What kind of charger does a mobility scooter use?

The battery in your Pride Mobility scooter powers your ride, but what powers your battery? All of our scooters are equipped with rechargeable batteries that come with off-board chargers. Just like a cell phone, your scooter plugs into a wall outlet to charge. The energy is then stored in the battery for later use.

First, we’ll lay out the difference between on-board and off-board chargers. We’ll then explore the differences between several off-board chargers. The variations in the battery and charger impact how far your scooter can go.

Off-board vs. On-board chargers

An off-board charger is totally separate from your scooter. This device is a black block with two cords: one that plugs into a wall outlet and one that plugs into your scooter. The size and shape will vary depending on the model.

The wall outlet supplies alternating current (AC) power. AC power moves in waves from power plants into the electrical grid and to your home. Household items that plug into the wall like a fan, microwave or curling iron run on AC power.

Direct current (DC) power cannot travel far distances so it is usually stored in a battery or fuel cell. DC power delivers consistent voltage, making it preferable for electronics like a laptop computer or a mobility scooter.

Your off-board charger collects the AC power from the grid and converts it to DC power. A charged battery is full of DC power that is ready for use.

On the other hand, an on-board charger does that conversion in the device. On-board chargers allow users to plug their device into the wall. The AC power is stored as DC power without an external charging unit. 

Are all off-board chargers the same?

No. The battery and charger will differ based on your mobility scooter model. Pride Mobility scooters use chargers that range from 2 to 8 amps. Amps measure the energy rate transferred to a device. The higher the amps, the faster the charge.

At 8 amps, the Wrangler has our fastest off-board charger. It also comes with our biggest battery. The Wrangler comes standard with a pair of 75 amp-hour (Ah) batteries. There is an option to upgrade to two 100 Ah batteries.

The bigger the battery, the longer it lasts. Mileage is also impacted by several factors including the weight of the device and its rider. At its 350-pound maximum weight capacity, the Wrangler can travel up to 18.6 miles with the 75 Ah battery or up to 24.2 miles with the 100 Ah battery. If the rider weighs 200 pounds, the Wrangler can travel between 22.6 and 29.4 miles per charge, depending on the battery.

Models like the Victory 10.2 3-Wheel and Zero Turn 10 use a 3.5 amp, off-board charger. The battery sizes are different, which will change performance. The Victory 10.2 comes with two U1 batteries that range from 31 Ah to 36 Ah. This model has a 400-pound weight capacity and an 11-mile range. The Zero Turn has two 40 Ah batteries that can travel 18 miles at its 400-pound limit before needing a charge.

A smaller 2 amp off-board charger is used on models like the Go-Go Sport 4-Wheel. This travel-ready scooter can cruise 14.5 miles on its dual 18 Ah batteries. The weight capacity of the Go-Go Sport 4-Wheel is 325 pounds

The Go-Go Folding Scooter 4-Wheel also comes standard with a 2 amp, off-board charger. With a 250-pound maximum limit and pair of 12 Ah batteries, this travel scooter can go 9.3 miles before recharging.

The Go-Go Folding Scooter also has a 12 Ah lithium-ion battery option, which can get 13 miles on a charge from its 2.5 amp off-board charger.

Lithium-ion technology is advancing quickly and being used in more applications. They hold a stronger current for longer. These batteries are also much smaller and lighter than sealed lead batteries that are standard in all the scooters discussed above. As the Go-Go Folding Scooter shows, a smaller lithium battery provides more juice. Lithium batteries can be charged using on-board and off-board technology. Currently, Pride Mobility lithium-powered scooters use off-board chargers.

If you’d like step-by-step instructions on how to charge your scooter, along with information about how often to charge it, check out this blog.

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