Interested in investing in an e-scooter? Tom says...
DON’T skip a warranty. The best warranties are supplier-held but backed by the manufacturer, so were your retailer to not be around in the future, your e-scooter would remain protected. Look for a two-year warranty if possible.
DO take your height into account. If you are particularly tall, consider an e-scooter with adjustable handlebars.
DO consider wheel size. The bigger the wheel, the easier it is to safely navigate through a pothole. We recommend an 8-10in wheel size.
DO check your weight against the load capacity and take it into account when choosing what motor size you opt for. Some smaller, cheaper e-scooters will have a lower weight limit and small motor, which can result in a heavier or taller rider struggling to reach maximum speed. If you are larger or taller than average, consider a motor greater than 250W in size. Also, most e-scooters have a maximum load capacity – stick to it otherwise your ability to climb hills will be compromised. Warranties can also be voided if you are over the maximum weight.
DO consider how you will use it. If you think you might need to carry it up flights of stairs, for example, instead of parking it in a hallway or garage, choose a lightweight model you know you can lift comfortably. Test how easily you can fold the model you’re considering. This is especially important for those taking it on part of their commute.
DON’T forget about range. If your e-scooter is for a specific, regular journeys, consider the distance and whether many hills are involved, and check the range specification in relation to this. The further you go and the hillier your journey, the greater the range you will require.
DO buy official UK stock – that is, an e-scooter made to be sold here in the UK. Your warranty needs to be UK-based and your charger needs to be designed for use here. Shop with an electric mobility specialist that stocks a large range of e-scooters. If the retailer has the required expertise, they can comfortably guide you through your decision process.
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