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Common Issues With Electric Wheelchairs

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Common Issues with Electric Wheelchairs


Wheelchair Batteries


Electric wheelchair issues mainly involve battery and brake malfunctions as well as tire damage.



o Batteries


Wheelchair Batteries


The batteries situated inside the battery box are the key to powering your electric wheelchair. For sure, we all know the proper maintenance of your wheelchair batteries is very important.

Keep the surface of the battery clean and do not expose it directly to the sun (especially when fully charged). Electric wheelchairs should be kept in a cool, ventilated, and dry place a times.

If you are using your electric power-chair daily, then the batteries should be properly maintained. Do not delay charging your wheelchair batteries even if you have not used the chair during the day. Now is the right time to remind you, that proper care extends the lifespan of your wheelchair battery. Do not let the charge level fall below the 70th percentile in the first 10 days of battery usage. Also, try not to drain batteries by more than 80 percent from just one use. Finally, regarding charging your battery you should do it daily and inspect it weekly for corrosion.



o Brakes



Being able to stop is crucial and related to the personal safety of customers. To check if your brakes work well, release each brake respectively to ensure there are no issues. Do not forget to perform the brake check occasionally.



o Tires


Wheelchair Batteries


Wet tires will prolong the braking path and so will sharp stones. Both can easily damage your tires when you're out on uneven terrain. Hence, it is important to follow something surprisingly basic - tire pressure; it is either printed on the tire or it is included in the owner's manual. Each kind of tire has different maintenance needs.
For example:

  • Pneumatic
  • Solid rubber
  • Rubber insert
  • Polyurethane foam-filled


For lubrication and general maintenance always use lubricants specified by the manufacturer of your wheelchair to maintain it. Do not forget to check the screws regularly. Keep the controller clean especially if you eat or drink in your wheelchair. If you spill something, clean it immediately.

Be sure to read your wheelchair user manual to find out all the features and support information. You'll also find safety suggestions and support information.


Use an electric wheelchair to improve your ability to take care of yourself.


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