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This article is going to serve as your guide on exactly how to charge your electric scooter. While most scooters come with an instruction manual, they tend to be a little unclear. This step-by-step guide should help you figure things out if you’re having difficulties and we’ll attempt to answer the question “How do e scooters charge?”
Charging your scooter isn’t a challenging task. Here’s how you do it.
Begin When Your Scooter Cools Down
Most instructions don’t include this crucial information. It’s not good to charge your scooter if it’s hot. Almost every electrical device creates heat when in use. Heat and batteries don’t go well together — especially lithium ion batteries. If you’ve driven your scooter in the hot sun, then you’ll have to let it rest in the shade for a while. To increase your electric scooter’s efficiency and lifespan, make sure to charge it only when your scooter has cooled down completely.
It will take about 30 minutes for your scooter to cool down and then it’s ready to be charged.
Make Sure Both Your Electric Scooter And The Charger Are Dry
Ever scooter rider is well aware of water and electricity being enemies. The presence of water on your devices will cause complications and lead to damage. Some electric scooters (and electric bike models) are said to be waterproof, but many of them could be negatively affected by water.
Your scooter may be drenched with water or mud due to climate and environmental conditions. At this point, you must clean your electric scooter well before charging it. Make sure that your scooter or bike is free from any kind of fluid or water. If you find any, clean it up and let it dry.
Remember to avoid using a dryer to clean your scooter. It needs to dry completely and you should let it air dry. Just let the water evaporate. One of the best methods is to keep your electric scooter outside for 30 minutes and soon the water will be gone. You can also use a wet-dry vacuum cleaner to clear the water away.
Use The Original Charger
Using the original charger from your e scooter company is very important. If your original scooter charger doesn’t work, don’t use any others. Only use an OEM scooter charger and make sure you have the correct charger for your particular scooter model.
You must keep in mind that the original charger is designed specifically for your electric scooter and no other chargers will work as efficiently as your original charger.
Even if it means buying a new one, you must stick with using your model’s original charger from the scooter company. Don’t be in a hurry and use the others even if they have the same adapter that connects from the charger to the scooter itself. We are specifying this because the original charger gives the right energy to your electric scooter. It is highly likely that other chargers would cause damage to the battery. The worst part about it is even though you would be getting a charge, if the charger isn’t the right amperage the off brand power supply could be damaging your battery and you won’t have any idea. The likely end result is a much shorter battery life.
Don’t Turn On Your Scooter While Charging
Electric scooters often show the battery percentage while charging, in some models, even when turned off. Using power while charging will cause significant damage to the battery and will reduce the overall battery life. Let your scooter rest so that it can charge effectively.
Plugging It In The Right Way
It’s a golden rule to plug the charger first into your power supply (wall outlet) by using the charging port and then into the scooter.
Some scooter company manuals ask users to do it the other way around. If your manual has specifically mentioned to do it this way, then you should do as the manual says.
The former method is suggested to avoid short circuits and prevent any damage to the devices and the power supply (power outlet).
Once you connect your scooter to the scooter charger by using the charger port, you will see an illuminated green light. This shows that you have successfully plugged in the charger.
If you cannot find a green light, it’s either the charger’s fault or the fault of the electric scooter. If you cannot figure it out on your own, take it to an expert and have them help you out.
Once the power is plugged into the charging port, use the other end of the wire to plug in your electric scooter to the wall outlet. Your scooter battery pack should start charging once you do so.
Before plugging the cable into your scooter to a wall outlet, check if there’s any charging port cap that needs to be removed first.
Indicators are placed on most electrical appliances, so the same can be said for your electric scooter. Most modern electric scooters have an charging indicator light on the charging station to let you know the status.
These are the quick indicator signs to determine charger mode:
– A green indicator light on the charger indicates that it’s working. Many charger models will have a flickering green indicator light while the scooter is charging.
– A red indicator light on the scooter while charging indicates it’s charging.
– A solid green indicator light on the scooter also implies that the scooter is fully charged.
Charge Until It’s Full
Make sure to charge your scooter battery to its maximum capacity. Charging the battery is like revitalizing the battery and enhancing its performance. Regulary charging and depleting your battery is the key to overall battery life. However, don’t run your scooter battery down so there is no more charge at all. This can damage your scooter, its battery and even the electric motor.
One of the biggest reasons your scooter should be fully charged is to help you use your scooter for long periods of time without the battery being drained. The more the battery drains, the more you will be inclined to charge your scooter. Depleting the battery too far will cause damage to your electric scooter.
Avoid overcharging. As much as draining the battery harms your electric scooter battery, overcharging will cause problems too. The extra charge that your scooter battery can’t take will keep hitting it until you turn off the charger or disconnect the the power supply from the charger port. Don’t leave it for hours to charge. This drains the overall battery life in no time.
Also, please avoid using your scooter immediately after charging it. You will have to let your scooter rest and hold the charge for a while. Waiting for 5-10 minutes before riding your electric scooter can be beneficial. This is because while charging, the battery is heated up. You will have to let it cool down. Remember the first step?
If you intend on riding a long distance, there are multiple scooters that have a swappable battery. Just follow these instructions for the other lithium ion battery pack and charge the removable batteries so you have plenty of juice on the go.
These steps are easy for every rider to follow and should help you when charging scooters. Following each and every one will guarantee that you charge your electric scooter the right way and that you’re able to ride your scooter for a long time.
Much like scooters, an electric bike charges in the same manner. If you follow these same instructions for your electric bike you can rest assured that your battery will work for a long time.
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