Whatever electric scooter you ride, you can be sure it is made up of standard parts that enable it to function reliably. Especially during the pandemic, the electric scooter is considered an efficient and fast mode of transportation that helps a person avoid crowds.
Knowing each part of the e-scooter will enable you to care for it better. What’s more, you will be able to check the important parts for maintenance as you become familiar with the different functions of each part. Armed with first-hand information, you will also learn how to describe a possible malfunction to a mechanic in case your e-scooter needs repair.
With this electric scooter guide, you will have a quick list of the different parts of an electric scooter using Mearth’s top-performing electric scooters, like the S, RS and GTS series.
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1. Handlebar: On this part, you can see the handles, display screen, brake controls, and accelerator, including other features and controls of your electric scooter. The display screen usually shows your current speed, battery level, speed mode, and more.
The e-scooter handlebars are an important part of controlling your e-scooter. Remember that a good handlebar consists of handles with a good grip and controls that are designed for ease of use. They are not supposed to be unsteady or wobbly.
2. Stem: The long tube that connects your handlebar to the front wheel and the rest of the electric scooter parts is called a stem. This part can be folded and can become a handle when you carry your foldable electric scooter. To avert any damage to the folding mechanism and the stem, don’t put unnecessary pressure on the handlebars.
3. Lights: Mearth quality electric scooters have a built-in LED headlight and a tail light to give enough illumination for the rider to see what’s in front and also to be visible while riding at night. The off-road champion electric scooter GTS Max has bright white lights under the deck for added visibility. Check your e-scooter’s lights to make sure it gives enough light to help you see the road clearly, particularly at night. Some riders adorn their e-scooter deck with colored LED lights to add more style.
4. Battery: If you haven’t noticed, the battery is akin to the gas tank of a car. The battery of an e-scooter is made up of many cells that store the energy that your electric scooter needs to ride. Batteries are usually located under the deck, but in some models, like the Mearth S, an entry-level electric scooter, the battery can be found inside the stem. Understand that the battery is important when it comes to range. The higher the battery capacity, the longer the range. If you want to ride long ranges, make sure that your battery has enough capacity. Most electric scooters also use Lithium-ion batteries because they have better capacity and stability.
5. Deck: As you look down, the platform where you stand, where you position your feet is called the deck. Mearth GTS and GTS Max use sandpaper grips on the decks for better grip, so you won’t slip while riding. Mearth electric scooter decks usually measure 14” x 5”, which is wide enough to place your feet.
6. Controllers: Located within the e-scooter that looks like a rectangular metal with many different wires attached to it, that’s the speed controller. The controller manages the current flow from the battery to the motor. The controller bases how much current flow passes through via the accelerator. A less visible component quietly running within the e-scooter is very important nonetheless, because if something goes wrong with the controller, it can be difficult to repair.
7. Tyres: There are two types of tyres: pneumatic (air-filled) and solid (airless). Pneumatic tyres, which the Mearth GTS uses, provide better ride quality as it cushions bumps on the road better than solid tyres. Although solid tyres offer less maintenance, they offer poor ride quality since they cannot cushion the sometimes unavoidable bumps on the road.
8. Motor: The electric scooter motor is usually placed within one or both of the e-scooter wheels. These are brushless direct current electric motors (BLDC) built within wheel hubs. The GTS Max is a powerful e-scooter most often preferred for off-roading and has dual motors. Simply put, there’s one motor on each wheel.
Measured in wattage and rated based on power consumption, the higher the wattage of the electric motor, the more powerful it is. Commuter e-scooters like the Mearth RS series usually have around 500W to 550W motors, while the GTS has 1000W motors. The GTS Max off-road e-scooter has 2 motors with 1200W each.
9. Brakes: The brakes are an important part of an e-scooter since it helps you stay safe and in control while riding. There are different types of brakes, but, essentially, they can be divided into mechanical brakes and electronic brakes.
Mechanical brakes use mechanisms to slow down. The different types of mechanical brakes include disc, drum, and foot brakes. On the other hand, electronic brakes use the motor to stop, and it includes electronic and regenerative brakes. Mechanical brakes offer stronger braking power. Electronic brakes don’t need any maintenance at all.
Finally, the last part of the GTS and GTS Max e-scooter is the suspension. The suspension helps improve ride quality as it stabilizes the ride on bumpy roads. The types of suspension that are commonly found on an e-scooter include hydraulic, spring, and rubber suspension.
There you have it. This quick guide on the different parts of the Mearth electric scooters have hopefully been helpful to make you understand and learn more about each part and how they work. Take note of all these parts of the e-scooter so that you will know what to check and care for.