What Happens if You Overcharge an Electric Scooter?

Toby Bell15 May 2022

Whenever you want to go for a ride, the last thing you would want is to find out that your scooter's battery is dead. It's not unusual to wonder if a scooter battery can be overcharged in order to boost performance. You shouldn't overcharge the battery of your scooter.

Your battery's health is directly related to how well you charge it. It's a good idea to charge your scooter's battery the night before if you have to ride the next day. The battery on most scooters takes anything from 5 to 18 hours to fully charge.

Among the most likely causes of shortened battery life is overcharging. It takes about 8 hours for scooter batteries to reach full capacity when they have been completely depleted. Make sure to unplug your charger once your batteries are fully charged in the morning if you plan to charge them overnight.

How To Charge Your Electric Scooter 

Knowing how to correctly charge your electric scooter is critical to getting the most out of it and extending the life of your scooter's battery.  Charging an e-scooter might seem like a simple task. While this is true, some users don't know the proper way to charge their e-scooters.

Electrified scooters can be charged in a few simple steps:

Get your electric scooter ready for charging.

To start, prepare your electric scooter for charging. Shut down your e-scooter, take off the protective cover, get your charger ready, and plug it into an outlet that's close to where you can see it. Keep the ports and cables clean and dry at all times. Before connecting them, make sure the charger and the port aren't damaged.

Plug the charger.

Plug the charger into the wall outlet after everything is ready. To ensure the safety of the charger and output capacitor, always plug the charger into a wall outlet first before connecting it to the e-scooter. Make sure to place the charger on a non-flammable surface while charging. In addition, be sure that the charger is positioned in a way that will not damage your connection or cause a cable knot.

Make sure it’s charging.

After plugging in the electric scooter, check to see if the light indicator is on. The light indicator should be checked from time to time to determine if it's charging properly. To get the most out of your e-battery, scooter experts recommend charging it up to 80%.

Unplug your e-scooter as soon as the battery is fully charged.

Disconnect your charger from the wall outlet as soon as the Indicator light turns green. Battery capacity will be reduced if you overcharge your scooter. In addition, do not ride your e-scooter after it just finished charging. Let it rest for five minutes. Using an electric scooter when the battery is still warm from charging should be avoided. Before you ride your electric scooter, let it cool off for a few minutes after charging.

Signs That Your Scooter Battery Has Been Overcharged Electric scooters are the best mode of transportation for commuting because they are enjoyable, convenient, and quick. Not to mention the fact that they're good for the environment. 

A rechargeable battery is included in electric scooters, whether they are built-in or external. You can easily charge the battery by connecting the charger to the scooter and a power source.

The battery drains quickly.

When the scooter's battery is overcharged, the plates between the cells degrade. The battery's capacity to retain a charge decreases when the ions inside the battery drain. It's a vicious cycle when ions go because as the battery heats up, so does the amount of ions that can be found. Eventually, the battery drains quickly.

The e-scooter is hot to the touch.

When the lead plates of a battery deteriorate due to overheating, the internal electrical resistance increases. The battery's high heat output is indicative of the resistance effect. The hotter the scooter feels, the more likely it is that the battery is heating up.

The battery appears to be swollen or about to burst.

A bloated battery is a sign of overheating.  A bulging battery can result in an explosion which will not only spoil your commute but also put you at risk.

The battery is leaking.

Scooter batteries are normally sealed tightly, thus they are leak-proof. Overcharging, on the other hand, might cause the outside shell to shatter, resulting in a leak. You'll see leaking around the seams which is proof that your battery is overheated.

How To Extend Your Scooter’s Battery Life Span An electric scooter's battery is among the most essential and costly components, thus it must be properly cared for. E-scooters typically come with longer warranties, but that doesn't include the batteries. However, there are ways to greatly extend the life of your scooter's battery.

Charge your electric scooter’s battery at the right time.

After a short ride, you may charge your e-scooter anytime. After a long ride, however, let the battery cool down for around 30 minutes first before recharging it. Don't leave your e-scooter with a depleted battery for more than an hour or two. It has to be recharged as soon as possible.

Always use the original charger.

Chargers are far less expensive than batteries, so don't take a chance and stick with the original, which you know is compatible with your electric scooter.

Use your scooter within 30-80% battery capacity.

Using the e-scooter at 30 to 80% of its battery capacity will extend its lifespan. This sweet zone, as it's known, can boost battery life by as much as four times.

Store your scooter in a cool, dry place, and with at least 40% capacity.

Leaving lithium-ion batteries drained in storage is the most common cause of battery failure, and it is also dangerous. Battery deterioration will be increased if the battery is either fully charged or drained. For long-term storage, such as throughout the winter months, keep the battery at 40% charge. To keep the battery at this level, you'll need to check and recharge it every four to eight weeks. It's best to keep your scooter somewhere cool and dry. Battery life will be reduced if the temperature is kept over 86F. High temperatures make it even more difficult to safely store your electric scooter when it's fully charged.

Be cautious when charging.

Don't use, recharge, or store a swollen or damaged battery. When it comes to modern electric scooter batteries, lithium polymer batteries are quite dangerous to handle. A fire can be started by incorrect charging, damage, or overheating. To avoid battery over-charging, monitor the electric scooter while it is charging.

As compared to undercharging, overcharging e-scooter batteries is dangerous. Even with a brand-new battery, you run the risk of permanently damaging the battery, or worst, exploding the battery and hurting yourself in the process.

Toby Bell

Toby Bell

Toby, a skating fanatic, has recently switched his skateboarding passion into an e-everything passion. E-skateboards, and e-scooters are his new love, and he wanted to share that love with anyone interested.

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