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Ninebot Segway ES2 ES4 Review

The ES2 has welcome upgrades in speed, power and additional rear shock absorption compared to the entry level ES1. It can be upgraded to ES4 by purchasing an additional battery which attaches on to the stem (increasing speed and range). Solid tryres makes the ES2 a puncture free alternative to the M365, and the ES4 a more compact alternative to the Ninebot Max.

Speed: 15.5 mph (18.5 mph on ES4) Range: 15.5 miles (28 miles on ES4) Weight: 12.5 kg (14 kg on ES4) Power: 300 Watt

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ES2 ES4 Specifications

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  • Attractive robust design from a reputable brand
  • Ability to upgrade performance later (by purchasing additional battery) is useful option
  • Solid tyres will appeal to some, as a way to avoid punctures
  • Easy foot enabled folding mechanism
  • Relatively light weight
  • Solid tyres mean a hard ride, despite front shock and rear absorber
  • Battery upgrade is expensive

Who SHOULD buy? ES2 is a good entry scooter level for a first time buyer who wants guarantee avoiding punctures (whilst accepting a slight sacrifice in ride quality). Buy if you want an option to upgrade to the ES4 later without having to buy an entirely new scooter!

Who should NOT buy? If you will regularly be going over rough hard ground the solid rubber tyres are a little bit jarring compared to pneumatic.

  • ES2 Specification Score
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  • ES2 ES4 Specifications
  • ES2 ES4 Overview
  • Design
  • Performance ES2
  • Performance ES4
  • Ride Quality
  • Portability ES2
  • Portability ES4
  • Battery ES2
  • Battery ES4
  • Features

ES2 ES4 Overview

For those who are not familiar, Ninebot-Segway, (often shortened to Ninebot), is a close cousin of the Xiaomi (the huge Chinese mobile phone manufacturer and maker of global best seller Xiaomi M365 scooter). Xiaomi partly owns Ninebot-Segway and the two companies collaborate in the manufacture of electric scooters, under different brands. Segway (a familiar brand Europe and North America) was acquired by Ninebot, making them one of the world’s biggest electric scooter manufacturers. This scale and brand recognition brings buyers a certain amount of reassurance. The Ninebot ES range of scooters have been on the market since 2017 and remain popular entry level scooters which have stood the test of time.

Upgrade with additional battery: Ability to upgrade by purchasing an additional battery is a major feature of the ES range. This is a clever design which offers excellent flexibility, but it also leads to confusing naming conventions! The ES1 becomes the ES3 after a battery upgrade and the ES2 becomes the ES4 after a battery upgrade. There are options to buy upgraded ES3 or ES4 as a bundle when first purchasing the scooter, or to simply upgrade later by buying the extra battery separately.

Used as hire scooters demonstrated durable build: Many people were first introduced to the ES2 whilst using one on a holiday as some cities are use this model as a hire scooter. This is a positive indication that these scooters are built to withstand heavy use with limited maintenance.

Design

Sleek looks: The ES2 offers a sleek design which is arguably more modern than its famous cousin the M365 – this is high praise. The fundamentals of the ES2 design is mirrored throughout all the scooters in the ES range. It’s under the deck lighting gives an even more space age look.

Battery in the stem: One key design feature is that the battery is in the front stem (rather than the more common location under the base plate). This gives a sleeker deck and slightly more ground clearance but does slightly compromise stability by placing weight higher up in the scooter, as well as placing limitations on battery size. This is why the upgraded battery on the ES4 sticks out slightly from the stem.

Solid tyres are another key element of the ES scooter range which eliminates the risk of punctures (a big issue with some electric scooters as they can be hard to fix). Many will choose from the Ninebot ‘ES range’ of scooters for this reason, but there is a price to pay in ride comfort.

Another feature about the ES range is they can be used as a normal kick scooter when switched off (as there is no drag from the motor). This may appeal in scenarios where the scooter runs out of battery or if the rider simply chooses to propel themselves without using the motor for some of their journey to get some exercise.

Segway ES4 Review: The Scooter That Can Do it All

If you are looking for a new electric scooter, you may be thinking about going with the Segway Ninebot ES4 scooter. The Segway ES4 scooter is known for its dual suspension tires, it’s easy handling and straightforward features that make a great for beginners. What do you need to know about the Segway Ninebot ES4? Take a look at our Segway Ninebot ES4 review, and see if this scooter is right for you!

Who Should Buy the Segway ES4?

This Segway scooter is ideal for beginners. It isn’t spectacular at anything; however, it does everything pretty well. It is easy to use, very safe, and it is perfect for beginners. It doesn’t have a lot of over-the-top features, meaning that it will not take very long for people to learn it. It has been built well, is fairly durable, and is fast enough to keep up with other scooters on the market. It comes with standard batteries, has a decent range, and can stand up to routine wear and tear. Therefore, it is great for anyone who is looking for a straightforward scooter or for people who are learning how to ride one for the first time.

