How to charge electric scooters in the summer

How to charge electric scooters in the summer
The WoW 775 electric scooter

The battery life of electric scooters largely depends on the environmental conditions and how they are recharged. Here are some tips on how to make your battery last longer in the summer.

Electric scooters with lithium-ion batteries can be charged quickly and have a low self-discharge rate but are affected by the temperature in both winter and summer. The useful life of the batteries is defined in cycles, and varies between 1000 and 3000 cycles depending on the quality of the battery. This is the number of complete charge and discharge cycles of the battery until its capacity drops below 80%. In the case of lithium-ion batteries, it is not recommended to fully discharge and overcharge them, so the best rule is: the thicker, the better. The charge level of this type of battery should remain between 10% and 99%. Even if it only decreases by 15-20%, it is worth plugging it into a power source to restore the charge level. Charging at 80-90% allows you to significantly extend the life of the battery while it is not recommended to charge up to 100%.
Most lithium-ion batteries can be successfully removed from the scooter and recharged at home via a power outlet. Since lithium-ion batteries do not tolerate deep discharge, but neither can overcharging, most electric scooters already have smart chargers that prevent the battery from overcharging and automatically shut down when the battery is charged to an appropriate level.

The Yamaha E01 electric scooter (Photo: Yamaha Motor)
The Yamaha E01 electric scooter (Photo: yamaha Motor)

The optimal conditions for storing lithium-ion batteries are between 10 ° C and 25 ° C. In both winter and summer, climatic conditions can affect the efficiency of a scooter's lithium-ion battery. Winter is undoubtedly the most difficult period also due to the fact that many owners of electric scooters choose to park them outdoors in the absence of a garage. Due to low temperatures (0 ° C or below), the range of an electric scooter drops while the time required for recharging increases.
And in summer, when temperatures exceed 30 ° C, how can electric scooters be charged? In summer, it is advisable not to leave the battery in direct sunlight; when parking a scooter with a hot battery after use, it should be out of the sun. Even when you leave a scooter to be recharged, it should be done away from sunlight. Anyone who owns a scooter with a removable battery should always take advantage of it, bringing the battery to a cool and dry environment for recharging.

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