Ninebot Max Fix Headlight Stuck On/Replace G30 Headlight

July 16th, 2020


A Ninebot Max/SNSC 2.0 with its headlight stuck on.

A Ninebot Max/SNSC 2.0 with its headlight stuck on. This is a problem with impounded Lyft scooters.

The Ninebot Max/G30 (also known as the SNSC 2.0 in the rental form) came with a better headlight that featured a more directional beam. I was lucky enough to buy a few of these ex-rentals from an impound/towing facility in San Diego.

Some rental companies opted to not use this new headlight as it cost more per unit to produce. To cut on costs they simply included a headlight from the SNSC 1.0/ESX Series scooters.

The issue with using these headlights is that the ESX Headlight operated on 5v on, 0v off. The max headlight uses the 36v from the battery for on and 5v off.

When an ESX headlight is used in a Max/G30, the headlight being stuck on constantly when it’s used on a stock max dashboard.

Unfortunately, the only method to solve this is to replace the headlight with an OEM headlight or a decent knockoff.

Luckily, replacement headlights cost about $20 on ebay, so it isn’t too expensive to remedy.

Once you have bought a new light, start by removing the 6 screws from the handlebar pole.

Ninebot max with the handlebar removed

6 Torx/Allen/hex screws hold the handlebar in place in the pole.

Inside the handlebar, 2 Allen screws hold a gray plastic clip in place.

2 allen screws holding a plastic securing clip in place.

Two Allen screws hold the plastic securing clip in place.

Remove the plastic clip so that you can pop out the headlight.

Unplug the headlight and pop it out.

It is the two-wire connector that has gray and white connected to yellow and white because it is not intended for the max.

The Gray and White/Yellow and White connector.

The headlight connector.

The new headlight should have a matching yellow and white connector. Plug it in and replace the gray headlight clip.

Left: OEM Ninebot Max Headlight, Right, ESX Series headlight intended for max.

Left: OEM Ninebot Max Headlight, Right, ESX Series headlight intended for max.

Put the two screws back into the headlight clip and push the clip into the headlight.

Place the handlebar back on the pole and retighten the 6 screws.

If all was done correctly you should now be able to control the headlight while the scooter is on.


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