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    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 29th Oct 19, 3:53 PM
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    Pride Apex batteries
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    • 29th Oct 19, 3:53 PM
    Pride Apex batteries 29th Oct 19 at 3:53 PM
    My Pride Apex Mobility scooter batteries are dying rapidly - range about 2 miles (at a push)

    The scooter is just over 2 years old and is rarely used

    When new - the range is claimed to be 13 miles - more like a genuine 4 miles
    Could the batteries really need replacing so soon ?
    Could the reason be the fact that it is charged when we get home - left for up to a month and given a top up charge before using again ?
    I understand that they are 2 off 12v /18ah batteries - can they be upgraded for more range ?
    Are they simple to replace myself ?
    Last edited by 50Twuncle; 29-10-2019 at 3:59 PM.
    WW3 is coming - it's been almost 75 years since the last one - the next one will be FAR worse !
    So what's a few squabbles between politicians ??
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    • Spoonie Turtle
    • By Spoonie Turtle 29th Oct 19, 5:41 PM
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    • 29th Oct 19, 5:41 PM
    The range claimed is always under ideal conditions - on flat surfaces, constant speed, and I don't know whether it accounts for the weight of a person or not.

    My Pride Go-chair batteries say to be charged at least once a week if not used, fo 12-14hours at least. Recharges (after using) should be 8-14 hours, and at least 4 hours after the indicator says it's charged.

    In other words, if you've not been charging them weekly - and assuming they are deep-cycle batteries - then yes, after 2 years they could well be dying.

    [Mine are starting to sag partly because the chair sat unused for several months before I bought it and partly because I keep forgetting to give them their weekly charge, so this is hopefully the kick I need to make sure I do better for my batteries from now on.]
    • D_M_E
    • By D_M_E 30th Oct 19, 10:54 AM
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    • 30th Oct 19, 10:54 AM
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    Remove the box containing the batteries from the scooter and turn it upside down, then remove all the screws around the edge on the underside.

    Turn upright and remove the cover - if it doesn't come off easily then you have missed a screw or two.
    Beware that some cables will still be attached so be carefull.

    When you can see the batteries, measure the maximum size which will fit in the battery space. You want max length, width and height.

    Now go somewhere such as here and pick out batteries which are nearest in size to the hole you have measured and that have a higher power rating than the ones you have.

    Once you have bought them it should be an easy job to fit them.

    Note that the higher the output the heavier the battery.
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 30th Oct 19, 11:08 AM
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    • 30th Oct 19, 11:08 AM
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    • 30th Oct 19, 11:08 AM
    Remove the box containing the batteries from the scooter and turn it upside down, then remove all the screws around the edge on the underside.

    Turn upright and remove the cover - if it doesn't come off easily then you have missed a screw or two.
    Beware that some cables will still be attached so be carefull.

    When you can see the batteries, measure the maximum size which will fit in the battery space. You want max length, width and height.

    Now go somewhere such as here and pick out batteries which are nearest in size to the hole you have measured and that have a higher power rating than the ones you have.

    Once you have bought them it should be an easy job to fit them.

    Note that the higher the output the heavier the battery.
    Originally posted by D_M_E

    25 for 2 batteries - appears too cheap - are they really OK ?
    WW3 is coming - it's been almost 75 years since the last one - the next one will be FAR worse !
    So what's a few squabbles between politicians ??
    • D_M_E
    • By D_M_E 30th Oct 19, 11:40 AM
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    • 30th Oct 19, 11:40 AM
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    • 30th Oct 19, 11:40 AM
    We have bought batteries for various scooters off various Ebay sellers over the years and can safely say have had no problems.

    Another place to look for batteries - if you don't like or use Ebay - is a boat suppliers or chandler's outlet, the batteries are the same leakproof gelpak things as used in scooters.

    EDIT: you should note that when you change the battery size in the dropdown menu the price will rise, the 25 is for small batteries, it's FROM 25 not 25 for any size.
    Last edited by D_M_E; 30-10-2019 at 11:42 AM.
    • Rodders53
    • By Rodders53 30th Oct 19, 5:01 PM
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    • 30th Oct 19, 5:01 PM
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    • 30th Oct 19, 5:01 PM
    Our Pride GoGo Traveller Plus batteries last around 3 to 4 years or so before the capacity drops to such an extent they are near useless. We currently have two battery boxes and carry both in the cars "just in case". Very similar in design to your scooter.

    They are usually AGM batteries; but Gel batteries are an alternative (more expensive and fussier over charge regime - stick to AGM. The same dimensional size of battery comes in 17-18-20 and 22 Ah ratings.
    But you need to double-check exactly what is fitted in your scooter. The price increases with the capacity, but so does the range of the scooter.

    Take the scooter/battery box to a mobility shop and they can supply new batteries and fit them without VAT (disability exempt). Buy and fit them yourself and you should pay VAT on the purchase (as the same batteries are used in Golf caddy carts and other applications). Always ring round and get prices from such places and ask about the make of batteries they will supply.

    If fitting yourself ring local suppliers - they may be a good price and you can save the delivery charges.

    I'd pay for a quality brand: Lucas or Yuasa. I paid under 90 a pair fairly recently including next day delivery. This is a reputable online supplier I got one set from
    https://www.tayna.co.uk/golf-batteries/offers/rec22-12-pair/

    No scooter battery should need more frequent maintenence charging than once a month if unused and no parasitic drain. The charger we had with the first GoGo scooter killed batteries by following the makers' charge regime (leave on charge overnight after every use). It was OK if disconnected soon after the charge full indicator went from red to green and the next set lasted many years. Typically needing 2-8 hrs max. (depending on depth of discharge). The newer scooter's charger is better and I've confirmed it is 'intelligent' so could be connected 24/7 safely. Your mileage may vary!
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