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True Infinite Position

What is True Infinite Position?

Different Pride Mobility power lift recliners offer a range of positioning features. The most versatile among them are those with true infinite position capabilities.

With these power lift chairs you can independently operate the seat, lumbar and shoulder support. These chairs were meticulously engineered to give the user a comfortable experience whether you’re reading or relaxing, sleeping or stretching out.

Considering the choices you may feel like a NASA scientist studying the infinite expanse of space. Just like the black holes they’re exploring now, true infinite recliners can feel like they go in every direction into infinity. Whew!

Don’t let the endless possibilities overwhelm you. Check out our other blog, which  details the various recliner positions. The options range from a simple position like sitting with the footrest at 95 degrees to the zero gravity position, when the knees are elevated and the bottom is lowered.

Benefits of True Infinite Position

Pressure Relief

Our recliners are sized based on height and weight to ensure your legs lie just right on the footrest. This attention to detail extends to the way the chair moves. Laying back in the napping position gives the lower back the right amount of stretch.

True infinite position chairs are the only Pride recliners with zero gravity position. The zero gravity position —  when your thighs and lower legs are higher than your torso — relieves significant pressure from joints and bones.

What Pride Power Lift Recliners have True Infinite Position?

Sink into the overstuffed Oasis Collection and find your true infinite position.

Luxuriate in the many fabric options of the Infinity Collection.

Allow yourself to relax however feels right in the fabulous VivaLift! Escape Collection.

Top 10 Tasks to Do Before Moving Into an Assited Living Facility

It’d be nice if moving to an assisted living center could be boiled down to 10 easy steps. In truth, these all have multiple sub-steps. It’s a complicated process and can be uncomfortable at times.

Careful planning will help smooth the transition. Each person’s decision is unique, but if you’re just getting started for yourself or a loved one, consider these 10 steps. They’re not necessarily in the right order.

1. Understand the different types of living centers

You’ve got five basic types to pick from. Larger and more integrated facilities may include several of these.

  • Retirement and independent living communities —  These typically have a minimum age requirement, for example 55 and older. They offer no special health care services. Instead, they focus on providing a strong sense of community among people who want to enjoy retirement among peers.
  • Lifeplan communities — Also called continuing care retirement communities, these places offer a high level of independence including a focus on camaraderie and activities plus a medical component. So if you need or want access to regular medical care, consider one of these.
  • Assisted living — Assisted living is for people who can’t reasonably live alone. Some specialize in memory health support for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
  • Skilled nursing — This is the highest level of ongoing care. People in skilled nursing facilities, also called nursing homes, may require round-the-clock care.

2. Talk to your medical provider

Your doctor may be your best ally in understanding what level of support you need, if any, when making choices about where to live. Remember that the decision is yours to make under the guidance of a medical professional. While you can be your own best advocate, a doctor can help you work through questions and steer you in the direction that’s best for your condition.

3. Talk to your support network

Do you have family or friends you can rely on regularly?

Get their take on what to do and recruit helpers. At the very least, moving out of your home might require a few yard sales and someone with a truck. You want the people whom you count on to be ready and included in your planning.

4. Evaluate your finances

How much you can afford will have a direct effect on your final decision. Since this element is so unique to each individual, we won’t spend a lot of time here.

Long-term care insurance can potentially open some doors for you if you start early enough. If you’re reading this now, for example, in your 40s or 50s, speak to a trusted financial advisor about the right plan for you.

REMEMBER: Medicare or Medicaid only kicks in after you’ve exhausted all your savings. To verify your benefits, ensure you speak to your funding sources directly.

5. Pick a neighborhood

Narrowing your search to a geographic area will help you parse out the specific community you want to live in. Think about how far or close you need the people in your life to be.

Ultimately, remember it’s your choice. If it’s financially and otherwise reasonable, go where it makes you happiest. Just because you’re entering a retirement community or assisted living center, it doesn’t mean you have to quit adventuring.

If you’ve always dreamed of living near the Pacific Coast, at least explore whether going there is an option. Your family members may grumble at the distance, but they’ll come around.

On the other hand, if family and your people are most important to you, try to keep the distance short.

6. Build a list of all the living centers in your neighborhood

This part should be pretty easy, thanks to the internet. Just key in the type of living center into a new Google search and add “near Santa Barbara” or “near Cape Cod” or “near Chicago” — wherever you want to go!

