A battery prefers to be used regularly or be regularly charged. Many modern scooters have a constant drain even when the ignition is off which will flatten the battery and shorten the life if the scooter is not being used regularly. A general rule of thumb is to leave the batteries on charge whenever you’re not using your machine. The only exception to this is if you are going extended periods of time without using it, like if you went away on holiday etc, in which case it would be best to fully charge them and then disconnect your batteries.
Batteries that have been left sitting unused for a prolonged period of time often fall below the acceptable level to the point where the charger will not turn on. You basically have two options – try reviving the batteries using a charger without the safety feature or you will need new batteries.
- Anytime you use the Power Wheelchair or Scooter, give it a full charge overnight or when you’re done using it.
- With every charger made for our mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs, you are able to leave the charger plugged in all the time. This will help to have them last longer but it will not completely stop them from sulfating and stratifying. Sulfation and stratification are the main reasons batteries die.
- If you’ve just purchased new batteries, charge them overnight for 5 nights in a row. This will break them in.
- Your tyre pressure is either too low or too high.
- Your wheel alignment is out so you will need to get this looked at by a technician.
- The type of ground you’re travelling on can also be a factor.
However, for all of the mentioned funding options, you must:
- Be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident with a suitable visa
- Be currently residing in QLD*
- Be under 65 years of age
- Have a BIS number*
* To be eligible for NDIS funding you do not need to be residing in QLD but must be currently residing in Australia. You also do not require a BIS number for NDIS funding.
*To be eligible for SWEP you need to be residing in Victoria.
MASS funding is used for electric and manual wheelchairs, and only crash tested rehab seat products that will be primarily used indoors. The equipment must be on SOA.
CAEATI funding is accommodated towards individuals who require a scooter, electric or manual wheelchair for primarily outdoor use. The equipment must meet Australian standards.
VOSS funding is best suited towards individuals interested in Government funding for vehicle modifications, and for hoists and ramps.
NDIS funding is suited towards individuals who want to achieve their goals, and the corresponding equipment set out in the client’s individual tailored plan. NDIS funding can be used for scooters, electric and manual wheelchairs, lift recline chairs, and more.
*You may also hold a Permanent Protection Visa (Resolution of States, Subclass 851) or Asylum seekers (may also be Protection Visa applicants.)