Batteries in an electric scooter

Electric scooter with battery

Electric scooters do have a certain personalization. As in combustion scooters, we can choose the types of fuel. In electric vehicles, there are 2 main types of batteries that you will find in our Iamelectric store: lithium-ion and gel.

In scooters and scooters, the battery is one of the most important components. It is a guarantee that our electric scooter will set off on the morning journey to work or school. Therefore, we are ahead of any questions. Yes, you need to take extra care of the battery and keep in mind a few basic, very simple rules of use that change depending on whether it is a gel or a lithium-ion battery.

Gel battery

Otherwise it is called maintenance-free, dry-charged. Structurally, it resembles a classic battery, but it is filled with an electrolyte mixed with silica, which causes the electrolyte to gel. The battery constructed in this way is characterized by greater resistance to electrolyte removal and self-discharge. Gel batteries like a temperature of around 20 degrees the most. Higher temperature can shorten its life by up to 50%. Therefore, it is worth placing the scooter heart away from places where a large amount of heat is generated. On the other hand, temperatures below 0 degrees reduce the battery’s capabilities, as its capacity then decreases by about 15%. The 24h rule is also an important remark. What we mean here is that the battery should not be discharged for more than 24 hours. We try to recharge the electric scooter regularly and when it is needed.

Lithium-ion battery

The rule is simple – the more often we top up, the better. Even if the battery consumes 10-20% of energy, we can confidently recharge it a little so that it always has 100% energy if possible. Another important aspect of using a lithium ion battery is not to overcharge it. So if you are charging the battery and you know that the end of charging is near, don’t leave the house and don’t leave the battery still plugged in. Very important information is that lithium-ion batteries do not like deep discharge, so avoid trips with our electric scooter if we have 50% battery charge. Electric scooters with this battery just don’t like it.

What about the convenience of use?

When advising clients, we follow the principle: If you live in a block of flats, tenement houses – choose electric scooters with a lithium-ion battery, e.g. Hawk Lithium or Hawk Double Lithium. However, if you live on the outskirts of the city in a single-family house and you have the option of charging your scooter, e.g. in a garage with a socket, choose an electric scooter with a gel battery, at least for economic reasons, because a gel battery is cheaper. Ion battery is definitely more comfortable to use. It is smaller, lighter, so the battery can be taken home and recharged at any time. The lithium-ion battery charges faster, lasts longer, and has a higher density. However, the gel battery is definitely cheaper, and the difference in charging is only 4 hours. If you plan your trips in advance, you will not feel any longer charging process.

Below we present the most important advantages and disadvantages of gel and lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium-ion battery

High specific energyHigh price
Long cycle (approx. 1000) and service lifeThere is no quick charge in freezing temperatures
Straightening and reasonable short charging timesVery susceptible to high temperatures
Low self-discharge
High performance

Gel battery

Due to the gel form of the electrolyte, there is no risk of spillageWeight
Low priceFewer charging cycles (around 500)
It can be set in any position
Resistant to vibrations and shocks

When choosing an electric scooter or other electric vehicle, it is worth considering how we will use it. If you have more questions about the purchase, write us a message or give us a call. Electric scooters are the future! What kind of batteries will you choose?

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