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With all the new products coming out in the electric scooter market, Segway hasn’t stopped innovating. So how do you know which one to get?
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To help you out, let’s discuss three of Segway's most recent models; the Ninebot ES2, Ninebot ES4, and the Ninebot Max to help you decide what the best electric kick scooter is for you.
102 cm by 43 cm by 113 cm
113 cm by 43 cm by 40 cm
116.5 cm by 47 cm by 120 cm
116.5 cm by 47 cm by 53 cm
24.95 – 29.93 kph
There are officially four Ninebot models featured by Segway today, the ES1, ES2, ES4 and The Ninebot Max.
However, two of the Ninebot models are quite similar to each other once you look closely on their features. These two models are namely the ES2 and the ES4. The reason for this is because Ninebot by Segway offers an add-on battery pack for its two current models.
Essentially, the ES4 is the Ninebot ES2 model when you install it with the additional battery pack.
While other people might see this as a minor and insignificant difference, an added power source can actually change the scooter’s performance. So it’s still a good idea to compare what the ES2 and ES4 can do individually. You never know, you might need more of the ES4’s features than the ES2.
Then, to give you more options, you should also check out how the Ninebot Max operates side-by-side with the other models above. This model can specifically offer you benefits that you might not find in the earlier Ninebot models.
Segway Ninebot ES2 Electric Kick Scooter - $649.00
There are many choices to pick from when it comes to lightweight scooters for everyday commutes, and the ES2 is a notable option you might want to check out. It has lots of incredible specifications, which makes it an excellent overall electric scooter.
The ES2 is made from hard aluminium alloy, which is known for being a lightweight metal, so it's not surprising that its net weight is only at 12.25 kg. Other main parts like the wheel covers, the control pedals, and the rear foot brake are made from high-quality plastic.
The second model from Ninebot by Segway, the ES2 features 3 speed modes for you to choose from: limit speed, normal speed, and sports mode.
With Limit Speed Mode, you can control your maximum speed at a given time. This is an excellent mode to have, especially when you're in a city, busy with cars and pedestrians.
The Normal Speed Mode allows you to reach the maximum speed of 25 kph. This speed is quite okay (but not the fastest) among lightweight scooters in the market today. Nevertheless, it’s more than enough for your daily commutes.
The Sports Mode also allows you to reach the maximum speed of 25 kph, but you can definitely feel more power and acceleration than when on normal speed. It's safe to say that the ES2 does provide a lot of options when it comes to your preferred pace.
What’s more, the ES2 offers you the chance at a more personalised ride with its impressive customisation options. You can connect your ES2 to your smartphone via the Ninebot app (available in Android and iOS). You can easily set your speed limit, relax with cruise control, and even lock your scooter with the app.
The ES2 features small handlebars for better maneuverability. This makes it easier for you to move around the city where lots of people are walking around you.
Not only that, but the ES2’s handlebar is innovatively designed with a LED screen that can show you all the vital information you need on hand, such as current speed, speed mode, and battery life.
Another upgrade from the ES1, the ES2’s handlebars are encased in rubber instead of foam. While this is less comfortable than the previous model, it is infinitely more durable and cleaner-looking in the long run.
The ES2 also highlights fantastic pedals for acceleration and brakes. They are highly responsive and can easily be used through the touch of a finger.
Lastly, its base is made from anti-slip rubber, which makes the ES2 more comfortable and safer for you to ride, even when wet.
When it comes to acceleration, the ES2 is highly superior amongst its lightweight electric scooter competitors. That’s mostly because of its 300W front wheel motor hub. Most lightweight scooters only feature a 250W motor hub. This model also has a peak power of 700W.
Not only that, but the ES2 also has one of the fastest charging times among its kind at 3.5 hours. It has a Lithium-Ion battery that can last up to 500-1000 cycles (or about 2 to 3 years of regular use). That’s an investment, right there!
