My Travelscoot Lithium battery needs replacing
Regular readers know I love my Travelscoot mobility scooter. It even has a nick-name – The Trike. Before lockdown I used it every day so about every 4 years the Travelscoot Lithium battery needs replacing. The cost of buying a new one from Travelscoot always causes a sharp intake of breath.
Travelscoot Lithium battery
For many years I have owned two batteries: one on charge and one on The Trike. I always take the old one to the dump for recycling when I buy a replacement. For a strange reason I decided not recycle the old battery when I last bought a replacement. Come November 2020 I am the proud owner of 3 batteries but none of them has capacity to go more than a mile or two. Soon I was going to have to man-up and buy a new battery from Travelscoot.
Its not cheap
Excluding VAT but including delivery buying a 25.2V 11.25AH battery from Travelscoot costs €712 (£640). Covid has put our little business, (Doggy Day Care), run by The Wife into hibernation. My paltry income working with Universities has also been knocked on the head. Realistically we are living on benefits and her state pension and can not tighten our belt any more notches.
In mid-November I received an email
A fellow Travelscoot user who is a regular reader of these posts emailed me. He asked me if I had heard of Country Batteries, he wanted to know more about them. He told me they can refurbish a Travelscoot Lithium battery for a third the price of a new one. I’m a tad cynical and subscribe to the school of ‘No such thing as a free dinner’ but I was curious to find out more.
This sounds so much more reasonable
I spoke to a few people and none of them said a bad word about County Batteries. I gave then a ring and they know all about refurbishing a Travelscoot battery and told me that it would cost me £225 + VAT. I must pay upfront, they will supply a shipping label and I send the battery and a charger to them by UPS. Within two weeks I will receive what is effectively a new battery. I am exempt from VAT thanks to MS.
Feeling very optimistic
I send the one with the least capacity to County Batteries. Within two weeks I received the refurbished battery and my charger. I have been using this battery since then and it is as good as new. This is a FANTASTIC RESULT. The Wife is also thrilled, she is the bean counter.
Refurbished battery is good
I was not going to spend over three hours scooting around in the miserable cold wintry weather verifying how far I could travel on the refurbished battery. Knowing my MS addled memory I would forget how far I had travelled after 90 minutes. You could call me a wuss but keeping warm in cold weather is as hard as keeping cool in hot weather. Another MS hidden disability?
Refurbishing a Travelscoot battery is only a third the price of buying a new one. This is really good value for money and they refurbish a wide variety of batteries so check their website. My fellow reader now knows that County Batteries are a safe bet and I discovered free dinners can exist.
PS I have not received any payment or benefits to publish this article