It is important to know what you are looking for when buying a power or electric wheelchair battery. Every wheelchair owner should understand and know about certain aspects of their own battery.
Electric wheelchair batteries can be broken down in to categories according to the brand and size of the battery itself. After that, users will need to consider how long they plan on using their chair throughout the day. For some, electric wheelchair batteries only need to supply power for the user for a couple of hours, while others may need to power their chair almost all day long in order to move around. This last consideration of battery length is an important factor, to ensure you select the right battery for you.
There are a number of factors that make it difficult to determine how long an electric wheelchair battery will last, one of the biggest being the quality of the battery itself, but it can also be affected by the way that you take care of it.
Just like car batteries, electric wheelchair batteries do better if they are not fully discharged. To ensure that they have a better lifespan, it is better to discharge this type of battery by 25% or 50% at a time, instead of letting the battery run down fully. This is recommended to all wheelchair users, so it is best to charge your chair on a daily basis. This charging method not only ensures that the electric wheelchair is ready to use when needed, but also keeps the battery running longer, keeping costs to the owner down.
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