You just bought your first scooter. You also had your first rides, and learned how to ride your scooter. You’re still a novice though and you have much more to learn. A very important aspect is learning how to charge your electric scooter.
In this article, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know regarding charging an electric scooter.
I hear you ask:
“Is there a wrong and right way to charge a scooter?”
Of course there is. As with any electric device, charging an electric scooter requires some knowledge in order to get the best out of your battery life. One of the most crucial aspects of keeping your two-wheeler in great shape is making sure that the battery is in good condition for each ride.
- Types of batteries
- General Battery Charging Tips
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Ηow Long Does It Take To Charge An Electric Scooter?
- How Much Does It Cost to Charge An Electric Scooter?
- What Is The Recommended Voltage Charger?
- What Is The Range Of Electric Scooters?
- What Is The Electric Scooter With The Longest Range?
- Is There A Way To Charge An Electric Scooter Battery While Riding?
- I Replaced My Scooter Battery. Can I Throw My Old Battery In The Trash?
- Can Electric Scooters Use Gas / Petrol When The Batteries Are Empty?
- Can I Use Electric Car Charging Stations For My Scooter?
- Is It True That People Are Making Hundreds Of Dollars Charging Electric Scooters? How Does It Work?
Types of batteries
Every scooter can have one of 3 types of batteries:
- Sealed Lead Acid Battery
- Nickel Metal Hydride Battery
- Lithium-Ion Battery
Each type of battery has its own do’s and dont’s.
You might have seen videos of powerful explosions, or fires caused by scooter batteries. This will very infrequently have such a disastrous ending, but mistreating a battery will drastically shorten its lifespan, leaving you with a big replacement bill you didn’t expect.
Don’t let this video scare you. The electric scooter in the video was most likely a cheap, knock-off scooter. That’s why you should always buy certified scooters and treat them right.
To learn how to charge a battery, we must first know what kinds of batteries are used in electric scooters.
You may have heard of this type of battery. It exists in the majority of cars. The first electric scooters on the market were built with this type of battery.
Why did they stop? Well, they had many flaws.
If you are looking to buy a new kick scooter you should probably stay away from these types of batteries. Charging one improperly could cause it to explode or melt, releasing harmful acid discharge damaging everything it leaks on.
However, most, if not all new electric scooters on the market do not use these batteries and instead use new technologies like the ones we are going to talk about next.
These batteries were first used in satellites and hybrid cars.
Nickel batteries come with safety measures, which can prevent excessive charging and battery tear as a result of that.
Another benefit of those types of batteries is the fact that they can be pierced and not blow up or leak toxic acid like acid batteries would.
It’s very important to not mess with the batteries inside the pack. Always use a compatible charger that has a sensor to catch extreme temperatures and prevent accidents (the charget that came with the scooter should suffice.)
Now this is the big boy league. We are now talking about the batteries that are included in every laptop and smartphone. They are of course the most expensive but they deserve it. These also have up to three times higher longevity than acid batteries.
You don’t want to get completely empty, because they turn unusable. However, worry not: your lithium-ion powered devices may shut down at 0% but they are really at 20%. Therefore, they never really “empty”.
Finally, these batteries are sensitive to major cold and heat.
Lithium batteries can handle less attention and you can forget them inside your basement for up to 3 years.
Their life span is ~5 years, which makes their higher initial cost worth it because you won’t need to replace it for years to come.
General Battery Charging Tips
- Do not charge the battery immediately after ending your ride. Wait for about an hour, to let the scooter cool down and lower the temperature before pluging it into the wall. This will in the long run immensely inrease your battery’s life cycle.
- Remember to charge your scooter after every use. If you leave the scooter discharged for days it will harm the batteries.
- Do not use cheap, knock-off chargers. You must use a certified, suitable to your vehicle, charger. Batteries will raise temperatures while charging, therefore a temperature sensing charger will terminate the charging, and possibly save you from a potential hazard.
- Be present during the charging whenever possible, especially if you’re using a new charger or a new scooter/battery.
- In order to be safe, you should allocate a safe place to your scooter when it’s charging, free of flammable materials. A closed garage, for example. Fire extinguishers should also be in the area.
