10 of The Best Electric Scooters Of 2018

Let’s be honest…

I think we had all hoped that we would be cruising around town via flying cars or jet packs by now, right?

While we haven’t quite cracked teleporters or jetpacks yet, there has been some pretty amazing progress in battery technology and electric rides of all kind.

Scooters, by design, have hardly any weight and a low center of gravity adds stability whilst handlebar steering makes weaving in and out of traffic a breeze. Electric Scooters have really become a great way to commute and get around town while reducing your carbon footprint and saving you a ton of money in the process.

Here´s 10 of the best electric scooters around.

Don’t have time to read the full 4,500 word+ review?

Make sure to checkout the URB-E Electric Scooter or the Ojo for commuting & we recommend the very well rounded, fully featured Razor Pocket Mod for a nice seated scooter for younger children or the Razor RX200 if you’re child wants to take their scooter off road!

 

Best Electric Scooters of 2018 Comparison

Editor choice OjO Commuter Scooter for Adults Review

OjO Commuter Scooter for Adults Review

The commuter experience is not a recommended one. Everyone needs to be somewhere, and everyone else is in their ...

9.6
2 URB-E Electric Scooter Review

URB-E Electric Scooter Review

When a product earns as many column inches as the URB-E electric scooter, it’s difficult not to sit up and take ...

9.4
Best 4 Kids 3 Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro Electric Scooter

Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro Electric Scooter

When you think of scooters, the name Razor immediately pops into your mind. Originally makers of kick to ride ...

8.9

Model Range Top Speed Max Weight Our Score
OjO Adult Electric Scooter 25 miles 20 mph 300 lbs 9.6 Check Price
URB-E Electric Scooter  20 miles 17 mph 250 lbs 9.4 Check Price
Gigabyke Groove 35 miles 20 mph 250 lbs 8.6 Check Price
Turbo Elite 1000w 18 miles 18 mph 220 lbs 8.3 Check Price
Razor Ecosmart Metro 8 miles 20 mph 220 lbs 8.2 Check Price
Razor RX200 Electric Scooter 40 mins 12 mph 154 lbs 9.0 Check Price
Pocket Mod Euro 10 miles 15 mph 170 lbs 8.9 Check Price
Razor E300 Electric Scooter 40 mins 15 mph 220 lbs 8.8 Check Price
Razor E90 Electric Scooter 40 mins 9 mph 120 lbs 8.4 Check Price
Razor E100 Electric Scooter 40 mins 10 mph 100 lbs 8.1 Check Price

Adult Electric Scooters – Top 5 Picks

Editor choice OjO Commuter Scooter for Adults Review

OjO Commuter Scooter for Adults Review

The commuter experience is not a recommended one. Everyone needs to be somewhere, and everyone else is in their ...

9.6
2 URB-E Electric Scooter Review

URB-E Electric Scooter Review

When a product earns as many column inches as the URB-E electric scooter, it’s difficult not to sit up and take ...

9.4
3 GIGABYKE GROOVE Electric Moped Scooter Review

GIGABYKE GROOVE Electric Moped Scooter Review

There’s been more than a few false dawns in the personal transport industry. We were told in the nineties we’d be ...

8.8
Best value 4 Super Turbo 1000watt Elite 36v Electric Scooter

Super Turbo 1000watt Elite 36v Electric Scooter

If you are looking for a stylish, comfortable vehicle for your daily commute or running errands around town, this ...

8.3
5 Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter Review

Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter Review

The infrastructure of the world’s biggest cities isn’t going to change, even if the way we interact with them has. ...

8.2

Best Entry Level Scooters – Top 5 Picks

Razor RX200 Electric Off-Road Scooter Review

What if you could get have all the fun of riding around on a Razor scooter on an off road trail or gravel path? ...

9
Best 4 Kids 2 Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro Electric Scooter

Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro Electric Scooter

When you think of scooters, the name Razor immediately pops into your mind. Originally makers of kick to ride ...

8.9
3 Razor E300 Electric Scooter Review

Razor E300 Electric Scooter Review

For running errands around town or commuting short distances to work or school, it is hard to beat the reliability ...

