Electric scooter battery replacement cost

Finding the best Electric scooter battery replacement cost can be hard if you’re unaware of what features to look for especially that there are so many of them to find around. For this reason, we’ve put up a guide highlighting the best battery for electric scooter in the category.

Our team has researched and reviewed these products to help you come up with a better decision. 

Electric scooter batteries

The battery is your electric scooter’s fuel tank.  It stores the energy that is consumed by the DC motor, lights, controller, and other accessories.

Most electric scooters will have some type of lithium ion-based battery pack due to their excellent energy density and longevity.  Many kids electric scooters and other inexpensive ones actually contain lead-acid batteries.  The battery pack is made of individual cells and electronics called a battery management system which keeps it operating safely.

Bigger battery packs have more capacity, measured in watt hours, and will let an electric scooter travel further. However, they also increase the size and weight of the scooter — making it less portable.

Battery packs

18650 Li-ion cells, pictured above, make up an e-scooter’s battery pack. Photo via Wikimedia Commons under CC BY-SA 3.0.

E-scooter battery packs are made of many individual battery cells. More specifically, they are made of 18650 cells, a size classification for lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries with 18 mm x 65 mm cylindrical dimensions.

Each 18650 cell in a battery pack is fairly unimpressive — generating an electric potential of only 3.5 volts and having a capacity of 3 amp hours (or about 10 watt hours).

To build a battery pack with hundreds or thousands of watt hours of capacity, many individual 18650 lithium ion cells are assembled together into a brick-like structure. The brick-like battery pack is monitored and regulated by an electronic circuit called a battery management system (BMS), which controls the flow of electricity into the out of the battery.

Lithium ion

Li-ion batteries have excellent energy density (amount of energy stored per their physical weight). They also have excellent longevity meaning that they can be discharged and recharged or cycled many times and still maintain their storage capacity.

Lithium-ion actually refers to may battery chemistries that involve the lithium ion.  Here is a short list below:

  • Lithium maganese oxide (LiMN2O4); aka: IMR, LMO, Li-maganese
  • Lithium maganese nickel (LiNiMnCoO2); aka INR, NMC
  • Lithium nicked cobalt aluminum oxide (LiNiCoAlO2); aka NCA, Li-aluminum
  • Lithium nickel cobalt oxide (LiCoO2); aka NCO
  • Lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2); aka ICR, LCO, Li-cobalt
  • Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4); aka IFR, LFP, LI-phosphate

Each of these battery chemistries represents a trade-off between safety, longevity, capacity, and current output.

Lithium maganese – INR – NMC

Fortunately, many quality electric scooters are using the INR battery chemistry — one of the safest chemistries. This battery chemistry gives high capacity and output current. The presence of maganese drops the internal resistance of the battery, allowing high current output while maintaining low temperatures.  Consequently, this reduces the chances of thermal runaway and fire.

Some electric scooters with INR chemistry are the: WePed GT 50e and Dualtron models.

Lead-acid

Lead-acid is a very old battery chemistry that is commonly found in cars and some larger electric vehicles like golf carts. They are also found in some electric scooters, most notably, inexpensive children’s scooters from companies like Razor.

Lead acid batteries have the benefit of being inexpensive, but suffer from having very poor energy density meaning that they weight a lot compared to the amount of energy they store. In comparison, Li-ion batteries have about 10X energy density compared to lead acid batteries.

Capacity Ratings

Escooter battery capacity is rated in units of watt hours (abbreviated Wh), a measure of energy. This unit is quite easy to understand.  For example, a battery with a 1 Wh rating stores energy sufficient to supply 1 watt of power for 1 hour.

More energy capacity i.e. higher battery watt hours will translate to longer electric scooter range, for a given motor size.

An average scooter will have a capacity of around 250 watt hours and be able to travel about 10 miles (16 km).  Whereas extreme performance scooters can have capacity reaching into the thousands of watt hours and ranges of up to 60 miles (96 km).

