I have recently bought a Swish SW02 Electric Scooter from eBay. The tech spec says that the bike should be able to do around 30 miles on a single charge however I am struggling to get 6 miles out of it! The bike is about three years old so I'm guessing that I've been had and that the batteries need replacing. It has eight batteries and on them it says 'Greensaver Battery for 500W (48v) Brushless Motor Only 12v 20AH / 2HR SP20-12'. They are 108mm x 75mm looking down with contacts on top. They are 107mm deep. They are silicon gel batteries. I have tried to find a supplier for them but haven't been able to so far. I have contacted the company direct and they have quoted more than £400 to have them imported to the uk and that doesn't include import duty and I need to find an importer who is willing to receive them.
My question is are there any other batteries that I could replace them with that are available in the UK? And also how would this effect the charging of them? Would I need to buy a new charger? Would I need to charge the batteries differently than I currently do? (I just plug an IEC cable from the charger into the bike and leave it.)
If anyone could advise me I would be very grateful as I would like to use the bike to get to work and back instead of it just sitting in the garage waiting to go to the scrap heap!