average lifespan of mobility scooter batteries is between 12 and 36 months. That depends on the brand, type, age of the batteries, how they are stored when not in use (such as in an unheated garage), and the number of deep discharges they have already experienced. 

The more times that your scooter’s batteries are drained completely, the shorter the period that you can expect them to last. Replacing a mobility scooter’s batteries is relatively easy. It only requires a few tools, a replacement set of batteries, and about 30 minutes.

  1. Remove the terminal connector from your scooter. Lose the bolt on each side of the connection with an adjustable wrench or screwdriver. You can also use a flathead screwdriver to pry off the metal covers at each end of the battery connector. The mobility scooter covers should not be scratched if they are stuck in place, damaging the scooter.
  2. Once you have removed the metal covers and loosened the bolts, pull apart the two halves of your old battery connector until it is separated into two pieces. If you are having trouble disconnecting these parts, check for corrosion on any metal components. If there is corrosion, use a sponge or soft cloth to clean the metal components.
  3. Take your new batteries out of their packages and remove any plastic wrapping that they may have around them. It’s best if you can let your batteries sit for about an hour before attaching them to your scooter, but this is not always possible. If you are using the same type of batteries that your scooter came with, check to see a “+” or “-” sign on the battery enclosure. This will indicate which way your batteries should be inserted into the slots to work correctly. If you are not sure about this, it’s best to refer to the owner’s manual of your scooter.
  4. Take the new batteries and insert them into the enclosure in either direction (it doesn’t matter which way you insert them) until they click firmly into place.
  5. Attach one end of the battery connector to each end of each battery, then tighten each bolt securely with an adjustable wrench or screwdriver. You can also use a flathead screwdriver to tighten the metal covers over each newly attached battery connector.
  6. Turn your scooter on and check to ensure it is working correctly before putting the seat and other parts back on. Your scooter can be put back together and stored once you have verified the new batteries are in good working order.

 

 

How To Test Your Mobility Scooter Battery? 

If the battery seems to go completely dead after a short time being charged, it may be faulty or have a bad cell in the case of lead-acid batteries. This is very common in older models of mobility scooters and is easily tested using a voltmeter.

 

Before testing, it is a good idea to check the screws that hold the battery down. They could be vibrating loose with the movement of the scooter, causing poor power delivery from the batteries.

  1. First, remove the battery pack from your scooter and disconnect it from all chargers and electrical sources.
  2. You will need a multimeter to test the voltage. If you don’t have a multimeter, you can buy one from any electronics store or an online retailer such as Amazon for a very low price. They usually come with instructions on using them, but if you’re unsure about using them, consult someone familiar with testing batteries.
  3. You will need to check each cell in the battery, one at a time. Most batteries come with an owner’s manual, which you can consult if you are unsure how to do this. If no manual comes with your scooter or battery pack, please make sure you fully understand the procedure before carrying it out on your mobility scooter.

 

Check to see if the cell is too hot or cold. If it is, let the battery rest until it returns to a normal temperature before you continue testing.

 

A cell should read about 2 volts when fully charged. It may vary slightly from brand to brand, but all cells should be pretty close in this range.

 

If you get a reading of 0.9 volts or less, the cell is faulty and needs replacing. You can buy replacement cells from battery suppliers or simply purchase a whole new battery in most cases.

 

Parts for your mobility scooter are available online in various places such as eBay, Amazon, and other retailers. If you need to replace specific parts for your scooter.

 

A cell that is overcharged will read over 2 volts when fully charged. If the cell is charging properly, it should be under 2 volts when fully charged. A battery specialist may be able to recondition your battery if this happens frequently.

 

When discharged, cells that are undercharged will read over 2 volts and be very hot or possibly bulging in shape. An explosion could happen if this is not addressed soon enough. It is not suitable for the scooter.

 

Parts are available online, but you may need to contact your scooter manufacturer for specific help in this case. If necessary, take it to your local mobility shop or dealer, where they will gladly help you with any problems with your mobility scooter.

 

If you find that your batteries are very cold, it may be due to a fan problem and not the cells themselves. When the fan is faulty, the cells can become too cold and suffer permanent damage. Make sure the problem is fixed as soon as possible by asking your dealer to assist.

 

If none of these tests show that it’s a cell problem, you still have issues. Take your battery pack into your local mobility dealer or shop, where they can test the cells to make sure that none of them are faulty.

 

 

Conclusion

So, to answer the question, “how do I know if my mobility scooter battery is dead?”. You need to test each cell individually to see if one is reading out of range. If all cells are under 2 volts when fully charged and over 2 volts when discharged, it’s a probable faulty battery pack.

 

Most likely, you will need to replace the battery pack if only one cell is faulty. If you find a defective charger, ask your dealer to help with this issue. You can get parts for most mobility scooters and models online as well.

 

You need to have the battery pack tested by a mobility dealer or shop if, when discharging, it reads correctly but not when charged. You can get parts for most scooters and models over the Internet as well.

 

If you have a faulty fan, it can cause permanent damage to the cells if they get too cold. If necessary, take your batteries to your local mobility dealer or shop, where they will test the cells to make sure that none of them are faulty.

 

If you have one bad cell, it can be replaced. Still, a whole battery pack replacement may be necessary, depending on the brand and model.

 

If necessary, take the battery pack into your local mobility shop, where they will test them to ensure that all cells are reading correctly and you don’t have any faulty cells.

 

 

Citations

https://batteryclerk.com/blogs/news/is-my-electric-scooter-battery-dead

https://www.batterystuff.com/blog/how-to-tell-if-your-battery-is-bad.html

 

How Do I Know If My Mobility Scooter Battery Is Dead? (Steps)
How Do I Know If My Mobility Scooter Battery Is Dead

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