Electric Scooters have been around for several decades. In the old days, when you bought an electric scooter, you would be lucky to get eight to ten miles out of a charge and would be thrilled to go as fast as twelve miles per hour. That was then. These days, electric scooters can get as much as twenty to thirty miles on a charge and can easily cruise at speeds up to in excess of twenty to twenty-five miles per hour.
If you have been toying around with just replacing your old time scooter, you do have a few choices. You can either retire your old scooter or you can upgrade. Most if not the majority of scooter dealers will tell you either that it can’t be done, or it’s a waste of money. As a scooter sales and service center, I’m telling you that it is possible and can sometimes be cheaper than just replacing your old buddy.
Things to keep in mind is that all electric scooters are designed around the same gut system. As long as the control box, the motor and the battery setup can work together, you can upgrade. If one of these important items is a mismatch, then you will have wasted your money.
At the shop, we have upgraded some two hundred fifty watt systems to three hundred fifty watt and five hundred watt systems. The key, as stated is that the control box (The Brian), the battery setup (The Voltage required) and the Motor all work in harmony.
The brain, as we call it is the control box. This is a circuit board that is designed to regulate such functions and the amount of voltage pulled from the batteries for the motor, the operation of the light system. If the brain is not compatible, the motor could fry, the batteries will drain too fast, there might not be enough power for the motor, and worst case, it could catch fire.
A controller, depending on the type and model can range in cost from $25.00 to $45.00 depending on the type required.
The Primary Guts is the batteries. Most scooters will have at least two batteries. These batteries are 12-volts each. The more batteries, the more weight the scooter can carry at optimum output over a specified distance. Voltage is important in determining the distance an electric powered scooter will go.
Say that you have a three-hundred-fifty watt, 24 volt (that’s 2 batteries) electric scooter and you had a rider that weighs 150 lbs. You can take that scooter about 15 to 20 miles on a charge. Put a 220 lb person on that same scooter, you will only be able to get 12-18 miles on the same charge.
If you put that 150 lb rider on a three-hundred-fifty watt, 36 volt (that’s 3 batteries) electric scooter, you would be able to increase the distance by about 3-6 miles on a charge. The same goes true for the 220 lb rider.