Electric Scooter Buyer’s Guide

Maybe you’re a scooter owner who’s looking for a fun new way of travelling. Or maybe you just like the idea of being propelled along by a battery and motor without having to do the hard work. Whatever your situation, an electric scooter, or e-scooter, will be right up your street and here’s our guide to choosing the right one.

Why buy an electric scooter?

Why buy an electric scooter

Electric scooters are a great choice when you want to get from A to B swiftly, efficiently and with style. They’re simple to use, you don’t need any experience and the onboard motor means they don’t require the same effort as a traditional scooter or electric bike. Perfect for people who want to have fun without feeling the effects the following day!

They’re also a green mode of transport, so you’ll be doing your bit to protect the environment as you enjoy your ride.

How to choose the right scooter

How to choose the right scooter

There are a range of different electric scooters to choose from. Here are the key factors that you should consider when you’re searching for the right scooter for you.

1. Price

You can expect to pay a little more for an electric scooter than a conventional push one, although you can still pick up a decent electric scooter without breaking the bank. The price ultimately depends on what level of features you’re looking for. An all-out off-roader with a higher top speed, long battery life, brakes and suspension is going to set you back more than a basic model that just focuses on a battery and motor.

2. Range

The capacity of your scooter’s battery and where you’re planning to ride will influence how far you can travel on a single charge.

If you’re only going to be making short journeys, then a smaller and more cost-effective battery may meet your requirements. On the other hand, if you want to ride for hours without having to recharge, or your route includes a lot of hills, then it may be worth investing in a larger battery.

Whatever you choose, keep in mind that only using the throttle in short bursts and using a slower speed mode (most scooters offer different modes) will generally allow you to travel further on a single battery charge.

3. Motor power

If you want to zip along and tackle hills with ease, then go for an electric scooter with a powerful motor. Many of the scooters that we stock can reach speeds of 15 mph, although it’s important to bear in mind that faster speeds require greater concentration and it may be sensible to invest in more protective equipment than just a helmet.

4. Weight

If you’re going to be carrying your scooter for any length of time, then it’s worth taking the weight into consideration. Some models are more lightweight and easier to fold than others, making them more suited for transporting and storing.

5. Suspension, brakes and tyres

Just like normal scooters, choosing an electric scooter should involve checking over the specs. A fun, low-speed scooter will likely require less high-spec kit than an off-road electric scooter with chunky tyres and full suspension, so have a think about where the scooter is going to be ridden – decent brakes could be the difference between stopping in time, especially if you’re going for a higher-powered motor.

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Top electric scooter brands at Halfords


Xiaomi Mi 1S

Xiaomi Mi 1S

New for 2020, the Xiaomi Mi 1S boasts a maximum speed of 15.5mph and a maximum range of 18.6 miles. The dual braking system and skid resistant and shock absorbing tyres enhance the rider’s safety, while the sophisticated cruise control system and three speed modes mean you can let the scooter do a lot of the work for you. Add in an upgraded LED display, as well as front, rear and side reflectors, and this upgraded version of the best-selling Xiaomi Mi M365 is well worth checking out.

Xiaomi Mi Pro 2

Xiaomi Mi Pro 2

The Xiaomi Mi Pro 2 is another new entry for 2020 and an upgraded version of the popular Xiaomi M365 Pro. The scooter retains the high-grade features of its predecessor and offers an enhanced riding experience thanks to a new lighting safety system, as well as improved skid resistant and shock-absorbing pneumatic tyres. With a top speed of 15.5mph and a maximum range of 28 miles, the Xiaomi Mi Pro 2 will get you from A to B in style.

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Carrera Impel is-1

Carrera Impel is-1

The impel is-1 is the ultimate electric scooter, designed for more! With an impressive IPX5 waterproof rating, you don’t need to worry about getting caught in a rain shower – making it perfect for British weather. Every aspect of the scooter is designed with performance in mind, including the powerful double-disc braking system that supplies dependable stopping power, the shock-absorbing air-filled pneumatic tyres, and a powerful motor that provides unrivalled hill climbing ability.

