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Maintenance of Electric Scooter for Kids: Tips for Longevity and Safety

Maintenance of Electric Scooter for Kids: Tips for Longevity and Safety

Electric scooters are an excellent way to get your kids moving around. They offer an alternate mode of transportation and are fun and straightforward to use. However, like any vehicle, they need maintenance to keep them running.

What to do for perfect maintenance for your kid’s electric scooter for years of use?

    - Tire care

    - Cleaning tips

    - Battery upkeep

    - Brake maintenance  

    - Lubrication of moving parts

    - Inspection

    - Proper storage

Final remarks

What to do for perfect maintenance for your kid’s electric scooter for years of use?

If you're considering purchasing one of the most fabulous kid’s electric scooter models, you should know that they've been around for a while and currently rule the market. However, due to improper care, these scooters might occasionally experience issues. A kid’s electric scooter may malfunction due to an interrupted power supply, low battery power, a faulty master switch, or a loose or damaged connection. Did you know there are a few easy things you can do to ensure you don't miss your kid’s beautiful rides? Most problems are simple to resolve, and you can handle them without seeing a professional.

Tire care

Check to see that you have all the tires appropriately inflated. You can check with your hands if the scooter's current pressure is insufficient. You need to perform some re-filing if pressing the tires causes your finger to sink into them. Use a pressure gauge to determine the present pressure of your tires. Narrow tires typically lose pressure quickly and require regular filling. It would be best if you inflated most small tires between 35 to 85 psi pressure. A properly inflated tire prevents the tube from moving inside the tire during braking and acceleration and provides proper contact with the ground. Next comes the valve stem. The valve stem will become damaged if the tire’s tubes are allowed to rotate because it will detach itself from the inner tube. Typically, you'll need to purchase a replacement inner tube. Before changing or replacing the tube, inflate it only partially to ensure it avoids the rim's path completely. A small amount of air pressure is added to enable the tube to fill and readily exit the edge. Then, securely tighten each tire rim bolt before increasing the tire pressure.

To avoid most of these issues, we at SmooSat develop our kids’ scooters like the  SmooSat E9 Pro to use non-pneumatic tires (NPT), preventing the problem of punctures altogether.

Cleaning tips

It would be beneficial if you took a few steps to thoroughly clean the electric scooters for your kids. Start by unplugging and turning off the scooter from the charger. After that, clean the scooter's body with a moist cloth. Next, use a damp cloth to clean the scooter's body. Avoid any water near the battery. Once the body is clean, wipe it down again with a dry cloth. Then remove the wheels and wash them with soap and water. Use a toothbrush or other small brushes to access difficult-to-reach areas. Before reinstalling the wheels on the scooter, thoroughly clean and dry them. Lastly, ensure the scooter's nuts and screws are tight. If any of them are loose, use a spanner to tighten them. Your kids' electric scooter is prepared for one more exciting flight when everything is safe.

Cleaning hard-to-reach areas of kids’ electric scooters
Figure: Cleaning hard-to-reach areas of kids’ electric scooters (Source: Ride on Electric)​​

Battery upkeep

Usually, an essential component of an electric scooter is the battery. Charge the scooter frequently using the recommended charger from the maker or supplier. Long-term removal of the battery from the charger might also harm it. A battery in an electric scooter may only self-charge to about 60%, which is insufficient for long rides. The best way is to switch out your old battery with a new one if you notice it can no longer maintain a full charge for more than a few minutes. Let the scooter battery rest for roughly an hour to cool before charging it. Because the battery is susceptible to heat, we advise maintaining it as cool as possible while riding. Take frequent stops during your rides to let the battery cool. Leaving your battery running inactive for an extended period is also not recommended. The cells in the 24 Volt battery of scooters are close to one another. The proximity enables sediments to build up at the bottom of the battery and short out the particles.

Our SmooSat E9 Pro and SmooSat E9 Apex kid’s scooters use a top-of-the-line lithium-ion battery with a 5-years-service commitment giving you the peace of mind you deserve and appreciate.

Brake maintenance  

Regularly inspect the brakes of your kid’s electric scooter to ensure the brakes are functioning correctly and not wearing down too quickly. Brakes that work properly are crucial for your child's safety when riding. If your scooter has disc brakes, ensure the friction material is still in place and check the pads for wear. When necessary, invest in new brake pads to protect your child and other drivers on the road. It is because even minor wear and tear can significantly influence the scooter’s capacity to stop when riding quickly.

Lubrication of moving parts

Do not overlook the oil. Kid’s scooters, particularly the chain's moving parts, require routine maintenance. If your child rides the scooter frequently, you should think about lubricating it at least once a week. Before applying the oil, always use the proper lubrication oil and prepare the parts that need lubrication using cleaning agents. To avoid binding, lightly lubricate the throttle and brake linkages. You should also securely fasten the nuts and bolts so they won't quickly come loose. Routine maintenance of your kid’s electric scooter can shield your child from accidents and help it last longer.

Preventive inspection

Regular maintenance increases the efficiency of your child’s scooter and reduces the likelihood of serious problems. There are two kinds of inspections, preventative and corrective. Preventive measures are things you can do to ensure nothing goes wrong with the electric scooter, and corrective measures are things you can do to fix once things go awry. We always advise the former. For your child's safety, always check the items listed in this article before allowing them to ride.

Proper storage

After using the electric scooter, thoroughly clean, dust, and remove any debris that might collect in certain parts. Clean the pieces with a towel, especially underneath the deck. After your child returns from a ride, take some time to check the electric scooter for any damage. Don't forget to give it a full charge before putting it away. Never let the battery run flat, particularly if your child won't be using the device for a while. If you don't do this, the battery's efficiency and capacity may be affected. Make sure that your kid's electric scooter is properly turned off and unplugged. Remove the battery and keep it somewhere dry and secure if the storage temperature is not appropriate for it. To keep it in good condition, store it in a clean, dry location, like a garage or room storage. Keep the scooter out of damp cellars and extreme temperatures. Such places include sheds without air conditioning or windows and areas that flood quickly. You don't want to wear out the battery due to corrosion.

Final remarks

Maintaining your child's electric scooter is essential to ensuring its safe and efficient operation. These suggestions can help keep your child's electric scooter functioning smoothly for many years. For a rundown of amazingly engineered and durable kid’s electric scooters that require minimal maintenance, check out our blog - SmooSat Best Products Gift Guide.

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