When charging an electric scooter, bike, or go-kart, the vehicle's power switch or key switch should be in the off position.
The battery pack will still recharge if the power or key switch is in the on position and no harm will be done, however, here are some compelling reasons to recharge the battery pack with the vehicle's power switch off:
- Prevent the vehicle from being operated while it is being recharged by accidentally pressing or twisting its throttle.
- Prevent the power switch from being unintentionally left on after the charger has been unplugged from the vehicle.
If the power or key switch is left in the on position after the charge is complete and the charger has been unplugged from the vehicle, and the vehicle is put into storage for more than a few days, then the battery pack could become completely discharged and need to be replaced. For this reason, it is best to always recharge the vehicle with the power or key switch in the off position.