One of the best things about owning an electric scooter is how little maintenance it requires. Unlike cars or even bikes, which require regular trips to the mechanic and routine replacement of parts, well-maintained electric scooters do not require tuning or grease and oil application before a ride. As a result, they’re ideal for short commutes and fun rides in and around the city. Since the battery is the heart and soul of an electric scooter, its improper care can cause significant damage. On the other hand, proper maintenance can extend your electric scooter’s lifespan by leaps and bounds.
So let’s have a look at a few ways to maintain your electric scooter’s battery during all types of weather conditions:
Battery maintenance in Summer
Extreme weather is the kryptonite of your battery. When lithium ion batteries are stored at temperatures above 45 degrees celsius, they begin to degrade. Below are a few tips to maintain your electric scooter’s battery during summer season.
- After heavy use, when the batteries have become hot, you can ensure that the batteries are placed in a cool environment.
- On a hot day after a long drive, you should remove the battery from the scooter and store it somewhere cool. Otherwise, the battery will remain at a high temperature for much longer, favoring the unfavorable chemical reactions that lead to capacity loss.
Battery maintenance in Monsoon
Irrespective of whether you decide to step out during the rains, it’s essential that you take utmost care of your electric scooter.
- In the event of heavy rain, cover the dashboard of your electric scooter with transparent plastic to keep rainwater out. For added safety, the dashboards of both BGauss B8 and A2 have indicators for motor malfunction, faulty brakes, and controller failure.
- You should also charge your electric scooter with extreme caution: The batteries on electric scooters are usually removable. It is always recommended to use the charger provided by the vehicle’s manufacturer. If used multiple times, any other charger may have an adverse effect on the battery performance and overall life of the electric scooter.
- To avoid any damage while charging your electric scooter’s battery make sure the charging plug is firmly connected to the power source and is properly inserted in the socket. After that, carefully place the charger on the floor while it charges to provide firm support and avoid unnecessary damage. In the event of a thunderstorm, do not charge the battery of your electric scooter since it is extremely dangerous.
- Usually a scooter rated IP54 is suitable for light rain or dusty terrain. While IP67 rated scooters can protect against heavy, constant rain and some immersion. Both BGauss B8 and A2 are IP67 rated scooters that make them extremely safe for use during monsoon.
Battery maintenance during Winter:
Unfortunately, some riders forget to charge their electric scooter battery because they assume they won’t be using it for a while. However, just like any other electronic device, you should keep your battery charged to prevent it from running out of power. But don’t charge it all the way to 100%. In fact, you should aim to charge it to between 50% and 90% of its original capacity since it is the best storage voltage for your battery and will cause the least amount of damage. Keeping all this in mind, we’ve ensured to have short circuit prevention and over current prevention for both BGauss B8 and A2.
Although charging your electric scooter’s battery properly during the fluctuating weather conditions would make a huge impact towards improving your electric scooter’s battery life, below are a few other tips you can keep in mind.
Don’t leave your battery charging unattended for long periods of time: You should disconnect the battery from the charging cable once it is fully charged. Both BGauss A2 and B8 come with overcharging and over discharging protection, leaving you at utmost ease.
Allow time for your scooter battery to cool before charging it: If you’ve been on a short ride, you can charge your scooter right away, but if you’ve been on a longer ride, the battery will have built up a lot of heat, which you should let dissipate before plugging it in. Allow 30 minutes for things to cool down before charging the scooter after a longer ride.
The battery on an electric scooter typically lasts between 2 and 3 years, or 300 to 500 full charge cycles, whichever comes first. After 200-300 charge cycles, the battery’s performance will begin to deteriorate. Your electric scooter battery will stay healthy and live a long time if you follow the proper charging guidelines. At BGauss, our team would always be happy to help regarding any clarification for battery and electric scooter maintenance or rather any doubts you may have. Switch to electric for a lifetime of happy and safe rides!