The impel is-1 even has an in-built electronic alarm, immobiliser, and cable lock – making it the complete package!

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Segway Ninebot

Segway Ninebot G30

Segway Ninebot G30

Segway’s premium model kick scooter, the Segway Ninebot Max G30 Electric Scooter has a sleek design and a range of up to 40 miles. The full colour dashboard displays indicators like speed and ride models, while the one-touch folding system makes carrying and transporting the scooter a breeze. A cruise control setting, and customisable front and rear lights, are just some of the additional features of this top-of-the-range model.

Segway Ninebot Air T15E

Segway Ninebot Air T15E

Weighing in at only 10.5kg, the Ninebot Air T15 features a lightweight, compact design with a quick-folding mechanism and retractable handlebars. Its 250W motor is highly efficient and the powerful battery utilises a clever smart battery management system. The Ninebot Air T15 also has impressive functionality with the multifunctional rear fender enabling you to brake, switch between ride modes, and turn the rear lights and headlights on and off.

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Decent X7

Decent X7

The Decent X7 is a premium yet affordable electric scooter that’s designed to be strong and durable. Unlike most e-scooters, the X7 has a unique design with the battery located in the stem so that it can be removed with ease. It also benefits from large 10-inch pneumatic tyres that provide a smooth ride and an enhanced ride quality.

Despite its premium build, the X7 is also lightweight, only registering at 12kg.

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Electric scooter accessories

Just like bikes and normal scooters, staying safe while riding is critical. A helmet is an absolute must, especially if the scooter you’re looking at can reach higher speeds. Normal bike helmets are better than nothing, but you can buy scooter-specific helmets in various designs, handy for picky teenagers who factor in style as well as safety.

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An electric scooter is a significant investment, which makes it all the more essential to keep your scooter safe when you’re out and about. There are a range of scooter-suitable D locks and cable locks available, many of which are rated Sold Secure Gold or Silver.

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Enhance your scooter journeys with some essential accessories. As the name suggests, a carry strap will increase the portability of your electric scooter, while a handlebar hook gives you a handy place to hang your shopping bags.

A phone mount gives you easy access to sat nav and a bottle mount provides a handy place to store a drink. There are also sticker kits that will transform the look and feel of you scooter, allowing you to express your individuality as you scoot along.

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Electric scooter maintenance

Electric scooter care plan

Just like normal scooters, electric scooters will need some TLC – especially when it comes to the battery and motor.

To keep your scooter in top condition, why not leave the hard work to Halfords? Our in-store electric scooter experts have the tools and knowledge to repair and maintain all types of scooter, so you can focus on whizzing along safe in the knowledge that your scooter is performing at its best.

Our annual electric scooter care plan is a great way to ensure that your electric scooter remains in tip-top shape. This great value service bundle includes puncture protection, unlimited puncture repair, unlimited brake adjustments and 10% off accessories and parts.

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General care tips

Keeping the scooter itself in good condition will help it to last longer, so give it a good clean regularly (remove the battery before getting water anywhere near the scooter and always read the instruction manual first).

A great way to prevent punctures in your air-filled tyres is to use some slime. This is one of the services we offer, alongside inner tuber replacement if you do find yourself with a puncture.

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Battery care tips

To maximise battery performance, try to charge and store your battery indoors and at room temperature. Also, disconnect the battery if you’re not going to be using the scooter for a while as letting the battery drain while connected can cause damage.

For further info about how to look after your electric scooter, check out our Electric Scooter Maintenance Guide.

Electric scooters and the law

At the moment, electric scooters can only be used on private land and it’s illegal to use them on public roads, on pavements, in cycle lanes and in pedestrian-only areas. To find out more about the laws around electric scooters, check out our advice article.

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