Under optimal riding conditions - riding at a steady speed (no braking or accelerating) on a flat surface with a 150lb rider, our scooters consistently deliver 12 to 15 miles per charge.
The best way to extend your battery life is to minimize heavy braking and acceleration. Plan ahead, and be aware of your riding environment. Slow down early by easing off the throttle, rather than hitting the brakes late, and accelerate gently rather than jamming on the power all the way.
To increase the longevity of the battery, you should keep your scooter's lithium battery at a 40% charge state at a minimum. It's best to fully charge the battery before using your scooter again and it's harmful to fully discharge lithium-ion batteries prior to storing them. The best battery manufacturers store lithium batteries at around 60 degrees F and at a 40% charge level, so we would recommend the same.
Hills also consume power, both up and down. Downhills will consume power as our scooters will start braking automatically to keep you at a safe speed while descending. If you pick your route wisely and avoid steep hills, you’ll ultimately save time and power.
Can I use the scooter as a kick scooter in situations where the battery runs out?
It is not easy to use the Unagi as a kick scooter because, as an electric scooter, the wheels have built-in magnets as part of the high-power motor mechanism. If you attempt to use it as a kick-scooter while powered off, although this wouldn't damage your scooter, you will have to push against these magnets and it will be quite a workout. Making a motor-like noise is normal whenever the wheels are rotated, even when power is off, and is not a cause for concern.
An easier alternative for transporting it in an emergency situation without power is to drag the scooter while balanced on the back wheel. This shouldn't harm your scooter either.