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I have a taotao ATE 501 electric scooter that has 4 12v 10ah batteries. 500W motor. Can I upgrade to 12v 24ah batteries without harming the motor? Thank you very much

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PKM (author)2011-07-19

IF the batteries are the same chemistry as the old ones (LiIon, NiMH, lead-acid etc), IF they can provide the same peak current as the old ones and if they fit, then it should work fine.

- If they aren't the same chemistry then the charger may damage them and potentially cause a leak or explosion.

- If they can't provide as much current as the originals then the scooter will run more slowly, and the batteries may overheat and again fail, leak or explode.

- If they don't fit... you'll have to cut a hole in the side :)

Whatever happens, the motor should be fine.  Hope that helps!

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Goodhart (author)2011-07-14

IIRC, the motor will only draw the power it needs, and since both sets of batteries are rated at 12v, there shouldn't be a problem that I know of. But then, I have been known to be wrong on occasion also :-)

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