It’s one of the fundamental truths we lived with for decades: water and electronics don’t mix. But with electric scooters, the temptation to throw caution to the wind and ride out in the rain is too great to ignore. So, this article will answer the question: “Can electric scooters be used in the rain?”.
As is usual with these questions, the definitive answer is . . . maybe.
What Happens When You Ride an Electric Scooter in the Rain
When operating your electric scooter in the rain, here are two things to keep in mind.
First, you have to understand how the water would be affecting the electric components in your electric scooter.
While some low-grade electric scooters in the market may take a splash or two and handle some scattered raindrops, riding such scooters in the rain will definitely be a gamble. Poorly manufactured electric equipment is best sheltered inside when it starts raining.
Another thing to understand is that the handling and performance in wet conditions are more difficult, just like with a bicycle or an automobile. Wet surfaces can dramatically lower the traction of the electric scooter, making it harder to maneuver or stop.
Electric scooters from disreputable brands or unknown manufacturers might have poor handling ability in the rain and poor braking.
What about SWAGTRON® Electric Scooters?
Performance in adverse weather conditions is one of the many areas where shoddy electric scooters do not come close to matching the standards and quality of SWAGTRON. Our electric scooters are water-resistant (IPX4) and can be ridden in short intervals during light rain.
All SWAGTRON electric scooters come with grooved rubber or inflatable tires. These tires offer a firm grip on most of the surfaces, wet or dry. No matter what surface you ride on, riders will have a good grip on the road for proper handling.
When Not To Ride Your Electric Scooter: In The Rain or Low Visibility
Briefly riding your SWAGTRON electric scooter in light rain causes no harm to you or your scooter. But if it’s raining heavily and your visibility is reduced, you probably shouldn’t go riding. Wait for the rains to subside before heading out. Avoid going out on electric scooters during torrential rain.
Chance of High Standing Rainwater
“Water-resistant” is not the same as “waterproof.” So, don’t use your electric scooter in areas where there’s a chance of floods or high water. Extreme conditions such as flash floods, overflowing rivers or streams, and deep puddles will render your electric scooter inoperable. Such conditions may also permanently damage your electric scooter. There’s also a chance that you may be left stranded far away from your home. Use caution. Do not take your electric scooter out for a spin if there is a chance of high standing water.
Again, SWAGTRON electric scooters are water-resistant — also termed as splash-resistant — not waterproof. Never fully submerge your electric scooter in water. That will void the warranty and might damage electric components beyond repair.
Electric Scooters In Freezing Rain
If the temperatures are below freezing and it is raining, it is strongly recommended NOT to ride your electric scooter. Operating your electric scooter in the rain below freezing temperatures causes your battery and motor to overwork. This adversely affects the longevity of the battery and the electric motor. If your electric scooter does happen to get cold, wait until the battery gets warm before trying to recharge or power-up.
If you’re buying a premium electric scooter from a reliable brand, you should be fine if you get caught out in light rain for a brief amount of time. Always check the IP-rating of your electric scooter before buying. They should be well advertised. Avoid risky behavior. Don’t ride your e-scooter in freezing temperatures, during heavy downpours, or through water puddles.
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