We often get asked about our EasyFold batteries. So, we thought it would be a good idea to write a blog on batteries. We have included multiple points about what makes our batteries unique. Our batteries are portable, long-lasting, and outrageously dependable. One of the best attributes of EasyFold wheelchairs is the batteries as they are different from most others on the market.
Normally power wheelchairs and scooters use very bulky and heavy sealed lead acid batteries. But, EasyFold uses removable Lithium Ion Batteries that are built into the frame.
What is Lithium-Ion?
Lithium-ion, or commonly referred to as Li-ion, are batteries that are capable of having a very high voltage and charge storage per unit mass and unit volume. You can commonly find these in portable electronic devices such as cellphones, laptops and portable scooters. That’s right, you are probably reading this on a device equipt with a Li-ion battery! Li-ion batteries are very light in comparison to traditional scooter and powerchair batteries. This makes them perfect for foldable and travel-friendly units.
EasyFold Standard Batteries
Our EasyFold Standard model comes with one removable LiFePO4 Lithium-ion, 24V 10aH battery. It lasts a maximum of 20 km under normal operating conditions. It can go up to 40 km when equipped with another battery. Our Standard model battery weighs 4 lbs. It is powered by two 180 Brushless Motors.
EasyFold Pro Batteries
On the other hand, our Easy Fold Pro 2.0 model comes with two removable LiFePO4 Lithium-ion, 24V 6aH batteries. They can travel up to 24 km on a single charge. Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics and they are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics. The life cycle of a lithium battery is measured in charge cycles. The average is 1000 charge cycles. Our Pro Model batteries weigh 3 lbs each, and come with two.
Charging EasyFold Batteries
Charging batteries are important, but how long we charge the batteries and how often we charge the batteries play a vital role in the longevity of battery life. We consider 5-6 hours as the optimal charging time. There are three different ways you can charge our EasyFold Pro batteries.
You can charge both batteries at the same time by leaving them in the frame.
Or, by taking your charger and plugging it right into the joystick, like shown on the left.
You can also charge them individually from the actual battery pack itself.
We believe the placement of the battery is very important and some power wheelchairs put the batteries under the seat. This can take away from additional storage.
Our batteries are in the frame of the wheelchair rather than in the arm, so the need to remove the batteries every time we fold the wheelchair is not required.
If you are looking for a travel-friendly wheelchair, Lithium-ion is the way to go. At EasyFold, our wheelchairs and scooter are equipped with high-quality lithium-ion batteries. This will ensure you can get from point A to point B without losing charge. If you have any questions about EasyFold batteries, don’t hesitate to reach out.