8.8
4 Razor e90 Electric Scooter Review

Razor e90 Electric Scooter Review

When you think of scooters, which brand pops into your head? The A model Micro scooter by Razor was the original ...

8.4
5 Razor E100 Electric Scooter

Razor E100 Electric Scooter

This nifty little scooter will be a favorite toy of your child from day one. Known and loved by millions, Razor has ...

8.1

 

1. OjO – Best Adult Electric Scooter For Commuting

Ojo Commuter Scooter - Best electric scooter for adults
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The most advanced technology combines with practical design to make the Ojo electric scooter for adults a legitimate alternative to traditional motorized transport. The looks are sleek and appealing whilst the materials keep it light enough to carry. What makes this scooter really stand out is the transportable charger and replaceable batteries which offer an unrivaled level of practicality in this market.

A product with this kind of price-tag will always be a target for thieves, but the Ojo electric scooter has a motion detecting alarm system. (although how effective this will be remains to be seen) The price is high but this is a long-term, economical solution for commuting and should be seen as a high value investment.

PROS:
  • Smart design features that have a practical usage
  • Light-weight materials that help with handling as well as being strong enough to keep you safe
  • Top grade suspension, brakes and tires
  • Excellent top speed of 20mph with enough battery to take you 25 miles on just a single charge
  • Great adult electric scooter for slashing your commute costs.

CONS:
  • Will likely be targeted by thieves
  • The high price makes this a serious investment

OjO Specifications


  1.  Weight: 65 pounds ( that is super light! )
  2.  Wheels type: All-weather pneumatic tubeless tires
  3.  Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
  4.  Motor: 500W motor
  5.  Miles per charge: 25 miles
  6.  Maximum Speed: 20 mph
  7.  Battery Type: Lithium Ion
  8.  Charging Time: n/a
  9.  Available Colors: Orange, Rose Gold, White, Black, Blue
  10.   Bluetooth?: Dual integrated blue-tooth speakers
  11.  Additional Features: On-board charger, LED display, Key fob, bluetooth speakers, rear tail-lights + headlights, bike lane approved, no license needed

 

 

2. URB-E – Best Foldable Electric Scooter

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The award winning electric scooter from URB-E is one of the most advanced products on the market right now. The practical foldable design and light-weight 30 lb overall weight means you can take this electric scooter with you anywhere. Once you hit the roads, you’ll be impressed by the speed, stability and stamina of this cutting edge, green powered foldable electric scooter.
An exclusive price tag is the only thing to worry about here. Once you’ve made the investment you can expect a manufacturing attention to detail so fine that the production manager has put his name on it. Underneath the hood, the latest technology available is put together in perfect harmony to deliver a heavy-hitting, market leader electric scooter for adults who are serious about their electric rides!
Capable of speeds which range from 14- 18 mph(depending on model) and equipped with disc-brakes, this high-performing adult electric scooter is the perfect companion on your daily commute. A 18 mile range seals the deal as a viable alternative to taking the bus, or driving in your car. And the best thing? You won’t even need a license or registration to own one.

PROS:
  • Superb design that is both pleasing to the eye and practical
  • Exceptional levels of power and range which make riding it a dream
  • Aircraft-grade carbon fiber and alumium design
  • Foldable and light-weight which means you can truly take it anywhere with you
  • Intuitive app, connectivity and USB ports for charging your devices
  • Award winning adult scooter that is made right here in the US
  • Comes with a one year warranty for peace of mind

CONS:
  • A little on the expensive side, which may limit its market
  • May be a target for thieves.

  1.   Dimensions: 28.5 x 19 x 37 inches
  2.  Weight: 35 pounds
  3.  Wheels type: 10″ pneumatic tires
  4.  Weight Capacity: 250+ pounds
  5.  Motor: 350W motor
  6.  Miles per charge: 20 miles
  7.  Maximum Speed: 17 mph
  8.  Battery Type: 36v Lithium Ion
  9.  Charging Time: 2-3 hours
  10.  Available Colors: Black & Red
  11.  Additional Features: Foldable design, 1 year warranty, cross drilled rear disk brake, USB charger for phone, tons of available accessories

 

 

