There are a lot of advantages to purchasing an electric scooter. A lot of models are foldable and portable, making them ideal for those with limited space. However, if you want to get the most out of your brand new e-scooter, it is important to keep it in good condition. This means knowing the basics of e-scooter storage and electric scooter maintenance and care.
At The E-Scooter Co. we strongly believe that e-scooters should solve problems and not create them. That's why riding your e-scooter safely is top of the list before anything else. These scooters are powerful machines that need to be ridden responsibly, which is why we have written a guide to safe riding as well as this guide on how to store and maintain your electric scooter safely too.
The first step is making sure that you have selected an e-scooter that fits your needs, whether that’s speed or tackling tougher terrain - or even one designed to take a heavier weight. Choosing a high-quality electric scooter in the first place will prevent fewer long-term issues, but if you neglect your e-scooter’s maintenance it can become dangerous to ride.
Before even test-riding your e-scooter, make sure that it’s in full working condition. Here are some basic things that you should check prior to riding your e-scooter:
Brakes: Make sure that your brakes are responding properly. Different models of electric scooters have different braking methods, so make sure to read through the e-scooter annual for specific braking and maintenance instructions for that model.
Tyres: Check that the tyres on your e-scooter are inflated to the correct pressure (the recommended is between 40-50 PSI, but this is changeable depending on your requirements).
Lights: Ensure that your front and rear lights are working.
Bolts: Check that the bolts are all tightened properly and there are no loose parts. Reading the instruction manual may give you extra tips from your e-scooter’s manufacturer to look after your new purchase.
- Functions: Make sure that you understand the scooter’s control unit, that it functions correctly and that you are familiar with most aspects of the scooter.
E-scooters are easy to ride and you will be able to use them quickly, however we strongly recommend that you take your new scooter for a test ride. Practise riding your scooter in a safe place with limited obstacles. Remember that e-scooters are still illegal in public places, so this should be on private property.
Storing your electric scooter properly is essential for it to continue to function well when you need to use it again. This isn’t difficult - but requires some forethought to ensure your e-scooter lasts as long as possible. Following this checklist will make sure your scooter lives to its full potential.
- Make sure the scooter is turned off.
- Fold and lock it in the way outlined in the instruction manual, with its own mechanisms and external safety measures (locks) if you feel fit.
- Try to keep it in its original box and pack it with protective materials such as bubble wrap or paper.
- If you do not have the original box, use another box to store it in and put it in a waterproof cover for extra protection.
- Find a clean, dark, dry room to store it in - preferably at room temperature. Lithium-ion batteries are sensitive to moisture as well as heat so it is not advisable to store your electric scooter outside.
There are two main important points to remember with electric scooter maintenance and care. Firstly, that is looking after the battery of your e-scooter to prolong the life of your e-scooter. Secondly, cleaning the e-scooter will also increase its lifespan, removing troublesome debris that can interfere with the scooter’s functionality.
Besides the temperature you store your battery, you should also keep track of the charge level of your battery. Ideally, the battery should be stored at around 40% charge and you should never let it completely run out of charge. For a more detailed breakdown of how to charge and look after your e-scooter battery, check out our useful article on e-scooter charging here.
Cleaning your e-scooter before storing it for long periods of time will help preserve it for longer. By conducting a thorough clean, you can also notice if it has received any damage. Eliminating dirt and water will help prevent corrosion and rust, which can damage the internal electronics. Take a look at the useful cleaning checklist we have written up below:
- Check the manual of your e-scooter for specific cleaning instructions and follow accordingly.
- Turn off the scooter and make sure the motor and battery are cooled down.
- Know your e-scooter’s materials - this means you can take better care of your e-scooter in the right way.
- Know the IP rating (how resistant your scooter is to external particles such as water and dirt). This is a two digit value that looks like “IP53” for example. The second digit will tell you how resistant the scooter is against liquids. Using water hoses or high-pressure spray guns is not a good idea for cleaning an e-scooter, even if the IP rating is high.
- Take out all removable parts, including the battery (if possible). Dust the battery with a dry cloth - DO NOT use water. Also, do not put the battery back into your scooter until it is dry if you have wiped it with water.
- Clean removable parts and accessories separately. For small parts such as buttons and levers, use an old toothbrush with soap and toothpaste for tougher stains.
- Use soapy water and a sponge to clean the aluminium alloy parts of your scooter.
- Remove large debris manually and carefully (sticks, stones).
- Clean the screen and controls with a microfibre cloth, only dampening with distilled water/ screen cleaning solution if stains remain. Make sure not to press too hard on the screen and remove all moisture.
- When you are finished, let your e-scooter dry off naturally. If you are pressed for time, you can use a wet-dry vacuum cleaner - however do not use a blow-dryer as this can cause the components to heat up, push water into the scooter and damage internal electronics.
This is a basic guide that will help you keep your e-scooter in top condition. We recommend that you clean your scooter at least once a week, or as soon as you see fit. Of course, if you don’t ride your scooter that much then it does not need to be cleaned as often, however it is good practise to check it once in a while for problems. If you'd like to get your e-scooter professionally serviced, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help.
An e-scooter is an investment and maintaining its condition with these tips will make sure you get the most out of it, for longer!