How To Waterproof Your Electric Scooter: Tips and Tricks

With the convenience electric scooters offer and with them becoming more and more popular, the question of how to waterproof your electric scooter for rides in bad weather becomes more important. Even though modern scooters are built with some waterproofing, it does not always protect them from water damage.

How To Waterproof Your Electric Scooter: Tips and Tricks

If you are tired of fighting to access public transport and decide to buy an electric scooter, this article will help you to understand what is an IP rating, why you need to protect your e-scooter from water, and different methods that can be used to do so.

Can an electric scooter get wet from the rain?

If you live in a place with unpredictable wet weather conditions, where rain or snow can happen at any moment throughout the year, waterproofing your scooter is a necessity.

What are the benefits of extra waterproofing?

1.     Protection of electronic parts and the inside of your device from short circuits and water damage

The electronic parts are always the first ones to be damaged by water.

2.     Protection of the insides of the device from corrosion and rust

If the water gets inside and stays there for long enough, corrosion will commence.

Water resistance IP rating

IP means International Protection. Knowing the IP rating of your electric scooter will help you to determine what measures you should consider in trying to protect your device from water.

The IP rating can be found in the user manual. If it is not there, try to search for it or contact us in the comment section below.

How to waterproof your electric scooter

The first number shows the resistance to solid objects like dust, mud and etc. The second number shows the resistance to water.

If the first number is:

  •         4 – protected from solid objects over 1mm
  •         5 – limited protection from dust
  •         6 – totally protected from dust

If the second number is:

  •         4 – protected from water splashes from all directions
  •         5 – protected from low-pressure water jets from any direction
  •         6 – protected from high-pressure water jets from any direction
  •         7 – protected from short periods of immersion in water
  •         8 – it can withstand long periods of immersion in water

To summarize, if the rating is low that means a device has basic waterproofing functions. Such scooters are protected from water spray and low-pressure water jets only and will need to be taken care of with regard to waterproofing, including some customization.

The best waterproof electric scooters with an IP66 rating and higher have strong water-resistant features and can handle high-pressure water jets, but they are quite expensive.

Tips to protect your electric scooter from water

There are ways to protect your scooter from water without implementing big changes to it. It is just how you will do certain things or how you will take care of your transport.

Do not fold your wet electric scooter

Folding a wet electric scooter can lead to water damage. That happens because the handlebar stem gets set higher than the handlebars. So, the water will start dripping onto the screen or the throttle.

It is easier to prevent complicated damage rather than deal with it after it has broken your scooter.

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Dry your electric scooter after you’ve used it

If you are having a ride in wet weather, make sure you have a cloth with you to wipe any water off it. This simple advice will keep your scooter in working condition for longer.

Another way to keep water off your electric scooter is by using a wet-dry vacuum. It will take you a couple of minutes, then your device is ready to be stored.

Some people use a hairdryer for drying scooters, but this is not a good idea. A hairdryer pushes water inside the scooter which can cause damage to electrical components.

Do not ride your electric scooter in bad weather

Check the weather report before going out.

If wet weather is expected, leave your scooter at home and choose another way of traveling, maybe use public transport. You do not want your scooter wet.

If there is no way you can avoid riding e scooter when the weather is wet, do not ride it very fast.

Riding during winter can cause even more damage to your scooter. It is a known fact that salt is often used on the roads to melt the snow. Salty water will cause corrosion of the electronics in your scooter faster.

Buy the electric scooters waterproof cover

A simple thing like a waterproof cover will not cost you much but will protect your device from water while it is parked outside.

The cover can not be used while riding, it can cause an accident.

Dress yourself according to the weather

It is not related to keeping your scooter dry but it is worth reminding you.

Dressing accordingly to the weather will make your rides more comfortable and also safe, which in turn will reduce the chance of having an accident.

Get protective gear suitable for scooter rides. They should be waterproof, if possible, as well. Get a full-face scooter helmet that will prevent the wind and rain from getting into your face.

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Gloves that have grips will ensure you do not lose the control of handlebars. Wearing proper shoes will prevent slipping. It all will add up to you being safe on the ride.

How to waterproof your electric scooter. Modifications.

There are different ways of modifying your electric scooter to make it more water-resistant.

