Your Guide to Buying an Electric Scooter

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You need a practical solution that makes nipping from A to B quick, cheap, easy and stress free. It’s time to take control and get around on your own terms.  Here are the 3 most important features you should consider when choosing an electric scooter: 

Range

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Your scooter needs to be ready and raring to go whenever life calls. What’s the use in a scooter if it can’t get you from A to B without running out of juice? A bigger battery range means you can travel greater distances between charges and you don’t have to worry about remembering to put it on charge every night. 

In our experience, a scooter with a range of 25-30km is perfect for most daily riders, this will allow you to travel an average distance of 15 miles before needing to find a plug – now that’s convenient!

Tip: consider leaving a spare charger at common destinations. Just in case!  

Compact

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You’re going to need a scooter that’s practical for day-to-day life or in other words, easy to carry, store and fold. The size of the scooter when it’s folded will determine whether you can carry it with one hand, fit it in the car boot or tuck it neatly under your desk. 

We recommend you look for an electric scooter with folded dimensions that range up to 113 x 46 x 50cm (LxWxH), we’ve tested a lot of scooter models and found this to be the most practical. A handy and compact scooter should be able to follow you everywhere, so you can just pick it up and go whenever suits you. 

Tip: some scooters have folding handlebars which make them even smaller and extra compact. 

We also strongly recommend you buy the ABUS Ultra D-lock. Thieves love electric scooters, and an unlocked scooter can be stolen in seconds. Don’t risk being left devastated and out of pocket. 

Weight

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More than anything, your travel companion needs to be portable and accessible. Will you need to carry it up a flight of stairs? Sometimes bad weather or a late-night lift home may require some scooter manoeuvring and you should choose a model you can lift easily.  

Most scooters with a reasonable range (15 miles) weigh over 11kg. We recommend that 12.5kg should handle easily for most people. Anything above 13kg may be difficult to carry longer distances. 

Tip: consider where the weight is held proportionately within the scooter. A scooter that holds its battery weight below the foot-deck is usually better balanced and a lot easier to carry. Still concerned it might be too heavy? Check out our useful shoulder strap bag that will lighten the load and make your scooter much easier to carry. 

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Speed

People often make the mistake of thinking speed is the single most important feature in a scooter. However, unless you’re a real adrenaline junkie, in the interest of safety and what’s really necessary for day to day use, we believe that 15mph is more than adequate – trust us, 15mph feels an awful lot faster on a scooter than it does in a car!  

We haven’t featured speed as an important factor here because all the electric scooters in our range travel up to a minimum of 12-15mph and will comfortably turn a long walk into a few minutes ride.  

Hill Climb Ability

A scooter with a motor power of 250 watts is adequate for flat surfaces and small hills, but if your ride is likely to be particularly bumpy or hilly you should also consider motor power as an important feature too. We do not recommend anything under 300 watts for daily use in areas with steeper hills.  

Wheel Type

Tyres come in two varieties: pneumatic (air-filled) and solid rubber (airless). Air-filled tyres have the advantage of shock absorption and a much better handling/traction but are prone to punctures and require maintenance.  

E-Scooters with solid tyres on the other hand require virtually-zero maintenance, but they aren’t as smooth to ride, and you will feel more bumps and vibrations. 

If you’re opting for air-filled tyres, just like a car, you will need to regularly check your air pressure and refill when low. Correct tyre pressure is vital for safety, braking effectiveness and grip. Under-inflation will cause wear, halve your battery range and will stop you from reaching those top speeds. 

Tip: if you’re opting for air-filled tyres it’s essential you purchase a pump with a pressure gauge to keep your tyres topped up to the recommended PSI.  Changing e-scooter tyres is a nightmare which, trust us - you want to avoid. It’s far more difficult than repairing a bicycle puncture and can take hours, even with the right tools. To protect yourself from punctures we strongly recommend you also purchase our ‘puncture protection fluid’. Apply this before your first ride and you may never need to change your tyres at all. 

Safety

Warning: always wear a helmet when riding your scooter at any speed. Electric scooters are safe to ride, but accidents still happen. 7 out of 10 serious head injuries could have been avoided by wearing a helmet. To protect yourself we strongly recommend a helmet. 

Tip: if you are going to ride at night, strongly consider adding some flashing red rear lights to your helmet or backpack. 

