If you’re one of the thousands of people that have taken to the streets to keep the scooter economy in tip top shape, then you’ve probably realized by now that being a Bird Charger or Lime Juicer is actually quite a challenge!
Whether it’s trying to find hidden and lost scooters, or fitting the most scooters in your car, or how to charge the most scooters at once, the gear below is sure to make your life as a scooter charger easier.
We’ve hand selected the gear below for all electric scooter chargers and mechanics. Whether you charge Bird’s, Spin, Lime, Uber, or Lyft scooters, the gear below will help you collect and charge more efficiently.
This is a cool tool that pulls in scooter data for Chargers and allows you to filter by time, bounty and more.
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Did you know that you have to pay tax on the income you make from maintaining scooters? You can even deduct your business expenses, which is everything you use to charge Birds, including but not limited to your gas, phone, phone plan, gear, and even mileage. We recommend Stride Tax for tracking your miles, and you can download the app here.
- Click here to learn more about self employment and what that means for your taxes
- Click here to learn how to track your mileage
- You can keep track of your expenses and file your taxes using Turbotax + Quickbooks
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Gear to make your life as an electric scooter charger or mechanic easier:
1.) Extra chargers so you can charge more scooters at once and make the most money
2.) Magnetic phone mount for your car since you will be constantly using your phone:
Cup holder phone mounts are great as well:
3.) Work gloves to handle the scooters with touch screen finger tips so you can still use your phone:
4.) Flashlight to help you find Birds at night:
Belt holster for the flashlight:
Or a headlamp to free up your hands. This is my favorite rechargeable headlamp that also doubles as a bike light and it’s great for camping too (it’s REALLY bright!):
5.) Reflective vest so you look “official” and reduce the risk of getting hit by a car:
6.) Dash cam to protect yourself since you’ll be spending a lot of time on the road
7.) Power surge protector if you’re charging a bunch at a time:
Or a power distribution unit which is a long power strip (WARNING: make sure your home outlet has the right Amperage/Voltage or it could start a fire):
8.) For the pro’s, a commercial cable management system like this:
9.) Back seat liner so you don’t ruin your seats (if you’re using a compact/sedan car):
10.) Multi-tools for quick repairs:
11.) Ratchet straps/tie downs if you’re using a pickup:
And lastly, a car phone charger if you don’t already have one.
Hygiene, Cleanliness, and Safety
Keeping proper hygiene while doing this job is important. The sheer number of people that touch and use the scooters everyday should be ringing alarm bells in your head. I recommend wiping down the scooters not just to keep yourself from getting sick, but to keep the riders healthy as well.
Hand sanitizer (keep some in your car!):
If you’re looking for a compact and portable helmet for yourself or your friends/family, check out Morpher Folding Helmets.
Electric scooter charger apparel
T-shirts, sweaters, and long sleeves available
If you want to buy your own electric scooter, these are the ones that Bird and Lime use.
Bird/Lime: Segway Ninebot ES2
Bird: Xiaomi Mi
Related Blog Posts:
- Bird Charger review
- Bird Mechanic review
- What it’s like to be a Bird Charger
- How to plan your night as a Bird Charger
- The future of Bird
- Future of shared mobility
- Scooter Wars
Related Youtube Videos:
- What it’s like to be a Bird Charger
- Bird Charger app training & tutorial
- Bird Charger job review
- Bird scooter (company) review
- Bird Zero review (new scooter from Bird)
- Xiaomi M365 vs Segway ES2 (scooter review/comparison)
Chargers, have you found any other gear to be helpful on the job? Let us know in the comments.
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