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A useful explainer to waterproof and water-resistant e-scooters and practical tips to waterproof your electric scooter.


Rain – It happens, and it certainly does so in the UK. Your e-scooter is going to get wet unless you never leave the garage. Even if you're very fortunate and never have to deal with a storm or a passing drizzle; avoiding puddles, splashes, and sprays will be difficult at times.

So, how does this affect your e-scooter, especially the “e” part? Let's take a look at how your e-scooter handles water and when you should be concerned about how it could affect its performance.

Waterproof and Water-Resistant

It may be helpful to describe some of the words we'll be using first. The term "waterproof" is a high standard that is usually associated with clothing rather than hardware. It usually involves the use of a membrane that prevents water molecules from passing through while allowing air to pass through.

The applicable norm is water resistance. The key distinction is how well an object handles sustained and full immersion in water. Waterproof means that anything will work properly when submerged or after being immersed in water. It is water-resistant if it can work normally in virtually all wet conditions except when fully submerged.

 

How to know your scooters waterproof rating?

The international standard protocol also known as IP is a globally recognised standard. It's commonly used to decide whether or not a scooter is waterproof.

IP scores are two-digit numbers such as "IP 54" or "IP 67." They tell you how well an electrical system is safe against foreign objects and moisture.

The first digit of the IP rating indicates the degree of protection from solid foreign bodies, and it’s not of much use for water resistance.

The second digit is what we're looking for. It demonstrates how well components are guarded against different levels of moisture. Anything above 3 already indicates that the unit is water-resistant. A value of 4 is already very decent and sufficient for dealing with rainy weather, whereas 5 and anything higher is effectively waterproof.

The numbers in the second digit represent the following:

 

IP RATING DESCRIPTION

 

IP Rating

Description

IPX4

Resistant to splashes from any direction

IPX5

Resistant to a sustained, low-pressure water jet spray

IPX6

Resistant to high-pressure, heavy sprays of water

IP54

Protected from water spray from any direction

IP55

Protected from low-pressure water jets from any direction

IP56

Protected from high-pressure water jets from any direction

IP57

Protected from immersion between 15 cm and 1 m in depth

 

Also, bear in mind that storing any e-scooter in damp, humid conditions for an extended period is likely to affect its operation, particularly that of the battery. Avoid leaving your e-scooter in such conditions and always give it sufficient time to dry out before the next use.

Keep a cloth handy to wipe down your scooter after exposure to rain and moisture, go around lakes instead of through them and you’ll get years of high performance out of your e-scooter.

 

How to waterproof your electric Scooter

Your electric scooter can be waterproofed in a variety of ways. The connectors must first be protected. You'll need to use dielectric grease for this. It aids in the isolation of the connectors from moisture and air. It also acts as an anti-oxidant.

After that, use the liquid tape to professionally separate all components except the LED indicators. It's best if you use battery bags and potting components that have been coated with waterproofing spray. We suggest using a hot glue gun for this task.

If all else fails, we suggest beginning your journey with an e-scooter that has been manufactured with water resistance or waterproofing in mind, it’ll save you time and money and not to mention disappointment if your DIY waterproofing doesn’t stand up to the rain.

 

Waterproof or Water-resistant E-scooters

At Sxcscooters we stock some of the best, high-performance on and off-road electric scooters that are built to withstand wet riding conditions and electric scooters with excellent IP ratings for riding in wet condition.

Visit https://sxcscooters.com/ for a range of Waterproof and Water-resistant E-scooters

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