E-scooters: this is what you need to know about the battery
They can be seen popping up or whizzing by in the streets more and more. In the past, the small two-wheeler was a favourite toy of children. Now it’s very popular among city dwellers to cover short distances. Just like an electric bike, an e-scooter uses a battery that needs to be taken care of. Read this blog post to find out how to do that and how to extend their lifespan.
An e-scooter battery
E-scooters run on lithium-ion batteries. These are light-weight batteries that can hold a lot of power and are rechargeable. Lithium-ion batteries are efficient and have a long lifespan. But they are not indestructible, of course, so you have to take constant care of them.
The scooter may have a built-in battery or a battery that can be easily removed for recharging. The radius of action depends on the make and model, but on average you can use an electric scooter for one hour.
The lifespan of your battery depends on a great many factors. How much you use your scooter, your riding behaviour and how much you charge the e-scooter are all decisive elements. It is generally accepted that the battery of an electric scooter will last between one and three years, depending on how frequently the scooter is used.
How do you take care of the battery of an electric scooter?
Just as you can prolong the lifespan of the battery of your electric bike, the same applies for the battery of your e-scooter. Here are a few tips!
- It is important to recharge the battery after every trip, even if it’s not entirely empty. Unlike smartphones, where manufacturers say that you only need to recharge when the battery is entirely empty, the recommendation for e-scooters is totally different.
- If you leave the scooter without using it for a lengthy period, it is important to make sure that the battery is well charged, ideally between 50 and 75%.
- Avoid extreme temperatures, both high and low. So don’t leave your scooter in the sun and bring it indoors when it freezes. Charging your e-scooter in extreme temperatures is not recommended, either.
- Heavy rain or snow forecast? Electric scooters do not like these poor weather conditions. So don’t leave it outside after a trip and check that the battery contacts are not wet. Dry them if necessary.
- Make sure that the tyres of your scooter are properly pumped as this limits the resistance and makes it easier for your battery to move the scooter along.
- Observe the weight limit of your e-scooter. If you don’t, the battery and the scooter itself will suffer. For example, if the weight limit is 100 kilograms, then riding with two adults is not a great idea.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully, because every battery operates slightly differently. In addition, only use the original charger. And be sure to stay nearby while the battery is charging.
‘‘It is important to recharge the battery after every trip, even if it’s not entirely empty.
The battery of my e-scooter seems to need replacing. What now?
The battery’s capacity is declining. That is due to chemical crystal formation inside the battery. It is more difficult to charge, until finally it no longer works properly. In some cases, the battery does not need to be entirely replaced. A few new cells may be enough. It’s a piece of cake for professionals, so don’t try and do it yourself. Contact a professional.
If your battery really gives up the ghost, then you can opt for a new one. Go back to the place where you bought the e-scooter. Replacing a built-in battery will be a bigger job than changing an external battery.
And what about the battery itself?
If you can remove the battery to be discarded yourself, take it to a bicycle dealer or the recycling centre. If you ask a bicycle dealer for help to replace the battery in your e-scooter, then he’ll arrange for Bebat to come and fetch the old one. In any case, always remember to tell the guard that it’s an e-scooter that still has a battery.
Unable to remove the battery from your e-scooter safely? Then you should take the scooter with the battery to the recycling centre as electronic waste and deposit it with Recupel. If you can remove the battery from your e-scooter safely, it can be deposited in the Bebat barrel at the recycling centre and the scooter itself can be left in the Recupel section.