Can I use my stairlift in a powercut?

Absolutely! Don’t be worried about using your stairlift in the event of a powercut, you won’t be left stranded midway up the stairs as all our stairlifts are battery powered. 

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

Thankfully, the days of the 3 day week and darkened 1970s evenings are a distant memory, but every now and again wind and rain can still bring the occasional power cut.

You’d have to be unlucky to be affected, but if you are, what happens to your stairlift?

Phoenix Nights Stairlift in a power cut episode
Brian Potter came a cropper on his stairlift - we promise this won't happen!

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 chair 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 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 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 a charge point because the stairlift will bleep at you.

For more stairlift FAQs take a look at this blog.

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