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The environmental concerns of fuel-powered vehicles have made the Indian government promote electric vehicles (EVs) with full strength. There are now incentives available for purchasing EVs and the government also has elaborate plans for building hundreds of public charging points across the nation. 

As compared to electric cars, electric scooters are more popular. They are highly affordable, stylish, require minimum maintenance, and are super convenient too. It is due to these reasons that the sales of electric two-wheelers have been consistently rising with every passing year. One major concern of purchasing an electric scooter is recharging it every time the battery is low. 

But recharging the battery of an electric scooter is super convenient and as simple as recharging your mobile phone.

Steps to Follow When You Charge an Electric Scooter

If you are planning to buy an electric scooter or have recently purchased one, here are the steps you need to follow for recharging its battery. 

1. Check the Battery Level 

While different electric scooter models are built differently, most of them generally have a mechanism to let the user know when the battery is low. Most of them have a red light to indicate the same. If you see the red light of your scooter is on or is blinking, it is time you recharge it as soon as possible. 

Most of the scooters currently available in India can travel up to 80-100kms on a full charge. You can also keep a mental note of the distance you are going with your scooter to have an approximate idea of when your scooter will need a recharge. 

2. Recharging an Electric Scooter

Many of the scooters have a mechanism for unhooking the battery. Simply unhook the battery and take it with you to your home to recharge it. The scooters come with their own chargers or charging pads to recharge the battery. However, many of the latest models do not require you to remove the battery for charging. 

They feature a port where you can plug the charger in order to recharge the battery. If your model features one such port, plug your charger first into the power outlet on the wall and then plug the other end to this recharging port. Even when the battery is being charged, the scooter will show a flashing red LED light. 

3. Disconnecting the Charger

It is very important to make sure that your scooter's battery is fully charged before disconnecting the charger. The red flashing light will generally turn green when your scooter is charged up to 100%. Disconnecting the charger when the battery is partially charged can negatively affect the lifespan of the battery.

The batteries of most of the latest eScooters can be fully charged within 2-4 hours. Make sure that you do not let the battery charge for more than 5-8 hours as this too can damage the battery. Even when disconnecting, remove the charger from your scooter first and then from the wall outlet. 

Tips for Maintaining the Battery of Your Electric Scooter

The electric scooters batteries have come a very long way from what they used to be a few years ago. They are now more powerful, convenient, and long-lasting. However, there are a few things that an electric scooter owner should keep in mind for maintaining the battery of their scooter. 

A few such important points are as follows-

  • It is better to recharge the battery of your scooter after every ride rather than wait for the battery to run low. This will help in reducing the time the battery is required to remain connected to the charger and will improve its lifespan. 
  • If you are looking to purchase a new charger for your electric scooter, ensure that you select one that matches the voltage of your scooter. A high voltage charger can easily short out the battery. 
  • Even if you are looking to purchase a new battery for the scooter, select a model exactly similar to the original. Most manufacturers also offer original batteries for their scooters. Prefer such batteries as they have a longer lifespan and are built as per your scooter. 
  • If you will not be using your electric scooter for a considerable duration, ensure that it is charged at least a couple of times a month. 
  • If you have an electric scooter model in which you are required to remove the battery for charging, make sure that you follow the exact unhooking and reassembling steps as mentioned by the manufacturer. 

Conclusion

Charging an electric scooter is a fairly easy process. However, there are still a few things that you should take care of in order to make the battery last longer. 

Follow the steps and tips discussed above and rest assured that your electric scooter will offer all the convenience and benefits that you expect it to deliver. 

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