Advanced waterproofing techniques include minor external changes and major internal changes when you will have to be diving deep to get to the most sacred electronic parts. Start with the first ones, which will not affect your scooter’s warranty.

If you do open up your electric scooter, please be aware that the manufactures warranty will not be valid anymore. These methods are also more complicated, so keep them in mind as a last resort.

Before you start, make sure that you turn the electric scooter off.

Using the duct tape for the deck and the charging port

The cheapest and quite effective way to improve the waterproofing of electric scooters. It is also fast and will save you time. This method does not require you to open up your scooter.

The duct tape is easy to remove if needed. If you choose a strong holding one, it will give a long-term solution to protecting an electric scooter from water.

Putting duct tape over a charging port will protect one of the most important parts of the scooter. Just remember, not every hole can be closed up, for example, the exhaust hole cannot be covered with anything.

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The downside of this method is having to replace the duct tape every few months though, as it wears off fast. But the results it brings are worth it.

Waterproof the connectors on e scooter

One of the weakest points of water resistance in scooters is the electrical cable connections. Usually applying a silicone-based conformal coating improves the waterproofing and gives it extra protection.

As the process is simple, you will not lose the warranty:

STEP 1

Get a silicone solution for coating

STEP 2

Open the deck

STEP 3

Apply it on the connectors you want to waterproof

STEP 4

Wait at least 12 hours for the coating to dry

Protect the power button, the screen, and the throttle

The power button and an LCD screen are the things that need moisture protection as well if you intend to ride an electric scooter in wet conditions. You can do it using one of two methods.

  1.         Using a transparent plastic cover over the button and the screen (similar to the ones they put on a brand new cellphone). This option will allow you to see the screen and keep water away from it at the same time.
  2.         Putting adhesive tape over the power button. The adhesive tape will provide good insulation and waterproofing, but not easy to remove if need be.
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Most electric scooters have water-resistant throttles. The ones with low water resistance ratings will need some waterproofing done to them. The process will vary from scooter to scooter.

There is a way to waterproof the throttle by putting a balloon around it creating an extra layer.

If you can afford to replace your throttle with a new waterproofed one, go for this option as it is more effective.

Waterproof electric scooters with silicone or Loctite

Filling the holes on the deck of your scooter, stem, or handlebars with silicone fillings is relatively safe. You can also use Loctite. Just make sure the holes you are trying to fill are non-functional holes, such as an exhaust hole.

You can test the hole by lifting the scooter off the ground and turning the throttle on. If any of the holes have air coming in or out of them, you can not safely fill such holes in. Otherwise, it is safe to do so.

The tiny little spaces around the screws on the backlight of e scooter are the ones that most people fill in with silicone. The spots the wires are coming out of, also get typically filled in with silicone, and it does bring good results.

Extension of the mudguard on electric scooters

The more extended mudguards are perfect for riding in bad weather, but many electric scooters have short ones. It sprays mud and water all over the scooter and onto yourself.

The electric scooter community combats this problem by putting in some extra duct tape and extending a mudguard that way. Such a simple solution yet is effective.

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Putting o rings around screws and holes with wires

Water can cause damage to the electrical components of your scooter. That is why it is important to waterproof the holes the wires go through and the spaces around the screws.

Once you have opened up the deck and disassembled the electric components, simply place the o rings on the holes, replace the screw, and screw it back in.

It is important to follow the manual for your scooter to assemble the scooter correctly.

Apply thick grease onto the motor wheel axle

Perform motor wheel axle maintenance to improve your scooter’s efficiency. You will need to apply thick grease onto the motor wheel axles.

Depending on your model, the motor can be in either of the wheels or sometimes in both wheels.

Waterproofing of scooters electrical components

This step is not recommended as it is very risky and definitely will make your warranty not valid. It also requires you to have some knowledge of electronics.

Some owners of e-scooters claim waterproofing of electronics did help to increase its level, but there is no way you can check it out.

Also, the manufacturers are aware of the weak spots of the e-scooters and usually take the extra step for waterproofing the electronic components.

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What to do if an electric scooter gets exposed to more water?

The essential parts of the average electric scooter

1.Brakes

Many scooters usually have two systems, one is electrical and one is mechanical. Make sure the systems work at all times and the brake pads are functional. That will ensure your safety on the ride.

