The electric scooter has a reputation for being very cost effective and an easy to use mode of green transportation. Over the past few years, these electric scooters have undergone significant changes, allowing for better balance, faster motors and because of this they’re considered a more reliable mode of transpo. These days, the electric models have quickly gained popularity for being a viable option for short commutes. The day to day costs of using a car or truck can be staggering, not to mention the cost of repairs and maintenance.
Electric scooters have revolutionized the market with their sleek aerodynamic frames, flashy designs, and superior functionality. These models are environmentally friendly and take only about five cents per charge and produce zero emissions. Unfortunately, most models of electric scooters don’t have enough power to run like a conventional motorcycle and can usually run for about forty to sixty minutes per charge. But they’re the perfect choice for short distance travel and are designed for daily use so you know they’re sturdy. They can also be considered pretty advantageous for new riders because they’re so easy to control and lightweight. Also, they’re pretty low maintenance and riding one is significantly safer than riding a traditional motorcycle, due to the low-speed capabilities. Speed wise you can expect a wide variety of capabilities ranging from five miles an hour up to almost thirty.
Most states don’t have regulations for electric scooters like they do for the gas powered models. However, some states will require a license for models that can go over twenty miles per hour and most states will require the rider to wear a helmet.
Escooter Buyer’s Guide
There are several different types of electric scooters on the market. Because of this it’s best to research the different styles and models and learn more about weight capacity, mileage per charge, safety features, and extras. If you’re purchasing a scooter for a child or teen take a look at the manufacturer’s age recommendations. Usually, models that are designed for children will have a maximum speed of five to ten miles per hour.
Electric scooters offer a lot of advantages, especially if you’re considering one for use commuting to and from work. With their rise in popularity more and more bike companies are producing their own line of electric scooters with capabilities and features that are similar to ebikes. Of course, most models of electric scooters are much cheaper than an ebike. The whole idea of electric transportation has gained popularity over the years, with the production of electric cars and bikes, the new addition of fast and lightweight scooters offers a more affordable means of transportation that costs little and requires hardly any maintenance.
As we’ve mentioned, there are several important factors to consider when shopping for an electric scooter, such as motor size, voltage, battery type, safety lights and charge time.
Whether the scooter will be your main mode of transpo, or just for recreational purposes, you’re going to want to purchase a scooter that’s comfortable to ride. Check out the variety of frame styles and body styles in order to determine which type best suits your needs. If you’re short then look for a model that features a smaller frame and adjustable handlebars. If you’re tall you’ll need a scooter that features an extra wide deck and adjustable handlebars. You’ll probably also need a scooter that offers a higher weight capacity. Most models will accommodate up to two hundred pounds, but there are extra-large scooters that feature a weight capacity of three hundred pounds.
Your next consideration will be the scooter’s mileage per charge. If you plan on using it as a daily commuter, consider how far your commute is and other places you like to go besides work on a daily basis. Normally, how many miles do you cover? You’ll need to look at how many miles a scooter can go before it needs a recharge. If you’re taking your scooter to work, will you be able to charge it while you work? Charge time requirements will vary from model to model but are typically eight to twelve hours.
Evaluate all of the questions above and determine how much distance you’ll need to cover before your scooter needs a charge. If your commute is pretty long, look for models that use lithium-ion battery packs. This type of battery is more expensive, but they provide a longer charge, can be fully charged faster, don’t need to be fully charged in order to work and are significantly lighter and smaller than lead acid batteries. Lead acid batteries are much more affordable and come in a variety of voltages. If you need to recharge at work, make sure the battery in your scooter is removable and lightweight.
Power is a feature that most consumers initially consider when deciding whether or not to purchase a particular model of electric scooter. Much like buying a car, the scooter’s power is proportional to how much money to want to spend.
If you found a style of scooter you like and it’s very adjustable so you can make some changes in order to fit your size, then power is easy, just buy the type of power you can afford. You’ll thank yourself later. Keep in mind when that the maximum speed of your scooter is only offered when your escooter is fully charged, so you’ll probably get about fifteen to twenty minutes at this speed before you lose too much power. So on average you should expect the scooter to go about ten to fifteen percent lower than the listed maximum speed and calculate this into the time you allow yourself for your daily commute to work.
These tips can help to prepare you to buy the type of escooter you’ll love and one that includes the features you want and need. Look into your state’s laws and regulations regarding the use of electric scooters in your area, prior to purchasing one in order to be street legal.
