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When you have a stairlift installed, it’s a good idea to have some understanding of how your stairlift works. Knowing more about stairlifts parts means you’ll know how to care for your stairlift properly and make maintenance easier. Our stairlift battery care guide will explain the best way to keep your stairlift in working order, from charging its battery to replacing a worn battery.

Do Stairlifts have Batteries?


Yes. Straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts both operate on batteries. These stairlift batteries are charged by your main power supply.


How do you charge a stairlift?


Your stairlift will be connected to a power point at either the top or bottom of your stairs. This will allow your stairlift battery to be continuously charged. Because your stairlift battery is always fully charged, it’s always ready for use when you need it.


What Happens if I Need to Use My Stairlift In a Power Cut?


In the event of a power cut, you will still be able to use your stairlift. As long as your stairlift has been parked properly in its charging station, your battery should hold enough charge to make around eight return journeys until the power comes back on (this may vary depending on the make and model of stairlift).

During a power cut, you can save chair lift battery power by turning off the isolator switch.  Remember to turn your stairlift back on when the power returns, so the battery can start charging properly again.


How Long do Stairlift Batteries Last?


Standard stairlift batteries tend to last around 3 to 5 years. Depending on how frequently the stairlift is used and stored, the battery could last for a shorter or longer time than this.

It’s important to always return your stairlift to its charging point, in the ‘on’ position, when it’s not being used to get the most out of your battery life. If you’ve not charged your battery correctly, you might ask ‘why is my stairlift beeping?


Stairlift Battery Care


As long as your stairlift is connected to the charging point when it’s parked, your stairlift battery should take care of itself.

The battery will also usually be checked by a stairlift engineer during an annual service as part of your stairlift warranty cover. They’ll test to see if the battery is still charging properly. If your battery no longer fully charges and needs replacing, the stairlift company will advise on what to do.


How do you Change a Battery in a Stairlift?


If your battery is running low, your stairlift will start beeping. Simply return the stairlift to the charging station and check that the power source is connected. You can find out more in our ‘why is my stairlift beeping?’ guide.

If you find your stairlift has started to run slowly, stops running continuously, or the battery won’t charge in the charging station, its battery may need replacing.

Although replacing a stairlift battery may seem simple, it’s best left to a professional. A qualified stairlift technician will make sure that the correct battery type is installed, and that all parts and casings are returned to their proper places for your safety.


How Much do Stairlift Batteries Cost?


Replacement stairlift batteries may be covered by your standard twelve-month warranty or your extended warranty cover. Speak to a member of our stairlift repairs and servicing team who’ll be able to advise you. And if your battery is outside of the warranty, we’ll be able to give you our best price for a replacement.

If you’re having other problems with your stairlift, try troubleshooting using our ‘Why is my stairlift not working?‘ guide