Watch out for the ones marked “Ad” at the top of the search results. Somebody paid for that spot. You generally want to click the search results that come up naturally; it’s not always the case, but those tend to be more trustworthy.

You can also use a website like assistedliving.org to find precisely the type of living center you want, down to whether it has a library or not. We’ll have more ideas about picking the facility below.

7. Check out the reviews

They’re not the ultimate guide, but public reviews offer some perspective on what life might be like.

Your state’s rating system for assisted living facilities might also get you closer to a decision. Check with your state’s health and human services department for guidance there.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Care Compare tool shows you five-star ratings based on health inspections and staffing. The ratings also include data on vaccination rates and whether the facilities have been penalized.

8. Plan to tour the assisted living centers on your list

Never decide to move somewhere without seeing the place first. This goes without saying. Take a tour, try the food, lay down on a bed, try the bathrooms. This is going to be your home — possibly indefinitely. Make sure you like it.

9. Decide what you’ll do with your old house

Are you leaving the family homestead behind? For financial reasons, you may wind up selling it.

If you’re fortunate enough to keep it in the family, make sure your family understands your wishes for the place. It will make the task of managing it much easier if you’re clear at the outset and have a plan that everyone agrees to.

10. Speak to a financial advisor

This advice perhaps belongs higher up in the list. If you’ve accumulated any wealth in your lifetime, either real estate or otherwise, find a trusted expert for guidance on how to manage it properly and protect it.

With the right amount of planning and deliberate moves, you can find an assisted living center that makes you feel safe, supported and connected. As always,  please be sure to consult with the appropriate professional(s) before making a decision.

How to upgrade your Go–Go Scooter

How to Upgrade Your Go–Go Scooter

Our line of Go-Go Travel scooters are built for folks on the move. They fold or disassemble in just a few steps for storage in your trunk or on an airplane.

For the most part, you’ll find everything you need for comfortable, all-day riding right out of the packaging.

But it’s the cream on top that makes life sweet. We like personalizing because it makes our things feel more like they’re ours. It’s why we put bumper stickers on our cars and hang fuzzy dice from the rear-view mirror.

Go-Go mobility scooter riders upgrade batteries and accessorize their scooters for the same reasons everyone likes their airline seat upgraded to first class or their hotel room to the presidential suite.

Just because something’s good doesn’t mean we stop from making it better.

Beyonce once said, “Let me introduce you to some new things and upgrade you.” We’re taking a page from her book.

Experience the lithium-ion advantage

Lithium-ion batteries last longer, charge faster, weigh less and they may even give you a small speed boost.

The Go-Go Endurance Li comes standard with a lithium-ion battery. The Go-Go Folding Scooter has a lithium-ion battery as an option.

Go for a bigger battery

There are a few models in Pride Mobility’s scooter line that have upgraded battery options. A bigger battery typically means longer range, and that means the adventure doesn’t have to stop so soon!

The Go-Go Elite Traveller® 3-wheel comes standard with a 12 AH hour battery pack but you can also expand your range and upgrade to the 18AH battery pack. You can do the same with the Go-Go Elite Traveller® 4-wheel model too!

Accessorize your Go-Go scooter

Find a ton of cool accessories on the scooter accessories section of Pride’s website and talk to your Pride dealer about them.

Pride makes extra and special storage for groceries, canes, oxygen tanks and cell phones. You can also find rearview mirrors and cup holders designed by Pride to fit your device.

Important note about after-market accessories, batteries and upgrades

If you’re planning to make mechanical changes, especially changing the battery type, it could void your warranty.

Pride Mobility does not provide support for equipment or upgrades you add to your device that aren’t made by Pride or installed by a Pride dealer.

When making upgrades to your Go-Go scooter or any other Pride equipment, check with a dealer to know how it will affect your warranty.

Find a Pride Mobility Dealer

Our network of Pride Mobility Dealers are the experts on electric wheelchairs and their accessories. They can confirm that your wheelchair and accessory of choice are compatible and answer any questions you may have.

Benefits of a Folding Scooter

A mobility device gives the user independence and freedom. How much freedom you take is up to you.

