Electric scooters sound like a lot of fun! Find out here what you have to look for when buying an electric scooter and what criteria you can use to recognize a good electric scooter.
We have not only compiled a checklist with the most important criteria for electric scooters, but also many product recommendations for you.
- Electric scooters are subject to some guidelines. If these are not met, the electric scooter is considered non-roadworthy. Without the so-called ABE sticker, your offspring may only ride on private property.
- Aprerequisite for road approval is that the maximum speed is limited to 20 km/h and the motor power to 500 watts. Furthermore, a steering as well as a stop must be installed.
- If your child has to carry the scooter from time to time, the weight of the electric scooter will be noticeable. Younger or more slender riders are therefore well advised to choose a lighter model.
- The weight scales range from 7 to 14 kilograms. For children, the golden mean is recommended: around 9 kilograms can be carried over short distances, even by younger users.
- Why you shouldn’t buy an ultralight scooter? Scooters that weigh very little are largely made of cheap, brittle plastic. In addition, the ride comfort can decrease because the electric scooter has no “grip”.
- When choosing tires, there are two aspects to consider: the size and the type.
- In order for the electric scooter to ride over grooves or small stones, the size of the tires should not fall below 8 inches. The majority of scooters are equipped with 10-inch tires.
- Furthermore, there are differences with regard to the material. Pneumatic tires are considered to be low-wear, but high-maintenance. An air pressure check is advisable every 2 months.
- Tires made of hard rubber do not require maintenance. They are also robust and somewhat less expensive, but they also transmit bumps on the track more strongly.
- Paradoxical, but sensible: electric scooters are now supplied with mechanical brakes. This is because mechanical brakes – unlike electric ones – work even when the battery is weak.
- Optimal accident protection is provided by braking systems that are divided into front and rear wheels.
- The majority of electric scooters are designed similarly to a pedal scooter, classically with 2 wheels. There are also models with 3 or even 4 wheels. These are useful for younger children but do not reach the speed of a two-wheeled scooter.
- Two-wheeled e-scooters are characterized by a folding mechanism. This makes the scooter easier to transport, provided the weight is appropriate. Make sure that the folding mechanism is secured by two mechanisms. Otherwise, there is a risk of injury if the (only) mechanism is operated while driving.
- Hub motors are synonymous with a comfortable ride. This type of drive is quieter and transmits less noticeable power development of the engine. Chain and belt motors, on the other hand, operate louder and cause vibrations.
- Current electric scooters can carry their rider up to 30 kilometers on one battery charge. However, this value correlates with the terrain grad ient and the rider’s weight. Therefore, do not rely on the manufacturer’s specifications and choose a sufficiently powerful battery.
- The battery should have a capacity of 5,500 mAh. This corresponds to a range of 20 to 30 kilometers. All owners of a replaceable battery enjoy an advantage, since the 2 to 3 hours of waiting for battery charging are unnecessarydue to the change.
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FAQ For Electric Scooters
There is no general answer to the question of which electric scooter is the best. It is important that you choose a high-quality device, because safety comes first. Other criteria include battery life and maximum weight. Take a look at our guide, where we have listed recommended electric scooters and noted in the form of a checklist what you should look for when buying.
You don’t need a driver’s license for an electric scooter. However, the scooter must meet certain requirements if it is to be street legal. Also, you have to be at least 14 years old.
An electric scooter usually looks like a slightly more massive pedal scooter. It is electronically powered and the battery needs to be recharged regularly. This makes riding less strenuous and you move faster. Note: You have to be at least 14 years old and not all e-scooters are street legal. Feel free to check the checklist in our guide.
The cost of an electric scooter varies. However, you should not save at the wrong end, because depending on the use and terrain, certain models make more or less sense. For example, the battery capacity is important. Unfortunately, you can’t rely on the manufacturer’s specifications, since they usually assume a straight route without slopes. The weight of the rider also plays a role. It is best to read the checklist in our guide article and then be inspired by our product suggestions.
The prices for electric scooters vary. In any case, you should not save at the wrong end, otherwise it may be, for example, that your e-scooter has too little range or hardly manages inclines. Find out more in our guide on the subject, where you will find a checklist with specific figures and tips. We have also listed product recommendations for you.
It happens that the manufacturers of electric scooters specify the range by referring to ideal conditions of the route, that is, a level path without slopes. Therefore, in order to cope with slopes, you should pay attention to a correspondingly high power. If you need help with the selection and/or more specific information, feel free to take a look at our checklist. In the associated guide article you will also find helpful product recommendations.
An electric scooter with road approval may not go faster than 20 km/h. Of course, there are also significantly faster variants, but these scooters may not be used in public areas.
People over the age of 14 are allowed to ride electric scooters.
The minimum age for the use of electric scooters in Germany is 14 years.
Most electric scooters have a removable battery, which you can easily charge in your own home using a charging cable.
In most cities there are workshops that repair electric scooters. Some even allow the defective scooter to be shipped.
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