- If you plan to leave your scooter unused for a long period of time, weeks or even months, make sure to store it with the batteries completely charged. Once a month plug it in and give it a good charge.
- Never use your car’s or motorcycle’s battery chargers to charge scooter batteries. Car chargers are made to be used on wet cell lead-acid batteries and if used on scooters (which contain Sealed Lead Acid Battery) it might cause permanent damage to the battery
- Most, if not all, new electric scooters come with an LED light to indicate the charging status. In the rare case that the LED indicator has not turned green even after charging for hours, you can use a voltmeter to check the voltage of your scooter’s battery.
- The charger that comes with your electric scooter should be regularly examined for damage to the cord, main part or even the plug.
- Some scooters, mainly the bigger heavier ones, offer the versatility of removing the battery and charging it alone. If this is the case with your scooter, follow these steps: Find the battery bay. It may require the use of a screwdriver to remove any screws and open the panel. Generally, detachable batteries will be located at the bottom of the vehicle. Removing the panel will reveal the battery pack. Now, some removable batteries have additional cables that you have to unplug before you take out the battery. After doing that, the whole battery will slide out and you can take it home to charge it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ηow Long Does It Take To Charge An Electric Scooter?
It can range from three to seven hours. There are some scooters, however, which require up to ten hours to fully charge, and that’s because they have much bigger batteries, offering higher range.
How Much Does It Cost to Charge An Electric Scooter?
The cost of charging an electric scooter costs roughly 0,25€. Knowing the Khw used by your battery to fully charge your scooter and the average price of kWh, you can calculate this result precisely at home. The average electricity rate is 13.19 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).
What Is The Recommended Voltage Charger?
It all depends on the certain brand and model of your scooter. There isn’t one fits-all solution to this question. You need to ensure that the charger is compatible with your scooter. For example, Razor products (hoverboards, electric unicycles, skateboards and kick scooters) require either a 24 or 36-voltage charger depending on the model.
What Is The Range Of Electric Scooters?
Again, it depends. There are scooters like the Razor E Prime, or the PowerCore E100 (which are mainly geared towards teens) and can last for up to an hour. Then we have the middle ground scooters like the Xiaomi M365 Pro which last for 25 miles and then there’s some big boys like the almight Dualtron X which can last up to 125 miles!
What Is The Electric Scooter With The Longest Range?
It has to be Dualtron X, with a range 200 kilometeres or 125 miles making it the longest range scooter. Dualtron Thunder is the runner up with a range of 120 kilometeres (75 miles).
Is There A Way To Charge An Electric Scooter Battery While Riding?
Charging the battery while riding the actual scooter is not possible. You might be able to achieve it, if you have an electric moped with pedals, not a kick scooter. You could probably re-wire the moto so when the battery gets empty, you turn a switch, pedal with your feet and produce battery charging effects!
It won’t be efficient, and may probably destroy the scooter permanently, so don’t try this at home.
I Replaced My Scooter Battery. Can I Throw My Old Battery In The Trash?
No. You must treat your old batteries with care. It’s not as straightforward as throwing it in the regular trash can. For example, sealed lead acid batteries, which we talked about earlier, must be disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. The option of recycling them is also possible. Take them to one of the many battery recyclers available in your city. Be careful, throwing acid batteries with household trash is prohibited by law in many areas.
Can Electric Scooters Use Gas / Petrol When The Batteries Are Empty?
No. Hybrid scooters don’t exist, and for a good reason. Scooters are not comfortable to be used for hours on end, that’s why you don’t really need those extra miles.
Can I Use Electric Car Charging Stations For My Scooter?
No. However, even if you could, take a look at charging station prices. You’ll see yourself that it wouldn’t be cost effective.
Is It True That People Are Making Hundreds Of Dollars Charging Electric Scooters? How Does It Work?
Yes. In many cities where renting electric scooters is available, those companies pay the users to collect the scooters from the street, charge them, and deploy them at specific areas early in the morning. However, it depends on the city. Lime pays anywhere from 2€ to 20€ per scooter depending on the battery levels and a number of other factors.
So there you have it. This is all the information you need to have, and all the tips you need to know in order to safely and effectively charge your scooter.
Now, go out there and dominate the roads! (always wear a hemet!)