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Waterproof Electric Scooters

Waterproof electric scooters [everything you need to know + best scooters + data]

Electric scooters are becoming a very common means of reliable, clean transportation. People use them for longer periods of time, which puts them under all kinds of conditions.

For all serious electric scooter brands, launching scooters that can handle heavy rain and snow is a must today. How are they handling this demand?

Can you ride electric scooters in the rain?

To answer this question accurately, we went through both the data and recommendations provided by the scooter manufacturers, and the user testimonials about using their scooters in the rain.

Looking at the advice from manufacturers, you might get the impression that you should rarely if ever ride your scooter in the rain. I went all of the user manuals that I could get my hands on, and pretty much all said the same thing: avoid riding your scooter in rain or wet conditions.

Excerpts from some of the manuals of the most popular scooters

That was the case for scooters across different categories, prices, and countries.

However, what the users report is almost a completely different story.

Even though most manuals strongly advise against riding the electric scooter in the rain, pretty much all users report doing so without absolutely no issues.

I went through countless posts, comments, and reviews, and I didn’t find one single complaint from someone that their scooter broke down because of rain.

The conclusion: all manufacturers recommend avoiding riding the scooter in the rain, but the empirical evidence strongly suggests that electric scooters can handle rain well. So, while you should try and avoid riding your scooter in the rain, chances are nothing will go wrong if you do.

Waterproof vs water-resistant

Most of the manuals that address the damaging effect that water can have on the scooter say something along the lines of: “the scooter is water-resistant, but not waterproof”.

In layman terms,that means the scooter can handle some rain, or even heavy rain, but it shouldn’t be exposed to too much water. This means avoiding riding in the rain, snow, ice, puddles, mud, or other bodies of water.

Are electric scooters waterproof?

The short and simple answer is that most electric scooters today are not waterproof, or at least not entirely.

Only a handful of scooters are truly waterproof, and they are all on the high end of the price range.

Manufacturers are clear about this – they often say so in their manuals. Electric scooters are not waterproof in general.

What is more interesting to us, however, is if the scooter is water-resistant.

Being waterproof means that it can be thrown into a pool and survive without any damage. Nobody really expects that from their electric scooter – people just want to know if they can ride their scooter in bad weather.

So the real question would be…

Are electric scooters water-resistant?

Most electric scooters today are water-resistant, at least to some degree.

Countless numbers of owners have ridden their scooters in very, very wet conditions, against the recommendations of the manufacturers. Some of them were scooters that you would assume are very fragile because of their lower prices.

And still, the instances of major defects because of rain are very rare (personally I found none after hours and hours of going through comments).

How to know if a scooter is waterproof?

There is an international standard called the Ingress Protection standard, commonly known as IP. It is frequently used to determine how waterproof a scooter is.

IP ratings come in the format of two digits, like “IP 54” or “IP 67”. They provide an answer to how well an electrical device is protected from foreign bodies 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 to us when we’re looking for the water-resistance level of the scooter. While it’s great to have higher number for your scooter in general, it doesn’t mean much when we’re trying to see if the scooter can be ridden in the rain.

What we’re after is the second digit. It shows us how well the electronics are protected from various levels of moisture.

These are what the numbers of the second digit signify:

  • 0 / X – no protection
  • 1 – protection against condensation, or vertically falling droplets, meaning the electronics will not be damaged when the device is upright
  • 2 – protection against water droplets deflected up to 15° from vertical
  • 3 – protection against spray up to 60° from vertical
  • 4 – protection against water splashes from all angles
  • 5 – protection against weak jets or water from any angle, some ingress has no damaging effects
  • 6 – protection against strong jets
  • 7 – protection against full immersion, up to 30 minutes and 1 meter of depth, some ingress has no damaging effects
  • 8 – protection against full immersion at great depths and extended time periods, specified by the manufacturer
  • 9 – protection against strong streams, jets, sprays, and wash downs

Anything above 3 already means that the device has some protection against water.

A value of 4 is already pretty good and enough to handle rainy weather, and 5 and anything above it basically means waterproof.

Only about 40% of the electric scooters today have an IP standard specified. Since obtaining the rating requires obtaining a license from an authorized scientific organization, it is safe to assume that scooters that have their IP standards would proudly display it as public information, and ones that don’t have it will try and keep silent about it.

