Mobility scooter batteries provide the ‘fuel’ for every mobility scooter as they don’t run on gas. Yes, that means that mobility scooters are eco-friendly and they rely on their batteries to power them. They also depend on their battery capacity to dictate the range it can travel.
Generally, a mobility scooter uses two 12V batteries, tied in series to increase the voltage to 24V. They can last longer with care, but all batteries need to be replaced at some point. Most mobility scooter batteries have a warranty of one year, but they can last 18-24 months.
The Best Mobility Scooter Batteries
What are mobility scooters?
We suggest peeking at our article ‘Portable Mobility Scooters—Short Guide and Six Recommendations,’ but, in short, mobility scooters are steered, three to five wheeled, battery-powered devices that aid movement.
How does the use of the mobility scooter impact its batteries?
Mobility scooters use different amounts of energy depending on the tasks it performs. Do you use your mobility scooter every day? That means you use more energy than somebody using it weekly.
Do you use it for long distances? That also means you’re using more energy. Do you use it for rougher pavement, steep roads, carrying groceries or other heavy objects? You guessed it—you’re using more energy.
But what does that mean for your battery? Well, if you only do those things rarely, nothing will happen. If you’re doing them more often, that’s where things get complicated.
You’re essentially depleting your battery more, which means you’re charging it more and at an increased frequency. That’s not a bad thing—it means is that you really needed your mobility scooter. It also may mean that you need a certain type of battery.
What types of batteries do mobility scooters have?
Mostly, they have lithium and sealed lead-acid (SLA) batteries. The SLA batteries themselves are, in most cases, gel batteries and absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries. They also differ according to the capacity (Ah) they have, which is the amount of energy they can hold.
Lithium Batteries usually have a Battery Management System (BMS), which is the reason why they are considered safe and reliable. It’s a pretty big concern that they all should have a BMS so this is something you should know to check for. The BMS prevents overcharging and protects against undercharging, cold and hot weather, and generally keeps the battery balanced.
Out of the many advantages that lithium batteries present, a sure one that they have over SLA batteries is that they don’t have the issue of deficit cycling. More to the point, a cycle is the ability of a battery to be at full charge, to consume the energy, and then recover that full charge again. The deficit cycle is when the battery doesn’t charge back to its full potential.
SLA Batteries are spill-proof batteries that are approved by various agencies to be brought on various modes of transportation, like planes, trains, and cruise ships. The most common types of SLA batteries are AGM and Gel. They have their advantages and disadvantages, but one disadvantage they all share in that they don’t take well to being left without any charge.
One of the strengths of the AGM batteries is its increased resistance to cold. It’s not by much, but it can take lower temperatures for longer periods, which may be useful information if you live in colder climates. The price is also among its strong points, AGM batteries being usually cheaper than Gel Batteries.
They are the batteries we were talking about above as being a better option for regular users. Though they cost more, they produce more cycles. That means it allows for more charges. So if you need your mobility scooter a lot, you might reach the conclusion that the Gel battery is the more budget-friendly option.
What is the appropriate way to care for batteries?
When you first charge your mobility scooter batteries, you should leave them longer. How much time exactly? It varies from 15h to 24h depending on the brand of scooter and their opinion about the proper way to care for it. But preparing the battery to work smoothly doesn’t end there. Over the next 10-15 times you charge your mobility scooter, the battery gets broken-in. This usually results in your scooter being going farther at the end of this period.
You should charge your scooter after every use. It can be left overnight, with no concern for overcharging, considering that most SLA batteries have a cutoff point. If the lithium batteries have a BMS then you’re covered there too. Even when the mobility scooter isn’t in use, the batteries should be charged about once a month.
Storage and maintenance
Avoid exposure to the elements. The batteries should be kept in dry places with medium temperature. They should be stored with a full charge, and, if you know you won’t be using the scooter for more than a month, you should disconnect them before putting them away. As far as maintenance goes, it’s better to be left to the professionals.
We have a few recommendations for mobility scooters batteries that we think you might enjoy.
1. Weize 12V 35AH
Why is it on our list?
