How to charge an electric scooter?

All electric scooters come with a manual, and most of them do an ‘ok’ job when it comes to explaining how to charge an electric scooter. However, these manuals only cover the basics and leave out some steps or are incomplete.

This article will explore how and when to charge an electric scooter so that you can prolong the life of an electric scooter battery and get the best out of an electric scooter.

The best way of charging your electric scooter?

The charging of an electric scooter looks simple enough. You plug in the charger to the charging slot and wait. However, the correct way of charging an electric scooter is not as simple.

How to charge an electric scooter
How to charge an electric scooter

By following some simple charging habits, you will be able to add more years to your battery and keep your electric scooter in top condition for a long time.

1. Let your electric scooter cool down

Heat and batteries do not often work well together, particularly at the time of charging. So before immediately going on to charge your scooter after a ride, let the battery and your scooter cool down for at least 30 minutes.

Plugging in the charger immediately after a ride carries more risk for battery damage, shortening its longevity.

2. Make sure that the charger and your scooter are dry

Most of the scooters come with water-resistant features. However, only a few are 100 percent waterproof. So if you have just ridden through wet conditions, ensure your electric scooter, and the charger is dry before charging.

3. Always use an original charger

If your charger is damaged or broken, repairing it for use is always a better idea than using a charger from a different brand or a charger for a different electric scooter.

4. Charge your scooter in a dry and cool environment

Always avoid charging your electric scooter in the sun at all costs. Charging in the sun does not only come with a higher risk of damage to your battery but may cause your battery to explode.

The ideal environment to charge your scooter will be a dry space at room temperature. You should avoid charging your electric scooter at extreme temperatures.

5. Turning off your scooter while charging

It is a good practice to turn off your scooter completely before charging. What turning off your electric scooter before charging does is it prevents the simultaneous charging and discharging of your battery, which can cause damage to the battery.

6. Always plug your charger into the power outlet first

As a general rule, for charging any device, it is always good to develop the habit of plugging in your charger first to the power outlet and then plugging it into your electric scooter.

Plugging in the charger first will avoid charger malfunctions and short circuits.

7. Always go for a full charge

When charging your electric scooter, always go for a full charge of up to 100 percent, but also make sure that you do not over-charge it.

All of the electric scooters come with a charge indicator, so keep an eye on it as your electric scooter is nearing full charge.

8. Avoid riding immediately after charging

To get the best out of your electric scooter and prolong the life of your battery, avoid riding your scooter immediately after charging.

The battery is still feeling the heat of the charge, so give it 5 to 10 minutes to cool down before resuming or taking the scooter out for the ride.

9. Charge your scooter regularly

Even if you are not using your electric scooter for long periods, especially during the winter, you need to charge your scooter every 2 to 3 months.

If the battery remains unchanged for long periods of time, the damage to the battery is irreversible, and sometimes it may even cause the battery to go dead.

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Electric scooter charging options for long trips

If you are planning to take your electric scooter on a long trip, you need to make preparations and find alternative options for charging your electric scooter.

Below are some of the options that you can go with to ensure that you are not stranded on some lonely road.

Carrying spare batteries

If your road trip includes long roads without any source of electricity or charging stations, carrying spare batteries is a good option.

They can be heavy but are more compact and portable than gas generators or solar panels. Moreover, you can replace the battery in less time than waiting for it to charge.

Gas generators

Apart from carrying spare batteries, the other option is carrying a gas generator. Gas generators are not as compact and portable as batteries, but you can find plenty of small-sized gas generators at reasonable rates.

These generators come with an inverter that you can use to charge your electric scooter quickly. These generators are lightweight and have the capacity to run for several hours on a single fuel tank.

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Charging your electric scooter using a car battery

Yes, you can charge your electric scooter using your car battery. However, it is not recommended (apart from emergencies) as this procedure may include some form of risk.

Nevertheless, knowing that it can be done and how to do it can only be helpful as never a situation may arise that demands it.

To charge the lithium-ion battery of your scooter using a secondary battery, you will need another battery with higher voltage and capacity. In this case, the car battery.

If you are familiar with this process of using a secondary battery to charge the primary one, there might be complications and problems. Most of the time, the source of the complications is due to –

  • The difference in the capacity of the two batteries.
  • The difference in the voltage of the two batteries.
  • Integrated protection for the battery, which means the design of the internal circuit of the battery to prevent charging the battery from another source of power other than the original charger.

So it is possible to charge your electric scooter using a car’s battery. However, for safety reasons, this option should be kept as the last option, given that there is a car nearby.

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Taking care of your electric scooter batteries

The battery is the heart of your electric scooter and also is the most expensive part of your scooter. Almost all electric scooters use lithium-ion batteries to provide power.

And if you handle the battery with care and follow proper charging habits, it will prolong the battery’s lifespan and work better.

Since charging an electric scooter is basically charging the battery, here are a few tips and suggestions that will help you keep the battery working at an optimal level and for a long time.

Always keep your battery charged

Most of the electric scooters, they come with lithium-ion batteries, which do not perform well if not charged enough. The charge threshold for electric scooters is more than 30 to 40 percent.

So it is always good practice to have your battery’s charge level more than 30 to 40 percent. If the charge level is lower, then the charge level will fall rapidly even after a short ride.

Make sure that you do not overcharge your battery

The ideal charge level for lithium-ion batteries to ensure their longest life is between 65 percent to 75 percent. However, this is not very practical in our daily lives. So the next ideal range is a charge of not more than 85 percent and not less than 25 percent.

If you charge your battery at 0 percent and keep it on till it reaches 100 percent, it will wear out your batteries faster. And overcharging after 100% will cause the most damage by heating up the battery and creating chaos with the chemicals.

Battery charge cycles

Most people tend to think that the longer the charging cycles, the better it is for the battery. But nothing could be further from the truth. The ideal charge level for lithium-ion batteries is 45 percent to 75 percent.

Hence smaller charge cycles are better as they will help you keep track of the ideal charge range of the battery.

For better results using short periods of charge cycles, it is recommended to recharge your lithium-ion batteries whenever it is possible, multiple times a day.

Ensuring the charging point is working and clean

The point where the lithium-ion cell connects with the charger is the charging point. If the charger is loose or not well connected, it will impact the charging rate or, at times, will fail to provide power for charging.

This can be due to the piling up of dust particles acting as a hindrance and slowing down the rate of charging. So to prevent this, clean the charging point using a small brush with soft bristles once in a while.

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Conclusion

As we have found out in this article, charging your electric scooter is not as simple as it may seem. To make sure that your scooter and the battery remain in good condition for a long time, you will have to take care of them and see the proper maintenance of your electric scooter and battery.