Want to know how to become a Lime Juicer/Charger?
Or are you more interested in understanding how much a Lime Juicer/Charger makes?
Either way, we’ve got you covered in today’s article!
The rise in the shared dockless e-scooter use has increased at a rapid pace – in 2018. The number of rides Americans took via dockless scooters and bikes more than doubled from 2017 to 84 million trips.
That’s an awful lot of growth, and what’s interesting is that dockless electric scooters were responsible for most of it. Companies like Bird, Lime, Spin, and Skip popped up in about 100 U.S. cities last year, and the electric scooter revolution was born.
With the popularity of micro-mobility in full swing, there’s a ripe opportunity to add another flexible gig under your belt to supplement driving.
In this post, we’ll be taking a look at what the e-scooter company Lime is all about, and specifically what it’s like working as a Lime charger/juicer.
What is Lime?
Lime is one of the dockless scooter startups changing the transportation industry. Just like Bird scooters, they’re motorized scooters that users can rent via a smartphone app.
The process is simple – when a customer wants a ride, they access the Lime app, find out the location of the nearest scooter, and electronically unlock the scooter. Then, they’re off (at approximately 15 miles per hour)! The scooters cost $1 to unlock and are 15 cents per minute after the initial charge.
Lime is currently available in over 100 cites across the globe, and chances are, they’re available in your town (unless you live in New York, where electric scooters are illegal). Check out the full list here.
How does “juicing” work?
Taking into account that the scooters are electric, they need to be charged regularly. Lime employs contract scooter chargers, which they call “juicers”, to pick up scooters off the streets and charge them every night after 9 p.m.
As a Lime juicer, you will gain access to their map where you can view scooters in real-time that are ready to charge, as well as how much Lime will pay you for each charge. Since the scooters are always picked up at night and charged at your home, you can essentially make money while you sleep.
Keep in mind that Lime prioritizes cities where they need contractors to charge scooters, so it’s best to apply as early as possible when Lime comes to your city. That way, you have a stronger chance of getting improved, and you will earn more money because there will be less competition.
How to Harvest and Serve for Lime.
There are two steps to take when charging scooters for Lime – “harvesting” and “serving.” “Harvesting” means picking up a scooter from the street that is ready to be charged, fully charge it, and then drop off the scooter in a designated spot by the time noted in the app. The “Harvest” process looks like this: find the scooter you’re looking for, scan its QR code, place it in your vehicle, and either continue collecting more scooters or take it back to your charging station.
“Serving” refers to the final step you need to take before completing the Charge task. Lime has a list of standards they call “BLT” – which stands for Battery, Location, and Timing. These standards are described as:
- Battery: Scooters must have at least a 95% battery when served in order to receive the full payout.
- Location: In the app, you can see, reserve, and navigate to the location of scooters to charge.
- Timing: The app specifies the time by which each scooter needs to be Served. In the app, you can see when each scooter you have picked up needs to be dropped off.
Once all of the scooters you’ve picked up at night are dropped off the next morning to their specified location, Lime will credit your account for the charging work.
How much do Lime juicers make?
When you check the app for scooters that need to be harvested, you’ll be able to see how much each scooter will earn you. Lime juicers report an average of about $8 per scooter, with $5-$12 per scooter as a reasonable range.
You can most likely expect to make around $20-$30 per hour. Veterans of the juicing game suggest collecting multiple scooters that are closer together to maximize your earnings relative to your effort, rather than going out of your way for more “profitable” scooters that might be harder to retrieve.
What are the Requirements to be a Lime Charger
Lime has a few requirements that are pretty cut and dry, and make sense for the job.
- Be 18 years old
- Have a vehicle (preferably a larger one)
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Have a helmet for scooter driving
- Have a smartphone to use the app
How to sign up for Lime
Once you’ve verified that you’ve met the requirements, you can sign up to be a juicer online by visiting this link. Depending on the competition in your city amongst other chargers, you might have to wait for a bit for a response back.
Then, you’ll be asked to complete a “How to Juice” course and sign a W-9 form and a standard agreement. Once your application is approved and you’ve completed those tasks, you will receive instructions on how to purchase your chargers. Then, you will order the chargers via their online store, which are listed at $19 each, and you are allowed to buy four. Once you receive your chargers, you’re all set to begin juicing.
How do I contact Lime Support
Lime Support provides a help center for juicers as well as the ability to submit a ticket via the website. In the help center, you can view the pay portal, see your payout summary, and learn more information about harvesting, serving, retrieving, and more.
Lime vs Bird
Both Lime and Bird have similar payment models, where they pay you a base rate of $3 to $5 for charging and dropping off each scooter.
The pay per scooter varies based on when the scooter becomes available for a charge and how long its been since its last charge. Bird has a range of $3 to $20 per scooter, while Lime usually starts out with a base rate of $5 per scooter, with little fluctuation in payment from there.
An upside of charging for Bird is that they’ll pay you a reduced rate if you release a scooter that isn’t at 100% charge, while Lime withholds payment for not meeting charge standards, and even revoking your juicer status at times.
When choosing whether to charge for Bird or Lime, it really comes down to convenience for you and figuring out which “hubs” you’re closest too.
If Lime hubs or Bird hubs are inconvenient spots for you, you’ll make less money with either one. Depending on the popularity of either company in your city, this is a huge consideration to factor in.
Lime is seemingly trying to bring some order to the chaos that is charging scooters by introducing a “Reserve” feature. The feature allows juicers to reserve a scooter before picking it up at the end of the day for charging.
This way, juicers can claim scooters before arriving at its location, instead of treating the process as a first-come, first-serve situation. Previously, harvesting could only be done once the juicer arrived at the scooter’s location and unlocked it with the Lime app.
The feature is currently being beta-tested in Oakland, California, with the intent to roll it out quickly to more markets. However, there are some concerns – some juicers complain that a scooter’s location on the app isn’t always accurate.
Scary situations of people hoarding scooters in an attempt to defraud the companies have also occurred, with criminals using scooters to lure juicers into unsafe areas and rob them (or worse).
Since this job takes places mostly at night, there are serious safety concerns to consider before working as a juicer, and it’s important that you stay vigilant and take commen sense precautions.
In conclusion – juicing for Lime scooters can be a somewhat easy after-hours gig to supplement your rideshare income, with some caveats. As always, having a strategy is an important part of the puzzle, and it’s important to figure out where the scooter “hubs” are so you can maximize your earning potential.
Juicers should be prepared with a proper, somewhat large vehicle and take measures to protect the inside of their car against any damage the scooters might cause, such as scuff marks. Lastly, future chargers should be careful and exercise caution and awareness when working at night. Do you have any tips and tricks for being a Lime juicer? Let us know about your experience in the comments.