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I V . B A T T E R I E S A N D C H A R G I N G
With these considerations in mind, you can determine just how often and for how long you should charge
your scooter's batteries. We designed the battery charger so that it will not overcharge your scooter's
batteries (do not charge them for more than 24 consecutive hours). However, you may encounter some
problems if you do not charge your batteries often enough and if you do not charge them on a regular basis.
Following the five guidelines below will provide safe and reliable battery operation and charging.
If you use your scooter daily, charge its batteries as soon as you finish using it for the day. Your scooter
will be ready each morning. We recommend that you charge your scooter's batteries for 8 to 14 hours
after daily use.
If you use your scooter once a week or less, charge its batteries at least once a week for 12 to 14 hours
at a time.
Keep your scooter's batteries fully charged.
Avoid deeply discharging your scooter's batteries.
How can I get maximum range or distance per charge?
Rarely will you have ideal driving conditions—smooth, flat, hard driving surfaces with no wind or curves.
You will often face hills, pavement cracks, uneven and loosely packed surfaces, curves and wind. All of
these driving conditions affect the distance or running time per battery charge. Below are a few suggestions
for obtaining the maximum range per battery charge.
Always fully charge your scooter's batteries prior to your daily use.
Maintain but do not exceed the psi/bar/kPa air pressure rating indicated on pneumatic tyres.
Plan your route ahead to avoid as many hills, cracked, broken or soft surfaces as possible.
Limit your baggage weight to essential items.
Try to maintain an even speed while your scooter is in motion.
Avoid stop-and-go driving.
What type and size of battery should I use?
We recommend deep-cycle batteries that are sealed and maintenance free. Both AGM and Gel-Cell are deep-
cycle batteries that are similar in performance. Do not use wet-cell batteries, which have removable caps.
WARNING! Corrosive chemicals are contained in batteries. Use only AGM or Gel-Cell
batteries to reduce the risk of leakage or explosive conditions.
NOTE: Sealed batteries are not serviceable. Do not remove the caps.
How do I change a battery in my scooter?
MANDATORY! Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds. Wear goggles and gloves when handling batteries and wash hands after
WARNING! Always use two batteries of the exact same type, chemistry and amp-hour
(Ah) capacity. Refer to the specifications table in this manual and in the manual supplied
with the battery charger for recommended type and capacities.
WARNING! Contact your authorised Pride Dealer if you have any questions regarding the
batteries in your scooter.
WARNING! Do not replace the batteries while the scooter is occupied.
WARNING! The batteries on your scooter should only be serviced or replaced by an
authorised Pride Dealer or a qualified technician.
PROHIBITED! Keep tools and other metal objects away from the battery terminals.
Contact with tools can cause electrical shock.


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