There are three main types of mobility scooter batteries:
Sealed Lead Acid (also known as AGM) – This battery type is best for occasional users as it produces fewer cycles. This does mean, however, that it also tends to be the cheapest option.
Gel cell – Recommended for more regular users as it lasts much longer with more cycles.
Li-Ion – A light-weight option that produces many cycles before it needs replacing. This battery is much more expensive than the other two lead-acid battery options.
All mobility scooter batteries are 12v, providing a total of 24v with two battery pairs in the scooter. When you replace your mobility scooter batteries, it is recommended that you change the pair together.
Gel cell and AGM batteries are both sealed, so need no maintenance. While AGM batteries are cheaper, Gell Cell batteries are more suitable for people who will be using their mobility scooter frequently.
If you have the budget Li-Ion batteries are a fantastic option, particularly if you are interested in a more lightweight design.
How Long Does The Average Mobility Scooter Last?
The majority of mobility scooter manufacturers will offer a 12-month warranty on your scooter batteries, but general speaking, the battery should last longer than this.
A mobility scooter battery typically has a lifespan of around 18 months, although this does depend heavily on how often you use it. For example, someone who uses their scooter multiple times a day can expect their battery to last for less time than someone who uses their scooter once a week or so.
Tips For Improving Your Battery Lifespan
Although the typical lifespan for mobility scooter batteries is from 12 – 18 months, you can ensure you get the most from your battery:
Most mobility scooter manufacturers recommend charging your scooter overnight, and after each use. It’s always a good idea to check with your specific manufacturer, but the general rule of thumb is:
- Charge your scooter after every trip
- Charge overnight
- Avoid ever letting the battery to fully discharge
- If you haven’t used your scooter in a while, charge it at least once a month to avoid it going flat
Storing your scooter correctly can lengthen the lifespan of your battery. Ideally, you should store your scooter:
In a cool and dry place, preferably indoors
Fully charged, or on charge
It’s a good idea to take your mobility scooter to be serviced once a year. This way, you’ll know the condition your scooter is in and when you can realistically expect to need to replace your batteries, without any interruption to when or how you can use your scooter.
Visit our mobility scooter insurance page to find out more about protecting your scooter from theft, breakdowns, and accidental damage when you’re out and about.