Mobility Scooters – Things to consider

When walking any distance becomes more difficult, or if you are reliant on others to get out and about, a mobility scooter might be just the thing for you. Mobility scooters come in all shapes and sizes and whatever it is you want a scooter to help you do, there’s every chance that there will be one to suit you.

Finding the right scooter for you  
There are many different makes and sizes of Mobility Scooter available and it can be difficult to know how to begin choosing one that will be right for you. There are three different classes of scooter; Mini (sometimes called boot scooters), Midi, and Maxi. Each class of scooter has different features and benefits. So to help you choose the right one for you, here’s some things to consider:

  • Will you be using it for short or long trips?
  • Will you be using it on paths, roads or rough ground?
  • Will you need to transport the scooter in a car etc?delta handles
  • How important is the comfort of the seating?
  • Do you need lots of leg room?
  • Do you need Delta handles?
  • Where will you store and charge your scooter?
  • How much do you want to spend?

Mini/Boot Scooterboot scooter

  • 4mph
  • Can be used for short distances
  • Better on paths and even ground
  • Can be broken down and transported easily
  • Has convenient on board charging, but also a removable battery pack that can be charged
  • Basic seating and comfort
  • Most models have no suspension
  • Minimal leg room
  • Prices from £695

Midi Scootersmidi

  • 4-6mph
  • Can be used for short to medium distances
  • Can be used on paths, some roads, and slightly uneven ground
  • Some models can be broken down but not easily transported
  • Has convenient on board charging
  • Reasonably comfortable seating
  • Some suspension
  • More leg room
  • Prices from £1395

Maxi Scooters

  • 6-8mphORION
  • Can be used for short to long distances
  • Can be used on roads and uneven ground
  • Can’t be broken down and not easily transported
  • Has convenient on board charging
  • High levels of comfort seating, usually with a captain’s seat
  • Full all round suspension
  • Lots of leg room
  • Prices from £1995

suspension

Once you’ve found the Class of Scooter that best suits you, you can then look at the different options in each class. A range of accessories are also available, including scooter bags and baskets to hold shopping, as well as a range of covers to protect you and your scooter from the weather, either while you’re riding it or when it’s being stored.

If you have any questions or would like to try out some mobility scooters then you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
Website: http://outandabout-uk.com

Advertisements

Taking care of your scooter batteries: THE DO’S & DONT’S

CHARGER PIC

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:

  • DO
    • SCOOTER STORAGE COVER PICKeep 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.
  • DO NOT
    • 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.