If you’ve been thinking about buying an electric scooter, you might have been wondering how you’re going to store it between rides.
Electric scooter storage isn’t just a matter of convenience; getting it right is essential if you want to ensure that your e-scooter lasts as long as it should and performs to the best of its ability.
Poor storage could seriously affect its performance and could drain the battery life. The good news is that storage for an electric scooter is relatively easy once you know the dos and don’ts.
Here’s a quick run-through of the best types of storage for electric scooters to keep everything ticking over nicely.
How Do You Store an Electric Scooter?
Before you store your electric scooter, you first need to make sure that it’s clean, dry, and free of dirt. If you don’t give your e-scooter a quick clean before putting it into storage, you could end up with damage to the frame or battery.
If you are going to be putting your electric scooter into storage for a while, such as over the winter, it’s especially important to make sure it is clean, but you should plan on carrying out a few basic maintenance checks before you use it again.
When storing your scooter, one of the most important elements is the temperature. Just like Goldilocks, electric scooters don’t like it too cold or too warm. Storage with a temperature in the range of 15 – 25 °C is ideal for storing electric scooter.
If you are storing your electric scooter for some time, the battery will gradually run down and discharge. It’s important to keep it charged to protect its lifespan; if you allow the battery to go completely flat, it may become damaged.
Conversely, your battery should not be stored while at 100% charge. Ideally, your battery should be kept charged 30-50% and given a top-up regularly.
Aside from being the right temperature, the storage area for your scooter should also be clean, dry, and free of anything flammable. You may find it useful to protect your scooter with a bag or cover while it’s in storage.
Can Electric Scooters Be Stored Outside?
The temperature of your electric scooter storage really is key, so you should only store your scooter in outbuildings if you can protect it from either extreme heat or extreme cold. A heated garage may be suitable, but you would need to be certain that the temperature won’t drop below 15 °C.
An electric scooter which is exposed to the cold will not perform as well due to battery damage. If you don’t have room inside for your whole scooter, one option is to remove the battery and keep this inside while storing the rest of the scooter outside. While you will still need to keep the frame clean and dry, the temperature will be less critical if you stash the battery inside your home.
Can an Electric Scooter Be Stored in the Garden?
As we’ve already mentioned above, issues with the temperature may prevent you from storing your electric scooter outside.
However, aside from the battery, there may be other issues.
Electric scooters are extremely valuable and may be targeted by thieves. If you plan on keeping your e-scooter in the garden, it should be secured, so it can’t easily be stolen.
Debris and dirt which accumulates on your e-scooter can cause corrosion and damage to the parts when you’re not using it. This will be particularly the case outside, when it will be exposed to more potential dirt and pollutants.
If you’ve removed your battery to take it inside, don’t neglect the frame. Your scooter should be properly protected from the elements so that you don’t need to unnecessarily replace corroded or damaged parts.
Take Care of Your Scooter for Long-Term Use
Don’t risk damaging your electric scooter with poor storage, especially during the colder weather. If space is an issue, there are many folding e-scooters which make it more convenient to keep your scooter indoors all year round.
Whether it’s in a hall cupboard, spare room, porch, conservatory or other inside space, your electric scooter will thank you when it’s time to get moving again!