Learn about the batteries in your mobility scooter and where to get a replacement
The batteries in your Pride Mobility scooter literally move you forward. Without them, your scooter is merely a chair with wheels. These batteries don’t get much attention — until now. We’re going to lift the shroud to give the battery its time in the spotlight. We’ll introduce the kinds of batteries that are used in mobility scooters and help you get a replacement, if necessary.
What are Sealed Lead Acid Batteries?
Nearly all Pride Mobility scooters use a sealed lead acid (SLA) battery, save for the few models that use lithium-ion batteries. SLA is a blanket term that is best understood through history.
Lead acid batteries were first developed in 1859 and the technology is still used in three kinds of modern batteries: flooded, absorbent glass mat (AGM) and gel. The technology brings together lead plates and electrolyte (a solution of sulfuric acid and water, also known as battery acid) to make a rechargeable energy source. Thick lead plates are used in deep cycle batteries to create a long, slow discharge perfect for use in a mobility scooter. Thinner lead plates are best for strong, fast surges, like starting a car.
The first advancement in this technology was to seal the battery, stopping electrolyte from leaking or evaporating. This new battery, which became commercially available in the mid-20th century, is called maintenance-free or flooded.
The technology evolved with the discovery of absorbent glass mat. Glass fibers are woven into a mat, soaked with acid and then stacked between the lead plates. This was an improvement to the flooded acid battery because it doesn’t leak, even if the case is cracked. AGM also lets designers install the battery at an angle. Flooded batteries must be mounted flat or the electrolyte won’t properly cover the lead plates.
Gel or gel-cell batteries were commercialized in the 1980s, about a decade after AGM was introduced. As the name suggests, the electrolyte in these batteries is a gel. The gel sticks to the plates, making a solid unit. The premium gel battery is the most structurally sound and resistant to jostling of all lead acid batteries.
With each development, the cost to produce the new batteries went up. Flooded batteries are the cheapest, followed by AGM and then gel. All three are still on the market because some uses don’t need to be mounted at an angle or have extreme vibration resistance.
What battery does my mobility scooter use?
The owner’s manual and spec sheet for your scooter is a sound resource. It includes a lot of useful information about your battery. If you don’t have your manual, you can find it on our resource page. We also have the specs on each product page on the website. For example, check out the Go Go Elite Traveller 4-Wheel page. Here you’ll learn that the Go Go Elite uses two 12-volt AGM or gel batteries.
If you’re struggling to determine what scooter you have, you can find the model number on the seat post. On some Pride Mobility devices, you will find the sticker, easily accessible near the bottom of the post. Others require you to open the base and move the battery pack to see the sticker. The model number will help you find the right manual and spec sheet.
Sealed Lead Acid Batteries in Pride Mobility Scooters
Most of our mobility scooters utilize sealed lead acid technology — either AGM or gel. These deep cycle units are perfect for our purposes, as they produce a slow discharge over time.
A battery’s capacity is measured in amp hours (Ah). Typically, deep cycle batteries will have amp hours printed on the case. The amp hours dictate how much amperage is used in an hour.
When researching batteries you may see Battery Council International (BCI) group numbers. This indicates the physical dimensions of the battery case. For most of our scooters, the group number is U1. U1 batteries have the positive terminal on the left side, while U1R batteries have the positive terminal on the right. The most common applications for U1 and U1R batteries are in medical devices like wheelchairs and scooters along with golf carts, ATVs or lawnmowers.
A scooter’s design is as influential on its speed and capacity as the batteries it runs on. While many of our devices use a 12-volt sealed acid battery, there is a difference in performance. Let’s look closer at a few examples.
Go Go Elite Traveller
The Go Go Elite Traveller is one of the top models in the travel mobility scooter market. It folds down easily with Pride’s feather-touch disassembly for quick storage in a trunk or airplane.
This power scooter has a 300-pound weight capacity and a top speed of up to 4 mph. It comes standard with two 12 Ah SLA batteries, which provides 8.2 miles per charge. There is an optional upgrade to 18 Ah, which gets 12 miles per charge.
The Victory 10.2 has a 400-pound weight capacity and tops out at 5.2 mph. It also has two battery options: a 22 1/2-pound U1 battery with 31-36 Ah or a 40 Ah battery that weighs 32 1/2-pound. Depending on the battery you choose, your Victory 10.2 will travel between 11 and 13 1/2 miles on a single charge.