3. Gigabyke Groove – Best Mid-Range Electric Scooter

Gigabyke groove electric scooter/moped - lime green and blackRead our Full Review >>>>
A nippy and well-made commuter vehicle with the weight of a US based brand behind it. The Gigabyke Groove electric moped is more than capable of replacing public transport or even your car as a commuter scooter. The looks are impressive whilst the heads up display is useful and easy to read. What sets the Gigabyke electric scooter apart is the focus on battery life. The pedals help to mediate your travel, allowing you to cover an industry leading 35 miles on just a single charge. Everything about this bike is designed with efficiency in mind, from the LED headlamp to the silicon-based lithium battery. The price may be a little high for some but, with the practicality on offer it’s an undeniably great value.

PROS:
  • Overall focus on efficiency with LED lamps and a silicon based lithium battery
  • Capable of covering long distances on just a single charge
  • A high top speed with responsive handling and suspension
  • The disc brakes are superb, allowing you to stop on a dime
  • Easy to set up and go within a couple of hours

CONS:
  • The price may be a put off for some

  1.  Weight: 176 pounds
  2.  Wheels type: 6.5 inches
  3.  Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
  4.  Motor: 750W brushless motor
  5.  Miles per charge: 35 miles
  6.  Maximum Speed: 20 mph
  7.  Battery Type: Lithium Ion
  8.  Charging Time: 4-8 Hours
  9.  Available Colors: Blue, Green, Black, Yellow, Silver, Red

4. Super Turbo Elite – Most Versatile Electric Scooter

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When it comes to personal transport, sometimes all you want is performance. If that´s the case with you, then the Super Turbo 1000W Elite Electric scooter is your weapon of choice. This is by far the most powerful adult electric scooter on our list. The top speed is an impressive 18-24 mph (depending on rider weight) which performs on inclines as well as flat road. Disc brakes are fitted to the front and rear wheels which have extra grippy 10.5 inch off-road tires.

The engine is chain driven which is the same engine used on motor-bikes. Its sturdy steel frame is more than capable of handling long usage and you even get an adjustable seat post if you feel like sitting down. The charging time takes about 6-8 hours for which you´ll get about an hour of riding time. A neat feature is the economy and turbo modes. In economy the top speed is reduced but the run-time increases. In turbo you get the full power of that beastly 1000W engine.

The price makes this scooter more of an investment than an impulse buy. At this price point you could buy a proper moped, so it´s worth doing some extra research before taking the plunge. While this is a fantastic hybrid model, you may want to look at a more comfortable electric scooter model if you don’t ever plan on going off-road.

PROS:
  • Economy and turbo modes
  • Fully adjustable seating
  • Suitable for all adults
  • Excellent top speed
  • Disc brakes
  • LED front and back lamps

CONS:
  • The price will limit its audience a bit
  • Charge time is a little long
  • Fairly heavy, which makes manual pushing a bit of a chore

  1.  Dimensions: Folded 12 x 17 x 46 / Unfolded 12 x 42 x 46
  2.  Weight: 92 pounds
  3.  Wheels type: 10 inch, air filled, rubber
  4.  Frame: Steel
  5.  Age Recommendation: 14 and above
  6.  Weight Capacity: 220 pounds
  7.  Miles per charge: 18 miles
  8.  Maximum Speed: 18 miles per hour (econo) / 26 mph turbo
  9.  Battery Type: Lead filled deep cell batteries
  10.  Charging Time: 6-8 Hours
  11.  Assembly: None Required
  12.  Additional Features: Headlight, Key Ignition, Padded Comfort Seat, Shock Absorbers

 

5. Razor Ecosmart Metro – Ideal For Short Trips

Razor Ecosmart Metro Electric Scooter
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An electric scooter that has a simple yet appealing design. The Razor Ecosmart Metro scooter is great for short trips to the local park or running errands. Its design will be easy for people to pick up plus the top speed of 18mph is impressive. The lead acid battery tends to be the products biggest downfall, but that’s one of the reasons the price point is so reasonable. With this scooter, spending less doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. All the parts feel sturdy and well-made whilst Razor is an established brand with a helpful customer support team.

