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Instructions for Charging a 12V Battery for a Scooter

A battery powers your scooter's ignition system and is normally recharged by the scooter's alternator while riding. Long periods of inactivity or frequent short trips can deplete the battery's charge, making it necessary to recharge the battery with an external charger. Most scooter batteries are under the seat or the floorboard. Getting the battery out of the scooter for a recharge usually only requires a screwdriver, and the job is easy enough for most people to accomplish in a short time.

Open the scooter's seat with the ignition key to access the battery tray. If the battery is not under the seat, remove the battery cover from the floorboard, using a Phillips screwdriver to remove the cover's bolts.

Unscrew the bolt from the battery's negative terminal, marked by a minus (-) sign, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the black cable away from the battery.

Unscrew the bolt from the battery's positive terminal, marked by a plus (+) sign, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the red cable away from the battery.

Pull the battery out of the scooter's battery tray.

Connect the battery charger's red wire to the battery's positive (+) terminal and the black wire to the negative (-) terminal. Plug the charger into an electrical socket to begin charging.

Unplug the charger once it indicates that the battery is fully charged. Disconnect the charger's black wire from the battery, followed by the red wire. Place the battery in the scooter's battery tray.

Place the scooter's red wire on the battery's positive (+) terminal and screw the terminal bolt into place, using a Phillips screwdriver. Place the black wire on the negative (-) terminal and screw the terminal bolt into place.

Close the scooter's seat or screw the battery cover into place on the floorboard, using a Phillips screwdriver.

Tip

Remove the battery cables in the right order to prevent the risk of an electrical shock or a short-circuit.

Things You'll Need

  • Ignition key
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Battery charger
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About the Author

An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.