Brands

Individual lithium-ion cells in an e-scooter battery pack are made by just a handful of different internationally-known companies. The highest quality cells are made by LG, Samsung, Panasonic, and Sanyo.  These types of cells tend to be found only in battery packs of higher-end scooters.

Most budget and mid-priced electric scooters have packs made from generic Chinese-manufactured cells. There are some very good Chinese cells and some very poor ones.

The difference between these branded cells and generic Chinese ones are greater guarantee of quality control if you get a scooter with the branded cells. If that is not within your budget, then make sure you are buying a scooter from a reputable manufacturer who is using quality parts and has good quality control measures in place. 

Some examples of companies that are likely to have good QC are Xiaomi and Segway Ninebot.

Battery management system

Though Li-ion 18650 cells have amazing benefits, they are less forgiving than other battery technologies and can explode if used improperly.  It is for this reason that they are nearly always assembled into battery packs that have a battery management system.

The battery management system is an electronic component that monitors the battery pack and controls charging and discharging.  Lithium ion batteries are designed to operate between about 2.5 volts and 4.0 volts. Over charging or discharging them too deeply can shorten their life or trigger dangerous thermal runaway conditions.   

More sophisticated battery management systems will also monitor the temperature of the pack and trigger a cutoff if overheating occurs.

Battery life

A typical Li-ion battery will be able to handle 300 to 500 charge/discharge cycles before diminishing in capacity. For an average electric scooter, this is 3,000 to 10,000 miles! Modern battery management systems help to prolong the life of the battery and you shouldn’t worry too much about babying the battery. 

However, if you’re keen on stretching the battery life out as much as possible, there are some things you can do go beyond 500 cycles.  These are:

  1. Don’t store fully charged or with the charger plugged in for prolonged periods.  Keeping the battery topped off at its max voltage will diminish its life.
  2. Don’t store the electric scooter fully discharged. Li-ion batteries degrade when they drop below 2.5 V.  Most manufacturers recommend to store between 30-50% charged and top them up to this level periodically for very long term storage.
  3. Don’t operate the battery below 32 F (0 C) or above 113 F (45C).
  4. Charging at a lower C-rate. Between 0.5 A to 2A is optimal.  Some of the fancier chargers let you control this.

The main takeaway here is don’t abuse the battery and it will last the useful life of the scooter. We hear from all kinds of people about their broken electric scooters and it’s rarely a battery problem!

Probably, the most expensive part of an electric scooter is the battery. Yes, it’s more expensive, in most cases, than the scooter’s engine itself. But how much does it cost? Well, the answer depends on your specific model of course. Some are more expensive than others.

The most important factor in price is the power of the battery. I will list here some examples of batteries.

Electric scooter battery replacement cost

An electric scooter battery costs between 150$ and up to 300$ for an average model.

The typical price of a battery will be from 1/3 to half the price of the electric scooter.

  • Xiaomi Mija M365 Electric Scooter Battery – Around $150.00 on China websites, but it’s very hard to find
  • E-Twow Master Electric Scooter Battery – MASTER S2 24V 8,5Ah E-Twow – 300$
  • Super Booster S2 Battery 33V 8.5 Ah E-Twow, also known as Uscooter Booster Plus S+ – 300$
  • Battery ECO S2 24v 6,5Ah E-Twow – 260 $
  • E-Twow Booster Electric Scooter Battery – ~200$

Where to find electric scooter batteries for replacement?

Finding replacement batteries is not such an easy task as it may seem. I don’t know why, but they seem difficult to find. Best places to find battery replacements for Chinese models is probably AliExpress or Alibaba (but on Alibaba, you often need to buy more than 1).

>>> Check out our article about the best electric scooter accessories here <<<

I found almost no batteries on Amazon, some on eBay and more by searching for manufacturer sites. You can search on Google for “[your_model] spare parts” and try to find the manufacturer website or a site that sells battery spares.

If your manufacturer provides batteries, I suggest getting the batteries from them and also ask for installation. Even if it’s not free, at least you will benefit from scooter’s warranty which is typically longer than battery warranty.

