Comprehensive Guide to Electric Scooter Batteries (Must-Know Bits, Tips, Hacks). E scooter battery

Comprehensive Guide to Electric Scooter Batteries (Must-Know Bits, Tips, Hacks)

The battery of your electric scooter is one of its critical, most important parts, if not the most important. It will determine so many things about your scooter, from the speed and the range, all the way down to the cost per charge, and the overall maintenance cost of your scooter.

It is a very good idea to know as much as you can about your electric scooter’s battery. If you choose to learn only one thing about the way your scooter works and how to get the most out of it, learn about the battery.

Electric scooter batteries – what you need to know

Electric scooters run on electric batteries, most often Lithium-Ion batteries. They have voltages starting from 24 V, all the way up to 120 V. On average, the batteries have capacities between 150 Wh and 750 Wh, but expensive scooters have much more than that. The average battery will take around 5 hours to fully charge. Batteries will last between 2 and 3 years on average.

This is a comprehensive guide to electric scooter batteries. It will answer all the questions and show you everything you need to know to be a responsible owner, and get the best possible rides for the longest time possible.

What kind of battery does an electric scooter use?

The most common type found in electric scooters is Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NMC).

Some models of electric scooters, especially older ones, have different types of batteries, usually either lead-acid or nickel-metal-hydride batteries.

Which battery is best for an electric scooter?

Lithium-ion batteries provide many benefits that fit the electric scooter use cases perfectly. They are almost exclusively used in modern electric scooters, and provide high energy densities, don’t suffer from the memory effect, and are simple to maintain.

Since the vast majority of modern electric scooters will have lithium-ion batteries, that’s the only type of battery we will be discussing in this post.

Only a few models today still use lead-acid batteries. See my guide on lithium-ion vs lead-acid batteries if you’re curious about the differences.

Electric scooter battery specifications (voltage, charge, and capacity)

Ok, this will be the nerdiest part, but I promise we will only cover the very basics you need.

If you understand the three most important measurements, you will be more knowledgeable about batteries than 95% of the scooterists out there. And they are not that difficult to understand really.

The three measurements about the battery you need to know are:

Electric scooter battery voltage

Here’s a very simple, non-nerdy explanation of voltage: voltage is what forces the electrons to move through the circuit, forcing an electric current.

We measure voltage in Volts (V).

Very roughly speaking, it measures how fast can power be released. The higher the voltage is, the faster a battery can provide more power to the motor.

Batteries actually have two different voltages: input and output voltage. In fact, that’s true of almost any component that uses electricity. However, when we talk about battery voltage, we usually talk about its output voltage. The output voltage of the battery should be at least a few Volts greater than the input voltage of the motor.

Most of the batteries in scooters have either 24 V, 36 V, or 48 V, although they can be as high as 96 V or even 120 V.

If you know a battery’s charge and capacity, you can find out its voltage by dividing the capacity measured in Watt-hours (Wh) to the charge measured in Amp-hours (Ah).

Electric scooter battery charge

I found that charge can’t really be explained simply in one sentence, or at least I can’t do it. So, here’s the short story of electric charge.

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Charge actually doesn’t exist as just charge, it can be either positive charge or negative charge.

All matter is made out of atoms, which are then made out of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Each atom can have a regular number of electrons, extra electrons than usual, or fewer electrons than usual. An atom with extra electrons has a negative charge, and an atom with fewer electrons has a positive charge. An object with a lot of extra electrons has a negative charge.

Electricity is simply electrons flowing through something, so batteries must have electrons (charge!) in order to provide electricity.

Battery charge is measured in Ampere-hours (Ah).

Battery charges in electric scooters can range from 4 Ah all the way up to 50 Ah in the most powerful scooters.

If you know the battery’s voltage and capacity, you can find out its charge by dividing the capacity measured in Watt-hours (Wh) to the voltage measured in Volts (V).

You can also see the battery Amp-hours calculator for a foolproof way.

Electric scooter battery capacity

You can find out the energy storage capacity by multiplying the voltage times the charge capacity. That’s why brands often omit this information from the manuals, and only specify the voltage and the charge.

Simply put, energy storage capacity denotes how much energy can the battery store.

We express it in Watt-hours (Wh). One Watt-hour equals one Volt times one Ampere-hour.

Battery capacities in scooters range from 100 Wh to almost 3000 Wh. Most scooters for adults will have capacities between 150 Wh and 624 Wh.