So, you’re looking for the best bit of cutting-edge tech to play with. A fast and agile electric scooter designed specifically for fun needs to deliver on excitement and thrill factor to make sure you arrive smiling. Here are the 3 most important features you need to consider when choosing an electric scooter: 

Top Speed

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Speed is important for getting your dose of adrenaline. Electric scooters tend to start at top speeds of 15mph and for many this is more than enough to feel the buzz and get you smiling - trust us, 15mph on a scooter feels an awful lot faster than 15mph in a car! But if you really want to feel the wind in your cheeks, we strongly recommend you consider an upgraded model. These start at 18mph and range all the way to a hair-raising 40mph. 

It’s important to bear in mind that faster scooters require bigger batteries and more powerful motors which are generally more expensive, however in our experience you really do get what you pay for in terms of performance. A motor power of 300 watts is an adequate starting point and we recommend you power up accordingly from there. We do not recommend anything under 300W for areas with steeper hills. 

Tip: for extra oomph look for a scooter with dual motors.  Warning: always wear a helmet when riding your scooter at any speed. Electric scooters are safe to ride, but accidents still happen. 7 out of 10 serious head injuries could have been avoided by wearing a helmet. To protect yourself we strongly recommend the Xiaomi MI Black helmet. 

Suspension

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Suspension on an e-scooter works the same as a car, smoothing out bumps and indentations in the ground. Without it you will get some vibration which can be uncomfortable on longer rides – and where’s the fun in that?

If you want an off-roader that sails over rougher terrain, strongly consider purchasing a scooter with quality suspension. Suspension can either be attached to the front, rear or both wheels. 

You should also consider tyre type. Air-filled (pneumatic) tyres have the advantage of added shock absorption and better handling/traction than solid rubber tyres.  

However, air-filled tyres are prone to punctures and require maintenance. Just like a car, you will need to regularly check your air pressure and refill when low. Correct tyre pressure is vital for safety, braking effectiveness and grip. Under-inflation will cause wear, halve your battery range and will stop you from reaching those top speeds.  

Tip: if you’re opting for air-filled tyres its essential you purchase a pump with a pressure gauge to keep your tyres topped up to the recommended PSI. 

Changing e-scooter tyres is a nightmare which, trust us - you want to avoid. It’s far more difficult than repairing a bicycle puncture. To protect yourself from punctures we strongly recommend you purchase our ‘puncture protection fluid’. Apply this before your first ride and you may never need to change your tyres at all. 

Brakes

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Your safety always come first, and brakes are a vital feature if you are looking for a more powerful electric scooter. Especially when riding downhill.  

There are four main brake types. In order of least to most effective: 1) electric and/or regenerative brakes, 2) foot brakes, 3) drum brakes and 4) disc brakes.  

Electric and regenerative brakes are the weakest. If you are traveling at 15+mph and need to stop quickly these will be the least effective.  

Foot brakes are activated by pushing your foot down on the rear mud guard. They have slightly more stopping power but are not as comfortable or effective as drum or disc brakes. 

Drum brakes are enclosed inside the wheel hub and are generally lower maintenance than other braking types and have consistent performance in wet conditions. 

Disc brakes have the most stopping power and are lighter than drum brakes which helps to lighten the overall load for extra speed. While drum and disc brakes are the best of all they will wear out over time and will eventually need to be serviced, just like a car.  

Tip: make sure you service your electric scooter regularly to keep it in full working order. Looking after your scooter properly is important. 

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Aesthetics

Looking good is all part of the fun, right? So, let’s not forget the aesthetics. You want an electric scooter that looks cool and one you can be proud of.

We’ve tested upwards of 50 different scooter models and found that some manufacturers cut costs by borrowing cheap components from bicycles, and it shows! This doesn’t generally affect the functionality of the electric scooter, but they can look like cheap home-made devices.  

We are proud to have hand-picked our range of e-scooters for both quality and style but, if you do want to modify your look further we suggest you check out our custom graphics kits - from sleek motorsport inspired designs to urban cool camo prints, we're sure you'll find a style that suits you.  

Tip: if youre stuck for inspiration check out some of the latest celebrities to style up their scoot on our Instagram! 

Warningif you’re going to ride at night, strongly consider adding some flashing red rear lights to your helmet or backpack – after all, safety comes before style.

If you’ve already bought an electric scooter it’s likely you’re wondering why you didn’t buy one sooner. After experiencing all the benefits, you’re hooked and wishing you bought a speedier, more powerful model, right? We understand. Here are the 3 most important features you must consider when it comes to upgrading: 

Motor Power

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Motor power is a measure of electric scooter speed and acceleration. Most ‘budget scooters’ start at 250 watts and reach top speeds of 15mph. We recommend you upgrade to a model that benchmarks at least 350 watts and that you consider powering up further from there.  

