How To Lock An Electric Scooter
Even though a lot of higher end electric scooters come with anti-theft technology, an electric scooter lock can help keep your e-scooter even safer.
However, electric scooter locks can be different from bicycles locks, and because the vehicles have only really gotten properly recently, some people aren't sure where to start when it comes to locking their electric scooter.
We've put together a handy guide on exactly how you can lock your scooter, listed some great locks that are available and where to buy them.
Step by step guide on how to lock an electric scooter
Step 1. Identify where to place your lock
If you own an electric scooter, you probably did some shopping around before making your purchase, and know that each model can be quite different from one another.
So, the first step to lock your scooter is having a look at your vehicle to identify where the locking points are located. Locking points are 'holes' in the scooter where a lock can easily fit through, and cannot be removed.
For many scooters, this area is located above the wheel on the front end of the scooter. Some other commonly used locations include around the stem, through the folding mechanism and through the carrying handle.
You should never place a scooter lock through an area where it can easily be dismantled, this includes wheels that can be unbolted, around the handlebars or on weak points that can be snapped off by a thief.
Step 2. Choose a lock of the right size
There are a large number of scooter locks available, so you'll need to ensure that you purchase one that will fit through the area that you plan to lock the scooter on. You can figure out whether a lock will fit by measuring the area where the lock will be placed, and comparing it to the new locks dimensions.
A U-lock is a popular choice because they have a thick shackle and crossbar that should keep your vehicle safe. however, when purchasing a lock you should always make sure that it's made from hardened steel and is sturdy. Flimsier locks can be cut through with a bolt cutter.
Step 3: Practice threading the lock into place
Once you've identified where the lock will go, and what lock you plan to use, then the next step is simple! Just thread the lock through the intended area and press it into place so that it locks. Now that you know how to lock your scooter, you can choose where to lock it safely.
Step 4: Decide what you will lock your scooter too
When locking an electric scooter with a U-lock, you'll be locking it to another item that can't be removed. This is similar to how bicycles are locked to permanent fixtures.
The item where you locked your vehicle may change when you go to different locations. But, if you frequent the same spot regularly, you can find somewhere that's appropriate for you to lock your scooter to every time you visit.
Good examples are sign posts, bike racks, stair railings. However, you should never lock your scooter to an item where the lock can be lifted up and carried away. For example a short pole without a bulky item on top.
It's always a good idea to also consider the elements in the location where you'll be parking your scooter. For example, it's not a good idea to park a scooter in an area with high pedestrian traffic, or very close the ocean as the salt can damage the vehicle.
Step 5: Remove the key and leave your scooter
U-locks come with a key to unlock the device. After you've clicked your lock in to place, if you've followed the above steps, then your scooter should be safe. When you're ready to use your scooter again, you can simply use the key to unlock the lock, and be on your way!
Best Electric Scooter Locks:
There are a large number of electric scooter locks available, however, it's very important to ensure that the lock you use is of high quality and that it's durable. Unfortunately, it's all too common for thieves to cut through locks with bolt cutters, so ensuring that the lock is strong will help a scooter owner to avoid this situation.
Kryptonite New York Noose Lock
A Kryptonite lock is a u-lock with an additional noose. This noose makes it much easier for the electric scooter to be locked into place. The noose is actually a very strong chain that can be threaded through the scooter and then linked through the end of the noose so that the u-lock can secure it into place.
This lock is a very secure option for locking up your scooter thanks to its chain links that are made of 3T hardened manganese steel, and includes an evolution series 4 disc lock with 14mm max-performance steel shackle. It also has a patented oval hardened steel crossbar for extra security and a hardened double deadbolt lock for extensive holding power.
Kryptonite Kryptolok Keeper 685 Folding Key Lock
The Kryptonite Kryptolok Keeper folding key is an innovative lock that folds up compact, but extends into a rugged lock that will keep your scooter safe. It's also easily mountable on the bottle cage of the electric scooter, making it very convenient. It has six 5mm hardened steel links that hinge together to create a flexible and secure lock.
The lock is unlocked by using a key, and 2 keys will be provided with purchase.
Kryptonite - Kryptolok standard
The Kryptonite Krypotolok looks like a standard U-lock, however, it's a very strong and rugged version of the typical device. This lock is amongst the strongest scooter locks on the market. It features a heavy-duty reinforced, hardened crossbar and a 13 mm hardened maximum performance steel shackle that is very hard for thieves to cut through, even with very strong bolt cutters.
Gub Sf-615 U Locks
Gub Sf-615 U Locks are an affordable option that still provides adequate security for your electric scooter. The Gub lock is made up of zinc alloy lock core and steel lock body, which helps to make it durable and robust. It's a standard U-lock style, so it's easy to use and can fit through most electric scooters to keep them secure.
By the Gub Sf-615 U Lock here.
Other Types of Locks for Electric Scooters
A ring lock works to stop the wheel on an electric scooter from moving, making it very hard for a thief to transport the bike. However, it's usually not recommended to use this type of lock over night or for a long period of time, as the scooter can still be picked up and taken away. Instead, they're a great option for when you need to stop quickly for an errand, for example, run inside the grocery store. Ring locks are quick and simple to use, allowing you to lock your scooter easily.
Cable chain locks
Most people are probably familiar with cable chain locks, as they are the most commonly used type of lock for a traditional bicycle. They typically have a chain that may be covered with fabric or plastic and a combination or key lock to secure the chain together.
Cable locks are light and easily portable, making them a popular choice for electric scooter riders. To use a cable lock you'll undo the key or combination lock so that the chain is open. Then you'll thread the chain through a secure hole in the scooter, and then lock the chain together with the combination lock or key lock.
Electronic theft deterrants
Some scooters have built in anti-theft devices, like alarms or remote locking systems. If your scooter doesn't have this, then you can still install a similar device. An alarm can be installed to a scooter after it's been bought, and when the user switches on the alarm, if anyone tries to use the scooter the alarm will sound.
Although it's more complex, it's also possible to have a third party remote locking system installed on your scooter. This will allow you to lock the scooter and make the wheels not work with just the touch of a button.