You don’t want to drag your electric scooter to your home from a place, miles away from your home, do you? Whether you have a ready-made electric scooter or have converted your bicycle into one, first and most important thing you need to keep it moving is a battery charger. Your electric scooter battery charger is critical for some reasons:
- Factory assembled electric scooters don’t have an alternative way to drag them if the charge ran off.
- Some heavy models are quite difficult to drag or carry. Plus, de-assembling may take a long time.
- Kids may find it difficult to drag their e-scooters all the way to their homes.
This post will take you through different types of battery chargers, places to buy from, their cost and warnings.
- Various types of Electric Scooter Battery Charger
You can buy an electric scooter battery charger by the motor capacity and power. Currently, 7 various kinds of battery chargers are available in the market.
- 12 Volt Battery Chargers
- 18 Volt Battery Chargers
- 24 Volt Battery Chargers
- 36 Volt Battery Chargers
- 48 Volt Battery Chargers
- 60 Volt Battery Chargers
- 72 Volt Battery Chargers
There are different ampere ratings for each battery charger, starting from 0.5 Amp and going up to 8 Amp. However, 24 V and 36 V battery chargers are being used in most electric scooters.
- Which Scooters Use Which Battery Charger
For e-scooters, you have many charging options, but be sure about the motor and its power. Here are few popular electric scooter brands and the battery chargers they use:
- BladeZ Ion 150 Electric Scooter: it requires 24 V battery charger with a rating of 0.5 Amp (slow charge) or 1 Amp (Quick charge)
- Razor E100 and E125: you can use 24 V battery chargers for these models. You can use a charger with a rating 0.6 Amp, 1 Amp or 1.6 Amp
- Razor E300 and E300S: You will get 24V 1.5 Amp battery charger with the model. You can buy a replacement charger with a rating 24 V 1.6 Amp.
Battery charger price varies by power, amperage and the connectors. Here are the price ranges for different electric scooter battery chargers (reference).
- 12 Volt: $23 – $140
- 18 Volt: $30 – $35
- 24 Volt: $25 – $185
- 36 Volt: $60 – $180
- 48 Volt: $50 – $195
- 60 Volt: $50 – $150
- 72 Volt: $155 – $165
24-Volt and 36-Volt battery chargers are more suitable for the majority of electric scooter models.
- Do not charge SLA batteries with automotive battery chargers as they may cause permanent damage to your batteries.
- For better and longer battery life, use low rated electric scooter battery charger.
- If the voltage of the battery on charging doesn’t bounce back above the estimated level within few minutes, the battery may have worn out or is defective.
- Do not charge defective SLA battery, as it can melt due to overheating.
- Recharge your electric scooter battery more often to preserve battery life.