PROS:
  • The design is attractive with the opportunity to add custom extras
  • A top speed of 18mph with a easy to learn riding style
  • Large 18” air-filled tires add a bit of comfort whilst ensuring you’ll have no problem with curbs or speed bumps
  • The product feels well-built with easy to follow instructions for getting set-up
  • It’s very light-weight which makes the ride feel quick and nimble
  • The price is affordable for most budgets

CONS:
  • The battery takes a long time to charge
  • Suspension could be better, at higher speeds, the ride may become uncomfortable
  • Connecting the battery to the wall seems a little more complicated than it needs to be

  1.  Wheels type: 16 inches
  2.  Weight Capacity: 220 pounds
  3.  Motor: 500W motor
  4.  Miles per charge: 7-8 miles
  5.  Maximum Speed: 18-20 mph
  6.  Battery Type: Lithium Ion
  7.  Charging Time: 2.5+ Hours
  8.  Available Colors: White
  9.  Additional Notes: Some assembly required

 

6. Razor RX200 – Off-Road Electric Scooter

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Scooter enthusiasts know that most electric scooters will never perform their best on a rough surface. Sometimes performance can drop by nearly half if you´re not riding on a marble smooth road. Razor have attempted to address this with the RX2000. The company´s first fully off-road electric scooter. The RX2000 electric scooter uses two 12V batteries to power its engine. That´s twice as much torque as the e90. Acceleration is controlled by a twist throttle whilst disc brakes are fitted to the off-ride tires to ensure a responsive stopping system.

The RX200 electric scooter can reach a top speed of 12mph on almost any surface with a run-time of about 40 minutes. This electric scooter is built from steel which is far more durable than aluminum or carbon fiber. It is, of course, heavier as well weighing in at 46.4 lbs. It seems a common issue with Razor products is their choice of battery. Both the RX2000 and the E90 use lead acid batteries. These batteries decay quickly and require long charges of at least 12 hours. (It’s one of the easiest ways for manufacturers to keep costs down.) It´s a shame because everything else about this scooter is fantastic. If it had a lithium ion battery like the Swagtron electric scooter it could easily be a top performer.

PROS:
  • Disc brakes combined with grippy off-road tires
  • Steel construction that means you can ride on anything without damaging the frame
  • Top speed that isn´t affected by surface
  • Large alloy off-road wheels

CONS:
  • Lead acid battery
  • Long charge time

  1.  Dimensions: 37.7 x 16.8 x 40 inches
  2.  Weight: 46.4 pounds
  3.  Wheels type: 8 inch, knobby rubber, air filled
  4.  Material: Powder Coated Steel
  5.  Age Recommendation: 13 and above
  6.  Weight Capacity: 154 pounds
  7.  Motor: Chain driven
  8.  Range: ~40 min. run time
  9.  Maximum Speed: 12 miles per hour
  10.  Battery Type: Lithium Ion
  11.  Charging Time: 12+ Hours

 

7. Pocket Mod Euro – Best Children’s Electric Scooter

 

Razor Pocket Mod Electric Scooter Featured Image

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I really like the look of the pocket mod mini electric scooter from Razor. It´s available in a range of retro colors like mint-green, turquoise or pale pink with a cream leather seat which adds a real 60´s flavor. There are custom decals so kids can make it their own, plus the saddle is comfortable with generous leg room for when they grow taller.

The controls are really straightforward with a throttle and a brake much like you´d find on a bike. What impresses me most is how well balanced it is, even at lower speeds. The 15mph top speed is powered by a chain driven motor which means it won´t suffer on rougher surfaces or grass.

The wheels are a massive 12” with rear suspension on the back tire. This improves comfort but also means you won´t have to worry about pot-holes or stones on the road. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the problem for me is again the lead acid battery and the long charge time that comes with it. Aside from that, I can see this being a big hit with children and young adults.