Zero Turn 10
The tight-turning and sleek Zero Turn 10 utilizes a 40 Ah battery. The slightly larger battery in the Zero Turn 10 means longer rides. At a 400-pound. capacity, it can get 18 miles per charge. With a 200-pound rider, the Zero Turn 10 can max out at 7.2 mph and travel up to 24 miles on one charge.
Lithium-ion batteries in mobility scooters
Lithium-ion batteries were developed as part of the quest to create stronger, longer-lasting batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are most often associated with portable electronics like cell phones and laptops.
New applications are created regularly. There have even been developments in U1 lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are considerably smaller and lighter than their lead predecessors. A lighter battery is very desirable when building a light scooter.
The iRide is our most travel-friendly scooter. It’s compact, light and simple to stow. With its 250-lb. limit, the iRide has a top speed of 3.7 mph, and can travel 10.3 miles on one charge. The battery on the iRide weighs only 4.3 lbs., a fraction of the SLAs we talked about earlier.
Where to buy a replacement?
While the batteries in your Pride Mobility scooter are rechargeable, eventually, all batteries lose their charge. If you need to replace it, check your manual and refer back to this blog to figure out what you need. Then, contact your preferred dealer — that’s likely where you purchased your scooter or a company that specializes in batteries.
20 thoughts on “Scooter batteries”
When is Pride going to get the new “Million Mile Battery”. That is what will make them the best in the world
even if they are made in China. Also as an owner of a new Raptor I will be trying to get that battery for it as well.
I have made a lot of modifications to improve my Raptor that I believe should be used by Pride but I told them
about it and got NO RESPONCE.
Jonathan F Lester
Thank you for all your help with our scooter today! Much appreciated!
So happy we were able to help Laura! We hope you have a wonderful day!
I still do not have answer to any of my questions.
Hi Jonathan! Thank you for commenting on our post, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. We currently do not have another type of battery for that unit. If you have additional questions please feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly at: 800-800-4258
I was certainly hoping that since the scooter (Raptor) is made in China and China has been manufacturing these new
batteries that were discovered or invented that they might become available to you and to us to put in our scooters..
The miles I get per charge in good but I would love to double or tripple it and have the ability to recharge in a few minutes instead of a few hours like present. The electric future is here and it is growing fast. I have made a lot of improvements on my Raptor and made it much better and may do some more to it if I live long enough. I am 88 now
and depend on it a lot to get around and to the store and recreation and often run 10 or 15 miles one way but have to
recharge to return home.
Thank you for your answer
Jonathan F Lester
i need a gellbattery for my pride gogo scooter where can i phurchase one
Hi there! To purchase a battery we recommend speaking with an authorized dealer. You can locate one online or nearby you here: https://www.pridemobility.com/find-a-dealer.asp
I wish. To use lithium ion batteries in my new pride victory 10 scooter which is being supplied to me by the va. How much would a set of lithium ion batteries cost?
Hi Jerry, we only recommend utilizing the type of batteries that came with your Victory 10. If you send us your serial number we can let you know what kind those are to: email@example.com
To locate a dealer who can order batteries for you you can visit: https://www.pridemobility.com/find-a-dealer.asp
Should batterie be in or off position when charging
Hi Patty! What model of scooter do you have? For example our Go-Go scooters you can have the battery pack in the unit and charge it.
My wheel chair battery wont charge. The fault light is blinking once every 3 seconds.
Hi Robert, we’ll be happy to help look into this for you. If you want to send us your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your serial number?
I want to know what battery would be the best for my quantum blast 850 using it for hunting climbing dirt roads up hills can you help me
Hi Stephen! Thank you for reaching out to us here. We confirmed with our technical service team that all of the Blast series units used Group 24 batteries. If you need help finding some you can easily obtain them from one of our authorized dealers here: http://www.pridemobility.com/find-a-dealer.asp
Please let us know if you have any questions, and we hope you have a wonderful day!
I would like to replace my lead batteries in my Pride gogo elite with Li batteries. Would the charger for the Li batteries be dual voltage?
Hi Helene! We’re so sorry but if the unit did not come with lithium batteries we cannot recommend the conversion to those. If you are needing new batteries we recommend speaking with your mobility dealer, if you need to find one you can check here: http://www.pridemobility.com/find-a-dealer.asp
Looking for a pride battery DWR1235L551
Hi Brenda! We’d love to help you find a battery. There are a few ways to get in touch with a dealer online or near you. You can find one of our authorized Pride Dealers here: http://www.pridemobility.com/find-a-dealer.asp