Features to look for when choosing an electric scooter

There are many aspects to consider when buying a scooter, some of which are listed in the rating categories that appear in the upper right of every review and in the comparison tables you’ll find on the category pages. These factors include:

Max Speed – younger or newer riders may not want a model that maxes out more than 10 mph. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you’re on it you can tell! Conversely, older and more experienced riders may feel a bit restrained with that.

Target Age – Slower and smaller models are generally targeted to the 8-12 yr old range. These are manufacturer suggestions; a mature 7 yr old may be ok, and a smaller 13 yr old may still need a smaller model. As with everything – USE YOUR JUDGMENT!

Max Weight – This is the maximum weight the unit is designed for. It doesn’t mean the thing will necessarily break if your 250 lb dad gets on your Razor E175, which is designed for up to 120 lbs, but it will decrease the battery life and possibly wear out the motor over time.

Throttle Start – This means will the scooter take off if you apply the throttle from a standstill. Many of the smaller models need a small kick (to about 3 mph, just a little kick) before the motor will start up. Larger models like the Razor e300 will go once you apply the throttle, no kick needed.

TiresMany electric scooters have hard plastic or polyurethane tires/wheels for their rear wheels. Entry level models sometimes include such tires up front as well. They’re cheaper than “real” rubber tires, but may not perform as well and wear out quicker. Also, larger tires/wheels offer more ground clearance and may ride smoother for some riders.

Battery Life – Look for a model that will give you at least 40 minutes of continuous drive time. In general, all Razor electric scooters should do this, with some rated for more. Of course, rider weight, whether you’re going up hills and stuff, how you ride, and other factors impact actual charge time.

Battery Material – Most scooters come with standard, sealed lead-acid batteries. They generally take 4-8 hrs to charge if fully drained, though some quick-charge batteries are available. Lead-acid batteries are best kept fully charged; draining them fully too often can and will shorten their life.

Some scooters come with stronger, longer-lasting, and – yes – more expensive lithium batteries. No matter the material, all batteries generally have about 250-400 charges in them before they need replaced. That’s just how batteries work – whether they’re in scooters, cell phones, or anything.

Quality – Razor is known as one of the best manufacturers in the business, which is why we feel so comfortable in recommending them. There are two units – an electric and a kick/non-electric – in our garage right now, bought long before this site was created.

For more information, check out the detailed reviews of Razor electric scooters, seated scooters, four wheelers and dune buggies, dirt bikes & motocross bikes, and Razor’s quality lineup of non-electric scooters.

How To Choose An Electric Scooterunratedadmin2011-05-18 18:03:27Features to look for when choosing an electric scooter
There are many aspects to consider when buying a scooter, some of which are listed in the rat…
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