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Storing or using electric scooters during winter.

 

 

When the scooter is being used in winter, the battery must not get into contact with water, humidity, sand and / or salt (when the streets are sanded). The scooter needs to be cleaned with a soft piece of dry cloth after every ride. Low temperatures cause a reduced performance.

To make sure, your driving pleasure continues next spring, we have compiled an overview of what to keep in mind when storing or using scooters during winter. As with all battery-equipped devices, the battery requires a little attention to get through the cold time of the year.

  • When storing the scooter, it needs to be clean and dry– The storage location needs to be dry and neither too warm nor too cold – a temperature between 15 – 25 °C is ideal
  • When storing the scooter, the state of charge needs to be between 30% and 50%
  • Every three months latest, the scooter needs to be charged for approx. 30 minutes
  • In general, battery-equipped devices must be stored away from flammable materials

An incorrect storage or an extended period without charging the battery can cause an irreparable depth discharge. This is not a warranty case.

Following the winter break, the scooter is best handled like a new vehicle. Prior to the first ride, all security-relevant features need to be checked (brakes, lights, folding mechanisms, etc.). The battery needs to be fully charged and then once completely driven empty. It might happen that the state of charge is not correctly indicated – this will settle due to this procedure.

 

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Electric Scooter Maintenance | How to

Electric Scooters still an expensive item and should be properly maintained to ensure that you get the highest possible value from your investment. By maintaining your e-scooter correctly you can extend the life of your vehicle and save yourself the headache of having to pay for replacement parts.

General Cleaning

Keeping your electric scooter clean is essential preventative care. By cleaning your e-scooter after each ride, you will prevent buildup of debris and dirt that could lead to more serious issues.

When cleaning, make sure to not use high power water or jet stream hoses as the water will infiltrate the electrical components and cause damage. Also, you don’t want the water to remove the lubricant from the bearings, which will cause them to move slower and possibly corrode.

Use a toothbrush and warm water to wash away any dirt, sand, or other debris that has gathered under the deck. Once complete, remove all remaining moisture with a dry towel.

Another preventative step that you should take is not to leave your scooter out in the elements. Exceedingly hot weather could cause the battery to degrade as well as disturb the electrical components. Also, any precipitation could harm the electrical components or cause the body to rust.

General Inspections 

The main things that you’ll want to check are all of the bolts, check to see that they are all properly tightened and that nothing is coming loose. For the brake pads, (Egret TEN)  you’ll want to inspect for excessive wear to prevent damage to the tires.

It’s also a good idea to read through the instruction manual that came with your electric scooter and see what other preventative care the company who manufactured the scooter recommends.

Tires 

Most brands of electric scooter comes with hard rubber wheels and does not require to much attention. Inflatable wheels makes the ride much more comfortable but it also requires much care, in your instruction manual, you will find the proper psi for your tires. Check them weekly to ensure that the psi is correct.

Lights

Check all lights works properly, we do recommend to turn the lights always on, even in day light, it’ s really important make your self visible to others .

Battery

Taking steps to prevent battery degradation will result in a much better functioning electric scooter.

Always keep your battery fully charged when not in use. Also, store your battery at room temperature. If the battery is exposed to prolonged heat or coldness, it could result on decreased functioning.

If you notice that your battery is working poorly, perform a full conditioning cycle. To do this, run your battery until it is completely empty and then charge it back to full power. This will fix many small problems, similar to a computer reboot. You may have to do this two or three times to achieve the desired effect.

After riding in wet or rain it’s important to remove all remaining moisture with a dry towel before storage.

Now that you got your head around the basics of e-scooter maintenance, enjoy the ride!

 

 

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How hard is it to ride an Electric Unicycle?

Most people find it quite difficult to get their head around the mechanics of an electric unicycle. The forward-backward movement is not much of a problem, because the unicycle’s gyroscopes and sensors look after that extremely well and after using the stabilizers/learning wheels for a very short time, most people have absolutely no problem with it.

The big problem, though, is to learn to master the sideways balancing, because that is completely left to you and the unicycle will not help you with it. There has been another time in most people’s life when you had to learn the sideways balancing, but that was a loooong time ago when your body was learning faster and you were less afraid of falling: Learning to ride an electric unicycle is like learning to ride a bicycle again! But the good news is that you managed once before, so you will manage it again! Give yourself some time and check out the learning resources are providing in another section of this website and trust your abilities! It is definitely worth it!

Everybody who has normal balance and normal use of legs and arms can learn it and a generalized rule could be: If you can cycle a bicycle, you can also ride a unicycle.

The good thing about human beings is that everybody is a little different and everybody has some strengths and some weaknesses. That also means that there are fast learners and others need a bit more time. We also run classes for people that want to learn it and we have seen huge differences. Some people learn the basics within 5-10 minutes, other need days or even weeks. Be consistent and keep working on it, but also leave breaks! Our brain sometimes needs a little extra time to build new connections in the brain.

Like you mastered cycling, you will also eventually master riding an electric unicycle and once you can do it, you will never forget it again.

Do you want to try? Join us in our open training and testing days.

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Hoverboard Safety

is my hoverboard safe?

Many of us have been warned about is the risk of fire when charging your Hoverboards & Swegways. It’s been reported that some of the Hoverboards & Swegways on sale in the UK could have parts which catch fire. The image above is taken by a father who purchased a cheap Swegway from Amazon which was delivered directly from China.

Although all self balance scooters are manufactured in China, it is up to the vendor (us) to make sure that during the manufacturing process the right materials and specifications are used to ensure the safety of the product, meeting UK and European standards of quality and safety.

Many products that you will find on Amazon, E-Bay and the likes will come directly from China without any attention to safety which outline in this article.

The plug ports are not safe or will not be fused, the batteries will be China standard batteries that are likely to fault or not have a cut-off point leading it likely to overheat or blow.

Personal Electric Transport Ltd. confirm that our batteries are official Samsung heavy duty because we checked. We trust in our manufacturer and we carry random products check in every stock delivered.

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For the safety we chose to supply original UK plugs directly from UK supply. For this reason, we single handedly open each box before dispatch to double check that each one is supplied with our UK plugs and fuses.

Our product has been CE, Rohs inspected and marked, and batteries ASDS inspected for further safety.

Our product comes with a 12 months warranty and an in-house repair centre.

For more information on our products, please contact us.

View our range of Smart Balance Scooters here…