Do you know the difference between an "SLI" (Starting Lighting and Ignition) versus a "deep-cycle" battery? What about a "wet lead-acid" versus a sealed Gel or AGM battery?
In virtually all wheelchair, scooter and other mobility applications, a deep-cycle, sealed Gel or AGM design is best. And here's why:
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MK Batteries does not sell direct to consumers because the best sources for your batteries are the well-trained wheelchair technicians at your local dealer. We understand your mobility equipment inside and out, know which batteries fit your specific needs, and can most accurately determine when and if battery replacement is necessary. For quality MK Battery products and peak performance, visit Medicaleshop, 87, Danbury Road, New Milford, CT, 06776.
Battery-powered mobility systems provide thousands of Americans with additional freedom and independence.
None of these ingeniously designed vehicles, however, can perform to their full potential and safety without a top-quality battery as the fuel source.
In fact, choosing the right battery for your equipment can enhance performance and safety, simplify charging and maintenance and, in the long-run, save you time, money and peace of mind.
Before you buy any battery, take a few minutes to review the facts and tips this guide provides. They include:
These points will help maximize your current battery's performance and, better still, help you make a smart decision when it's time for replacement. All of this adds up to greater freedom and independence.
Active users of power wheelchairs cycle their batteries daily (deep cycling). this stringent application requires a unique battery design that will sometimes compromise initial capacity in return for longer battery life. Gel battery performance improves once the battery has been cycled (discharged and recharged) 15-20 times. This break-in period is necessary to fully activate the battery for maximum performance and longevity. Thus, range and running time of your mobility device could initially increase with use.
Battery technology has changed tremendously in just the past few years. In fact, size-for-size, MK's advanced sealed Gel and AGM batteries deliver more power and more consistent performance than other types and brands of batteries used for mobility. MK's performance-proven sealed Gel and AGM designs:
While MK sealed Gel and AGM batteries aren't among the lowest priced brands, like a good set of radial tires for your car, they're designed to enhance performance and safety, last longer and, ultimately, be more cost-efficient.
There's a simple reason why MK is the number one brand of mobility battery among all major wheelchair manufacturers and leading rehab equipment suppliers. These industry leaders cannot afford to have their reputations riding on anything but the best power source available.
That's why the MK Powered name is your assurance of getting the best battery available for your wheelchair, scooter or other mobility device.
Although a wet lead-acid design is initially less expensive, a wet lead-acid battery has a much shorter service life, requires regular maintenance and poses a much higher safety risk because of potential battery acid contact and/or explosion.
An MK Gel battery features an inherently safer, truly maintenance-free design. MK Gel batteries have provided years of proven performance and a significantly longer life - averaging 1 to 2 years or longer when properly charged.
Mk Battery also offers a line of AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries for lighter duty mobility use. Although AGM batteries will not match the cycle-life performance of our Gel batteries, they do offer a lower initial cost and will supply sufficient functionality to meet the less critical needs of certain lighter duty mobility applications. For heavy daily use and traditional rehab applications, continued utilization of our heavy duty Gel batteries is highly recommended.
All batteries can be hazardous so, always read and follow the instructions and warnings attached to any battery you purchase.
All mobility batteries contain lead and sulfuric acid. Both elements are toxic and considered dangerous. In addition, when they are charged, batteries produce hydrogen gas, which is highly flammable and can cause an explosion.
Proper handling of batteries is mandatory at all times. Improper handling may result in any of the following:
To properly charge your mobility battery, follow these simple procedures: