Can you ride an Electric Scooter in the rain? And 5 Tips When Doing So.
An electric scooter is primarily used as a vehicle for the summer. To be enjoyed riding with your T-shirt or top and shorts or skirt. But is that really the case?
Can you use an electric scooter in the rain?
In most parts of the world, there are often rainy days. And not always expected.
I have had a few times that I drove my electric scooter to work in the sun in the morning and had to drive back home in the afternoon through the rain.
Then you want to be able to ride through the rain with an electric scooter that is waterproof to get home.
Fortunately, that is possible. You can safely drive through the rain with an electric scooter.
Electric scooters are splash-proof, at least if the scooter you buy has an IP54 code or higher.
Most scooters have that IP54 class.
The first digit refers to protection against solids and the second digit to liquids.
The electrical parts (electric motor, battery) are enclosed in an electric scooter and the only two connectors are the throttle and brake levers.
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Can you cause a short circuit when riding an electric scooter in the rain?
In addition, the voltage of an electric scooter is relatively low. Due to the low voltage of 24-36 volts and the design and security, driving in the rain does not break your electric scooter.
Washing your electric scooter is also not a problem.
Therefore it is very unlikely that you will receive an electric shock or short circuit when riding the scooter in the rain.
Make sure that the charging plug is closed properly.
If not, a fair amount of water can easily reach the electronic elements and/or battery.
If that happens, there is a risk of a short circuit.
But as mentioned, scooters are splash-proof and can withstand a rain shower.
On the other hand driving through a deep puddle or in heavy rain is not a good idea.
Submerging in water is of course also not a good idea.
The IP54 rating means light rain and splashes, not constant heavy rain or big puddles, remember that.
Can an electric scooter be used in cold and snow?
You can use a scooter when it is cold. Even when it is freezing in the middle of winter.
But what you have to take into account is that your battery cannot drive as far because of the cold.
The advantage of an electric motor compared to a combustion engine is that you can drive it instantly, no need to warm up the electric motor.
A cold electric motor will not be damaged if you drive it when it’s still cold.
This is a big advantage over the combustion engine, that the electric scooter does not need to be heated up before it can be driven at full speed.
You can also use the scooter in the summer and in very high temperatures. Just like cold, the range can be less than you are used to at higher temperatures.
And what about snow? In fact, the same applies as with the bicycle.
Although you can ride an electric scooter if there is some snow on the ground, it is certainly not recommended.
It is slippery and therefore not completely safe.
If you are going to drive in the snow, keep in mind that you have to slow down to avoid skidding and falling.
My advice: walk or take public transport when it snows.
When to use and when not to use an electric scooter in the rain?
I myself keep the following ‘rules’ in mind to decide whether or not to drive through the rain. In addition, I will also give you some tips if you decide to drive in the rain (which is fine).
When CAN you ride it in the rain?
When (recommended) CAN’T you ride it in the rain?
5 Tips for riding an electric scooter in the rain
If you have to ride an electric scooter through the rain, follow these tips :
You can ride an electric scooter when it rains or when it is a bit colder.
The electronic components of a scooter are protected against splash water.
For your own safety, make sure that you drive slower than usual.
Because of the rain, you have less grip and your braking distance is longer.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: Can I leave my scooter in the rain?
A: Unless your electric scooter has an IP65 rating or higher it’s not recommended to leave your scooter in the rain. It’s best to always park it in your garage or take it in with you at work, fold it and store it, maybe even charge it for the way home.
Q: Is it safe to ride an electric scooter in rain?
A: We covered that in this article but yes it’s safe to ride an electric scooter in the rain, provided that it isn’t heavy rain or the road has deep puddles.
Q: Which Electric Scooter is waterproof?
A: I covered an entire article about this but most electric scooters (except the budget ones) have an IP54 rating or above which means they are waterproof up to an extent. Meaning light rain is ok, heavy rain or deep puddles are a no-go.
You need to buy an electric scooter with an IP67 rating or higher.
IP67 is 100% protected against solid objects like dust and sand, and it has been tested to work for at least 30 minutes while under 15cm to 1m of water.