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BATTERIES FAQ

 

  1.  How often should I charge my batteries?

            If the consumer uses their chair everyday, they can charge the batteries every night. The only exception is if they only use it indoors, they may be better off charging every other day or twice a week.

    2.    How long my batteries should last?

            Battery life will depend on proper product, charging, maintenance and how active an individual is. Batteries should last an average of 1 to 1 1/2 years. Because of the other factors involved, the range can be from 6 months to 3 years or more.

    3.    Where should I go to get replacement batteries?

            The consumer should ALWAYS buy their replacement batteries through a reputable DME provider. A knowledgeable DME dealer can determine if there are any other problems associated with the batteries and should always be able to provide  the correct product for the customer. People who buy their batteries from battery shops, discount stores, auto part dealers etc. think they are saving money, but they are dealing with people who are not familiar with their chair. Also the type of battery purchased from these sources is frequently  not appropriate for wheelchair application. Marine and automotive batteries ARE NOT wheelchair batteries. The service a good DME dealer provides will more than make up for any cost difference the consumer may find.

     4.    What must I do with batteries for airline travel?

            Airlines are still somewhat inconsistent when it comes to transporting batteries. Arrangements should always be made in advance with an airline. The consumer should inform the airline whether they have Gel/Sealed batteries or Wet type batteries. gel/Sealed batteries are approved for air transportation and the labeling on the battery should indicate this. This is the kind of wheelchair batteries used by Special Mobility, Inc. Wet batteries requires special preparation.  Special Mobility Inc. only uses Made in USA batteries labeled: F.A.A., C.A.B., I.A.T.A., AND D.O.T. AIR TRANSPORT APPROVED.

      5.     How can I store my batteries (i.e. leaving for a trip etc.)?

              Batteries must be stored fully charged and should be disconnected from the chair. Batteries stored longer than 1 or 2 months should be charged once a month.

       6.       What is the voltage in a fully charged battery?

                 Wheelchair Gel batteries should show from 13.8 to 14.1 volts when fully charged.

 

    Note:

               Automotive or marine batteries may explode should a spark occur! Please only buy wheelchair batteries from a reputed DME supplier who understand your chair.

              

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