Unsafe charger can have life-threatening consequences. Put safety first with our essential guide to safer scooter/e-bike charging.
Counterfeit or poor-quality scooter/e-bike chargers can be deadly – so follow our tips for safely charging your scooter/e-bike.
#1. Avoid cheap chargers
Scooter/e-bike chargers can be bought easily online. But, there’s no guarantee they meet stringent IEC standards.
Cheap chargers may explode once plugged into a wall socket because of low grade, cheap or thin wiring– says fire and safety experts.
#2. Buy genuine chargers
Despite being more expensive, always buy an official charger for your scooter/e-bike as they’ll have been thoroughly tested. You’re not paying extra just for the name – you’re buying peace of mind.
If you must use a third-party charger, buy one from an approved, trusted brand.
#3. Don’t cover your charger while in use
We’ve all heard stories of scooter/e-bike bursting into flames or exploding while being charged. Along with using a genuine charger, make sure nothing is covering your scooter/e-bike as it charges so that the heat generated can be dissipated safely.
#4. Don’t leave a charger plugged in overnight
While charging your scooter/e-bike overnight will probably not damage it, there is a chance that it is hurting your battery life, and since you don't need to have the scooter at 100 percent at the end of each charge, you're better off unplugging it at night.
#5. Check the charger for damaged
Frayed cable? Loose connections? Wobbly plug pins? If your scooter/e-bike charger looks worn or damaged, buy a new one.
Damaged chargers pose a fire risk and could electrocute if you touch an exposed part of the charger when plugging and unplugging it.
#6. Zero and 100 are no magic numbers
There's no need to fully charge your new scooter/e-bike when you buy it these days, since the battery is usually charged when you get it. And you don't have to charge the battery up to 100 percent all the time either; you can just start using it and run the battery down before bringing it to a full charge again. On the other hand, you shouldn't let the battery go down to zero either.
PS: "Don't let your battery fully drained if you can avoid it and we recommend charging it when it gets to around 20% charge left. This lengthens the life of the battery."
#7. Don’t overcharge your scooter/e-bike
Leaving your scooter/e-bike connected to the charger long after the battery is full, can be extremely harmful to your device. While some device can stop the current from flowing into the scooter/e-bike once charged, often using compromised chargers can cause Lithium-ion batteries to overheat. This can seriously damage the battery lifespan, making it extremely important to unplug your scooter once it is fully-charged.
#8. Don’t overload sockets
Don’t be tempted to plug several plugs and other devices into one wall socket using a multi-plug adaptor. Long strip adaptors are safer, but can take only a total of 13 amps, so don’t overload them either.