Overall great value. This battery pack offers a 35 Ah battery range at a reasonable price. It’s appropriate for powering more than the mobility devices, and, even though that’s what we’re currently interested in, it’s still worth knowing.
Careful, though, don’t forget to check the space that’s left from your old batteries for fit. These are 7.68” in length, 5.12” in width, and 7.09” in height.
Pros and Cons
The Weize weighs 23.1 lbs, so it’s easy to carry, and can be used both indoors and outdoors without maintenance. It comes with a year warranty and a 30-day return policy, which might come in handy if it turns out not to be the proper battery for you. Also, it arrives charged and lasts a long time.
However, it doesn’t come with mounting or wire harness, so be careful of that. It does come with screws. As for another aspect that could be considered a disadvantage is that the battery pack is AGM technology.
The Weize 12V 35Ah offers great value for the price.
2. Universal Power Group 12V 12AH
Why is it on our list?
Fits many. These batteries fit many scooters functioning with 12 Ah batteries. Though not the most powerful out there, this type is usually found in portable mobility scooters. It’s a niche industry, to be sure, but one that’s fast gaining ground due to its practicality.
Pros and Cons
Its dimensions are 9.2”, 9.2”, and 6.6”. Like we mentioned earlier, it fits most scooters with 12Ah batteries. It’s good to check, always, because there could be exceptions or brands who wanted to make their own batteries so they made them have slightly different dimensions.
But coming back to the Universal Power Group, know that it has more uses than that. They are AGM batteries that can be used for other medical mobility and access control devices, security, or emergency lighting. Also, they are easy to install and can withstand shock and vibrations.
As a possible con, they are not Gel batteries. We showed above what their advantages are, but the disadvantages are what we’re highlighting now. You should keep that in mind how often you use the mobility scooter when you calculate the batteries’ life span.
The Universal Power Group 12V 12Ah batteries work great on certain 12Ah battery scooters.
3. 12V 35AH Jazzy Select
Why is it on our list?
Customization and more. The battery pack is apparently made for the Jazzy mobility scooters, something that’s usually done to make it easier for the owners of the company products to find one compatible with their scooters.
The last two on the list check those attributes. But that’s not the case for the 12V 35H Jazzy Select that is appropriate for a whole range of products.
Pros and Cons
The range of a battery of 35Ah beats hands down the 12Ah, which makes it the better choice. That being said, it still needs to fit the dimensions of your mobility scooter, but, as a good rule of thumb, check to see what kind of Ah you have on your batteries now.
If you have 35Ah batteries (which not all scooters do, and there’s the disadvantage), look at the dimensions. If there’s room for a 7.75”; 5.19”; and 7.13” battery, then you’re set. The Jazzy Select can be arranged in any position so you don’t have to worry about that.
Speaking of not worrying, The Jazzy Select contains two batteries, each weighing 22.5 lbs, and come fully charged. They’re ready to use so install them and you’re off. If, however, if you have any sort of issue with them—be it that they didn’t fit your scooter or they malfunctioned for whatever reason—don’t forget that you get a year warranty.
It’s a 12V, 35 Ah battery pack, made by the Universal Power Group for Jazzy Select, but can accommodate other purposes and mobility scooters too.
4. 18 AH Battery Pack for Drive Medical Scout Scooters
Why is it on our list?
Exact fit. This battery pack, similar to the one below, is made specifically to function as a power source for the mobility scooter written on the label: Drive Medical Scout Scooters.
This is both an advantage and a disadvantage. It isn’t made for any other purpose, so using on other scooters is not recommended. If you insist, it might require imagination and an understanding of batteries and electricity.
On the other hand, if you are disoriented by choices presented to you and don’t want to get into the details of what it means to replace the battery, what can it be replaced with and so on, this is the perfect item for you.
Pros and Cons
At 18 Ah, the battery pack lasts longer than the 12 Ah, managing a maximum range of about 15 miles. Though it is, of course, smaller than the 35 Ah on the list, it isn’t clear if our other choices would fit in the Drive Medical Scout Spitfire 3 and 4, so it may be the best on the market for these two models of mobility scooters.
