Upgrading Your Ride: How To Choose Your Next E-Scooter

Upgrading Your Ride: How To Choose Your Next E-Scooter

No one forgets about their first electric scooter. For most, that e-scooter was their introduction to the world of electric mobility, igniting a sense of thrill and passion for this convenient yet enjoyable piece of technology.

For first-time riders, we have always recommended opting for models with moderate top speeds, decent range, and a set of other user-friendly features that will help you gently ease into the scootering experience.

Your first electric scooter holds a special place in your heart, and we’re sure it has served you well in more ways than one. However, as time goes on, you may find that your riding requirements have surpassed its capabilities. 

It could be that its speed and range are no longer cutting it, or you’re beginning to crave more power and versatility in your ride. You could just want more features & technology, or the newest model. 

If you’ve been having these thoughts, it might be the perfect time to consider upgrading your electric scooter.

Ready to take the next step? Allow us to guide you through your decision and help you with a few trusty recommendations.


  1. How to know it’s time to upgrade
  2. What to look for in your new e-scooter
  3. Our recommendations:
    1. Pure Air³
    2. Pure Advance
    3. Segway-Ninebot G2 Max
    4. Apollo City Pro 2023
    5. Apollo Ghost
    6. AnyHill UM2
    7. Segway-Ninebot P65
    8. Segway-Ninebot P100
    9. Inokim Light 2
    10. Inokim Quick4
  4. Wrapping up

How to Know It’s Time to Upgrade

Many of our customers initially choose an easy-going and reasonably priced electric scooter for their first purchase.

But after mastering the ropes of e-scootering, they often return to us to upgrade to a speedier, more powerful model. 

Here are some signs that will let you know it’s time for an upgrade:

1. Performance limitations

It’s time to upgrade if your current ride is starting to fall short of your speed and range expectations. Consider getting a more powerful and efficient model for a riding experience that aligns with your new requirements.

2. Terrain and range challenges

Perhaps your scootering journey started with short trips on smooth paved surfaces, but now, you’re eager to explore more distance and tackle adventurous terrain. If so, it’s time to upgrade to a long-range or an all-terrain ride.

3. Changed commuting needs

Your first e-scooter might have been perfect for short commutes or quick trips to the neighbourhood grocery. But if your needs have changed – like returning to full-time office work from a WFH setup, for example – upgrading to a ride with enhanced capabilities is the most practical choice.

4. Frequent repairs

Frequent issues with your electric scooter may indicate that its capabilities no longer align with your riding demands. If your needs have outgrown your entry-level ride, it’s time for a newer model with better specs.

5. Insufficient weight capacity

An increase in weight – and we’re not just pertaining to body weight here – is a valid reason to replace your current electric scooter with a sturdier one. Whether you have gained a few kilos or started carrying heavier loads while riding, you need a new model with a higher weight capacity.

6. Evolved preferences

While we have covered a few signs to upgrade your electric scooter, the truth is, you don’t have to have a specific reason. 

If your preferences or personal taste have changed, it's perfectly fine to move on and pass on your old electric scooter to a novice rider. It’s also great to take advantage of the more advanced features that a new model is likely to have.

What You Need to Look For in Your Next Electric Scooter

At this point, we assume you have pretty much made up your mind about needing a new ride. The next step now is to visualise what your next electric scooter should be like. Here are some important factors to consider:

