Winter brings its own set of challenges for electric scooter owners. The cold weather, snow, and wet conditions can affect the performance and longevity of your escooter. To ensure your electric scooter remains in top condition during the winter months, follow this guide.
Store it Indoors and Keep it Charged
Winter temperatures naturally reduces the battery life of your electric scooter. To prevent potential damage, store your escooter indoors, preferably in a dry and temperature-controlled environment. Cold temperatures can cause the battery to lose charge more quickly, so it's crucial to keep it charged. Always keep a battery charge between 50% - 80% to maintain the battery's health.
Understand Reduced Power in Cold Weather
It's normal for electric scooters to experience reduced power on a full charge in cold weather. The optimal temperature for lithium ion batteries is close to 25 degree celsius. The chemical reactions within the battery slow down in lower temperatures, affecting its overall performance. Be prepared for decreased range and power during winter rides. Consider shorter trips and plan routes accordingly to avoid getting stranded with a low battery.
Ride Only in Safe Weather Conditions
Winter weather can bring snow, ice, and wet conditions that pose additional risks when riding an electric scooter. Wet surfaces can be slippery, and snow or ice can impact your escooter's traction. Anticipate your braking distance on wet roads and brake early! Choose clear and dry days for your rides, and always check the weather forecast before heading out.
Layer Up, Stay Seen, and Wear a Helmet
If you decide to ride during the winter, layer up to stay warm with gloves and winter proof clothing. A neck warmer that can be pulled up to protect your face is a great accessory to protect yourself from the wind. Ensure you remain visible to other road users by wearing reflective clothing or accessories. Always wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of accidents. Safety should be a top priority, especially when weather conditions are less than ideal.
Clean Your Vehicle After Each Ride, Brush Off Salt
Winter roads are often treated with salt to melt snow and ice. Salt can be corrosive and harmful to your electric scooter. After each winter ride, clean your escooter thoroughly to remove any salt residue. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the escooter, paying attention to the exposed metal and electrical components. Regular cleaning helps prevent corrosion and extends the lifespan of your escooter.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your electric scooter stays in good condition throughout the winter months. Proper storage, regular maintenance, and cautious riding in winter weather will keep your electric scooter running for many winters to come!
How often should I check my escooter that's in storage?
Check it at least once a month! Make sure there's 50% - 80% charge and that the tires are still inflated.
What will happen if I kept my escooter in the garage with no charge all winter?
If an escooter is left flat for months at a time, it may struggle to turn on when it needs to be ridden in the spring or summer time. It's important to keep a 50% - 80% charge when an escooter is left unridden in storage. Please contact our support center if your escooter is not turning on.