PROS:
  • Super cool sixties design
  • Big 12” pneumatic tires
  • Rear suspension for added comfort
  • Ability to perform well on a variety of surfaces
  • Very well balanced
  • Great low cost price

CONS:
  • Lead acid battery
  • Storage space under the seat is a little too small for most items
  • Isn´t suitable for taller adults

  1.  Dimensions: 50 in. x 18 in. x 30 in.
  2.  Weight: 52 pounds
  3.  Wheels type: 12 in. pneumatic, rubber
  4.  Material: Powder Coated Steel
  5.  Age Recommendation: 13 and above
  6.  Weight Capacity: 170pounds
  7.  Motor: Chain driven
  8.  Miles per charge: ~10 miles
  9.  Maximum Speed: 15 miles per hour
  10.  Battery Type: 12V sealed lead acid, rechargeable
  11.  Charging Time: 12 Hours

 

8. Razor E300 – Beginner Friendly Electric Scooter

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Razor have made a name for themselves by producing affordable scooters that offer decent overall performance. The E300 electric scooter is one level up from the E200 offering 100 watts more power. For that, you get a cruising 15 mph top speed that performs well indoors and on smooth pavements.

The E300 electric scooter has a maximum run time of 40 minutes after which you´ll have to recharge for 12 hours. It´s reasonably light-weight at just 48 lbs so you will get a decent amount of thrust from the chain driven motor. The foot panel is nice and wide but it also houses the battery meaning there´s little ground clearance.

One of the ways that Razor manages to keep their costs down is by using lead acid batteries. These are typically large and require a lot of time to charge. For me, the future of electric scooters is definitely with a lithium batteries. For that reason, if you have a higher budget I´d recommend looking at some of the mid-range scooters on our list.

PROS:
  • Relatively low cost electric scooter
  • Really good top speed
  • Well balanced with a wide foot panel
  • Removable seat
  • Reasonably light-weight

CONS:
  • Clunky battery that takes a long time to charge
  • Short run-time

  1.  Dimensions: 41″ x 17″ x 42″
  2.  Weight: 52 pounds
  3.  Wheels size: 10″ inch
  4.  Deck: Heavy duty, extra wide metal deck
  5.  Age Recommendation: 14 and above
  6.  Weight Capacity: 220 pounds
  7.  Drive Train: chain & sprocket system\
  8.  Miles per charge: 3 miles
  9.  Maximum Speed: 15 miles per hour
  10.  Battery Type: 24v Rechargeable
  11.  Charging Time: 12-24 Hours
  12.  Brakes: Hand operated, rear wheel resistance
  13.  Colors: grey, blue, pink

 

9. Razor e90 – Entry-Level Electric Scooter

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When kick-scooters exploded onto the scene in the early 2000´s the leading brand was Razor. Their products were cheap to build, cheaper to buy and caught the imagination of playground children across America. Since then, the Razor brand have entered the electric scooter marketplace with the kid´s e90 electric scooter. With any kids toy the first thing to look at is safety. The e90´s speed is limited at 9mph with a pressure sensitive rear brake. It´s very easy to get used to the controls so I can´t see any real dangers in letting your ten year old roam around on one of these.

The main surprise is that the e90 doesn´t have an UL2272 safety certificate. That doesn´t mean it´s going to explode or anything like that. But, it does mean that the e90 hasn´t gone through as many safety checks as other scooters like the Swagtron. The other issue, for me, is the charge time. A full 12 hours are needed per charge with just a 120 minute run time. Out of the box, it weighs about 10kg which is heavy for a children’s electric scooter. There´s also a fair bit of wiring to do to attach and remove the battery for charging. I´m sure most 8 year olds will love to ride on this thing, but quite honestly, there are better options available for the price.

PROS:
  • Easy to get used to the controls
  • Speed limited for young children
  • A smooth ride
  • A decent price
  • A reputable brand

CONS:
  • Quite heavy
  • Lots of loose wiring inside
  • Lead acid battery

  1.  Dimensions: 31 x 14 x 33 inches
  2.  Weight: 22 pounds
  3.  Wheels type: urethane
  4.  Material: Powder Coated Steel
  5.  Age Recommendation: 10 and above
  6.  Weight Capacity: 120 pounds
  7.  Motor: Chain driven
  8.  Miles per charge: 30 miles
  9.  Maximum Speed: 9 miles per hour
  10.  Battery Type: 12V sealed lead acid, rechargeable
  11.  Charging Time: 12 Hours

 

10. Razor E100 – Great Value Electric Scooter

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Kid´s toys are always a tricky investment. The reason for that is that children grow up so fast.  Let’s be honest, Their favorite toy today can easily be consigned to the trash heap within a year. The Razor E100 electric scooter is a great entry on our list because it´s so cheap, which makes it a perfect choice if you aren’t quite sure if your child is really that into electric scooters right now.