On my scooter, the battery warranty is 1 year or 1000 km or 621 miles and for the scooter’s engine and other parts is 2 years or 2000 km or 1242 miles.

Battery position

The battery on an electric scooter is either in the handlebar stem or under the scooter’s deck. Having the battery under the deck usually gives the scooter more stability and more control. The battery is heavy and when placed in the handlebar stem it can affect the comfort of your ride.

1 – Battery placed in the handlebar stem, usually the handlebar stem will be thick in this case

2 – Battery placed under the scooter’s deck

electric scooter battery position

Why is the cost so high?

Well, the technology behind batteries is most often Lipo or Lithium-Polymer. In recent times, the price of Lithium increased a lot due to its usage in electronics and battery production. Today, a lot of things use batteries (even cars like Tesla and many others) so they need Lithium.

But that’s not all. Cobalt price is driving battery prices even higher than Lithium. Most of the Cobalt is produced by a single country (Democratic Republic of Congo)As cobalt is acting as a negative cathode for this Lipo batteries, we need it.

Cobalt is far more expensive than Lithium and the fact is that after Congo which has (66000 tons production) the next is China with only 7700 tons.

There are a lot of types of batteries. Some use other materials, but the cathode material is the main responsible for the high price.

Tesla tries to produce its own batteries in big factories (Giga Factories) to get a lower price for batteries.

How much can you expect them to last?

Xiaomi uses batteries from LG, which are pretty high-quality. They don’t specify the minimum number of cycles that the batteries should last. But they say the batteries will go up to 1000 charging cycles. Finally, they will lose about 70% of their capacity. (280Wh total battery power, 37.41V output voltage, and 7800mAh)

E-Twow or Uscooter batteries are lithium polymer and they say in the user manual that can resist a minimum of 500 charges. If used normally, they say it can resist up to 1000 charges. That’s more than enough for a scooter. Their batteries cost between 200-250$ depending on the model (Master or Booster).

The S2 Master has a 24V and 8.5 Amps, while the Boster has a 33V and 6.5 Amps battery.

Charging time for a Master is 1-2 hours and for a Booster it’s 2-3 hours.

The Booster has more power due to a higher voltage of the batter (and the engine) but the autonomy is less and charging time is (1 hour) bigger.

Please note that not all lithium polymer batteries last between 500 and 1000 charges. It depends a lot on the manufacturer of the battery and their quality.

Ok, but what does that really mean?

Ok, back to the numbers.

500 charges with 20 km autonomy mean:

  • 10000 km
  • 1000 days with 10 km/day or 500 days with 20km/day
  • 500 hours of riding at 20 km/h or 20 days
  • 1000 rides to work and back (given a 10 km/day ride), 500 rides to work for a (20 km/day ride)

1000 charges with 20km autonomy mean:

  • 20000 km
  • 2000 days with 10 km/day or 1000 days with 20km/day
  • 1000 hours of riding at 20km/h or 41 days
  • 2000 rides to work and back (given a 10 km/day ride), 1000 rides to work for a (20 km/day ride)

So these are the worst and the best-case scenarios. Your results may be even better. The Xiaomi has an autonomy of 30 km (but in Eco mode only) and E-Twow’s or UScooters have 30 and 40-45 km autonomy (again, probably at lower speeds).

The best autonomy is at about 12 mph or 19 km/h. Actually, it’s the optimum speed. Of course, you will get better autonomy riding with 3 mph or 5 km/h but it’s not a practical speed to ride.

You can see that the battery will last a lot, so the cost of the battery shouldn’t be a decisive factor in getting an electric scooter.

Frequently asked questions

How long do electric scooter batteries last?

Electric scooter batteries will last between 2 to 4 years and between 3,000 to 5,000 miles depending on storage, use conditions and capacity. If you use your scooter more or store it improperly, the battery life will be shorter.

How many times can you charge an electric scooter battery?

Electric scooters can go through between 300 to 500 charging cycles before starting to lose battery capacity.

What type of batteries do electric scooters have?

Most electric scooters have batteries and battery packs made of lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries. One of the most common Li-ion chemistries is Li-maganese.

