Kirill Yurovskiy: How to Extend the Life of Your Electric Scooter

Electric scooter is not the most budgetary purchase. In this case, its operating conditions are far from ideal. For this iron pony is properly cared for that he served you for more than one year. However, it is not so difficult to do. In this article – the basic rules for the care of an electric scooter.

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Preparing for the ride

Before leaving home, first of all check the wheels of the electric scooter. Various damages are strictly not welcome. In the case of pneumatic wheels, you need to pay attention not only to the integrity of the tires, but also to the pressure inside them.

The pressure is usually measured in atmospheres or bars. The pressure gauge should be calibrated in units corresponding to the recommended pressure indicated on the tire. Otherwise, it is not possible to compare readings. Small deviations (a few hundredths) from the recommended are not critical trendingbird.

With underinflated tires, any defect in the road surface may damage both the disk and the tire. And in both cases, you will have to go to the service. You most likely will not be able to replace the tire without special tools and skills.

Low pressure makes the wheels softer and increases their contact area with the road, making the friction force more and reducing speed.

High pressure, on the contrary, makes the wheels stiffer and reduces the area of contact with the road, making acceleration more dynamic. But at the same time, it worsens cushioning, so there’s a risk of knocking your feet off.

After the wheels, you should check all the joints of the steering rack and the folding mechanism for play. Over time, the mounts tend to come loose, especially if you like to ride off-road, paving stones and jumping off curbs. Read more about how to eliminate backlash here.

Also make sure the brakes are working. In the case of disc brakes, just push the lever and see if the piston moves or not. To check electronically, you need to lift the scooter, press on the gas, and then apply the brake – the wheel should stop. To brake with your foot or, even worse, an oncoming pole – not the best idea.

And the most banal: check the battery. Would be unpleasant if the scooter stopped halfway.

Rules of care after the trip

The scooter, like any other type of vehicle, should be kept clean. Dirt that gets on the rubbing parts turns into abrasion, which leads to wear of the joints and bearings.

Even with waterproofing wash the scooter from the kerher and even more so to immerse it in water is not desirable. Ever since childhood we know that electricity and water are not compatible, so do not tempt fate. It is also necessary to remember about the possible oxidation of contacts. It is best to wipe the scooter with a damp cloth or wipe. If you get sand in hard-to-reach places, you should use ifvod tv.

If the scooter has been used in rainy weather, it should be dried upon arrival. Moisture on the scooter can cause the beginning of corrosion. Do not put it near a radiator or dry it with a hair dryer. Electronics do not like both high temperatures and its sharp changes. It is better to wipe your iron friend with a rag or leave to dry naturally at room temperature.

Rules of operation

In addition to the rules for care, the duration of operation of the electric scooter affects how properly you use it.

First of all, you should not ride on terrain for which the transport is not designed. For example, riding on a country road or sand will obviously not be useful for the city scooter.

Also, do not take the transport, the load capacity of which corresponds to your weight. Otherwise, the suspension and braking system can quickly fail.

For example, if you weigh 105 kg, it is better to take a scooter with a maximum allowable load of at least 110-115 kg.

Usually in the passport electric scooter manufacturer indicates the allowable angle of inclination, to which the scooter will be able to rise without problems. And not every device is able to climb the hill without harm. Nobody will forbid you to enter a 45-degree slope, but the service life of suspension and engine at such an arrangement is strongly reduced.

The main thing is not to overload transport over its opportunities.

Storage rules

Before putting the scooter away for the winter, it should be charged to 60-70%. Charging it to 100% or, conversely, discharging it to 0% is a bad idea. Failure to follow these rules accelerates the degradation of the battery. 

Ideally, the battery should also be removed and placed in a cool place between 0 and 1 0°C. High temperatures accelerate chemical reactions, which reduces the life of the battery. Too low temperatures, on the other hand, can stop them completely, causing the battery to fail. Of course, ideal conditions are only a recommendation. It is also possible to store the scooter at room temperature.

Maintenance and repair

Sooner or later, no matter how carefully the scooter was used, it will have to be serviced and repaired. 

If the failure occurred during the warranty period, then everything is simple: take the scooter to the service center and wait for the conclusion of experts. Much worse, when the device breaks down after the warranty period. You can try to fix the scooter yourself, but this requires certain skills and experience. When the motor-wheel breaks or the electronics fail, you should not even try to do something, if you are not experienced in the field of repair.

One of the most common complaints when inexperienced users contact the service center is a short circuit in the charging jack and, as a result, battery failure. Usually there can be two reasons for this: improper cleaning of the socket and an attempt to save money on the charger. Two simple rules follow from this.

One of the most common complaints when inexperienced users contact the service center is the short circuit of the charging jack and the resulting battery failure. Usually there can be two reasons for this: improper cleaning of the socket and an attempt to save money on the charger. Two simple rules follow from this.

Under no circumstances should you clean the charging jack with metal objects. At best, a short circuit will only cause the port to fall off, at worst you will have to buy a new battery, since a short circuit can put it out of commission without too much trouble. It is best to clean the socket with any handy object that does not conduct electricity: a toothpick, the back of a brush, a plastic ruler, etc.

Buy only genuine chargers. Do not try to save money or take the first available charger with similar characteristics. Even if you can find the charger with the same current and voltage, it is absolutely no guarantee that the charger pinout will be exactly the same as in the scooter. Buying a non-original charger is fraught with short circuits and port/battery failure.

Of course, these are not all types of breakdowns that can happen to your electric scooter.

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