Can Electric Scooters Get Wet?

Can Electric Scooters Get Wet?

We’ve all seen what happens when electricity meets water. Whether we’ve watched a film or two, or experienced it first hand, on one thing we can all agree: electricity and water do not mix. While a wet electric scooter is unlikely to lead to death or injury-inducing accidents, it can put an end to the time you share with your scooter, so this raises two questions:

  • Can electric scooters get wet? 
  • And if so, how wet?

There’s some good news, most e-scooters can tolerate some light rain, but it’s good to remember that the water resistance of different units varies. Another thing to also take note of is that manufacturers don’t recommend riding in heavy rain, deep puddles, or snow.

To determine how strong the water resistance they have, you need to know their IP Rating. But, what do the numbers in the rating mean? Let’s have a look.

Are There E-Scooters That Are Waterproof?

There are no electric scooters on the market that are completely waterproof. Regardless of the brand, all types of scooters, from entry-level to premium models, can be damaged when used by riders in dire conditions. 

Sadly, not all listen and prefer to test their luck. If there’s a choice not to ride and someone still proceeds to do so, that’s just recklessness. Wet roads are highly hazardous, especially if your e-scooter is designed for beginners. In addition to endangering yourself and your scooter, it also threatens those around you.

But, some cities are just riddled with rain no matter the season. If that’s the case, riders will inevitably be caught in unpleasant weather conditions. As such, you need to be careful in selecting an e-scooter. 

What Is An IP Rating?

IP Rating refers to the “ingress protection” numerical codes. The rating usually contains two digits: the first is for debris resistance, and the second is for water resistance. Occasionally, an X will appear in the rating, indicating no data for either position.

Paying attention to the IP Rating and knowing what it’s effective against can keep you and your e-scooter safe. Plus, it can save you some serious cash since environmental damage or mistreatment of your e-scooter will void your warranty.

IP Rating Numbers and What They Mean

As already stated, IP Ratings contain two numbers, but now, we’ll only focus on the second digit and what each of them means for your e-scooter.


Protection Against


No data / Not tested


No special protection from water ingress


Against dripping water


Vertically (up to 15 degrees) dripping water


Vertical water spray (up to 60 degrees)


Water spray/splashes from any direction


Low-pressurised water from any angle


Water jets or high-pressure water


Very high-pressure water at any direction


Submersion of up to 1 metre depth that can last for 30 minutes


Complete, continuous immersion for up to 3 metres


Extreme pressure and high temperature at any angle

How To Protect Your Electric Scooter

Occasionally, the inevitable happens. You’re out and about, then all of a sudden, it starts raining. So, here are some tips to help you minimise or avoid getting your e-scooter damaged.

Avoid Using Your E-Scooter While Raining

The most important reminder is to avoid riding your scooter when it's raining, if possible. Yes, this is obvious and repetitive. But, this is to highlight how important this tip is to protect your e-scooter and steer clear of repair costs. Plus, this serves as a reminder to save yourself from possible injuries as riding on wet roads is extremely dangerous.

You may have to leave your scooter somewhere safe and come back to it later. If you’re a commuter, for example, leaving your scooter at work and finding another way home is a cheaper exercise than replacing a water-damaged ride, so while it’s inconvenient, this is a better option than persisting to ride home. 

Cover Your E-Scooter

If you park your electric scooter outside or you’re caught in the rain and under a shelter, use a rain cover to protect your ride from getting wet. Ideally, a good scooter cover would be made of polyester material. You should also select something lightweight and portable so you can easily store it in your bag.

Cover the Gaps and Holes of Your E-Scooter

Another way to protect your scooter from getting wet is to cover the electrical wires, gaps, and holes with duct tape. This cheap and easy trick will come in handy when you’re caught riding in the rain or cleaning your scooter. Be careful not to wrap your cables too tightly as they do need some degree of flexibility. 

Don’t Fold Your E-Scooter When Wet

When you have no choice but to ride through the rain, the least you can do is learn how to handle your e-scooter afterwards. Don’t fold your two-wheeler while it’s wet because water will just drip down or spread to the stem, LCD screen, throttles, and other electrical components. In case any part of your scooter is wet, make sure it’s dried out before your fold and store it.

Best Electric Scooters With High IP Rating

Now that you know what an IP Rating is, what each number represents, and how to protect your e-scooter, it’s time to look at specific models to match your needs or skills.

