A Self-Balancing Scooter, sometimes known as a ‘Hoverboard Scooter’, is a 2 wheel automatic balancing rover which allows the user to move like they were on a segway while only using their feet to control the device. Borrowing most of its technology from the modern segway, this scooter is a smaller, carry-on option for the average consumer.
The Self-Balancing Scooter has been climbing its way into consumer media with the popularization of the device by celebrities and YouTube personalities such as Kylie Jenner, Casey Neistat, and Tmartn. With each having their own unique massive audience it was a surefire conversation starter.
The Self-Balancing Scooter has been acquiring tremendous reviews from users so much so that some people have been buying in bulk so that they could get the best discount. While some scour the internet for the cheapest price. Some of the most praised and renowned balancing scooter is made by IO Hawk, MonoRover, and CHIC.
Though some can reach an amazing speed of 12 MPH, these scooters are made extremely durable. It accelerates by simply applying pressure with the front your feet. It carries two driver motors withing the wheels that can be controlled with both feet individually for easy turns, rotation, acceleration and smooth breaking. Weighing about 22 pounds this scooter is not light, however it is a sturdy enough to take a good amount of beating.
There have been some talk over the scooters that were sold by IO Hawk. Some people have noticed that the devices that were sold by the company cost ~$1,800 were the exact same as a copy by a Chinese company was selling for only ~$360. Some argue that they are a rip-off trying to make an absurd amount of profit while others defend the company saying that it is easier to deal with an american company as the middleman when it comes to redeeming their warranty rather than a Chinese Company.
For the most part the generic models that are being sold by the Chinese companies are of decent quality. Some popular YouTube personalities such as FouseyTube and Casey Neistat have personally praised some of the generic models because of the great quality and the savings.
Though some of these scooters are rather expensive, it is only in its early stages. As the technology advances the price of the device will ultimately drop. This will concurrently change the way that people get around and push us forward to a better future.
So...you wanna buy an electric scooter eh. You've come to the right place. You're immediately going to see the increase in convenience and the decrease of transportation expenses. Not to mention having tons of fun.
Follow these simple tips to get the most out of your new investment, and see you on the streets of Beijing!
1. Buy for comfort
Wether this is going to be your main mode of transportation, or just something fun to use in the weekend, you're going to want to use it more if it's comfortable.
Check out the various body styles and frames to see which ones suit you the best. If you're a shorter rider, than look for the Honda Ruckus style (left) of electric scooters, or maybe the mini turtle for the female riders. This will provide a lower seat position and a lower center of gravity to help shorter riders balance during stops.
Next up is seating position. Just like a motorcycle, there are many types of seating positions and handle bar positions. Wide bars, narrow bars, drag bars, etc. Find the position and style that works for you. Usually, the various body styles come with set bars, but they can be changed so they are more comfortable for you.
Most importantly, get out there and test-fit some of these body styles. Don't worry about power, or battery configurations yet. Just test to see how comfortable it is for you. If it's not comfortable, you're not going to ride it.
2. Buy for distance
How far is your commute?
Where do you go in a typical day?
How many miles do you cover before you get to a recharge point?
Are you allowed to recharge a battery at your office?
Evaluate all the above questions and figure out how much distance you'll need to cover before a recharge.
If you go a pretty signification distance, look for Lithium Ion or Lithium Polymer battery packs. They're lighter and smaller, but more expensive.
If you need to keep costs down, double up on SLA (sealed lead acid) batteries, such as 48v, 60v or 72v, 30-40ah.
If you will recharge at work, make sure they're removable and light, such as 2x 24v, 20ah battery packs (right), so you can bring them in one in each hand.
3. Finally, buy for power
This part is the easiest of them all. Just like car racing, power (speed) is proportional to how much money you want to put in. Same thing with China Segway.
If you have found an e-scooter style that you like and that fits you comfortably and have calculated that your commute is realistic when it comes to an e-scooter, then power is easy....buy the most power you can afford; you'll thank yourself in 6 months' time.
Keep in mind that these speeds are all at full charge, so you only get about 15 mins at this speed. On average expect speeds about 10% slower than the listed above for realistic daily riding.
Well, there you have it, a few tips on preparing to buy an electric bike or electric scooter. Please leave a comment if you think this guide has been helpful...
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