If you know the battery’s charge and voltage, you can find out its capacity by multiplying the two.

Are electric scooter batteries safe?

Electric scooters use almost the same batteries as laptops and other devices, which means they are rigorously tested and generally very safe.

However, in rare instances, accidents can happen because of improper use or manufacturer defects, including fires and explosions.

Because of the risk of combustion and explosion, electric scooter batteries use battery management systems. That’s an electronic system that makes sure the individual battery cells charge and discharge correctly, including protecting them from overcharging, discharging completely, overheating or catching fire, etc.

  • purchase batteries from a reputable manufacturer or supplier
  • avoid batteries shipped without protective packaging (hard plastic or equal)
  • inspect batteries upon receipt, and visually inspect them at least once a week
  • be careful not to damage the battery casing or connections
  • store batteries away from combustible materials
  • remove batteries from the device for long-term storage
  • store the batteries at temperatures between 5°C and 20°C (41°F and 68°F).
  • charge batteries in storage to approximately 60% of capacity at least once every month,
  • if batteries smell weird, get heated, or change shape, disconnect them immediately, and then dispose of them
  • don’t overcharge batteries
  • keep batteries from contacting conductive materials, water, seawater, strong oxidizers, and strong acids.
  • do not leave batteries under the sun or in hot locations
  • keep batteries away from flammable materials
  • do not charge immediately after riding, or ride immediately after charging, give the battery some time to cool off

How do you charge an electric scooter battery?

Check your scooter’s manual for precise instructions. If no specific instructions are included in your manual, follow these tips in the exact order specified. If your scooter’s manual includes different instructions, those from the manual should take precedence.

Always try to use the scooter’s original charger that came with it, or the same model bought from the same manufacturer. If using a different charger, make sure it uses the same voltage (V) and charge (Ah). Otherwise, you risk degrading your battery faster.

Make sure to check out the full guide to charging your electric scooter for tips that even most manuals don’t include.

How often should I charge my scooter battery?

Charge your battery whenever it’s around 15% full or less. The only rule is to not let your battery discharge completely, as that wears it out faster. If you are storing your scooter for a longer time, charge the battery to around 60% at least once a month.

How long does a scooter battery charge last?

For regular rides, electric scooter charges will last 2 hours on average, and can last between half an hour and 6 hours or more. If riding at maximum speed, the charge will last about 50 minutes on average, between just a few minutes up to 2.5 hours depending on the model. However, a more useful metric is the range of the scooter, which is 28 Mi / 46 km on average, and varies between 4 and 93 Mi / 7 and 150 km.

How long does an electric scooter battery last?

Electric scooter batteries will typically last between 2 and 3 years, but they can last anywhere from few months to 5 years. In terms of charge cycles, electric batteries will usually last between 300 and 500 cycles, although their performance can start to degrade only after 150 charge cycles.

  • the type of battery
  • the year when it was produced
  • the brand and manufacturer
  • how well you take care of it

There are a few things you can do to extend the lifespan of your battery.

How do I maintain my electric scooter battery?

Electric batteries degrade over time and there’s no way around it. But following these three tips will ensure that your battery lives as long as possible.

How do you check an electric scooter battery?

The simplest way to check if a battery is working is to plug your charger in your scooter. Chargers will have indicator lights on them, and very often a green light on the charger will mean that the battery is being charged and it’s working properly.

Another great way to check a battery is a simple visual inspection, where you just make sure there are no damages, leaks, burns, or any other unexpected occurrences on the battery. However, for most scooters, this test will not be very useful as it will require you to open the deck of your scooter. That not only requires a bit more work, but there’s a chance that you don’t put back every part and screw it back in place. Plus, for some scooters, it may even void your warranty.

A few newer models will have a removable battery. They may give you an easy way to visually inspect your battery. See my detailed guide on scooters with removable batteries if you want to find out more about this exciting new feature.

When do I need to replace my electric scooter battery?

Batteries wear out over time, and after a while, you will have to replace them. The first sign that you need to replace the battery in your scooter will be reduced range. Battery performance is proportional to range, and when the range of your scooter drops to 50% or less of its original range, it may be time for a replacement. Reduced top speed and climbing capabilities are a strong indicator too.

How much do electric scooter batteries cost?

The battery is one of the most valuable parts of the scooter. Replacing it can cost anywhere between 15% and 30% of the original price of the scooter. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to make sure you get the most out of your existing battery.

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Can you upgrade your electric scooter’s battery?