The Go-Go Folding Scooter 4-Wheel is made to go. You’ll zip from spot to spot at four miles per hour, navigating tight spaces with the 32-inch turning radius.

When it’s time to go further, the scooter simply folds down for transport in a car, bus, ship or plane.

Learn more about the many features our engineers worked into the Go-Go Folding Scooter gives you independence that knows no bounds.

1. The Lithium Battery Advantage

The Go-Go Folding Scooter has the option to upgrade to lithium-ion batteries. The standard sealed lead acid battery gets you 9.3 miles per charge, where the lithium battery will keep you going for up to 13 miles.

Lithium batteries last longer and weigh considerably less than sealed lead acid batteries. Choosing a lithium battery will lighten your load, especially if you plan to travel a lot. 

2. FAA Compliant

To fly with a mobility scooter, you must follow Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.

Pride Mobility Scooters use either sealed lead acid batteries or lithium-ion batteries. While there is no danger of spills or leaks, scooters that use SLA batteries need to be stored as cargo.

If space allows, devices with lithium batteries can be stored in the passenger cabin.

Spare lithium batteries are allowed in carry-on baggage as long as they do not exceed 160 watt hours.

Check out this blog for additional information about flying with a mobility scooter.

Your airline may have additional requirements for flying with a mobility scooter. It’s a good idea to call your airline a few days in advance to clear up any questions and let them know you’re bringing a device. This way, the day of the flight you’ll be prepared.

3. Folds in 3 Easy Steps

It’s only worth having a folding scooter if it’s easy to use. Luckily, it only takes three quick steps to transition your scooter from assembled to folded or the other way around.

Steps for Folding Your Mobility Scooter

1. Fold the seat down.
2. Pull the lever up to unlock the front.
3. Fold the tiller until it locks into place.

Steps for Unfolding Your Mobility Scooter

1. First, pull the red lever.
2. Carefully unfold the scooter.
3. Unfold the tiller until the seat locks into place.

4. Stow and Go

Folded down, the scooter is 37 inches tall, 19 inches wide and 18 inches deep. When the batteries are removed, it weighs 51 pounds.

The scooter can now be stored upright or on its side. This versatility lets you stand it straight up in the back of your closet and then on its side in the undercarriage of a Greyhound bus.

5. On the Go Day or Night

Just because your scooter folds, doesn’t mean you have to give up features. The Go-Go Folding Scooter 4-Wheel stacks up with our other mobility scooter offerings. You can expect a smooth, comfortable ride, day or night.

The high intensity LED headlight and rear LED lights will keep you safe and seen wherever the night takes you.

Find a Pride Mobility Dealer

Are you sold on a Pride Mobility Folding Scooter? Or maybe you want to learn about our other scooter options. Visit a Pride Mobility Dealer — online or in-person. They’ll answer your questions and get you set up with the right device.

What is a footrest extension on a power lift recliner?

What is a footrest extension on a power lift recliner?

You sit down and glide backward — upper body at 45 degrees, legs parallel to the ground — in your friend’s new power lift recliner. The chair is plush and comfortable. You marvel at how customizable the positioning is, as you adjust your lumbar and shoulders with the remote.

You look down at your feet, noticing how perfectly your feet are resting on an extension of the legrest.

“What’s up with that?” you ask your friend, nodding toward the three-inch foot extension.

“Just another little feature that makes that recliner so comfortable,” he says. “It feels like it was made just for me.”

In a way it was, as all Pride Mobility recliner chairs are made for a specific height range.

What is a footrest extension on a power lift recliner?

A footrest extension is an additional upholstered piece of the chair that sits just below the end of the footrest. It gives your feet extra support while your legs drape evenly on the legrest.

“That foot extender allows your heels to hang off the end of the main leg rest,” your friend explains. “That distributes the pressure across both calves.”

Again, you look down at your legs.

You scooch back in the chair, bringing your heels fully onto the footrest. You notice your weight has concentrated on your heels. It’s not painful, per se, but you see how it could get uncomfortable.

You settle back into a proper position with your feet just off the edge and your heels on that handy footrest extension. It doesn’t take long for you to drift off to sleep. Your silence is a strong endorsement for the comfort of reclining this way.

Why do power lift recliners have footrest extensions?

To maximize your comfort, your feet should rest just off the end of the footrest. Rather than leaving them hanging, the extension cradles your heels. This added level of support will extend your comfort — making a good night’s sleep in your recliner possible.

