What to look for in your new eScooter
Your Guide to buying an eScooter
eScooters now offer a way to travel in an environmentally friendly, and convenient way. Whilst using your own eScooter as opposed to a rented one, is not yet legal, there are places where they can be used to have the most enormous fun!
Speed, size, weight, range, reliability and cost are just a few of the factors you need to take into account before you buy an e-scooter. In this guide we have tried to help you understand what’s important to ensure that you pick the best electric scooter for you.
At eWheelz we work with some of the best e-scooters manufacturers and listen to our customers feedback to ensure we continue to continue to provide the best e-scooters globally.
Quality of ride:
The ride quality of some e-scooters is so bad that they can’t be ridden for more than 1 mile on anything less than a perfect surface. These e-scooters look great on a web page, but many people stop using them before too long’.
There are 3 main factors that affect the ride quality:
- Wheel size: We strongly suggest you avoid wheels less than 8 inches diameter. Smaller wheels give a rougher ride and are more susceptible to getting stuck in pot holes.
- Solid or Air-filled tyres: Air-filled tyres definitely give you a better ride. We recommend that you use a puncture protection fluid (see accessories we recommend) as it is not easy to mend a puncture. Solid tyres also offer a solution to punctures if you are regularly riding where there is a significant potential for tyre damage.
- Suspension: Takes out the worst of the impact from the biggest bumps. An eScooter with large, air-filled tyres without suspension does generally provide a smoother ride than a eScooter which has suspension, but solid tyres and small wheels. As a rule, you need large wheels with air in your tyres OR you need suspension. If you are going to do a lot of off road, fat treaded tyres work well.
Speed: The speed is determined by the motor power, rider weight, how hard you pump up your tyres, and the surface you ride on. The quoted speeds are generally based on a 70kg person using a flat, smooth surface with correctly inflated tyres. Our advice is don’t simply go for maximum speed. A speed of about 15mph is ideal. Average walking speed is 4mph, average car speed in London is 7mph, and average bicycle speed for commuters is 14mph. Road gradient and rider weight also affects the speed at which your scooter can travel.
Brakes: Your safety should always come first, and brakes are important when picking an electric scooter. There are 3 main types of brakes on a scooter:
Electric brakes: Low maintenance but less effective at stopping you quickly.
Disc brakes and Drum Breaks: The best of all but will wear out over time. They will eventually need to be serviced like a car does.
Foot brakes: Require you to stand on the rear mud guard. Unless you are used to using a kid’s scooter, this takes time to master.
Range: It is important to note that the manufacturers quoted range for an electric scooter are generally best-case examples. Most are based on a light person (70kg) riding on smooth, flat, straight road, with a new battery. Cheaper batteries and the amount of charge they can hold diminishes with every charge.
Build Quality: Most scooters are made in China. Chinese manufacturers produce some very high-quality products (like the iPhone), but they also produce items of variable quality. EWheelz prefers the manufacturers who focus on building to a quality standard rather than to a price. Clearly, you will find cheaper eScooters around!
Reliability: Electric scooters are still a relatively new product category. Our advice is to stick to the large manufacturers. We have heard of some electric scooter manufactures who have had up to 30% with faults (obviously we would not stock these products).
Two main factors need to be considered:
Will the company be around in the future to honour it? Going with established companies should give you peace of mind.
We suggest you only purchase a UK spec scooter, covered by a UK warranty.
Size: We recommend people consider whether the scooter is the right size for them while riding, and if it is small enough to store conveniently when folded down. Most scooters fold down to make them small enough to store at home, in the car or under the desk.
Some things to consider:
- Bar height and width
- Deck size
- Fold down size
Weight of scooter: It is important to consider how far you might have to carry your scooter at the beginning or end of your journey. Most electric scooters on the market weigh around 15kg, some a bit more, and some a bit less. If you are not so strong, we would suggest you go for one weighing 12.5kg or less.
Maximum Load: Not all electric scooters are built to carry the same load and you should factor this in to your decision making. Scooters designed for Europe tend to have a maximum load of 100kg. A lot of people who weigh over 100kg ride these scooters every day. However, you must be warned that this can invalidate your warranty and could be dangerous.
Lights: Some electric scooters have built-in lights, some have reflectors. It is an easy upgrade to put state-of-the-art bicycle lights on your scooter if you are going to do a lot of night riding.
Noise: Some e-scooters make a loud annoying whistling noise from the motor when being ridden. We know people who have stopped using their selected electric scooter due to embarrassment caused by the level of noise it makes.
Accessories we recommend
- Helmet: your electric scooter will be going as fast as a bicycle, so we strongly recommend wearing a helmet at all times.
- Lock: your electric scooter is a valuable item and having a small portable lock will ensure its safety.
- Phone holder: allows you to concentrate on riding and the roads – so you’re not holding your phone. Also, very useful too if you need to use maps!
- Puncture protection fluid: if you have air-filled tyres it is worth using puncture protection fluid to reduce risk of punctures.
- Lights: extra lights can be attached to your e-scooter for safer night riding and visibility.
Cost: In addition to the advertised retail price of your chosen e-scooter, there are a number of cost factors to consider:
Finance available: finance options may make your e-scooter of choice more affordable by spreading the payments across a period of time.
Shipping: some reputable retailers offer free delivery, but this is not always the case and shipping can be very expensive. Shipping is not always listed on product pages, be sure to check carefully!