  • More speed: Entry-level rides typically have top speeds of around 25-35 kph, so consider upgrading to a faster electric scooter that can reach speeds of at least around 40-50 kph. 
  • More power: Choose an electric scooter with a more robust motor power that allows it to perform better overall. And if you’re up to the challenge, why don’t you consider getting a dual-motor electric scooter?
  • Better range: If you’re planning to use your electric scooter to cover long distances, consider a long-range model that can do 80-100 km of range. 
  • Better hill climbing capabilities: Living in a sloping area or regularly encountering hills in your commute calls for a more powerful electric scooter that is capable of scaling steep inclines.
  • Shock absorption: If your entry-level ride lacks suspension and you intend to venture into off-roading or navigating challenging trails, upgrade to a model with suspension for smooth and stable rides.
  • Advanced braking system: When you upgrade to a more powerful ride, don’t forget to pay attention to its braking system. For better stopping power, your next electric scooter may be equipped with more powerful hydraulic brakes or a more efficient regenerative braking system.
  • Higher weight capacity: Opting for an electric scooter that can accommodate more in terms of weight is always a good idea, as it ensures that it can handle extra loads on any given day.
  • Smart features: If possible, look for an e-scooter model that is equipped with features like a vibrant LCD display, Bluetooth connectivity, and an intuitive and informative app. These enhancements will grant you better control over the device.
  • Convenient servicing: Finally, check your upgraded scooter’s warranty to ensure sufficient coverage and support. Don’t forget to choose a brand with replaceable components in Australia, and opt to purchase from a store that also offers repairs and servicing.

Our Top Recommendations:

If you are ready to upgrade your current electric scooter but are not sure where to begin, here are a few reliable suggestions to get you started:

1. Pure Air³

Pure Air 3

The Pure Air³ is a perfect upgraded ride for commuters who need to adhere to strict speed restrictions but also need to cover a considerable distance. 

Weighing only 15.5 kg, the Pure Air³ is powerful enough to cover up to 30 km in range and accommodate up to 120 kg in rider weight. 

And because Pure prioritises rider safety, the Pure Air³ comes packed with a bright front light, rear running and brake lights, and handlebar indicators. The electric scooter also features the patent-pending Active Steering Stabilisation steering stabilisation for better control over your ride.

But what makes this Pure Electric scooter stand out is its remarkable water-resistance rating. Significantly higher than other electric scooters of its category, the Pure Air³ boasts an IP65 water-resistance rating that allows you to keep riding no matter the weather.

Ideal for riders who originally bought:

  • Apollo Air (2021 model)
  • Segway-Ninebot E24/45 
  • Segway-Ninebot Air T15
  • Segway-Ninebot F40
  • Mearth S & S Pro

2. Pure Advance & Advance Flex

Pure Advance

Also manufactured by Pure Electric, Pure Advance and Pure Advance Flex allow you to ride further, covering 40 km of range on a single charge. 

The Pure Advance line is best known for its most innovative feature: a forward-facing riding position for better stability and control. Instead of riding with one foot in front of the other, the Pure Advance e-scooters allow you to place both feet symmetrically across the deck. The result is a more even and balanced weight distribution. 

Like the Pure Air³, the Pure Advance and Pure Advance Flex e-scooters are highly water-resistant, sporting an IP65 rating that allows for riding in rain and through puddles.

Plus, both the Pure Advance and Advance Flex feature ultra-compact folded designs that can fit neatly in tight spaces. The Advance’s slimline folding design features footboards, a stem, and handlebars that all fit inwards, making the folded form 70% narrower than other electric scooters.

Ideal for riders who previously purchased:

  • Apollo Air (2021 model)
  • Segway-Ninebot E24/45 
  • Segway-Ninebot Air T15
  • Fiido Q1
  • Anyone who has used a rental e-scooter

3. Segway-Ninebot G2 Max

Segway G2 Max

The much-awaited Max G2 is the upgraded version of the well-loved Segway-Ninebot G30. If you already had a Segway-Ninebot entry-level electric scooter, then the G2 would be an excellent upgrade.

Unlike its predecessor, the Max G2 comes with a built-in front hydraulic and rear adjustable double-spring suspension. This star upgrade, together with 10-inch pneumatic tyres, equips the scooter to smoothly glide over the bumpiest roads and off-road trails.

And thanks to its high-capacity battery and Segway's latest RideyLONG™ technology, the Max G2 is able to cover up to 70 km on a single charge. For long commutes or long-distance weekend trips, the G2 has enough range to suit your needs.

Finally, you can remain connected with the Segway app, which gives you updates on your riding states. It also has the Apple Find My feature, allowing iOS users to track their scooters in real-time.

