Every day you wander into the office without a full recollection of how you arrived at your desk. You remember waking up, getting ready, and getting into your car, but any succeeding steps traipse out of memory somewhere between bed and desk. Your lack of memory could be a result of the petrol fumes from your fuel tank, but who knows? How about you switch to an electric scooter and see if you're a little more cognizant when you arrive at the office? Then you'll know for sure.
Why Choose an Electric Scooter?
- They are environmentally friendly.
- There are no petrol costs.
- They are lightweight.
- They produce minimal noise.
- They are compact and easy to navigate.
Things to Consider When Buying
- Quality: When dealing with electric scooters, the quality of the scooter really does depend on the amount of money you are willing to pay--and it is definitely worth it to invest in good quality.
- Manufacturer: It is important to consider a manufacturer with a good track record. Quality manufacturers will guarantee parts and service over the life of the machine.
- Power: The more powerful the motor, the better the performance, so buy as many watts and amps as you can afford.
- Continuous Power: Before purchasing a scooter, research its qualities because a manufacturer--especially a less established one--may not market their wattage accurately. Make sure the continuous power rating they list is really continuous, and not just the maximum power the scooter can achieve--this usually only lasts for a few seconds.
- Batteries and Chargers: Batteries and battery chargers are important. Most scooters are charged with lead-acid batteries that respond poorly to deep discharges or overcharging. If your battery starts to feel warm throughout the charge, buy a better charger--or if you have the money, buy a scooter charged with quality, lightweight lithium-ion batteries .
- Range: Range refers to how far the batteries will take you on a single charge, and it varies depending on rider weight, hill climbing and temperature. Most electric scooters have a standard range of approximately 13 km under ideal conditions (flat land, no wind, and a lightweight rider). For commutes of less than 16 km on level terrain, a battery rated below 17 amp-hours will be sufficient. For more demanding applications, make sure the machine has a battery rated higher than 17 amp-hours.
- Rider Weight: Riders under about 80 kgs can ride any scooter out there and achieve maximum performance. Riders between 80 and 110 kgs can ride most electric scooters available with excellent performance. Riders 110+ kgs have a limited selection of scooters to choose from, but there are definitely electric scooters available for them.
- Terrain: Will you be riding in an area with lots of hills? If so, be sure the electric scooter has at least a 350 watt electric motor for hill climbing.
- Portability: Electric scooters range in weight from 9 to 45 kg, so make sure the weight is something you can handle.
- Climate: Electric scooters can be used in any climate but the range is reduced when the weather is extremely hot or extremely cold. If you live in a particularly rainy environment, check out models that market water resistance as a key point--most electric scooters can get long term motor damage from prolonged water exposure.
Which Scooter Should I Choose?
Another serious scooter is the UMG2000 Lexola G2000 Electric Scooter --it is also seriously expensive.
Electric Scooters for Kids
When buying an electric scooter for a child the most important thing to consider is safety. With safety in mind look at these features:
- Power: The easy-to-use 100 watt kids electric scooter is perfect for ages 5-8, and the 250 watt version is better for ages 8-14. Many popular models come with a 350 watt motor but make sure your child is old enough and can handle this type of power before buying one of them.
- Wheels: Most 100 watt and 140 watt electric scooters come with hard, solid rubber wheels. Though these wheels are good for this scooter, people are not told that with a rough road or rough riding surface, the wheels will get chewed up and in time, you will be replacing the wheels on these scooters. The tyres of the 250 watt scooters are a more durable rubber with inner-tubes. This provides for a much smoother ride, along with a lasting tire. These scooters can handle the weight, as long as the inflation recommendation are maintained.
- Weight: Make sure your child's weight and size corresponds with the type of electric scooter you are buying. Look at the maximum amount of weight the scooter can handle--if your child is in the upper range, you may want to go for the next level up (i.e. one with more watts).
- Experience: Beginner riders should not be riding a scooter over 100 watts, so that they can learn to control the machine before they bump up to a higher powered motor.
- Age Laws: The age and size criterion for driving electric scooters varies depending upon your location, so be sure to check that you follow the laws for your area.
- Breaks: Make sure the scooter has a quality rear brake system.
- Twist Throttles: Twist throttles allow children to slow down and speed up at interval levels. This creates more flexibility than just a typical on/off button. It is also safer since a child can increase or decrease the speed according to the stability and incline of the terrain.