Is Upgrading to Lithium Worth it ?

It all that depends on how much you use your scooter and what distance you cover day to day. If you’re a person that only uses your scooter on occasion then upgrading will probably not make any sense. However if your using your scooter more than once a day and/or going long distance then you'll find that the standard Lead Acid batteries it comes with might not be enough.

Let’s break it down by each battery Chemistry:

Sealed Lead Acid Batteries (SLA):

Lead acid batteries come in two different capacities 12 amp hours (AH) and 15AH, both are very heavy and bulky packs, but will offer the cheapest upgrade. However although the total capacity is 12AH most of that capacity isn't "useful" capacity because the voltage drops to low before all the energy can be used and therefore you can only get around 50%-70% of that charge. For example a 12AH battery actually only has about 6 - 8AH of “useful” capacity.  Due to the relativity short amount of charge cycles, Lead acid batteries are a short - Medium term upgrade at best. Lastly because of increased weight you won't go as fast, and the electric motor will have to work harder to do the same work.

Lead acid packs that we’ve tested tend to have a cycle life of around 100 – 200 cycles after which they will drop below 80% of the original total capacity, which might sound pretty good, however keep in mind due to the “useful” capacity, you will only end up with around 40% of that held charge being used by the scooter

Lithium v Lead2

Lithium Battery Pack:

Lithium Batteries are by far the best in terms of capacity with a 90 - 100% "useful" capacity. If you are looking to get the best experience out of your scooter and are going to be using it on a regular basis, the upgrade is absolutely worth it. Providing you with a lighter scooter, which also gives the scooter an extra boost in acceleration and top speed.

Lithium Batteries due to their size allows for increased total Capacity even in the same form factor. In fact the Rogue 2000w Scooter can fit up to 54Ah Lithium battery in it, which would provide around 100km per charge. The only barrier for Lithium batteries is the expensive up front costs. However long term they are a far better investment even just looking at overall lifespan of a Lithium battery vs Lead acid.

Our Lithium packs have around 500 – 800 cycles which is around 3 – 6 years before the total capacity of the battery drops to below 80% of the original capacity.

Lithium v Lead


  1. Windows(Robert) on May 5, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    I wish too know how much a Lithium Battery Costs? Excuse me guys but could you please tell me the price Tag please?

    • Voltrium Team on May 5, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      Depends on the battery voltage and capacity you’re after. the 48v 20Ah Lithium batteries are currently $650 including a 5A charger. The 60v 20Ah start at $900.

  2. Windows on May 5, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    What Voltage would you guys recommend that I get if I’m doing about 100klm a day(minimum)?

    • Voltrium Team on May 5, 2021 at 1:26 pm


      Voltage isn’t the right metric for distance. It is the capacity of the battery in Amp Hours (AH) that matters. As long as the voltage matches your motor controller’s specified rating then the larger the AH number, the more distance you can extract from the pack.

      For 100km riding distance per charge we recommend a 50Ah battery.

      Voltrium Team

  3. Martin kuelsen on August 29, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Hi what brand of lithium battery cells do you use on your scooters

    • Voltrium Team on August 29, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Martin,

      We use a mixture of brands it depends on the capacity as to what brands and cells we use. As a general rule any pack 30ah or below will use A grade Chinese cells, previously we used LG cells but actually had quite a few troubles with them, the Chinese cells have worked really well. However because the Chinese cells only have a max capacity of 2500mAh per cell; for the larger packs like 40,42,50 & 52Ah packs we use Samsung cells. For the 50Ah we use 21700 cells because these are designed to be used with the Voltrium Pro+ which has limited space. All our packs come with a 2 year warranty.

  4. David Wake on November 21, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Hey do you guys have a lithium battery pack made up for these scooters cos I was gonna make one and put up to 72 volts thru the 1000 watt motor and/or of course upgrade the motor and controller……. Because your scooters are so sturdy and upgradable….be fun to get it going at least 90 km
    Much appreciate feedback and help as have two scooters sitting there with no battery’s …

    • Voltrium Team on November 22, 2021 at 9:09 am

      Hi David,

      We personally don’t make Lithium battery packs, However we can get battery packs made through our supplier. You would just need to let us know what capacity and voltage you would like. I will point out that currently none of our motors run at 72v. If you could reach out to us directly through the “Contact us” page, we can see what we can work out for you.

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