Ideal for riders who previously purchased:

  • Segway-Ninebot G30P
  • Segway-Ninebot G30LP
  • Any model in the Segway-Ninebot F-Series (from F2 to F65)
  • Any non-Global Edition Segway product

4. Apollo City Pro 2023

Apollo City Pro

The newest addition to the Apollo City family, the Apollo City Pro is a dual-motor electric scooter that can achieve top speeds of up to 51 kph. Thanks to its upgraded battery, it also covers an extended range of 69 km, making it the perfect choice for long-distance commutes and exploration.

The City Pro also features an in-house designed regenerative braking system, the Power RBS. This system delivers reliable stopping power while, at the same time, minimising the need for frequent mechanical braking. This improves battery life and reduces wear and tear on the e-scooter’s components.

Finally, the City Pro is one of the few electric scooters in its class to feature an extraordinary IP66 water resistance rating. This allows you to use the City 2023 year round regardless of the weather conditions. 

Ideal for riders who previously purchased:

  • Apollo City (2022 model)
  • Unagi Model One E500
  • EMove Cruiser
  • Apollo Explore (2021 model)
  • Daxys Bandicoot

5. Apollo Ghost

Apollo Ghost

The Apollo Ghost has always enjoyed a secure spot in our lists of all-time favourites. With its dual 1000W motors, the Ghost quickly goes from zero to 30 kph in a matter of seconds and thereafter cruises to a top speed of 60 kph.

With adjustable power delivery, the Ghost can effortlessly tackle all kinds of terrain. With this electric scooter, you can avoid congested roads and take alternate routes to your destination – even if they involve rough paths or steep hills. Whether you prefer to speed up or ride at a leisurely pace, the Ghost can adapt to your riding style. 

The Ghost is also equipped with dual suspension, allowing it to take punishment while keeping your rides steady and comfortable. It is a highly versatile suspension system that performs well in every environment.

Also, this electric scooter is ideal for heavy riders, as it can comfortably accommodate up to 135 kg of rider weight (one of the highest among e-scooters). 

Ideal for riders who previously purchased:

  • Apollo City 2022
  • Apollo Explore
  • Navee N65
  • Dragon Raptor

6. AnyHill UM2

Anyhill UM2

The AnyHill UM2 is a reliable electric scooter that is powered by a robust 450W motor that allows it to reach top speeds of 31 kph and cover up to 30 km on a single charge. Thanks to its balanced throttle response, rides on the UM2 are always controlled and manageable.

The AnyHill UM2 stands out with a rare feature that is hard to find in another electric scooter: its detachable battery. This convenient aspect of the e-scooter allows the rider to easily swap a drained battery for a fully-charged spare, doubling its range.

Aside from the efficiency it offers, having a removable battery allows you to charge just the battery instead of the entire scooter. This is easier and much more secure.

Finally, the UM2 excels at hill climbing, boasting an ability to scale hills with up to 20% incline angle. It also sports a wide deck and can support a maximum load of 136 kg, making it another great choice for heavier riders.

Ideal for riders who previously purchased:

  • Apollo Air (2021 model)
  • Segway-Ninebot E24/45 
  • Segway-Ninebot Air T15

7. Segway-Ninebot P65

Segway P65

Like the rest of the Segway-Ninebot models, the P65 is a durable scooter that is built to withstand daily use. Also considered a potential Ninebot G30P upgrade, the P65 covers 65 km of range – more than enough for commuting and off-roading. 

The P65 comes with groundbreaking cutting-edge technology, featuring an NFC security system that allows you to use your phone as your e-scooter’s “key.” With this feature in place, you can simply set your phone on the handlebars to unlock the electric scooter, preventing theft and unauthorised use. 

There’s also an integrated USB-C port so you can safely charge your phone or use it for navigation while you ride. Thanks to its integrated bluetooth connectivity, you can also connect to the Segway app to customise your riding preferences.

And even when you take its futuristic technology out of the equation, the P65 is a well-made electric scooter designed for function and user comfort. With self-healing tyres for traction and stability as well as an overall ergonomic design, riders of all skill levels can ride the P65 with full confidence.