How can you maximize electric scooter battery life?

You can prolong battery life by storing the scooter charged around 75%, charging it with a current of under 2 amps, and not operating the scooter when it is too cold (below 32 F) or too hot (above 114 F). When storing for prolonged periods of time, make sure to top up the batteries periodically.

How to store electric scooter batteries?

It is best to store electric scooters with their batteries charged around 75% and in temperatures above 32 F but below 114 F.  When storing for very long periods of time, make sure to charge them periodically so they are not being stored discharged.

Electric Scooter Replacement Battery Guide

Replacing  Your Electric Scooter Battery

  1. Always refer to manufacturer’s instructions included with or on your battery.
  2. To avoid injury, remove wrist watches and jewelry such as rings when replacing batteries. Use tools with insulated handles.
  3. Locate the battery compartment.
  4. Disconnect wires from battery terminals and remove battery.
  5. Insert new battery and connect wires to battery terminals.
  6. Recycle old battery.

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Sealed Lead Acid Battery Care

  • Recharge batteries after each use to prevent performance decline.
  • Avoid complete discharges.
  • Periodically check terminals for signs of corrosion or other wear which might cause failure.
  • Always store battery fully charged.
  • Store battery in cool, dry place (68°F/20°C).

Electric Scooter Categories

Budget Electric Scooters (<$300)

GOTRAX Xr Elite electric scooter
The Xr Elite is a no-frills, but capable electric scooter with pneumatic tires and a disc brake

Most scooters that fall into the budget e-scooter class are not recommended for anything but minimal or light recreational use. At this budget price point, expect under-powered motors, low capacity batteries, and weak brakes. However, there are some excellent and very functional electric scooters in this category. They are worth taking a look at if this fits your budget.

See Editor’s Choices for Best Electric Scooters Under $300

Commuter Electric Scooters ($300 to $1200)

The commuter class of electric scooters is the biggest one and therefore divided into three categories. At these price points, we generally find that scooters are fairly balanced in terms of features, quality, and performance.

Budget Commuter ($300 to $600)

Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter on dock of lake
The Xiaomi Mi M365 is one of the most popular, value-priced scooters in the world and helped launch the sharing market.

These scooters are great for traveling shorter distances, have a reasonable range, and suitable build quality for daily commuting. Expect occasional repairs over the few years expected lifetime. Budget commuter scooters are best when your commute has relatively smooth surfaces and not a lot of steep hills. They are light enough that you can fold and carry them up stairs once in a while.

See ESG Editor’s Choices for Best Electric Scooters Under $600

Mid-ranged Commuter ($600 to $900)

Man crouching with a folded Ninebot Max electric scooter
The Segway Ninebot Max has become the go-to scooter for many scooter rental fleets, due to its range and strong build.

A mid-ranged commuting electric scooter will have a slightly larger battery for more range and possibly more motor power than the budget commuter. You won’t see any dual-motor scooters at this price, but you will see the incorporation of suspension into some models.

See ESG Editor’s Choice for Best Electric Scooters Under $900

Premium Commuter ($600 to $1200)

EMOVE Touring Electric Scooter
The EMOVE Touring is a premium commuter electric scooter with great power, range, and brilliant suspension.

Scooters in the premium commuter class typically add suspension, larger motors, bigger batteries, and better brakes to the budget and mid-range offerings. The ride will be more comfortable, safer, and have a better range due to these upgrades. However, there is a tradeoff with increased weight (around 40 lbs) that makes loading into a car or carrying upstairs more difficult.

See ESG Editor’s Choice for Best Electric Scooter Under $1200

Performance Electric Scooters ($1200 to $1600)

Apollo Explore electric scooter
The Apollo Explore is a balanced Performance Electric Scooter with a single motor, comfortable ride, and long range.

Performance electric scooters start to offer either serious speed or ultra-long range. Many of these scooters incorporate dual motors and sizable battery packs. The longest-ranged scooter in this category can deliver up to 50 miles of real-world range. At this price point, which ranges from $1200 to $1600, you will also start to see some premium features including large tubeless pneumatic tires, semi-hydraulic or hydraulic brakes, powerful lights, and turn signals.