The shape of the case is an oval (and has a handle, to make it easier for you to pick up) so it’s molded exactly to your scooter, coming charged and ready to use. Considering that the Drive Medical Scout scooters are very popular, we thought it would be best to include the batteries on the list. If you’re interested, there’s the 12 Ah version too.
Unfortunately, the customization is also the reason this may not be the best possible choice. How come? Because it fits so few of the company’s models: the Drive Medical Scout Spitfire 3 and 4. Checking the model before buying is imperative.
It’s a 12V, 18 Ah Battery Pack specifically made for Drive Medical Scout Spitfire scooters.
5. 18 AH Battery Pack for Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller Plus
Why is it on our list?
Exact fit. It’s a battery pack built for Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller Plus. If you have such a mobility device and you want to make sure the batteries are the right fit, you can be assured that these are what you are looking for.
Pros and cons
The battery pack is an extended one at 18Ah, which means that it can travel up to 15 miles. You can also find the 12 Ah version too. Its case has a bit of an unusual shape, which is why it’ll work best for its intended use, and a handle for your safety and convenience when you’re picking it up. Also, it comes fully charged and with the possibility of buying a charger and a pull key. One battery weighs 35lbs and the pack includes two of them.
Since the battery pack only fits the Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller, you should make sure you have the right model. That’s, of course, the disadvantage. It’s a good idea to check the user’s manual before ordering, especially since electrical accessories do have return fees; it only takes a few moments and you’ve avoided wasting a lot of your time.
Also, the restock and the shipping fees are a bother so you should consider doing that anyway for any specialty product.
It’s a 12V, 18 Ah battery pack built for Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to recycle my used batteries?
It depends on the country you’re in, but you should anyway. Batteries are toxic and you don’t want them decomposing and spilling anywhere near the water you drink or the soil that grows your food.
Fortunately, the places where you can hand them over to somebody capable of putting them to use or destroying them in a way that doesn’t harm the environment are getting more and more common. You can find out where with a simple google search for ‘recycle batteries,’ followed by your area.
Where should I buy my batteries from?
The idea is to get them as close to the production date. Since mobility scooters aren’t as popular a choice, that’s usually the internet and an online store that supplies a large area. That way you have the most chances of getting a battery that hasn’t been sitting in storage for a long time.
Can I power my mobility scooter with a large battery, like that of a car or similar?
No, for two reasons. One is that mobility scooters have smaller batteries. We’re talking dimensions here not capacity and voltage. If it’s too big, it just won’t fit.
And the other reason is that most mobility scooters use a different type of battery. Theirs offers a constant flow of energy that moves the scooter. The car battery offers a lot of power in the beginning and, after that, it ebbs, so a car battery can’t function on a mobility scooter.
What happens if I didn’t properly charge my mobility scooter batteries?
Most of the time, if you’ve forgotten to charge your mobility scooter one night and it didn’t have full charge nothing is going to happen. Now, if you left it without charge or for a longer period, it starts becoming an issue.
Try and see if the charger lights up. If it does, that means that you’re fine. Yes, it means that its lifespan isn’t ideal anymore but it happens. If it doesn’t and you’re handy with electrical devices, you could try giving it a boost from a car battery, but we wouldn’t recommend it.
Better to buy replacement batteries, it’s much safer this way, especially since the boost has decreasing chances of working as more time has gone by.
Do you have any safety tips for battery use?
We have a few, starting with the simplest one: handle with care. If you approach a battery focus on what you’re doing. You should always be aware of what parts of yourself are touching it.
And if you’ve been touching it bare-handed, wash your hands. It should be done as close to the moment of contact as possible. There are a lot of chemicals that can be harmful to you in batteries. But once wet, your hands shouldn’t be anywhere near it. Watch out for rain, too.
Careful with your jewelry would be our next trip. You don’t want your rings and/or bracelets touching the exposed terminals. It can create smoke, sparks, fire, and it can even blow up. In that category are watches, tools, in short, anything of metal.
And keep away from flames. Don’t smoke near it and certainly don’t start a fire. Also, protective eye-wear is a must, but if you can, we recommend keeping it in its well-ventilated case and, in the name of safety, just leave it be.