E-bikes and e-scooters are getting more and more popular. They mostly use lithium-ion batteries, the same kind you can find in many things around your house. You can even charge these batteries at home!
Charging e-bikes and e-scooters safely is very important. If not done right, it could start a fire. This could be dangerous for you, your family, and your home. So, always be careful when charging.
- Always follow the instructions for charging. Unplug when done.
- Install working smoke or heat alarms where you charge or store your e-bike or e-scooter.
- Only charge batteries when you're awake and at home.
- Use the charger that came with your e-bike or e-scooter. Replace it if it's damaged.
- Don't cover chargers or batteries while charging.
- Don't charge or store near flammable materials.
- Don't overcharge your battery. Check the instructions for charge times.
- Don't overload sockets or use wrong extension leads.
- If there's a fire, don't try to put it out. Leave the house, stay outside, and call 999.
- Don't store or charge in escape routes or communal areas.
- If you're in charge of a building, consider the risks of e-bikes and e-scooters in common areas.
- Store in a cool place. Avoid hot or cold areas.
- Follow instructions for storing and maintaining batteries if not in use for a long time.
- Buy from trusted stores.
- Avoid fake electrical goods. They can cause fires.
- If buying an e-bike conversion kit, ensure it meets safety standards.
- Register your product with the manufacturer.
- Check that the products you bought haven't been recalled.
Handling Damage and Disposal
- Check your battery often for damage. Replace it if damaged.
- Don't dispose of batteries in regular trash or recycling. Check with your local authority for battery recycling options.
There have been reported incidents of the batteries in e-scooters and e-unicycles rupturing and causing fires. As a result of this Transport for London and other public transport providers including Brighton & Hove buses are no longer allowing them on their vehicles.