There were some brands that actually had their scooters IP rated, but they didn’t specify it in their manuals. Those were the exceptions though.

Electric scooters rated by water resistance level

These are the most popular scooters today, ordered by their IP rating (the second digit). The ones that didn’t have an IP rating have no value.

Scooter

IP Rating

Note from manufacturer

EMove Cruiser

IP67

Be careful of water

Boosted Rev (discontinued)

IPX7

Avoid water

Qiewa Q Power

IP56

Inmotion Lively

IP65

Max depth 3 cm

Qiewa Q1 Hummer

IP65

Basic waterproof

Qiewa QMini

IP65

Basic waterproof

FLJ i11

IP55

Not 100% waterproof

Ninebot Max

IPX5

Do not ride in rain or snow

Dualtron 2

IP54

Be careful of water

Dualtron 3

IP54

Be careful of water

Dualtron Thunder

IP54

Be careful of water

Dualtron Ultra

IP54

Be careful of water

Dualtron X

IP54

Be careful of water

GoTrax G2

IP54

Avoid water

Gotrax Glider

IP54

Avoid water

Gotrax GXL Commuter

IP54

Avoid water

Gotrax XR

IP54

Avoid water

Gotrax XR Ultra

IP54

Avoid water

Levy

IP54

Micro Colibri

IP54

Micro Condor X3

IP54

Micro EMicro One

IP54

Splash proof, avoid water

Micro Eagle X3

IP54

Micro Falcon X3

IP54

Splash proof, avoid water

Micro Merlin X4

IP54

Micro Peugeot X2

IP54

Micro Sparrow X4

IP54

Micro Sparrow XL

IP54

Nanrobot LS7

IP54

Ninebot ES 1

IP54

Do not ride in rain

Ninebot ES 2

IP54

Do not ride in rain

Ninebot ES 3

IP54

Do not ride in rain

Ninebot ES 4

IP54

Do not ride in rain

Supertteff

IP54

Unagi E450

IP54

Waterproof, but avoid water

Xiaomi M365

IP54

Do not ride in rain

Xiaomi M365 Pro

IP54

Do not ride in rain

Kaabo Air

IPX4

Kaabo Mantis

IPX4

Kaabo Skywalker

IPX4

Kaabo Wolf Warrior

IPX4

Kugoo M2Pro

IPX4

Phaewo

IPX4

Swagtron Cali Drift

IPX4

Swagtron K1

IPX4

Swagtron K2

IPX4

Swagtron K9

IPX4

Swagtron Swagger

IPX4

Swagtron Swagger 2

IPX4

Swagtron Swagger 3

IPX4

Swagtron Swagger 5

IPX4

Swagtron Swagger 5 Dash

IPX4

Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite

IPX4

Swagtron Swagger 7

IPX4

Swagtron Swagger 8

IPX4

Swagtron Swagger Pro

IPX4

Turboant X7

IPX4

Viro Rides

IPX4

Nanrobot D4+

IP53

Nanrobot D5+

IP53

Currus NF

/

Dualped Cruiser

/

Never ride while raining

Dualped Scorpion

/

Never ride while raining

Dualped Scorpion +

/

Never ride while raining

Dualped Speed Demon

/

Never ride while raining

Ecoreco L5

/

Ecoreco M5

/

Ecoreco S5

/

Ecoreco XS

/

EMobo Duotork

/

EMove Touring

/

Evo 300S

/

Evo 300SX

/

FFR Mantis

/

Ford Ojo

/

Glion Dolly

/

Don’t ride in wet conditions

Hollyburn

/

Imax S1

/

Imax T3

/

Inokim Light

/

Water resistant, avoid pools of water

Inokim Mini

/

Water resistant, avoid pools of water

Inokim OX

/

Water resistant, avoid pools of water

Inokim OXO

/

Water resistant, avoid pools of water

Inokim Quick

/

Water resistant, avoid pools of water

JD Bug

/

Jetson Quest

/

Joyor

/

Max depth 3 cm

Kugoo ES2

/

Do not ride in rain

Kugoo G-Booster

/

Max depth 2 cm

Kugoo Kirin M4

/

Kugoo Kirin S1

/

Kugoo Kirin S2

/

Kugoo Kirin S2 Mini

/

Kugoo Pro

/

Kugoo S1

/

Max depth 4 cm

Kugoo S1 Pro

/

Max depth 4 cm

Maxwheel MX1

/

