Exactly how much is the electric scooter charge time?
There are a few crucial factors to consider for knowing the real e-scooter charging time.
Electric Scooter Charging Time
The average electric scooter charging time is about 8 hours. Most consumer-grade electric scooters will take between 3 and 8 hours to get fully charged. The scooters with the shortest charging times take less than 2 hours to charge. The scooter with the longest charging time will 28 hours to charge fully.
Let’s see exactly how long it will take to charge your scooter to the minute.
We will go through the most important principles involved in charging batteries. Also, we will learn how to figure charge times out ourselves.
Electric scooter charging times
In order to learn everything we can about charging times, let’s take a look at the data available and see what’s going on.
|Electric scooter||Charging time (hours)|
|Swagtron Swagger v1 (Pro)||1.5|
|UScooters GT Smart||2|
|Swagtron Swagger Pro 3||2.5|
|Swagtron Swagger 3||3|
|Glion Dolly 225||3.5|
|Swagtron Swagger 5 Boost||3.5|
|GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter||4|
|GoTrax XR Elite||4|
|GoTrax XR Ultra||4|
|Hiboy Max 3||4|
|Inokim Mini 2||4|
|Kugoo Kirin S2||4|
|Kugoo Kirin S2 Mini||4|
|Kugoo S3 Pro||4|
|Myria City Traveler +||4|
|Myria City Traveller UEV||4|
|Ninebot Kickscooter Air T15||4|
|Ninebot S Max||4|
|Smartkick X7 Pro||4|
|Swagtron Swagger 7||4|
|Turboant V8 Dual-battery||4|
|Fiido Seated Electric Scooter||4|
|EVOLV City v2||4|
|Hiboy S2 Lite||4|
|E-TWOT GT Sport||4|
|Apollo City Pro 2022||4.5|
|Okai Neon Lite ES10||4.5|
|Aovo Pro M365 ES80||5|
|AovoPro 365 Go||5|
|AovoPro S3 EW4||5|
|Dragon GTR v2||5|
|E-TWOW GT Smart Edition||5|
|GoTrax G3 Plus||5|
|GoTrax GMax Ultra||5|
|GoTrax XR Elite Max||5|
|Inokim Light 2||5|
|Kaabo Mantis Pro SE||5|
|Kugoo S1 Plus||5|
|NanRobot Lightning 2.0||5|
|Niu KQi3 Sport||5|
|Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite||5|
|Unagi Model One 500 W||5|
|UScooters Booster V||5|
|Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 4 Pro||5|
|Okai Panther ES800||5|
|Synergy Dual Sport||5|
|Turboant M10 Lite||5|
|FFR City Rider||5|
|Yadea KS5 Pro||5.5|
|Apollo City Pro||6|
|EverCross HB24 / H5||6|
|Hiboy KS4 Advanced||6|
|Hiboy S2 Max||6|
|Hiboy S2 Pro||6|
|Hover 1 Blackhawk||6|
|Kugoo G2 Pro||6|
|Kugoo Kirin M4||6|
|Kugoo M2 Pro||6|
|Niu KQi3 Pro||6|
|Swagtron Swagger 7T||6|
|Turboant X7 Max||6|
|Turboant X7 Pro||6|
|Ninebot Max G2||6|
|Ninebot Max G30E II||6|
|Kaabo Mantis King GT||6|
|Glion Dolly XL*||6|
|Gotrax Flex e-bike||6|
|Inokim Light 2 Max||6|
|Okai Stride Commuter EB40||6|
|Okai Neon II ES20||6|
|Okai Neon Pro ES30||6|
|Okai Ranger EB50||6|
|Gotrax G Pro 3 Wheel||6|
|Hiboy ECOM 14||6|
|Hiboy VE1 Pro||6|
|EVOLV Tour XL 13 Ah||6.5|
|Hover 1 Alpha||6.5|
|Ninebot Max G30 LE II||6.5|
|EVOLV Tour v2||6.5|
|Apollo Air 2023||7|
|Bezior S500 Max||7|
|Cybersoul X3 Pro||7|
|Hiboy KS4 Pro Premium||7|
|Macwheel MX Pro||7|
|Nami Burn-E 2||7|
|Aioma Xioma S1||7|
|Fiido Q1S e-bike||7|
|Synergy Aviator 2.0||7|
|Solar P1 2.0||7|
|Ninebot E2 Plus E||7.5|
|Inokim OX 13Ah||8|
|Inokim Quick 4||8|
|Kaabo Mantis 10 Lite Plus||8|
|Kaabo Mantis Lite Plus||8|
|Kugoo M4 Pro||8|
|Mercane Widewheel Pro||8|
|Nami Burn-E 2 Max||8|
|Niu KQi3 Max||8|
|Ninebot F2 Plus||8|
|Ninebot F2 Pro||8|
|Solar FF Lite||8|
|Hiboy Max Pro||8|
|Solar P1 Pro||8|
|Xiaomi M365 Pro||8.5|
|Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2||8.5|
|Dualtron Raptor 2||9|
|EVOLV Tour XL 18.2 Ah||9|
|EVOLV Tour XL-R||9|
|Hiboy Titan Pro||9|
|Razor E Prime 3||9|
|Varla Eagle One||9|
|EMove RoadRunner V2 Seated Electric Scooter||9|
|EMove RoadRunner Pro Seated Electric Scooter||9|