It is often possible for your scooter to make use of a more powerful battery. This will primarily depend on the motor, the controller, and the other electronics in the scooter, especially their voltage.

If the voltage of the battery is lower than the voltage of the motor and the electronics, especially if it’s lower by a lot (like say more than 12 volts), upgrading the battery will be possible and it will also result in improved performances across the board, both in terms of range on a single charge and top speeds.

If the voltage of the battery is already the same or very close to the voltage of the motor or electronics, getting a battery with a stronger voltage is ill-advised. It can easily cause defects in the electronics of the scooter.

In theory, it should be possible to get a battery with the same voltage but with a higher charge, and that should result in a greater range at least.

However, make sure you get familiar with the inner workings of your scooter before trying modifications like this. Do them with extra care and attention.

Can you add an extra battery to your electric scooter?

In most cases, it is possible to add an extra battery to your scooter. Some scooters will even come prepared with the frame and all the scaffolding you will need to add the battery easily.

There are two ways you can add a battery: in series and in parallel.

Adding a battery in series will help increase the total voltage that the battery can output. Roughly said, this will increase the power that the scooter has. Increasing power will increase the maximum speed of the scooter.

However, it’s important to know the voltage of the motor and electronics, and that the total voltage of the battery doesn’t exceed that number.

Adding a battery in parallel will increase the charge of the battery, which in turn can provide greater range.

This is a bigger topic that ranges outside the scope of this guide, and we will provide a specific guide on how to add an extra battery soon.

Is an electric scooter battery waterproof?

Most electric scooters are water-resistant as a whole, at least to some degree. Some scooter models specify their water-resistance (IP) rating, which means that those models have been tested against water damage.

Often times, the battery and its casing can have a different water-resistance standard than the scooter as a whole. Electric batteries are very sensitive to water. Given their importance, it is paramount for them to have extra protection.

Some manufacturers keep this in mind, and have a separate IP rating for the battery casing, usually offering better water protection for the battery than the scooter has in general.

However, these models are the exception. Only about half of all scooter models have an official water-resistance rating.

Unless a water-resistance rating is specified for the battery only, the same rating will apply to the battery.

Even though many scooters have some IP rating, their manufacturers still advise against water contact and avoiding riding in the rain and snow as much as possible.

Meaning, while the battery may be pretty safe against water damage, only a few batteries are truly waterproof. Avoid usage and storage in wet environments.

How to store my electric scooter to keep its battery safe?

Check out the full guide to storing your electric scooter for detailed instructions.

Can you use an electric scooter without a battery?

You can ride some scooters like a normal scooter, by kicking and not using the acceleration.

Most, however, will be very unsuitable for riding like this. They will usually be either too heavy, or their wheels or deck will be too high for kick-riding to be effective.

If your battery runs out in the middle of a drive, you will likely have to get another means of transport or push the scooter.

Read the full guide on whether electric scooters can be used manually to find out more.

Best electric scooter battery brands

The battery manufacturer can be the most important thing about the battery. Batteries from the best manufacturers, even if they have lower voltages or charges, will perform better than batteries from lower-quality manufacturers with higher performance specifications.

According to the majority of the electric scooter community, the best manufacturers today are Samsung, closely followed by LG and Panasonic. These two are the best options easily.

Many of the European/Japan/Korean brands will fall into the middle-high quality range. This category includes Sanyo, Toshiba, and Blue Energy.

I don’t want to exclude Chinese manufacturers completely. They do have some decent battery manufacturers. Brands like Amperex, BYD, BAK Group, AESC, and CATL produce millions of batteries each year and keep getting better and better.

Still, on average, they will typically be inferior to all the manufacturers above.

If going with a scooter with Chinese batteries, try to make sure they’re not some generic low-quality brand, since they will usually wear down very fast.

One huge and very popular manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries is, of course, Tesla. But they only use their proprietary batteries in their vehicles. It would be interesting to see if some attempt is made to use their batteries in an electric scooter, or if they try and design an electric scooter of their own.

What does the battery mean for an electric scooter?

The most important thing that will depend primarily on the battery of the scooter will be the maximum range that the scooter can go on a single charge.

Specifically, the electrical charge, and by extension the battery storage capacity, will be the most important measurement when it comes to range.

This is an oversimplification, but usually the higher the charge/capacity, the greater the range. It makes sense when you think about it – the bigger capacity for storing energy the battery has, the more energy it can provide over time.

