Can You Use An Electric Scooter In The Rain? Best Water Resistant Models

By Chris Wilson


One of the major concerns every electric scooter rider has is – can you use an electric scooter while riding in the rain? Well, it's understood that riders fear getting electrocuted since e-scooters run on rechargeable batteries and getting the scooter damaged while wet is yet another concern. 

The good news is that a majority of electric scooters can withstand light wet conditions however water resistance rating varies from a model to anther. 

Be aware that manufacturers do not recommend riding an e-scooter in heavy rain with high pressure water and snow. They also do not recommend riding in flooded streets or deep puddles.

That's said, here is my list of the top electric scooters that perform best under wet conditions.

Editor's 1st Choice

APOLLO Phantom V2

Overall Rating:

  • Riders Weight Limit300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Motor | 1200W Dual Brushless Motor
  • Range | Up to 40 Miles per Charge
  • Battery | 52V, 23.4Ah Lithium-ion Battery
  • Speed | 38 MPH

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Editor's 2nd Choice

Hiboy Titan Pro

Overall Rating:

  • Riders Weight Limit286 lbs (130 kg)
  • Motor | 1200W Dual Brushless DC Motor
  • Range | Up to 40 Miles per Charge
  • Battery | 48V, 17.5Ah Lithium-ion Battery
  • Speed | 32 MPH

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Editor's 3rd Choice

EMOVE Cruiser

Overall Rating:

  • Riders Weight Limit | 352 lbs (160 kg)
  • Motor | 1000W Brushless DC Motor
  • Range | Up to 62 Miles per Charge
  • Battery | 52V, 30Ah Lithium-ion Battery
  • Speed | 33 MPH

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Waterproof Electric Scooters in 2022

APOLLO Phantom V2

The Apollo Phantom V2 is not a budget e-scooter by any means, but they’re many other e-scooters that are significantly pricier than this one. Still, not all of them have an IP rating like the Apollo V2. This e-scooter and its electrical components have an Ingress Protection rating of IP54.

What this means is that this e-scooter has enough protection against dust and other solid particles that can impede its performance. It also has protection from water splashes in any direction, which means it can be ridden on wet surfaces and in the rain, but not for long periods, and it should always be stored indoors.

APOLLO Phantom V2: Motor

The Apollo Phantom V2 has enough features to justify its $1999 price tag. With its dual 1200W electric motors (3200W peak output) this scooter can reach impressive speeds of up to 38mph with little to no motor noise, and a thumb throttle to provide extra acceleration whenever you need that extra boost.

It comes with a 52V/23.4Ah Dynavolt battery which can muster a range of up to 40 miles from a single charge.

Whether you’re riding on moderate off-road trails, on pavement, grass, or even light mud, the Phantom V2’s quadruple spring suspension setup is designed to provide better travel and smoother shock absorption.

APOLLO Phantom V2: Shock Absorption

It also comes with dual 160mm disc brakes fitted onto its 10”×3.25” tires to provide sufficient braking power and help the suspension system eliminate terrain wobbles respectively.

The Apollo Phantom V2 also has decent lighting: a 1000 lumen LED headlight and rear lights that also function as turn signals. To keep an eye on your e-scooter’s vitals, there is a hexagon-shaped display screen on the center of the handlebars and a simple button hub to the left for all your riding needs.

APOLLO Phantom V2: Display Screen

This 77-lb scooter—which is not very portable—can lift 300lbs of weight. Unfortunately, to recharge the Phantom V2 from empty, you’ll need to wait 12 to 14 hours. To remedy this you’ll have to spend on a fast charger, which costs $129, to reduce the charge time to 5 hours.

To reduce charge time even more, you can buy two fast chargers ($258) so you can use the two charging ports available simultaneously.

APOLLO Phantom V2

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Main Features:

  • Riders Weight Limit300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Motor | 1200W Dual Brushless Motor
  • Range | Up to 40 Miles per Charge
  • Battery | 52V, 23.4Ah Lithium-ion Battery
  • Speed | 38 MPH
Hiboy Titan Pro Electric Scooter

This is Hiboy’s flagship waterproof scooter, so it makes sense that it should come with an IP rating to boost its longevity in varying ride conditions. The Hiboy Titan PRO has the IP55 level of protection, which edges it above the Apollo Phantom V2 in terms of its water resistance; this e-scooter can stay resistant against low-pressure jets (6.3mm nozzles) spraying water from any angle. 

This means you can ride it out in bad weather or use a low-pressure nozzle to wash it. Its two brushless 1200W DC motors combine to offer a maximum speed of 32mph.

Hiboy Titan PRO: Motor

The 48V/17.5Ah li-ion battery can store up enough energy to power 40-mile travels. On the downside, this battery takes 7-9 hours to attain a full charge and the scooter’s battery is not detachable.

The Hiboy Titan PRO comes with 10-inch tires. These tires have a unique v-pattern tread design that helps to maximize grip on whatever trail you're riding on.

It also comes with dual front & rear suspensions. These, together with the 10-inch tires, combine to help the scooter fulfill its off-road promises and ride on any trail without worrisome vibrations and wobbles.

Hiboy Titan PRO: Suspension Systems

The 32mph top speed of the Titan PRO is tempered by the dual disc braking system. For visibility, it comes with LED headlights, lights on the side of the deck, and a rear light. Hill climbing is also one of this scooter’s advertised strong suits, with a 35° max climbing capability. It weighs 61.7lbs and can support a maximum load of 286lbs. 

To top it all off, there’s a multifunction LCD display to the left of the handlebars, and on the left a key ignition and buttons for the motor switch and lights.

