Electric Scooters: How should you handle lithium-ion batteries if you want to maximize lifespan?
Oct 28, 2020 20:42
Electric scooters are rising in popularity. Because of their portability and ease of use, adults have been using them for their daily commute to work. It makes sense when you need a convenient vehicle that can cover short distances but don't want to contribute to air pollution and traffic jams or look for parking.
Most electric scooters use lithium-ion batteries, as they are lightweight, long-lasting, and rechargeable. They also have a longer lifespan than most battery packs but will still deteriorate over time. So, here are a few tips on how to lengthen the life of lithium-batteries on your electric scooter.
Lithium-ion batteries are affected by extreme weather conditions. Even leaving your scooter out in the sun on a scorching day will affect the battery pack. It's not a good idea to use the scooter when you could get heatstroke anyway. This also applies to wet and freezing weather.
After using your electric scooter for an extended amount of time, the battery will be hot. Avoid charging your battery as soon as you're done using it. Cool it down first before charging it up again.
Knowing these conditions will help you plan your day more effectively, specifically how long you will be on your scooter and how much time you need to charge it in between rides.
Tips on How to Maximize the Life of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Here are essential tips to maximize the lifespan of lithium-ion batteries in your electric scooter:
1.You should charge the battery after a ride, even if there is still a lot of juice left, but again only after it has cooled down somewhat.
2.You shouldn't allow the battery to drain completely. Try to keep the charge at 40% and recharge when it goes lower than this.
3.You shouldn't leave the battery plugged into the charger for long periods. Ensure you're near your electric scooter when you charge it and don't allow it to overcharge. Again, you should check your manual for typical charging durations or their recommended maximum charging time. If you notice that your battery charges longer than indicated, there could be a defect, and you should get it checked or replaced.
5.Charge the battery before you store the electric scooter for long periods. Keep it stored at least at 75%, and you should check the battery level from time to time, even if you don't plan to use it. Also, make sure to store the scooter indoors to keep it safe from extreme temperatures.
How you use, and abuse, or care for the battery will also determine how long it can last. Lithium-ion batteries for electric scooters won't last forever, but if you follow these tips carefully, you'll be able to enjoy your electric scooter for many years to come.
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