Segway ES4 Scooter Specs

SPECIFICATION DETAILS
Weight 30 lbs.
Dimension 40 x 17 x 45 inches
Speed 18.6 mph
Battery size 17 x 5 x 5 inches
Range 28 Mi
Foldable Yes
Seat No
Wheel size 8″(F)/7.5″(R) Large Solid Non-Pneumatic Tire
Taillights LED lights
Speed control OEM Speed Controller FLASHED
Security System One-step Folding System | Dual Suspension System | Smart Battery Management System

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Features of the Segway ES4 Scooter

A few of the features to note of the Segway ES4 scooter include:

Deck

The deck is solidly built. It is topped with a thin layer of rubber. It has been textured to prevent you from slipping. Even though the deck is a bit short, it is right in the middle when it comes to its width. It is approximately 17 inches long and 6 inches wide. It sits approximately 3.5 inches off the ground. Even though you can move around a little bit, there isn’t a lot of room to spread out. Even though you should be comfortable on the deck, you may feel like you are a bit limited if you are riding this scooter for an extended amount of time.

Handlebars / Information Center / Tech Stack

The handlebars are easy to grip. They are comfortable if you are riding for a long amount of time. They are also connected via a simple plug-and-play system. This means that they are easy to assemble and disassemble. There is also a display that is very easy to read. You can toggle through riding modes and turn on the lights from the information center and tech stack. There is a simple thumb control for the break on the front, and you can control the throttle easily from the handlebars. This does give a comfortable ride.

Tires

The tires of this scooter leave something to be desired. They use solid tires, which are among the oldest out there. The tires are very stiff when you go over bumps. This means that you feel everything. In addition, the treads are relatively shallow. This means they wear out quickly and do not have great traction.

My personal preference is to have a scooter with pneumatic tires. I feel like air-filled tires provide maximum rider comfort and wish the ninebot es4 used pneumatic tires over solid tires. It’s a shame too — this scooter packs a lot of punch and has all the bells and whistles but we wish they didn’t use a solid tire system.

Suspension

Even though the suspension system itself is pretty beefy, the tires certainly impact the overall suspension of the scooter. This scooter has been made with something called a dual suspension system. The does take a lot of the bumpiness away from the tires by providing rear shock absorption, but the scooter still makes quite a bit of noise when going over bumps.

Even though the overall ergonomics are good, you will feel everything when you go over the bumps. The suspension system itself is solid and will stand up to routine wear and tear. We feel the rear shock absorption system is adequate but having pneumatic tires would provide a smoother ride.

Lights

There are a lot of fun lights that come with this Segway es4 electric scooter. It makes it a joy to ride at night. There are LED lights mounted high on the front, a brake light mounted on the back, and even a set of LED lights underneath the deck.

Some people also call them swag lights. You can also change these lights to a variety of colors through the ninebot app.

There are reflectors all over the scooter, increasing safety. Even though the LED headlight itself is not super bright, there are so many LED lights on the scooter that you will be easy to spot. You should have a lot of fun rotating the various colors of the LED lights during the night.

Braking

The braking system is solid. It comes with an electric brake (front wheel) and a mechanical brake (on the rear wheel). This means that the brakes are very durable and easy to use. If you are going at high speed, it will take approximately it doesn’t take much to come to a complete stop. In fact, the segway electric scooter will stop in just 13 inches if you’re going at a maximum speed of 12.4 mph.

While that’s pretty impressive, so is that of many other scooters. The stopping on this segway scooter puts it right in the middle compared to other scooters that are on the market. The brakes should stand up well to routine wear and tear. Overall, the braking system of this scooter is one of the top benefits.

Segway ES4 Max Speed

The maximum speed of the Segway Ninebot ES4 is 18.6 miles per hour. This is in the middle of a lot of other scooters on the market. For example, it is slightly faster than the Segway Ninebot Max; however, it is significantly slower than the Inokim Light 2, which is one of the fastest scooters on the market. Because the Segway Ninebot ES4 has been built well, it does accelerate relatively quickly. The maximum speed is also going to be impacted by the battery life, the weight of the rider, and the incline of the road. Overall, the maximum speed for the price point is quite good.

Seg ES4 Speed Modes

The ES4 comes with three different speed modes. Speed limit mode, standard mode, and sport mode. They’re pretty self explanatory but basically, if you want to get a longer range, you will need to use the speed limit mode or the standard speed mode. Using the cruise control option with the standard speed mode will also help you save battery life. To switch the ES4 speed mode from one to another, all you need to do is press the power button twice.

Range

The maximum range of the segway kickscooter es4 is 28 miles. Keep in mind that this range is going to be impacted by a variety of factors including the top speed, how quickly you accelerate, how heavy you are, and how many hills you tackle. If you accelerate a lot, break a lot, and go up a lot of hills, your range could be less than 20 miles. Keep this in mind if you are using this scooter for commuting purposes. One way to extend range is to have controlled acceleration. Slamming on the throttle to get it up to high speed as fast as possible is a sure-fire way to decrease overall battery life and range.

This scooter has a longer range than the ES2 because of the extra battery. If you’ve got a longer commute having an external battery is very helpful.