Hiboy Titan Pro

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Main Features:

  • Riders Weight Limit286 lbs (130 kg)
  • Motor | 1200W Dual Brushless DC Motor
  • Range | Up to 40 Miles per Charge
  • Battery | 48V, 17.5Ah Lithium-ion Battery
  • Speed | 32 MPH
Emove Cruiser

The EMOVE Cruiser has the longest range on this list—62 miles—but it’s on this list because it has an IP rating of IPX6. While this means that the EMOVE Cruiser has solid protection against water and other liquids, its defense against dust and other solid objects is untested.

It has a 52V/30Ah LG battery producing a top speed of 33mph—it takes 9 to 12 hours to charge, though—a 1000W brushless DC motor, and a 25A Square Wave controller. The front has a dual spring shock system while the rear utilizes an air-shock system.

Emove Cruiser: Motor

The e-scooter also comes with 10" x 2.75" tubeless tires. It has dual XTECH hybrid hydraulic disc brakes for providing adequate stopping power.

This 52-lb e-scooter is relatively light—lighter than the Titan PRO and the Phantom V2—and can still perform well under a maximum weight of 352lbs, which also wins it the payload-capacity title on this list. The EMOVE Cruiser can also climb hills of 20 degrees.

Emove Cruiser: Shock Absorbers

On the handlebars, there’s a finger throttle, an LCD display, a key ignition, and a simple button hub.

Visibility is also well catered for with the headlights, brake lights, signal lights, and deck lights. The deck of this e-scooter is also prepped with mounting posts should you want to install a seat for riding in a seated position.

EMOVE Cruiser

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Main Features:

  • Riders Weight Limit352 lbs (160 kg)
  • Motor | 1000W Brushless DC Motor
  • Range | Up to 62 Miles per Charge
  • Battery | 52V, 30Ah Lithium-ion Battery
  • Speed | 33 MPH

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 in the wet weather.

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 the wet weather, 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.

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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.

E-scooters With the Best Water Resistant Ratings

E-scooter Name

Waterproof IP Rating

Rating Description

IPX5

- No rating for solid ingress

- Protection against water from low-pressure jets

IP54

- Partial protection against dust and other solid particulates

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IPX4

- No rating for solid ingress

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IP54

- Partial protection against dust and other solid particulates

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IP55

- Partial protection against dust and other solid particulates

- Ingress protection against low-pressure jets (6.3mm)

IP54

- Partial protection against dust and other solid particulates

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IPX4

- No rating for solid ingress

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IPX4

- No rating for solid ingress

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IP54

- Partial protection against dust and other solid particulates

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IPX4

- No rating for solid ingress

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IPX5

- No rating for solid ingress

- Ingress protection against low-pressure jets (6.3mm)

IPX4

- No rating against solid ingress

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IP55

- Partial protection against dust and other solid particulates

- Ingress protection against low-pressure jets (6.3mm)

IPX4

- No rating for solid ingress

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IPX4

- No rating for solid ingress

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IP54

- Partial protection against dust and other solid particulates

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IP54

- Partial protection against dust and other solid particulates

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IPX4

- No rating for solid ingress

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IP54

- Partial protection against dust and other solid particulates

- Protection against splashing water from all directions

IPX5

- No rating for solid ingress

- Ingress protection against low-pressure jets (6.3mm)

IP Ratings and Their Meanings

IP stands for “Ingress Protection” and is used to designate the level of protection that a gadget has against solid and liquid particles entering its enclosure.

 Every IP rating usually comes in the form of a four-symbol code (e,g., IP55, IP46, IPx5, etc). In IP55, the first “5” denotes the level of protection a device or machine has against dust and solid particles, and the second “5” is the marker for how resistant a gadget is to water and other liquids penetrating it.

The Ingress Protection system measures solids on a scale of 0 to 6, while liquids are categorized from 0 to 9. The higher the number, the more protected the device is against solid or liquid ingress as the case may be.

For gadgets with a solid rating of 0 or X, the device is either untested or unprotected against ingress from solid particles. A solid rating of 1 means protection against solids larger than 50mm; a rating of 2 means protection against objects larger than 12mm; a rating of 3 means protection against 2.5mm large solid objects; a rating of 4 indicates protection against solids larger than 1mm; a rating of 5 means partial protection against dust and other similarly minute solid particulates; and a rating of 6 indicates full protection against ingress of dust or other particulates.

For liquid ingress, 0 means the same as in solid ingress. A waterproof rating of 1 indicates protection against condensation or other vertically falling droplets; a 2 means protection against vertically dripping water at a 15° angle; 3 is protection from sprayed water; 4 is protection from splashed water; 5 is for objects protected against water from a nozzle (low-pressure jets); 6 is protection against powerful jets of water; 7 is protection against full immersion in water (1m/3 ft 3 in) for up to 30 minutes; 8 is protection from water damage when fully immersed under high pressure for long periods; and 9K is protection against powerful, high-temperature, high-pressure water jets and sprays.

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Editor's 1st Choice

Emove Cruiser 52v 1600w Dual Suspension - Long Range Electric Scooter

Overall Rating:

  • IPX6 Water Resistant Rating
  • Range of 62 miles (~100km)
  • Top speed of 25+ mph

Editor's 2ndChoice

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Overall Rating:

  • IP54 Water Resistant Rating
  • Range of 25miles (~ 40km)
  • Top speed of 20+ mph

Editor's 3rd Choice

Varla Eagle One Dual Motor Electric Scooter

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  • IP54 Water Resistant Rating
  • 40+ Miles (64Km)
  • Top speed of 40+ mph

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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. 


About the author 

Chris Wilson

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