The Ultimate Guide To Electric Scooters [Updated For 2020]
Space is a commodity that we lack in, especially if you’re living in the city. That is why parking and driving around in your own car isn’t the most economical for many. You’ll need something that’s smaller-scaled and lightweight—the more compact, the better.
This is where electric scooters come in. They are more portable than cars or even bicycles without sacrificing superior performance. Effortlessly commute around the city, pass through narrow side streets, and store the e-scooter under your desk after use. And with how easy they are to ride, more and more people are experiencing the wonders e-scooters provide whether it be for travel or fun.
With the lack of space and their contribution to a more sustainable way of moving around, electric scooters are definitely the vehicles of the future. Discover why e-scooters are the way to go and learn which models you should get by reading on below.
How Electric Scooters Work
It seems uncomplicated if you think about it at first. Of course, this kind of scooter works through electricity as its name implies. But there are more components to consider to understand how an electric scooter works.
Before going into detail, it’s best to know how an electric scooter differs from a traditional kick scooter. At first glance, both might look the same, but an e-scooter has additional parts that are unique to it alone.
A kick scooter needs outside manipulation (you kicking the ground) for it to move. An e-scooter has a motor and a battery that allows it to move without you needing to put your feet on the ground constantly.
What’s more, a kick scooter can go only as fast as you can strongly kick off. Some e-scooters can do more than 60 kph although a 25kph limit is usually implemented in cities.
Both scooters have a frame and brakes. A frame is the body of your scooter from the long handle down to the base.
The brakes are the mechanisms that help you decelerate or stop moving. If your scooter has electric brakes, it may be using one of two systems: either a drum system or a disc system. Both systems will help you decelerate (wholly or partially) by creating friction between a moving surface (your e-scooter) and a flat surface (the road).
As mentioned above, an e-scooter has auxiliary components to help you reach maximum speed and top range. Some of these parts are:
A motor is what makes you move forward. It provides the force that the e-scooter needs for movement, and is usually located outside of the wheel (for chain-driven motors) or inside the rim of the wheel (for hub motors).
A battery is what stores the electric energy that is needed for the motor to work. The energy travels through a series of wirings that serve as your e-scooters connectors.
A motherboard acts as the brain of your e-scooter. It is the component that tells all the other e-scooter parts what they need to do. Signals from the battery, motor, throttle, and brakes go to the motherboard, and it sends out the necessary information to other parts.
A throttle can be found in the handlebar, and it controls how slow or fast you can go. When you press down on your throttle (gently or forcefully depending on how fast you go), you’re telling the motherboard the exact momentum the e-scooter needs to generate to get the speed you want.
Let all of these parts work together, and voila! Your e-scooter starts to move and off you’ll go.
Why Should You Buy An Electric Scooter?
Just like any other vehicle, an electric scooter also has its own advantages and disadvantages. It’s a Smart idea to learn how an e-scooter can impact your life by learning both. Below are a few pros and cons listed:
Ease of Use
One excellent reason to get electric scooters is that they’re super easy to use and so much fun! Learning to ride an e-scooter is loads more simple than learning how to ride a motorcycle or even a car.
Anyone can ride an e-scooter even without the same level of technical knowledge. Even children, if you let them try, can make an e-scooter move without any specialised training (in fact, you will struggle to get it back from them after as they will be having too much fun!). Plus, some e-scooter models come with a detachable seat which makes it all the more convenient and uncomplicated.
Mobility and Speed
Another good reason to get an e-scooter is its mobility. You can easily wind through side roads or dirt trails. Unlike motorcycles (which are bulkier) or bicycles (which can be slower and harder to manoeuvre), there is more freedom of movement when riding electric scooters. Scooters are easier to fold up and carry on public transport, so no longer do you have to be “that guy” or “that girl” on the train taking up all the space. you know the ones.
Aside from public roads and bicycle lanes, some places even allow e-scooters to be ridden on pedestrian tracks which really broadens the places you can reach.
What’s more, electric scooters can take you to places faster than your typical kick scooter or even bicycle. The average speed that an e-scooter can do is about 25-32 kph (although you have to keep in mind the speed limit of your location). Easily reach that speed without breaking a sweat! Some e-scooters are even designed to go faster at 100 kph for chosen models!
Living in the city means having to deal with the lack of parking space. Cars and motorcycles obviously take up a lot of that. However, you might even find bicycle parking hard to find in some areas.
An electric scooter doesn’t have a problem with portability. Most e-scooters are designed to be foldable and lightweight. This way, you can easily take it with you on the train, store it under your office desk, or even keep it in the trunk of your car.
If your house doesn’t have a garage, no worries, you can store your scooter inside the house.
Time is one of the most valuable resources that we have, and arguably one of the most taken for granted. That’s why it’s essential to put as many time-saving methods into our routine as we can.
Commuting to school or to work can take up a lot of time, and most people are forced to waste hours on the roads due to traffic.
With an e-scooter, you can avoid the traffic since you won’t necessarily be stuck in traffic. You are freer to find alternative routes to your school or work. You wouldn’t even be dependent on public transport. This being said, many people that buy an electric scooter from us use it to travel to the train station or local transportation, allowing them to shave hours off their commute with our scooters conveniently folding and clipping to carry.
A big reason why electric scooters are making so much noise in the market today is that they’re a great solution to environmental issues concerning personal transport. Sure traditional kick scooters and bicycles still have a leg up on e-scooters on this front, but electric scooters are still way better for the environment than motorcycles and cars.
E-scooters do not emit carbon dioxide, so they don’t contribute to exhaust gases polluting the air. They don’t require fossil fuels to move. In a way, riding e-scooters can minimise your carbon footprint significantly.
Electric scooters are understandably more expensive than your traditional kick scooter or bicycle. That’s because e-scooter batteries come with quite a hefty price tag. Batteries are costly and hard to produce, after all. And if you want to get the most out of your e-scooter, you’d want it to have the best battery.
If you already have a car, getting an electric scooter might add to expenses that you’re not yet ready to shoulder. But if you don’t have a car, an e-scooter is a logical buy. It is more affordable than a car (even with the maintenance taken into account).