Segway ES4 Battery System

There is a dual battery system with the Segway ES4 scooter. The internal battery is located in the stem instead of the deck, making this different from a lot of other scooters on the market today. There is also an external battery, which should increase its range; however, it does make the scooter feel front-heavy.

Overall, the scooter has 374 Wh of overall battery capacity while nominal power is 300 watts thanks to the combination of an internal and external battery. There’s no question that the ninebot es4 scooter has a lot of juice!

  • The charging port is at the top
  • The battery is easier to charge
  • The battery is screwed in, so it can’t be stolen
  • If the battery is removed, it doesn’t go as far
  • The scooter feels front-heavy
  • The battery is not swappable

These are important points to keep in mind when you are learning how to ride this scooter.

If you already have an ES4 electric scooter and your external battery is getting older you might be noticing that high-speed mode isn’t as fast as it was when the scooter is new.

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It is likely that you’re not getting peak power out of the external battery anymore and it’s probably time to replace the external battery pack.

Here is a link to a replacement of the external battery on the ninebot es4 scooter:

Water Resistance

Overall, the scooter is rated at an IP54 water resistance level. This means that it should be able to stand up to routine showers; however, you should not submerge the scooter in water. This water resistance rating is similar to other scooters on the market today. At the same time, it is important for you to protect the stem of the scooter from water damage. Earlier versions of the scooter may be vulnerable to water exposure in the stem; however, later scooters have an added plastic guard that increases the water resistance of the Segway ES4 scooter.

Colors

One of the biggest benefits of riding the scooter is that you are going to have a lot of colors from which to choose. There are plenty of fun color schemes and patterns you can play with, particularly since you can control the colors of the lights beneath the deck. There is also a Bluetooth app you can use to control all of the colors.

Portability Weight

This is one of the most portable scooters on the market. It has a fairly lightweight build, coming in at just over 30 lb. It is going to feel very light when you are moving around. Keep in mind that this time does bold, making it easier to transport; however, the handlebars do not fold. Overall, the handlebars are pretty narrow. Therefore, you should be able to move this around easily. If you fold the entire scooter down, it is approximately 45 inches long, 17 inches wide, and 14 inches tall.

Quality of Construction

Overall, the quality of the Segway Ninebot ES4’s construction is solid. This is a durable scooter that can stand up the routine wear and tear. The scooter is easy to ride, comfortable in your hands, and should last for a long time as long as you take care of it. The one downside to the construction is the tires. The solid tires wear out quickly, do not absorb the bumps well, and can make for a bumpy ride. Furthermore, the scooter can have some issues if you are going up hills. It has a decent top speed and decent range under normal riding conditions.

Charging Outlet and Charging Time

In order to charge the scooter, you need to take the included charger from the scooter and plug it into the wall. The lights on the base of the charger will start the blank. The lights will stay lit as it reaches that specific charging level. Once all of the lights are lit up on the charger, you know the scooter has been fully charged.

Overall, it will take approximately three to four hours to charge the scooter completely. The battery itself should last between three and five years before it has to be replaced. Remember that there are two batteries on the scooter. Because there are two batteries, it does take a bit longer to charge this scooter all the way. Therefore, you may want to plug the scooter in a long time before you need to use it.

Bluetooth Ninebot App

It is possible for you to pair this scooter to your mobile device via Bluetooth through the Ninebot app. In order to do this, you need to download the Ninebot app from the Google Play store or the Apple app store.

Then, you can open the ninebot app and pair it with your scooter. When the scooter has been connected to your mobile device, an icon will light up on the screen.

You can do a lot through this application. For example, you can run a variety of set functions, run firmware updates to make sure your scooter is protected, and lock the scooter.

In addition, you can also control a lot of the LED lights that are underneath the deck of the scooter. That way, you can rotate the colors at night, adding a bit more fun to the ride.

There are several other features you can take advantage of through this application if you play around with it. The application is intuitively designed, so it shouldn’t take long to learn.

Warranty

Before you purchase a scooter, you should check with the seller for the latest information on the warranty. Typically, the Segway ES4 scooter comes with a 1-year warranty on the vehicle body, a 180 day warranty on other components (such as the battery charger, battery pack, electronic throttle, and electronic brake), and a 90-day warranty on all components subject to wear, such as the wheels, headlights, fenders, strips, and kickstand. Make sure you check with the manufacturer for updated information on the warranty, as this could be subject to change.

Safety

Overall, the Segway ES4 scooter is a very safe ride. It has a decent top speed, accelerates at a decent rate, and is easy to control. It has a very short learning curve, meaning that beginners should be able to take control of the scooter relatively quickly. It also comes with a lot of LED lights, including reflectors, a strong headlight, and plenty of deck lights that will make the rider easy to spot at night. Even though the solid tires do create a bumpy ride, the scooter is still very easy to control. At the same time, you should make sure that you wear a helmet anytime you get on the scooter.

What’s the Difference Between the Segway ES2, ES3, and ES4?

