Admit it—when you bought your electric scooter, you didn’t think you would love it as much as you do now. Now, you find short trips far more enjoyable because you get to see the great outdoors. You also love how it lets you arrive at your destination looking and feeling fresh, not having to deal with the frustrating gridlock your colleagues deal with every day!
If you want your electric scooter to run for many years, you need to know how to take good care of it. It doesn’t matter whether you have bought it for $100 or $1000—you need to do some maintenance work or you will be off to spend your hard-earned money on costly repairs! Here’s the cost of maintaining an adult electric scooter according to iScoot:
Your electric scooter is not an electric scooter without its battery, so taking great care of its battery is a must. Unless your scooter manufacturer states otherwise, only ever use the battery charger that is intended for your electric scooter. Since the battery is what keeps your electric scooter running, you shouldn’t cheap out here! But what if your battery is already showing signs of chemical leakage or corrosion? Well, that’s the time you need to purchase a new battery, which costs between $50 and $1,000 for the new Li-ion batteries. On average, you may be looking at the cost of pennies for a regular maintenance schedule.
Another thing you should keep an eye on is your tire pressure. Well, you’re lucky if your electric scooter features solid tires because this should be less of a problem, although you might be getting shaken about more by the ground. If your scooter does not come with solid tires, then you should be more mindful of the pressure of your tires, which you can test by pressing down on each tire with your thumb. By doing this, you can easily know if there is too little pressure, although that will not tell you how much more pressure you need. As a rule of thumb, you know it needs more pressure if it is soft. But how do you know how much pressure you need? You can find that in the side of each tire. Make sure to follow the pressure recommendation of your tire manufacturer to avoid catastrophic failures! It may not look like it but failing to maintain the pressure of your tires can lead to punctures, sloppy steering, and added wear on your tires. Fortunately, keeping your tires in good condition does not cost a single penny so do not skimp on it.
Chain and drive belt
Do you know what happens when either your chain or drive belt loses tension? How about when there is too much tension on your belt or chain? Well, it’s either your chain or drive belt will slip off or the other drivetrain parts of your electric scooter will wear down faster. And you know what happens after that—your electric scooter stalls or breaks down completely. Needless to say, you need to check your chain or drive belt regularly. If you notice that either the chain or belt of your electric scooter is already showing signs of wear, make sure to replace it immediately. Don’t wait until it completely wears off because the longer you wait to replace it, the more it will wear down the other components of your scooter. That’s a total disaster! It costs just around $2 to $5 to change your drive belt, which isn’t too much compared to the cost of replacing a totally busted electric scooter!
Just a few tips on replacing your drive belt or chain: First, make sure it does not rub the other parts of your electric scooter. Second, make sure that your chain is always lubricated. You know, lubrication is more important than you probably know. Not only does it help extend the life of your electric scooter’s components, but it also helps you enjoy a much smoother ride. A bottle of lubricant costs just around $3, so it shouldn’t be much of a burden to you. As you lubricate your chain, also consider lubricating your throttle and brake linkages to keep them from rusting.
So you see, the cost of maintaining your adult electric scooter is fairly cheap! Taking care of your scooter is also very easy—you just need to charge it properly and apply some lube here and there. As long as you maintain your e-scooter battery, you can expect it to last for many years!