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What Happens to my Stairlift When There is A Power Cut?

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Advice for Stairlift Users during a Power Outage

Our stairlifts are battery driven, i.e., they operate on batteries when in motion. The batteries are charged from the mains when parked in the charge position.  The stairlift will continue to run during a power cut, provided it is fully charged, for approximately 15 trips without needing electricity.

Limited use of the stairlift is strongly advised to retain the batteries and avoid the need to replace them.  It is important that you park the stairlift in the charge position after each use (a call out charge would be incurred if the stairlift is left off charge).  Once the power has been restored and the lift has been parked in the charge position,  charging will resume.

Never plug out the charger from the wall socket, it must be left plugged in at all times.


Power Cut Advice for Stairlifts

Otolift Air or Otolift 2 Stairlift:
Keep the stairlift at the charge point.  If the lift is beeping; push joystick in any direction and immediately let go, this will save the battery.  The red light on the arm will continue to flash but the beeping sound should stop.

Elan Stairlift:
There is a black switch behind the seat with an on/off button; switch to off to save the battery.  Turn back on when the power returns.

HomeGlide Stairlift:
Remove the key from the arm or switch off black switch on arm to Off (depending on the lift model).  Turn back on the lift when power returns and put it in the charge position.

Meditek Stairlift:
Turn the red switch on the arm to Off to save the battery.  Turn back on when the power has resumed.  Keep lift in the charge position.

Acorn Stairlift:
There is a black switch behind the seat with an on/off button; switch to off to save the battery.  Turn back on when the power returns.  Keep lift in the charge position.


If you are without power and unsure what to do, please don’t hesitate to contact us for advice on 045 888 811.

Useful Contacts

ESB Networks Power Check

Road Safety Authority 

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