As mentioned above, you should also consider the distance of commute. If you live nearby school or work (less than a kilometre away), the cost might not be justifiable. You can comfortably go to work walking or riding a traditional bike which is more affordable and beneficial to your health. If you need to travel longer distances, the Segway Ninebot Max has a range of 65km before needing to recharge, so if your commute is longer consider a higher-end scooter like this one.
If you live far away from school or work, riding an electric scooter may be a slower way to travel as opposed to driving your car (however, considering traffic it can actually be a much faster ride!). You also have to think about your route. If you need to go on the highway, e-scooters are automatically a no-go. Exercise
Unlike traditional kick scooters, e-scooters are easier to use because they don’t require you to exert a lot of effort for them to move physically. You’ll just mainly be standing up. While that may seem like an advantage for some, it’s not that great if you’re looking to get an e-scooter for exercise.
What to Look for When Buying an Electric Scooter
Now that you know more about the benefits of getting an electric scooter, you should be aware of some components you need to consider when buying one.
Here are a few features that are key to getting the perfect electric scooter for you:
Speed is affected by your electric scooter’s motor power and tyres, your weight, and the surface you ride on. The heavier you are and the steeper the road, the slower your speed will be.
Most people would think that speed is the baseline of what the best electric scooter would be. But that’s not entirely the case. Sure, for more adventurous people who ride e-scooters for sports, aiming for the top speed might be ideal.
For the average user and daily commuter, the maximum speed is not the be-all and end-all, but it is heaps of fun to go fast! Electric scooter speeds range from around 15kph maximum on the slower side to 65kph on the higher side. The most common speed is 25 to 30kph.
The Segway Ninebot ES2. Xiaomi M365 and M365 Pro. and E-Glide G60 all travel at a top speed of 25 kph. The Segway Ninebot ES4 and MAX can travel up to 30 kph and the Zero 8 up to 36 kph.
Both the Mercane Pro WideWheels. Single and Double Motor, can travel up to 40 kph while the Zero 9 up to 45 kph. The Zero 8X can reach speeds of 55 kph. The Mercane MX60. Kaabot Mantis and Kaabo Skywalker can travel at a maximum speed of 60 kph. While the Zero 10X can reach 65 kph and the Zero 11X can go as far as 90 kph.
Distance, often called range, is the length your electric scooter can travel in one charge. Maximum range is vital to note when buying an e-scooter as you will highly depend on this during your commute.
Make sure that the distance your e-scooter can travel can take you to your desired place, at least one way. You can always recharge throughout the day. Many factors impact the distance moved; this can include rider weight, speed travelled, terrain, hills slopes and more. Average scooter distances range from 10km to 100km. Usually, the more expensive scooters will give you a higher range.
The Segway Ninebot ES2 and E-Glide G60 both have a range of 25 km while the Xiaomi M365 has 30 km and the Zero 8 has 40 km. The Segway Ninebot ES4, Xiaomi M365 Pro, Mercane Pro WideWheel Single Motor, and the Zero 9 all have a maximum range of 45 km (which is the average max. range in the industry).
The Mercane Pro WideWheel Double Motor and Segway Ninebot Max have 50 km and 65 km maximum range capabilities, respectively. For farther distances, the Zero 8X, Zero 10X, Kaabo Mantis, and Kaabo Skywalker can all go up to 80 to 90 km.
If you’re really going for superior range capabilities, the Mercane MX60 can travel a 100 km while the Zero 11X can go until a whopping 150 km.
Being able to go up steep hills might be a necessity for some people who live in hilly cities. Most e-scooters, thankfully, can climb angles at an average of 10° to 12°. Other models made for off-road adventures can climb steeper angles. Many also have a dual-motor system which makes for even stronger hill climb ability.
Like speed, many outside factors can affect the climbing capabilities of your electric scooter. As a general rule, you have to remember that the steeper the hill to climb, the harder it will be for your scooter to finish it.
Rider weight can make a big difference between success and failure: the more weight the e-scooter is carrying, the more work your motor has to do and vice-versa.
The Segway Ninebot ES2, Xiaomi M365, and E-Glide G60 can go up a serviceable 10 degrees. The Xiaomi M365 Pro can climb 12 degrees while the Segway Ninebot ES4 and MAX can go up 15. 20 degrees.
All the Mercane electric scooters can do 20-degree angles while most of the Zero e-scooters can climb up to 35 degrees except for the Zero 8 (30 degrees). The Kaabo Mantis and Skywalker can also climb 35-degree angles or less.
Your budget will directly affect which kind of electric scooter you can purchase. Obviously, the more powerful the electric scooter you want to get, the higher the cost you’ll have to shell out. But don’t worry! Electric scooters come in a wide range of prices. All you have to do is determine what you’re going to use your e-scooter for.
For light recreational purposes, electric scooters under 500 will provide you with the entertainment you need. Of course, you shouldn’t expect much for this category. They’ll probably have low-capacity batteries and sub-par motors. Just enough for you to leisurely move around. You may also have little or no shock absorption so you’ll feel every bump. They may also break down a lot.
If you’re looking for an electric scooter for commuting, you’re in luck. This is the biggest category and has the most extensive price range. Ranging from about 600 to 1000, commuter scooters will definitely have better range, longer-lasting batteries, and average to superior motors. As a guide, be prepared to pay more if you want better specifications.
Some people prefer performance electric scooters that can go zooming really fast or go long distances (think 80 km!). For these powerful e-scooters, prepare to spend about 1300 to 2500. For extreme performance e-scooters who have large, dual motors that can go well beyond 65kph and over 80km, don’t be surprised at their expensive price tags. These road warriors can go from 3500 and higher.
The Segway Ninebot ES2 and ES4, Xiaomi M365, and E-Glide G60 are all priced under 1000. The Kaabo Skywalker, Xiaomi M365 Pro. Zero 8, and Segway Ninebot Max all cost under 1300.
