Electric scooters have become one of the most popular and rapidly developing types of mobile transport. The number of those wishing to acquire an electric scooter is only growing. But, as with the purchase of any other equipment, there are pitfalls when choosing electric scooters. We will now talk about mistakes when buying scooters.
Don’t factor in your weight
Buyers often make one of the main mistakes: they underestimate their own weight and, as a result, choose the wrong scooter in terms of power. Be sure to consider your weight, as this will affect both the strength of the scooter’s structure and the ability to move at a speed that is comfortable for you. You will not be able to ride “with a breeze” on a model that has little power and is not designed for your weight.
If you buy a scooter with insufficient engine power, it simply won’t be able to pull your weight even when driving on a flat road, and even more so – up a hill, even a small one. Therefore, the power of the scooter must match your weight. It is even better if it has a small margin – about 20%. In this case, it will be easier to choose a comfortable driving mode on any road and in any conditions.
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Manufacturers usually indicate in the characteristics how much the scooter is designed for. It is generally accepted that power up to 250 W is suitable for those weighing less than 80 kg. Accordingly, these scooters are suitable for teenagers and girls. If your weight exceeds 80 kg, you should look for more powerful models. And if you are also planning cross-country trips, then it is better to choose a scooter with a power of 350 W or more.
Also, keep in mind that you won’t always be using the scooter light. You should take into account, for example, a bag or a backpack with things, they will also add weight that will have to be pulled by the scooter. Therefore, it is always best to have a small headroom for the maximum allowable weight and power.
Keep in mind that weight directly affects range. If the scooter is designed for 80 kg, it will certainly carry the 100 kg rider, but it will go slower and for a shorter distance.
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Of course, the more power the engine has, the better. But we must not forget that, firstly, scooters with an engine more powerful than 250 W formally fall under the definition of a moped in the traffic rules, which means that you will have to obtain M category rights to drive this vehicle. And, secondly, the more powerful the scooter’s engine, the heavier it will be. Hence the next point follows.
Choosing the wrong scooter according to its weight
Another common mistake is choosing a scooter with a lot of weight. It is clear that a heavy electric scooter is likely to have a lot of power and a capacious battery. But if you are going to use it according to the scheme “I got to the metro – folded – went by public transport”, then a scooter with a large weight and dimensions may turn out to be inconvenient. Children and adolescents are better off choosing a scooter that weighs as little as possible — from 4 to 7 kg. For girls – no heavier than 13 kg, the less the better. Well, a man is quite capable of carrying a scooter weighing 13-15 kg.
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In general, the selection of an electric scooter based on its weight is an inevitable compromise between the power and range of travel on the one hand and the weight of the equipment on the other. Therefore, it is important to evaluate how convenient it is to carry the scooter. It is quite possible that a compact model with a small battery capacity will fit more comfortably in your hands, with which, despite the shorter travel range and speed, it will be convenient to lead a familiar way of life.
Do not take into account the capacity of the battery and the range on one charge
Battery capacity is a determining factor in calculating travel distance. And if there is a small battery on the electric scooter, then you simply will not go far. Or you will leave, but only in one direction, and you will drag the scooter back on yourself.
To prevent this from happening, you need to clearly understand what battery capacity and travel distance you can count on. Buying an electric scooter is, again, a search for a compromise between price, power, travel range and usability.
On the one hand, the more capacious the battery is installed in the scooter, the longer and farther it will be able to travel. But in practice, this leads to a significant increase in cost, weight and dimensions. Therefore, you have to balance between opportunities and needs.
The optimal battery capacity depends on how you plan to use the scooter. If you plan to make long trips, you should take a model with a large battery, despite the heavy weight of these scooters. And if you plan to use the scooter for relatively short distances (get to the subway, ride a little in the park), you can choose a lighter model with a less capacious battery.
Buy a scooter on the Internet and do not consider the need to buy spare parts
A very important point is the place of purchase. You can buy an inexpensive electric scooter from a foreign online store and waste money, soon left without equipment. Why? Because sooner or later, the transport will need consumables and spare parts, for example, repairing brakes or replacing tires. It will be annoying to find out that spare parts for a scooter bought far away are simply not on sale or, unlike a scooter, they are not delivered to other countries.
In the event of a breakdown, you will have to look for spare parts on various resources and play the lottery with incomprehensible delivery times and unknown quality of the part. And it’s good if you can find suitable spare parts at all.
The presence of a warranty workshop and generally intelligible technical support and service is also an important point. Not less important than the technical characteristics. Because the vehicle is prone to breakdowns at least due to the gradual wear of units and parts. And the availability of a clear service that allows you to quickly eliminate breakdowns is an important point that helps to comfortably and conveniently operate the purchase.
Ignore wheel size and shock absorption
The wheel size of a scooter is often overlooked when choosing a model. And it is completely in vain: depreciation and controllability directly depend on their diameter. On the one hand, at high speed the handling of a scooter with small wheels with a diameter of 7-8 inches is better, and the range on a single charge is slightly longer. But on the other hand, small wheels are usually stiff, and the design of electric scooters is such that the main shock absorption is carried out precisely at the expense of the wheels.
As a result, when riding a scooter with small wheels, you will fully experience all the bumps in the road, including cracks, potholes and paving slabs. A scooter with large wheels, in turn, will cover a shorter distance, but will smooth out irregularities, so it will be more comfortable to ride on it. However, due to the fact that the center of gravity will be higher, it will be more difficult to control such a scooter at high speed.
When choosing a scooter, you need to have a good idea of where and how you plan to operate it. Small wheels are fine for driving on a flat road. And if you are planning to travel on rough roads, it is better to choose a diameter of 8 inches or more. In addition, it will be good if the scooter has additional cushioning elements.
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Electric scooters are a fashionable topic, so they are often bought for themselves or as a gift, especially since more and more models appear at attractive prices. But a purchase cannot be made, as they say, “without a head” – without taking into account the peculiarities of use and the peculiarities of the routes along which one has to travel. This will lead to disappointment, although if you put the task more specifically, then you can choose the model that best suits your tasks and keep within the planned budget.