Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Hardy Huber on battery life
Hardy Huber is the mastermind who invented the TravelScoot. Recently Elford in Helsinki, Finland sent me an email correspondence he had with Hardy about the lifetime of the lithium ion batteries. You can read more background on this on the post titled "Scooter gang of Vuosaari."
I have two of the regular size lithium ion batteries. The first was purchased 2 1/2 years ago. I'm just starting to see some decline in how long this battery holds a charge, but it's still very usable.
This is what Hardy had to say about battery life:
Every Battery starts deteriorating the moment it is made. In other words, capacity is very slowly decreasing. Eventually there will be a moment where distance is not satisfactory anymore. Rebuilding is not an option because the electronic inside has been improved several times, so all what may be usable is the housing.
To get an idea about the condition, I would chose a round course with a known distance and ride with two fully charged battery until one shut down. Since your wife recently got a new scooter you could compare old against new.