For Beginners

Segway D38E

segway ninebot d38e

From one of the most reliable e-scooter brands in the world, the all-new Segway D38E is a safe and durable entry-level ride splashed with notable performance specs. First off, it has an IP Rating of IPX5, which is one step above most e-scooters. This means that this two-wheeler can put up a good fight against some water damage from light, constant rain, and puddles.

Aside from having a good rating, the D38E also doesn’t slack when it comes to performance. The maximum range of this e-scooter is 38 km, and its top speed is 25 km/h. It also has a maximum load capacity of 120 kg, higher than many beginner kicks. Plus, it only weighs 16.3 kg, making it easy to carry and store.

Apollo Light

apollo light

Another electric scooter beginners can ride without worries is the Apollo Light. The IP54 rating on this Apollo two-wheeler makes it resistant to water spray at any angle and durable against dust. Not bad at all for an entry-level model. 

What’s more, it has a good performance to offer. It can reach a top speed of up to 35 kph and provide a 35 km maximum range. Another feature that sets it apart is its built-in suspension system. With that, riding this e-scooter is safe, comfortable, and hassle-free.

For Commuters

EMove Cruiser

emove cruiser

The EMove Cruiser is one of the best long-distance commuter scooters on the market, offering a phenomenal real-world tested range of 100 km and incredible water resistance. With an IPX6 rating, this e-scooter is protected against high-pressure water jets from all directions.

In addition, it provides an astounding 50 kph top speed to get you to your destination in no time. Plus, it has a load capacity of 130 kg, which is higher than many other e-scooters. It even has a built-in suspension for a stable riding experience. Despite all those specs, the Cruiser only weighs 23 kg.

Apollo City 2022

apollo city 2022

Apollo City 2022's standard and Pro versions have the highest water-resistance rating among Apollo scooters. With an IP56 rating, both scooters are highly-protected from dust and high-pressure water. As such, you can navigate around the city confidently.

Furthermore, they are capable of speeding up to 50 kph and covering a distance of up to 60 km. Add those with a built-in suspension, massive self-healing tyres, and efficient braking systems.

For Thrill-Seekers

Apollo Pro

apollo pro

Because the Apollo Pro e-scooter is designed for offroad use, both numbers in its IP Rating are worth checking out. Its IP54 rating means it is highly resistant to dust which is ideal for offroading, and it can withstand light, infrequent rain.

Atop that, it can reach 68 kph and a maximum range of 90 km, making it a perfect two-wheeler for some adrenaline-filled getaways. It also has a 40-degree climb angle, dual spring suspension, and a 150 kg load capacity, making adventures seamless despite a heavier rider weight.


vsett 10 plus

For any thrill-seeker looking for an electric scooter with stellar safety specs and performance, the VSETT 10+ is for you. With an IP Rating of IP54, this off-roader kick is partially protected from dust and light rain.

Equipped with powerful dual motors, it can reach a top speed of up to 80 kph. When you use it with a single motor, you can travel for a maximum of 160 km. Plus, it has hydraulic brakes, built-in suspension, different riding modes, and many more. Despite featuring adrenaline-inducing specs, this e-scooter still keeps riders safe and comfortable.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can You Ride An Electric Scooter In The Rain?

Since e-scooters are not waterproof, riding them during heavy rain is a big NO. IPX4-rated models, on the other hand, can be used in light rain for a short period without getting damaged. Scooters that have IPX5 or higher ratings are capable of withstanding more rain for a longer time.

Just remember to be extra careful if you have no choice but to ride your scooter in the rain as the roads are slippery.

Can You Use Water To Clean An Electric Scooter?

Again, this is highly dependent on the IP Rating of your e-scooter. Some scooters can handle light splashes, while others can tolerate high-pressure water or even submersion.

It’s critical to be careful when cleaning electric scooters, especially if the wires are very exposed. And if you can, raise your ride so the tyres can be cleaned of dirt build-up.

Once you’re all done, wipe your scooter with a towel and leave it to dry before folding and storing it. The best practice is to wipe your scooter down with a damp cloth.

Is Water Damage Covered In Warranties?

Water-damaged electric scooters are not covered by warranties, regardless of their IP rating.

Why? Because your distributor will have no idea whether you stayed within limits or exceeded the capabilities of your scooter. Even other companies in different industries don’t cover water-related impairments.


Electric scooters are NOT waterproof, and it’s not recommended to be used under dire weather conditions. However, some e-scooter models come with an IP Rating, and the second number in the rating classifies how water-resistant they are. The IP Rating varies and some scooters are rated higher than others.

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