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9 Hacks to Make More Money Charging Scooters

The craze for electric scooters is spreading, and who knows when it will stop. Every month new cities are put on a map showing where the two-wheeled vehicles will soon appear on the streets. People, collectively known as scooter hunters or juicers, turn on an app at a certain time during the day and collect the scooters with low battery. For some of them, it’s something else than just an easy app-based job, one can do without any kind of work experience. As they explain in an article, for them, it’s a social activity during which they hang out with their friends and have lots of fun, a kind of scavenger hunt if you will. A few of them only want to earn enough money to pay for a fancy dinner in an elegant restaurant. However, some scooter chargers take their job seriously and make decent money with it.

Check out now the 9 hacks to make more money charging Lime scooters!

How to make more money charging scooters?

1. The best time to pick up scooters?

Well, the short answer is anytime, but you can capture the most scooters right after 9 p.m. Get prepared though because you may find yourself in a competition if you live in a city where many people try to make some money charging scooters. Since you can release Bird scooters between 4 a.m. and 5 p.m., a few scooters will be on the streets in the morning as well, those that weren’t shown on the map the previous day. With Lime, you should not collect scooters after 2-3 a.m. because it takes around 5-7 hours to charge them, and your earnings will be cut in half if you take them to the Lime Hubs after the official release time that is 7 a.m.

2. Useful tools

Think about safety, so carry a safety vest, work gloves, flashlight, etc. In the beginning, you’ll receive three chargers, but you can buy more later on. If you don’t want to wait until you reach a level and get approved by the company to purchase more chargers, find them on Amazon. If you hunt for scooters without a car, you may need some tools to transport the scooters picked up more easily.

Look for e-scooter charging opportunities in Warsaw, Stockholm, Washington D.C., Boston, Austin and a few other cities.

3. Location and method matter

It’s an advantage if you live near the central parts of the city where most of the scooters are left. Of course, with the right tools and methods, your home address won’t be an issue. Create a strategy that allows you to collect a larger number of e-scooters within a short period of time. Efficiency pays more.

make more money charging scooters
In every city, there are easy-to-find and hard-to-find electric scooters waiting to get collected.
Photo by Paulo Almeida on Unsplash.

4. Collecting more scooters

Speaking of a large number of scooters, read our blog post on the tools that can help you collect more scooters. In some cases, scooters chargers harvest around 30-50 scooters at once.

5. Finding scooters faster

Each app has a built-in map, and those can navigate you to the scooters across town. In addition to those, you can also download Scooter Map and/or Google Maps.

Scooter Map: it will show you the location of all scooters, regardless of companies.

Google Maps: it will provide you with information on the location if you’re unfamiliar with the area. With the satellite view, you’ll see whether the location is approachable or not. Sometimes scooters are parked on private property. With the street view, you can decide in advance where to park if you drive your car, or learn about the obstacles that might stop you from retrieving birds and limes.

6. Teaming up with a friend

Ask your best friend to join you on the quest for making more money charging scooters. You’ll divide the work, and the money as well. Nevertheless, you can probably manage more scooters together, hence earning more as well. While you’re driving, he/she will be your co-driver and give you directions where to go.

Check out the RideIntoCash tips on how to charge more scooters and make more money!

7. Scooters should be fully charged

You’ll get your money if the scooters are fully charged, or the screen shows 95% at least. Most of the vehicles pop up on the map when the battery level sinks below 30%. You need 3-4 hours to fully charge a Bird scooter, and Lime vehicles reach 100% within 5-7 hours. You may think of doing a second round during the night, but it’s not worth it with Lime. Maybe with Bird, but you won’t be the only Bird hunter out there. You should take this into consideration.

Charge with Bird in Paris, Antwerp, Tel Aviv, Boston, Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, Denver and some other cities in the USA.

8. Driving and charging

You’ve been driving with Uber for a while and want to give a small boost to your income. In some cities, you can locate Lime scooters while being logged in Uber’s driver app. So, why not get out of your car after a ride and capture the Lime scooters lying on the ground, leaning against a wall, a fence or a tree’s trunk? As an Uber driver-partner, you’ll probably do short rides in different parts of the city, meaning you can cover a huge area.

9. Charging with both Lime and Bird

The last hack to make more money charging scooters is to sign up for more than one platform. If both Lime and Bird operate in your city, join the fleet of both. In Madrid and Stockholm, you can charge with Voi, too.

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Paulina Bajorowicz joined Appjobs in November 2018 and she is now the Content Marketing Specialist. She manages Appjobs blog and social media channels, coordinates outreach activities and cooperates with journalists and content creators around the gig economy.