Can You Use An Electric Scooter In The Rain?

By Chris Wilson

June 1, 2020

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One of the major concerns every electric scooter rider has is – can you use an electric scooter in the rain? Well, you can understand that riders fear getting electrocuted since e-scooters run on rechargeable batteries.

The good news is a majority of electric scooters can withstand light wet conditions. But manufacturers do not recommend riding an e-scooter in heavy rain and snow. They also do not recommend riding in flooded streets or deep puddles.

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If you do so, it can cause severe damage to the e-scooter’s electrical system.

In our post, we look at how to waterproof your electric scooter, if electric scooters can get wet and if they are waterproof.

Can Electric Scooters Get Wet?

The simple answer is yes. While a few raindrops will cause no damage to the e-scooter, heavy rain will surely damage the electrical system. This will disable the e-scooter for future use. As you already know, electronics and water cannot mix.

Why? Water itself does not conduct electricity, but it’s the impurities suspended in water that conduct electricity. The impurities include dust and salt, among others. These minerals have oppositely charged ions.

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They break apart in water due to the polar attraction of water molecules. Once they are apart, they roam freely. When you introduce an electric charge, the ions align with the polarity of the charge. This creates a current, and that is how water conducts electricity.

To protect your electric scooter, avoid riding it in heavy rain. Do not store it outdoors, especially when it’s raining.

Are Electric Scooters Waterproof?

Although makers of electric scooters use quality materials, they are not entirely waterproof. Most can withstand a drizzle. But manufacturers caution against riding the electric scooter in heavy rain. They also caution against exposing the e-scooters from excessive moisture.

Electric scooters have an International Protection (IP54) rating. The first digit (5) refers to protection against solids, while the second digit (4) is protection against liquids. According to experts, electric scooters have limited protection against water spray and dust.

What you need to know is that other components of the e-scooter are waterproof. For example, they have all-weather ties that offer maximum grip, especially when making turns. The front and read disc brakes are powerful to keep you safe and enable you to make controlled stops even in rainy conditions.

It is essential to keep in mind that waterproof is not equal to water-resistant. Electric scooters are water-resistant or splash resistant and not waterproof. That is why you can ride them in light rain. But if you ride through flooded streets, overflowing rivers, or deep puddles, you will render the scooter inoperable.

Also, you may cause permanent damage to the e-scooter. When it starts to rain, do not take your electric scooter out for a ride. If it starts to rain while on the scooter, find shelter. Make sure water does not come into contact with your scooter, especially the sensitive parts.

How to Waterproof Electric Scooter

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There are ways to waterproof your electric scooter. The first step is to protect the connectors. To do this, you need to apply dielectric grease. It helps to isolate the connectors from humidity and air. Also, it protects against oxidation.

Next, use the liquid tape to isolate components except LED indicators professionally. It would be best if you used battery bags sprayed with waterproofing spray and potting components. To do this, we recommend that you use a hot glue gun.

Alternatively, you can seek the help of a professional.

Summary

If your electric scooter gets wet, turn it off immediately, remove the battery and store it to dry. To prevent endangering your safety, make use of covers when your electric scooter is not in use. We recommend a water-resistant cover. Why? It safeguards your electric scooter from humidity or excessive moisture.

Alternatively, you can use a canopy to protect your e-scooter. Remember, be extremely cautious all the time when using your electric scooter in wet conditions. 

Chris Wilson

About the author

Chris Wilson, long time fan of personal electric transportation. Chris is not easily impressed when it comes to the latest technologies, however, when he is, nothing can stop him from wanting to share his knowledge with our readers here at ElectricRideLab.com

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