There are a few notable differences between the Segway ES2, ES3, and ES4. These include:

  • Both the ES3 and ES4 have a top range of 28 miles, but the ES4 has a faster top speed at 18 MPH while the ES3 tops out at 15.5 MPH.
  • The ES4 also accelerates much faster than the ES3.
  • The ES3 is lighter than the ES4, at 27 pounds versus 31 pounds, but both scooters have the dual battery system.
  • Both the ES3 and ES4 provided a significant upgrade from the ES2 in terms of technical features, particularly what you can do from the mobile app.
  • The ES2 is comparable to the ES3 in terms of battery life, range, top speed, and weight.
  • All three scooters are covered in lights, making for a safe ride.
  • The braking system of the ES4 is superior to the ES3 and ES2.

You may want to keep these differences in mind if you are trying to figure out which one is best for you.

Segway Ninebot E45: Worth a Little Extra?

The Segway E45 is the newer version of the Segway Ninebot ES4. Even though it is more expensive, it might be worth the extra money. A few of the upgrades include:

  • The Segway Ninebot e45 is improved in almost every area with bigger 9-inch tires that last longer, an extra magnetic brake in the rear that shortens the stopping distance, and reflective stickers.
  • Segway also boasts that the new 9-inch tire uses a different technology which provides more shock absorption.
  • The suspension system received an upgrade, so you should not feel the bumps as much.
  • The scooter has a slightly longer average range and a slightly faster climbing time.
  • The top speed has also gotten a bit quicker.
  • The size of the deck is similar to the ES4, so you should not notice much of a difference here.
  • The lighting system can still be rotated using the mobile application.

Make sure you keep these upgrades in mind if you are trying to decide if the Segway Ninebot E45 is the right scooter for you. When it comes down to it, if you’ve got the money you might think about getting the upgraded ride!

Segway ES4 Scooter Review

Overall, the Segway ES4 Scooter is a solid scooter that does a lot of things pretty well. It accelerates at a decent rate, has a decent top speed, and has a solid range. It does have a dual battery system, which is a bit unusual but does act to increase the range. The handlebars have a textured anti-slip handle and feel great in the hands, and the lights are awesome. You can rotate the colors on the LED lights to create an enjoyable ride, particularly at night.

It is important to remember that the tires of this scooter leave a lot to be desired. They are solid tires, which means they wear out quickly and do not absorb the bumps well. However, you don’t have to worry about getting a flat tire with a solid tire system. Still, I would prefer pneumatic tires over solid tire.

Even though the dual suspension system is exceptional, it does not make up for the bumpy ride created by the tires. It is important to keep this in mind, particularly if you are planning on going up hills.

The ninebot es4 scooter is a great choice for beginners because it is very easy to learn. If you are looking for a scooter that will get you from place to place, this is probably a good choice. Even though the tires wear out quickly, the rest of the scooter stands up to routine wear-and-tear well. Even though it might not compare to some of the newer scooters on the market, this is still a solid choice.

Pros of the Segway ES4

Some of the biggest benefits of choosing the Segway ES4 include:

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  • The scooter is one of the easiest to learn how to ride. It has a straightforward design that feels great in the hands.
  • You can rotate the colors of the LED light beneath the deck, making for a fun ride. In addition, the scooter is covered with lights, making for a very safe ride.
  • The Bluetooth ninebot app is easy to download and install. It is also very easy to pair with the scooter, featuring a security lock that can protect the scooter.
  • The dual suspension system can mitigate some of the bumpiness from the tires. It will also stand up to routine wear and tear.
  • The segway es4 battery system provides execellent overall range.
  • With a maximum speed near 20 mph, this scooter packs a lot of speed for the dollars spent.

Keep this in mind as you are looking for a scooter.

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    Who is the Ninebot E45 for?

    If you liked the Ninebot ES4, you will love the Ninebot E45. With improved build quality in almost every area, bigger 9-inch tires, an extra magnetic brake in the rear wheel for smaller braking distance, and more reflective stickers to make the scooter street-legal internationally, the E45 is the no-brainer choice in 2021 and beyond.

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    In North America, you can find the Ninebot E45 on Amazon, and that’s usually where you will find the best deal. The scooter is also available through the official Segway store, although for some reason, it’s often a bit more expensive there.

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    No matter where you get the scooter from, you should typically get the standard Segway warranty, which means 1 year on the critical components, 6 months on the battery and charger, and 3 months on the wear and tear parts. If your scooter arrives with a damaged part, you will most likely receive a new part for free, but if the scooter arrives dead, you will get either a replacement or a refund.

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    Unboxing, assembly, user manual

    How the scooter arrives can sometimes vary based on where you get it from, but typically it will come with lots of protective covers, bubblewrap and styrofoam and nylon and all the other hoopla.

    The box should contain at least the following:

    • semi-assembled scooter with handlebars
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    Pressing the button powers the scooter on, and then a double press switches the speed mode, while a triple press toggles the lights.

    Both the acceleration and the brake buttons are thumb-throttles, which I believe to be the best choice out of all the possible button configurations, as they are the most ergonomic choice, and in the case of the Ninebot E45, very responsive to user input as well.

