Electric scooters are fun, trendy, and environment-friendly. What adds to their prominence is their ability to swiftly maneuver through the traffic, without creating any noise. Fastly becoming the hot-choice of many metropolitans, e-scooters have revolutionized the urban lifestyle. But like every other motor vehicle you own, your e-scooter also needs a fair share of maintenance and careful handling.
As an electric vehicle, the battery is the most important part of your e-scooter. But having a shorter warranty period and an average lifespan of 300 to 500 cycles only, means that you will have to purchase a new battery after every 2 to 3 years.
It’s not a problem if you can easily afford one. But if you’re trying to find ways to get the most of your current battery without spending anything extra, follow these important tips:
Tip 1: If you haven’t used your scooter for a long time, don’t forget to charge its battery every 3 months!
This one is a big myth buster! Many of us have a tendency to discharge a battery before disconnecting it or storing it. It’s mainly due to our misconception that charged batteries lose their potential when not-in-use.
Actually, the truth is quite the opposite. Discharged batteries run a great risk of oxidation, which drastically brings down the performance and lifespan of the battery.
So, if you haven’t used your e-scooter for a long time, ensure that you disconnect the battery and charge it to 100% every three months. This practice will maintain the health of your battery by preventing it from oxidation.
Tip 2: Always maintain optimum room temperature when storing your e-scooter
You may not use your e-scooter while on a long vacation or on a remote island, but it does need to be taken care of.
Always ensure optimum temperature when storing your e-scooter. It is important because all batteries used in e-scooters are built of lithium polymer cells that work on a chemical reaction to create on-demand electricity. An extremely high or low temperature will degrade the output of the battery, and can also cause internal damage.
Tip 3: Don’t forget to charge after every drive
How many times it has happened that we use our e-scooter throughout the week, but only charge it during the weekends?
Well, if your answer is ‘quite a lot’, then you need to change this habit of yours. Quickly!
To keep the battery of your e-scooter in good health, charge it after every drive. While many readers may find this untrue, but a partially charged battery has a higher tendency to lose its charge-carrying-capacity than a fully charged one.
Tip 4: Never use a fake charger
You might be wondering; how can two chargers of similar specifications have different effects on the battery life of your e-scooter?
Well, authentic chargers are designed to charge the specific battery fitted in your e-scooter. They’re electronically synchronized to optimally charge your e-scooter without having any effects on the performance of the battery.
With a fake charger, you might be able to charge your e-scooter, but it will always carry the risk of damaging the battery as well.
Tip 5: Prevent unnecessary drainage of your battery
How often while riding you have to stop many times at traffic signals, road crossings, or anywhere else to attend a phone call?
During such situations, try turning off your e-scooter. This will prevent unnecessary drainage of the battery, and prolong its life.
Tip 6: Practice caution while charging your e-scooter
Do you let your e-scooter charge all over the night?
If the answer is yes, then you’re already doing a great deal of damage to your scooter’s battery life. It will not only decrease its effectiveness but also cause it to burn and catch fire.
Furthermore, it’s important to monitor the status of your battery. If it’s taking a long time to charge, or it’s getting heated up while charging, then you might need an urgent replacement.
A final word
Many rely on e-scooters for their daily commute, hence, taking care of your own e-scooter is no rocket science but certainly requires a diligent effort. We hope that these tips go a long way towards helping you keep your battery in great shape for many rides to come!