If you are not riding an electric scooter, you are among the few who don’t. Electric scooters have become quite popular in Canada and beyond. This is perhaps because they are eco-friendly.
Besides, you don’t have to keep refuelling them with gasoline that emits greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Knowing you are playing your part in promoting green living by using clean energy can be liberating, and an electric scooter provides you with the opportunity to do exactly that. However, their function is mainly dependent on how long their batteries retain a charge.
Below are some useful tips on how to keep your electric scooter’s battery charged and functional for as long as possible.
1. Regularly Check the Battery to See If It Is Low
Although each electric scooter is different, they have a way of alerting you when the battery is running low. Signs the battery is running low could be in the form of a flashing or a steady red warning light. Plug it into an electrical outlet for charging immediately these signs start showing. The average distance an electric scooter can cover with a full battery charge is between 40 and 70 km depending on the type of battery.
For instance, the higher capacity 48-volt, 20 amp batteries cover a longer distance than 48-volt, 14 amp ones. It is therefore important to track distances covered to determine when the next battery charge is due to avoid stalling in the middle of nowhere.
2. Charging Your Scooter Battery
Every electric scooter has a power port where you can plug the charger directly into the battery. To charge the battery, first, insert the charger into the electric outlet before plugging it into the scooter’s battery. When it is charging, the battery light will show a steady or flashing red. Wait until this light turns green, an indication that the battery is fully charged. Partially charging your scooter’s battery can reduce its lifespan or damage it.
On the other hand, don’t leave your battering charging for extended hours since this can also damage it or reduce its lifespan. Three to six hours are enough to charge fully your battery. Before unplugging the charger from the wall outlet, first, remove it from the scooter and then unplug it from the wall.
3. Use the Correct Charger’s Voltage
To avoid short-circuiting your scooter’s battery, check the owner’s manual for the correct voltage and other details. When not in use, charge your electric scooter once or twice every month. This habit of routinely charging your battery keeps it working at an optimal performance to guarantee a seamless experience when you start to use it regularly.
4. Give It a Full Charge
Always charge your battery fully before taking it on the road the following day. When replacing it, make sure the replacement is the same model as the original. Matching chargers and batteries tend to perform better and last longer.
To help your electric scooter keep you on the road the following day, always charge the battery fully every night before you turn in. A fully charged battery can keep you on the road for up to 70 km. It is therefore important to plan your day carefully to ensure your scooter will take you wherever you want to go and bring you home for another full charge. It can be a harrowing experience to run out of battery charge in the middle of nowhere.
Charging your electric scooter is a straightforward process. Faithfully charging it fully and following the recommended charging guidelines guarantees a battery that will provide you with a seamless service for a long time.