How to Maintain Electric Scooter

Modern electric scooters will last anywhere from three to five years, or even longer in some cases. To maximize the life of your e-scooter you are going to want to regularly maintain it

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • You will want to regularly maintain your electric scooter, so as to maximize its overall lifespan.
  • Start by checking out the tires, refilling them with air with a bike pump if necessary.
  • You should also try to keep the battery from fully depleting and maintain a maximum charge of around 90 percent.

Reasons for Maintaining a Scooter

Scooter repairs can be extremely costly to perform and may necessitate the purchase of a brand new e-scooter. To stave off these scenarios, it is much more cost-effective to simply perform regular maintenance tasks. Making these tasks a habit instead of a rarity will help your scooter’s external components, its battery, and its motor live a long and useful life. Learning how to mod your e-scooter can also extend its life, and even save you money.

Insider Tip

If your scooter features rubberized pneumatic tires, check the inflation pressure via the steps provided to you by the manufacturer.

Tips for Maintaining an E-scooter

Each scooter boasts a different design, but we have assembled a list of universal maintenance tasks to help get you going.

Eyeball the Tires

You will want to ensure that your scooter’s tires are properly inflated and that they have not been pierced by an unknown object. Look at the tires for any blockages and give them a nice squeeze. If your scooter features rubberized pneumatic tires, check the inflation pressure via the steps provided to you by the manufacturer. If the tires are low on air, simply use a standard bike pump to bring them back to life. As an added bonus, most modern bike pumps boast a pressure monitoring system that can help you determine if you are done with the inflation process. On occasion, a flattened tire will need to be replaced. Here are detailed tips on how to inflate e-scooter tires.

Insider Tip

Keep the battery topped off at a maximum of 90 percent charged.

Keep Your Battery Humming

The scooter’s battery is an extremely important component. As a matter of fact, a replacement battery can cost up to 1/3rd of the price of the scooter itself. To minimize the need for a replacement, try to avoid allowing the battery to become fully depleted. Keep the battery topped off at a maximum of 90 percent charged. This will help extend the life of a battery, as you will not be completing a full charging cycle. In other words, keep your battery’s life somewhere in the middle.

Check the Brakes

A scooter’s braking system contains a number of movable parts that can wear out and degrade over time. We recommend performing a simple daily maintenance check before you go out for a ride. Just eyeball it and look for anything out of place. If everything seems fine, it likely is. As a note, you should also replace the brake pads when necessary.

Warning

A replacement battery can cost up to 1/3rd of the price of the scooter itself.

F.A.Q.

How long do electric scooter batteries last?

Generally speaking, a scooter’s lithium-ion battery will begin to deplete after around 300 to 500 charging cycles. It is important to note that your battery should not suddenly fail after this metric has been crossed. Rather, its efficiency will begin to decrease.


Do electric scooters need servicing?

Yes. Electric scooters are complicated pieces of equipment and can break down for a number of reasons. Batteries could fail and brakes could degrade.


Are electric scooters reliable?

Yes, we think so. Electric scooters are generally well-built and should last anywhere from three to five years or more. This lifespan can be increased if you regularly maintain the scooter.



STAT: For the longest lifespan, research shows it’s best to store your scooter at around 90% charge. (source)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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