Electric scooter battery maintenance

on June 27, 2021

What kind of battery does an electric scooter use?

  • Lion batteries are now the mainbatteries used in electric scooters. So what's the difference between Lion batteries and traditional batteries?
  • We should start with traditional NiCDand NiMH batteries, which are very robust. They are designed for working in extreme environments, such as cold or hot weather. Their life cycle is also longer than that of lithium-ion batteries, about 700-1000 life cycles. They are very robust for high-output deep discharge applications. On the downside, they have a charging problem called the "memory effect". In other words, if they are not fully charged after each use, they may only be charged to the final maximum power. This may shorten the life of the battery. They can be repaired, but at a cost of at least 3 life cycles.

 

What is the advantage of Lithum-Lion battery over the traditional NICD NIMH battery?

Advantages

  • High energy density - potential for yet higher capacities.
  • No need for long priming when new. Only one periodic recharge is required.
  • Relatively low self-discharge - self-discharge is less than half that of nickel-based batteries.
  • Low maintenance - no need for regular discharge; no memory.
  • Specialty cells can provide very high current to applications such as power tools.

    The Lithum-Lion battery of Kaabo

    • High performance electric scooters like Kaabo uses Lion batteries from reputable manufactures. High end models use brand batteries that are safe and deliver the promised capacity.
    • Most Lion ion batteries are all the same considering maintenance. Kaabo uses ternary lithium-ion batteries. The differences between the sub-classes are not really important to the end used as they are about technical stuff like density and cell temperatures.

      What is the advantage of Lion battery over the traditional NICD NIMH battery?

      • High performance electric scooters like Kaabo uses Lion batteries from reputable manufactures. High end models use brand batteries that are safe and deliver the promised capacity.
      • Most Lion ion batteries are all the same considering maintenance. Kaabo uses ternary lithium-ion batteries. The differences between the sub-classes are not really important to the end used as they are about technical stuff like density and cell temperatures.

       

      How long it takes to charge?/ How about the range?


      Like other batteries, lithum-lion batteries are also available in different sizes, and the battery life,  charging time and range depends on its capacity - weight, hills or flat ground, weight of the rider / heavy load.

      Let's take Mantis 8 as an example. Mantis 8 is designed for the daily commuting and light off-road entertainment, therefore, it is equipped with 48V 13Ah battery, which has a relatively fast charging time and sufficient battery range to cope with your daily needs. According to your demand, you should pay attention to the specification of battery when select your own one.

       

       

      Electric Scooter battery maintenance. How to protect the battery of an electric bike?

      1. Avoid 0%. Charge often. Some websites say that you should always charge for 100% battery but it’s not really the case for Lithium Ion batteries. This is a persistent memory from the times when phones used NiCd and NiMH batteries and there was a memory effect and some tricks that you had to do get full capacity from your battery: like going through few battery cycles before the battery was able to use it’s full capacity. So feel assured that your battery doesn’t mind if you don’t charge it to full. Actually it will like it. Battery technology has advanced leaps since and the new Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) batteries are not so fussy.
      2. Best area for battery is to use it until 20% and charge until 80% . this is the best case scenario Li-Ion batteries but good batteries like Kaabo’s have no problems with going from 80 to 100% although that part is always the slowest one to charge. It’s kinda like filling your travel suitcase with stuff. When there’s lots of room available it’s easy but for the last stuff you need to push a bit to make them fit.
      3. Enemy of the all batteries is HEAT! When charging an e-bike you the battery naturally warms up but you can help your battery by storing and charging the electric scooter battery in a shady and climate controlled environment. For best results, charge between 10°C and 30°C (50°F and 86°F) Your garage, porch and home in general are good. What is important that you shouldn’t charge or leave your e-scooter in strong sunlight on a hot summer’s day.
      4. If you are not going to use your electric scooter in a long time. Electric scooters and Lithium ion batteries in general should be stored with 40-50% charge for best results.

      (More tips to readers:) If you really want to nerd up we recommend Battery Academy’s research about Batteries and charging: 

       

       

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