Guide to Buying an Electric Scooter

A Comprehensive Guide to Buying an Electric Scooter 2019

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Electric scooters are offering people a way to travel five times quicker than walking while being environmentally friendly, fun and very low cost. Unlike a bicycle, you’re not sweaty when you arrive! 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. We purchase the best e-scooters across the world and rigorously test them to find out what’s good and bad about each one. We then listen to our customers feedback to ensure we continue to only sell the best e-scooters. 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 because they are ‘bone shakers’. 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 potholes. Solid or air-filled tyres: Air-filled tyres definitely give you a better ride. We strongly recommend that you use a puncture protection fluid (see accessories we recommend) as it's not easy to mend punctures. Scooter tyres are much more difficult to get on and off than bicycle tyres, which does make fixing punctures far harder. Solid tyres offer a solution to punctures if you are regularly riding where there is a lot of glass, thorns or nails. Suspension: A nice idea, but it only takes out the jarring from the biggest bumps. A scooter with large, air-filled tyres without suspension will give a smoother ride than a scooter with suspension, but with 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, you will need fat treaded tyres. 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 chase 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 will affect the speed at which your scooter can travel; on steep hills, the heavier you are, the slower you will go. Brakes: Your safety should always come first, and brakes are important when picking an electric scooter. There are 3 main types of brakes on electric scooters: Electric brakes: Low maintenance but less effective at stopping you quickly. Disc brakes and drum brakes: The best of all but will wear out over time. They will eventually need to be serviced, just like a car. 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 ranges for electric scooters are generally best-case examples. Most are based on a light person (70kg) riding on smooth, flat, straight road, with a new battery. Be aware that cheaper scooters have 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 some absolute rubbish. Some electric scooters look cheap and ‘plasticky’. While the electric scooter industry is in its infancy, it is wise to stick to the bigger, more reputable companies. 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: Warranty: Will the company be around in the future to honour it? Going with established companies should give you peace of mind. If you need to use your warranty, where will you need to send your electric scooter? We have heard horror stories of people having a minor fault and needing to send their scooter back to China to be fixed. This has taken months and cost a lot of money. We suggest you only purchase a UK spec scooter, covered by a UK warranty.

Electric scooters are offering people a way to travel five times quicker than walking while being environmentally friendly, fun and very low cost. Unlike a bicycle, you’re not sweaty when you arrive! 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. We purchase the best e-scooters across the world and rigorously test them to find out what’s good and bad about each one. We then listen to our customers feedback to ensure we continue to only sell the best e-scooters. 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 because they are ‘bone shakers’. 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 potholes. Solid or air-filled tyres: Air-filled tyres definitely give you a better ride. We strongly recommend that you use a puncture protection fluid (see accessories we recommend) as it's not easy to mend punctures. Scooter tyres are much more difficult to get on and off than bicycle tyres, which does make fixing punctures far harder. Solid tyres offer a solution to punctures if you are regularly riding where there is a lot of glass, thorns or nails. Suspension: A nice idea, but it only takes out the jarring from the biggest bumps. A scooter with large, air-filled tyres without suspension will give a smoother ride than a scooter with suspension, but with 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, you will need fat treaded tyres. 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 chase 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 will affect the speed at which your scooter can travel; on steep hills, the heavier you are, the slower you will go. Brakes: Your safety should always come first, and brakes are important when picking an electric scooter. There are 3 main types of brakes on electric scooters: Electric brakes: Low maintenance but less effective at stopping you quickly. Disc brakes and drum brakes: The best of all but will wear out over time. They will eventually need to be serviced, just like a car. 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 ranges for electric scooters are generally best-case examples. Most are based on a light person (70kg) riding on smooth, flat, straight road, with a new battery. Be aware that cheaper scooters have 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 some absolute rubbish. Some electric scooters look cheap and ‘plasticky’. While the electric scooter industry is in its infancy, it is wise to stick to the bigger, more reputable companies. 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: Warranty: Will the company be around in the future to honour it? Going with established companies should give you peace of mind. If you need to use your warranty, where will you need to send your electric scooter? We have heard horror stories of people having a minor fault and needing to send their scooter back to China to be fixed. This has taken months and cost a lot of money. We suggest you only purchase a UK spec scooter, covered by a UK warranty.

Electric scooters are offering people a way to travel five times quicker than walking while being environmentally friendly, fun and very low cost. Unlike a bicycle, you’re not sweaty when you arrive! 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. We purchase the best e-scooters across the world and rigorously test them to find out what’s good and bad about each one. We then listen to our customers feedback to ensure we continue to only sell the best e-scooters. 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 because they are ‘bone shakers’. 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 potholes. Solid or air-filled tyres: Air-filled tyres definitely give you a better ride. We strongly recommend that you use a puncture protection fluid (see accessories we recommend) as it's not easy to mend punctures. Scooter tyres are much more difficult to get on and off than bicycle tyres, which does make fixing punctures far harder. Solid tyres offer a solution to punctures if you are regularly riding where there is a lot of glass, thorns or nails. Suspension: A nice idea, but it only takes out the jarring from the biggest bumps. A scooter with large, air-filled tyres without suspension will give a smoother ride than a scooter with suspension, but with 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, you will need fat treaded tyres. 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 chase 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 will affect the speed at which your scooter can travel; on steep hills, the heavier you are, the slower you will go. Brakes: Your safety should always come first, and brakes are important when picking an electric scooter. There are 3 main types of brakes on electric scooters: Electric brakes: Low maintenance but less effective at stopping you quickly. Disc brakes and drum brakes: The best of all but will wear out over time. They will eventually need to be serviced, just like a car. 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 ranges for electric scooters are generally best-case examples. Most are based on a light person (70kg) riding on smooth, flat, straight road, with a new battery. Be aware that cheaper scooters have 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 some absolute rubbish. Some electric scooters look cheap and ‘plasticky’. While the electric scooter industry is in its infancy, it is wise to stick to the bigger, more reputable companies. 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: Warranty: Will the company be around in the future to honour it? Going with established companies should give you peace of mind. If you need to use your warranty, where will you need to send your electric scooter? We have heard horror stories of people having a minor fault and needing to send their scooter back to China to be fixed. This has taken months and cost a lot of money. We suggest you only purchase a UK spec scooter, covered by a UK warranty.

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