How waterproof are electric scooters? 2021 models comparedOctober 23rd 2020
When you're looking for an electric scooter, one of the most desirable features is the ability to ride it come rain or shine.
Whether it’s with the idea of complete water resistance or just peace of mind that it’ll be ok if you get caught in a shower, the reassurance offered by a good rating is worth its weight in gold.
Our fully comprehensive guide to water resistance gives all the details about how water resistance ratings work, but here we put the major models that we stock in a direct head-to-head table, and give only the essential information you need to know to make an informed decision on your next e-scooter.
We list their water resistance rating, warranty coverage and whether we recommend if you can ride them in the rain with peace of mind.
What makes e-scooters water resistant?
Water resistance is based on two key factors: firstly, the construction of the e-scooter and its components, and secondly, the level of testing it has successfully passed.
E-scooters come with varying designs. Some have very tight seals to stop water entering the body, others have sealed designs around key internal components, while others don’t have either, and some have both! Simply put, the greater the level of sealing, the higher the protection you have.
Remember, not all components must stay dry in the face of water to be considered water resistant or even waterproof. The important thing is that it still works during and after exposure.
How is water resistance measured?
Water resistance is measured by an 'ingress protection' (IP) rating. Our fully comprehensive guide to water resistance walks you through IP ratings and what they mean, but the key takeaway is that:
Only the second digit of an IP rating refers to water resistance (e.g. the five of ‘IP65’)
The first digit refers to a separate measurement, for protection against solids (gravel, grit, dust, and so on). This means that, when it comes to water resistance, a visually higher number can be misleading. For example, ‘IP64’ is a higher number than ‘IP46’, but in fact 46 is far superior than 64 when it comes to water resistance.
An e-scooter rated to a specific level should operate fine in those given conditions. For more on what the water resistance number officially means, check out our comprehensive guide.
Why warranties are important
All manufacturers have a legal requirement to provide a warranty, which is a kind of assurance that a product will work as claimed or described for a given amount of time.
Unfortunately, a warranty can either live up to the e-scooter’s water resistance rating… or not! Essentially, if it doesn't cover you up to the rating that the e-scooter achieved in testing, then using it that way will void the warranty, and any claim that you have if the e-scooter becomes damaged as a result. Effectively, an e-scooter can be marketed as one thing, but you may not have a valid claim if a problem arises.
Some brands take this one step further by fitting water-detection strips in their models, so even if it’s rated to a certain level of water resistance, if these strips show any sign of ingress, your warranty is voided.
How can I make sure that I don’t void the warranty?
We strongly recommend that you read your e-scooter’s manual and any additional warranty paperwork. These documents will include both the details about your warranty and the proper usage instructions of your e-scooter.
A safe rule of thumb to follow is that if you use your e-scooter outside of the instructions in the manual OR warranty, you will void your warranty.
For clarity, some brands use firm statements such as “do not ride this e-scooter in the rain or wet conditions”, while others might state “only ride on dry surfaces”. The second statement is less clear as it does not refer to rain, but we take the approach that if it is raining, then the ground is likely to get wet, and therefore your warranty would be voided.
The Pure Electric approach
We think that it’s unfair that water resistance ratings aren’t always what they seem. You can easily get caught out if you opt for an e-scooter that claims water resistance or waterproofness, but doesn’t back it up convincingly with its warranty.
This is why we spec our Pure Air and Pure Air Pro e-scooters with IP65 water resistance and supply a year’s warranty that covers use up to that level too. It’s our way of stating our confidence and pride in our products, and we work hard to make sure that the key information is supplied in our ‘Warranty’ sections across all of our product pages.
Below, you’ll find a table that lays out water resistance rating, warranty coverage and our honest recommendations of whether you can ride it in the rain with peace of mind.