Do power lift recliners come in different sizes?

To get the maximum comfort from your Pride Mobility recliner, it’s important to get the right size. When seated with the legrest extended, your heels should hang just off the end.

Our range of recliners come in different sizes — with specific height ranges.

We’ve divided up our lift chairs based on size. Visit the links to learn about our small, medium and large recliner models.

What power lift recliners have foot extensions?

Footrest extensions are standard for our VivaLift! line of power lift recliners. The following list includes all chairs with footrest extensions in every available size unless otherwise noted.

Within the Infinity Collection, the small, medium and large chairs come standard with a three-inch footrest extension. The petite wide recliner chair, which has a height range below 5 feet 3 inches tall and a 375-pound weight capacity, does not have a footrest extension.

Find a Pride Mobility Dealer

If you’re ready to try out a power lift recliner, follow the link to find a Pride Mobility dealer in your area. They can answer your questions and help you bring home the perfect recliner.

Raptor Discontinuation

The Raptor (R3-1700MB1003) will be discontinued 8/11/2022 or upon inventory depletion.

We are excited to let you know that a new and improved Baja Raptor 2 is coming soon! The Baja™ Raptor 2 will be our newest addition to the Baja Mobility line of products being launched by Pride Mobility.

Please contact your Pride Sales Representative with any questions or concerns.

JEFFREY DISTASIO PROMOTED TO VP, PRIDE SALES

NEWS RELEASE

July 12, 2022                                                                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information:

Rebecca Bria

Public Relations Manager

(800) 800-8586 ext. 1380

rbria@pridemobility.com

DURYEA, PA – Pride Mobility® has promoted Jeffrey Distasio to vice president of Pride Sales.

For the past 3.5 years, Distasio served as senior director, Pride Sales. His responsibilities included directing the inside sales, field sales, technical service and product support teams.

In addition to his current responsibilities, in his VP role, Distasio will oversee Pride’s consumer call center team and strategic accounts. He will remain focused on exceeding customer expectations by listening to their needs and developing strategies to help them succeed in the marketplace.

Distasio’s achievements include significantly enhancing the productivity and comprehensiveness of the sales and tech service teams, while creating professional development and training opportunities for their career advancement. He also improved overall product communication and collaboration among internal departments at Pride.

“I am humbled and appreciative for the opportunity to lead the Pride team,” Distasio said. “I look forward to continuing to work with our providers and delivering an exceptional experience for them and the consumers we all serve.”

Pride Mobility Products® Corporation is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of mobility products. The Pride family of companies also includes Quantum Rehab®, a leader in complex rehab power chairs. Founded in Pennsylvania in 1986, with a customer-first philosophy, Pride has grown into a global company with distribution centers throughout the U.S. and subsidiaries around the world.

What is an Outdoor Mobility Scooter?

What is an Outdoor mobility scooter?

An outdoor mobility scooter is a robust mobility scooter with a long-lasting battery and a bulked up suspension. They are much better suited for a ranch or graded forest trail than your kitchen or community center.

An outdoor mobility scooter is designed to motor over roots, rocks or any other obstacle that clutters your path.

Outdoor mobility scooters are not medical devices like our other mobility scooters. FDA Class II Medical Devices include mobility scooters that are primarily used around the house to assist with daily activities. Medicare and private insurance often cover some or all of the medical device if certain standards are met. You can learn more about Medicare coverage of mobility scooters here.

While an outdoor mobility scooter isn’t covered by insurance, you may need one to maintain your lifestyle. Unfortunately, the barn isn’t going to move closer to the house. Get there quicker on a scooter that can handle the terrain changes from grass to gravel to concrete at a top speed of 11.4 mph.

The Baja Wrangler 2 is the first model in the new Baja Mobility outdoor lineup. It’s the outdoor mobility scooter you need to get those evening chores done. You might even have time to watch the sunset from the porch for the first time in a while.

Meet the Baja Wrangler 2

The Baja Wrangler is a work-hard and play-hard kind of vehicle. It’s right there with you mending fences or bouncing over downed limbs. With more than 22 miles of battery life per charge, the job may be done before your scooter needs a break.

