Though electric scooters are a fun, practical, eco-friendly way to get around and are generally reliable, they do require a bit of upkeep and occasionally even repairs and can stop running at all without them. By far the most common issues with top electric scooters are battery-related, so it’s a great DIY skill to know how to fix an electric scooter battery if it’s not charging.
Most electric scooters run off an efficient, rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack and are capable of holding a good amount of charge per use, but they can be damaged or simply lower in performance with age, which can lead to them not holding a charge as long or sometimes not charging at all. Below we’ll run you through the steps to solve the latter problem. But if your scooter is not starting you’re better off learning how to disable the kill switch, which is probably the problem.
First, you’ll need to determine whether it’s the battery or the battery charger is that is malfunctioning by taking the following steps:
Are there any health risks associated with Razor batteries?
No more than any other lithium-ion e-scooter batteries, which is to say- very little, if the scooter is properly used and stored and no leaks occur, which again is very unlikely given their non-spillable, securely sealed design. Of course, direct contact with battery acid of any kind can cause burns, but that scenario is, again, unlikely to occur.
How can you improve the life of your e-scooter battery?
Make sure that the battery is always charged above 10% capacity -preferably a minimum of 70%- and never go more than 30 days without charging the battery, even if it’s in storage. Additionally, make sure the scooter is stored in a dry, pest-free space and is not exposed to extreme temperatures- and be careful never to overcharge the battery. Following these guidelines will significantly increase the life and performance of your battery.
Why isn’t my battery holding a charge as long as it should?
Three common reasons this occurs is an aging battery- proper care and usage of the scooter should result in three or so years of good battery performance before the need for a replacement. Charging your battery regularly and never letting it lose charge completely, and not running on flat or underinflated tires (which makes the battery consume more power to compensate) will also ensure top performance and longer life.
Can my e-scooter’s battery be customized or modified for longer life?
E-scooter batteries and chargers are not designed to be modifiable and attempting to do so can damage or destroy your battery or other components, thus it is strongly recommended not to attempt any modifications- it would also void any warranties offered on the scooter or its components. Similarly, overcharging- which is not even possible on many batteries- can also ruin your battery and potentially damage other components.
STAT: Failing to charge an e-scooter battery for more than 6 months can easily permanently damage its ability to hold a charge at all (source)