So you’ve taken the plunge and figured out how to make money charging scooters. Frankly, we’re not here to tell you it’s gonna be easy or that you’re gonna get rich quick. We are here to help you get as rich as possible from charging scoots.
Whether this is for a side hustle or your main bread, optimizing your strategy will help you create the most profitable and pain-free scooter charging business possible. Below are some resources to begin upgrading your charge game.
Even if you only collect a few scooters a day/night, charge time is the greatest overhead you will experience. Decreasing charge time allows you to get fully charged scooters back out in the world to be used by riders and money in your pocket quicker. That’s why this website exists. Check out our shop for the only quick chargers on the market, straight from the manufacturer.
Regular Charger (2A)$15.00
This is the defacto standard charger provided by Lime and Bird. The specs are 42V and 2A. From almost a dead battery, these chargers take roughly 4-5 hours to full juice. This isn’t bad for a charge-while-you-sleep overnight strategy, but can drag on if you’re trying to maximize the number of scooters you charge.
Quick Charger (4A)$30.00
Quick chargers used by Lime in their warehouses are of the 4A variety. These chargers offer twice the amount of current to the scooter battery, in turn cutting charge time by roughly half. A full charge for one of these bad boys can take 2-3 hours.
Our 4A chargers are only verified to work with the non-Segway brand Lime and Bird scooters. Xiaomi Mijia M365 scooters are compatible.
Ultra Charger (6A)$50.00
The Holy Grail of scooter charging. These puppies are brand new to the market and bound to disrupt the charging game. These chargers are for those who want to absolutely push the realm of possibility when it comes to scooter turnover. Supplying 6A of juice, these chargers are theoretically 3X faster than the standard chargers.
Our 6A chargers are only verified to work with the non-Segway brand Lime and Bird scooters. Xiaomi Mijia M365 scooters are compatible.
Ideally, you want a full-size truck to haul your scooter load to the charge base and back. An easily accessible bed allows for clever stacking of scooters. It takes a bit of experience to really get the Jenga/Tetris game just right, but once you do, you can accumulate quite a few scooters on each leg of a trip. Some ratcheting tie down straps never hurt anybody.
A close second to the trusty pick-up is the utility van. Apart from the classic free candy scheme, these bland vans offer spacious empty interiors perfect for stacking scoots and maximizing hauls. You’ll see Lime operating with these vehicles, scoopin up the broken and battered eScooters that scatter your city.
If you don’t have a pick-up truck with a bed or a commercial van lying around, the soccer mom SUV or sporty crossover is a perfect daily driver to fulfill your scooter scoopin needs. The downside of such a vehicle is the lack of a cage-like barrier, resulting in a closer proximity to the scooters. Should you get in a car accident, the likelihood of a scooter becoming a 30lb projectile hazard increases drastically. This should be considered when packing and stacking scooters inside an SUV.
A next level game changer that could take your scooter game from multiple trips to a one-and-done strategy is the trailer or trailer hitch attachment. If you have the finesse to swang around town with a tail of 20 scooters attached to your vehicle’s rear end, your return on investment could be realized much sooner than expected. This strategy is utilized by big names like Bird when releasing brand new flocks or by local municipalities and startups when impounding law-breaking scooters.
Even small cars like a sedan or coup can fit a few scooters in the back, especially with the seats down.
Sometimes you gotta risk it to get the biscuit, but you gotta know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.
Some people are so creative, they don’t even need a vehicle. They use the scooters themselves as the vessel to haul their nightly keep to their charge base. This act of piling a flock of scooters on top of themselves and then riding the one at the very bottom of the slowly moving eye-sore and street obstacle is now deemed as “scooterception” (like as of right now).
Most ride-share eScooter crowdsourced charging companies have some sort of clause in their charger agreement that mentions that you shouldn’t charge scooters outside. This is for obvious weather related reasons. Although the scooters are likely water-proof (more appropriately, water-resistant), shit has been known to happen and sometimes accidents creep up on you. This is why storage is a crucial leg of your charging strategy.
Where do you charge? In the garage? One corner of your living room? In your grandma’s basement?
My personal strategy evolved over time. Originally, I was carrying 35lbs of scooters up 2 flights of stairs. Not ideal, to say the least. My first charging base was in the front room of my 4 bedroom historic mansion apartment in Denver, CO. This worked. It had to, because it was what I was working with. But stepping over scooters that lit the front half of my apartment got old very quickly.
I started getting too good at scoopin scoots and decided I needed a new charge base. I settled on renting a one-car garage on the other side of downtown, about 10-15 mins away from my house. This worked out well as I could roughly cover the area where scooters frequented. When I first rented the space, I set it up to streamline the charging process. Extension cords, power strips, and zip ties quickly became my best friends and clever charging arrangements made the job so much easier.
Although we did a brief write-up on how to make money charging ride-share scooters, we don’t consider ourselves the defacto authority on scooter strategy.
If you’re looking to soak up strategy like a scooter charging sponge, then head to these other parts of the internet for more. The late 2000’s commercialistic colloquialism – “There’s an app for that” – rings true here too. A decade later, the expression could be – “There’s a podcast for that”. Could it be true? Yup; there are plenty. What about meme accounts? You betcha.