E300 Electric Scooter by Razor Review
E300 electric scooter is the largest model in Razor’s line of escooters. Weighing in at forty-six pounds and featuring a weight capacity of two hundred and twenty pounds, this model is perfect for larger riders. This model also has a reputation for being faster than the average scooter and can get up to fifteen miles an hour on flat terrain. Equipped with large pneumatic tires, two lead acid batteries, and an extra-wide deck, this is a scooter that’s designed for both speed and comfort. According to consumers, this escooter offers a comfortable ride, even when driving on bumpy terrain. The improved hand grips are comfortable and allow you to securely maneuver the scooter through heavy traffic. The large pneumatic tires are also designed for improved maneuverability and comfort. This motor is a single speed chain driven model that offers high torque that’s able to generate about three hundred watts of power. It’s described as very quiet running so you can enjoy a virtually silent morning commute or leisurely ride around town. It’s also tough enough to handle daily use and the battery holds a charge well so there’s no worries about poor charge issues. The extra wide deck allows the rider to move and change positions without having to stop the scooter and it’s also able to accommodate larger riders. The deck is four inches longer than the average deck for additional comfort during a longer commute. One major downside for this model is the fact that it was designed without a battery life indicator which is considered a big design flaw by many consumers. Because the battery life is often affected by a number of factors including wind, rider weight, whether or not you’re carrying cargo and terrain type there’s really no way to know how much juice is left, which can be quite an inconvenience if you’re running errands. After you’ve ridden this scooter around town for a couple of weeks you’ll be able to better gauge the battery life by the amount of power the scooter provides. You can expect a decrease in the top power capabilities after about twenty minutes on flat terrain or ten to fifteen minutes if you’re riding uphill. You’ll notice the scooter tends to go slower and seems somewhat sluggish once the battery power is dangerously low.
Super Cycles & Scooters SUP8002 Review
The SUP8002 electric scooter by Super Cycles & Scooters is the most powerful model we’ve reviewed. It’s equipped with a thousand watt, three thousand RPM motor with a heavy-duty chain. With all this power, you might be surprised to learn that it’s also quiet-running even during start-up, which means you can drive it around town early in the morning and not disturb your sleeping neighbors. Featuring an ignition and key for added safety, a solid steel frame and dual rear shocks that offer a smooth ride allowing you to enjoy longer commutes in comfort. This company has also created a variety of upgrades that can be purchased at the same time as the scooter or separately. If you purchase these upgrades at the same time as the scooter the manufacturer will install them free of charge. These upgrade kits include a forty-eight-volt motor upgrade, splash guards, hill kit, brake lights kit and speed charger. A power packed scooter, you can expect a top speed of about twelve miles per hour when going uphill, which is faster than the top speed for smaller scooters. As far as mileage goes you can expect eighteen miles per charge when driving mainly over flat terrain and not carrying any cargo. This package will come with the scooter, charger, basic tool kit, removable seat and headlight. The removable seat is extra-wide and can be quickly installed, giving your tired feet a break on a longer commute. According to consumers, the throttle on this scooter is fairly sensitive and will shoot off even with the slightest touch. You’ll learn very quickly how much power this escooter has to offer. Assembly is very easy, even if you have no prior experience assembling a bike or scooter. Expect it to take about twenty minutes. This model received a perfect five out of five-star consumer rating which makes it our top rated product.
E100 Electric Scooter by Razor Review
The E100 electric scooter is the second Razor escooter we reviewed and it’s also the smallest. With a weight capacity of just a hundred and twenty pounds and a top speed of just ten miles per hour this model is designed for smaller riders or children over the age of twelve. However, don’t let the small size fool you, this is still a scooter that has a lot of power to offer and performs reliably. The durable frame is lightweight so it’s perfect for homes that are short on space or apartment dwellers. Assembly for this model is a cinch and takes only about ten to fifteen minutes. This glowing model is equipped with a large strip of blue LED lights that wrap around the edge of the deck and make night riding a little fun. The scooter’s extra-wide deck allows the rider to easily change positions during a ride, without the need to stop. This is another model that Razor failed to equip with a battery life indicator, which can be dangerous on a longer commute. Because this is a lightweight model you can expect improved handling and maneuverability out on the road. The scooter’s hand brakes are pretty powerful and can easily stop short within seconds. The scooter is also equipped with the basic style of twist throttle that you’ll find on most models of scooters and motorcycles. While this model is significantly smaller than the average adult-sized scooter you can be assured that it’s a model that still features the same standards as the other electric scooters produced by Razor.