The Baja Wrangler 2 delivers a smooth ride from the ground up. It has bulky 14.5-inch never flat tires and 5 inches of clearance. The industry-leading CTS suspension smooths out rough roads and the steering stabilizer keeps you in control.

A heavy-duty seat post holds up the comfortable pillow-top seat. You can fully adjust the seat and backrest. The customization continues to the tiller. Using the simple adjustments, you can create the perfect ergonomic position. With the armrests, seat and tiller positioned just right, you’ll feel comfortable all day long.

The hand control is easy to use and responsive. With throttle controls on the left and right side, you can operate the scooter with your stronger hand. The console is also equipped with an onboard USB charger for your cell phone.

The LED headlights, rear LED backup lights, turn signals and hazard lights allow you to safely travel at night, whether that’s around your property or out on the town.

Once you’ve experienced everything you can within the 20-miles of home, use the easily accessible tie-down points to secure your Baja Wrangler 2 in the bed of your truck and hit the open road.

Baja Wrangler 2 Specifications

Let’s take a look at the Baja Wrangler 2 by the numbers. Check out the full Baja Wrangler 2 spec sheet here.

  • 22.6 – 24.2 miles per charge
  • 7.7 Peak HP dual motors
  • 14.5-inch tubeless pneumatic tires
  • 94.75-inch turning radius
  • 18.5 inch by 16.5 inch limited recline black vinyl high-back seat
  • 350-pound weight capacity

Baja Wrangler 2 Accessories

Like all Pride Mobility devices, the Baja Wrangler 2 is compatible with a suite of accessories. The accessories solve a slew of problems. After one morning of balancing your coffee while crossing a pasture you might want a cup holder.

We have general storage including a saddlebag, front basket or rear basket as well as storage for specific items like an oxygen tank, walker or crutch.

Pride Mobility Providers

If you think a Baja Wrangler 2 is a good fit for your lifestyle, then reach out to our network of certified Pride Mobility providers. They know our products inside and out, so bring your questions to your local brick and mortar store. You can also call Pride at 800-800-4258.

What kinds of recliner chairs does Pride Mobility offer?

What Kinds of Recliner Chairs Does Pride Mobility Offer?

Pride Mobility offers recliner chairs to fit everyone’s mobility needs and style requirements. You can find the right size chair with the right features that elevates your home decor. America’s No. 1 lift recliner brand is saving you a seat.

Our meticulously designed power lift recliners are — above all — FDA Class II Medical Devices. These chairs are designed for people who would otherwise not be able to get in or out of their recliner. They’re also loaded with features like infinite positioning, heat and massage that can ease the aches of everyday life.

At this point, alarm bells might be going off. The words “medical equipment” usually suggest drab and clinical. 

Let’s change the story. We’re building devices you’d be proud to decorate your home with. Pride Mobility recliner chairs are as eye-catching as anything you’ll see in a furniture store showroom.

Now that we’ve established that our recliners are functional and fashionable — peak-performing and pretty — let’s look closer at some specific models.

Pride Recliner Chairs by Size

Turns out, a huge plushy chair isn’t ideal for everyone. A chair that is too long — or too short for that matter — will become uncomfortable after a lengthy sitting session. Pride Mobility makes chairs in a range of sizes with specific height ranges.

Tall Recliner Chairs

Our tall recliner chairs are designed for people above 5 feet 10 inches tall. The VivaLift! Radiance – PLR-3955LT has our highest height range, beginning at 6 feet tall. The VivaLift! Radiance has a 400-pound weight capacity.

Lean back in this comfortable recliner and prepare to be wowed. The Radiance gets its name from the class-leading trio of heating pads. Use the remote control to find the right position and then fire up the ache-melting heat feature.

The VivaLift! Radiance is available in four sizes.

Medium Recliner Chairs

If — like goldilocks — you’re looking for a power chair that is right down the middle, our range of medium recliner chairs are for you. Let’s focus on the Heritage Collection – LC-358, Pride Mobility’s No. 1 selling collection of power lift chairs.

With six different sizes, the Heritage Collection is fit for everyone from big daddy bear to tiny baby bear. The suggested height range for the medium chair is between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 9 inches.

The Heritage Collection is available in a wide variety of fabrics and colors. With this recliner chair, you’ll be sitting pretty and pretty comfortable. That’s a hard combination to beat.

