Why does your Kaabo e-scooter no longer ride as smoothly and efficiently as it used to after a few months of non-use? Here is the reason. You aren’t aware of the things that you need to do when it comes to storing electric scooters. How and where did you store it? Proper maintenance and storage can help prolong the life of an electric scooter and ensure that it continues to ride well for years to come. Here are a few tips on how to store your electric scooter properly. It's important to keep your scooter in good condition when you take it out again.
Where to store your electric scooter
Location is key when storing a scooter for the long term. The right location can help protect your scooter from the elements and keep it in good condition. Scooters are delicate machines that need very special care when handling and storing. There are numerous factors to consider when choosing a proper storage location for your scooter, as outlined below:
- An ideal room temperature would be 10°C/50F.Choose a dry, sheltered spot out of direct sunlight. The sun’s rays can cause the plastic and rubber components of the scooter to break down over time. A garage, basement, or attic is perfectly reasonable, but if you don't have access to one of these, you can store it in your closet if it's big enough.
- It is equally important to ensure the area is clean and free of dust. When there is too much dust on the scooter, it can increase the friction between the moving parts. This can lead to the parts wearing down more quickly or even becoming jammed. Additionally, the dust may penetrate the internal electrical components of the device. This can cause shorts and overheating risks.
- Make sure the area is well ventilated to prevent condensation from building up inside the scooter.
- If possible, raise the scooter off the ground to prevent it from sitting in pooled water or puddles. This will also help in preserving the tires.
- You'll also want to ensure the location is secure, as many people love electric scooters, and they can be stolen quite easily. Store the scooter inside a locked space such as a garage or shed if possible.
Taking Care of the Battery
The Kaabo Mantis features a 48V 13AH Ternary lithium-ion 18650 battery. The most important step, as well as the most important part of the scooter, is the battery. You want as long battery life as possible. This means taking care of your battery properly and there are some things that might surprise you in this process.
- Recharge it every 2-3 months. Never charge it in surroundings below 0°/32F. This might damage it and shorten the battery life. Use only the original charger.
- The surprising bit is that you should only charge it to 50-70%. This is enough for storage and actually better than 100%. The battery capacity will stay strong this way.
- If you have a trickle charger, you can use that to keep the battery charged; otherwise, you'll need to check on it periodically and charge it as needed-make sure it doesn't dip below the 40% mark.
- The best practice is to remove the battery. This will allow you to check that the connections and wires are ok as well as keep it in a proper temperature range. Put it in a bag or other container. This way you prevent it from getting dirty or wet.
- Disconnect Battery - If possible, disconnect the electric scooter battery before storing it away. This will prevent the scooter from passively draining power and prevent corrosion on the connections. This will go a long way in preserving and keeping your battery in excellent condition. After disconnecting the battery, take that opportunity to check connectors, wiring, and general battery area for any visible faults.
- You'll want to close the charging port on your electric scooter properly to prevent moisture from getting inside.
Clean your scooter before storing it
Clean your electric scooter properly before storage. You should always do this from time to time in any case as a good practice. Here is a blog that will open your eyes when it comes to cleaning and maintenance: How to Wash Your Electric Scooter
- As part of the regular maintenance, wipe it off with a damp cloth to remove dirt, dust, and grit. This way you will also keep an eye on any issues that might be hiding underneath the dirt.
- Check connectors, maybe they need some spraying or tightening. It will also prevent corrosion.
Put it in a waterproof cover
Mantis 8 has an IPX of 5, so it can resist light sprays, but not in an overly humid environment. A humid environment will affect the life of the battery. We recommend not to stay in a humid environment for a long time. This can make the scooter better used. Here is a blog where you can learn more： Water-resistant vs. Waterproof: The Difference? After your scooter is in its box, you should protect it further by putting it in a waterproof cover.
- Moisture is the number one enemy of your scooter during the winter months, and basements, cellars, and garages can often get flooded or have dripping ceilings. That waterproof cover will give you a lot more peace of mind.
- Most waterproof covers are not really expensive, and they cover the entire scooter, which means it will be possible for it to survive even in a flooded basement.
Those are a few tips on how to store your electric scooter properly. Hope it can help you. Enjoy the riding!