The battery is one of the most important (and most expensive) parts of an electric scooter or monowheel. It is imperative to take care of your battery and pay particular attention to this element that makes up your machine.
The warranty of a battery is generally shorter than that of other components. But you have the opportunity to significantly extend the life of your battery by simply following these 6 rules:
Proper care from the start
Congratulations ! You are now the proud owner of a revolutionary transporter of our time; an electric scooter or single wheel. We know how happy you are now to be able to do without the tedious hours stuck in traffic jams or waiting for a bus knowing that you are going to be late anyway... All this is in the past now.
I too am the owner of an electric scooter and words fail me to tell you how satisfied I am to have adopted a new concept of electric mobility. Dear reader, you made the right choice.
But don't get too excited just yet. As easy and fun as driving an electric scooter or monowheel is, we must not forget that it is a vehicle and that it must, like any vehicle, be maintained on a regular basis.
So where should you start?
The battery is one of the essential components of your electric scooter and it requires special care and maintenance. Usually, the warranty period of the battery is shorter than that of other components. Electric scooter distributors tend to claim battery life to be between 300 and 500 charge cycles.
Don't panic. This does not mean that after 500 charges your battery will suddenly die.
This means that after 500 full charges, your scooter's battery will lose between 25 and 30% of its capacity. This loss of capacity will also cause your scooter to lose power.
This all sounds very worrying, but don't worry!
You can significantly extend the life of your battery by taking care of it and following a few simple rules.
Rule 1 - You have to charge all the time
Keep your electric scooter (or monowheel) battery charged at all times, wherever you are, if you can.
Most city users don't burn through their entire battery charge at once. A daily commute to/from home/work is generally not enough to completely discharge your battery. However, it is preferable that you still charge your battery in the evening, even if it is only partially discharged. Avoid completely discharging the battery of your electric scooter before charging it.
Make sure the battery is always charged to at least 10% of its capacity. If you regularly charge the battery of your electric scooter, its lifespan will be considerably extended.
Rule 2 – Better late than never, but better never late
You can charge your electric scooter immediately after a short ride (i.e. at any time). If you've had a long ride, let it cool for about 30 minutes, then charge it. Do not leave your electric scooter with a completely discharged battery for a long period of time, even a few hours. Charge it as soon as you can.
Rule 3 – Charge your EDP before storing it
When you want to store your electric scooter or monowheel for a long period of time, make sure that the battery is at least 40-50% charged.
It is recommended to charge your electric scooter at least once every 30 days. Leaving your scooter for approximately 3 months without charging will result in permanent loss of battery capacity. Replacing a battery is a budget. Think about it.
Rule 4 - An original charger or nothing
It is important to always use the original charger suitable for your battery.
A charger is a much cheaper spare part than a battery, so don't take the risk of using an unsuitable charger, it could cost you dearly. Always use the original charger designed for your NVEI.
Rule 5 – Environmental Matters
Store your electric scooter or monowheel with its battery in a dry and cool environment.
Do not leave your electric scooter in freezing cold or under the blazing sun. Avoid getting your battery wet, it prefers a dry environment. Extreme weather conditions (too hot or too cold) can damage your battery or shorten its lifespan.
Rule 6 - Prudence is the mother of all virtues
Never leave a load of scooters or monowheels unattended. Never charge, discharge, use or store a damaged or swollen battery.
The lithium polymer batteries used in the majority of modern electric scooters have a very high charge density and should be treated with extreme caution.
Improper charging, damage or overheating may cause fire. Avoid charging your electric scooter at night without supervision. Try to always have an eye on your EDP when charging to avoid overcharging your battery. Do not use, charge or leave a damaged battery unattended.
As you can see, these rules are very simple, easy to remember and follow. If you take care of your electric scooter's battery, you can extend its lifespan by 2 to 3 years. All you need to do is simply plug it in regularly and always keep it charged.