Are Electric Scooters Waterproof?
Electric scooters seem to have taken the world by surprise. What started as a curious and entertaining kids’ toy has now become a common and reliable method of transportation for people across the globe. Long gone are the days when people laughed at other adults using scooters; the reality today is that of a world where electric scooters populate the streets in major cities thanks to how accessible they are.
With a growing popularity, it’s only natural that an increasing number of people try to acquire more information about them.
One of the many questions people have is are electric scooters waterproof and how they function when it comes to water?
Unlike other electric vehicles like cars and motorcycles, scooters tend to have an uncovered motor. And, given that the battery and circuitry is more exposed, it becomes commonplace for people to have doubts about its “weakness” towards water.
As such, in the spirit of helping everyone get the most out of their vehicles, and keep them from damaging it or –even worse- injuring themselves, we will let you know everything you need to know about electric scooters and their waterproof-ness.
Can Electric Scooters Be Used In The Rain?
While some rain is usually no issue for your electric scooter, common sense is necessary before deciding on driving through it.
First of all, a drizzle won’t kill your scooter. If it’s only a small amount of water here and there, it will hardly get enough inside your circuitry to damage it.
However, as the rain intensifies, things start changing.
Here are some things you need to take into consideration:
Rain vs Monsoon.
The first thing is that, while rain is usually not enough to kill your battery, rainstorms are a different issue.
Batteries and electric scooter circuits can withstand water fairly effectively without letting you down. However, they are still electric components, and (really) heavy rain can be more than enough to get inside and start messing with your vehicle.
However, more important than rainfall getting into your battery is the fact that heavy rain can cause…
This is the real danger for electric scooters.
As much as it’s true that rainfall will hardly do anything to your electric scooter, it’s also true that submersion will cause mayhem.
What should worry you about rain and your scooter’s safety is the presence of heavy floods.
A good rule of thumb is to keep your scooter home if the water level exceeds 2 centimetres.
Yes, it’s important to take care of your scooter. However, you’re also fairly important and should be high on your list of priorities.
While some rains are not enough to harm your scooter, reduced visibility is something to take into consideration.
Scooters are not as sturdy as a vehicle, and not being able to see well can lead to accidents in which –if other vehicles are involved- you will probably draw the short straw.
If you can’t see, abstain from driving.
Last but not least, if rain reduces the friction of the road, it’s also a bad idea to go out.
Hand in hand with the previous point, scooters often have less of a grip on surfaces than traditional vehicles. As such, slipping is more common.
What To Do If Your Electric Scooter Got Wet?
Let’s say you were outside and it started to rain, heavily. You didn’t get a chance of getting home before it started flooding, and now you’re drenched and your scooter got really wet.
Maybe you drove through a flood or two and your scooter didn’t fail you.
The result is that your scooter is now wet, more so than it should.
What should you do?
First, keep in mind that it’s an electronic device you’re dealing with. That means that you’re operating with a circuit, complete with a battery. As such, the procedure is not really dissimilar to getting your cellphone wet.
1. Turn It Off ASAP.
A live scooter cries when wet.
As soon as you can do so, turn your scooter off to prevent further damage.
2. Take Out The Battery.
If too much battery gets into your battery, you will need to buy another one.
While buying a new battery is usually not too financially crippling, why would you buy a new one if your current battery hasn’t died?
Immediately after shutting off your scooter, take out the battery (carefully) and place it somewhere dry.
Lastly, don’t just let it sit and dry by itself. Use a dry cloth and some rubbing alcohol to eliminate and evaporate water quicker.
3. Dry Everything.
Take your dry cloth and rubbing alcohol and get to work on the circuitry as soon as you’re done with the battery.
A dry cloth will absorb the excess water and the rubbing alcohol will help in evaporating it faster.
All of these steps must be done as soon as you can and in immediate succession.
How To Waterproof an Electric Scooter?
What if you could prevent your scooter from getting wet in the first place?
There are many things you can do to make your electric scooter waterproof. Amongst said techniques, we can list several:
- The first thing you want to do is protecting the connectors. For these, the best you can do is applying dielectric grease to isolate them from air and humidity. That will protect them from oxidation.
- However, you don’t really want to cover everything in something conductive. For the exceptions, nail polish is much better than other, more expensive options. Before using it, apply some to a piece of metal and test its conductivity; you want zero.
- Liquid Tape is good if you want to professionally isolate anything. However, make sure you keep it from LED indicators.
- Battery bags should be sprayed with water-proofing spray.
- Install drip-loops to any cable routed into said bags.
- Potting components is the ultimate way to waterproof them. While this is done professionally, a hot glue gun seems to be a good DIY method according to the internet.