Both Mercane Pro WideWheel models, the Zero 9, and the Kaabo Mantis Single Motor are all within the 1500 to 2000 price range. The Kaabo Mantis Double Motor costs 2,699 while the Mercane MX60 costs 3,999. The electric scooter with the heftiest price tag is the Zero 11X at 5,399.
Charging time can affect how you use your e-scooter. Some electric scooter models who have higher specs might take longer to load, from about 8 up to 12 hours. If so, it might be prudent to have a backup battery or schedule your charging times in a way that’s convenient for you.
If you plan to use your electric scooter for daily commutes, it’s a good idea to stick to ones with relatively low charging time. 3 to 4 hours is not a bad average. You can always recharge while at school or work. Some scooters have the capacity to connect multiple chargers at the same time, increasing the charging speed.
The Segway Ninebot ES2, Kaabo Mantis Single Motor, and E-Glide G60 have a charging time of 3 to 4 hours. The Xiaomi M365, Segway Ninebot ES4 and Max, both Mercane Pro WideWheel e-scooters and the MX60, and the Zero 8 have a charging time of 5 to 8 hours.
The Kaabo Mantis Double Motor, Xiaomi M365 Pro, and the Zero 8X, and 9 all have charging times of 8 to 10 hours. The Zero 10X and 11X, and the Skywalker charge for 10 or more hours.
Not every scooter has the ability to travel off-road. From your motor and waterproof rating to your suspension and tires, you have to ensure that all these features can withstand the effects off-roading can have.
Instead of discussing each part, it might be more productive to learn what ‘off-road’ actually means. In the simplest terms, ‘off-road’ is terrain that isn’t on a paved, flat road. You can categorise the types of off-road into three: Rough, Uneven, or Flat.
Rough terrain is hilly, rocky, and bumpy. These are the trails that look like mountains and are usually very steep. Uneven terrain is bumpy and can be slightly hilly. Forest paths and hiking trails are a good example. Flat terrain can be grassy parks, fields, or in some instances, sandy ground.
If you love going on off-road adventures, you will have to make sure that your electric scooter can withstand any or all of the terrains mentioned above.
The Segway Max, Mercane MX60. Zero 8X, 10X, 11X, and the Kaabo Mantis are all off-road electric scooters. All other models available at Electric Kicks are more suitable for daily commutes.
Ingress Protection (IP Rating) is the measure of how resistance your e-scooter is to water and dust. It consists of two numbers, the second one showing you how water-resistant your electric scooter actually is. The higher the number, the more resistant your e-scooter is to water and moisture.
An IP rating of IPX0 means your e-scooter is not at all resistant to water. IPX1to IPX3 shows highly limited resistance to water. IPX4 to IPX6 means you can ride through light rain. IPX7 and higher means your e-scooter can fully be submerged in water.
Sometimes, a single e-scooter model can have two IP ratings. An overall IP rating which includes your frame and motor, as well as an IP rating for your battery alone. Make sure to take both into account.
The Segway Ninebot ES2 and ES4, all Xiaomi e-scooters, and both Mercane Pro WideWheel e-scooters have IP54 ratings. The Mercane MX60 has a rating of IP65. Both Kaabo e-scooters have IPX4 ratings while the Segway Ninebot Max has a rating of IPX5. The E-Glide G60 and all Zero e-scooters don’t have official IP ratings.
Brands can definitely factor in when you’re buying an electric scooter. If you’re looking for an e-scooter that will last you a long time and provide high performance, stick to more well-known brands like Segway Ninebot. Xiaomi, Mercane, and the like. A huge reason why they became the leaders in the industry is that their electric scooters have been tried and tested by many customers before you.
If you’re going to fold and carry your electric scooter sometime during your commute, then weight can be a significant consideration you need to look into. Of course, you can always fold and roll around your e-scooter or use an escalator or elevator to move up or down.
Most scooters weigh about 11 kg or more. This is still reasonably easy to carry while you walk upstairs. Anything above 13 kg can be more difficult to lug around for longer durations. A good tip for determining how heavy a weight you can carry is to go to a sports store and pick up a few dumbbells to test your comfort. Generally the more powerful the electric scooter, the heavier it will be. Scooters like the Ninebot Max are around 20kg, and for many, this won’t be a problem to carry but over longer distances or up long flights of stairs this could prove challenging.
The Segway Ninebot ES2 and ES4, E-Glide G60, Xiaomi M365 and M364 Pro all weigh under 15 kg. The Mercane Pro WideWheel Single Motor, Zero 8 and 9, and Segway Ninebot Max all weigh under 20 kg.
The Mercane Pro WideWheel Double Motor, Mercane MX60, Kaabo Mantis, and Kaabo Skywalker weigh below 30 kg. The Zero 8X weighs 33 kg, the Zero 10X at 36 kg, and the 11X at 52 kg.
Wheels can be the difference between a smooth or bumpy ride. You will definitely feel an improvement (or lack thereof) with regards to road vibration and terrain depending on what kind of tyres you have.
That’s right; not all e-scooters have the same kind of tyres. You’ll have to check which ones will work the best for you. You can easily group the tyres into two categories, pneumatic and airless.
Pneumatic tyres are also called air-filled tyres. They use air pressure to maintain their shape. Most tyres on vehicles like cars and motorcycles are pneumatic. You can further divide these tyres into two groups.
Tubeless tyres are tyres that form an air-tight seal around the tyre rim. They are heavy-duty and more puncture-resistant, which makes them the higher-performing choice. A disadvantage of tubeless tyres is harder to change.
Inner tube tyres are pneumatic tyres that are seen more in e-scooters and bicycles. They have a heavy outer shell featuring treads and a separate inner tube for filling. They are easier to change since only the inner tube needs to be replaced.
Airless tyres are also called solid tyres. They use rubber or solid polyurethane foam to maintain their shape and are immune to puncturing and will never go flat. However, they wear down more quickly then pneumatic tyres, are more massive in weight, and can be nearly impossible to change out.
