Electric scooters are not just for kids anymore. Adults want in on the fun, so we decided to compile this guide to help you make an informed decision when choosing their next vehicle. You’ll learn how the vehicle is powered, the various parts that make up the technology, some of its best features and benefits, riding tips (oh yeah, it can go super fast), and rules to keep things safe.
On a budget?
In the world of micro-mobility, quality is subjective. There are no hard and fast answers to “what are the best electric scooters?. Generally speaking, you’ll get more value for your money by paying a little more than initially expected. If you’re looking for an affordable way to commute without planning and putting research into your purchase, you won’t be getting much value. Sure enough, affordable models starting at around $200 can offer minimal speed. Still, they come with other concessions like smaller wheels and low-powered batteries that short-circuit quickly beyond a controlled environment.
Out of range?
Range refers to how far a scooter can go before the battery runs out of juice. The range of your prospective scooter depends on various factors:
- motor power,
- rider weight,
- scooter weight,
- weather conditions,
- and average speed.
Like all batteries, your battery capacity (and scooter range) will diminish as time goes on. Most batteries last for at least 300 to 500 charging cycles, with the best ones enduring approximately 1000 charging cycles before beginning to deteriorate (charging takes on average 5h). Take into cognizance how far you travel on a typical day. Mind you that when your battery dies while riding your scooter, no matter its size, you can still use it the old-fashioned way.
Some people don’t need to take that many things when commuting. If it’s just a few items, then an electric scooter will get the job done, and going at 20 mph is more than enough for most people. You also don’t want to forget that particular countries have laws against traveling too quickly in such vehicles. That is the increasing rates of accidents coming to pedestrians who might just so happen to walk into your path. Any traveling above 20 mph where one does not have a helmet isn’t recommended, especially if you tend to be around heavily traffic-filled areas.
So, when buying an electric scooter, top speeds shouldn’t concern you that much because they are not a good benchmark for the scooter’s quality or usefulness.
Weight is an essential consideration if you plan to fold and carry your scooter. And while they’re not all that heavy, choosing a lightweight electric-powered scooter over a heavier one is crucial (so, check out lightweight electric scooters for adults). Consider how often you’ll need to carry it (i.e., if you commute by car, medium-weight isn’t the biggest concern) compared to, say, a model for recreational joyriding or beast-mode off-roading in which case, the weight may not be as significant of a factor compared to build quality and top speed for greater maneuverability and hill climbing.
May the force be with you
Depending on the model, a motor outputs a specific wattage, ranging from 300 to 500 watts. We advise against anything under 250 watts for daily commuting for adults. This will be sufficient for flat surfaces and very small hills. Some models have dual motors that give you faster acceleration, higher speeds, and the ability to power over hills and rugged terrain.