The battery is one of the most important (and expensive) parts of an electric scooter and it has to be well maintained and taken care of.
Its warranty period is usually shorter than the warranty period of an e-scooter or e-bike. But you can significantly prolong the life of the battery of your e-scooter by just following 6 simple rules.
Proper Care from the Start
Congratulations! You are now a proud owner of THE revolutionary transport of this era – an electric scooter. I know how happy you are to put the days of being stuck in traffic jams and waiting for a bus that is perpetually late behind you.
I too am an owner of an e-scooter myself and words just can’t describe how satisfied I am that I have finally embraced the new concept of electric mobility. High five, dear reader! You have made the right choice.
But don’t get too excited just yet. However easy and fun to ride an electric scooter is, we should not forget that this is a vehicle at the end of the day, and like all vehicles, it has to be regularly maintained and properly taken care of.
So, what should you start with?
One of the main parts of an e-scooter that need special care and maintenance is the battery. Usually, the battery’s warranty period is shorter than warranty period of the e-scooter itself, and e-scooter distributors to avoid overpromising tend to state that the lifespan of the battery is between 300 to 500 charge cycles.
Theres no need to panic however. This does NOT mean that after 500 charges your battery will simply die.
This means that after 500 full charges, the scooter battery will lose between 25-30% percentage of its capacity. This loss in capacity will also result in your scooter losing power.
All this sounds very gloom and doom but fret not!
You can significantly extend your electric scooter battery’s life by just taking care of it and following a few simple rules.
Rule 1 – Just Charge It
Keep your electric scooter’s battery charged whenever, wherever.
I know that majority of urban citizens do not burn the whole battery charge over one ride on their electric scooter to work and back home daily. However, it is better if you charge it in the evening anyway. Avoid totally depleting your scooter’s battery before charging.
Always make sure it is minimally 10% charged. If you charge your electric scooter’s battery regularly, it will significantly prolong its life.
Rule 2 – Better Late Than Never But Better Never Late
Charge your electric scooter’s battery at the right time.
You can charge your electric scooter straight after a short ride (meaning anytime). If you had a long ride, give it about 30 minutes to cool down and then charge it. Do not leave your electric scooter with a significantly discharged battery for a few hours. Charge it promptly.
Rule 3 – By Failing to Prepare, You Are Preparing to Fail
Charge your electric scooter before storing it.
When you store your electric scooter for a long period, make sure the battery is at least 40-50 % charged.
It is advisable to charge your scooter minimum once every 30 days. Leaving your escooter for about 3 months without charge will cause permanently loss of battery function. It will be expensive to replace a new battery once that happens.
Rule 4 – The Greedy Pay Twice
Always use the appropriate original charger that fits your battery. And do not scrimp.
A charger is a significantly cheaper spare part than the battery so don’t risk it and just use the original charger that you are sure is designed for your electric scooter.
Rule 5 – Environment Matters
Keep your escooter and its battery in a dry environment with optimal temperature.
Do not leave your electric scooter in freezing cold or under the sun in a middle of a sunny day. Keep the battery dry. Negative environmental conditions can damage the battery or reduce the lifespan of the battery.
Rule 6 – Caution is the Parent of Safety
Never leave your e-scooter to charge unattended. Never charge, uncharge, use or store a damaged or puffy battery.
Lithium Polymer batteries used in the majority of modern electric scooters have very high charge density and have to be treated with extreme caution.
Inappropriate charging, damage or overheating can result in a fire. Do not leave your electric scooter to charge overnight. Always supervise the electric scooter while it is charging and avoid battery over-charge. Do not use, charge or leave a damaged battery unattended.
As you see, the rules are very simple and easy to remember and follow. If you take care of the battery of your electric scooter well, you can prolong its lifespan up to 2-3 years. All you have to do is just regularly plug it in and always keep it well-charged.