|Solar FF 2.0 Limited Edition||9|
|Speedway Mini 4 Pro||9.5|
|Kaabo Skywalker 10S||10|
|Kugoo Kirin G3||10|
|NanRobot D4+ 3.0||10|
|Varla Eagle One V2||10|
|Wolf GT Pro||10|
|Gotrax F2 e-bike||10.4|
|Dualtron Storm Limited||11|
|Futecher Gun Pro||11|
|Apollo Ghost 2022 Hydraulic Brake||12|
|Apollo Ghost 2022 Regular Brake||12|
|Apollo Phantom 52V Hydraulic||12|
|Apollo Phantom 52V Mechanical||12|
|Apollo Phantom V2 60V Hydraulic||12|
|Apollo Phantom V3||12|
|Dualtron Eagle Pro||12|
|Dualtron X Limited||12|
|Emove Cruiser S||12|
|FFR Mantis Pro||12|
|Kaabo Mantis V2 Fluid Edition||12|
|Kaabo Wolf King GT Pro||12|
|Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11||12|
|NanRobot D4+ 2.0||12|
|Razor EcoSmart Metro||12|
|Kaabo Wolf Warrior X GT||12|
|Inokim OX 21Ah||12.5|
|Varla Eagle One Pro||14|
|Wolf Warrior X||14|
|Wolf Warrior X Pro||14|
|Speedway Leger Pro||14|
|Dualtron Spider 2||15|
|Dualtron Victor Luxury||15|
|Kaabo Mantis 8||16|
|Kaabo Mantis Pro V2 Fluid Edition||16|
|Qiewa Q Force||16|
|VSETT 11+ Super 72 32Ah||16|
|Kaabo Wolf Warrior X Pro||16|
|Dualtron Man EX+||16|
|Weped Fold D||17|
|Qiewa Q Power 2||18|
|Qiewa Q Hunter||19|
|Dualtron Ultra 2||20|
|VSETT 11+ Super 72 35Ah||21|
|Dualtron Victor Luxury +||25|
|Dualtron Thunder 2||28|
|Kaabo Wolf King||28|
The charging times reported are when using the regular chargers of the scooters (some scooters also have fast chargers), and not using the fast charging mode when available. Charging your scooter that way is usually optimal for longer battery life, and it is considered the default.
Electric scooter charging times are sometimes specified in the user manual. Often, they are specified on the websites of the scooter brands or manufacturers.
Also, a lot of the time, this piece of data is available as anecdotal evidence from long-time users who have tested this themselves.
Some models, however, don’t have this information available. For a part of them, the battery energy storage capacity and the current of the charger were available. Therefore, I was able to calculate the charging time by using the formula above.
For a small minority of electric scooters, neither of these data points were available, so they were omitted from the list.
When there were many data points available from multiple sources, I always went with the data reported by users. That is most likely to be closest to the truth. The manufacturer data was the second preferred method, and calculating it was the last resort.
What is the average charging time for electric scooters?
Finally, we can provide a true, data-driven answer to this question.
The average charging times from the list above are 7 hours and 50 minutes.
For the vast majority of electric scooter owners, that will be the actual average.
Which electric scooter charges the slowest?
The Kaabo Wolf King takes 28 hours to get fully charged with its regular charger!
Still, that charging time is well justified, as the Kaabo Wolf King is clearly an elite-level scooter. It is one of the electric scooters with the longest range, one of the fastest scooters ever, and one of the best hill-climbing scooters too.
Which is the fastest charging electric scooter?
The fastest charging electric scooter for adults is the Swagtron Swagger v1 Pro. It takes just an hour and a half to get fully charged.
Factors that affect charging time
Let’s explore the key factors that impact electric scooter charging times, from battery type to charger current.
The type of the battery
Li-Ion batteries are efficient and charge quickly, making them a popular choice for electric scooters, offering a smooth and convenient riding experience.