The E100 has a wide sturdy deck that makes balancing easy for even the youngest children. The motor kicks into gear after achieving a speed of 3mph and runs up to 10mph on flat surfaces. It´s a relatively basic chain operated engine that drains the lead-acid battery pretty quickly.

A single charge takes 12 hours and you´ll be able to ride it for around 40 minutes. I can see this being a big hit as an indoor scooter but it is very limited on difficult terrain. The frame is made of strong steel which means it will last for a long time. The issues for me, is the lead-acid battery that takes up a lot of room under the deck plus it has tricky wires than can come loose. At this price though, it´s really a minor complaint. This is an excellent children´s toy available at a very reasonable price.

PROS:
  • Fantastically low price electric scooter
  • Decent top speed provided you ride indoors
  • Well balanced and easy to control

CONS:
  • The kick start may be a little difficult for younger children
  • Long charge time for a low battery life

  1.  Dimensions: 32 x 16 x 36 inches
  2.  Weight: 30 pounds
  3.  Wheels type: front 8″ pneumatic/ rear polyurethane
  4.  Frame: Aluminum Alloy
  5.  Age Recommendation: 8+ and above
  6.  Weight Capacity: 100 pounds
  7.  Run Time: 40 Minutes
  8.  Maximum Speed: 10 miles per hour
  9.  Battery Type: 12V sealed lead rechargeable
  10.  Charging Time: 12 Hours
  11.  Safety Features: Non-slip deck, chain guard, front hand brake, retractable kick stand

 

Criteria Used for this Evaluation


Adult Riding A Electric Scooter DowntownWhen it came to putting this list together we began our shortlist based on top-selling brands as well as smaller brands that had produced highly rated products. Where possible we´ve referenced independent consumer review sites and poured through real user reviews from confirmed purchases.

In order to help decide what buyers would want in an electric scooter we conducted extensive research into the types of engines, batteries, durability and braking systems. These aspects became the core criteria for our electric scooter evaluation. In addition to the core criteria, we also assessed price, looks and portability with added points for unique, or useful features.

Electric Engines

There are three types of electric engine found on electric scooters. Each type has its own positives and drawbacks. Choosing the right engine is important because it directly influences the speed, torque and efficiency of your electric scooter. Below we´ll cover each engine type in depth to help you choose the right electric scooter.

Chain driven engine

Chain driven engines are by far the most common engine for electric scooters. The engine is similar to a bicycle in that there is large gear, the Pinion, and a smaller gear, the Sprocket. These are linked together by a continuous metal chain. The battery turns the Pinion which sets the chain in motion turning the Sprocket.

Chain driven engines are typically sturdy and long-lasting. They also provide an efficient level of power. The only drawbacks to a chain-driven engine is the weight of the chain as well as surging. Surging results in speed variations and makes it difficult for the scooter to maintain a consistent steady mph.

Chainless DC Hub Motor

The Glion Dolly electric scooter uses a chainless DC Hub motor rather than a chain driven engine. The real advantage of using a chainless engine is that it´s compact. Sending energy through a drive shaft rather than through a chain. Chainless engines are more efficient plus they won´t suffer from surging in the way a traditional chain driven engine will.

Chainless motors are becoming increasingly common in electric bikes and scooters. One of the reasons for that is that power can be transferred in two directions. With the engine engaged power will come from the battery. However, if you push manually, the power you generate can be sent back to the battery to recharge it. Currently this technology is being used predominately on electric bicycles. In the near future though, I can see it becoming an industry standard on electric rides of all kinds.

Neo-dymium motors

Neo-dymium is an earth-magnet that produces a phenomenal amount of magnetic energy. So much so, that it is starting to be used in electric motors. These motors offer far more torque whilst fitting into a small space. Using magnetic force reduces friction significantly which means very little energy is wasted when in use.

Electric Scooters For Adults or Children?

