The 10 Most Common E-Scooter Issues

The 10 Most Common E-Scooter Issues + How To Fix Them!

Does your electric scooter have a malfunction? No need for panic. Like any other electric means of transport, e-scooters sometimes have problems.

You can often do something about this yourself before you call in a specialist. We list the most common malfunctions and tell you how to solve them yourself.

Which malfunctions are common with electric scooters?

1. My electric scooter accelerates poorly or does not reach the highest speed

Drivers often experience a drop in performance as soon as the battery runs out. Some models even shut down all motor functions when the battery voltage drops below a certain level.

This is not a serious problem as it can be easily remedied by charging your scooter’s battery. To get the most out of your battery, connect the e-scooter to the charger before it is completely empty.

Discover more tips about charging your electric scooter.

2. The fuse of my electric scooter has blown

A fuse limits the current in an electrical circuit. This prevents the battery from overloading other electronic components. If the fuse of an e-scooter gets too much current from the battery, the metal wire inside will melt or burn.

This cuts power to other electrical components in the system, such as the motor. You can recognize a blown fuse in the following way:

  • You smell burnt plastic;
  • The motor stops responding;
  • You can no longer turn on your e-scooter. The solution: call in a specialist to have the fuse replaced.

3. My e-scooter charges slowly

If you notice that your e-scooter takes longer to charge (and drains faster), you may be dealing with a deteriorating battery. The deterioration of Lithium-ion batteries is a common phenomenon.

It is usually a slow process that occurs as the battery ages and has been charged many times. The only thing you can do to slow down this inevitable process is to properly maintain the battery.

In the event that the battery eventually fails completely, you cannot avoid having it replaced.

Discover tips for maintenance of your e-scooter battery.

4. My disc brakes don’t brake as well or have stopped responding

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The cables of a mechanical brake system transfer force from the levers to the brake pads. Over time, these cables can become slack, making it more difficult for the driver to tighten the brake pads.

If you notice that your brake levers are not as efficient as they used to be, you need to get the cables tensioned. Fortunately, this can be done by anyone with the right tools.

Not sure which braking system your E-scooter has? Check out our page about the different E-scooter braking systems.

5. My e-scooter has a flat tire

A flat tire is usually the result of some object on the road. There is little you can do about the quality of the road you are driving on.

But you can make sure that your tires always have the right pressure. One of the main causes of punctures is underinflation.

A tire with low air pressure is more likely to puncture than a tire that is properly inflated.

Wondering what the ideal air pressure is for your e-scooter? Read more about the ideal tire pressure of an electric scooter.

6. My electric scooter turns on but does not move

There are a few possible reasons why your e-scooter has stopped moving. In most cases, it is due to an electrical fault.

The following causes may also be related to this:

  • A blown fuse (see above);
  • An empty battery. Some e-scooters switch off the motor functions as soon as the battery drops below a certain level. The battery is then not empty, but it is too empty to drive;
  • Problems with the power switch. If you notice that the switch does not click into place with every press, it may be faulty;
  • A faulty motor.

7. My electric scooter no longer turns on

Have you not used your e-scooter for a while? Then it may be that the battery is empty. Connect the scooter to the charger and check whether it makes contact.

Does the scooter still not turn on? Then check the fuse. It often happens that moisture causes the scooter to stop functioning.

In this case, we recommend calling in a specialist to look into this.

8. My electric scooter cuts out while driving

Overloading a can cause the scooter to switch off during use. Make sure you don’t exceed the carrying weight or push the motor to its limits.

Tip: Are you looking for an electric scooter for heavy adults? View our reviews and our recommendations.

9. My electric scooter no longer accelerates

This can have several causes. The most common cause is a short circuit in the controller, preventing the throttle from starting the motor.

In this case, we recommend calling in a specialist to look into this.

10. The battery of my electric scooter runs out quickly

The main reason why your scooter’s battery doesn’t hold as much energy as it used to is degradation. The more charge cycles a lithium-ion battery undergoes, the weaker it becomes.

Extreme heat and higher temperatures can also temporarily cause the battery to discharge faster.

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