    Out of the box, the Ninebot E45 is a kick-to-start scooter, and requires the scooter to already have some speed before the throttle can kick in and accelerate the scooter. If you’ve read some of my other articles, you will know why I believe this is a much better option than the zero-start (it’s safer for pretty much any scenario where you have to carry or push the scooter, and it’s also much better for the battery).

    The scooter has three speed modes:

    You can also use the cruise control feature, or turn it off through the app if you don’t like it.

    Folding the scooter is designed so that the user doesn’t really have to bend over too much – by pressing the folding pedal in the front, the lock for the folding mechanism is released and the scooter can be folded. The hook on the stem locks against the rear fender when folded, and you can also unlock the scooter with your foot and just move the stem up until you hear the click. The handlebars themselves do not fold, but that’s not really necessary as they aren’t too wide.

    The handlebar height is fixed, but it will be suitable for people of almost any height. While Ninebot advertizes the scooter as suitable for riders as tall as 200 cm / 6’6″, I think taller people should still check out other scooters designed for taller adults.

    The left handlebar hosts the bell, which will be loud enough for pedestrians (probably not loud enough for drivers in vehicles though).

    The scooter features a hook on the stem which is primarily used for locking the scooter’s folding mechanism when folded, but also it’s very useful for hanging your bags or other items from it while riding.

    Lifespan, design, engineering

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    The scooter’s frame is made from aerospace-grade aluminum alloy, while the gripped mat on the deck is from rubber to prevent slipping. The kickstand is quite thick and stable, although, in my opinion, I believe it should be a bit longer as well to eliminate any chance of the scooter tipping over while leaning on it. The handlebars are also covered with gripped rubber, and will provide good traction even if your hands start to get sweaty.

    The most impactful decision in terms of the scooter’s design is to place the battery on the stem.

    The advantages of that decision will be a smaller and more flexible deck, which will also have a higher ground clearance, but also the fact that the battery and the charging port will be further away from the ground, where water and dirt can easily infiltrate them and damage them.

    The disadvanvantages will be the scooter being a bit front-heavy, and not very well balanced because of the higher center of gravity.

    User experience, ride smoothness

    I feel Ninebot has done some low-key, barely noticeable improvements under the hood with the Ninebot E45, that improve the overall ride quality in small but meaningful ways.

    This is a solid-tire scooter, and that will always be a downside for ride smoothness.

    There is some spring suspension in the front, which adds a few stability points. Also, the tires are slightly larger than usual, but for commuter scooters, even small differences in tire size make a big difference in ride quality, so that’s another plus.

    Still, the Ninebot E45 provides a better ride smoothness and user experience than most other commuter scooters, and especially better than most other solid-tire commuter scooters, and that’s because of its overall build quality. With all of the components being rock-solid and well-integrated, and Ninebot drawing from years of experience and user feedback, the scooter offers quality that far exceeds its price, and still results in a stable, comfortable ride well above the industry average.

    Cockpit, screen

    The screen of the Ninebot E45 is a work of genius in my opinion, as it manages to display all the information you need in a very compact space. The small circular LCD screen shows:

    • current speed (in your preferred units)
    • speed mode
    • battery level (5 bars)
    • bluetooth status
    • overheating status
    • error status
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    Since the screen is small, it doesn’t spend a lot of battery, and also it shines quite bright so it’s easily readable even on the sunniest of days.

    Brakes, safety

    The Ninebot E45 has a highly redundant braking system, with 3 separate brakes engaged by a single press on the break button.

    The electronic brake in the front cuts power to the motor, and it also has the energy recovery feature (KERS), so it recharges the battery by a small amount. The rear wheel has a strong magnetic brake, which is probably the strongest of them all and provides a lot of stopping power. Finally, there’s the foot brake activated by pressing your foot on the rear fender, which acts as a failsafe (you will likely not use it that much, but it’s good to have it).

    With so many separate brakes, and all of them of good quality, the Ninebot E45 is one of the safest budget scooters available today.

    Tires, wheels, suspension

    With 9 inches in diameter, the tires are slightly above the industry average of 8 to 8.5 inches, but when it comes to ride comfort, that 1 inch does contribute quite a lot. The tires are solid (dual-density), made from synthetic rubber and filled with anti-explosion foam, and they are immune to flats because of that. Of course, the tradeoff will be decreased ride comfort, but in the case of the Ninebot E45, that will not be as pronounced, as the scooter’s overall build quality will compensate and absorb a lot of the shocks from the ride.

    The scooter has a small spring shock absorber in the front, between the stem and the front tire. The suspension is not big enough to make a big contribution to ride comfort, but it’s much better than nothing.

    The rear fender is quite long and does a great job of protecting the rider from splashes. Because it’s meant to be used as an emergency brake as well, it is built to last and it will withstand some punishment. Still, I wouldn’t recommend being too careless with it, as it’s still a part that’s known to malfunction or even completely break off in some instances.

    Motor, speed, climbing

    The Ninebot E45 packs quite a punch in its front-drive hub motor, with 700 Watts of power. It’s one of the strongest features of the scooter, and makes it more performant than the average budget scooter in terms of speed, acceleration, torque, carrying load, and climbing.