The Inokim OXO is the most powerful electric scooter that we stock. It has exceptionally powerful dual 1000W motors that will allow you to reach astonishing speeds of 40mph.  Tip: for extra oomph look for a scooter with dual motors.  

Warning: always wear a helmet when riding your scooter at any speed. Electric scooters are safe to ride, but accidents still happen. 7 out of 10 serious head injuries could have been avoided by wearing a helmet. To protect yourself we strongly recommend a helmet 

Suspension

2

Suspension on an e-scooter works the same as a car, smoothing out bumps and indentations in the ground. Without it you will get some vibration which can be uncomfortable on longer rides. 

If you want a silky-smooth ride, strongly consider purchasing a scooter with quality suspension. Suspension can either be attached to the front, rear or both wheels.  

Air-filled tyres also have the advantage of added shock absorption and better handling/traction than solid rubber tyres. A scooter with air-filled tyres will give a much smoother ride than a scooter with solid tyres.  

Tip: if you’re opting for air-filled tyres it’s essential you purchase a pump with a pressure gauge to keep your tyres topped up to the recommended PSI. Underinflation will cause wear, decrease your battery range and stop you from reaching top speeds. Maintaining correct tyre pressure is vital for safety, grip and breaking effectiveness.  Changing e-scooter tyres is a nightmare which, trust us - you want to avoid. It’s far more difficult than repairing a bicycle puncture. To protect yourself from punctures we strongly recommend you also purchase our ‘puncture protection fluid’. Apply this before your first ride and you may never need to change your tyres at all. 

Brakes

3

Your safety always come first, and brakes are a vital feature if you are looking for a more powerful electric scooter. Especially when riding downhill.  

There are four main brake types. In order of least to most effective: 1) electric and/or regenerative brakes, 2) foot brakes, 3) drum brakes and 4) disc brakes. 

Electric and regenerative brakes are the weakest. If you are travelling at 15+mph and need to stop quickly these will be the least effective. Foot brakes are activated by pushing your foot down on the rear mud guard. They have slightly more stopping power but are not as comfortable or effective as drum or disc brakes. Drum brakes are enclosed inside the wheel hub and are generally lower maintenance than other braking types and have consistent performance in wet conditions. Disc brakes have the most stopping power and are lighter than drum brakes which helps to lighten the overall load for extra speed.  

While drum and disc brakes are the best of all they will wear out over time and will eventually need to be serviced, just like a car.  

Tip: make sure you service your electric scooter regularly to keep it in full working order. Looking after your scooter properly is important. 

Budget

Most e-scooters tend to fall into one of three categories: budget e-scooters, premium e-scooters and high-performance e-scooters.  

There will always be variation between models but in our experience, quality improves with price. In terms of performance we believe you really do get what you pay for. 

Budget e-scooters

This category is most popular with first-time riders, mainly because budget scooters usually fall within the £300 - £500 price bracket. They are great for travelling shorter distances, have a reasonable range and suitable build quality. 

However, these scooters tend to have lower power motors compared to the higher end models, usually benchmarking around 250 watts, which will make them feel slower - particularly in areas with steeper hills.  

Tip: most scooters under £250 are not recommended for anything other than light recreational use, at this price point expect under-powered motors, low capacity batteries, weaker brakes and a cheaper build quality. 

Premium e-scooters

These fall between £600 and £900 and typically add suspension, larger motors, bigger batteries and better brakes to their portfolio of features. Consequently, your ride will be more comfortable, safer and the battery will last longer so you won't get stuck.  

Tip: bigger batteries and more powerful motors can add additional weight so this is something to consider if you need to carry your scooter long distances. Concerned it might be too heavy? Check out our useful shoulder strap bag that will lighten the load and make your scooter much easier to carry. 

High-performance e-scooters

These tend to start at £1,000+ and are the highest performing in every category except portability. They excel in terms of ride quality, braking distance, hill climbing ability, power, speed and acceleration.  

With huge, sometimes dual motors you can reach hair-raising speeds of up to 40mph. They carry top-notch suspension and hydraulically activated disc-brakes for improved stopping at fast speeds.  

These also tend to be the only scooters capable of riding off-road due to their larger tyres. If you’re looking for an electric scooter that seriously delivers on fun factor, then without a doubt this the class you should be looking at.  

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