A leading supplier of mobility scooter batteries believes a few simple tips could leave customers better informed about the ways in which they can maximise the life of their equipment.
Easystart Batteries, which has been operating for 20 years, insists that “reliability” is still the key word as far as batteries are concerned, but points out that there is only so much a battery charger can do.
“If a battery is left discharged over a period of time, or the charge cycle is interrupted the battery will begin to fail and a standard battery charger won’t be able to 100% charge. Then the battery will fail,” explained sales manager Katie Horner.
She said the company also recommends that battery chargers are replaced when a new battery is acquired to maximise the life of both units.
“The demands on mobility scooters are huge and high capacity batteries are used now,” she said. “The biggest misunderstanding is that a scooter can be used on a Monday, left and then used again on a Friday. This will work short term but long term it will really damage the battery.”
Easystart offers a specialised range of batteries specifically for the electric vehicle market. Its Haze AGM and Gel batteries, in particular, are designed for heavy duty usage and can withstand the demands of variable riding conditions.
The EX range, for example, provides the extra power needed to go a further distance when there physically isn’t any room on the scooter for bigger batteries.
“Over the years this range has been developed to meet the needs of every mobility scooter customer, from the occasional to the everyday user. The quality and reliability of Haze means the mobility sector is one of the biggest markets for Easystart,” explained Horner.
To accommodate the Haze batteries. Easystart offers a specialised Haze charger range.
“The biggest issue for batteries is the abuse they have to withstand, the majority of the time it is simply down to undercharging or leaving the battery discharged,” said Horner. “If you leave a battery discharged, over a period of time it will start to sulphate. This is caused by sulphuric crystals forming on the lead plates which results in a loss of capacity. How many times have you heard the expression, ‘the battery won’t take a charge’ or ‘the battery won’t hold a charge?’ More often than not, the battery has developed a hardened sulfate on the lead plates.”
One of the key features is the manual rejuvenation or refresh mode. This is ideal for a battery which has been abused and left discharged, for example over winter.
“The battery refresh breaks down the resistance, the build-up of sulphate, thus improving the performance of the battery. This is unique to Haze and can be used as service tool,” said Horner.