    The scooter can develop top speeds of up to 30 kmh / 18.6 mph, although the E45E comes with its speed limited to 25 kmh / 15.5 mph so that it’s street legal in the UK. The speed can be unlocked by installing some custom firmware (this video should be helpful).

    The extra 3 mph / 5 kmh of speed when compared to the Ninebot E25 mostly comes from the extra battery, as it doesn’t only add to the range but to the overall power and performance of the scooter.

    As with all previous Ninebot scooters, the E45 will accelerate quickly, and a bit quicker than the models without the extra battery.

    The official climb angle of the Ninebot E45 is 20% / 11°, which means the scooter will handle the majority of everyday hills without too much struggle. You will need to ride in the sport mode for the best hill climbing abilities. Independent owner tests confirm that the scooter climbs pretty well and tackles moderate and everyday hills easily.

    Battery, charging, range

    The Ninebot E45 comes with two batteries, one integrated inside the stem, and the other one attached to it on the outside.

    As the name might suggest, the E45 has an official range of 45 km / 28 Mi, and that range is pretty much what the average rider will get in the real world as well (except for some riders closer to the weight limit).

    The battery has a 368 Wh, 10.2 Ah capacity, and a voltage of 36 Volts. The battery comes with one of the most thoroughly tested Smart battery management systems in the scooter world, both in the factories and labs, but also in the real world by real users every day, and the result is a battery that’s strongly protected against any type of charging or discharging defects and achieves a very long lifespan (in some Ninebots, the batteries last even more than 3 years).

    The charging port is on the top of the battery, far away from the ground, and that will almost certainly expand its lifespan, as contact with dirt, dust, liquids, or other damaging material, will be very limited. The scooter takes 7.5 – 8 hours to charge fully.

    Weight, dimensions, portability

    The scooter comes with an extra battery, which adds a bit to its weight. The total weight of it is 36.2 lbs / 16.4 kg, and compared to the average commuter scooter, it’s about 4 lbs / 2 kg heavier.

    While the scooter seems quite large when unfolded, it manages to fold down to a quite small package, mostly because of how low its folded height gets, and that single dimension cuts down its folded volume drastically and makes the scooter very portable. When folded, the scooter’s dimensions become:

    The scooter might be a bit awkward to carry because of the extra battery on the stem, which makes holding the scooter close to where its natural center of gravity is difficult. Plus, the stem is quite thick as well, and some people will not be able to grab the scooter at the stem.

    Overall, the scooter is a bit on the heavier side and not really convenient for carrying for long distances, but at the same time doesn’t occupy a lot of volume when folded and will fit easily in the usual places (car trunks, public transport, hallwas, doors, under the office desk), so portability can be described as not great but still pretty good.

    Weight limit

    The weight limit of the Ninebot E45 is the typical 100 kg / 220 lbs limit found in the majority of electric scooters today.

    While heavier adults will definitely want to take a look at scooters with big weight limits, I suspect that the Ninebot E45 might actually support people weighing above its weight limit as well. There are only several owner reports of this, and that’s anecdotal evidence at best, but given the scooter’s 700 Watt motor and its sturdy build quality, I don’t think heavier riders will see some serious drops in performance. It’s not wise to go over the recommended weight limit in any case, but know that if you’re close to it, the Ninebot E45 will probably be good enough.

    Water resistance, IP rating

    The Ninebot E45 has an official ingress protection rating of IPX4. That means the scooter will be very water resistant, and not suffer water damage by water splashes from any angle. However, that doesn’t make the scooter fully waterproof, and it’s still best to avoid riding in the rain as much as possible.

    There seem to be no independent tests of how the scooter performs in the rain, but given how it’s very similar to other Ninebot models with the same IP rating that have been thoroughly tested in all sorts of weather by many users, it’s probably true that a short ride in some light rain will not harm it.

    Lights, stickers, night rides

    The main headlight of the Ninebot E45 is placed on the top of the stem, nicely angled for a good lighting distance.

    The rear of the fender hosts the red brake light, which turns on when you engage the brakes.

    Besides the main lights, the scooter comes with multi-color LED ambient lights below the deck, that can strobe in one or many different colors, with all of the options being controlled through the app.

    To ensure street legality in almost any region, the scooter has reflective stickers all around it: white one on the front of the stem, two yellow ones on the sides in the front, two red ones on the sides of the rear wheel, and another red one on the rear fender.

    The scooter can easily be ridden at night, as it provides sufficient and strong-enough lighting.

    App

    The app for the Segway Ninebot scooters is one of the better electric scooter apps out there. It’s available for iOS and Android. It has a lot of features, most of which being statuses and readings, but there are a lot of preferences you can set in there to personalize your ride as well, including:

    • locking the scooter
    • cruise control settings
    • regenerative braking level
    • current stats (speed, distance, ride time, battery)
    • controlling the lights and setting the color of the ambient deck light

    In addition to the Ninebot app, I recommend the EScooterNerds Universal Scooter Helper App, available for both iOS and Android as well. The app is meant to complement the original Ninebot app rather than replace it, and it comes with many supplementary features like resources, guides, hacks, calculators, tools, a marketplace for used scooters, etc.

