Should you stop riding your electric scooter in the winter?

Riding an adult electric scooter is a great way to get around. It is fun, saves on cost, and helps the environment by preventing pollution. However, the experience is different when it is winter because the weather is far from perfect.

Should you stop riding your electric scooter in the winter? 

Yes! You can ride an electric scooter during the winter, but, as you are likely to notice, riding your scooter during the winter will be quite different and more laborious. That said, much like we all need to take a little extra care of ourselves during the colder months, the same can be said about your e-scooter. Although kaabo is not afraid of a little rain and ice, your e-scooter will really appreciate you giving it extra care during winter. Here are some tips to have a wonderful season with a kaabo e-scooter in the winter.

Does Cold Weather Affect Scooter?

Most scooters use Lithium-Ion or Lead-acid batteries as their power source. The cold weather can affect these batteries, especially if the temperature falls below 32° F (0° C). When this happens, the scooter’s battery slowly loses its overall capacity and becomes unusable if it happens over a long period.

For instance, a battery that usually carries you for 25 miles after each charge in the summer will carry the same rider for 12 miles in the winter. Thus, you’ll need to take all the required steps to ensure that your scooter has a healthy and reliable battery for when you’ll need it.

Don't Leave your Lithium Batteries in the Cold?

Both Kaabo Mantis 8 and Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 have built-in lithium batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are better than most other batteries at handling cold weather.

However, it still won’t be a good idea to leave them in the cold for extended periods.

You need to ensure that you store your scooter indoors or take the battery with you if you don’t have enough space. Doing this helps protect the battery from getting damaged.

Battery Drain Fast in Winter

Batteries store and produce energy through chemical processes that require optimal temperatures.

The cold winter affects the battery’s capacity to store and release energy by slowing down the chemical processes. Increased exposure to cold weather may ultimately degrade the battery to the point where it can charge, hold a charge, or distribute any power.

You may end up having to charge your battery more often than you initially had to and still get minimal results for your effort.

How To Ride An Electric Scooter In Winter

To be safe, you might need to alter your riding habit during winter to suit the riding conditions. Ride steadily, without sudden movements or aggressive maneuvers. Be defensive in your riding, with the expectation that other people will make mistakes on the road. This is not assuming the worst of fellow road users but a step to prepare for the worst.

Don’t ride through deep water. If you notice a pothole, skirt it and go your way. This is because your scooter might be water-resistant but not waterproof.

When you reach a crossroads, try to make eye contact with others so that you are sure they see you. If you must ride in the dark during winter, make yourself as visible as possible.

Wintertime is not the time to show your riding skills. Showoffs can end badly in the emergency ward. It is better to reserve the theatrics for less hazardous times.

Pay Attention To Safety When Riding An Electric Scooter In Winter

Safety is important while riding an electric scooter at any time of the year. However, during winter, the need to pay attention to safety increases because there are more hazards on the road. For example, a concealed patch of black ice can send a rider flying off the scooter.

When it snows, the need for a helmet increases because it is easier to slip and fall in wet conditions. It is important to protect the head from a potential fall because head injuries can be severe and life-threatening.

Similarly, wear elbow and knee protection to prevent bruises and cuts, as those are the body parts you are likely to land on during a fall.

It is advisable to wear glasses to prevent tears in your eyes which is dangerous when you are moving fast and need to see ahead. Your eyes produce tears when they come in contact with icy air at increased speeds. A pair of eyeglasses will block out most of the air from entering your eyes.

Tips for choosing a scooter in winter

Here are some key aspects of what to look for when choosing a good electric scooter for riding in the winter:

Good water-resistance rating (IP-Rating)

Pneumatic (air-filled) tires. Preferably off-road winter tires

More powerful the better. Preferably dual-motor electric scooters or off-road electric scooters

Top-quality battery. Poor batteries will drain fast in winter

Strong brakes. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) is a big advantage

Best Electric Scooters For Adults In The Winter

The WOLF WARRIOR 11 PRO + has an IPX5 rating meaning the scooter can sustain a low-pressure jet spray for an extended period. Theoretically, you could take the scooter out into the snow and ice or even under some light rain without the need to worry about damage to the internal circuitry.

The scooter has a 1200w*2 motor that produces 5400W of peak power, a 50 MPH top speed, and can handle 45-degree inclines.

It uses a 60V 35AH battery that takes 6 hours to charge and a 93 MILES range.

You can trust the kaabo to carry you through the winter as long as you take good care of its battery.