One big reason people choose electric scooters is because it requires little to no maintenance and it gets things done. E-scooters are convenient, easy-to-use and eco-friendly. It really makes the best vehicles for daily commutes, first and last miles, short errands or really anywhere.
Having an e-scooter is one story, but making it last long is another. So that leaves us with the question, how can an e-scooter live a long life? Ride Hub Australia, Home of Electrified Beasts (E-Rides) has just the answers.
The Winning Answer is… Batteries!
The truth is, your e-scooter is only as good as your battery. They are the life-line of electric scooters, the blood on which it lives on. It stores the energy that is consumed by the motor, lights, controller, among other accessories. In an e-scooter, the battery pack is made of individual cells and electronics called a battery management system which keeps it operating safely. So in order to have an outstanding e-scooter, check out your battery info.
Before you buy yourself an e-scooter, do your due diligence. Is the e-scooter brand reputable? Does the e-scooter model you want have good acceptable reviews? Have you read the customer feedback? How is the battery? Let me be frank, will the battery explode? No one wants that, so you need to know! Is the e-scooter made with quality and did it go through thorough testing? Know all that you need to know before you make a purchase, especially the battery.
If you already have an e-scooter, ask all the questions and read the manual. Battery experts have already done their research for you. Just read the manual because like any other motorized machine, you need to appropriately use and charge your e-scooter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Why of course, who knows better than the manufacturer itself? So follow the rules to keep your battery’s longevity. Learn about your e-scooter, determine the battery capacity and range.
You Need to Know
While you’re at it, know your e-scooter’s specifications. How far can it go? How steep can it climb? Know the tires, the voltage, capacity, strength, everything! This can help you plan how you can use your e-scooter trips accordingly. Is it for commuting? For long trips? For performance? You need to know!
Knowing will help you feel assured that your battery doesn’t run low when you’re still cruising in the city or charge it beyond its recommended capacity. Most manufacturers will have the battery specifications listed in the user manual, so be sure to check it out. Information is power and this will help you make better decisions, such as cruising at a lower speed or giving your e-scooter a break to avoid overheating it to extend the battery’s life.
Don’t Kill It
Cliche as it may sound, just like you shouldn’t overwork yourself to the point of a burnout, the same case is for your e-scooter battery or any rechargeable electric devices. Don’t wait for your e-scooter battery to fully drain its power for you to charge it up again. In fact, at every opportunity you get, connect your e-scooter to the charger. As much as possible, carry a fully charged battery and make sure that its power never goes below 10%.
Just don’t do it. Don’t overcharge your e-scooter’s battery. Don’t leave it overnight. Better yet, set an alarm. Ensure that you’re aware of your scooter’s charging hours and the number of times you’re supposed to charge it. When it’s fully charged, disconnect it from the charging cable. Why, you ask? Letting your e-scooter stay connected to power even after it’s fully charged can cause thermal runaway reactions, which ultimately damage its battery or, in worst cases, cause an explosion. No one wants that.
If you realize that your e-scooter battery needs more time to charge than specified by the manufacturer, then something’s wrong and the chances are that it’s defective, and a replacement is inevitable.
Feed it to Sleep
Feed it to sleep simply means, feed your e-scooter’s battery before you put it to sleep for a while. If you’re planning to take a break from your e-scooter, make sure that its battery is fully charged before storing it. Since Li-ion batteries are prone to discharge when kept without use, it is best to charge it to at least 80% (or read your manual) to make sure that it won’t be left empty when in the store. If your break will last a few more weeks to 30 days, check the battery regularly and connect it to the charger at least every month.
Give It Time
Don’t kill your e-scooter by making sure it always has power in its battery but don’t overdo it also. Like yourself, balance is key. Give your best e-scooter time to cool before you plug it into the charger. Don’t plug your e-scooter into electricity immediately when you touch down after a long ride because it’s still worked up from its travel. It came from generating a lot of heat, making most of its components, including the battery, hot. Cool it down at least 30 minutes (or what is recommended in the manual) before it gets into another heating session with the charger. Remember, heat generated via charging can become unbearable leading to the explosion of battery cells.
Don’t Be Cheap
Don’t be cheap. Your e-scooter comes with a cost, so don’t expect the charger to be cheap. The charger always comes with the e-scooter upon purchase, but in the instance you lose it or it needs replacement or if the original cable in the box is damaged, contact the manufacturer for a replacement charger and charging cables. Buying a manufacturer-approved charger will undoubtedly cost less than a replacement battery. Make sure to buy the correct charger. Use the correct charger. Always.
We recommend you only use the manufacturer’s chargers to juice up your electric scooter’s battery the right way. Don’t risk your e-scooter with a more affordable charging cable in the market. It may not be compatible, and it could undercharge or overcharge your e-scooter causing irreversible damages.
Just like you would like to stay in the right climatic conditions, so does your e-scooter. Besides, your e-scooter by now is your best friend. You have to treat it right like you would yourself. So store your e-scooter in the right conditions because it doesn’t respond well to extreme temperatures, and the batteries may start to lose their potency, and their lifespans are shortened. Too much heat or cold can affect the Li-ion battery chemistries and affect its charging capability or its ability to hold a charge for a long time.
Try not to expose your scooter batteries to temperatures below freezing point or anything above 114 degrees Fahrenheit. And store your e-scooter in a cool and dry place.
Ride Hub Australia, is the go-to when it comes to everything electric scooter. What makes them the expert? Since Ride Hub carries a line-up of e-scooters from top-notch electric scooter brands like Bird, Bolzzen, Ducati, E-Glide, Inokim, Kaabo, Mearth, Mercane, NanRobot, Segway and Xiaomi; a Repair and Service Center; and is in this field of electronic business, it’s only right they are experts.
So there you go. Follow the steps above for your best e-scooter to live a long battery life and take you further into your trip.
DISCOUNTS and FREE SHIPPING
While we’re at it, let me share with you that until January 2, 2023, Ride Hub Australia is celebrating Boxing Day and offering discounts as much as $300 off!
Ride Hub also provides customers with FREE SHIPPING AUSTRALIA-WIDE. Note: Shipping delivery times depend on the location. It takes 2-5 business days to ship to NSW, while it may take 7-10 days to ship to Tasmania. Please expect delays that may occur depending on surrounding circumstances. Express Shipping is also possible with a minimal fee of $10 to $50 AUD depending on the delivery location. If you are located outside Australia but dream of owning an electric scooter from Ride Hub Australia, rest assured we are working on expanding to other countries soon! However, don’t hesitate to reach out to Ride Hub Australia and we will see what we can do for you!
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RIDEHUB AUSTRALIA BRANCHES
Visit the Ride Hub Australia locations for an exciting festive surprise on what’s on display and what’s on discount and on promotion.
Ride Hub has 2 branches for you to visit:
- Macquarie Centre in CNR Herring Road & Waterloo Road North Ryde, NSW 2113 (open Monday to Sunday from 6am to 9pm)
- 129 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW 2067.
- Or visit its official website.
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