Maxwheel MX2

/

Maxwheel MX3

/

Megawheels S1

/

Megawheels S5

/

Mercane Widewheel

/

Nanrobot D3

/

Nanrobot RS11

/

Nanrobot RS4

/

Nanrobot RS6

/

Nanrobot RS7

/

Nanrobot V8

/

Nanrobot X4

/

Outstom Maxx

/

QiCycle

/

Razor E100

/

Do not ride in rain

Razor E200

/

Do not ride in rain

Razor E300

/

Do not ride in rain

Razor E90

/

Do not ride in rain

Razor Ecosmart

/

Do not ride in rain

Raor EPrime

/

Do not ride in rain

Rion

/

Scrooser

/

Soflow Flowboard

/

Speedway 4

/

Be careful of water

Speedway 5

/

Be careful of water

Speedway Leger

/

Be careful of water

Swagtron EB5

/

Swagtron Metro SK3

/

Tarsa T2

/

Tarsa T9

/

Tarsa T10X

/

Techlife L5

/

Techlife L5T

/

Techlife X2

/

Techlife X5

/

Techlife X6

/

Techlife X7S

/

Techlife X9

/

Turbowheel Dart

/

Avoid water

Turbowheel Lightning

/

Avoid water

Turbowheel Swift

/

Avoid water

Uberscoot S300

/

Do not ride in rain

Uberscoot 500W

/

Do not ride in rain

Uberscoot 800W

/

Do not ride in rain

Uberscoot 1000W

/

Do not ride in rain

Uberscoot 1600

/

Do not ride in rain

X-treme City Rider

/

Zero 8

/

Not technically waterproof

Zero 8 X

/

Not technically waterproof

Zero 9

/

Not technically waterproof

Zero 10

/

Not technically waterproof

Zero 10X

/

Not technically waterproof

Zero 11X

/

Not technically waterproof

Here is a pie chart representation of the table data.

 

How waterproof are modern electric scooters?

Which electric scooters are water-resistant?

As we can see, at least 40% of electric scooters today have some IP rating against water damage.

The real answer is that probably a lot more than 40% of the scooters are water-resistant, at least to some degree. The stories of users riding through rain, snow, mud, ice, and puddles without having issues may be only anecdotal evidence, but it does prove that electric scooters handle wet conditions well.

This is a list of the scooters that are certified to be water-resistant (or that information was publicly available at least):

  • EMove Cruiser
  • Boosted Rev (discontinued)
  • Qiewa Q Power
  • Inmotion Lively
  • Qiewa Q1 Hummer
  • Qiewa QMini
  • FLJ i11
  • Ninebot Max
  • Dualtron 2
  • Dualtron 3
  • Dualtron Thunder
  • Dualtron Ultra
  • Dualtron X
  • GoTrax G2
  • Gotrax Glider
  • Gotrax GXL Commuter
  • Gotrax XR
  • Gotrax XR Ultra
  • Levy
  • Micro Colibri
  • Micro Condor X3
  • Micro EMicro One
  • Micro Eagle X3
  • Micro Falcon X3
  • Micro Merlin X4
  • Micro Peugeot X2
  • Micro Sparrow X4
  • Micro Sparrow XL
  • Nanrobot LS7
  • Ninebot ES 1
  • Ninebot ES 2
  • Ninebot ES 3
  • Ninebot ES 4
  • Supertteff
  • Unagi E450
  • Xiaomi M365
  • Xiaomi M365 Pro
  • Kaabo Air
  • Kaabo Mantis
  • Kaabo Skywalker
  • Kaabo Wolf Warrior
  • Kugoo M2Pro
  • Phaewo
  • Swagtron Cali Drift
  • Swagtron K1
  • Swagtron K2
  • Swagtron K9
  • Swagtron Swagger
  • Swagtron Swagger 2
  • Swagtron Swagger 3
  • Swagtron Swagger 5
  • Swagtron Swagger 5 Dash
  • Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite
  • Swagtron Swagger 7
  • Swagtron Swagger 8
  • Swagtron Swagger Pro
  • Turboant X7
  • Viro Rides
  • Nanrobot D4+
  • Nanrobot D5+

 

Which electric scooters are waterproof?

