There are two main types of batteries fitted to travel mobility scooters;
• Sealed Lead Acid, AGM or Gel (all the same type just different designs)
• Lithium ion (Li-ion)
These are of an older design and are heavier. They have more in common with your standard motor car battery. This type of battery is fitted to most larger mobility scooters where battery weight is not so important. As they are of an older design and less efficient, they are cheaper to replace, but do not last as long as the newer lithium-ion batteries.
These are newer to the market and are like those fitted to e-bikes etc. The great advantage of ithium ion (Li-ion) batteries is they are much lighter and last longer. This is important on a folding travel mobility scooter as it allows the battery to be left in place when the mobility scooter is folded and does not add much extra weight. Another advantage of lithium-ion batteries is they can be taken on aeroplanes.
* Prior to traveling with any mobility scooter, you must consult with your travel agent and the airline as different
countries may be subject different regulations. All information in this guide is given in good faith by Mobility Plus Ltd.
Air New Zealand Travelling with lithium batteries
Travelers & IATA Website
IATA Battery Powered Wheelchair and Mobility Aid Guidance Document Download
Smart Baggage with Integrated Lithium Batteries and/or Electronics Document Download