Honeycomb tyres are a new type of solid tyres that are featured in some e-scooter models. They are made from solid rubber and cannot be punctured but have a cushioning effect. The downside is that honeycomb tyres are still at an early stage of designing and current testing hasn’t shown any difference from other solid tyres.
Self-Healing tyres are made from self-healing rubber which uses bromine atoms. When the tyre is punctured or cut, the rubber can mend itself through chemical bonds at room temperature. Electric scooters that feature these kinds of tyres are usually immune to punctures. This means if the hole isn’t made too deep, you can still continue riding. A disadvantage, however, is that they might be costly to replace.
Battery Quality and Motor Power
If you want the best performance, a powerful battery is a definite requirement. You’ll need significant power to speed up and even climb steep angles. The more powerful your battery, the better the performance of your electric scooter.
As for your motor, motor power usually starts at about 200 watts. If you’re getting an e-scooter for daily commutes, 200-250 watts is enough. You can comfortably ride through flat surfaces and small angles. For hillier locations, you’re better off with electric scooters within the 350 watts to 500 watts.
Look and feel
The aesthetics of your electric scooter is definitely essential! You need to be comfortable while riding on it so that you get the best experience (plus look absolutely bad-ass).
It’s critical to get an electric scooter that you like looking at. After all, what’s the point of spending hundreds of dollars on a product you don’t even like the look of? Most e-scooters have a sleek and minimalist design that fits almost anyone’s aesthetic. Other chunkier models might look nicer for sporty and adventurous souls.
Best Electric Scooter Brands in Australia
Segway is a global technology company that is well-known for its award-winning contributions to electric transportation. Their wide range of products covers both professional and personal mobility. From personal to law enforcement to professional athletes, Segway caters to all.
Their line of electric scooters, the Segway Ninebot, is no exception. If you’re looking for quality and affordable daily commuting scooters, this is the brand to look into.
The Ninebot ES2 is a sleek and fashionable scooter that is made from highly durable, lightweight aerospace-grade aluminium alloy. You can ride it effortlessly through city streets, and even carry it around with you on public transportation because of its one-click folding system.
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The Ninebot ES4 is a great upgrade from the ES2 and is more suitable for people with a longer commute. The ES4 has almost double the maximum range of the ES2 without compromising on its high-performing capabilities. Plus, you can get more power and enjoy longer distance because the ES4 has dual battery capacity.
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T he Ninebot MAX is the latest in Segway’s electric scooter line and is revolutionary in the realm of commuting scooters. It is designed to provide a smoother and more comfortable ride, and can for longer distances. Its upgraded 25.4-cm pneumatic tires can give you extra kilometres worth of adventures and can ride through most terrains without deflating. That’s not to mention the built-in charger the Ninebot MAX has that allows you to recharge on the go without having to bring a bulky adapter.
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Xiaomi is another technology-based company that is renowned worldwide due to its contributions to various industries. While it is more known for its wide range of products in the smartphone and home Smart device sectors, Xiaomi has also proved it can dominate the personal mobility sector with its award-winning Mi Scooter M365 and Mi Scooter Pro.
The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter, commonly known as the Xiaomi M365, is a powerful yet minimalist e-scooter that’s perfect for daily commutes. It won the prestigious Red Dot “Best of the Best” Award in 2017 for its outstanding design.
Xiaomi Mi ELECTRIC SCOOTER
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The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro, aka the Xiaomi M365 Pro. takes the favourite features from the Xiaomi M365 and improves upon it for better performance and range. It can go for longer due to its extended battery life and fantastic acceleration. While not for off-road driving, the Xiaomi M365 Pro can also ride smoothly in most road textures because of its 22-cm pneumatic tires.
Xiaomi Mi ELECTRIC SCOOTER M365 PRO
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The Xiaomi Pro 2 is one of the latest additions in Xiaomi’s scooter line up. It perfectly blends the fan-favourite features from previous models with incredible upgrades that’s uniquely its own. Enjoy a more enhanced riding experience through city streets with the Xiaomi Pro 2.
Xiaomi PRO 2 ELECTRIC SCOOTER
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While young as it was only founded in 2015, Mercane is another Asian RD company that is taking the world by storm with its incredible contributions in the personal mobility industry. Though Mercane has a limited product line as of now, both its electric scooters are current fan favourites in the industry.
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The Mercane Pro WideWheel is the company’s answer for everyday commuters. It is sleek and stylish to look at. It asserts its superiority in terms of durability through its ultra-wide tires and link-type suspension that allows riders to enjoy a more balanced and smoother ride. Riders are also given a choice between single or dual motors. For longer distance commuters, a dual-motor WideWheel is the better choice.
MERCANE PRO WIDE WHEEL DOUBLE
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For the more adventurous soul, Mercane also has an electric scooter option that can take on off-road riding. Just a glance at the MX60 will have you gasping in wonder at its sturdy and masculine design. You just know that this is a ride you want to experience. With a maximum range of 100 km and a top speed of 60 kph, the MX60 will bring thrill and exhilaration to adrenaline junkies everywhere.
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Experience better thrills and more reliable riding throughout the city with Mercane’s latest scooter, the Jubel. Its minimalist design, powerful motor, high-quality Lithium-ion battery and unique 12-inch air tyres offer you the smoothest ride you’ll ever experience.
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Away from Asia and going to the Western front, Zero is a fledgeling brand that was founded by electric scooter enthusiasts. As they are just like you, this company has tailor-made their products to suit what riders all over the world are looking for in e-scooters. With their constant additions to their product range, you can see how committed Zero is in their innovations.
The Zero 8 is aptly named the urban scooter since it is well suited for city driving. As far as commuter scooters go, this model has impressive speed and maximum range. You’ll have no problems commuting long distances with the Zero 8.
If you like the look and feel of the Zero 8 but want to go on more daring journeys, then the Zero 8X is a much better choice. It has a higher battery capacity and goes for twice as far as the Zero 8. This is the e-scooter to get for really long distances. You can even take it off-road.