While most of the electric scooters on our list will accommodate children both young and old, If you are a young adult looking to slash your commuting costs or just want a (comparatively) cheap way to run errands and get around town – You’ll definitely want to go focus on a more robust model scooter. Ideally, something that is capable of reaching a healthy top speed of 15+ mph, a strong battery and reasonable charging times. It’s true that a good quality commuter scooter will probably set you back a a grand or two, it’s nothing compared to the cost of owning a car.

If you are purchasing an electric scooter for a younger child, It probably goes without saying that investing hundreds or sometimes even thousands of dollars may be a bit excessive if they haven’t already shown a strong interest in scooters or other electric rides. If you are just testing the water with scooters, We’ve gone ahead and noted several options that are great entry level choices for younger riders. While many of these scooters are also able to support an adult, performance will generally suffer from the extra weight and they generally don’t have the type of range and performance that will allow you to really commute to work and back on a single charge.

Batteries

Knowing a little about batteries will really help you to make an informed decision about your scooter. When we speak about power, we´re primarily talking about the strength of the wattage. Naturally, running more watts through an engine will increase its ability to handle inclines and tough surfaces. It also effects the weight capacity as well the acceleration.

As a rule of thumb, a battery that emits 250W, typically 12 volts is a children´s motor. That amount of watts just isn´t enough to carry a fully grown adult. You´ll also notice that motors in the 250W capacity the engine feels sluggish and will struggle on tougher surfaces. On the other hand, if you´re buying for a child, you´re not going to want a hugely powerful engine that could put their safety in jeopardy.

When you´re choosing an electric scooter think about what you´re going to use it for. If you´re planning on every day usage you´ll want a scooter with an output between 750W and 2000W. The higher the Wattage the higher price, so think carefully about what you actually need before you part with any money.

Lead Acid Battery

When electric scooters first hit the market-place they were fitted with a lead acid battery. These are found in all sorts of home appliances like fridges. They´re cheap to produce, reasonably efficient and they last a long time. The downside is that they take an age to charge. Typically, 12 to 24 hours. Another problem with lead batteries is that they are usually connected with wires which can easily come loose. Finally, as the battery decays, or if it´s damaged, it can run very hot and become a safety hazard.

Lithium Ion Battery

Lithium battery technology was developed largely because of mobile phones, tablets and portable computers. The trend was to make devices smaller and smaller. As a result extensive, and expensive, research was invested in Lithium Ion batteries.

In today´s market that research is being utilized in electric scooters. Lithium batteries are superior to lead batteries because of the low charge time; typically, 1 to 3 hours. They´re also much safer. Lithium use metal to generate energy which means, even as the battery decays, there is no risk of leaking fluid or catching fire. If you´re looking at an electric scooter as a long term investment we´d highly recommend getting one that uses a lithium ion battery.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a UL2272 Certificate?

UL was established shortly after hover boards, electric scooters and Segways became popular. The reason it was established was due to cheap manufacture of electric motors and faulty batteries that resulted in a small number of fires. The products had been purchased off Amazon which led to the company removing 90% of personal transport devices from its listings.

In response, UL developed a rigorous set of criteria to assess the safety of electric powered personal transport. The organization is approved by both the US and Canadian government and ensures product equipment is safe. The full criteria is available from their website.

UL approved it´s first hoverboard in May 2016 which is very recent. If a product doesn´t have a UL certificate it doesn´t necessarily mean it´s unsafe. Any products designed before May 2016 will not have UL certificates. Those products will have passed numerous safety checks, especially if they are US based like Razor. The UL2272 is an extremely rigorous testing process and it is smarter to go with a UL certified product for obvious reasons.

I've heard that performance of electric scooters decreases over time, is that true?

Electric scooters are only as good as the batteries that power them. Rechargeable batteries will naturally decay over time. As the battery life decays they will have less power and will run for a shorter period of time. If you take care of the batteries you can easily get high performance for a period of 3-5 years.

How do I make the most out of my battery life?

There´s a few tips and tricks you can use to help extend the life of your batteries:

Remove the battery when the unit is not being used If at all possible, try to remove the battery when the machine is not in use. As long as a battery remains connected to something it will send out a small charge. If the battery life is low, that small charge can cause rapid decay of the battery.