For many users (myself included), this is by far the most important feature of electric scooters, and exactly why the battery is so important.

Besides the range, the battery affects another critical feature of the scooter, and that’s its power. Power will determine the maximum speed that the scooter can achieve, and how well it will climb hills.

These are also critical performance features, and for some people, they are even more important.

But the battery will only play a supporting role here. The scooter’s motor will be the more important factor by far.

What will determine how much power can the motor get from the battery will be its voltage. The voltage of the battery must be no bigger than the voltage of the motor, and usually, it needs to be a few Volts smaller.

The battery can sometimes be a limiting factor, in scenarios where the motor can use more voltage but the battery doesn’t provide it.

But voltages don’t usually vary much and go above certain values by a lot. Many scooters have voltages of 36 V or 48 V, but even the most powerful scooters have batteries with around 60 V. Which is more, but not by a lot.

Meaning, while a bigger voltage will provide both greater range and power, it will usually not be able to do so by that much.

The future of batteries for electric scooters

We can’t be sure what the future holds, but we can certainly be very satisfied with the progress we’ve seen in battery lifespan over the last few decades.

We went from scooters having almost toy-like ranges of just a few kilometers, to now seeing scooters with huge ranges, some even more than 150 kilometers on a single charge!

That’s all thanks to improvements in battery technology.

It is possible that electric cars made the need for true leaps here, but electric scooters contributed a lot to it as well. For a while now, electric batteries seem to even follow some variation of Moore’s law – their performances increase, while their go down.

Let’s hope this trend continues.

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How to Recycle Electric Scooter Batteries

Bikeshare and e-scooter programs have grown substantially over the years. In 2021, there were approximately 67.7 million users in e-scooter lending programs around the world. That’s expected to grow to 124.8 million users by 2026. The U.S., Germany, and France lead this growing market.

Most electric scooter batteries only last for 3,000 to 5,000 miles. With average use, that’s no more than four years. Heavy use, however, can lower the longevity of a rechargeable battery. With e-scooter and e-bike lending programs like Bird and Lime, a battery may wear out in just a year or two.

There are ways to help lengthen the lifespan. Avoiding the use of the e-scooter or bike when it’s below freezing or above 114º F helps extend battery life. Using proper storage techniques is also helpful in getting the most from your e-scooter or e-bike’s battery.

What does proper storage entail? If you drain the device’s battery before the winter and don’t top it up first or check the charge during the winter, you’re not properly storing that battery. You do not want to store them when they’re completely drained of charge. Get into the habit of charging them after use.

Improper Storage Can Trigger Sleep Mode

With some batteries, depleting them and not immediately topping them up will put them in a sleep mode that’s difficult to get out of. When a rechargeable lithium-ion battery is in sleep mode, trying to charge the battery before use doesn’t get you anywhere. It will flash an error and refuse to charge. While there are ways to get lithium-ion batteries out of sleep mode, it can be complex and not for the layperson. Many people feel there’s no option but to recycle it.

Whether your battery is trapped in a sleep mode and you can’t get it revived or your battery is simply dead, how do you recycle e-scooter and e-bike batteries? What happens to them when they’re recycled?

What Happens to the Battery When It’s Recycled

You’ve dropped off your batteries or sent them to an electronics recycling facility, what happens to the batteries next? These are the standard steps involved in battery recycling, much of what happens at the battery recycling facility depends on the size and age of the battery. Newer technologies can make the recycling process less complex.

Batteries have to be carefully taken apart to break them down into their individual cells. Safety must be a priority as batteries can be volatile. You may have seen news articles about fires in recycling trucks or at recycling facilities when a lithium-ion battery ruptured and sparked a fire. Battery recycling companies follow practices to keep workers safe.

The first step is to discharge the batteries. The cells are tested to see if they have any capacity left. Often, some of the cells do still contain enough capacity to power a smaller item like an electronic toy or phone.

The plastic covers, any wires, and nickel solder are separated and recycled. Plastic cases can be ground into particles and melted for reuse. If you’ve ever seen computer cases or refillable insulated coffee cups that contain recycled plastic, it’s recycled materials like this that help make them.

Cells that don’t have enough charging capacity left go through ore smelting or acid leaching to recover the cobalt and lithium. There are three main processes used in li-ion battery recycling.

