How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Wheelchair?

Ensuring you are utilizing proper charging habits helps prolong the life of your batteries and your range per charge. Your electric wheelchair is powered by two deep cycle batteries and are replenished by plugging in your manufacturer-supplied charger.

How do I know when to charge my chair?

Your power wheelchair will have a HUD (head’s up display) which includes a meter for your battery life. Typically, it either includes symbols or it’s color-coded to indicate your charge level. While these battery meters are helpful to ensure that you have a visual reminder of when to charge your powerchair you want to practice good charging habits altogether.

How often should I charge my electric wheelchair?

Much like your car needs gas to move, your chair needs a charge to drive and a common question that many power chair owners have is “how often do I charge my electric wheelchair?” There are some simple guidelines to help you maximize your battery life, and ensure you are getting the best range per charge that you can.  Typically, if you use your power wheelchair every day, we recommend charging it every day. The most efficient way to do this is to plug it in when you are finished using it for the day before you go to bed. When you awake, you should have a full charge and are ready to go! If you are an infrequent user, be sure to give your power chair at least a maintenance charge once a week. This will help prevent the cells in your battery from dying prematurely.

What happens if I my power chair is no longer holding a charge?

This usually indicates that it’s time to replace your batteries. Before that, you can do a few things to test the batteries and make sure it is time to purchase new ones. You can call your original provider or locate a service provider here  and request to have your batteries load tested. A load test is used to determine the capacity of your batteries to ensure that they can be recharged.

Where can I purchase new batteries?

Once you have determined that you need a new set of batteries, first check the warranty on the batteries so that you can verify if they are still covered. One of the easiest ways to do this is to check your owner’s manual and contact the original manufacturer of your electric wheelchair.

By following good charging and usage habits, you can maximize the life of your batteries and live your best!*

Two Electric wheelchair batteries with positive and negative terminals on a red base.

*Please note that your range and battery life are impacted by several factors which include but are not limited to: usage, distance, driver weight, charging habits, battery type, etc. Please refer to your owner’s manual for model specific instructions.


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