2,299.00 (18Ah) 2,799.00 (26Ah LG)
52V, 18Ah / 52V, 18Ah LG / 52V, 26Ah LG
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Sometimes convenience weighs more than anything else. If you are a daily commuter who uses an e-scooter halfway and public transportation the rest of the way, the Zero 9 is perfect in terms of performance and portability. It has an easy folding system that allows you to carry it inside trains or buses. It even has slightly improved specifications than the Zero 8 as you can go for a short distance longer.
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If speed and power is the name of your game, then you’ll definitely enjoy riding the Zero 10X. Experience the best of transport with this electric scooter; the power of a motorbike and the comfort of a car all in a compact and (relatively) lightweight design. With its durable and comfortable design and its hydraulic suspensions, off-road riding has never been this smooth.
2,499.00 (18Ah) 3,299.00 (21Ah LG)
52V, 18Ah / 52V, 24Ah / 60V, 21Ah LG
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Constant innovation means never stopping even when you have a great product. Zero’s improvement on their off-road rides undoubtedly shows in the design and capabilities of the Zero 11X. Like the 10X, offers maximum rider’s comfort and incredible hydraulic suspensions that allows you to smoothly travel through different kinds of terrain. And the power! With its dual engine capacity, the potential for unparalleled performance is outstanding, making the Zero 11X an uncompromising beast in the road.
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Kaabo is a technology-based RD company that focuses on personal mobility. With the help of research and development in China, this company has a wide range of powerfully performing electric scooters that are known to be top-of-the-line while yet affordable.
The Kaabo Mantis is the look of the future. It is designed to look sharp and masculine to really highlight the amazing performance you can get from this off-road electric scooter. It comes in many different colours and sub-models so you can choose what Mantis fits your outgoing goals.
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Aside from its superior line of off-road e-scooters, Kaabo also has commuter scooters that are perfect for everyday travel. The Skywalker 10H V2 is as powerful as most off-road e-scooters but is built more for the comfort and safety of the daily commuter. The Skywalker 10H V2 is an excellent choice for people who want to feel like their every day is a grand, new adventure.
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Unagi is an Oakland-based electric scooter company whose mission is to provide comfort and reliable performance to riders all over the world. Their leading scooter blends beauty and reliability seamlessly.
The Unagi Model One comes in both single motor (E250) and dual motor (E500) variants. It is one of the most beautiful commuter scooters in the market with a few different colorways, including matte black and cosmic blue. Its integrated design has one-of-a-kind features including the air s on its tyres and the lightweight Japanese TORAY carbon fibre used for its stem.
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A local company that makes fantastic electric scooters for daily commutes and light recreational activities, E-Glide can fulfil every Australian rider’s needs. While they only have two electric scooter models as of the moment, you are guaranteed a comfortable and safe ride.
The G60 is E-Glide’s pioneer electric scooter, and it is the perfect lightweight scooter for your everyday riding. At 12.5 kg, you can bring this along to school or work with ease. It even has a multi-safe folding system that allows you to carry it on trains or upstairs. Plus, daily commutes are made easy with its cruise control feature that can be activated in only 6 seconds.
36 V, 6.4 Ah (removable battery)
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Inokim started out as MYWAY in 2009 and is a company dedicated in reducing the world’s carbon footprint while coming up with better commuting solutions. Today, Inokim’s range of electric scooters has grown to really provide e-scooter riders with more choices to fit their commuting needs.
The Inokim OX ECO is the smallest model from the Inokim OX range, but that doesn’t mean it can’t give you the powerful experience you deserve. It can reach a maximum speed of 35 kph and can travel long distances (maximum of 58 km) which is above average for daily commuter scooters. Plus, it’s foldable and easy to store.
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The Inokim Quick4 Super is the newest model in Inokim’s Quick range. This model is perfect for daily commutes since it can easily reach the 25kph speed limit in the city and has long-range capabilities, perfect for long-distance commuters. This electric scooter is also quite lightweight than other Inokim models, making it a great choice when travelling in public transportation.
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The Inokim OX Super is the perfect balance between daily commutes and off-road adventures. For city dwellers who also love going off-track on the weekends, you’ll absolutely make the most out of this electric scooter’s 45 kph top speed capacity and 100-km maximum distance ability. And with a powerful 60V, 20.8Ah battery, any adventure you might think of would be easy.
Front Drum Brake Rear Mechanical Disc Brake
The Inokim OXO Super is another beast that off-road enthusiasts will love. If you’re an adrenaline junkie and want an electric scooter primarily for going on rough and thrilling terrain, then the OXO Super’s 110-km maximum range and quick 65-kph top speed will be a godsend. It even has improved hill-climbing abilities and better battery power for all your sporty activities.
Front and Rear Disc Brakes
What Are The Best Electric Scooters To Buy?
When it comes to the absolute best electric scooter, it can be subjective. Every person is different and is our needs, so what one person might feel is the best e-scooter for them might not be the best for you.
However, if you take into consideration specifications in general, some electric scooters do standout. For daily commuters who are looking for a reliable mode of personal transport, the following electric scooters will be an absolute delight:
The Ninebot MAX is the perfect option for people who are looking for powerful performance with a relatively affordable price tag. While not the cheapest option on the list, the Ninebot Max offers amazingly long-range and commendable acceleration compared to other e-scooters in its price range. It also has a shorter charging time than most, and can easily be stored under office desks or in car trunks so daily commuters will love bringing it along with them everywhere.
The Ninebot ES4 is an affordable and high-quality choice that many would enjoy riding through busy city streets. It has a good range which is excellent for moderate distances. It is also lightweight so you can bring it inside trains, buses. Its foldable capacity allows you to store it in your car’s trunk or under your office desk. Plus, it has dual batteries for more power and range.
The Xiaomi M365 Pro is another great choice. It has a sleek and minimalist design which can fit most people’s aesthetics. In terms of specifications, it is at par with the Ninebot ES4 which really tells you about its capability to perform really well.
The Inokim OX Super is the best of both worlds between city commuting and off-road riding. If you’re not sure whether to get a daily commuter or an off-road scooter, then get the perfect balance. With above-average top speed and long-distance capabilities, the OX Super can switch between your daily commutes and daring sports activities with ease.
