How to charge your electric scooter

Top tips to help you scoot back up to speed.

24 Jun 2021

If you’ve got a new electric scooter, one of the first things you’ll need to learn is how to charge it properly. It’s a really simple task, but there are definitely a few do and don’ts worth knowing if you want to keep your battery in good condition. We’ve rounded them up below.

 

When should I charge my electric scooter?

Try not to let your battery run down too low before you charge it. The reason? Lithium batteries don’t perform at their best when they’re not charged enough.  

You should aim to have a battery level no lower than around 30% at all times. If you regularly go for scoots when it’s lower than this, chances are you’ll find yourself going under 15% quite quickly. And running your electric scooter at that low battery level is likely to shorter your battery’s life.

Another thing you should avoid doing, no matter how tempted you are, is to charge your electric scooter straight after a ride. It might seem like a sensible thing to do, but it’s worth waiting a few minutes. Your battery heats up during a ride, and charging a hot battery isn’t recommended. Charging heats up the battery even more, you see, so the cells inside could get damaged. So, wait at least 15 minutes after your ride before you charge your electric scooter. This will give your battery a chance to cool down to room temperature.

Top tip: It’s recommended to fully charge your electric scooter every 2-3 months, even if you’re not using it. Again, this tip is all about preserving the condition of your battery. So, if your electric scooter is safely locked in a shed during those dark winter months, don’t forget about it!

 

How do I charge my electric scooter?

You don’t need a special plug socket to charge your electric scooter, so you can do it safely at home.

Charging your electric scooter couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

1. Wait at least 15 minutes after you’ve ridden your electric scooter.

2. Switch your electric scooter off.

3. Plug the charger into the wall first, then your electric scooter. Switch the plug on.

4. Your electric scooter will now start charging. The battery will heat up while it’s charging – it’s nothing to worry about.

5. When your electric scooter is fully charged, switch the plug off. Disconnect the charger from your electric scooter, then unplug it from the wall.

 

How long should I charge my electric scooter for?

Obviously it varies between models, but most electric scooters will be fully charged sometime between 2-4 hours.

 

How do I know when my electric scooter is fully charged?

Most scooter chargers have a red LED light while charging, that turns green when fully charged. Some models are different, so check your instruction leaflet to see how the charging light works on your electric scooter.

Top tip: Switch the plug off and take the charger out as soon as your electric scooter’s fully charged. Most scooters have built-in protection from overcharging, but it’s still a good habit to get into.

Your electric scooter should now be fully charged up and good to go. But here’s one last tip for you: try and wait at least 15 minutes after you’ve charged it until you use it. This gives the battery a chance to cool down (remember, the charging process will have heated it up).

And that’s really all there is to it. Happy scooting!

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