5 Simple Habits to Achieve Healthy and High-Performance Battery
What makes an Electric Kick Scooter "electric" is the presence of a battery.
Whether we like it or not, the batteries are the most expensive part and the heart of the electric scooter because, without it, the scooter is just a bunch of metal and wire compilation
There are different battery manufacturers, which allows EKS manufacturers to have a wide variety of choices to choose from and use on their respective products. But most electric scooters today use Lithium-ion batteries and it ill be our focus.
Cellphone batteries are the same as most EKS batteries because they're Lithium-ion batteries. They just differ in packaging and capacity. We are using the cellphone as a comparison because it's the most familiar device and battery charging habit to us.
But we all know that batteries inside the scooter are a bit different from the ones on our phone. And to maintain the performance and keeping the batteries of the EKS healthy, here are 5 habits to keep your battery healthy
This is a no-brainer for most people because nobody wants the battery and all the wirings to get wet (duh, why do I even need to read this?)
But there's a catch! The humidity of the place where you'll store the electric scooter should be low, meaning the air in the surroundings should be dry.
Low humidity is a bit hard to achieve especially for places that are rainy or during the winter season because the surroundings are wet during those seasons. Try your best to store your scooter in the most EKS friendly location that you know.
Your charger is also subject to misplacement and damage due to use.
If your charger is misplaced, damaged due to excessive use or not working.
Purchase the charger that is exactly appropriate for your unit, so it is best to buy from the shop where you got your unit. Settling for chargers that are cheaper or buying any charger on the market that states charger for "e-bikes" or "electric scooters" doesn't guarantee that your electric scooter and the charger you're about to purchase online is 100% compatible.
Don't decide too quickly on buying these chargers. It is best to use chargers from your dealer.
Your electric scooter has a specific charging voltage that it can handle and this should be followed to maintain a healthy and high performing battery
If in case you won't be using your electric scooter for a week. It is best to store the electric scooter at 50%. Just like the statement earlier, cellphone and (most) electric scooter batteries are the same (Lithium-ion), so if you ever wondered why a brand new, fresh, out of the box phone is stored at nearly 50%, its because 50% is the best percentage that keeps the battery healthy whilst always ready for action
If you leave a fully charged battery it will continue to discharge when left unused because the receiver (scooter) will consume the electricity that is being fed off resulting in decrease ineffectiveness.
If you leave a discharged battery it will lose its charging capacity when left unused. The receiver (scooter) will continue to squeeze the battery for electricity. If the wirings of positive and negative sides of the battery interconnect with the electrical components of the scooter, the electrical cycle happens.
If you don't use the electric scooter at mild rain, it's understandable if you don't know how. But if this is your primary mode of transportation and you can't help yourself to pass through mild rain while on your way. You should know how to unscrew your deck to ensure that all the electrical wirings and especially the battery are safe from the rain.
If the wirings are submerged while you're using the electric scooter, you just got yourself into big trouble.
Not everybody knows how to open the deck of their own scooter but if you, its a big plus because tightening the screws is part of the maintenance that every owner should do to keep the performance level high.
There will come a time that you're late to an appointment or chasing time because of consecutive errands. Those days will surely come and it will kill you because you don't have enough time to charge the scoot.
When these days come it's logical to charge and go without giving your batteries a break. Charge and go is tolerable if you do it once or twice in a blue moon but it isn't recommended if you do it on a regular basis as it will decrease the maximum storage capacity of the battery.
If you just got home or to your office. Charge your scoot 30 mins after your arrival to allow the batteries to cool down. And if you're about to depart, use the scooter 20 mins before your departure to allow the batteries to cool down as well.
Just like phones, you don't want them to overheat and burn their wirings. Take care of the batteries and you will have a long relationship together
What if my battery isn't in its peak performance just like before? The voltage isn't reaching its peak so I don't get the most out of it.
Don't worry, you're not alone. This is a common case on all lithium-ion batteries and there's a solution for it.
You would need to rebalance the battery cells because some cells are unbalanced. Worse case, you have batteries that are ruptured and needs immediate replacement.
First of all, what is cell balancing? Cell balancing equalizes the voltages and state of charge of each cell at full charge.
Unbalanced battery cells are normal because the batteries' wear due to usage, just like the batteries on your phone - the capacity also decreases as time goes by.
If your battery decreases in performance, its either one of these two situations: Battery cells are either unbalanced or ruptured.
If your electric scooter cuts off/turn off at voltages where it shouldn't be (Example: Cutoff must be at 48 volts but yours cut-off at 51 volts or higher). You must immediately seek professional help because there's a high chance that batteries are busted and they must be replaced right away or it may cause ignition.
If your scoot happens to cut off at a higher voltage than it should be and the diagnosis is ruptured battery/batteries. It usually consists of not greater than three ruptured battery cells.
If your electric scooter doesn't reach its peak voltage capacity. (Example: Peak voltage must be 67.2 volts but you can only achieve 66 volts) There's a/are batteries that need balancing.
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Now that you know the good habits of taking good care of your battery, you just saved yourself a fortune on battery cost. If you caught yourself in the middle of a "not-peak-performance" battery, you now know the two possible situations you're in.
"Prevention is better than cure"
It's best to take care of your battery early than be sorry because you didn't do your duty in the first place