  • Pyrometallurgy (Smelting) – High temperatures that convert oxides to metals
  • Hydrometallurgy (Leaching) – Acids are used to dissolve ions from a solid
  • Direct Recycling/Physical Processes – Separation of the different aspects of the black mass powder

By recycling these valuable materials, it reduces the need to mine raw materials from the earth. Recycling is important for all of those reasons. It used to be that cobalt was the only material that recycling facilities focused on, but that’s changed and now recovery aims at all of the different elements. As it’s a very specialized process, it’s not something every recycling facility handles. That’s why you have to find the right facility for your e-scooter battery recycling needs.

Where You Can Recycle E-Bike and E-Scooter Batteries

There’s an important detail that people don’t realize about e-bike and e-scooter batteries. While you can recycle rechargeable batteries in many areas, recycling facilities often do not accept e-bike or e-scooter batteries. It can be challenging in more rural areas to find anyone who recycles batteries without having to drive for hours.

While it’s easy to recycle cell phones, laptops, and other rechargeable lithium-ion batteries at your local Home Depot, recycling facility, etc. You may find it harder to recycle e-bike batteries. In many cities, only bicycle specialty shops will accept them. It’s unlikely that they’ll accept mass quantities from e-scooter renting businesses. This limits your options on where to go to recycle your e-scooter and e-bike batteries when they’re spent. Call2Recycle.org makes it easy to find the closest e-bike battery recycling partner to your ZIP code.

You may find yourself limited to mail-back programs. Even those can be tricky as there are often rules on making sure the battery is in a bag and that any terminals are covered in electrical tape. Large quantities of batteries are not always eligible for battery mail-back programs. It leaves you to find a responsible e-scooter battery recycling facility on your own.

OneDrum Recycling Is an All-in-One Battery Recycling Solution

If you’re not near a bike store that accepts rechargeable batteries for e-scooters or e-bikes, you may need to find another solution. ERI can help you. Order an ERI battery box and send back your batteries directly to one of our U.S. facilities for battery recycling that follows ethical and responsible practices. Nothing is sent overseas. We are the only at-home box program that’s e-Stewards, NAID, and R2 certified with contactless pickup services.

What about a business that has dozens of batteries to recycle? Businesses in need of mass e-bike or e-scooter battery recycling will find ERI’s OneDrum solutions to be ideal. Fill the containers with large volumes of batteries without having to first sort the batteries by type or tape up the ends or bag them individually. You can recycle single-use and rechargeable batteries at the same time with ease.

Our CellBlockEx protection makes it easy to recycle all batteries without risking a fire. Save time and hassle and ship your e-bike and e-scooter batteries, and any other batteries you need to recycle responsibly. We’ll take care of the rest.

Lithium Battery for E-scooter | Comprehensive Guide

Battery technology has come a long way and electric scooters are now becoming very popular. But what about the battery? What is the best lithium battery for electric scooter companies?

In this comprehensive guide, we will discuss everything you need to know about electric scooter batteries including battery packs, voltage, capacity ratings, battery manufacturers, battery management system (BMS), C-rate, and more!

What are electric scooter batteries and what do they do?

The battery is one of the most important components of an electric scooter. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all perform the same basic function: to store energy and provide power to the electric motor. Not all batteries are created equal. Some batteries are better suited for certain applications than others.

There are many different types of electric scooter batteries available on the market, but most of them fall into one of two categories: lead-acid or lithium-ion.

How to choose the right lithium battery for e-scooter?

The first step in choosing the right electric scooter battery for your needs is to determine the voltage you need.

The next step is to determine the capacity of the battery you need.

Once you’ve determined the voltage and capacity of the battery you need, it’s time to contact a reliable battery manufacturer for a battery that meets your needs.

Tritek is a professional OEM of LEV battery, which is with more than 12 years of experience. We design and produce the complete intelligent lithium battery pack for light electric vehicles, including the Smart BMS and battery.

Let Tritek manufacturer help you achieve business success, please contact us today to get started. Our team of experts would be happy to help you with your battery needs.

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Electric scooter batteries types

Lead-acid batteries

Lead-acid batteries are the type of electric scooter battery and they come in two main varieties: flooded lead-acid and sealed lead-acid.

Flooded lead-acid batteries are the older type of battery and they require periodic maintenance to keep them in good condition. Sealed lead-acid batteries are newer than flooded lead-acid batteries and don’t need any maintenance. They are also safer because they can’t spill acid if they are damaged.

Lead-acid batteries have a lower cell voltage (2V) and a lower energy density than lithium-ion batteries. They also have a shorter lifespan (usually around 300 cycles). However, they are cheaper than lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries

The Li-ion batteries are the lightest on the market, which makes them very attractive to electric scooter manufacturers.

