How Long Does It Take to Charge a Scooter Battery?
Charing a scooter battery might be a lengthy process. For example, there are scooters like the Segway Ninebot KickScooter ES4 which come with two batteries. This significantly increases the charging time and with the ES4 it takes up to 7 hours to get a full recharge.
On the bright side, most scooters can be charged in full in about 3 hours. The Li-ion batteries featured in most scooters allow for this shorter charging time.
Contemporary scooters may also come with smart chargers which are designed for the fastest possible charging time.
In addition, these chargers also ensure optimal battery performance and longevity.
How Do Li-ion Batteries Work?
As previously mentioned, most scooters now have a Li-ion battery. This is why you should have a better understanding of the processes involved in charging or discharging this type of scooter battery.
The ions that move between a cathode and an anode create the energy that flows in and out of the battery. However, there are some processes that can affect the Li-ion charging time and longevity.
The battery’s ions might get trapped; this reduces the overall capacity. In addition, there are parasitic reactions which affect the Li-ion performance over time. These reactions include internal corrosion and other such effects. But battery science is moving forward as we speak.
Now, you can get a scooter with a battery that is rated for more than 1,000 charge cycles. Of course, this depends on the charging frequency and usage but it’s more than enough for most users.
Scooter Battery Chargers
Since the primary focus is on Li-ion batteries, the following section deals with Li-ion chargers.
Li-ion chargers are voltage-limiting units that supply the proper voltage and current to your scooter battery for the purpose of recharging it. This is why it’s generally not recommended to use third-party chargers, unless you can find one that has the exact output voltage and current as the factory charger.
It’s worth pointing out that Li-ion chargers have a very tight voltage tolerance. What’s more, there is no trickle when the battery is fully charged. The manufacturers are very strict about the exact charger settings because Li-ion batteries mustn’t be overcharged.
There are some uber-efficient Li-ion chargers that promise lightning-fast recharge times (much less than 3 hours). Supposedly they use pulse technology to cut the charging time in half and squeeze more juice into your battery. But it’s mostly sales talk.
You should know that Li-ion systems take only as much energy as they can absorb. Consequently, it's almost impossible to make them charge faster or go beyond their rated capacity.
Scooter Battery Maintenance
There are a few things you can do to ensure the expected charging times, three hours or otherwise. In addition, the following tips and tricks also optimize battery performance and life.
Use the correct charger
This has been covered above.
Recharge after every ride
You can hook up your scooter to a charger immediately after a short ride. However, if you took a longer ride, it is advisable to wait for about half an hour for the battery to cool down.
Storing the battery
Fully charge the battery, then disconnect it from the scooter if you are not going to be riding it for some time. On the other hand, the batteries should be recharged every month even when in storage. This prevents parasitic reactions which affect the battery’s structure and performance. The battery also needs to be stored in a dry place and away from extreme temperatures.
Tip: If your battery has been exposed to freezing temperatures, let it get back to room temperature before recharging.
Cleaning the battery
Batteries don’t usually require regular cleaning since they are internal and protected by the scooter’s casing. But you can wipe them with a soft cloth from time to time. The battery might get dirty or wet, especially if you ride the scooter in damp conditions.
Charge the batteries until they are full and then disconnect. Follow the battery indicator on your scooter and remove the charger as soon as the battery gets to 100%.
Scooter batteries are designed so that they can be recharged quickly to enhance the overall user experience. Using the proper charger and carrying out proper maintenance ensure the fastest possible charge. But a Li-ion on any other battery doesn’t last forever so, you can count on getting a new battery pack every few years.