Small Recliner Chairs

Small recliner chairs are typically made for folks shorter than 5 feet 3 inches. Our petite power lift chairs ensure that people with smaller frames can sit comfortably with their legs extended beyond the end of the outstretched footrest.

The seat of the small VivaLift! Tranquil – PLR-935S is 20 inches wide and 18.5 inches deep. The Tranquil has infinite positioning, which allows you to perfectly position your body for maximum relaxation.

Fashion Forward Recliner Chairs

For many, their home is a reflection of their style and aesthetic. The decor-conscious like options and Pride Mobility delivers.

The Infinity Collection is available in four material options — from tightly-woven, easy-to-clean fabric to elegant faux leather. Within the fabrics available, there are 17 colors to choose from.

Anchor your office with a deep brown fudge Ultrafabrics Ultraleather or enhance your living room with rich red Crypton super fabric.

Comfortable Recliner Chairs

Comfort is king for a lot of recliner shoppers. While we don’t have any fluffy clouds or overstuffed bean bag chairs, we do have the Elegance Collection.

You’ll effortlessly sink into the total comfort seating, feeling enveloped in the plush, faux leather armrest and backrest.

Use the USB remote to adjust the footrest extension as well as the independent power lumbar, power backrest and power headrest. The remote also has a USB charger for your cell phone, allowing you to juice up your phone while recharging your own batteries.

Find a Pride Dealer

Pride Mobility providers are our network of certified dealers, scattered across the country. Visit a brick and mortar store to purchase a recliner chair. Our providers also hold tons of knowledge. Give them a visit, ask some questions and, of course, test out your new recliner.

Best Practices for Battery Life

10 Best Practices for Mobility Device Batteries

If you want your mobility scooter or power wheelchair batteries to last as long as they can, you can do a few things to dramatically extend their lifespan. Battery maintenance best practices are different for sealed lead acid, or SLA, batteries and lithium-ion batteries.

Pride Mobility devices use both SLA and lithium-ion batteries.

5 tips to extend your SLA battery life

SLA batteries are most commonly used in Pride Mobility devices. They resemble car batteries. According to experts, use the following tricks to help your SLA batteries last longer.

1. Charge up your SLA battery after each use

If you’re a daily rider, plug in your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair after each use. This not only ensures you have a full battery for the next day, it also helps extend your battery life.

2. Never store empty SLA batteries

If you’re going to park your scooter or power wheelchair for a few weeks or months, make sure you start by charging your battery to full capacity. Every two weeks, plug it in to top it off.

3. Use the right charger for your SLA battery

Just because the charger fits, it doesn’t mean that’s the right one for your battery. Make sure your charger voltage matches the battery. Overcharging — or using a charger with greater voltage than your battery specs — can lead to overheating and ruin your battery completely.

Likewise, undercharging — using a charger with a lower voltage — will put undue strain on your battery and lead to faster deterioration.

4. Disconnect the charger when your SLA battery is fully charged

This seems like a no-brainer. Once your battery is fully charged, disconnect the charger. At the very most, disconnect your charger after 24 hours.

5. Avoid extreme temperatures

Believe it or not, the temperature of the room you charge your device in matters. At low temperatures, batteries don’t charge as efficiently. At higher temperatures, charging gets so efficient that it threatens to heat up and damage the battery.

Ideal charging room temperatures for SLA batteries are between 50 degrees and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can destroy your battery, or cause permanent damage, by letting it freeze.

The extreme temperature warning doesn’t just apply to charging. Avoid very cold and very warm temperatures when storing your SLA battery, too.

5 tips to extend your lithium-ion battery life

1. Avoid running your lithium-ion battery completely dry

Lithium-ion batteries that never completely deplete last longer because they never complete a full discharge cycle.

For example, if you only use half of your battery in a day before recharging, you could potentially double the number of charging cycles you get out of a single battery. 

2. Don’t let your lithium-ion battery reach 100% charge

Just like depleting the battery causes undue stress, so does keeping at 100% for prolonged periods.

The best way, experts say, to prevent full charge is to disconnect the charger at 80%.  Some smart devices slow charging near 100% automatically. 

3. Don’t use generic rapid chargers for lithium-ion batteries

Just like electric vehicles and personal devices, fast charging your lithium-ion battery is hard on it, and leads to faster deterioration.