Lithium-ion batteries have a higher cell voltage (3.6V) and a higher energy density than lead-acid batteries. over, they have a longer lifespan (usually around 500 to 800 cycles).

Lithium-ion batteries are the most popular type of electric scooter battery and they come in two main varieties: NCA and NCM.

NCA – Nickel-cobalt-aluminum

Triple elements – Ni, Co, Al

NCM – Nickel-cobalt-manganese

Comparison of energy density:

NCA18650 224Wh/KG (Panasonic GA)

There are also batteries such as lithium iron phosphate and nickel-metal hydride batteries, but they are not as often used as the previous options.

Cell Manufacturer

There are many different cell manufacturers which are suitable for electric scooter batteries on the market, but some suppliers are more popular than others.

Typical manufacturers and materials for electric scooters include:

Chinese typical big players: CATL, BYD…

NCM cells manufacturers: LG, Samsung, CATL, and others

NCA cells manufacturers: LG, Samsung, Panasonic, CATL, and others

Voltage

The voltage of an electric scooter battery pack is determined by the number of cells in the pack and their voltage rating. The voltage of an electric scooter battery pack is usually between 24V and 48V.

When fully charged, each cell in the battery pack will have a voltage of 4.2 volts however, the standard voltage of each cell is 3.6 volts.

Capacity Ratings

Capacity ratings are a measure of how much energy a battery can store. The higher the rating, the more energy the battery can store.

The capacity of an electric scooter battery pack is usually expressed in amp-hours (Ah). A higher Ah rating indicates a larger capacity. For example, a 12-volt, 15-Ah battery pack can store up to 180 watt-hours of energy. The battery capacity is usually between 9Ah and 30Ah.

Battery Life

Electric scooter battery life is typically between 300 (for lead-acid battery) and 500 (for lithium-ion battery) charge cycles. This means that they can be charged and discharged a total of 300 to 500 times before they need to be replaced.

C-rate

C-rate is a measure of how fast a battery can be discharged. It is expressed in terms of the capacity of the battery. For example, a battery that has a C-rate of one means that it can discharge its rated capacity in one hour.

Most electric scooter batteries have a C-rate between 0.5 and two.

Battery Management System

Most modern electric scooters have built-in battery management systems – providing battery protection. The BMS is responsible for monitoring the condition of the battery and making sure that it is never overcharged or discharged. It also protects the battery from excessive heat and short circuits.

Most BMS systems will cut off power to the battery when it reaches a predetermined voltage or Ah rating. This prevents the battery from being damaged and allows it to be used safely in an electric scooter.

The functionality of BMS allows not only to improve the operating mode of rechargeable batteries but also to maximize their lifetime.

What is a good lithium battery for e-scooter?

Essential parts for a good lithium battery for e-scooter include:

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  • Fire-proof shell
  • Integrated wiring
  • Smart BMS
  • Insulation layer

Performance of electric scooter lithium battery:

Features of electric scooter lithium battery:

  • Good consistency: free of charge for 6 months
  • Low self-discharge: deep sleep mode for storage

Tips for extending the life of your lithium battery for e-scooter

There are a few things you can do to help extend the life of your lithium battery for e-scooter. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to get the most out of your battery:

  • Don’t let your battery run completely flat. Try to avoid letting the battery level drop below 20%. This will help keep the cells healthy and extend their lifespan.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures. Don’t leave your battery in direct sunlight or in freezing cold weather conditions. This can damage the cells and reduce their lifespan.
  • Keep your battery clean. Dirt and dust can build up on the cells over time, which can affect their performance.

These tips should help you get the most out of your electric scooter battery and keep it in good condition for longer.

Troubleshooting tips for common problems with lithium battery for e-scooter

If you’re having trouble with your electric scooter battery, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the most common problems and their corresponding solutions:

  • Your electric scooter isn’t holding a charge: This could be due to a number of factors, including a damaged battery, a defective charging port, or a malfunctioning BMS. Try cleaning the ports and connectors with a soft cloth.
  • Your electric scooter won’t start: This could be due to a number of factors, including a dead battery, a defective switch, or a disconnected cable. Try pushing the scooter to see if it will start moving; sometimes this can help jump-start the motor. If that doesn’t work, check the connections and cables for damage.

If that doesn’t work, contact your battery manufacturer.

