One of the problems that make people hesitant to buy hybrid cars and electric vehicles like an electric scooter, is its source of energy and its method of refueling, so people are often afraid of being stuck in the middle of the road because they have run out of power.
Now to avoid this problem, how do we know when our electric scooter is fully charged?
A different story is for gasoline vehicles that can travel a long road and can be refueled at any gas station. While electric scooters need a source of energy to be able to recharge the batteries. You have to wait a few hours to be able to fully get your electric scooter charged.
So, how do you charge the batteries of our electric vehicles? What are the things you need to remember when loading your e-scooter?
Here are the steps to follow to charge your electric vehicle:
Before loading the vehicle, you need to take some important steps to make your load successful. You need to check the charger and battery indicators to see if you have been able to charge the battery.
You’ll know that your scooter is fully charged when the charger LED displays a steady green light after 4 to 12 hours of charging. If you see a green light on even if you only charge the battery for less than 12 hours, your battery may not be fully charged, so it is better to check the manual of your specific electric scooter . Remember that if you are unable to charge the battery before the end, it is possible that your vehicle will discharge faster than usual. You can still continue charging your battery even if you remove it for a while. It is also wise to charge the battery even if it is not completely discharged.
How often should an electric scooter be charged?
The amount of time required to fully charge your battery varies. Often, a scooter battery requires more charging time, especially if it has been completely exhausted. A fully discharged battery may require up to 12 hours of charging or more, depending on some factors, while a battery that has lost only a quarter of its energy can be recharged in 3 to 6 hours. Check the battery often. If it is hot to the touch, turn off the charger immediately.
How to best charge your scooter
Plug-in and unplug properly
Start by plugging the dough into the scooter before plugging it into the wall socket. When charging is complete, be sure to unplug the charger from the wall before disconnecting it from your scooter.
Make the battery last
To get the most out of your battery life, be sure to charge it after each use of the scooter. Leaving these batteries partially charged shortens their life.
You will also want to make sure to charge the batteries once every three months when you keep the scooter in storage. This ensures that the battery does not rest on a partial charge.
The fastest electric scooters and off-road electric scooters will often empty the battery faster.
Charging and discharging of most of the batteries is a chemical reaction, but scientist claimed that Lithium-ion batteries are an exception, because energies flowing in and out of this type of battery is part of ion movement from anode to cathode making them virtually usable forever.
But in reality, the battery capacity fades because ions are getting trapped due to internal corrosion and different parasitic reactions on the electrolyte.
Make sure your charger matches the type of battery inside your scooter. Lead uses what is called an SLA, whereas Lithium-Ion versions require standard CC / CV models.
If you are unsure of the type used by your scooter, protect yourself by keeping the charger of the manufacturer. You can always order another from the supplier if one if yours goes bad.
Few guidelines for charging the Lithium-based batteries of your electric scooter:
- Charge your electric scooter at a moderate temperature, do not charge in direct sunlight or in freezing temperature.
- It is considered better that your Lithium-ion batteries need to be charged only partial, not fully. The batteries will have a longer life.
- Stop using a charger if the battery gets extremely warm.
Use only original chargers. Many similar chargers do not apply a full topping charge, resulting in the battery not be fully charged, even if the green signal appears.
Can Electric Scooter batteries be overcharged?
Yes, in some cases they can. Over-charging is a battery killer and very dangerous. This can cause a thermal runaway, which is heating of the cells that will cause premature wear or worse – an explosion! Always use a charger with an automatic shutdown or a charger in three steps. You will probably notice swelling on the sides of the battery when overcharged. However, electric scooters are most likely to use a gel or UPS battery where the swelling is not as obvious as in a normal lead-acid form.
In bottom line, electric scooters are meant to be environmentally-friendly vehicles. They run on electricity and do not emit harmful gases. At present, many people have been encouraged to use non-fueled vehicles. It is about saving the environment and the atmosphere because of the harmful gases and activities caused by human progress.
Knowing the battery of your e-scooter (and other components) shows how well one knows his/her scooter. This way, you’ll get an idea of why your device is quickly losing its battery and how you can fix it.
In conclusion, the longevity of the electric scooter life depends massively on the battery, the duration of the battery depends very much on the individual (that’s how well he maintains it).
The rules are very simple, easy to memorize, and follow. If you take good care of the battery of your electric scooter, you can extend its life-span up to 2-3 years.
All you have to do is simply plug it in regularly, keep it always charged, take care that your electric scooter and the battery of your e-scooter it stays in a dry environment and at an optimal temperature and check for leakages or any damage on the battery when the electric scooter is not running the same after a full charge.
If you want to know more about electric scooter batteries please read this article.