See ESG Editor’s Choice for Best Electric Scooters Under $1600

Extreme Performance Electric Scooters ($2500+)

Man riding the Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11
The Wolf Warrior 11 is an extreme performance electric scooter capable of exceeding 40 mph.

Extreme scooters like these are the highest performing in every category except portability. They have massive, dual motors (some reaching speeds above 40 mph), extended battery life for extreme range (>40 miles), top-notch suspension, and hydraulically-activated disc brakes for stopping at fast speeds. Although still suitable for daily commuting, their larger tires are the only ones built for off-roading. These extreme performance scooters are the heaviest as well (typically +70 lbs), so if you need to fold and carry these scooters, make sure you are comfortable with the weight.

See ESG Editor’s Choice for Best Electric Scooters Under $2500

Electric Scooter Features

What else should you know before buying an e-scooter? Now that we’ve gone over some important factors to think about, let’s dive into some other topics that will likely influence which scooter you choose to purchase, including price, range, weight, top speed, rider weight, and IP rating.

Price

There are always going to be better and worse values in purchasing electric scooters, but basically quality and features improve with price. You won’t be buying an extreme off-road beast scooter for $200. Refer to the electric scooter categories for price brackets. 

You can use the comparison database to set min and max limits for the price to a budget range that suits your needs. This will return all scooter options available in that range, and you can jump to our detailed reviews (written and video) for most.

Range

Range refers to the distance a scooter can travel before it runs out of battery power. The range of your electric scooter will depend on various factors, including motor power, rider weight, scooter weight, weather, mode, and average speed. We perform a real-world range test on all scooters to determine a realistic assessment of range. 

Our ESG certified range test is performed by the same rider on the same urban route with frequent stops, rough roads, and uphill climbs in the scooter’s highest performance mode. The 165 lb rider pushes the scooter to its limit, maxing out the throttle and riding until the battery dies completely.

A cautious rule of thumb is to take whatever the manufacturer advertises and divide by two. Results from the 2018 electric scooter survey show most manufacturers overestimate by 30% in their range claims.

Like all batteries, as time goes on your battery capacity (and scooter range) will diminish. Most batteries will maintain their integrity for at least 300 to 500 charging cycles, with the best batteries enduring up to 1000 charging cycles before beginning to degrade. Think about your commute and how far you travel in a typical day. Remember that when your scooter runs out of power, no matter the size, you can still kick to push it.

Pro Tip: You can also bring your charger with you or buy an extra charger to leave at your destination. Some high performance scooters have dual charging ports, cutting charge time in half when using two chargers.

Weight

Weight can be a big consideration if you need to fold and carry your scooter, especially on a regular basis. 

Most scooters with a reasonable range (>15 miles) will weigh over 25 lbs. Scooters far exceeding 30 lbs will be fairly difficult to carry for long durations. Having a handle or shoulder strap will help bear the weight. Some scooters have extra wheels or a folded configuration that allow them to be rolled like the compact, commuter-friendly Glion Dolly. However, scooters will still have to be carried up stairs or lifted into a vehicle when transporting. Even the highly portable Dolly has folded dimensions of 37 in by 12 in by 8 in and weighs 28 lbs, which can be awkward for some to carry. 

If you are in the market for recreational joyriding or beast mode off-roading and not focused on its portability, the weight is not as important a factor as build quality and top speed. If you are looking for a commuter electric scooter to solve the last mile problem on your everyday route, its weight is important to consider.

Think about your commute: 

  • Will you need to walk up stairs? 
  • Does your destination have an elevator? 
  • Do you have permission and space to store your scooter inside (primarily in workplaces)?
  • Do you have alternate transportation when poor visibility and/or inclement weather occur? 
  • Are you able to lift the scooter into a trunk? 

Some conditions, like rainy weather, may call for you to take public transportation or a rideshare home. Most drivers will allow you to put your scooter in the trunk, but you still need to be able to maneuver it into the vehicle yourself.

