7 Things to Look for When Buying an Electric Scooter

If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely seen a few people riding electric scooters and fancy owning one yourself. Convenient, environmentally friendly and fun, e-scooters are a great way to get around. But with so many choices out there, how do you know what to look for when buying an electric scooter? To help you decide, we’ve outlined the 7 most important things to look for when buying an e-scooter.

1. Miles per charge

The battery life of an e-scooter will affect how long you can ride it in between charges. Some electric scooters are built for short bursts and others are designed to go the distance. If you don’t want to come to a standstill mid-ride, invest in an electric scooter that won’t let you down. The Unagi One E500 Electric Scooter will take you 25km before needing to be recharged and the Ninebot Segway E22 Electric Scooter has an optimum range of 22km. It’s also a good idea to look at charging time as some e-scooters take longer to recharge than others.

2. Max speed

How fast do you want to go? If speed is your thing, be sure to pick an e-scooter that can keep up with you. Most electric scooters reach a top speed of between 15-25km/h, but realistically you shouldn’t need to go that fast – well, at least not all of the time! Two of our most popular e-scooters, the Ninebot Segway Max G30LP Electric Scooter and the Xiaomi 1s Electric Scooter, have top speeds of 15.5 mph (25km/h) and are great electric scooters for adults. The Ninebot Segway Max G30 Electric Scooter goes even faster at 30km/h.

3. Comfort

It might not be your first thought, particularly since you’ll be riding your electric scooter on your feet, but comfort is vital. Make sure you find the right e-scooter for your body size; think about handle height and whether it’s adjustable. Then also consider handle comfort and grip, and wherever possible try before you buy! Just like a pair of trainers, one size doesn’t fit all and getting a feel for your new electric scooter could make or break your final decision.

4. Safety

Safety should always be top of the checklist when buying an electric scooter. Like anything you hop on to ride, it’s important to ride an e-scooter safely and understand how it works. You should also never forget to wear a helmet. When it comes to buying an electric scooter though, one of the biggest safety questions to answer is how it brakes.

There are a variety of different brake systems available for e-scooters including electric brakes, foot brakes, drum brakes and disc brakes. Disc brakes are the most effective but are typically found in the more expensive e-scooters. However, most e-scooters are paired with a front brake and rear brakes, such as the Xiaomi Pro 2 Electric Scooter with front electric brake and rear disc brake, or the Ninebot Segway ES2 Electric Scooter.

5. Portability

Does it fold? Is it easy to carry? How heavy is it? These are all hugely important considerations when purchasing an electric scooter. Unlike bikes, you shouldn’t really leave your e-scooter in a public place and you will need to pick it up and take it wherever you’re heading. Check if it has a folding mechanism, its weight and whether it has a holdable design. Many e-scooters have accessories available to make them easier to transport from A to B, such as carry straps and storage bags. If you do need to leave your electric scooter somewhere public when grabbing a coffee close by, make sure you keep it safe with an e-scooter lock.

6. Warranty

Not all electric scooters come with a warranty; something that protects your purchase if there happen to be any manufacturing faults or your e-scooter is damaged. You should be especially wary when buying an electric scooter online. There are many cheap electric scooters out there that don’t come with a warranty and if something goes wrong, you’re not covered. At Scooter Hub we offer a 2-year warranty on all our Ninebot Segway scooter and Xiaomi scooter models, so you can purchase with confidence.

7. Lighting

Last but certainly not least is lighting. Electric scooter lighting is often an afterthought, but there are times when you’ll be riding outside daylight hours and it’s important to be seen by other people. Although you can always purchase additional lighting for your e-scooter, the best electric scooters have lighting built-in. It’s good to look for an adult e-scooter with a front and rear light. Some models including many of the Xiaomi scooters have the added benefit of reflectors, such as the Xiaomi Essential Electric Scooter.

At Scooter Hub, we offer a huge variety of electric scooters and accessories for adults with our lowest UK price guarantee. Shop our range of e-scooters today and pay later with Klarna!  

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In the UK, the law states that electric scooters are not to be used on footpaths, cycle lanes or roads. E-scooters should only be used on private land with the owner's consent. It is also the law to wear appropriate protective equipment while riding e-scooters.

It is the customer’s responsibility to ride their electric scooter within local laws and therefore assume all liability and risk associated with the use of electric scooter products. Find out more about navigating through the UK law on electric scooters.