Unfortunately, outside factors can still affect the acceleration of the ES2. For one, Segway set a weight limit of 100 kg for this model. Decidedly, it’s not the best limit but is still workable. People weighing more than the limit can still use the ES2, but getting to the maximum speed will be a bit slower than usual.
The maximum distance that the ES2 can go on is 25 km, which is the going standard now for most lightweight scooters.
It features an 20-cm front tire and 19-cm back tires made from a hard rubber which is sturdy but not the best when it comes to wet and rocky surfaces. That means, the ES2 is great for city riding but not yet good enough for off-road.
Not a lot of electric scooters in the market today offer suspension. But the ES2 is advanced in that aspect. It has both front and back shock absorption located just above the wheels, which helps lessen the bumpiness you feel when riding.
It also has two different kinds of brakes for better safety measures. The ES2 has an electric brake located at the front which stops within a 4-meter distance. It also has a manual brake at the back for back-up.
Even riding the ES2 at night is a lot safer since it has red LED lights at its front, rear, and sides for better visibility.
For the safety of all users, Segway’s age limit for the ES2 is at fourteen years old and older. The ES2 accelerates faster than most scooters designed for children. While it is perfectly safe for teenagers, it might be too fast for children younger than fourteen.
Other Notable Features
The ES2 has an IP54 waterproof rating, which means it works with occasional splashes but cannot withstand submerging or prolonged water exposure.
This scooter is also highly portable since it is effortless to fold. All you need to do is step on the small pedal at the base of your handle. Then, the mainframe can fold and lock towards the rear mudguard. You can then wheel it around like a suitcase.
Folding your ES2 makes it easier to store, as well. You can keep it inside the trunk of your car, under your office desk, and even under your bed.
Lastly, the ES2 comes in a sleek and modern design without looking too flashy, making it the perfect scooter to ride during your daily commutes. You can get either a black or silver colour, which is appropriate for everyone of any age. What makes it cooler is that the ES2 also comes with LED under lights, which is always a fun feature to have.
Limit Speed Mode, Normal Speed Mode, Sports Mode
Front electric, Back manual
Black, Silver, (different shades of LED under lights)
Segway Ninebot ES4 Electric Kick Scooter - $899.00
Like mentioned above, the Ninebot ES4 is highly similar to the ES2. Their main difference? The added battery pack installed in the ES4.
Like the ES2, the ES4 model is made from hard aluminium alloy. However, its net weight is significantly heavier at 13.97 kg.
It is also insanely customizable when you connect it with your smartphone. You can use the Ninebot app to enable cruise control, set the speed limit, and lock your scooter in place.
Most of the components that come with the ES2 are also featured in the ES4; such as its 3 speed modes, its body design, and so on.
However, not everything remains the same when you get the ES4.
For one, its range (or maximum distance) is longer than the 25 km standard range that the ES2 can do. The ES4 model can go farther at 45.06 km. That’s actually an impressive range for lightweight electric scooters. If you’re someone who has a longer commute, the ES4 can help you better with the distance.
Another difference is speed. The ES4 has an increased speed of 30 kph (vs. the ES2’s 24.95 kph). You can more easily feel the difference in speed when you go to Sports Mode since it has higher acceleration.
When it comes to the terrain you're riding through, the ES4 can handle uphill roads better than the ES2. It can ride up until a 15° angle.
Now, let's talk about power. One big reason why the ES4 has a higher maximum speed and distance than the ES2 is that it has a bigger battery capacity. It has a peak power of 800W (vs. the ES2's 700W).
It features an added Lithium-Ion battery that is protected from over-heating, over-current, over-charge, and short circuit. To completely charge the two batteries in the ES4, you will need 7 hours.
You can actually buy this battery as an individual add-on if you already have an ES4. The external battery has a nominal voltage of 36 VDC and a nominal capacity of 187Wh.