Pro Tip: For comparison, the average weight of a household standup vacuum cleaner is 12 lbs to 18 lbs and many have similar dimensions to large folded scooters. Alternatively, visit a sporting goods store and pick up a few dumbbells or kettlebells to test what weight you can comfortably manage.

Top Speed

Top speed is not a huge factor for most commuters as long as the scooter can reach 15 mph. In fact, some municipalities have laws against going over 15 mph on electric scooters and most restrict scooters from driving on pedestrian sidewalks. 

Riding in a car or even on a bicycle at 15 mph feels different than riding an electric scooter at that speed because of the tires and acceleration. In reality, when traveling on roads or in bike lanes, 15 mph to 18 mph is fast enough. If riding in urban traffic regularly, scooters with good acceleration and top speeds in this range can help you avoid accidents. If you are interested in extreme performance scooters, those can go up to 50 mph (like the Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11) and we recommend wearing serious safety gear when traveling at those speeds.

Pro Tip: Always wear a helmet when riding your scooter at any speed.

Rider Weight

The max load or max rider weight is the weight limit that the electric scooter can support. For most scooters, this limit ranges from 220 lbs to 270 lbs. If you weigh more than this, you’ll want to make sure you’re looking at scooters that can support your weight. For safety reasons, you shouldn’t exceed the weight limit specified by the manufacturer.

Keep in mind that even if the scooter is rated for your weight and you’re at the top of the limit, it will be slower and have less range compared to a lighter rider. Also consider if you’ll be carrying a backpack or anything else that will add to the overall weight the scooter will bear. For riders near or above 220 lbs, you should focus on electric scooters with at least a 500-watt motor.

Pro Tip: You can filter the comparison database based on rider weight.

Motor Power

Adult electric scooters have hub motors, which are brushless direct current (BLDC) electric motors that are built into the hub of the wheels. All electric kick scooters have at least one motor while more powerful ones will have dual motors.

Electric motors are rated based on their power consumption, which is expressed in units of watts (e.g., 600 watts). More powerful motors will have greater wattage. Motor power generally starts at 200 watts and goes all the way up to 6270 watts on the Dualtron X.

An average budget commuter scooter, like the Xiaomi Mi M365 has a 250-watt motor; a mid-range commuter scooter like the Fluid FreeRide Horizon has a 500-watt motor; and an extreme performance scooter, like the Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11, has dual 1200-watt motors (or 2400-watt motor power).

For adults, we do not recommend anything under 250 watts for daily commuting. This will be adequate for flat surfaces and very small hills. If you live in an area with steeper hills, think about going to 350 or 500 watts. Even with 500 watts, your scooter will slow down on medium-sized hills. Larger motors will not only help with powering up hills, but they will also get you up to top speed more quickly.

Suspension

Suspension, similar to that in a car, smooths out bumps and indentations in the road and improves ride quality. Without it, and especially if you have solid (airless) tires, you will feel every bump that you travel over. If your commute is longer or has rough terrain to cross, strongly consider purchasing a scooter with suspension. 

There are three main types of suspension systems that are typically found on electric scooters: spring, hydraulic or air piston, and rubber suspension. Scooters with the best suspension will have some combination of spring and piston — a combination called coil-over-hydraulic or coil-over-air.

Suspension can be attached to the front, rear, or both wheels. Scooters in the premium commuter class should have either front or rear suspension.

Close up of Apollo Pro Ludicrous suspension
Many electric scooters have no suspension, while high performance ones, like the Apollo Pro feature a beefy spring suspension.

Many scooters forgo suspension in favor of large pneumatic tires that provide damping effects. These can offer a better form of suspension than cheap spring suspensions.

Lighting

Close up of red LED taillights of the EMOVE Touring
Some scooters, like the EMOVE Touring have corner “button” LEDs which help with visibility but aren’t bright enough to stand on their own.

Scooters, like bicycles, can have a white front light and a red rear light. If you ride after dark, it is necessary to have both a front and rear light. Due to the design of electric scooters, they typically do not have very visible rear lights. If you are going to ride at night, strongly consider adding some flashing red rear lights to your helmet or backpack.