Safety certifications

So, what kinds of certifications that a safe e-scooter battery needs to conform with? Through Tritek manufacturer’s thousands of internal tests and hundreds of external verification on our premium batteries, we found below certifications were needed:

FAQs lithium battery for e-scooter

How can I prolong the life of my electric scooter battery?

To prolong the life of your electric scooter battery, avoid discharging it below 20% capacity and always use a charger that is compatible with your battery. Also, try to keep the battery cool and dry.

Can I use any type of charger with my electric scooter batteries?

Some chargers are specifically designed for certain battery types. Be sure to use the correct charger for your batteries.

My electric scooter isn’t getting very good range lately. Could it be my batteries?

It’s possible that your electric scooter’s battery life has decreased and needs to be replaced. However, there are other potential causes for poor range as well.

Can I use my electric scooter batteries in another device?

It depends on the battery type and the device. Always consult the manufacturer’s instructions to be sure.

How can I tell if my electric scooter batteries need to be replaced?

If your electric scooter isn’t getting the range it used to, or if it’s having trouble starting up, then your batteries may need to be replaced. You can also check the voltage and % remaining of your batteries using a battery tester. If either of these values is lower than what’s listed on your battery pack, then it’s time for a replacement.

What should I do if my battery becomes swollen?

If your battery becomes swollen, discontinue use and contact the manufacturer for a replacement.

Is an electric scooter battery waterproof?

Yes, many electric scooter batteries are water resistant, so you don’t need to take extra care when riding in wet weather. Tritek lithium battery for e-scooter is waterproof, that is why you can stay calm when your scooter might get wet.

Are lithium batteries safe?

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The Ultimate Guide to Electric Scooter Batteries

In this guide, we answer all the major questions people have about electric scooter batteries.

An electric scooter battery is unquestionably the most important part of your electric scooter. It’s the key feature that makes the electric scooter distinguishable from its less impressive non-battery brothers and sisters. Without a battery, your electric scooter won’t get very far.

While every electric scooter needs a battery to operate, not all scooters use the same battery types. If you’re new to the world of electric scooters and want to learn more about the batteries that power this quick, convenient mode of transport, this mega guide to electric scooter batteries should provide you with all the answers you need.

Learn what an electric scooter battery is, how much they cost and how long the best electric scooters can go on a single charge here.

What kinds of batteries do electric scooters use?

E-scooter battery types are usually one of the three:

  • lithium-ion batteries
  • sealed lead-acid batteries
  • nickel-metal hydride batteries

Note that you may often hear these referred to by their acronyms by manufacturers who assume we’re all as in-the-know about e-scooter batteries as they are. For lithium batteries, listen out for the shorter li-ion or LEP. Sealed lead-acid batteries may be shortened down to SLAs, and Nickel-metal hydride batteries are often referred to as NiMHs.

Here’s what you need to know about these three common types of battery for electric scooters:

Lithium-ion battery

The lithium battery might be the most recent available option for electric scooters, but it has quickly become the most popular. You’ll find that generally, a lithium battery pack is far more expensive than the other battery types – but you do normally get what you pay for.

So, what exactly makes lithium-ion batteries worth the hype? They’re the lightest type of battery available, for starters. They’re also long-lasting, and you won’t need to replace them as quickly or charge them as frequently as you’ll need to charge lithium batteries and sealed lead-acid batteries. Additionally, you won’t need to perform regular maintenance on them between uses, making them an easier battery to own in the long run.

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It’s worth knowing about the two sub-categories of lithium-ion batteries that you might find in a newer electric scooter. Lithium iron phosphate batteries are marketed to have an even longer lifespan than standard lithium ions – and they’re also supposed to be a safer option. Lithium polymer batteries are manufactured differently to standard lithium ions and have a much smaller, flatter design that makes them ideal for fitting in a smaller, more compact scooter.

Sealed lead-acid battery

The sealed lead-acid battery has been around a lot longer than the lithium-ion battery. These batteries tend to be the heaviest of all, which is why they’re gradually losing popularity as an option for electric scooters. Still, their inconveniences with weight do make them a much cheaper alternative if your budget is on the lower side.

Sealed lead-acid batteries also have the advantage of power. They’re used in the auto industry for that very reason, and their ability to produce a high current immediately is perhaps the only reason they’re still a feature of electric scooters. You can certainly get a lot of use out of this type of battery, but expect it to be fairly large and heavy.