Standard chargers don’t wear so hard on the battery. Good news, the charger you received with your Pride Mobility lithium-ion device will charge the battery at the optimal rate to preserve battery life. We always recommend using the original charger that came with the mobility scooter or electric wheelchair.

4. Store your lithium-ion battery at less than half

If you’re storing your lithium-ion battery for prolonged periods, keep the charge at 40% or as close as you can to that.

Lithium-ion batteries are under the least amount of stress at this level of charge.

5. Don’t charge or store your lithium-ion battery below freezing

Lithium-ion batteries don’t actually charge below 32 degrees. In the same vein, you shouldn’t store lithium-ion batteries below freezing either. So if you keep your scooter in a shed during the winter, pull the battery and keep it inside.

Like with with SLA batteries, storing or using lithium batteries in extra warm temperatures also speeds up degradation.

Takeaways about prolonging SLA and lithium-ion batteries

Both SLA and lithium-ion batteries don’t like to be fully discharged. And while it’s OK to top off SLA batteries, lithium-ion batteries should not be fully charged at 100%.

You may not notice improved battery’s performance right away, but over time and the life of your device, it can provide significant benefits.

Your batteries will last longer and work better with a little extra attention to how they are stored and charged.

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2022

What to get for your dad on Father’s Day is a question many of ask every year. Well, we’re here to try and make shopping a breeze this time with our 2022 Father’s Day gift guide! We’ve curated everything that special dad could possibly want: from the gift of knowledge all the way to the new best seat in the house!

Kick Your Feet Up

Sometimes, it feels like dads carry a lot on their shoulders. That’s why we think the VivaLift® Atlas would be the perfect gift. The Atlas offers infinite positioning at the push of a button. Combine those positions with a power headrest, backrest, lumbar support, and footrest – and you have the most comfortable seat in the house. As an added bonus, you’ll find not one, but two cup holders strategically placed in the armrests.

Give dad a place to relax, unwind, and recharge (his USB devices too)

Atlas VivaLift! recliner chair

Speaking of Feet

If your dad enjoys luxurious comfort and has a great sense of style these UGG Ascot Slippers might be a great choice. They come in a wide variety of sizes, along with colors and materials to match any wardrobe. They look like a loafer but will give Dad the deep comfort and softness of a slipper.

Check out the selection here.

Ugg slippers in tan color

Image Source: UGG

Putting Some Real Thought Into It

Fathers tend to be “Jacks of all Trades” at times, but if he’s interested in becoming an expert, then a subscription to MasterClass may be just the right gift. There’s a huge learning catalog to choose from, including business, design, food, sports, gaming, and even community and government topics. The gift of knowledge can be priceless and affordable at the same time. Check out their plans here: https://www.masterclass.com/plans

It’s All Just History

If dad loves reading about historical times and examining old documents, this gift will keep giving (based on how long your subscription is 😊). A History by Mail subscription will deliver intriguing replicas of historical documents right to his doorstep. This is a perfect gift if you live long-distance from dad and will be a great way to catch up when you are together.

You can choose from two collections that have a six-month subscription, or get both for 12 months here.

sample of history subscription for History by Mail.

For the Traveling Dad

Traveling is something that many of us enjoy multiple times a year. Why not give dad the gift of mobility this year? Pride Mobility offers a variety of mobility scooters geared toward ensuring travel is quick, efficient, and enjoyable.

The iRIDE® is perhaps the lightest and most portable when it comes to travel scooters. It disassembles and the heaviest pieces is only 32 lbs. This is a portable scooter that can fit in the trunk of many vehicles and can be easily loaded/unloaded when you get to your destinations.

Dad can go for miles on his next trip with one of these.

Did You Remember the Accessories?

If dad already has a power wheelchair, mobility scooter, or power lift recliner, fear not! We still have ideas! Find the perfect compatible accessory.

A cell phone holder for the tech-savvy dad on the go.

Cell phone holder for wheelchairs

An XLR USB charger for the cell phone or tablet that dad always carries for those important calls.

XLR USB charger

If dad has a scooter and has things he needs to carry, we have this rear basket.

Find a dealer today to get pricing and availability on these accessories and more here.

We hope this Father’s Day gift guide helps give you some ideas for one of the most influential people in your life.