eBike charging on a batter

Electronic bikes and scooters (eBikes and eScooters) have taken off over the last few years. They offer a convenient and eco-friendly way to commute and explore. Lithium-ion batteries are usually their source of power and if not used correctly, or if damaged, those batteries can overheat, catch on fire or explode. This is the same type of battery that powers many of today’s electric vehicles, cell phones, laptops and power tools.

There are several ways to reduce the risk of fires involving lithium-ion batteries and devices. Keep these safety tips in mind when using, charging or storing eBikes and eScooters:

  • Only purchase and use devices, batteries and charging equipment that are listed by a nationally recognized testing lab and labeled accordingly.
  • Always follow the manufacturers instructions.
  • Do not overcharge the battery – this can cause the battery to overheat. Only charge the device or device battery for the recommended charging time.
  • Only charge one device or device battery at a time to prevent overloading the circuit.
  • Charge batteries and devices on a non-combustible surface in a non-combustible area.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures. Keep batteries at room temperature when possible. Do not charge them at temperatures below 0 Celsius or above 40 Celsius.
  • Check the device and device battery regularly for any signs of damage such as swelling, leaks or corrosion.
  • Stop using the eBike or eScooter if you notice:
    • unusual odour
    • change in colour
    • too much heat
    • change in shape
    • smoking
    • not keeping a charge
    • any other damage

Never put lithium-ion batteries in the waste. Recycle them at the Broadview Enviroservice Station or any of the local retailers that accept batteries for recycling.

Learn more from the NFPA. 


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Last updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Page ID: 51443