The Kaabo Skywalker is definitely a compelling choice, and long-distance commuters will, without a doubt, appreciate its extended range capabilities. Aside from that, the Kaabo Skywalker has the potential to go faster and stronger, much like an off-road e-scooter, so adrenaline junkies might prefer it during their daily commutes.
For people who are looking for e-scooters that can withstand going through most terrains and rough riding, the Kaabo Mantis is an excellent off-road option. Depending on how far you’re going to go, you can choose between single or dual motors for a more personalised experience.
Another incredible off-road alternative is the Zero 10X whose impressive 65 kph top speed capabilities will leave your friends in the dust. And that’s not all! You can outspeed them while outdistancing them as well with this e-scooter’s astounding range.
What Are The Best Off-Road Electric Scooters?
Off-road driving is different from your everyday commute to school or work. There are tons of different terrains that are potentially rougher and tougher to drive on. As such, electric scooters made for off-road driving are much more powerful and durable than your typical everyday e-scooter.
When choosing which off-road scooter to get for your exhilarating adventures, you’ll need to really check the specifications of the e-scooter you’re getting. The more powerful, the better (usually). Some of the high-performing scooters that can take you on these thrilling rides are:
The Mercane MX60 is a road warrior, and its design embodies it perfectly. Just by looking at the MX60, you can see how durable it is and how it can withstand the harsher environmental treatment. It has dual motors for maximum power, can go really long distances and is water-resistant so you can drive through shallow puddles effortlessly.
The Kaabo Mantis is also a fantastic line of off-road electric scooters. It has different sub-models which you can choose from. If you want a really personalised ride that can give you precisely the kind of power you need during your tough travels, the Mantis is the electric scooter to go for.
The Zero 11X is called a beast by its manufacturers, and with good reason. With a whopping 150 km maximum range and top speed capabilities of up to 100 kph, it’s like riding a relatively fast car without any doors. Just imagine the feel of the wind while you zoom away! That’s not even taking into account how sturdy it is in almost any rough terrain.
What Are The Best Electric Scooters For Kids?
Electric scooters aren’t just for adults. Their effortless handling and exhilarating speeds make them a fun and exciting toy for sporty kids. But when it comes to gadgets and toys that children come into contact with, safety becomes the top priority. Accidents can happen when riding an electric scooter, just like skateboards and bicycles. So be prepared.
When it comes to electric scooters for kids, you will need to ensure that you’re getting:
Size matters while your kid is still growing. Typical adult electric scooters might be too tall or too heavy for a child to operate. Make sure that you’re getting a model that’s specifically designed for young children’s use.
As for the models, there are tons of unknown brands that cater to electric scooters for kids. As long as you remain vigilant in checking their specifications, a lot of these models are appropriate for children’s use.
But if you’re looking for a specific brand, Segway now has a range of e-scooters made specially for kids and teens. The all-new Zing E8 and Zing E10 will be fan favourites in no time. Both models are designed to have a broader base which features an anti-skid design, making it easier to balance and safer to ride. They are also incredibly lightweight at only 8 kg and 8.5 kg, respectively, so your kids can bring them along with ease.
The Zing E8 can reach top speeds of 14 kph while the Zing E10 can reach 16 kph. But don’t worry if you think that’s too fast. Both models come with three speed modes (Safety, Cruise, and Turbo), all of which have their own speed limits.
Razor also has an extensive line of electric scooters that kids and teens can choose from. Some of the brand favourites are Razor E100 and the Razor Power Core. Both models have a broader base so that kids can find balancing easier. Both also have a top speed of 16 kph with adequate battery power. The Power Core can go for longer at a range of 80 minutes while the E100 can go for only half of that.
The regular Segway range of scooters is also a top choice for kids. Segway electric scooters like the Ninebot Max and ES2 are effortless and safe to ride compared to other e-scooters on the market. The multiple speed modes also give you the ability to restrict the top speed until both of you are comfortable. However, at 19kg the Ninebot Max maybe a little on the heavy side for younger kids so if you are worried, go for a lighter model.
The eGlide is also a great option with it’s light weight and speed mode options.
What Is The Best Cheap Electric Scooter?
It’s a reality that most people will have a tight budget to contend with. Even if you’d rather get super powerful electric scooters, your funds might not allow for it. After all, the more powerful the e-scooter, the heftier its price tag.
Don’t worry, there are amazing electric scooters that can perform really well and are affordable. One example of the best affordable, quality electric scooter is the Segway Ninebot ES2. Priced at only 795.00, you get a moderate maximum range of 25 km and a top speed of 25 kph (which incidentally is the speed limit of e-scooters here in Australia). Aside from that, the ES2 is a tested fan favourite amongst daily commuters, so you are guaranteed your money’s worth. As a starting electric scooter, the Ninebot ES2 is a Smart choice to get.
Another reasonably-priced and high ranking e-scooter to get when you’re on a tight budget is the E-Glide G60. For only 799, you can already enjoy a standard range of 25 km and a reasonable top speed of 25 kph. What’s more, it features a removable battery so that you can enjoy flexible charging (whatever fits your needs better). For local Aussies everywhere, the G60 is a commendable daily commuter scooter to ride.
If you have a bit more money to spare, then you can get the best all-around electric scooter that’s also quite affordable. At only 999, the Xiaomi M365 Pro can provide you with more powerful performance than the ES2. While both e-scooters have the same top speeds, the M365 Pro can reach a farther distance of 45 km. It can also give you a much faster acceleration rate than the ES2, reaching 24kph at only 5.3 seconds (vs ES2’s 7.1 seconds).
What’s more, the M365 Pro is better at hilly places since it can climb angles thrice as fast. Even its braking system is superior due to its sturdy mechanical disc brake and regenerative brakes. Comparing the two, the M365 Pro is the better quality scooter that’s reasonably priced.
Which Electric Scooter Travels The Longest?
In terms of range, most electric scooters have an average maximum range of 45 km. For long-distance commuters, that’s not a bad range to have on an electric scooter. For off-road adventurers, it’s not a lot.