Read our guide to electric scooter lighting.

Brakes

Qiewa QPower front disc brake and wheel
The Qiewa QPower has massive fully-hydraulic disc brakes that give very strong stopping power.

A quality braking system is essential for staying safe and in control while riding an electric scooter. Like those on a car or bicycle, brakes are what slow the electric scooter down. Electric scooter brakes can be broken into two categories: mechanical and electronic.

Mechanical brake systems are those that rely on a physical mechanism to slow the scooter down and include foot, drum, and disc brakes. The typical 15 mph stopping distance for mechanical systems is 20 feet, with the absolute best being under 10 feet. 

  • Foot brakes, which are activated by pushing your foot down on the rear fender, cause it to rub against the rear tire, slowing it down. This type of brake has stopping power but is not as effective as drum or disc brakes.
  • Drum brakes are enclosed inside the wheel hub, are generally lower maintenance than other braking types, and have consistent performance in wet conditions.
  • Disc brakes have the most stopping power and are lighter than drum brakes. They are typically found on higher-end premium commuter and high-performance scooters, but may appear on better quality budget commuter scooters as well.
  • In our real-world road tests, we found disc and drum brakes to be the most effective. 

Electronic braking systems rely on using the motor itself for braking and include strictly electric and regenerative braking systems. Electric and regenerative brakes are the weakest. If you are traveling at 15+mph and need to stop quickly, these alone will not do the job. The typical 15 mph stopping distance using an electronic brake alone is 30 to 40 feet. 

Mechanical braking systems will offer much stronger braking than electronic systems. However, electronic systems benefit from not requiring any periodic adjustments or maintenance. Many scooters will have a combination of both electronic and mechanical braking systems. For safety reasons, we recommend scooters that have at least two braking systems in case one fails.

Learn more in our technical guide to electric scooter brakes.

Tires

Close up shot of Thunder electric scooter LED taillights

Tires come in two types: solid (airless) tires and pneumatic (air-filled) tires

  • Solid tires There are a few varieties of airless tires and these include honeycomb, polymer-filled, and solid. Solid tires are inferior to pneumatic in every way except they have virtually no maintenance required. When riding on solid tires, you’re more likely to feel every bump and even stumble over lines of paint on the road. 

Pneumatic tires We always recommend pneumatic tires because they give better ride quality (with or without suspension) and their supple rubber performs much better in adverse road conditions. Some air-filled tires have inner tubes that can be replaced if damaged; other air-filled tires are tubeless. Pneumatic tires have the advantage of shock absorption and better handling (especially in bad weather). 

The downside to pneumatic tires is there is more maintenance required than the airless variety. Pneumatic tires are prone to punctures and need to be filled with air when they have low pressure. Pneumatic tires, with tubes and tubeless, are common in all price classes except the budget range, where tires are almost exclusively solid.

Pneumatic tires are common in all price ranges, except the Budget range, where tires are almost exclusively airless (solid).

Pro Tip: Do not underestimate the improved ride quality you will get with pneumatic tires. These will make a huge improvement when rolling over even minimally bumpy terrain, where road vibration can be very uncomfortable on your feet and legs. Additionally, you can prevent flat tires by following a few simple tips.

Learn more about the differences between pneumatic and solid tires in our electric scooter tire guide.

IP Rating

The ingress protection or IP rating tells you how resistant an electric scooter is to dust and water. The IP rating consists of two numbers, but we focus on the second because it tells you how water-resistant the scooter is. The greater the number is — the more resistant it is to water and moisture.

Not all scooters have an IP rating. If you are planning on riding your scooter in all weather conditions, you will want to invest in one with at least IPx4 water-resistance.

IP RATINGMEANING
IPx0No protection
IPx1 to IPx3Very limited water resistance
IPx4 to IPx6Suitable for riding in the rain
IPx7+Can be fully submerged in water

Pro Tip: You can sort our electric scooter comparison database, based on IP rating (the column is titled “Water”).

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