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Thread: Anyone had Permobil F3 Battery problem?

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    DME says I need to buy new batteries.

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    From the MK Battery website: ​http://www.mkbattery.com/content_con...-reference-faq

    HME/Mobility Questions:
    Q:
    How often should I charge?

    A: Daily Users:
    Charge daily. This applies to anyone who actually uses his or her equipment outside of the home.

    Occasional Users:
    Always be sure to charge before an outing and always after active use. The ideal recharge point is about 50% on a scooter or wheelchair gauge.


    Q: How do I charge my MK Batteries correctly?

    A: To properly charge your mobility battery, follow these simple procedures:
    - Use the manufacturer?s automatic charger for all routine charging.
    - Never use an automotive or wet-type charger on gel/sealed batteries. (They?ll quickly ruin your battery).
    - Never run your battery completely flat.
    - Don?t ?top off? the battery with frequent charging.


    Q: How should a battery be stored?

    A: - Always store your batteries FULLY CHARGED.
    - Check all batteries once a month and recharge as needed.
    - Wet batteries can hold their charge up to 3 months.
    - Sealed batteries can hold a charge for up to 6 months.
    - When storing a chair or scooter for more than 2 weeks, charge the batteries and then disconnect them.
    - Avoid hot and cold extremes when storing.

  3. #13
    Did you pay for the chair out of pocket? How old is the chair? You shouldn't have to pay for the batteries.

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    I bought this F-3 power wheelchair using an insurance through a job in April 2016. Prior to this chair, I had a Quantum 6000Z for 7~8 years and replaced the batteries once. It seems I am in a situation of having the 3rd set of batteries less than 2 years.

    Thanks gjnl for the url.

  5. #15
    The insurance that paid for the chair will pay for the batteries. The DME should be doing all the work. It shouldn't cost you a dime.

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    Thank you jscrog. Yes, my cost is the most important but I also think it is unfair/frustrating to have third batteries in less than 2 years. I really hope it is the batteries & charging issues, not the chair itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JK View Post
    Thank you jscrog. Yes, my cost is the most important but I also think it is unfair/frustrating to have third batteries in less than 2 years. I really hope it is the batteries & charging issues, not the chair itself.
    Doubtful it is a chair issue. It probably has everything to do with how you use your chair and how you have charged the batteries.

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    I agree gjnl, this is definitely user error. Spend some time to educate yourself on use frequency, storage and proper charging.

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    It's important to remember that even if you're not using the chair it still needs to be charged.

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    OK. It may be my fault, but how should I understand the difference between the batteries in F-3 and batteries in Quantum 6000Z?

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