If you want to go beyond average, the Kaabo Skywalker can travel up to 80 to 120 km in just one charge. For a commuter scooter, that’s almost unheard of. For some people, you can travel the entire week from point A to point B without having to recharge your scooter, and that’s convenient and time-saving.
If you really want to challenge your outgoing spirit, the Zero 11X can take you to new heights with its unparalleled 150 km maximum range. Even for off-road e-scooters, this kind of range is rare and can provide better, thrilling opportunities for you!
For more flexible riders, an electric scooter that can double as both commuter and off-road is heaven-sent. The Ninebot MAX is one such example. With an incredible range of 65 km, this e-scooter can effortlessly get you from home to school/work and back. But why stop there? You can even take it on unplanned off-road adventures along the way, and still have battery left at the end of the day.
How Much Does An Electric Scooter Cost?
The price range for electric scooters is wide. You can probably buy an electric scooter for as cheap as 150, but most of the models in that range would probably be for young children. Also, you’d have to be really careful buying this cheap as quality might not be as good. Some popular electric scooter models for kids cost an average of 200 or more.
Children’s electric scooters are loads more affordable than adult e-scooters because they have lower specifications, and are just glorified toys. You can’t really use most models for more than playing around.
However, adult e-scooters can range from recreational to commuting to extreme sports. These usages require different levels of power and performance. As such, tend to go higher, the more top-quality the e-scooter is.
Electric scooters that are just for entertainment can be bought for 500 or less. These are the e-scooters that have low-capacity batteries and adequate motor power, enough for you to stroll around the neighbourhood every once in a while. We don’t recommend purchasing these scooters for adults.
Electric scooters used for daily commutes will require better battery capabilities and higher motor power than the group above. As such, most daily commuting e-scooters fetch for about 600 to 1000. These electric scooters can reach farther distances and perform better due to its quality motor and battery power. The higher the performance capabilities of your commuter scooter will also affect the price, so be ready for that.
Out of all the electric scooter categories, off-road scooters will definitely be the most expensive. Performance e-scooters are very particular when it comes to their specifications as they are mostly used by serious enthusiasts and athletes. Aside from spectacular acceleration and top speeds that can go beyond 65kph and unparalleled ranges over 120km, these e-scooters also have more complex inner workings like brake systems, dual motors, better suspension, and so much more. As such, off-road electric scooters have price tags that go from 1,800 to 2,500 on average. Particularly excellent performance e-scooters can go as high as 3,500 or more.
What Are The Fastest Electric Scooters?
While sports enthusiasts and serious athletes place importance in maximum speeds, most people should consider this feature secondary. Most countries have a speed limit for electric scooters which averages between 20 to 30 kph. So even if you have a fast e-scooter, you wouldn’t be able to ride it to its maximum potential.
However, if you are a sports enthusiast looking for a new, exciting ride, there are brands that cater to your needs. Zero and Kaabo have a lot of options when it comes to fast electric scooters.
The Zero 8 and Zero 9 have top speeds of 40 kph and 45 kph respectively. These are sporty speeds for typical commuter scooters. And speaking of speedy commuter e-scooters, the Kaabo Skywalker line can reach speeds of up to 60 kph.
For obvious reasons, off-road electric scooters are more powerful and faster than commuter scooters. It’s no surprise that most off-road e-scooters have higher top speeds. The Zero 10X has a top speed of 65 kph, and Kaabo Mantis has 60 kph. But if you’re really into the rush, there’s no better choice than the Zero 11X with a top speed of 100 kph.
What Is The Best Electric Scooter Helmet?
Of course, you have to keep yourself safe and secure while riding an electric scooter. Just like a traditional bicycle or motorbike, wearing a helmet can be beneficial (and is, more often than not, required).
It’s a good thing then that helmets for electric scooters are coming out. Below are some of the best helmets you can get for your daily commutes or next thrilling adventure:
The Segway Ninebot Helmet is the official helmet of the fan-favourite brand. You can use them with your electric scooters but also with traditional bicycles. The helmet is made from lightweight Polycarbonate with an Expanded Polystyrene lining inside for maximum comfort and protection. It clips on easily and also features an innovative adjustable dial for a more personalised fit. What’s more, the Segway Ninebot Helmet was made through an integrated moulding process that allows it to provide fantastic shock absorbance.
The Xiaomi Smart 4u LED Helmet is another excellent helmet from a famous brand that you can use for e-scooters, bicycles, and skateboards. It is also made with a Polycarbonate outer shell and high-density Expanded Polystyrene for the inside. It features more vents for better sweat removal and breathability. Plus, the Xiaomi Smart 4u helmet is excellent for daily commuters because of its modern Lighting Modes. You can choose from 7 LED warning lights so that you can alert both pedestrians and cars when out riding.
The Thousand Helmet is the perfect pick if you’re into being safe while looking extra stylish. It comes in three different sizes so that more people can make use of its design, and 5 beautiful colorways to really make you standout. What’s more, the Thousand Helmet has tons of amazing features like an anti-theft pop lock, a unique dial fit system for on-the-go adjustments, and a safety-certified magnetic buckle.
How Do I Fold An Electric Scooter?
Not all electric scooters can be folded, but most of them have this capability. Folding your electric scooter will depend on the brand and model you get. Some brands have an easy one to three-step folding systems, while others have a more sophisticated method.
Here are a few examples of folding electric scooters:
All Segway electric scooters follow a One-Push Folding System. All you have to do is step on the small pedal located at the front of the scooter’s foot surface. The scooter’s mainframe will automatically fold and lock into the rear mudguard.
The Xiaomi M365. M365 Pro and Ninebot Max have a folding system that follows 3 easy steps. All you need to remember is flip, fold, and clip. Flip down the folding lever, fold the mainframe, and clip the scooter’s bell to the latch located at the rear wheel.
The Mercane electric scooters feature different folding mechanisms. The Mercane WideWheel makes folding a unique feature and advertises its compact size. It uses a unique threaded locking mechanism to fold the scooter’s stem. This mechanism is sturdier but slower than most quick folding mechanisms. The handlebars of this model also fold and are very quick to activate.