In contrast, other battery types, like lead-acid, tend to charge more slowly, resulting in longer charging times.
The energy storage capacity of the battery
The battery’s energy storage capacity, typically measured in watt-hours (Wh), directly influences the charging time. Larger-capacity batteries tend to require more time for a full charge due to the increased energy they can store.
However, they often offer extended riding range as a trade-off, making them suitable for longer trips and frequent use.
The output current of the charger
The charger’s output current directly impacts charging speed. Higher current (measured in amperes) means faster charging.
Yet, it’s essential to use a compatible charger to avoid potential damage and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the charger’s current rating.
The overall condition and degradation level of the battery
Batteries lose their performance over time, and after a while, they become so weak, they are almost useless. Naturally, the older the battery is and closer to its end of life, the longer it will take to get fully charged.
The temperature of the room where the scooter is charged
The ideal charging temperature for Lithium-Ion batteries is between 10°C and 30°C. The acceptable range is slightly larger, between 5°C and 45°C. As a result, charging in temperatures outside of that range will be slower, and it will also reduce the lifespan of the battery.
How to calculate how long an electric scooter take to charge
Before we start, you can check out the electric scooter charge time calculator for a simple way to figure out how long you should charge your scooter, although most of the charge times for electric scooters are covered in the table further down in this guide.
All you need to know are three things:
- the type of your battery (usually lithium-ion or sealed-lead-acid, with other battery types being very rare)
- the energy storage capacity of the battery of your scooter, expressed in Ampere-hours (Ah)
- the output current of your charger, expressed in Amperes (A)
Sometimes these values may be expressed in different units. For example, current may be expressed in mili-ampere-hours (mAh). In that case, you need to convert them to the units we need. In this concrete example, converting mili-ampere-hours to Ampere-hours only requires dividing the first value by 1000.
Most batteries of electric scooters today will be Lithium-Ion (Li-ion), but some older models can have sealed lead-acid (SLA) batteries. Depending on the type, the calculations for the charging time will be different.
The difference occurs because of the different charging efficiencies that these two types of batteries have. Li-ion batteries have a charging efficiency between 80% and 90%, and typically that number is actually 90% (source). On the other hand, SLA batteries have anywhere between 50% and 95% charging efficiency, usually considered to be 70% (source).
The charging efficiency comes into play when calculating the charging time.
Once you have all the data needed, we are ready to do a very simple calculation. The formula for calculating the charging time of your electric scooter is the following:
Charging time (h) = Battery energy capacity (Ah) / [Charger current (A) * Charging efficiency (%)]The formula for calculating the charging time for your electric scooter
Let’s take the famous Xiaomi M365 Pro as an example, and plug its values into the formula. It has a Lithium-Ion battery with an energy storage capacity of 13 Ampere-hours. Its charger has an output current of 1.7 Amperes.
The time it would take to charge it should then be:
13 Ah / [1.7 A * 90%] = 8.49.
That is almost exactly the same as the charging time reported by the manufacturers, myself, and many users worldwide, which is 8.5 hours.
So, while the charging time of the scooter is a widely available specification, it can still be wise to check this for yourself and make sure you are getting the real deal.
How to charge an electric scooter
This is a whole other different big topic, but there are a few key bullet points to always keep in mind so that you get the most out of your battery:
- only use chargers that the manufacturer has created for your specific scooter
- fully charge your battery as often as you can
- avoid leaving your scooter on the charger after the battery is full
- avoid getting your battery completely drained
- charge your scooter in temperatures between 10°C and 30°C, and never in temperatures below 5°C or above 45°C
- don’t plug the charger immediately after riding as the battery is still hot
- don’t ride immediately after charging
Make sure to check the full guide on exactly how to charge your electric scooter as well.
For more visual descriptions take a look at this video.
To speed up scooter charging, consider using a higher current charger provided by the manufacturer. Be cautious about using chargers not designed for your scooter, as they may not fit properly and risk damaging your battery. Using an incompatible charger can also shorten the battery’s lifespan. Some powerful scooters offer the option to double-charge, but this is less common and typically found in models with larger battery capacities.
Electric scooters can be fast-charged using a charger with a higher current output. This can significantly reduce the charging time, but it’s crucial to use a compatible charger to prevent battery damage.
It’s best to avoid leaving your electric scooter charging overnight as prolonged charging can harm the battery’s long-term performance. To extend your battery’s lifespan, unplug it when fully charged or use a charger with auto shut-off.
Charging an electric scooter overnight typically costs a few cents to a couple of dollars, depending on your local electricity rates and the scooter’s battery capacity, which you can calculate using your electricity rate per kilowatt-hour (kWh).