    Lock, security

    The scooter can be locked through the app, and that’s an excellent security feature as it prevents the motor from being started at all and renders the scooter almost useless to anyone that might want to steal.

    Still, someone might decide to steal the scooter anyway (and maybe they might know how to bypass the electronic lock as well), and the scooter’s app lock doesn’t do anything to stop someone from simply grabbing the scooter and putting it in their car trunk. That’s why it’s recommended to use a lock for an electric scooter in addition to the app lock and prevent theft completely.

    Helmet, accessories

    You should always ride the Ninebot E45 with a safety helmet on, as that not only reduce the risk of a serious injury, but it also keeps you out of trouble with the law, as riding without a helmet can get you a ticket in almost any country in the world today. See the guide on the best electric scooter helmets to find a good pick to go along with this scooter.

    The scooter is fairly feature-complete, but it still might use a few customizations and accessories if you want to truly level it up.

    You will probably want a phone mount (the IPOW on Amazon is a great yet affordable pick), and I usually recommend a storage bag for adults with responsibilities who use their scooter for more than just casual fun (the Epessa on Amazon should fir the Ninebot E45 perfectly). Also, since the scooter has practically the same dimensions as the ES4, the standard Segway Ninebot saddle should fit it (the saddle is adjustable and foldable).

    If you want to see some other ideas about some cool potential accessories, see the guide on the best electric scooter accessories.

    Maintenance, repairs

    Since the tires of the Ninebot E45 are solid and will never go flat, you will only have to inspect them for wear-and-tear every now and then. That means your maintenance routine can be as simple as making sure all the screws are tight, and the brakes are all working, and you don’t have to do this more than once a week.

    Cleaning the scooter can also be a simple process, just use a soft and damp cloth to remove any stains. Don’t hose your scooter down, as it only has an IPX4 water protection standard and it’s not resistant to water jets.

    If something in your scooter malfunctions, you will get a spare part shipped to you for free if your scooter is still under warranty. You should also be able to easily find any spare parts after that, as the model is quite popular and sells lots of units. That’s also the reason why most mechanics and bike repair shops should be familiar with it and be able to fix your scooter if you need them to.

    Ninebot E45 vs other electric scooters

    Since the Ninebot E45 is a successor to the popular ES4 model, it gets compared to a lot of other Ninebot models, but also other popular scooters as well.

    Ninebot E45 vs Ninebot E45E

    You might notice a slight difference in model versions depending on where you live, and in some places, most notably the UK and some other European countries, the Ninebot E45 is available as the Ninebot E45E (the additional E at the end stands for Europe). Those two are practically the same scooter, with the only difference being that the E45E is made to be street-legal for the UK and European traffic laws, and comes with its top speed limited to 15.5 mph / 25 kmh (the speed can be unlocked to the higher speed by installing some custom firmware).

    Ninebot E45 vs Ninebot ES4

    Simply put, the Ninebot E45 is the direct upgrade to the Ninebot ES4.

    The biggest difference is in the tire size. With the E45 coming with 9-inch tires, it will provide rides that are much more comfortable than the ES4 rides, as it has tires of just 7.5 inches. Both tires have solid rubber tires that are immune to flats, but the E45 employs better tire technology as well.

    The E45 also has an additional magnetic brake on the rear wheel that’s not present in the ES4.

    The performance of both scooters is largely the same, and no wonder, as both the motor, the battery, and the extra battery, all have almost the exact same specs.

    But in 2021 and beyond, I don’t think there’s a good enough reason for anyone to go with the ES4. The E45 comes with some incremental improvements in build quality, but they add up and truly make the scooter an upgraded version. The only reason to get the Ninebot ES4 today might be if the place where you live still doesn’t have the E45 available (you can see the Ninebot ES4 review in that case).

    Ninebot E45 vs Ninebot E25

    The Ninebot E25 is a level below the Ninebot E45, and in many ways, it’s exactly the same comparison as the Ninebot ES4 vs the Ninebot ES2.

    The E25 has a smaller range of 25 km / 15 Mi (hence the name), and that’s probably the biggest and most substantial difference between the two scooters. Their tires are identical, as well as many other features like the IP rating, the weight limit, and even the official climb angle, although I suspect the Ninebot E45 will actually climb better because of the stronger battery.

    Overall, I don’t think the E25 would be a good investment for most people, including beginner scooterists. You might save a few bucks, but the price difference is usually not that great, and certainly not great enough to justify almost half the range that you would get with the E45. If you want, you can still check out the Ninebot E25 review.

    Ninebot E45 vs Ninebot E22

    If the E25 is a level below the E45, then the E22 is two levels below it.

    With a range of just 22 km / 13.7 Mi, this is one of the commuter scooters with the least range available today.