The Mercane MX60 is definitely one of the largest e-scooters on this list (and is significantly heavier as an off-road model) but can still be folded. You can wrap both the scooter’s stem and handlebars, but it takes more time than other models. That’s because it makes use of a large locking knob that you need to screw and unscrew.
Most Zero scooters including the 8, 9, 10 are easy to fold. You just need to push down on the lever found at the bottom of the scooter’s stem, unscrew the middle of the handlebars to fold them down, and push the stem downwards until it locks in place.
The Kaabo Mantis uses quick-release clamping for you to fold its stem, and it requires no further adjustments once the stem locks into place. The handlebars have a latch that secures them to the rear fender.
The Kaabo Skywalker uses a single lever to fold its stem. It also has a plastic safety tab to keep the scooter from accidentally folding while you’re riding. The stem locks in place once folded. The handlebars quickly fold and unfold, using a sliding collar mechanism.
How Do You Charge An Electric Scooter?
Charging electric scooters are quick and effortless. The first thing you need to do is to read the manual to locate the necessary parts and accessories. You should also make sure that you know your e-scooter’s charging time.
Next, get your electric scooter and locate the charging terminal on it. It can usually be found somewhere around the foot surface. Plug in your charger, and then plug the other end to the correct wall outlet.
Lastly, wait for your battery to reach ‘full’ and unplug your charger and scooter.
Can Electric Scooters Get Wet?
The downside to electric scooters is that not all models can get wet. It all depends on the waterproof rating your electric scooter has.
Most commuter scooters can tolerate a bit of splashing during light storms or when encountering shallow puddles, but it is not advisable to do so.
Off-road electric scooters have higher waterproof ratings and are more durable when it comes to situations with water. Of course, this doesn’t mean that electric scooters should be submerged.
When it comes to water resistance, some electric scooters have two ratings. Sometimes the waterproof rating differs for its battery and for its mainframe and/or motor. So make sure to check your e-scooter’s specifications thoroughly.
How Heavy Are Electric Scooters?
How heavy your electric scooter is depends again on the model you’re going to get. Typically, commuter scooters are lighter since portability is an essential feature that most daily commuters look into. The more expensive, off-road scooters tend to be heavier.
Some lightweight commuter scooters are:
Off-road scooters tend to be more substantial since they contain heavier and sturdier parts, both internal and external.
Some off-road scooters that weigh significantly heavier are:
Can Electric Scooters Go Up Hills?
Most off-road electric scooters boast of better uphill climbing capabilities than commuter scooters. The average climbing angle capability of commuter scooters is around 10 to 15 degrees. Off-road scooters can climb angles of approximately 35 degrees.
The Segway Ninebot MAX and Kaabo electric scooters have high uphill climbing capabilities for their respective models.
How Do I Start An Electric Scooter?
The electric scooter was designed so that everybody, regardless of experience, can ride it. If you allow it, even a young child can start and ride an electric scooter. Starting your electric scooter is easy, and it only takes 5 steps.
- Power up your e-scooter by pressing the On switch.
- Locate the hand and/or foot brake on your e-scooter.
- Turn the throttle gently to increase or decrease power.
- When you’re ready to stop, gently press on the hand or foot brake.
- Once stationary, switch off your e-scooter.
Where Can You Ride Electric Scooters?
The areas you can ride your electric scooters will depend on where you live and the laws regarding e-scooters in your location. Some laws will prevent you from riding electric scooters in public places like roads, footpaths, public parks, parking lots, and the like. Read up on your area’s rules and regulations to ensure that you’re following every guideline.
But as a general guide, most commuter scooters are designed to go on paved and smooth roads. They might not be durable enough for off-road riding (or at least, the ride won’t be as comfortable).
Off-road scooters are more resilient and can be ridden on most kinds of terrains.
Electric Scooter Safety Tips
When riding electric scooters, you should always keep in mind your safety and the safety of those around you. Here are a few safety tips to remember:
Learn the Law
Read about the rules and regulations in your area regarding electric scooters. This allows you to understand how fast you can go while riding, and the places you can ride your scooter on.
Some areas allow you to ride electric scooters on footpaths and bicycle lanes while others prohibit you from riding in places that pedestrians use.
Wear a helmet
Like bicycles and skateboards, riding an electric scooter can still result in accidents. Wearing a helmet and other precautionary equipment can protect you better than going without.
In the past year alone, a spike in electric scooter-related injuries have occurred, and this includes traumatic brain injuries. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so wear a helmet.
Check your tires
Before riding away, make sure that the tires on your electric scooter are in tip-top shape. Check that all your tires have good pressure and the treads are not yet worn out. You can also get into accidents when you ride with sub-par wheels.
Focus on your surroundings
Concentrate on the happenings around you. Look out for pedestrians, oncoming traffic, and other obstacles to avoid accidents from happening while riding your electric scooter.
Don’t use scooters during rain or lightning storms
Keep in mind that electric scooters run because of electrical energy. During lightning storms, stop using your e-scooter immediately and look for shelter.
In light of this, it is also best to refrain from using your electric scooter in wet terrain as it can destroy the scooter components. If this is unavoidable, cruise slowly.
Where To Buy Electric Scooters?
Buying electric scooters is easy and effortless, but there are a few things to look for from the place you buy. Make sure that the company has great customer service, this is a must. Check their Google Reviews and product reviews and you’ll see some common themes. Servicing is another important factor, making sure that the company are able to service your scooters is a must as things can go wrong or break. Finally warranty is important with the addition of being able to pick up the phone and call someone if there are any issues. Note that some heavier / off-road electric scooters will cost a lot to ship, so go to a store that offers free shipping.
Electric Kicks offers the latest top-quality electric scooters in our easy-to-navigate online platform. Electric Kicks also stand out for their customer service, quality scooters and competitive pricing. With a few simple clicks, all that’s left to do is to wait for your new electric scooter to arrive straight to your doorstep (with free shipping store wide!).
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