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Don’t mix electricity with water. It’s a simple known rule. Right? So how do those wise words of wisdom relate to riding electric scooter’s in the wet, which let’s face it, we tend to experience perhaps more than the average bear in Britain.
Manufacturers may describe their scooters as being waterproof or water resistant and even dust resistant. But what does it all actually mean? How do we know if it’s true and does one manufacturer’s definition differ to the next? It’s enough to dampen anyone’s spirits when your comparing models in search of your new scooter.
To help simplify things, there is an international standard for resistance called the Ingress Protection standard … or IP rating, to you and me. This standard is commonly used to determine how waterproof and dust proof an electric scooter is.
On any electric scooter’s product description, you should see an IP rating, for example IP54 or IP65. These figures tell us the extent to which an electrical device is protected from foreign bodies and the wet.
Each of the two digits play a significant role but it’s the second one we’re interested in. The first digit is the level of resistance to dust and foreign bodies. But the second digit tells us how well a scooter’s electronics are protected from various levels of moisture.
The IP standard chart:
This is what each second digit refers to:
⇨ 0 / X – no protection
⇨ IPx1 – protection against condensation, or vertically falling droplets, meaning the electronics will not be damaged when the device is upright
⇨ IPx2 – protection against water droplets deflected up to 15° from vertical
⇨ IPx3 – protection against spray up to 60° from vertical
⇨ IPx4 – protection against water splashes from all angles
⇨ IPx5 – protection against weak jets or water from any angle, some ingress has no damaging effects
⇨ IPx6 – protection against strong jets
⇨ IPx7 – protection against full immersion, up to 30 minutes and 1 metre of depth, some ingress has no damaging effects
⇨ IPx8 – protection against full immersion deeper than 1 metre and extended time periods, specified by the manufacturer
⇨ IPx9 – protection against strong streams, jets, sprays, and washdowns
In summary, anything about IPx3 suggests the electric scooter has some protection against moisture and water.
IPx4 means a scooter is good at handling wet weather. A scooter with an IPx5 rating means your scooter will put up a good fight against water damage and a rating of IPx7 or above pretty much says a scooter is waterproof. These scooters are few and far between right now but one such model is the Emove Cruiser.
It’s thought around half of all electric scooters on the market today have some IP rating against water damage. And it’s probably fair to say a lot more than this have a water-resistant rating to some degree.
What to do if your scooter gets wet:
Though many of us will always try to avoid riding out in wet conditions, primarily for safety reasons, the inevitable does always happen. You’re bound to get caught in a shower or storm at some point.
So, if you do find your scooter has been affected by riding in the wet and you begin to notice malfunctions in the way it rides there are a few simple steps you can do which may help:
⇨ Firstly, turn off the scooter as like we said earlier, water and electricity don’t mix.
⇨ Carefully remove the battery using your instruction manual as a guide, or if it’s a common model there is no doubt a video tutorial lurking somewhere online.
⇨ Don’t let battery or electronics dry out naturally as that can cause corrosion.
⇨ A simple way to do this is firstly using kitchen towel and then a small vacuum nozzle to help suck water away. Don’t use a hair dryer as that will only push water further into small holes and gaps.
⇨ Not for a mid-way snack, but rice is known to draw out moisture. So put your battery in dry rice for about a day.
⇨ Reassemble your scooter and turn on.
If you still find the battery or scooter is not working correctly, you may need a new battery or worst-case scenario, you scooter will need to be professionally repaired.