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What are the tips for buying electric scooters for adults?

Sep 16

Locals may have been seen riding by you on electric scooters. Perhaps you feel that an e-scooter is an excellent fit for your commuter lifestyle. An e-scooter can be a convenient and environmentally friendly way to travel. There are so many options, so how can you pick the right scooter for you? This is a SPEEDSPRO beginner's guide to electric scooter purchasing.

Things to consider when buying an electric scooter

Design

An e-scooter is a stylish option if you don't want your scooter to make you look like a child on a kick bike. The sleek Unagi Model One scooter is clean and straightforward. The Unagi Model One folds down to make it easy to transport and store. You can also customize the color scheme of your scooter. Although it may not be something you consider most important, it is worth looking good on your scooter.

Weight

It would be best to consider the scooter's carrying weight, which affects its portability, and the weight limits for riders when choosing an electric scooter. Consider how heavy you can carry while riding the bus or stairs. The Unagi is a lightweight scooter that weighs in at 23-26.5 lbs, depending on which motor you choose. The Model One is designed for riders who weigh less than 275 pounds.

Miles per charge

You will need to charge your e-scooter more often depending on how long it has. You'll need to ensure that your scooter can be charged fully if you plan to travel long distances with it. It's also important to consider how fast your scooter can be charged and how portable the battery pack is. It takes only 4-5 hours to fully charge the Unagi Model One, which has a range of 15.5 miles.

Maximum speed

Speed demon, how fast would you like to go? When answering this question, choose a scooter capable of keeping up with your speed. Also, consider safety and weather conditions. The top speed of most electric scooters is about 20 mph. However, you might not need to travel that fast. Model One can travel 17 mph fastest.

Motor power

An electric scooter should have at least 250 watts. This will be enough to propel you over small hills and flat terrain. A scooter with dual motors or a stronger single motor will be a better option if you live in an area with many hills.

Even a 500-watt motor can slow you down if you go up a steep hill.

Lighting

Make sure your scooter has enough lighting to ensure safety. Although you can purchase extra lights for your scooter, the best ones have excellent lighting. After-dark riding will require both rear and front lights.  The Unagi Model One is equipped with high-brightness LED taillights and headlights.

Brakes

There are many types of brakes for e-scooters.

  • Regenerative or electric
  • Foot brakes
  • Drum brakes
  • Disc brakes

Disc brakes are the most reliable and influential of all types. However, they're usually only available in high-end electric scooters. Combining an electric brake with a foot brake like the Unagi Model One brake system, they are easy to maintain and can be used for a great result. The Model One has a braking distance of just 13 feet on dry roads.

Tires

There are two types of electric scooters: pneumatic and non-pneumatic. Although pneumatic tires offer more shock absorption than airless tires, they require more maintenance. The Unagi Model One features airless rubber tires for shock absorption that are ventilated to ensure a smooth ride.

Price

There are many price points to choose from when purchasing an electric scooter. However, quality tends to increase with each purchase. Most high-end scooters are priced at less than $600 for adults, but you will get more features if your purchase is higher.

Warranty

It would be best if you did not rely on all e-scooters to come with a warranty. You can also find cheap scooters that do not come with any warranty. Unagi electric scooters come with a 1-year warranty.