Can I use my stairlift in a powercut?

*Updated 24th October 2022: The National Grid has warned us we could experience 3 hour long power cuts this winter.   

We’re sure you’re wondering if you’ll be able to use your stairlift if there is a powercut or planned outage? The good news is, you will still be able to and thankfully you won’t be left stranded midway up the stairs. 

That’s because all of our stairlifts are battery powered. 

We’re glad to say, the days of the 3 day week and darkened 1970s evenings are a distant memory and it’s unlikely we’ll ever have to live through times like that again. But every now and again wind and rain can still bring the occasional power cut and we can’t ignore the warnings on the news currently, surrounding the issue of fuel shortages from Russia….

Phoenix Nights Stairlift in a power cut episode

Who remembers the classic scene from Phoenix Nights when Brian Potter got stuck mid journey, in the middle of the night? (he must have left his stairlift off its charge point!)

So what happens to your stairlift if you are affected?

The short answer is that, in the case of a short power cut (and few power cuts last longer than a few hours), there should be no problem at all.

That’s because your stairlift operates on batteries within the body of the unit.

Those batteries start recharging when the stairlift reaches the connection charge points at either end of the track.

On some models, the entire track is a connection point, so it doesn’t matter when you get off the chair, it will keep on charging.

As with all batteries, they won’t last forever without being regularly topped up with power, but they should retain plenty of juice to ensure that you can still travel between the floors of your home, power cut or not.

Keeping your stairlift charged

Stairlifts are battery powered, so the most important thing to remember in all of this is that your stair lift needs to stay fully charged at all times so that if a power cut or outage does strike, the batteries are starting from a fully topped-up position.

Where charge points are at both ends of the track (top and bottom), always make sure you run the chair to the end of the track so it connects with the charger.

You’ll know if your chair is left off its charge point because the stairlift will bleep at you.

For more stairlift FAQs take a look at this blog.

And if you’d like to know how much energy your stairlift uses, we have the answer here (and thankfully it’s not as much as you might think!) 

Want to ask a question about your stairlift? Don’t hesitate to give us a call

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