Does my scooter charge the battery while I drive?

by Sherri Hurry
(Billings, MT. USA)

My scooter

My scooter

I drove my scooter 3 short trips in one day and the battery went dead. I never know where it will quit and I can't jump start it always. My battery is new. (3rd one with only 143 miles on the scooter)

Do I have to charge it every night? Can I charge it for 1 hour on a 10a 6v manual setting battery charger? The charger is for 6v and 12v.


P.S. My scooter is a 150cc. The lights won't stay on without a toothpick stuck in the switch or show on the dash when I'm turning. (turn signals do work). What kind of electrical problem do you think I have? I bought it new from a guy who closed up shop right after. It's 2 yrs old.

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Your battery should charge every time you ride. This no lights when your turn and tooth pick thing indicates you have a short or broken wire in the handlebar area. Also I suspect you have a problem with your voltage regulator. The best test to see if your system is charging is to get a volt/ohmeter and check the battery without the scooter running. It should read 12.6 volts. When you start the scooter you should have over 13 volts. If not you have a stator or regulator problem. I would check and see if all connections are good. A loose wire or ground wire can cause your problems too.

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