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TIPS ON BUYING MOBILITY SCOOTERS

In today’s market, there is a huge number of differing models of mobility scooters. Basically, there are 2 main models of 3 wheel scooters and 4 wheelers. From these two main categories, the models can be further sub categorized by the scooter weight (different scooter models accommodate different occupant weight class; distance to be covered (generally determined by type of batteries used and motor); portability (light weight and ultra light weight); features. Like in many product, the more features you have, the heavier the product becomes.

One aspect of a mobility scooter that you want to have replace easily is the tires. Not only may you need to replace the tires because one of them have broken, but you may also find you want to get different ones anyway for additional comfort.
Another important part of the scooter that is easily replaced will be the battery. Most scooters used the SLA type of batteries (Sealed Lead Acid). These batteries are commonly found in the market and auto shops. However, amongst all the battery types, whilst it is considerably cheaper than the Lithium-Ions, it is also very heavy thus adding weight to the scooter (especially the portable scooters). Depending on type of SLA batteries used, it can weigh an average of 10-11 kg vs the Lithium Ions of about 2.7 kg. All batteries have a very finite lifespan and can only be recharged a certain number of times before they start becoming unreliable and eventually stop working altogether.
In trying to decide what scooter model best fits you, you should determine your needs and what works best for you. Do you need it to be portable? New models of scooters can be disassembled and stored in the car boot. Even in the portability category, the scooters can weigh as high as 47 kg to as light as 16 kg. Or do you need to cover great distances, etc. Other questions that is worth considering – Frequency of usage; frequency of transporting the scooter; place where you will be using the scooter.  You should look at your needs and what will work best for you. If you aren’t sure of which models to choose from, talk to the salesman; ask pertinent questions. Ask for a demonstration. Do a trial test. Treat it as though you are buying a car as you will be riding on it often.

This article has been written by Nat Cheang of Rugged Tree Pte Ltd.

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