Electric Scooter Maintenance: The Ultimate Guide on How to Maintain Your Electric Scooter
Updated: Jul 16, 2020
Did you notice some problems recently while you were riding your electric scooter? If yes, you need these electric scooter maintenance tips!
Even though you bought your scooter six months ago, you feel that its performance is slightly lower and you can’t get rid of the thoughts of how it will perform one year from now? In order to keep your electric scooter in good conditions, you have to make sure it has the right maintenance. Voltage Rider has prepared this article including some tips which you can follow, in order to maintain your scooter properly.
Why Is Important To Do Regular Electric Scooter Maintenance?
Regular maintenance reduces the probability of major problems and automatically increases the efficiency of your electric scooter.
What does it mean? It means that you can rely on your scooter at any time.
The concept is simple - everything comes down to this two options:
You became more familiar with your electric scooter
Almost eliminates fatal hazards
Keeps electric scooter more reliable
Keeps you safe
Reduces repair costs
You can do it by yourself
Riding experience is much more enjoyable
Waiting for the disaster to happen
You are in danger
Other traffic participants are in danger
More often it requires professional help
Poor riding experience
Unavailability to ride it at least 1/3 days during the period of repair (generates costs for a car, cab, etc.)
The first option is about leaving as little space as possible for breakdowns. Through regular electric scooter maintenance, we have a chance to notice some smaller problems, predict failures, and prevent potential hazards.
That can be easy, fun, and really useful at the same time. These steps should be everyone’s golden rules.
The second option is easier - but it leaves us with a bigger problem in the long run. This kind of philosophy creates malfunction more often and then we must fix the problem.
It creates higher expenses because of the need of new parts or/and the need of professional help.
Electric Scooter Maintenance Tips
A professional mechanic is not a boogeyman (at least on most occasions), and we don’t want to tell you that you should run from him. However, there is a lot of stuff you can do by yourself in order to postpone the visit to the mechanic until some more significant problems appear.
Before you pick up the hammer, there is something you should know about maintenance - that’s not just about maintaining your scooter, it's about learning and connecting with the ride itself.
Here are some quick tips:
Charge it regularly
Keep it clean
Avoid riding in the rain
Check the spare parts
How to Maintain Electric Scooter Tires
Firstly, the right pressure is essential if you want to optimize your riding style and technique. I like to go as fast as I can, and as far as I can, so I need to inflate the tires as much as the manufacturer allows, right? Not really.
Check your tire recommended pressure, never exceed max pressure allowed by the manufacturer.
Lower pressure than recommended, consequences:
your speed is lower
greater danger of damaging a rim
less rolling resistance
you battery runs out faster
inconsistent tire spending
While higher pressure increases probability:
of the burst while you riding
the ride will be extremely uncomfortable
turning is less safe
inconsistent tire spending
How to Maintain Electric Scooter Batteries
Besides your engine and wheels, essential part of your electric scooter is the battery (Check this article for more information about the maintenance of the battery). When you replace it, watch out not to be talked into buying a more powerful one than your previous one.
Every battery, not just these for electric scooters, has some amount of cycles that represents their life. Some have 300, some 1000 - some have more, some have less.
The main thing is to make sure that we know how to deal with the battery, to use its full potential properly. If we don’t take the following steps, we are throwing away a certain percentage of those charging cycles.
You can prolong the life of your electric scooter battery if you apply these golden rules:
Keep it in places with temperature above 0 degrees
You have to be sure that the charger is the original one and it is set up for your battery’s voltage
When the battery is full, unplug it
Charge it after it cools down (don’t start charging it directly after ride)
Don’t let your battery run out entirely
If that happens, put it for charging as fast as you can (after cooling down)
If you don’t use your scooter for some extended period, put in a battery tender charger. (It charges the battery to full and then controls the charging process by not letting the battery overcharge).
If you allow your battery to stay uncharged for more than a few hours, then the battery can get internal oxidation, which causes shorter battery life.
Final Words on Electric Scooter Maintenance
As much as we love to complicate things, it’s always a better option to keep them simple. We can pretend that everything is going to be alright and pray for the best or we can take the destiny in our hands.
We also need to understand that we are the ones responsible for keeping the electric scooter in good conditions.
Usually, to apply all these tips and rules for good maintenance you will need an hour, but the positive thing about it is that it gives you the satisfaction of keeping your scooter in perfect conditions and being able to enjoy riding it whenever you want.
This article was prepared by Voltage Rider
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