Can You Ride an Electric Scooter in the Rain?

Can You Ride an Electric Scooter in the Rain?

Imagine warm summer raindrops tapping on your helmet with rhythmic pitter-patter as you cruise through a park or along a canal. Wouldn't that be great? Nah… while such romantic scenes are great for romcoms, avoiding rain during electric scooter rides is usually better, even if your vehicle is water-resistant. Why? Read on to find out.

Understanding Electric Scooter Water Resistance

Not all electric scooters are equally waterproof; some are more than others. (Apollo electric scooters are more than most, as they offer one of the highest water resistance IP rates among the scooters available on the market.) So, what does it mean that an electric scooter can be more waterproof? Shouldn't it be a matter of whether it is or isn't waterproof? To explain that, first, we need to shed some light on the enigmatic IP rating.

What is an IP rating? 

IP stands for Ingress Protection rating. It's an international standard (IEC 60529) that classifies the levels of protection a device's shell offers against dust and water intrusion.

An IP rating always consists of two digits:

First digit (Dust): Ranges from 0 (no protection) to 6 (completely dustproof). Second Digit (Water): ranges from 0 (no protection) to 9 (protected against powerful, high-temperature water jets).

  • IP 54: Some dust resistance, protected against water splashes.
  • IP 55: Some dust resistance, protected against low-pressure water.
  • IP 56: Some dust resistance, protected against strong water jets.
  • IP 65: Dustproof, protected against low-pressure water jets.
  • IP 66: Dustproof, protected against high-pressure water jets.


"Waterproof electric scooters" vs. "Water-resistant electric scooters": No electric scooter is genuinely waterproof. Even high IP ratings indicate resistance for a limited time and intensity of exposure.

High IP scooters vs. Low IP scooters

Scooters with high IP ratings offer better protection against the elements than their low-IP counterparts. A high IP scooter, such as one rated IP65 or above, is dustproof and can withstand rain, puddles, and even some water submersion. This makes them ideal for riders who commute in unpredictable weather or enjoy off-road adventures where dust and water are commonplace. 

On the other hand, scooters with lower IP ratings, like IP54, offer basic dust protection and can handle light splashes. These scooters are better suited for dry environments and occasional light rain. If you're unsure which level of protection you need, consider your typical riding conditions and how much exposure to dust and water you anticipate.

Bottom Line

IP ratings are a valuable tool when choosing an electric scooter, especially if you plan to ride in varying weather conditions. While generally reliable, it's best to treat them as a guideline for water resistance, not a guarantee against all water damage. So, can you ride an electric scooter in the rain?

Why you can ride in the rain but shouldn't

As much as a light drizzle or short shower won't damage your e-scooter, let alone your Apollo e-scooter, but a heavy downpour definitely could. However, it's not the only reason why we advise against riding in the rain. Depending on other weather factors, riding in the rain on your electric scooter carries risks for your vehicle and, more importantly, for you. 

What can go wrong?

Riding an electric scooter in the rain poses several risks. Wet conditions significantly reduce traction on roads, sidewalks, and trails, making you prone to skidding. This increases the danger of falls and collisions. Additionally, rain impairs visibility for riders and other road users like drivers, making it harder to see and react to hazards. And lastly, water exposure can be disastrous for an electric scooter's electronic components. It can cause short circuits, battery malfunctions, and long-term corrosion, rendering the e-scooter inoperable.

Safety tips 

How should you behave when you're surprised by the rain while riding on your electric scooter? Worry not; it's not the end of the world; there are a couple of things you can do to minimize the impact of rain and stay safe.

  • First and foremost, you should take it easy on the throttle. Speed is your greatest enemy when riding on wet surfaces, so slow down and keep calm.
  • Second, be wary of any obstacles, especially paddles as you may never know how deep they are or whether they conceal potholes. It's best to skirt around them just for good measure.
  • Also, watch out for other road users; they are in the same predicament, which increases the chances of collisions exponentially. 
  • Remember that in wet conditions, your braking distance increases. Try to apply pressure to your brakes in a controlled manner, not abruptly.
  • If your scooter has a lighting system, turn it on to make your presence known from far away.
  • Cut your journey short. Try to get to your destination without unnecessary detours.

For more tips on how to stay safe on your electric scooter, read this article: 13 Crucial E-scooter Safety Tips & Tricks for 2024

Guide on how to care for an electric scooter after exposure to rain:

If your electric scooter gets caught in the rain, it's vital to act quickly to minimize the risk of water damage. Here's a guide on how to care for your scooter after rain exposure:

Turn Off the Power: Immediately switch off the power and disconnect the charger. Leaving the power on while components are wet can cause severe electrical problems.

Thorough Drying: Water can linger inside your scooter's components, so a thorough drying process is essential. Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe down all visible surfaces. Allow your scooter to air-dry entirely in a well-ventilated area. This process can take several days (up to five) to fully dry both external and internal components.

Damage Inspection: Once dry, carefully examine your scooter for any signs of water damage. Look for rust, corrosion, or any unusual signs around electrical components.

Professional Assistance: If you're unsure about the extent of water intrusion or notice potential damage, consult a qualified electric scooter technician for further assessment and repairs.

Wrapping up

By following the tips above, you'll be right as rain and can help extend the lifespan of your electric scooter. For more specific care instructions, always refer to the guidelines from your scooter manufacturer, such as Apollo Scooters. Remember, safety should be your top priority when riding in wet weather. Consider the conditions carefully and always prioritize your well-being.

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Table of contents

    1. Understanding Electric Scooter Water Resistance
    2. What is an IP rating? 
    3. High IP scooters vs. Low IP scooters
    4. Bottom Line
    5. Why you can ride in the rain but shouldn't
    6. What can go wrong?
    7. Safety tips 
    8. Guide on how to care for an electric scooter after exposure to rain:
    9. Wrapping up