There’s been a recent flux in the production and sale of electric transportation devices in recent years. The device that has gained the most attention in this industry is electric scooters, our buyers guide aims to help you find the right e-Scooter for you.
Electric scooters, otherwise known as e-Scooters, are electronically powered scooters that travel up to 15 miles per hour. They’ve gained popularity primarily in urban areas, as they make for an efficient cross-city travel alternative to cars, walking, or biking, although there are tons of use cases and applications for the vehicles.
Buying an Electric Scooter
With the recent surge in popularity, many manufacturers have begun producing the scooters, making it difficult to find and select one that’s best for your needs. Here are our top tips on what you should look for in an electric scooter to speed up the decision-making process:
Unfortunately, it’s something you have to consider with any electronic devices. Electric scooters can be battery hogs, so you’ll want to select one with a good battery. Generally, most batteries are lithium ion or lithium polymer and you can expect them to last a minimum of 10 miles driving time, though some can hit the 20-mile mark.
If you’re using it for leisure purposes on occasion, battery life shouldn’t be too much of a problem for you. However, if you want it to be your primary mode of inter-city transportation, make sure you look for a scooter with good longevity on a per-charge basis.
This is definitely more of a “luxury” feature than anything, but speed can be, nonetheless, an important factor in buying an electric scooter.
In general, the faster you ride, the quicker your battery drains, so you’ll have to make a tradeoff between the two. The primary thing to keep in mind is that you want a scooter that can meet a bare-minimum efficient speed. If an incredibly slow scooter means you have to double your transportation time in comparison to a bike, it might not be the best choice. But as stated before, speed is a bit more of a luxury item and has a lot more to do with subjective preference than clear cut ‘good’ and ‘bad’ scooters.
This is perhaps the most important and practical factor when buying an electric scooter. Some electric scooters are just downright uncomfortable. Whether it’s a narrow footboard, awkwardly placed handlebars, uncomfortable seat (for those with seats), or a strange profile, having an uncomfortable electric scooter can ruin the whole experience.
Make sure to search reviews on the scooters you are looking at to make sure they will provide a smooth and comfortable ride. A/B the overall profile of highly regarded scooters to any unpopular styles you may be looking at in order to assess the general comfort of the scooters.
Buying an electric scooter can be a bit of a headache if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Each scooter will have different features which will contribute to an entirely different experience. Before you buy an electric scooter, identify your reason for the purchase – leisure activity or practical transportation will need a different design and functionality from one another.