I read somewhere that the best procedure for charging the battery is to:
1. Connect the charger to the outlet.
2. Plug charger into the scooter.
Then after charging is complete,
1. Unplug the charger from the scooter
2. Unplug the charger from the outlet.
Is this the best way to do this to protect the scooter electronics?
The charger can be replaced cheaply and with little effort. A controller, on the other hand, is more expensive, and a lot more effort. Would it make sense to use a surge protector with the charger?
Another aspect I am interested in is the best way to maximize the battery pack life. I have read somewhere that it is best to top off the scooter whenever it is ridden. I have also read that it is recommended to discharge the scooter to half, or something like that, once in while, perhaps once a month, and then leave it on the charger for a full 24 hours. I have read that it is always bad to discharge the batteries below 50%.
Is this the best way to schedule the charging cycles?
I know different battery chemistries have different patterns of charging that are optimal, and I do not have any experience with Lead Acid Gel Cells.