Table of Contents
- 1 1. Look for a specialized store that has a physical store
- 2 2. Review the regulations on uses of the electric scooter
- 3 3. Think very well about the use that you will give to your electric scooter
- 4 4. Look closely at the quality of the battery
- 5 5. Battery autonomy and capacity
- 6 6. Brakes
- 7 7. Spare parts, accessories and extras
- 8 8. Always wear a helmet
- 9 9. Maximum weight supported by electric scooter
- 10 10. Take out insurance for electric scooters
1. Look for a specialized store that has a physical store
Electronic commerce is increasingly booming and we all use it.
However, in the specific case of electric scooters, you have to take into account that an electric scooter will need maintenance and / or spare parts over time.
An online store cannot guarantee the service that a physical store can give you since it has to face up to any problem that may arise in the purchase of an electric scooter.
On the other hand, buying an electric scooter on a large surface or toy store does not guarantee that they can then help you solve any incidents that may arise in the future.
Even worse is the case of shopping in stores in other countries such as China.
It is usual to receive very tempting offers through social networks or email from online stores, usually, Chinese, that offers electric scooters of the brand we are looking for but at lower prices.
In these cases, apart from the long wait in the delivery of the product, in many cases, they are copies of the original scooter that although they look very similar, they do not have the quality of finishes and components that have the recognized brand electric scooters.
In some cases even the benefits are much lower than those offered and then claiming is almost impossible.
2. Review the regulations on uses of the electric scooter
Today there are electric scooters with different powers and with a very different range of performance.
Increasingly, regulations on the use of electric scooters are hardening in cities and it has already been announced that electric scooters that do not exceed 25 km / h will be allowed to circulate around the city.
However, it is still too early to know what will happen in the future.
3. Think very well about the use that you will give to your electric scooter
There are countless designs of electric scooters, from light and minimalist to some that look like large displacement bikes.
But here, you have to think very well about the use that you are going to give to your scooter or electric scooter.
If it is for urban use without large slopes, an electric scooter of 350 Watts is more than enough.
There’s also the fact if you’re going to have to carry it.
For example, more and more users make combined use of their electric scooters with public transport.
In these cases, the scooter is light and foldable, it is very important.
If, on the other hand, you are never going to have to carry it and what you are interested in is going from A to B with ease, the weight will no longer be such a determining factor.
4. Look closely at the quality of the battery
The battery of an electric scooter is one of the key elements to consider. We can distinguish three types of batteries:
Lead-acid batteries: They are the heaviest and oldest batteries at the technological level.
They are resistant but have the disadvantage of having to recharge them completely after each use.
Gel batteries: They are the ones used in cheap electric scooters since they are low cost.
As a negative point, they support fewer charge cycles (about 500 charges) and have memory, so you have to charge them 100% after each use. They also tend to have overheating problems.
Lithium batteries: They are the most efficient batteries and equip the highest quality electric scooters, although they are also the most expensive.
They withstand more load cycles (between 2500 and 3000 loads) and have no memory effect, so they can be loaded regardless of their load level.
As a final point, if the battery is from a brand recognized as Samsung, we can be quite calm of its quality.
5. Battery autonomy and capacity
The charge capacity of a battery is measured in Amps.
A higher amperage, greater load capacity and, therefore, greater autonomy.
The values given by the brand on autonomy are not always real since they are taken in ideal conditions.
Therefore, if you have planned to make daily trips of 15 km, for example, and the declared autonomy of the electric scooter that you want to buy is 20 km, better look for one with more autonomy.
Electric scooters go fast. Very fast in some cases. And being an urban vehicle, you have to take extreme security measures.
Obviously brakes are a crucial part of such safety for the electric scooter. Depending on the electric scooter model, we can find the disc, shoe, motor or lever brakes applied directly on the rear wheel.
Many times, the engine brake is more than enough, but having more braking elements is always welcome.
7. Spare parts, accessories and extras
We are facing an explosion of the electric scooter. Unfortunately, many companies launch electric scooters without taking into account the medium and long term.
That is, today it is easy to find electric scooters everywhere from unknown brands that are basically direct imports from China.
Products of this type do not have to go bad, but what is certain is that at some point they will need spare parts.
And that is where the odyssey of many buyers begins that by saving a few bucks, they are now left with a product impossible to repair.
On the other hand, as we use our electric scooter, we will see the need to include some extras that can make our lives easier, such as a seat, carrying bag or an extra charger, to name a few.
Therefore, try to look for brands that offer you a good range of accessories and spare parts to enjoy your electric scooter for years.
8. Always wear a helmet
Ok, the helmet is not something that can be a decisive point when choosing a model or other electric scooter.
But we wanted to include it in the list of buying tips as we consider it an essential element. As we said before, electric scooters go fast and a fall or crash at 25 km / h or more can be fatal.
Wearing a certified bike or skate helmet may be enough. In Inertia we have a wide range of helmets that can save your life.
9. Maximum weight supported by electric scooter
As we said before, there are many different types of electric scooters. Each electric scooter is designed for a specific use and user. Therefore, look carefully at the maximum weight that the scooter supports.
Even if you are a 70 kg adult, always pull up as you will end up using it as a vehicle for everything: load the purchase, go to the gym with the backpack, take your child, etc.
So looking for one that supports about 100 kg should be enough.
10. Take out insurance for electric scooters
Electric scooters have gone from being a toy to being a means of daily transportation for many people.
Everything and that the legislation today is not yet well defined, the possibility of an accident exists, both against other vehicles and against pedestrians.
It is for this reason that it is highly recommended to take out specific insurance for electric scooters and thus avoid major scares.
These insurances usually cost about 25 to 40 euros a year to cover damages to third parties.
These 10 points are very important when buying an electric scooter with all the guarantees. If we wanted to highlight a single important point, it would be to rely on the advice of an electric scooter expert.
In our website we will be happy to advise you as best as possible so that you find the electric scooter or scooter that suits your needs and budget.