Nickel metal hydride battery

As the middle-grade battery on the e-scooter market, the nickel-metal hydride battery has also been a common option for a good few years. This battery type is lighter than the sealed lead acid battery but still doesn’t come close to the ultra-lightness of lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are more expensive than sealed lead-acid batteries.

You’ll often find that a nickel-metal hydride battery is specifically produced for the scooter it comes with, which may lead to annoyances down the line when it comes to battery replacement (more on this later). They last longer than sealed lead-acid batteries, but not as long as lithium-ion batteries.

How much is a replacement battery for an electric scooter?

Replacement batteries vary in price depending on the battery type you’re going for. Lithium-ion batteries cost between the 100 and 500 mark, depending on their quality, weight, lifespan, and so on. Nickel metal hydride battery packs often cost under the 100 mark, while sealed lead acid batteries cost around 80.

When buying a replacement battery, it’s always wise to purchase from a manufacturer you can trust. Even if it means shelling out on a more expensive product, you’ll have the peace of mind that you’ve invested in a high-quality battery that’s designed to last. Avoid product that seem too good to be true, and always read up on reviews from fellow customers if you’re dubious.

How long does an electric scooter battery last?

Again, the length of time your electric scooter will last depends on the type of battery you own. It’s inevitable that at some point, the quality of your battery will diminish to the point where you’ll need to purchase a new one, and while there’s no given lifespan of a standard e-scooter battery, you can expect it to last for at least 300 charges. If you were to charge your scooter once every two weeks, that would get you many years of use out of your e-scooter battery before you needed to purchase a replacement.

If you want to prolong your battery’s lifespan, make sure to only ever charge it with a current of less than 2 amps, and remember not to overcharge. Try to store your scooter at around a 75% charge, and don’t use your scooter in extreme heat or cold. You’re also recommended to recharge your batteries even when you’re storing your scooter for longer periods without use. This is because when the battery voltage is allowed to fall too low, it can cause the battery to degrade.

How do I charge the battery in my electric scooter?

All e-scooter batteries are rechargeable, so you won’t need to worry about buying a replacement battery each time the charge runs out (that would be expensive and unreasonable). Your method of battery recharging usually depends on the type of battery you own. Some batteries will require using a hardwired battery charger unit in the scooter’s internal system, while others will require you to take out the battery and charge it in an external charger.

If your scooter uses an internal charger unit, simply plug the charger into the designated area of the scooter and plug it into your wall outlet. Leave until fully charged. If you need to charge your scooter battery externally, carefully remove it from your scooter and place it in your external charger, then plug it into your wall outlet and leave to charge.

You need to make sure you charge your scooter as per the manufacturer’s instructions if you want it to last long into the future. Even over-charging the batteries – i.e. leaving them on charge for longer than they need – can cause the chemical makeup of the batteries to change, which can reduce their lifespan. It can take up to 6 hours for a scooter battery to charge, but be sure to keep an eye on your charger, which should indicate you with a light when your battery is fully charged.

How far can an electric scooter go on a full charge?

There is no definitive answer for how far an electric scooter can travel before you’ll need to re-charge your battery. It all depends on a number of factors, including the model of your scooter, the terrain you’re riding on, your body weight, the type of battery you’re using, and weather conditions, and whether you’re riding mostly uphill or downhill.

The average figure for electric scooter travel on a full charge is 15 to 20 miles. Some of the faster high-end e-scooters can go up to around 45 or 50 miles on a charge, though. The Dualtron Thunder is one of those. The longer you use your batteries, and the more charges you subject them to, the more they’ll diminish in capacity. Eventually, you’ll need to consider purchasing a new battery to continue to get the most out of your scooter, as mentioned above.

Are electric scooter batteries safe?

If you’ve been looking into buying an electric scooter, you’ve probably noticed the excessive warnings that make up a large portion of a scooter’s product description: don’t allow reverse charge or short circuit, store in low humidity, don’t disassemble, keep away from water, remove battery when not in use – and so on. Does this then mean that e-scooter batteries are unsafe?

In a word: no. You may have heard the horror stories of some e-scooters bursting into flames because of battery faults, but those are almost always the cheap knock-off products that use incredibly poor-quality batteries that should never even make it out of manufacturing. If you want to stay safe, you’ll need to be prepared to pay for a scooter with a high-quality battery with proven effectiveness. Always buy from manufacturers you can trust. Look for those with a solid history of good reputation, a good warranty, and plenty of positive customer reviews.

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