    Now, the E22 does have some interesting advantages, including small weight and folded volume, both of which make it ultra-portable, and for people that need to carry their scooters a lot or fit them through doors and trunks and hallways, and at the same time they don’t really need all that range, the E22 might even be the better choice. I think most of us would rather stick with the large and comfortable range, but if you need that extra portability, see the Ninebot E22 review.

    Ninebot E45 vs Ninebot Max

    In my opinion, the Ninebot Max is the biggest competitor to the E45, both within the Ninebot family and outside of it.

    Both scooters are priced about the same usually, and have some similarities in their performance, like their speed, motor power, acceleration, climb angle, and weight limit.

    It comes down to your position on two of the most important debates in the scooter world – the solid vs pneumatic tire debate, and the range vs portability debate.

    With 10-inch pneumatic tires, the Ninebot Max will provide a lot more ride comfort than the E45, but the tradeoff will be the ever-present risk of a flat tire, something which will not concern E45 owners.

    Also, with a range of 64 km / 40 Mi, the Ninebot Max is a true range monster, and one of the most popular long-range commuter scooters ever. It provides almost 50% more range than the E45. The downside, of course, will be the greater weight, and weighing a whopping 19 kg / 42 lbs, the Ninebot Max might be unmanageable for many.

    If you’d prefer some extra range and don’t mind the extra weight, and are also willing to risk some flats in the name of superior ride comfort, then check out the Ninebot Max review.

    Ninebot E45 vs Xiaomi Pro 2

    Out of the box, both scooters will come with the same range, and the same top speed in Europe and the regions where the E45’s top speed is limited to 25 kmh / 15.5 mph. In fact, performance will be comparable for both scooters in most instances.

    The tires of the Ninebot E45 are slightly bigger, but the Xiaomi Pro 2 has pneumatic tires, so the ride comfort advantage still goes to the Xiaomi Pro 2, although that difference will not be as pronounced. I believe this will be the determining factor for many. If you don’t want to worry about flats, ever, then go with the Ninebot E45. If you prefer the better ride comfort, however, then check out the Xiaomi Pro 2 review.

    Issues, tradeoffs, what to know

    The only major incident reported for this scooter has been a single instance of the battery malfunctioning very soon after the scooter being bought. Given how the scooter has already sold thousands of units, that’s probably not so bad (the owner returned the scooter and got a refund).

    Other than that, the scooter doesn’t really have any faults per se, and it mostly comes down to the classic tradeoffs which are inescapable in the scooter world. Since the E45 addresses a lot of the small and annoying issues of the ES4, often in some not-so-visible ways like fixing the rattling rear fender and making the folding mechanism more stable, it’s no wonder that there are almost no critical issues reported.

    As you probably already know, the major tradeoff that every solid-tire scooter brings is the reduced ride quality. You will never get a flat tire, and you will never have to worry about tire pressure, and the new dual-density technology does improve ride quality, but still, it will not be the same as with an air-filled tire scooter. That’s probably the biggest decision you have to make if you’re thinking of buying this scooter.

    Ratings, reviews

    The Ninebot E45 hasn’t been around for that long, but it has started off on the right foot, and initial feedback from users is overwhelmingly positive. With pretty much all of the major issues of the ES4 addressed and fixed, the owners of the new E45 have little to complain about, and that’s best reflected in the amazing reviews and ratings the scooter has on most big online retail websites. The scooter has several hundred reviews if we aggregate all of the big retailers, and they all average to around 4.6 stars out of 5. And beyond that, it’s clear from the language that owners use in their reviews that they love their E45s and are very satisfied with them.

    Verdict

    The Ninebot E45 is the next step in the Ninebot ES saga, and as we bid the famous old scooter line farewell and welcome the new one, we are all curious about the upgrades and the improvements. Ninebot has learned a lot from the feedback of ES4 owners, and even though many of the improvements seem small or symbolic, they do add up.

    Beginners will quickly learn to make this scooter their own, and advanced users will love the range and the toughness and the build quality, but I believe intermediate riders will get the most fun and value out of the Ninebot E45. If this isn’t exactly your first scooter rodeo, but at the same time you don’t want to dish out thousands of dollars on a scooter yet and just want a high-quality, tough, solid-tire scooter that will never disappoint you, consider the Ninebot E45.

    Where to buy the Ninebot E45 from?

    The best place to get the Ninebot E45 from is Amazon, as it will typically have the best prices, but you may also want to check the Segway store for comparison.

    In the UK, you can get the Ninebot E45E from Amazon UK, but also check them out if you’re in another European country, as they sometimes ship in other EU countries as well, and also it seems like the Ninebot E45E is not yet available on other online stores in Europe.

    Specifications

    Ninebot E45/E45E Specifications

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    My name is Matt Trajkovski. I love electric scooters, and electric vehicles in general. I like doing a lot of testing, reviewing, and research on various electric scooter models and brands, looking for great value and performance, both through data and experience. All of the content published on this blog goes through a rigorous review and editorial process, and our product reviews not only include the hands-on experience of our own team members, but the experience of our audience members as well. My goal is to provide you with the best information about electric scooters possible. You can see all of my posts in my articles archive.

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