Charging A Mobility Scooter Battery
Posted 29 January 2009 - 09:43 pm
Can any one help please.
Posted 29 January 2009 - 10:59 pm
Now in this case it was done during the day, and it was a nice day so the solar panel was able to shove around 40-50 watts (its rated at 65 watts but I've never got it that high) back at the battery if needed, but it never seemed to get that high... after about 6 hours the scooter said it was fully charged ... and the 'van battery showed no signs of struggling ...
Now in the winter you might have a bit of a problem .. it depends, I suppose, on the size of the scooter battery, and how much it needs to get a full charge...
I suppose you could always plug the inverter into the car and run the car engine to charge it if the 'van battery was unhappy ??
Edited by Entwood, 29 January 2009 - 11:00 pm.
Posted 29 January 2009 - 11:52 pm
Bluming heck its hard is this caravaning lark so far I have needed geography lessons, pluming lessons and now I need to be a electrician. Is it me who is thick or does everyone find it hard at first...
Posted 30 January 2009 - 12:36 am
We all were once and you'll be surprised at the number of people out there that will give you a hand/answer your questions.
I've followed your progress to date and I'm sure charging a scooter battery overnight using a modern "intelligent" charger will not blow any fusues!!!!
Once you've had your first trip you'll wonder what all the fuss was about... but you will also have a few things to chuckle about that didn't quite goes as planned!!!
Posted 30 January 2009 - 01:08 am
Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:22 am
if you get hold of a ctek battery charger (or one of its cheaper clones available from time to time at Lidl or Aldi for about £15 -£20 ish, ctek ones are in the region of £45ish), ctek chargers & their clones are "intelligent chargers" & will fully charge the battery overnight without causing any damage the battery.
As long as you're hooked up to an EHU you'll be able to plug it into your outside 240v socket & charge it up overnight in the awning, I wouldn't recommend charging a battery inside the caravan for safety reasons (PM me & I'll explain).
Although it's possible to charge the battery via a battery charger hooked up to an inverter plugged into the 12v circuits of the caravan thats a highly ineficient use of the vans battery, far better to plug it into the tow car's 12v system, via a cigarette lighter fitting, & drive around or run tthe car's engine, but just running the engine to charge a battery is also very fuel ineficient as well!
Posted 30 January 2009 - 09:03 am
That is negligible on a 16a hookup , on on the continent , overnight should not cause problems on a typical French 4/6a supply
If any one is interested , I have a full size mobility scooter for sale , brand new batteries etc , happy to deliver within 30 miles of my location , PM for more info
Posted 30 January 2009 - 11:26 am
I wouldn't recommend charging a battery inside the caravan for safety reasons
As far as I'm aware, it's perfectly safe to charge a mobility scooter inside the home. Even a caravan. Mobility scooters use sealed lead-acid batteries which are indeed completely sealed with no vent holes whatsoever. Sealed lead-acid batteries are designed so that the oxygen generated during charging is captured and recombined in the battery. This is called an oxygen recombination cycle and works well as long as the charge rate is not too high. Too high of a rate of charge may result in case rupture, thermal runaway, or internal mechanical damage. So long as the use of the recommended charger is always used as supplied with the scooter.
Posted 30 January 2009 - 04:38 pm
Posted 30 January 2009 - 09:55 pm
Of course, maybe you intend taking two cars and that would solve the problem. If not then you may be better to hire a mobility scooter as you originally planned.
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