How to maintain your Scooter Batteries.
It’s the first beautiful day of spring and you just can’t wait to dust off your scooter, get out in the sunshine and take her for a spin. You climb aboard in anticipation, turn the key, and nothing. How can this be? My scooter won’t start! Every spring, the Product Specialists at SpinLife hear the same scenario repeated over and over. Your scooter batteries are dead.
Many people do not realize that if your scooter is not being used, the batteries will slowly discharge. Even if you put it away for the winter with the batteries fully charged, it is likely they will not have enough power to run your scooter come springtime.
This is due to the fact that once the level of charge has fallen below a certain level, your charger is not capable of resurrecting the batteries to their former function. Often times people think their charger has gone bad, which is possible, but unlikely.
So what’s a person to do? Here are two easy steps to follow so this won’t happen to you.
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- If you have a travel scooter and the batteries are in a removable pack, go ahead and store your scooter, but bring your battery pack and charger inside with you. Place it somewhere you can get to it without a lot of hassle. Mark your calendar to plug in your battery charger every two weeks. Plug it in at night when you go to bed. Unplug it the next morning. If you follow through with this for the winter, come spring you will be good to go!
- If you have a larger scooter without a removable battery pack follow these instructions. Be sure your batteries are fully charged, and disconnect them from the scooter. Sealed batteries can hold their charge from 6 to 12 months if they are not hooked to the scooter battery terminals. Remember, if you have to store your scooter in an unheated area, it’s best if you move the fully charged batteries to an area where they will not freeze. Extremes of temperature (hot or cold) can harm sealed batteries and shorten their usable life.
If it’s time for a new set of batteries, shop today or call one of our Spinlife Product Specialists for help at 800-850-0335. Just tell us the make and model of your mobility device and we’ll do the rest. Orders placed before 2 pm ET often ship out the same day, and expedited delivery is available. Happy motoring!
Spinlife is excited to announce the launch of the DayDreamer PowerPillow Lift Chair by Golden Technologies!
Taking comfort and adjustability to a whole new level, Golden Technologies has incorporated their exclusive PowerPillow™ headrest into a beautiful new design. The DayDreamer PowerPillow Lift Chair incorporates all the Maxi-Comfort technology, including Zero Gravity and Trendelenburg Positioning. Including the addition of a separately articulated headrest that operates at the touch of a button. The headrest can move out towards you, and up for greater support.
What a great idea! No matter what position your chair is in, you can electrically operate the headrest to achieve individualized, comfortable support for your head and neck.
I’d like to highlight and describe two of the best reviewed products we sell here at Spinlife, the Bellavita and Aquajoy Premier Plus Bathlift from Drive Medical.
Easy to use, simple to operate, lightweight and portable a bathlift allows folks to “get down in the water and soak in the tub” and get back out with the push of a button.
No wonder they are so popular!
It’s a common problem, and one not to be embarrassed about, when you are no longer able to safely get down in your bathtub and then get back out without a serious issue. After all, tubs are usually low-sitting at floor level in the home. Once they are filled with nice warm, sudsy water they are extremely slippery, and many times there is nothing to hold onto to steady yourself as you step over the side one leg at a time. Once you do get seated in the water for that relaxing soak, you have to somehow get back up to your feet and climb out- which is often where the trouble really begins.
Don’t risk a fall, consider a bath tub lift.
The Bellavita bathlift has the greatest travel range high to low in the category. It lowers to within 2.3 inches of the tub floor and raises to a height of 18.8 inches, so it is great for deeper tubs. The rectangular base is held to the floor of the tub with four large suction cups for stability. The lift is constructed of sturdy high-impact plastic and is easy to clean and disinfect. Two transfer flaps span from each side of the lift, resting on the tub side so you can sit on the side of the tuba and slide over onto the Bellavita bathlift safely. Once you are seated, simply use the sealed, battery powered hand control to lower yourself into the water, and recline the backrest to relax. The weight capacity of the Bellavita is 300 lbs., and the seat itself is 13.7 inches wide (not counting the side flaps).
If you’d like something a bit bigger, consider the Aquajoy Premier Plus bathlift. It has all the great features of the Bellavita, but carries a 375 lb. weight capacity. The lift/lower range is from 3.1” to 18.1 inches and the seat is 15.3 inches wide without the side flaps.
Both models come with a waterproof rechargeable hand control, charger and large suction cups to hold them in place. The price also includes a non-slip washable cover for the seat and backrest. Since they are held in place with suction cups, they must be used in tubs with smooth floors only. Low battery safety switches insure that the lifts have enough power to lower and lift you back out.
Spring is in the air, and if your plans include a little travel with your new scooter, why not treat yourself to a new vehicle lift to match?
Selecting the right vehicle lift to fit your car, your scooter, your budget plus how much manual effort you can handle can be tricky.
That being said, figuring all that out is not as hard as it may seem if you take it one step at a time.
What kind of car you drive is all important when it comes to fitting a vehicle lift. If you drive a sporty sub-compact, carrying a mobility scooter may be out of the question. Since outside lifts hook on to a trailer hitch, your car has to be able to be fitted with a hitch that is rated for an appropriate tongue weight. Tongue weight is a measurement of the weight a trailer hitch can hold unsupported (there are no wheels underneath for support on a vehicle lift). This is usually 10% of the vehicles towing weight. So for example if your car has a towing weight of 5,000 lbs., the tongue weight would be 500 lbs, and easily accommodate a lift and scooter. On the other end of the spectrum if your car has a towing weight of 1500 lbs., the tongue weight would be only 150 lbs. and not enough for a lift and scooter at all.
Trailer hitches come in different sizes as well. Class 1 and Class 2 hitches have a 1.25 inch square receiver that extends out from the back of the vehicle. Even though they are the same size, the Class 1 hitch will not have the ability to bear as much weight as the Class 2. There is normally a sticker on the side of a hitch that says the class and how much weight it is rated for. Very few vehicle lifts can be used on a Class 1 hitch, they are just not strong enough. Class 2 hitches can sometimes carry 250 or even 300 lbs., so a lift will work on them as long as the scooter weight added to the weight of the lift itself does not meet or exceed the tongue weight. A Class 3 and above hitch will measure an inside diameter of 2 inches square. They are heavy duty, and will be rated to carry the heaviest scooters. Most trucks and SUV’s will be able to handle a class 3 hitch ( or even a Class 4 or 5), which means your vehicle will be compatible with most vehicle lifts.