For lovers of cycling, driving, and all the rush of excitement that comes with it, you must be familiar with the regular maintenance required for motorcycles and cars for user safety and much more to extend the service life of these machines. Electric scooters are pretty different because they require daily maintenance.
This article explains all you need to know about the maintenance of vehicles, scooters, and motorcycles. For beginners and experienced riders alike, if you want to learn more about the basics of cleaning, battery life, storage, and maintenance without necessarily breaking the bank, then this is for you.
To enjoy any machine, you have to take extra care of its battery. Batteries can be expensive, depending on their capacity and model, but it will be worth every dollar you spend if you look at the ‘value’ side. For Varla Eagle One, battery replacement may cost you about $600-$650. On the flip side, its maintenance is relatively simple, and its battery life can last up to three years. The incredible part is that it’s powerful and is not easily weakened by external damage. With its 56V 18.2AH lithium-ion battery, every user can enjoy the smoothest rides on any terrain on one charge. More information please click here .
Ideal Charging Method
The electric Varla Scooter has a limitless storehouse of charging power. Since it’s a lithium-ion battery, it is advisable to use up the battery before re-charging to extend its lifespan. Generally, it is okay to charge these batteries once in three days, which amounts to 120 to 125 times a year. It is essential to know that the battery life is also determined by contributing factors, such as a user’s frequency of use, habits, and life rhythm. However, being particular about not over-working the battery can help. You may also get charging sockets that have a timer. This way, the batteries don’t over-charge.
When it comes to lithium-ion batteries, they have unique features that enable them to enter a state of deep discharge when the battery is slowly drained. Again, when the voltage in the battery is low, the battery switches into the self-protection mode. It must, however, be noted that abandoning the scooter for a long time weakens the battery and may affect its subsequent ability to retain power.
This means that if you do not use the electric scooter for about two to three months without charging it up, the battery may simply stop working. So the trick is to charge from time to time. However, it would be best if you took care not to over-charge the battery. The impact of over-charging on a battery on the overall lifespan of the scooter can cost you a lot of money and expose you to danger in the course of usage. This is because over-charging causes the battery to heat up and expand.
Electric scooters are designed in such a way that the charging speed gradually slows down as it gets to 95% charge. However, depending on how it is used and the length of time such a battery has been used, it becomes less possible to guarantee optimum self-protection mode. Hence, it is better to stop charging at 80% or 90%. Based on this charging frequency and the user’s lifestyle, the electric scooter’s battery can last longer. (Get more information on ways to extend your battery life here).
In the course of general and frequent use, it is only natural that your electric scooter will become dirty. Talk about dust, sand, grit, and every other stain; your scooter will gather that. The good news is that these are pretty easy to clean, especially if these stains are not allowed to stay long. For squeaky clean electric scooters, here are some valuable ideas for you.
For your scooter’s wheels, use a gentle brush to remove sand, grit, or dust that may have accumulated in the course of use.
Electric scooters may come with a built-in or external display screen. As such, getting them waterproof is an ideal choice against damage. The external screen must not be washed directly. Most times, we suggest that as much as you can, do not use water. A soft cloth or damp sponge is ideal.
The Varla Eagle One is a dual-motor design that has a film of waterproof metal protection in its motor part. The deck is also equipped with a waterproof pad, while its battery has an extra protective film. For the waterproof pad, it is crucial that you try as much as possible not to use a high-pressure water gun to prevent its battery from damage.
To prevent spills, the Varla deck is made of frosted stickers. Decks like this can be scrubbed with a brush and damp cloth so they can be as good as new! (Know more about cleaning your scooter here). More information please click here.
The storage environment is an essential feature of maintenance to consider. More damage can be done to your scooter if left in the sun for a long time. Apart from the fading that may be caused, the high temperature is also likely to cause chemical changes in the lithium-ion battery, thereby reducing the battery life or cause a fire hazard. That is why it is advised that they are not left in the car trunks for a long time. On summer days when the weather is mostly hot, extra care has to be given to your scooter because the internal environment can heat up to as much as 60 degrees. As much as you are avoiding hot storage environments, an excessively humid place is also bad for your scooter’s battery.
On a general note, electric scooters come with a very good advantage of being foldable. Hence, they do not take as much space as a bicycle, for instance. So the storage problem is easier to solve.
OTHER PARTS OF AN ELECTRIC SCOOTER
An electric scooter looks quite simple but usage can get some small accessories easily damaged. Let’s check these out!
In the course of unfolding, you need to pay attention to the position of the lock clamp. If you unfold or ride without the lock ring and lock clamp in the proper position, damage may occur.
For the convenience of parking, most electric scooters are equipped with kickstands. However, unlike bicycles, the length is much shorter. Many users are in the habit of getting on a scooter while the kickstand still supports the scooter. This exerts a force on the kickstand and may cause it to get crooked or broken.
Brakes are an important part of an electric scooter. Occasionally, you may find twigs or small stones lodged between the brakes. These should not be underestimated in the damage they can cause to the brake pads, making it difficult for the scooter to stop when necessary. Therefore, before setting off or at the end of each ride, check for twigs, pebbles, or grit at the brakes. This will take a lot of trouble off you in the future.
What is an electric scooter without good tires? Be it pneumatic or solid tires; they are bound to have wear and tear in their traction. This can be a very bad sign for any user, especially on slippery terrain. It is easy to know your tires are in dire need of change when you observe the thread pattern from time to time.
Most of the time, factors such as the user’s weight, braking frequency, terrain, etc., contribute to the life span of tires. Furthermore, there are recommended milages and kilometers for every tire size. This will be very helpful for you to avoid danger.
(Check out our previous post to learn more about signals that prompt you to replace scooter accessories).
Integrating all that has been highlighted above into your daily routine will save you a lot of money, stress, and repairs in the long run, as you will soon find out. Maintenance of an electric scooter is quite easy. However, sometimes a breakdown can occur, thereby necessitating repairs. It is very advisable to carry out repairs immediately.
Here are three great tips for better scooter care:
- Do not disassemble your scooter privately. Rather, contact the brand after-sales department. They know more about scooters.
- If you need to replace parts, please use suitable accessories that are compatible with the scooter.
- If you are not good at repairing, please find a local electric scooter repair store for professional help.
Scooters are wonderful in easing stress and enhancing convenience. They are excellent in terms of speed, luxury, and adventure to explore all terrains. However, most of your scooter’s performance is dependent on usage. This is why maintenance should be prioritized. It is always cheaper to maintain than to repair. Therefore, take extra care to maintain. These little efforts count significantly.