Segway Ninebot Max Electric Kick Scooter - $1,199.00 The Ninebot Max is the most recent model of Ninebot by Segway. You can think of it as the perfect cross between the Xiaomi M365 and the Ninebot ES4.
This model is made more durable than the previous Ninebot models and is made from aviation-grade aluminium alloy. Though this model is heavier than both the ES2 and the ES4, the Ninebot Max is still relatively lightweight at 18.69 kg. But the sturdier metal used in its mainframe makes for a more stable ride and a better chance at withstanding bad weather.
Just like the ES2 and ES4, the Ninebot Max can also be connected to your smartphone through the Ninebot App. With this app, you can lock your scooter, and check your remaining mileage and current speed.
It has 4 ride modes that you can operate: ECO Mode (maximum speed of 10 kph), Standard Mode (maximum speed of 20 kph), Sport Mode (maximum speed of 25-30 kph), and Power Assist (when you push your scooter by hand).
The maximum speed of the Ninebot Max reaches about 25 to 30 kph. But that still depends on your location. The manufacturers did say that they will be releasing different top speed versions of the scooter to accommodate the different requirements of local authority.
But aside from its speed, what makes the Ninebot Max superior to other scooters is its insane range. You can enjoy long distance adventures in this scooter since it has a maximum distance of 65.02 km.
Like the ES4, it can also climb uphill up to a 15° angle. But with its unique and innovative rear wheel drive, you have access to better acceleration, stability, and brakes.
Not only that, but the Ninebot Max also has 25cm pneumatic tires that are more durable than most tires found in electric scooters. This way, you can ride your Ninebot Max in all types of terrain.
Plus, it has both front and rear shock absorbers so that you can enjoy a smoother and more stable ride. Yes, even on rough surfaces.
The Ninebot Max has a nominal power of 350W, which is higher than the previous Ninebot models and the standard power that most scooters have (200W). Its peak power is 700w.
Plus, the Ninebot Max's battery capacity is at 551Wh, which allows you triple the mileage than that of the ES2. That’s a seriously heavy upgrade for long-distance commuters.
What's more, this model is more portable than ever before! Sure, the one-step folding system makes carrying it around more manageable, but that's not all there is!
You can even make the most out of the two-way charging system that this model has.
If you're on the go, the built-in charger is most convenient. All you need to pack up is a cord similar to what you use for your phone.
For times when you’re just storing your Ninebot Max, you can use the Ninebot ES series battery charger. It even has a relatively short charging time at 6 hours. Your battery is protected from over-heating, short-circuiting, over-current, and overcharging.
Speaking of convenience, you don’t even have to charge your Ninebot Max all at once. If you’re using it for relatively short rides, you can probably get away with charging your scooter only once a week.
The Ninebot Max features a simultaneous dual-brake system that allows for better stability and steering. You also have a front wheel mechanical brake as well as a back wheel electric brake.
Not only that but this model also has a 2.5W LED front light and rear brake light to help you keep safe during the night. It also has reflective warning stickers on the sides of your front and rear.
Like the ES2 and ES4, the Ninebot Max also boasts of an excellent waterproof rating. Its overall rating is IPX5, which can withstand stronger splashes. But its core components have an even better rate of IPX7 which means they can stand being submerged in water about 1 meter deep.
The Ninebot Max also has a maximum weight limit of 100 kg, which is still not that inclusive but can be workable.
ECO Mode, Standard Mode, Sport Mode, Power Assist
Front manual, back electric
So which is better: the ES2, the ES4, or the Ninebot Max? Honestly, it depends on what you need the most and best for your circumstances.
If you’re looking for a lightweight scooter that’s great for city riding, the best choice is to go with the ES2.
If you have a longer commute, hills and need a higher battery capacity with faster speed, the ES4 is the best choice.
If you want an all-terrain scooter that can go really long distances, has fast speed and is a great hill climber, the Ninebot Max is your best bet.
Whichever you decide, purchase your electric scooter today from Electric Kicks.
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