Electric scooters are now a feature on most streets, and with weather around the world that is unpredictable, one question has been in the minds of many prospective and currency eScooter owners— are they waterproof?
While you can find electric scooters on the market that are waterproof, chances are, the one you will end up buying will only be water-resistant. However, there are certain things you can do to keep your electric scooter running and keep you safe—even on rainy days.
Most electric scooters can’t handle heavy rains or being submerged in deep puddles. That said, however, taking your electric scooter out for a ride in light rain is fine.
Scooter manufacturers have taken precautions to keep components like the motor, battery, and circuitry dry. In addition, there are things that you can do yourself to help keep your electric scooter as waterproof as possible.
Some Are, Some Aren’t
While there are some electric scooters that are waterproof, most of the ones you find on the market are only what are considered splash-resistant or water-resistant. That said, it’s probably not a good idea to ride during a heavy downpour with most electric scooters.
However, there are some that have been designed with 100% waterproof components. These include waterproof batteries, mud flaps, powerful rear brakes, and sometimes even all-weather tires that provide a safe trip in the rain.
However, with most electric scooters the motor comes uncovered. This means that both the battery and the circuitry are left exposed and could become damaged when wet. For anyone who remembers elementary school science, mixing electricity and water is never a good idea.
It’s a good thing then that electric scooter manufacturers have added safety features to keep the riders safe—even with a little bit of water. This, combined with a few best practices for riding, can keep you cruising around town even in a spring drizzle.
Waterproof vs Water Resistant
As we mentioned, there are some electric scooters that have been built with waterproof components. This means that they are more capable of encountering heavy rains and large puddles. However, for most of the electric scooters on the market, they will not fare well after being subjected to a lot of water.
Many scooters are given a water resistance rating by manufacturers. In most cases, this will be seen as an IP number, which stands for Ingress Protection. This is an international standard that defines the effectiveness of the sealing around electrical enclosures. The number will let consumers know what elements the product is protected from.
When it comes to electric scooters, these elements will typically include dust and some liquid protection from water spray.
For instance, some of the most common IP ratings are 67 and 68. These will protect against dust and either complete immersion in water or continuous submersion in water. However, when it comes to many electric scooters, most have received an IP54 rating. In this case, it will be protected from limited dust and protected from water spray in any direction.
So, when it comes down to it, most scooters will not be able to handle heavy rains or being submerged in puddles. Chances are, the scooter you have is not waterproof.
What About Riding in the Rain—Can They Go Through Water?
I think we’ve all experienced the fate of heading out on a sunny day only to be bombarded with a torrential downpour when we least expect it. This is typically unpleasant, however when on a scooter, can make for a very dangerous journey.
Riding an electric scooter in light rain or when the ground is still wet is generally not an issue. However, safety issues could become involved if there is significant rain or a lot of water on the ground.
The same could be said for freezing rain, as not only would this be terribly uncomfortable, but the scooter is not designed for extended water exposure, nor are the brakes designed to handle sleet and icy patches.
If you got a new scooter that you’re dying to ride on, you’re going to have to start checking the weather in more often. If morning showers are anticipated to get worse and become a torrential downpour at any point, it’s better to skip the electric scooter ride and use another form of transportation. Not only could a wet ride result in discomfort and injury, but it could also result in permanent damage for some of the parts of your electric scooter—including the battery, motor, and circuitry.
Can an Electric Scooter Shock You?
Well, you certainly wouldn’t want to have a rainy day be the cause for a broken electric scooter, and you most definitely wouldn’t want it to result in injury to yourself. It’s unlikely that you’d be shocked from riding an electric scooter in wet conditions, however, there is a small possibility.
That said though, the electric circuit is enclosed and the battery itself is typically insulated, meaning that the chances of shock are very unlikely. Additionally, the voltage is generally low, meaning that even if you were to experience a shock, it would be unlikely to cause serious injuries.
Wet Weather Electric Scooter Tips
Riding an Electric Scooter—What to Do if It Gets Wet and Isn’t Waterproof?
After checking the weather and doing your best to avoid riding in rain, you can also do a few things before you depart on your ride. Make sure you check that the charging port is closed. It should have a rubber cover that will protect the electric circuit from becoming wet.
If your scooter gets wet, when you return home it’s a good idea to clean your electric scooter. Storing an electric scooter that is wet or covered in mud could cause rust and/or damage.
It’s also important to note that riding on wet ground will result in more friction. This means that more power will be needed, and your battery range will most likely be reduced. You may want to consider a full charge before heading out after rain.
Washing an Electric Scooter
If you look at the IP rating on your scooter most likely, you’ll be looking at a number 54. Again, this means that only light water sprays are okay. So, if you were to do a light wash of your scooter it will be alright. However, if you’re planning on using a high-pressure pump at a car wash station, be ready to fork out money for a new scooter.
If you have purchased an electric scooter with more waterproof features and that comes with an IP66 rating, you should be okay using a car wash station. An IP66 rating means that the product can withstand high pressure water jets.
Buying an Electric Scooter
If it hasn’t been made clear yet, we would like to remind you that checking the IP rating of the electric scooter is a very important step when you’re planning on buying one. An IP54 protection rating could be considered an industry-standard and is most likely what you’ll find. If you don’t anticipate heavy rainfall or needing to clean your scooter frequently, this could be okay for you.
It’s also a good idea to check if the manufacturer offers a warranty— and it’s important to look at the small print. In some cases, a 2-year warranty will be offered. However, the warranty will be voided if the damage is caused by accidents or weather.
Storing an Electric Scooter
While your scooter most likely isn’t waterproof itself, there are certain measures you can take to make it even more waterproof. Unlike a car, the motor on your electric scooter will be more exposed to the elements. That said, you can do some simple things to keep it running longer.
If you won’t be storing your electric scooter in a garage, consider using a waterproof cover. If you’re unable to buy a cover designed specifically for scooters, you can even use a tarpaulin instead.
You can also check out a local hardware store and look for waterproofing spray and dielectric grease to help protect the connections from air and humidity. You might also be able to find a ring seal, a foam cover that can attach to the bottom of your scooter. This will keep your battery dry, even when water is sprayed up into the unit.
Don’t Forget a Raincoat!
Because most electric scooters are designed with water-resistant features, the most annoying thing about riding in light rain will be getting wet. However, when dark clouds roll in, it might be a good idea to avoid riding in heavy rain and use another way to get from A to B.