Owning or renting an electric scooter has become more popular all over the world. The question that may arise is – why are more people using an e-scooter? The answer is simple. It’s a functional, convenient and enjoyable way to travel. Plus, you don’t have to get on public transport or be stuck in a car for hours in traffic.
Weather plays a huge part in what we choose to travel with as well, so it is important to see whether or not all e-scooters are waterproof or not. So, when choosing an e-scooter for yourself you must keep in mind the following factors: IP ratings (measure of waterproofness), examine manufacturer warranty on water resistance and take into account what circumstance you may come across while riding.
The majority of manufacturers recommend that riders refrain from using their e-scooters in rainy weather because not all of them have the same degree of waterproofness. To check how waterproof your scooter is, look out for the ingress protection rating (IP rating) which is the level of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from moisture or water in this case.
IP ratings are usually defined by two digits. The first one represents the extent of protection from solid substances, which is rated from 1-6. The second represents the extent of protection from liquids or sprays, which is rated from 1-9.
Here’s what the second digit’s (moisture protection) rating mean:
X/0 – No protection.
1 – Protection against vertically falling water droplets, such as rain. Ensuring that no damage or interrupted functioning of components will be incurred when an item is upright.
2 – Protection against water droplets deflected up to 15° from vertical.
3 – Protected against spray up to 60° from vertical.
4 – Protected against water splashes from all directions. Tested for a minimum of 10 minutes with an oscillating spray (limited ingress permitted with no harmful effects).
5 – Protection against low-pressure jets (6.3 mm) of directed water from any angle (limited ingress permitted with no harmful effects).
6 – Protection against direct high-pressure jets.
7 – Protection against full immersion for up to 30 minutes at depths between 15 cm and 1 metre (limited ingress permitted with no harmful effects).
8 – Protection against extended immersion under higher pressure (i.e. greater depths). Precise parameters of this test will be set and advertised by the manufacturer and may include additional factors such as temperature fluctuations and flow rates, depending on equipment type.
9 – Protection against high-pressure, high-temperature jet sprays, wash-downs or steam-cleaning procedures – this rating is most often seen in specific road vehicle applications.
Even though, your IP rating can help you determine which conditions your e-scooter can withstand, manufacturers may not cover everything related to it. If your IP rating is 65, it may be that the coverage is only possible for dry climate or it may be recommended that you should not use it in the rain especially if it pours heavily. So, if your vehicle is damaged, manufacturers may void your warranty.
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So, to understand how waterproof your electric scooter might be, see the second digit of the IP rating provided or ask your manufacturer regarding any confusions you may have. After rigorous testing, our experts at Scootz have come to the conclusion that for everyday use, e-scooters with the IP65 rating are perfect to withstand the rain, puddles or even splashes of waters.
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