One of the most common aspects people wonder about when purchasing an electric scooter for the first time is charging an electric scooter.
You likely know that electric scooters run on a battery. So the first thing you need to do after purchasing an electric scooter is to charge it. After it is fully charged, and you can ride on your local streets. The battery of some electric scooters takes only 2 – 3 hours to charge fully, whereas other models may take up to 12 hours to charge. So, it varies from one model to another.
In this article, we will explore the charging of an electric scooter in detail so that you learn everything you need to know about charging the battery of an electric scooter properly. This article will also help you solve various issues related to the battery.
Types Of Battery In Electric Scooters
You will find two types of batteries in an electric scooter. Some models have lithium-ion batteries. This type of battery requires very little time to charge and has an excellent lifespan. Electric scooters nowadays mostly come with lithium-ion batteries.
You may find lead-acid batteries in some electric scooters like Razor. The Razor electric scooter’s charging time is 12 hours. If your Razor electric scooter charges within a few hours, then you will know that there is a problem with the charger or your battery.
How Can You Represent Your Scooter Battery?
The battery of your electric scooter is represented in terms of voltage and ampere-hour. The battery voltage can be 24, 36 or 48 volts (V). Ampere hour (Ah) means the capacity of your electric scooter battery.
If your battery’s voltage is higher, you will be able to travel more miles on a single charge. But the range of your scooter also depends on other factors like the rider’s weight, type of road, and weather condition.
Electric Scooter Charging
Charging an electric scooter is not a difficult task. But you need to charge your electric scooter properly to extend the life of the battery. You can maintain the battery in the following ways.
Avoid Charging After Riding.
Try to avoid charging the scooter immediately after you finish riding. The components of your scooter will be hot, so immediate charging can deteriorate the battery’s life.
Don’t Charge When the Scooter is Wet
Don’t charge when your scooter is wet. Allow it to dry entirely, and then charge the battery. You should also avoid riding your scooter in the rain if you can. When the battery comes in contact with water, its lifespan is shortened.
Use Your Original Charger
Another thing you need to remember is that while charging an electric scooter, you need to use the original charger of your electric scooter. But if it has been damaged or you have lost it, you need to buy another charger that is the same model to avoid overcharging your battery. Remember, overcharging can damage the life of the battery.
Never Discharge Battery Completely
You should never allow your battery to discharge entirely. Instead, try to charge the battery when it has about 30 – 35% charge remaining. If you plan not to use your electric scooter for one month, charge your scooter and then keep it in a cool, dry place.
Try to Avoid Charging Under Sun
Avoid charging an electric scooter under the sun because unwanted chemical reactions may damage your battery.
How To Charge An Electric Scooter?
Charging an electric scooter involves a few steps. They are as follows.
- First, turn off your electric scooter to charge the battery.
- You need to connect the charger first to the power source. You will observe a green light that indicates that your charger is working correctly.
- Connect the head of your charger to the electric scooter charging port. The charging port usually hides under a rubber cover to avoid dust and dirt.
- Once you connect the charger to the electric scooter, you will see the red light on the charger. It means the battery of your electric needs charging.
- Unplug your charger from the power source when you see a green light on the charger. This light means your battery is 100% charged.
- Now you can ride your electric scooter.
Why Is Your Electric Scooter Battery Not Charging?
Let’s talk about the Razor electric scooter, which is pretty popular in the market. Sometimes when you connect the charger to the electric scooter charging port in a proper manner, the Razor electric scooter battery does not charge. There can be a few possible reasons, such as:
- Your Razor electric scooter battery has died. If you have been using your battery for more than three years, your battery efficiency would have decreased, and it requires replacement.
- The charger of your Razor electric scooter has been damaged, and you need to buy a new charger.
- You may have driven your Razor electric scooter over potholes and bumps, which have put a lot of stress on the electrical devices of your scooter.
- There may be a defect in the Razor electric scooter charging port.
Can You Charge an Electric Scooter Without a Charger?
Yes, you can charge your electric scooter without a charger. You just need a portable jumper.
You first need to remove the battery from the deck of your electric scooter and disconnect all the cables. Keep it in a safe place. Now connect the red cable of a jumper with the battery’s positive terminal and the black cable with the battery’s negative terminal.
Switch on the jumper. Once your battery charges 100%, disconnect the jumper cables. Now you are ready to ride your electric scooter.
Lifespan Of Your Electric Scooter Battery
The battery in an electric scooter usually lasts for two years. But if you are riding your electric scooter less often, then your battery may last for three years.
Mainly the lifespan of the battery depends on the recharge cycle. An electric scooter battery usually has 300 – 500 recharge cycles. Once you complete 100 – 200 recharge cycles, your battery will show signs of deteriorating. You will observe that your electric scooter will cover half the distance of the normal range on a full charge. If you observe this, it is time to replace your battery.
Electric scooters are now prevalent everywhere. You can find people of any age group enjoying a ride on their electric scooter on the street. Everyone wants their electric scooter to last for a long time. But the durability of the electric scooter depends on the battery.
The battery requires proper charging and maintenance. If you don’t maintain it, then it will decrease the life of the battery very soon.
A battery covers the lion’s share of the entire cost of your electric scooter. Therefore, you need to pay 40 – 70% of the original price of your electric scooter to replace a battery. Usually, Razor scooter batteries are less expensive, but batteries of other electric scooter models are a bit more costly.
In my opinion, it’s best to charge your battery properly and maintain it to get your money’s worth. Replace your battery after 2 – 3 years.
I hope this article has given you some ideas regarding electric scooter charging. Please provide your opinion on this article in the comment section. I would love to read your suggestions.