How to Maintain Your Electric Scooter
Your guide to everything you need to know about how to maintain your electric scooter. In order to make the most of your electric scooter, and to keep it running for years to come, it is crucial you know how to take care of it.
The hype surrounding electric scooters has skyrocketed in recent months, with 2019 seeing retailers experiencing a 50-96% increase in purchases and a 70% increase in enquiries.
This enjoyable and emission-free form of transport is becoming a popular choice amongst a wide range of people! Whether you are passionate about the next, up-and-coming tech, looking for a great way to spend your downtime, or interested in committing to an environmentally-friendly alternative for your commutes; stand-up, electrically powered scooters tick all the boxes.
And, you may be surprised to find out that e-scooters require very straightforward maintenance. With a little care and attention before and after each ride, your electric scooter will be running smoothly, time and time again.
Read on for your Six-Step Guide to looking after your electric scooter.
Your Six-Step Electric Scooter Maintenance Guide
1) Keep the battery charged
Your e-scooter battery is quite possibly your scooter’s most important feature. At DIRT-E Scooters, all of our electric scooters come with a lithium-ion battery which is known for their high performance. Lithium-ion batteries have upgraded from the use of lead-acid batteries due to their low weight and compact size. The advancements in battery technology have enabled electric scooters to become more efficient with longer-lasting power and a greater range.
However, in order to get the most from your electric scooter, you need to take care of the battery. Every battery has a life-cycle; but, if you follow our advice, you will be able to maximise the life of your e-scooter battery and delay your need to purchase a replacement.
To prolong the life of your e-scooter battery, we recommend keeping your scooter well-charged. Don’t let the battery’s charge completely deplete; for the longest lifespan, keep the battery topped up to around 90% and avoid overcharging from KERS. KERS is known as the scooter’s Kinetic Energy Recovery System, which converts forward momentum to battery charge under braking.
The majority of Lithium-ion batteries have a lifecycle between 500-1000 charge cycles. A charge cycle involves taking a battery from 100% charge to 0% and back to 100%. By regularly charging your electric scooter, and keeping its charge around 90%, you will reduce the number of full charge cycles and extend the charge capacity.
We also recommend only using the charger that is supplied with your scooter, or an official replacement. Electric scooters can contain different sizes and types of batteries, causing them to require different chargers. Using the wrong charger for your electric scooter may lead to overcharging, undercharging or an improper charge. This can cause lasting damage to your e-scooter, and cause the battery’s charge cycles to reduce drastically.
2) Carefully store your e-scooter
How you store your electric scooter can also affect your scooter’s lifespan. The advised way to approach your electric scooter maintenance is to reduce the risk of damage occurring in the first instance. An easy way to kick start your electric scooter’s care, is to make sure you are storing your e-scooter correctly.
The best locations are out of any direct sunlight and where the temperature is relatively consistent. Any areas where it can be lovely warm or cold can cause damage to the battery’s health, as these conditions encourage its components to break down quicker.
Where you use your electric scooter to commute or get out and about, it is best to find somewhere indoors to store it; keeping your e-scooter inside will keep it away from the elements, and will reduce the amount of corrosion on the moving components.
3) Keep your scooter clean
Another way to prolong the life of your electric scooter is to keep it clean! Once a week, schedule your electric scooter in for a good wash.
Use a clean, damp cloth first to wipe off any dust and grime that has built up. Give particular attention to the dirt on the handlebars and stem, do take care not to get the electrics wet. Wash your e-scooter deck with lukewarm water and a bit of washing-up liquid so your scooter can really sparkle.
If there are any patches of stubborn dirt and dried-on mud, we recommend a nylon-bristled scrubbing brush; rinse the area afterwards with warm water. For any grime that gets in between the wheel spokes and hinges, use an old toothbrush to get into the nooks and crannies.
Once washed, make sure you take the time to check whether any of the electrical components got wet. If so, take a microfibre cloth and immediately dry the area.
Before each ride, make sure the e-scooter’s electrics are completely dry. While you wait, it is always worthwhile to give your scooter’s spokes and axles a check to see if any plant matter has been collected, as this could cause your wheels to jam.
4) Lubricate all moving parts
Similarly, it is equally as essential to keep your electric scooter’s moving components in good condition; ensuring they are well-lubricated can save you a lot of money. Without frequent attention, these moving parts may grind against each other and end up damaged after only a few rides.
The first place to keep lubricated is the brakes, chain and hinges if you have a folding scooter. If your electric scooter’s motor begins to grind, it is best to make an appointment with an experienced technician.
These areas tend only to need lubrication every month; however, if your scooter is stored or left outside, then it may require attention more frequently. To ensure your safety, it is best to check your scooter’s moving parts before each ride.
We also strongly recommend avoiding household lubricants. It is better for your electric scooter, to use lubricants which are designed for bicycles and scooters.
5) Carry out a quick inspection before each ride
Before each ride, it is good practice to give your e-scooter a once over. Your scooter’s brake system is your safety net, that is why it is paramount you check the cables for wear and tear. Make sure the plastic casing is solid and not split or peeling off. It is also encouraged that you do the same checks to the throttle cable.
If there is any damage to the cables or their casing, it is advised that you seek professional advice. Contact us today on 0151 662 0231, if you are concerned about the condition of your e-scooter.
Moreover, while you are checking for wear and tear to the cables, keep an eye out for any loose bolts and screws. If any have worked their way loose, take a hex wrench and give them a tighten.
6) Check the tires and brakes
During your inspection, spend some time checking your electric scooter’s tires and brakes to ensure your scooter is safe and ready to ride.
Check the tire pressure; proper inflation helps your scooter to reach its maximum speed without putting the motor under unnecessary strain. A simple bike tire gauge will do the job! Most air pumps have a gauge built-in, making tire inflation and maintenance easy.
It is also recommended that you check the condition of your tyres too. Look for cracks in the rubber as this indicates dry rot or damage. If you find your e-scooter’s tread is wearing down or balding, you must order a replacement as soon as possible.
Similarly, your brake system is equally as important. Every week, check your brake pads, discs, or rotors for wear and tear. If the components look worn, you will need to replace them with the correct type and size.
Check your brakes by squeezing the brake levers and seeing how they feel. When in good condition, they should move freely, but not too loose that they make contact with the handlebar when they are engaged fully.
If they’re too loose or too hard, make the necessary adjustments on the underside of the levers. All you will need is a trusty hex wrench and a little patience. For more serious issues, do not hesitate to get in touch with a professional mechanic.
Follow our maintenance guide to get the most from your e-scooter.
Nothing beats jumping on your e-scooter and taking it for a spin! By taking a little bit of time to check the maintenance of your electric scooter, you will be able to enjoy your wheels for longer.
The more you use your scooter, the more important it is that it remains in good working order. On top of your own maintenance routine, you will also want to schedule an annual inspection with a trusted, expert mechanic too. By booking it in with a professional, they will be able to make any necessary repairs before they progress into serious and costly problems.
At DIRT-E Scooters, we are a leading UK supplier of electric scooters. We work with top brands and manufactures, offering an incredible choice of the best electric scooters on offer. If you’re looking to upgrade your older model, we have a great selection of scooters to suit everyone’s needs. Check out our range of e-scooters today.