If you want to find your perfect e-scooter you have to know Electric scooters have revolutionized the transport market, no one can deny that. Being environmentally friendly, fun and very low cost, they provide a new way of moving around that is getting more and more popular by the minute.
But it is no mystery that as the demand grows, so does the offer, and for someone that wants to enter the world of scooters now, it can get a bit confusing to understand where to begin. That is why we provide you with a list of things that you must take into account in order to find your perfect e-scooter.
- Use you’ll give to it: First, focus on how and how often you want to use the scooter. If you need reliable daily transport, it’s better to pick a more sophisticated model with a higher battery capacity and a better motor output. However, if you are buying an e-scooter for fun and occasional trips, you can select one with a lower price.
- Frame/Weight limit: The weight limit of an electric scooter is determined by the sturdiness of the frame. All electric scooters will carry the weight of an adult; however, some are more durable than others. Most electric scooters have a folding frame, making them easy to carry from place to place. Even then it’s better to find out how easily the scooter is to fold and how much it weighs.
- Range: Individual scooter models can significantly differ in their maximum range (given either in distance or in minutes). Compare the parameters of individual scooters and choose a scooter with a maximum range that meets your requirements. Note that the range given is the maximum – with a lightweight rider in ideal conditions (smooth service, optimum temperature, no head wind, etc) – for a heavy rider travelling uphill at max speed the max range be significantly reduced.
- Battery: Battery capacity goes hand in hand with the maximum range of the scooter. The maximum range is usually somewhere between 40 minutes and several hours. However, battery capacity also depends on the terrain, riding style and the rider’s weight. You can watch battery depletion level on the scooter’s display.
- Wheels: There are two types of wheels usually used for electric scooters – inflatable wheels and tubeless wheels. Some models combine the wheels, the front one inflatable and the rear one tubeless. Tubeless wheels are made of durable material so there’s no danger of them getting punctured. Once they get worn, they need to be replaced. Note that these ‘hard’ tyres will give a less comfortable ride.
- Drive (motor): An electric scooter’s drive is connected to the battery that powers it. The more powerful the motor, the better the riding experience. Motor output ranges between 250 and 200 W. Motors with higher output are suitable for heavier users or riding uphill. We offer electric scooters either with chain drive or hub drive.
Even though these are all important facts to consider when buying a scooter, I personally believe there’s nothing like trying them myself. It is imperative that you get a test drive first, that way you can make sure you are comfortable with the design, specs and experience that the e-scooter can provide to you. Remember, this is your first time!
If you are looking to join the eco hype and getting a new e-scooter, you can book a test drive on our Onboards store for free and get a closer look of all our products. Our specialists will gladly take their time to help you out with all your doubts and recommend what’s best for you specifically.