Most electric scooter batteries have a lifespan of 300 to 500 cycles, which is equivalent to around 1 or three years. Once you begin to notice that your lights are not as bright, acceleration is poor, or you’re starting to chug up inclines, then it’s a cue that the battery needs to be replaced. To help you prolong the life of your scooter’s battery, we’ve compiled a number of battery maintenance tips.
Purchase a Battery Tender
While you won’t have to gas up your scooter, you will have to tend to its battery. Most e-scooters run on Lithium ion batteries and while they’re an improvement over the older, lead variety, they still require care, so consider purchasing a battery tender. Battery tenders are not chargers. If you anticipate long periods of time where you’ll not be using your scooter, such as winter then you’ll need to purchase one.
A battery tender is a device that transfers power to your inactive scooter, keeping it just as it was the day you packed it away for winter. The battery tender keep your scooters battery at full charge, but for storage. If you do not have a battery tender, then you’ll have to recharge the battery during its time in storage.
Recharge the Battery During Storage
As just mentioned, in order to keep your scooters battery operating at an optimal level, you’ll need to use a battery tender while it’s stored. However, what if you don’t have a battery tender? If that’s the case, then a good rule of thumb is to first disconnect the battery from the scooter, and charge it every three months. By doing this, you’ll be cutting down on the oxidation which damages battery plates.
Never Let the Battery Drain Completely
Those of you who use your battery for daily commutes, should be charging it every night. After all, most scooter companies have two warranties: One for the scooter and one for the battery, as the battery usually dies well before the scooter. By keeping it charged, you’ll be increasing the life expectancy of your battery by preventing oxidation from damaging the battery plates. To avoid this, never let the battery drain completely, and always remember to charge your scooter after each use.but only after its cooled down. Never plug it into the charger right after a ride.
Use the Proper Charger
This seems like a no-brainer, but life happens, and sometimes chargers are damaged, lost or stolen. If this is the case, please refrain from going out and purchasing a cheap knock-off charger. You probably spent a nice chunk of change on that electric scooter of yours, so only purchase a charger that the manufacturer uses for the scooter.
Temperature and Rain
Avoid storing your scooter outside in the garage or shed, bring it inside. Both extreme hot and cold can have a negative effect on battery life. This goes for parking it as well. Always park your scooter in the shade, never in direct sunlight.
While we’re on the topic of temperature, it should be noted that batteries can suffer due to water damage. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security just because your specs say your scooter has an IP rating of 54. The International Protection rating of 54 means that you might be able to ride through a light rain, but rushing through deep puddles where the battery becomes submerged will likely kill it.
How to Properly Dispose of Your Old Battery
Since rechargeable batteries are host to Nickel and Cadmium, they cannot be tossed into the trash. These elements are poison to the planet and us, as they leech into our soil and water supply. However, know that you have plenty of options available to you. Simply check out this map to find a recycling center near you. There you can dispose of your battery without concern.
A properly maintained battery will ensure that your ride is always a pleasant and uneventful one. Keep in mind certain key essentials and you’re battery’s life will be maintained and extended. For instance, always make certain that you only use the type of charger that our scooters manufacturer recommends. Also, charge up your scooter after every ride, once it cools down. Never connect the charger immediately after your ride. Don’t let your battery completely drain out, and always unplug the charger once the battery is full. Finally, if you intend on leaving your scooter unplugged for an extended period of time, consider using a battery tender.