2.Battery

The battery is used to power your scooter. The bigger capacity of the battery, the more powerful the scooter is.

3.Motor

Primarily all electric scooters have only one motor. But there are models that have two. The motor is built into the wheel hubs.

4.Deck

Almost all decks have some grip for your stability to prevent the slippery surface of a deck of a scooter if riding in heavy rain.

5.Handlebars

All the controls are placed onto the handlebars, including the accelerator, the speedometer, and the brakes.

6.Tyres

Do not forget to check the tyre pressure to ensure a safe ride.

7.Stem

The metal pole that connects the front wheel and the handlebars is a stem. It allows you to correctly fold the scooter.

8.Suspension

Most electric scooters do not have the ability to absorb bumps on the road. There are some models that actually do have suspension, but the price of such models is quite high.

9.Lights

LED lighting helps you to see the road better at night. It also makes you more visible if weather conditions are bad. It is common to customize your electric scooter by installing new more powerful lights to ensure a safe ride.

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Can you ride your electric scooter in the rain?

Light rain isn’t as dangerous to the electrical motor as heavy rain. Water can damage the electrical system of the scooter and affect its working condition.

Usually, electronic parts are insulated, but a short circuit can happen inside the device if you go through big puddles. That can damage the battery and cause corrosion to the metal parts including the frame.

Avoid traveling if the weather is wet.

If there is an instance when you do have to travel while it’s raining or snowing, make sure you use the tips from this article to increase water resistance and minimize water damage.

The sealing standard

The international protection rating is the most important part of determining how waterproof your device is. Over forty percent of scooters sold on the market do not have any water resistance. We recommend doing research prior to buying a device to ensure it meets your needs.

If the rating of the scooters is IP54 and lower, they will only withstand low-pressure water jets and water splashes and will offer limited protection from dust.

If the second number of the rating is 6 and upwards, such scooters are water resistant to heavy-pressure water jets and some of them can even be immersed in water for some time.

Equipment for riding in the rain

It is necessary to have suitable gear when riding scooters during wet seasons.

The helmet

It is not compulsory to use during your rides, but we strongly recommend it as a helmet can save your life in an accident. There are different models you can get including the ones with visors and LED lights.

The waistcoat

Reflective waterproof clothes will make you more visible at night and when the weather is bad. It will also protect you from rain making the ride more comfortable and safe.

The gloves

This accessory offers a better grip to the handlebars which prevents hands from slipping off them. They can be quite useful if your electronic device gets wet.

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There is a variety of different gloves in the shops so you will be able to choose the ones that suit you.

The mudguard

Many scooters already have mudguards. If you do not have one, consider buying this accessory. Short mudguards can be extended by duct tape solution. Mudguards protect you and your scooter frame from heavy sprays of water and mud.

FAQs

How to choose an electric scooter for rainy weather?

If you are going to be riding rainy roads, then you definitely should consider buying a model that has a high ranking in waterproofing.

Effective powerful disk brakes will help you to avoid getting into dangerous situations or accidents. Do not try to save money on safety.

Can I leave my electric scooter outside in the rain?

We strongly advise you not to leave your device outside in the rain. The water can damage the electronics of electric scooters. If it is not possible, use a waterproof cover to keep your device dry.

You can also carry duct tape with you. In case of rain put a piece over the charging port. That will prevent the water from damaging the electronics and the battery.

Can electric scooters get water damage?

Relatively cheap versions with a low IP rating under 54 can not withstand too much water and will definitely get water damaged.

There are a few options to increase the water resistance of such devices, which we described in this article.

Can I make my electric scooter waterproof?

Absolutely. There are different options you can try to make your e-scooter more waterproof.

Starting with dressing yourself appropriately, ensuring a safe ride, and drying an electric scooter after rain. And finishing with using duct tape over a charging port, including the ones that have a protective cap, and applying grease to the motor wheel axles to prevent rust.

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Conclusion

So, if you live in a place with a wet climate, consider buying an electric scooter with a high IP rating to protect electronics from water damage and to minimize the interference with the internals of the device so you can still keep the warranty.

If rainy weather happens occasionally and the IP rating of your device is low, there are many ways you can add extra waterproofing.

Hopefully, this article was helpful. Please share the article with friends. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments down below. Stay safe!

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