When and how
How to charge your batteries
As a mobility scooter or power chair user, it’s important to understand how to achieve maximum performance with your power chair.
Your Jazzy® Air 2 uses two long-lasting, 12-volt, deep-cycle batteries, which are sealed and maintenance-free. Because the batteries are sealed, there is no need to check the electrolyte (fluid) level. Deep-cycle power chair batteries are designed to handle a longer and deeper discharge. While these batteries are similar in appearance to batteries used in a vehicle, they are not interchangeable. Vehicle batteries are not designed to handle a long, deep discharge, and are unsafe for use in electric wheelchairs. It is important to use two wheelchair batteries that are the same type and chemistry and have the same amp-hour (AH) capacity. The battery charger received with your power chair is essential in providing long life for your batteries.
The charger is designed to optimize the performance of your power chair by charging the batteries safely, quickly, and easily. Use the off-board charger to charge your power chair:
- Position your power chair next to a standard electrical outlet
- Be certain the wheelchair’s controller power is turned off and the power chair is in drive mode
- Plug the off-board charger into the off-board charger/programming socket on the controller
- Plug the off-board charger into the electrical outlet
- When the batteries are fully charged, unplug the off-board charger from the electrical outlet and then from the controller
The LED lights on the power chair charger indicate different charging conditions at various times, including charger power on; charging in progress; and charging complete. Refer to your owner’s manual for a complete explanation of these indicators. If the LED light does not indicate that the charging is complete within 24 hours, unplug the charger from the outlet and contact your dealer.
Breaking in new batteries for your power chair
It will take a few “charging cycles” to establish the critical chemical balance that is essential to a wheelchair battery’s peak performance and long life. Take the time to properly break in your new power chair batteries.
- Fully recharge any new power chair battery prior to its initial use. This brings the battery up to about 90 percent of its peak performance level
- Operate your power chair throughout the house and yard. Move slowly at first, and do not travel too far until you become accustomed to the controls and break in the power chair batteries
- Give the batteries another full charge of at least eight to 14 hours and operate your power chair again. The batteries will now perform at over 90 percent of their potential
- After four or five charging cycles, the batteries for your power chair will top off at 100 percent charge and last for an extended period
How often should I charge my power chair batteries?
How often you use your power chair determines how often you should charge your batteries. If you use your power chair daily, charge the batteries as soon as you finish using your power chair for the day. We recommend charging the batteries for at least eight to 14 hours after daily use. If you use your power chair less frequently, we recommend charging the batteries eight to 14 hours twice a week for a maintenance charge. We do not recommend charging the batteries on your power chair for longer than 14 hours. Refer to the manual supplied with the battery charger for additional information.