Are you interested in buying an adult electric scooter for commuting?
You’ve made the right choice. Traveling by electric scooter is a great and affordable method for your commute and it’s a lot friendlier to the environment than traditional rides. And, let’s be honest, it looks amazing. Riding around your community with an electric scooter gives you the perfect accessibility to get in every spot and location you need to get to.
You know you want one. So there’s no convincing needed here. It’s pretty clear why an electric scooter is a right choice for you by now.
The real question is… which E scooter do I buy?
In order to know what you need, it’s important to understand the main components that differentiate the different types of scooters out there.
Structural Design of the Electric Scooter
By far, the first thing you should pay attention to is the design of the scooter. It really depends on what you want. For example, if you want one built for easy portability so you can take it on trains, up the stairs and hide it under your office desk, you probably want a light scooter with the perfect design that folds down quickly and is easy to carry around. If you want a fast and powerful scooter to get you up the hills in your neighbourhood you need to look for a bigger motor and will likely end up with something heavier that is not so easy to carry. If you want a comfortable scooter, you’ll look for different features that give you a smooth (and enjoyable) ride like dual suspension..
Some quick things you can look for are the wheels and motor position. Is it front wheel drive or rear wheel drive? Front wheel drive is typically built into lighter and more economical scooters. Rear wheel drive provides for a better weight balance and riding experience. Just like BMW uses rear wheel drive for all their cars.There are also dual wheel drives that can give you more power, control and accuracy while riding.
The aesthetics and weight distribution are very important too. Consider your battery positions. Is it placed in the front pole above the front wheel motor to minimize weight? While these scooters are typically the most lightweight around, your scooter will be front heavy and the footboard may come up when you get off too fast at a traffic light.
For longer rides and best stability, the battery should be placed under the footboard. Are they placed in areas that won’t get in your way? Does it make sense to have it where it is? You don’t want to be tripping over anything if the scooter hasn’t been engineered well.
The one thing you’ll notice the most is the position of the handle bar. That can be a make it or break it for you. Is it too far out? Is it too close? Is it comfortable on your hands? There was one prototype recently designed that looks really amazing, it’s a single tube design, but it might not be so practical. Find the things that matter to you.
Riding Comfort of Electric Scooters
When it’s all set and done, what really matters? You want to be comfortable while riding your scooter. It’s got to feel right. That’s why at Fluid Free Ride, we look for the best designs available depending on your usage occasion like WideWheel, Mosquito and more.
One thing to consider is the type of tires and the suspension. Some are airless and others are more traditional. For the last few years, there has been crazy progress on the types of tires in the market. Michelin created an airless tire that has been all over the news. What are the advantages? You don’t have to worry about flats and it has a better stability. Airless might bee a great option for you.
Make sure to check for the tire sizes and front/rear suspension. You will want suspension if you use solid airless tires since all these things will affect your ride. But we both know the best way to really get the feel for it… test drive. Try to go out and ride a friend’s scooter or even watch YouTube video reviews. The best part about buying online is the reviews and experiences you get from real drivers (more on that later).
The Fastest Electric Scooters For Commuting
|WideWheel||Speedway Mini 4||Ninebot Segway ES4||Xiaomi m365|
|Top Speed||25+ MPH||
|18.6 MPH||15.5 MPH|
|Motor location||Dual front & rear||Rear||Front||Rear|
|System Voltage||48 V||48 V||
Total Peak Power
2 x 500W
|13.2Ah / 633Wh||15.6Ah / 748Wh||10.3Ah / 374Wh||7.8Ah / 280Wh|
|Tires||8" extra wide never flat||8" Air front solid rear||8" Solid||8" Air|
|Brakes||Rear Disc||Rear Drum||Front e-brake / rear step on||Front e-brake / rear disc|
|Weight||50 lbs||36 lbs||33 lbs||26.9 lbs|
|Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now|
Motor and Power Performance
The motor and power of your electric scooter really depends on what you want to use it for. It all comes down to time. If you need to get somewhere fast, consider getting something more powerful. If it’s just to stroll around the community, then this might not be as important for you.
For practical purposes, power is important for speed, also if there are any hills it might need to climb. You can measure that through the voltage, watt and torque.
If you need something to compare your options with, consider the Horizon M Classic Looks and Long Range scooter we offer. It can go 20mph with a 36V (voltage) and 350W (watts). By comparing it to other electric scooters, you can get an idea of what kind of power you want.
Electric Scooter Batteries and Range
How long a scooter can run is probably one of the biggest make it or break it. If you choose a scooter that doesn’t last long, it might not even be worth it to you. That’s why it’s important to know what battery your scooter comes with and what kind of battery brands you can add on.
For Safety, IEC standards are an important regulation to understand. They partner with other organizations to develop protocols for lithium batteries and more. It’s important to make sure any batteries you choose are up to global standards.
When choosing an electric scooter, review how long the battery lasts. Take into consideration that manufacturers often significantly over claim range. You can reach these promises if you weigh 100 lbs and ride in perfect conditions at 50% of top speed. You can take a big chunk off these claims if you are planning on using the full potential of your scooter. At Fluid Freeride we call out a realistic range that you will be able to attain with regular use. Think of how long your commute might be (and the return) along with some extra battery life you may need for short stops on the way. Even if your battery dies, you may still be able to manually use it. But it’s worth the extra battery life if there is only a small price difference.
Weight and Commute Portability
When deciding the best scooter for you, it’s important to know what it’s like when you need to carry it. What’s the scooter weight? light or heavy? If you need to carry your scooter for long distances, a light one is best. The ultimate weight is what really makes your scooter portable or not.
If you live a few floors up in your building with no elevator, it might be hard to carry around a heavy scooter. We find that people who live in big cities do better with lighter rides as they can easily fold them up and take onto public transport. . If you don’t need portability, then a heavy and more powerful scooter can be a good option. It’s faster, stronger, more stable, and enables you to go longer distances.
Features You Can’t Live Without
Technology is changing as you read this. And with that comes awesome, irresistible features. These days, scooters come with great apps that feature diagnostics, speed settings and more.
It’s worth asking and researching the types of integrations and apps that are available for your electric scooter. It might be the one thing that wins you over when it’s time to decide.
Electric Scooter Reviews and Recommendations
Never underestimate the reviews. Look at it like profiting from someone else’s risk when he/she purchases it. They’ll tell you if it was a good product or a bad one—all at no cost to you. It’s the best way to know if you are buying a great electric scooter.
Reviews are the best determination of whether you should buy a specific brand or model. Research and do your diligence when it comes to choosing the right one.
Electric scooters are one of the best investments anyone can make. It’s convenient, fun, affordable and saves you money on transportation. At less than half a cent of electricity cost per mile, riding an electric scooter costs roughly one twentieth of riding a gas fueled car.
This is how you find the best electric scooters. Use this guide as a roadmap and share your new ride when you finally decide!