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Common Battery Charger Issues

Common Battery Charger Issues

Typical 12 volt battery charger for power chairs and mobility scootersThe batteries in your power wheelchair and/or motorized scooter work best when they are recharged on a regular basis. Keeping your batteries as completely charged as possible means your mobility vehicle will never be without the power to take you to more of the places you need to go.

For the most part, your mobility vehicle's battery charger is relatively easy and safe to use. But, a battery charger is still a piece of electrical equipment. Problems may arise which could potentially interfere with successfully charging up your batteries. 

Below, you'll find helpful tips for handling two of the most common battery charger problems¹. Please also always refer to your operating manual provided with your specific charger as your guide. And, you can always call a Hoveround Technical Specialist at 800-96-HOVER.

Some Common Problems with Battery Chargers

Your battery charger should give you consistent and reliable charging capabilities for quite some time. But any problem deserves to be taken seriously, because it could be a sign of an electrical malfunction or an indication that you might have a defective charger.

Most power mobility devices use 12 volt batteries similar to thisIf battery charger troubleshooting efforts fail to get the charger working properly, contact the supplier of your power chair or power scooter for further advice.

  • Internal Fan Malfunction: Battery chargers ordinarily have an internal fan which keeps the electrical components from overheating. When it is operating normally, the fan light goes on, and the fan may make a humming sound.3-stage automatic battery charger for AGM sealed lead acid batteries If the fan does not automatically turn on, or if you don't hear the fan humming, stop using the charger and disconnect it from your power vehicle. Refer to the charger manual for further directions.​
  • Battery Charger Light Malfunction<br><sup>1</sup>: There are 1, 2 or 3 small LED lights on your charger that will either light steadily, flash or blink when your battery charger is turned on and functioning as it should. If the lights do not operate while the charger is plugged in and connected, you should stop using the charger and disconnect it from your mobility device battery. Refer to the charger manual and follow the instructions.

Hoveround is committed to your continued mobility. If you require assistance, at any time, with a product provided to you by Hoveround, always know our Technical Support and Repair staff are only a phone call away at 800-96-HOVER (800-964-6837). We'll work to find the answers and get you the solutions you need to stay mobile and independent with your Hoveround mobility product.

You might also find it helpful to read our article How to Safely Use a Battery Charger on your power chair or scooter.

¹This article is for informational purposes only. The instructions and images on this page are general in nature and may not reflect actual items for sale from Hoveround, nor apply to every type of battery charger. Models differ by specifications, features, appearance, capabilities and functions. Please read and follow the instructions in the product manual for your safety.

November 25, 2013