Now this is a much harder feat to achieve. For a scooter to be waterproof, it needs to have the second digit of the IP rating at 7 or higher.

From the table, we can see that the only truly waterproof electric scooters today are only the EMove Cruiser and the Boosted Rev. Since the Boosted Rev is discontinued, and the supply will probably run pretty soon, that means the only true waterproof electric scooter on the market today is the EMove Cruiser.

While there could be other ones that are waterproof but their IP rating was unavailable, I really doubt it. If a scooter has an IP rating of IPX7 or higher, the manufacturers would probably advertise it.

What are the best water-resistant electric scooters?

Just because a scooter has an IP rating, doesn’t mean that the public loves it. Besides the EMove Cruiser, these are the most popular, best value-for-money scooters that are water-resistant:

  • Nanrobot D5+
  • Swagtron 7
  • Ninebot ES4
  • Ninebot Max
  • Boosted Rev (discontinued)
  • Gotrax GXL Commuter
  • Dualtron 3

 

 

 

Is the Xiaomi M365 waterproof?

I see this question asked a lot. No wonder, since Xiaomi M365 is maybe the most popular electric scooter in the world.

The answer is that the Xiaomi M365 is water-resistant, but not entirely waterproof.

It has an IP rating of IP54. The second digit is 4, which means it is protected from water splashes from all angles. However, it can’t be subjected to jets of water, and it really shouldn’t be submerged into water at all.

The user manual advises for the scooter to not be ridden in the rain, but users worldwide report doing that without any significant issues.

Is the Xiaomi M365 Pro waterproof?

Pretty much the same paragraph from above can be applied for the Xiaomi M365 Pro version.

Xiaomi M365 Pro is water-resistant, but not waterproof. It has an IP rating of IP54, which means it can handle common splashes of water.

Even though the company recommends not riding it in the rain, many users test the limits of it in adverse weather. It seems to handle rain rather well.

There are some improvements in the water-resistance compared to the old model. One of them is the safety cap on the power charger port, which is now magnetic and doesn’t fall of that easily. That was a problem for some users in the original version, which Xiaomi handled in an elegant way.

Is the Ninebot ES2 waterproof?

Another common question people have.

The Ninebot ES2 is water-resistant, but not water-proof.

It has an IP rating of IP54, meaning it is protected from water splashes from different angles.

Users ride it in light to medium rain seemingly all the time, and they don’t report serious malfunctions.

Besides not riding in the rain, Ninebot advise not riding through puddles or bodies of water deeper than 1 inch (2 cm).

How to waterproof your electric scooter?

Many scooters that are not very water-resistant can be beefed up with some extra customizations. Users are commonly doing this, especially on scooters that are not that strong in this area.

You should keep in mind that some of these procedures may void your warranty. However, if you achieve better water resistance and can ride in the rain more worry-free, it may be well worth it.

The strategy will be to fortify commonly known weak spots in the scooter that often get wet. Here are some steps you can take:

  • cover tiny functionless holes in your scooter with silicone. If the hole serves a purpose, leave it alone
  • put thick grease on the motor wheel axles (if you don’t know what this means, go to a professional)
  • get additional waterproof accessories for some vulnerable parts, like the LED screen or the throttle on some scooters

Check out our detailed guide on how to waterproof your scooter to learn more.

 

What to do if your electric scooter gets wet?

No matter how careful you are, some times your scooter might get very wet.

You will probably not see it fall down in a pool, but it may get subjected to very heavy rain or even a flood.

Most scooters are not designed to handle that. If you believe your scooter has been subjected to more water than it can handle, or if you notice defects after riding it in the rain, these are the steps you need to take:

  • power off your scooter – electricity and water don’t work well together
  • remove the battery
  • don’t let the battery and electronics dry out naturally – they can corrode
  • dry the battery and the electronics – pad them dry with a towel or napkins, and then suck the water out with a vacuum cleaner (don’t hold the vacuum too close since it may create static electricity). Don’t use a hairdryer – that pushes the water further inward. Don’t put anything in a microwave.
  • Put the battery in uncooked rice.
  • Wait – one day should be enough.
  • Reassemble and turn your scooter on. If it doesn’t turn on immediately, try plugging in the charger and see how it responds.

If following those steps still doesn’t solve your defects, you may need to get a new battery, or if you’re unlucky, take your scooter to get fixed.

 

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