Batteries are part of our everyday life. Many of us cannot last a few hours, let alone a day without accessing our smartphones or tablets. Every time we go out, we either drive our car or take a form of public transportation. We use a remote control to switch channels while watching television. As you can see we frequently interact with batteries throughout our daily routine without always realizing it. This is especially true if you use powered mobility equipment, such as a scooter, power assist wheelchair, or fully powered wheelchair. Knowing how to properly handle and care for your batteries will help maximize your wheelchair’s battery life. In this blog we will go over 4 best practices of caring for a Nickle Metal Hydride (NiMH) wheelchair battery. For a detailed breakdown of the pros and cons of using NiMH wheelchair batteries check out our blog here.
The wheelchair has come a long way. A generation ago, the word “wheelchair” painted a picture of a boxy, shiny steel frame and sagging vinyl upholstery lining the seat. Finding a wheelchair with a perfect fit or support held little value in the past. If a child was in need of a wheelchair, their growth and developmental needs were overlooked. In most cases the child would be placed in a larger chair because he or she would “grow into it”. However let me emphasize that this was the past. Now there are almost as many wheelchair styles, colors, and options available as there are children to use them. Selecting the right one for your child can seem overwhelming at times, but knowing the important needs to consider will help you narrow down your search.