How Do I Jump Start My Scooter Battery?
Scooters are becoming more popular as a means of transportation for commuters, college students and for running short errands. These highly fuel-efficient vehicles have electric starting systems that are powered by a battery. Although these batteries are designed to take and hold a charge on a regular basis, they can lose that capacity over time. If this occurs, the battery will not have the cranking amps required to start the gasoline engine. You will need to jump-start the battery if the usual procedure for starting the scooter fails.
Ensure that you take sufficient safety precautions while jump-starting the battery. Protect your eyes with safety goggles, and wear work gloves to safeguard your hands. Park the vehicle a safe distance from open flames and all sources of heat. This includes cigarettes. Battery acid can leak during the charging process. Cover the scooter battery with an old towel after connecting the terminals to prevent contact with the acid.
Accessing the Battery Compartment
The battery may be mounted beneath the seat or below the footrest. Your owner’s manual will identify the location of the battery for your particular scooter. If it is located beneath the footrest, lift the rubber mat to access the battery cover. You must lift or remove the seat to gain access to the battery if it is mounted near the fuel tank. Remove the screws or pop open the quick disconnect clamps that secure the battery cover to access the battery compartment.
Starting the Scooter with a Jump Pack
Identify the positive and negative terminals on the scooter battery and the jump pack. Red indicates that a terminal is positive, and black means that a terminal is negative. Ensure that the battery pack is set to 12-volts prior to connecting the cables to the scooter battery terminals. Connect the negative terminals first and then the positive terminals. Attempt to start the scooter. When the engine starts, disconnect the negative cable first and then remove the positive cable.
The newer handheld lithium jump starters, such as the Weego JS6 and JS12, can easily be carried in your bag or purse or left on the scooter in one of the storage compartments. Best of all, they can also be used as a power bank to charge your phone, tablet, laptop, etc.
Jump-Starting the Scooter with a Vehicle
If you do not have a battery pack, you can use a car to start your scooter. Use jumper cables to connect the negative terminals and then the positive terminals. Attach the cables to the dead battery first. You can reduce the potential of damage to your scooter by turning the car off. The car battery should have enough cranking power to start the scooter. After the scooter has started, disconnect the jumper cables by removing the negative clamp first and then positive clamp. Do not keep the cables connected for extended period because the car’s alternator releases too many amps. This may damage the scooter battery and electrical system.
Replace the battery compartment cover and secure it in place. Run the scooter for an extended period to recharge the battery. If the scooter fails to start again, you may need to buy one of our replacement scooter batteries. Contact your scooter battery retailer for information on the correct replacement battery for your scooter.