Electric Scooter Buyer's Guide
The electric scooter that's right for you is
out there and our goal is to help you find it. This section
outlines key factors to consider when purchasing an electric
PRICE: There is a big price range
among electric scooters, but generally speaking electric
scooters for kids sell for about $150 - $400 dollars and
electric scooters built for adults sell for $300 - $2,000
and up. The better the specifications and the more bells
and whistles the scooter comes with the more it will
QUALITY: Quality is an
important factor to consider when buying an electric scooter.
Unfortunately, there are hundreds of overseas factories
flooding the market with poor quality scooters. Poorly
manufactured electric scooters aren't built to last. They break
down shortly after purchase, repairs are expensive, parts may
not be available, safety can be a concern and ultimately these
scooters find themselves in an early grave.
Here are a few tips to help you avoid poorly
manufactured electric scooters:
Stick with brand name electric scooters.
Buy electric scooters that offer at least a
Purchase from a reputable vendor.
SPEED: Electric scooters
vary in speed from 8 mph to 25 mph. The speed of an electric
scooter is affected by several factors. The weight of the
rider, the level of charge in the battery, tire pressure,
inclines, hills and rough terrain can all influence an electric
scooters speed. The manufacturer top speed quote will be under
RANGE: As with speed, the
range of an electric scooter is affected similar factors. This
is the distance an electric scooter will take you on a single
charge. Electric scooters vary in range from 8 miles to 20
miles per charge. Electric scooters that offer a range of more
than 15 miles are rare and more costly to purchase.
CARRYING CAPACITY: This is
the maximum amount of weight an electric scooter can carry.
Keep in mind that the heavier the rider the slower the
acceleration and top speed of an electric scooter. Heavier
riders will also reduce an electric scooters range and decrease
its hill climbing ability.
PORTABILITY: Will you need
to carry your electric scooter around? If so, then portability
is a big factor to consider. Check the weight of the scooter
and its dimensions when folded. Electric scooters can weigh
anywhere from 30 lbs. to 100 lbs. You'll also need to check the
folded dimensions of the scooter to make sure it fits in the
trunk of your car or wherever you might need to store it for
MOTOR: An electric scooter motor or engine
is rated by its output in watts. Electric scooters with a watt
rating under 300w are not recommended for use on steep, hilly,
or rough terrain, or with riders over 180 lbs. Generally
speaking, the higher the watt rating of the motor the better
your scooter will handle demanding terrain and a heavier
BATTERY: The power storage
device of an electric scooter. The standard electric scooter
battery is a sealed 12 volt rechargeable lead acid battery.
Electric scooters will come with 1 to 3 batteries depending on
the brand and model. The range of an electric scooter has much
to do with the quality and power rating of the batteries. The
life span of a battery tends to run 300 – 500 charges and
varies by brand and model. When fully drained a battery will
take anywhere from 2 to 8 hours to recharge depending on the
brand and model of the electric scooter and the quality of the
TERRAIN: The ideal riding
surface for an electric scooter is a relatively flat street or
road. If you plan of taking your electric scooter off-road,
climbing hills or scooting through rough terrain you will want
to purchase a scooter with a high watt motor.
CLIMATE: Temperature will
affect the battery of an electric scooter. Extremely hot or
extremely cold weather will decrease a scooters range. You will
typically want to avoid the rain. Electric scooters tend to
offer some resistance to wet weather and your scooter will
probably survive a real light rain. However, if water gets into
the motor, the motor will short out and need to be replaced.
Some Currie built scooters (Currie, Schwinn, Mongoose and GT)
come with weather resistant motors and can handle wet
WHEELS: The entire part
that includes the axle, hub, spokes and rim. Wheels come with
wire spokes, solid spokes or a spoke-less solid design. Wheels
come in steel, aluminum and reinforced plastic.
TIRES: Most tires are made
of rubber, foam rubber or polyurethane. Styles vary from
pneumatic with an inner-tube to pneumatic tubeless to solid and
can come with a smooth, semi-smooth or knobby surface. Tire
size will have an effect on the performance of the scooter.
Taller tires will generally increase the top speed of a scooter
but will lower its hill climbing ability. Taller tires will
also increase a scooters ground clearance. Enhanced ground
clearance helps the scooter handle speed bumps, pot holes,
curbs and off-road terrain better. Shorter tires generally
increase the hill climbing ability of a scooter but will lower
the top speed. Shorter tires decrease ground clearance. Tire
width will also have an effect on the scooters ability to grip
the road, wide tires will increase traction and skinny tires
will decrease traction.
BRAKES: The stopping system
for the scooter. Brake types vary by brand and model. The most
common types are drum, hub, disc and caliper (cantilever). Most
scooters will come with any combination of the above brake
types. Some models offer rear brakes, others offer front brakes
and some offer both front and rear braking systems. Some models
will come with an automatic throttle shut-off system. This is a
safety feature that keeps the engine from engaging while the
brakes are being applied.
FRAME, BODY & DECK: The
overall construction of the frame structure and body of the
scooter. The frame is typically constructed of steel. The body
covers the frame and the deck is the area you stand on. Bodies
and decks can be constructed of steel, aluminum, plastic or any
combination of the three materials. Plastic bodies and decks
are more susceptible to cracking and breaking.
ACCESSORIES: Some electric
scooters offer a host of accessories and other stick with the
basics: removable seat, adjustable height handlebars,
handlebars that fold, key ignition, headlights, taillights or
brake lights, reflectors, turn signals, horn, rear view
mirrors, battery indicator gauge, speed indicator gauge, kick
stand, basket or cargo box, tool kit.