Nothing hurts more than when you take your phone out of your pocket and it’s on 6% battery and if that wasn’t bad enough, it decides to light up and beep every 30 seconds to tell you it’s dying. FML 😩!
Electric scooters also have batteries; big powerful ones that can take you from 0 to 20 mph in a matter of seconds and keep you going at that rate for miles. But you have to look after it to ensure it stays in tip-top condition. But don’t worry, we have done all the experimenting and created this useful guide to ensure you maximise your battery life and you never have to do the scooter walk of shame, like Leo our Head of Product did a few weeks back.
Modern electric scooter batteries are Lithium-ion (Li-ion, LFP, LiPo). They are used over Nickel (NiMH) or Lead Acid (SLA) because they are lighter, have more power and last a lot longer. But they are also generally more expensive so it’s important to know how to treat and maintain them.
THAT FIRST CHARGE
When you first get your electric scooter, don’t ride it right away. I know it’s fun and I’ve been tempted to go for a ride as soon as I got my hands on mine but it’s not such a good idea. Your battery charging level could be low so most manufacturers recommend charging it to 100% before the first use.
We know it sounds obvious, but make sure you use the charger that came with your scooter. Laptop chargers, Kettle leads and iPhone wires won’t work and you might end up toasting it. If you have lost or damaged your charger drop us a line and we can hook you up with a new one.
Once fully charged don’t let your scooter battery die completely. A battery life span is measured in charging cycles which indicates the number of times it can go from 100% to 0% and back up to 100%. Most batteries have a lifespan of about 1000 cycles so if you use your scooter every day we suggest you charge it after every use and try and keep it above 70% to 80%. If you don’t use your scooter that often, try and charge it at least once every three months.
Don’t overcharge your scooter. When you frequently overcharge the batteries you frazzle the chemical composition in them, reducing their life.
Exposure to damp and moisture may damage the battery. Although the internal workings are well sealed if your scooter or battery does get damp or wet, use a cloth to wipe it down after use. In the unlikely event that we get another ’Beast from the east’ or ‘Saharan bubble’ make sure you store your scooter in a cool, dry place, especially when charging.
if you want your battery to have an even longer life, try this simple trick. When you start from 0 mph, give it a little help by two pushes with your leg. This will get your electric scooter to about 5-6 mph and accelerate only after reaching this speed. Most of the power is consumed by the scooter when starting off so giving it a little help early on may extend your battery’s life.
If you follow our guide there is no reason why you won’t get a whopping 10,000 km range throughout the life of your battery, that’s like going from London, UK to Lima, Peru!
Check out our other guides in the blog section to see how you can keep your scooter going using our maintenance and care products.