Your mobility scooter is an important part of your life & will give you great assistance with mobility so it is important to make the best choice you can. Part of the process is asking the questions you have from a reputable dealer that you can trust. Mobility scooters are available in different sizes & with many different features as there is not one scooter that will suit everybody, so you need to purchase the one that is best suited to you & your needs.
- Is the scooter for you or are you enquiring on behalf of someone else, if so you need to know some of the following information
- How far do you intend to travel & where would you like to travel with the scooter –
Small scooters or Pull Apart scooters are designed to transport in a vehicle to a shopping centre or similar & use around the flat area, with 14a/h – 22a/h batteries the distance you could expect is approx. 10 – 18km’s (distance also depends on terrain, weight of the user & condition of the batteries)
Small Folding scooters are designed to be compact & easy for transport for people who are traveling on holidays either by car, air or cruise ships, some of these scooters are using new Lithium-Ion battery technology (small compact lightweight batteries with similar distances to the larger heavier batteries in the pull apart scooters)
Medium scooters are designed to travel locally to your shopping centre, doctors, parks, visit friends etc, with 34a/h – 50a/h batteries the distance you could expect is approx. 20 – 30km’s (distance also depends on terrain, weight of the user & condition of the batteries)
Large scooters are designed to travel locally to your shopping centre, doctors, parks, visit friends but with larger batteries are capable of travelling larger distances more hilly terrains & generally have a higher weight capacity, with 60a/h – 110a/h batteries the distance you could expect is approx. 40 – 60km’s (distance also depends on terrain, (weight of the user & condition of the batteries)
- Where is the scooter going to be stored – It is important to know that whatever scooter you purchase you have room to store it & if it is outside then maybe a weather proof cover is needed as well. It is also important that you have power point access as the scooter comes with a battery charger which needs to be plugged into the scooter when the scooter is not in use.
- It is also important to consider the price (value for money) of the scooter, the cheapest is not necessarily the best, it is more important that the features & benefits of the scooter suit your needs. Also comparing second hand to new, does the second hand unit have warranty, what condition are the batteries & charger in (when will they need to be replaced).
Manufacturers recommend 12 monthly services. A basic service takes about 1-2 hours. Services may be able to be carried out at the client’s home or at the workshop. (Check with your service agent)
Power wheelchairs and scooters that are used heavily, like golf scooters or that is carrying heavier payloads or used mainly in steep hilly areas, should be given a major check over every 3 – 4 years.
Regular servicing & care are the best way to protect your mobility products, and guards against inconvenient breakdown.
Checks as needed on mobility scooters:
• Protect your scooter from the elements. As much as you can, avoid rain or extreme temperatures, hot or cold. If you must store your scooter outside, consider a cover or wet weather tarp to keep it protected.
• If your scooter gets dirty, be sure to deal with the dust, dirt, and debris as soon as you can. If it’s wet, dry it off. These little things go a long way to avoid bigger problems down the road.
• Do a quick surface cleaning, even if your scooter looks clean. Use a soft, damp cloth and use cleaners when appropriate (consult your manual or service agent). It might help to designate a specific day so you don’t forget.
• Check the air pressure on your tires and fill them if they need it (check your owner’s manual for the proper PSI for your tires). Do a quick visual inspection for any signs of puncture, foreign objects or cracks.
• Examine your tire treads and make sure they have not worn down or under inflated
• Bring your scooter in for a full inspection. A trained scooter technician will be able to spot small problems you may not have noticed yet, and taking care of them now will help avoid more costly repairs down the road.
It can take up to 8 Hrs or more to recharge the batteries depending on battery and charger size. The mobility aid should be charged once a week if not being used for long periods. Mobility scooters batteries cannot be overcharged as the charger regulates the charging process.
Batteries are maintenance free: they can be tipped over, etc without spilling and they don’t need to be topped up with water. In general, the life of a deep cycle battery is determined by its quality and by how many cycles it has been through – usually in the vicinity of 200-300 cycles if discharged fully, but more cycles if it is only partially discharged. Batteries reach their peak performance after about 20 cycles.
If the battery is discharged by only 20% and then recharged, it will last longer than one that is discharged by 60% and recharged – i.e. it will have more cycles. Batteries also last longer if they are stored in a charged state, not a discharged state. So it is best if your scooter is charged every night after use. Leaving a battery in a discharged state can damage the battery.
Merits products comply with regulations of the Therapeutic Goods Association of Australia (TGA) and have been certified by strict international standards such as TUV, ISO, FDA (USA), CE (Europe) and JIS (Japan). On this page you will find compliance certificates for TGA,TUV, CE & Australian Standards.