At Out & About we sell a wide range of mobility scooters but one of our favourites is the Invacare Orion!
The Orion’s great advantages are:
It’s an 8mph scooter that can be driven on the road but it also has a 4mph speed limiter for when you need to travel at the legal limit of 4 mph on pavements, shopping centres, shops and the like.
Its large wheels, a powerful motor and 50ah batteries mean that it can handle rough terrain and travel longer distances (26miles maximum).
It has a turning radius of just 140cm making it far more manoeuvrable than other, larger scooters.
All round suspension and pneumatic tyres give you a smoother, more stable and comfortable ride.
Its lighting system includes an easily visible Dual-Bulb headlight, automatic indicators and an integrated heavy-duty brake light for greater safety.
Its two step disengaging lever is an important safety feature and means you cannot accidently put your scooter into freewheel mode.
And last but certainly not least, the NEW ‘Electronic Speed Reduction’ system, which automatically reduces the scooter’s speed when you travel round bends and turn corners, ensures you enjoy a safe and comfortable drive!
And as if this wasn’t enough there are also a number of great optional extras such as a lockable front box so you can more securely keep your personal belongings.
Not all batteries are the same. What’s a good way to care for one type of battery can damage another type
Scooter and Powerchair batteries are designed to “Deep Cycle”, and when they aren’t being used they like to be kept on charge and left to ‘trickle charge’. Trickle charging uses very little electricity – a fraction of what it takes if you leave your TV on standby – and ensures that your batteries are always topped up and are ready for use.
To get the best out of your batteries:
Keep your batteries and scooter in a cool dry place – Waterproof covers are available for different sized scooters.
Put your batteries on charge when you have finished using your scooter for the day, and leave them on charge until the next time you use your scooter – unless you are going away for an extended period of time or storing the scooter away for winter.
Fully charge your batteries and disconnect them if you are not going to be using your scooter for more than a month, then, at least once a month, you should fully recharge your batteries and disconnect them again. Remember to fully charge your batteries before you start regularly using your scooter again.
Take your batteries off charge before they are fully charged.
Leave your charger connected to your batteries if the mains socket is switched off – If there is no current flowing from the mains through the charger to your scooter the flow of power will go into reverse and the power in your battery will be drawn out. The longer you leave it this way, the more seriously your batteries will be depleted, leaving them at severe risk of failure on your next journey.
Use the incorrect charger for your batteries – if you break or lose your charger be sure to replace it with one that’s approved and or supplied by the scooter manufacturer or by specialist mobility dealers.
Batteries don’t last forever but by following these simple suggestions you can keep your batteries in good condition for longer.
Contact us on 01420 549481 for further information.