Charge fully before using the first time The first time you charge your scooter ensure that it charges to the maximum. Lead acid batteries will sometimes require double charge time of up to 24 hours the first time. Always follow the manufacturing instructions to ensure long-lasting battery life.

Let the battery run all the way down before recharging When you run energy through a battery to recharge it, the battery will decay slightly with each charge. Lithium Batteries, for example, have a lifespan of 3 years or 400 charges. To ensure your battery doesn´t decay faster than it needs to let the battery run all the way down before recharging.

Never overcharge your battery This is the golden rule of taking care of your batteries. When batteries are overcharged they can decay rapidly because the temperature of the battery heats up. Most batteries should be kept below 50 degrees. If the battery temperature goes over that, it will no longer function to its full capabilities.

Disclaimer: If you are under 18 – Make sure that you have an adult present before attempting to unassemble, repair or otherwise work on your electric scooter. 

Which should I get: a hoverboard, electric scooter, unicycle or electric skateboard?

Tough question.

From my perspective, I would opt for an electric scooter if you want an easy to learn, no nonsense way to commute to work or around town.

I would consider an electric unicycle or skateboard if you don’t mind a bit of learning curve and would still like to maintain a high average speed and commute distance.

Finally, If you are just interested in having fun while traveling a shorter distance, You may want to consider a segway or a hoverboard.

Honestly, your best bet is to take a look at some of our other pages to decide which one is best for you.

Is it safe to buy something used?

It´s as easy to grab a bargain as it is to bag a dud when you´re shopping for an adult electric scooter second hand. When it comes to electric motors you can run into trouble with a depleted battery, expired warranty or even missed recall repairs. The worse thing about that is you probably won´t realize you´ve got a dud battery until after the purchase. If you´re sure about buying second hand always check the seller is fully authorized and if it´s easy to replace the battery. A warranty or exchange option is also a must.

Honorable Mentions

SWAGTRON Swagger High Speed Adult Electric Scooter

SWAGTRON Swagger High Speed Adult Electric Scooter Someone in the marketing department needs to take a long hard look at themselves after naming Swag´s electric transport line. Swagtron just doesn´t have the same ring as Segway. Thankfully, the swagger high speed adult electric scooter is a lot more than just a name.

Carbon-fibre is a light-weight, high performance material that is commonly found on supercars. This latest offering in affordable adult scooters is built from the same material. Using carbon fibre means Swagtron can fit a smaller, 250W engine into the scooter without sacrificing performance.

The swagger high-speed can reach up to 15 miles an hour and will run for about an hour on a single charge. It weighs just over 17llbs so when you do run out of power you simply fold it up and carry it under your arm. Recharge time is a mere 1.5 hours so you´ll be back out on the road in no time.

Swagtron have even included a cruise control system for when you´re just starting out. Cruise control is really useful because it lets you focus on your balance and the environment around you rather than gears.

This adult electric scooter is available at a very low price so naturally there´s a couple of issues to point out. The first, is its inability to handle more than a 20% incline. The second, is its low ground clearance. Tackling hills is not a huge problem because you can always push with your feet to help the engine out. The low ground clearance, on the other hand is a problem. Bumps, rocks or cracks will fast become your worst enemy. They really reduce the performance overall. It´s a decent electric scooter for adult riders with a low price tag and some wonderfully convenient features.

PROS:
  • Excellent price tag
  • Carbon fiber material is a nice surprise on a model so cheap
  • A decent speed provided you are on a smooth surface
  • Foldable and easy to carry
  • Quick recharge time
  • Has a UL2272 safety certificate

CONS:
  • Rougher surfaces see that top speed drop to a walking pace
  • Low ground clearance
  • Only 1 hour riding per charge

 

Final Verdict


On our list of the best electric scooters we´ve included high-performance scooters, children’s scooters, the best entry level scooters and of course the best electric scooters for adults. Hopefully, there´s something for everyone on this list. When you´re choosing an electric scooter, always look at the three core criteria of battery, engine and brakes. If you´re going to be using it daily then by all means invest more, if it´s for a child who will outgrow the e-scooter there is little point in spending thousands. As always if you have any further questions, take a look at our FAQ´s section above!

 

Last update on 2018-04-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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