Lithium-Ion Battery

Lithium Ion battery

Typical Lithium Ion battery for a laptop

The important point with a Lithium Ion battery is that it is light. The Lithium Ion battery for a Travelscoot weighs about 2.5 kg. More good news, the Li-Ion battery has no “memory effect”, simply charge it up  as and when necessary. These type of batteries exist in your computer, mobile phone and on light weight mobility scooters.

Two important thing to remember with a lithium ion battery.

  1. Don’t continue use the Li-Ion battery until its totally out of charge, not possible with the Travelscoot version
  2. If you do have two batteries then use both alternately. Do not put the unused battery into storage

Lithium Ion battery

It is a very popular type of rechargeable battery for portable electonic devices with a high energy density and a very small memory effect. This means you can leave it being recharged with doing any damage. A Li-Ion battery is much lighter than a Lead Acid type seen on so many mobility scooters. So the new light weight battery is becoming more and more popular.

Li-Ion battery life

Did you know that the lifespan of a lithium-ion battery is limited from its date of manufacture? To put it bluntly,  your lithium-ion battery starts dying the moment it leaves the factory! It has a life of 3 years or more but that will depend upon how well its looked after and on the use. The Travelscoot batteries can be fully recharged approximately 1000 times

Lithium Ion battery for the Later version of the Travelscoot

Lithium Ion battery for the Travelscoot

Death of a Li-Ion battery

Do not allow the Lithium-Ion battery to become completely flat. If the Lithium-Ion battery is fully discharged then the battery can be irreversibly and permanently damaged. The Travelscoot ones do not fully discharge.

How far on a Travelscoot

  • A Travelscoot will travel 5 Km when the green, amber and red lights are showing.
  • It will do another 5Km when only the amber and red lights are showing.
  • It will do a further 7 Km when only the red light is showing.

This assumes a 110 Kg weight on a flat even surface. After 7 km with only the red light I assume the battery has no more available energy. Note it does not fully discharge.

Don’t forget to recharge the battery if it has had significant use. It is constantly discharging or losing energy. If the battery has hardly been used then you don’t need to recharge it.

Don’t let the battery get too hot or too cold, keep it between 5C and 45C. All things being equal you should get about 3 years of life from the battery.

Spare battery

Don’t buy a spare battery when you buy a Travelscoot. It is better to buy one a year or so after buying the scooter. You do not want both of them to die simultanteously.

Look after your battery properly and its life will be extended considerably. Do try not to drop it. It is an expensive item to buy so do give it the care and attention it deserves.

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13 responses to “Lithium-Ion Battery”

  1. Laura B says:

    I must admit that I have answered “dry cell” when I am asked on numerous occasions about the type of battery in my mobility scooter at airports. I always got the impression that if a lithium-ion battery is mentioned sirens would sound and I would be escorted from the airport! This is despite phoning the scooter’s manufacturer (Pride Quest) to request a safety certificate. I think this attitude will change one day – when the airlines catch up with scooters used.

    • Hello Laura,

      People are a bit fuzzy when asked the maximum power for a Lithium Ion Battery on an aeroplane. Best bet is to check with the airline. This article might help http://www.airsafe.com/issues/baggage/batteries.htm but do not take it as gospel. The only cast iron rule is that it must go into the plane with you as hand luggage. Usually the important information is on the battery somewhere but not too sure how it all works out.

  2. GREGORY HARRISON says:

    Where can i buy a travelscoot battery in Adelaide.Please.

  3. WLB Morrison says:

    Do you supply. A lithium rechargeable 24 volt battery to fit a Pride Quest mobility scooter if so what is the price delivered

  4. Malcolm Baird says:

    where can I buy a trevelscoot battery

  5. John Stevens says:

    How much does a new Lithium battery for my Travelscoot cost? In UK currency if possible
    Thanks

    • Hello,

      You will need to contact Travelscoot directly. They are based in Germany. Best thing is to ring them up 00-49-89-5795-1906 in the morning. If you are disabled tell them cos prices are +VAT so that stops 20% being added to the price. Pay for it by plastic over the phone.

      Incidentally they are not cheap so be prepared

  6. Peter Burban says:

    I cannot use a new battery on an older bike the connection is different how can i change this help

    • Hello Peter,

      Contact Travelscoot and explain problem. They have converters. Here is their phone number +44 49-89-57951906 Email TravelScoot European Union . contact best in the morning. Europe 1 hour ahead, Germans start work at 8 am

  7. I received his email with regard to Lithium IomBatteries when caried on Easyjet planes. The policy does seem to vary from airlline to airline. This is the ?Easyjet response

    From: prmsupport@easyjet.com
    Date: 19 June 2016 at 7:15:11 pm BST
    To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: easyJet Special Assistance Team [[ Reference ID: 113173019 ]]

    Dear Peter
    Thank you for contacting easyJet Special Assistance Team and for letting us know about your wheelchair details.
    In what concerns to your query about about wheelchairs with lithium batteries:
    • the battery can remain attached to the wheelchair provided that it is secure;
    • the terminals do not need to be disconnected if they are already inside a cell case or isolated (to avoid any short circuits);
    • the motor must be disengaged (we recommend the ‘AirSafe’ plug – this can easily be fitted to disengage the motor of most powered wheelchairs)
    The preferred easyJet solution is that the battery remains attached.
    Normally is not required to remove the batterie, but if this is the case make sure that:
    • it is carried by you in the cabin;
    • it is protected from short circuits via insulation of exposed terminals;
    • it must be placed into a protective pouch;
    • it must not exceed 300 Wh.
    I hope this as cleared things up for you.
    Shall you need any more information do not hesitate in contacting us.
    Kind regards
    Maria

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