Ideal for riders who previously purchased:

  • Segway-Ninebot G30P
  • Segway-Ninebot G30LP
  • Segway-Ninebot G65

8. Segway-Ninebot P100

Segway P100

We also have the Segway-Ninebot P100SE, a top-tier all-rounder scooter that offers a range not commonly found in other models: up to 100 km on a single charge. If you need to cover extended distances in your commute, the P100 is an absolute must-have.

Beyond its impressive range, the P100 is a powerful all-terrain electric scooter with a top speed of 48 kph. Its excellent climbing and off-road capabilities remove the limitations from your regular routes, allowing you to discover new paths to reach your destinations.

Thanks to its double-wishbone torsion suspension, it can easily tackle tough and bumpy terrains without compromising stability. Coupled with the strong grip of its automotive-grade self-healing tyres, what you get are hassle-free and enjoyable rides.

And to keep you safe, the P100SE is also equipped with a triple braking system with front & rear mechanical disc brakes and electronic braking. The result is a stopping mechanism that is one of the best among the Segway e-scooters.

Ideal for riders who previously purchased:

  • Segway-Ninebot G30P
  • Segway-Ninebot G30LP
  • Segway-Ninebot G65
  • Any model in the NIU range
  • Apollo City (2021 model)

9. Inokim Light 2 Max

Inokim Light 2 Max

If you are looking to replace your old scooter with an ultra-lightweight upgrade, the new Inokim Light 2 Max should be on your radar. Weighing a mere 14 kg, this featherweight e-scooter is incredibly easy to carry and transport. Pair this with the scooter’s quick folding mechanism and you get a travel companion that you can take with you anywhere. 

But beyond Light 2 Max’s nimbleness and agility, it is a proficient electric scooter. Propelled by a 350W (650W peak) gearless motor, it can reach top speeds of 34 kph and, with its 460.8Wh battery, cover distances of up to 40 kilometres—a range suitable for both daily commutes and leisurely rides. 

The Light 2 Max is also capable of delivering excellent rides. With its 8.5-inch pneumatic tyres—plus the addition of a never-flat tyre—you can enjoy smooth and comfortable rides even over rough roads. 

To complete your upgrade, the Light 2 Max is equipped with dual brakes with an auto motor cutoff feature for reliable stopping power as well as front and rear LED lights that automatically switch on in low-light conditions.

  • Apollo Light
  • Apollo Air (2021 model)
  • Older Segway E-Series or non Global Editions

10. Inokim Quick 4

Finally, we have the Inokim Quick 4 Super, a dependable all-terrain electric scooter that is named after its unique folding mechanism—a system that allows the scooter to be folded within 4 seconds. It also features collapsible handlebars, which makes its folded form truly compact. This is the perfect upgrade for those looking for a portable yet robust scooter.

Fitted with a 600W motor that achieves 1100W of peak power, the Quick 4 is powerful enough to reach top speeds of 40 kph, accommodate up to 120 kg of rider weight, and cover an extended range of 71 kilometres. 

If you are planning to take the Quick 4 Super off the road, you’ll love the combination of its 10-inch pneumatic tyres and adjustable dual suspension system. With this pair working together, even the bumpiest rides remain smooth and stable. 

The Quick 4 is also a performer even when it comes to handling inclines, scaling angles of up to 15° without losing speed and momentum. This comes in handy if your route goes through hilly areas—or if you simply want to conquer trails with steep ascents. 

  • Segway-Ninebot G30P
  • Apollo Explore
  • Apollo City (2021 model)

Wrapping Up

When you find yourself outgrowing your first electric scooter, the next natural step is to upgrade to a more advanced model. This way, you can be sure that your electric scooter aligns with your current riding needs. Otherwise, you might be pushing your entry-level e-scooter to fulfil things it was not designed to do.

Take time to assess your current riding situation: your required speed and range, your desired capabilities and features, and your expected innovations. Pay attention to the critical factors we have listed above, and begin your search with our recommendations. 

While upgrading will come at a cost, it’s essential to weigh the long-term economic benefits. A powerful scooter that suits your requirements can actually save you money on maintenance and repairs (compared to an entry-level scooter that pushes itself twice as hard to perform beyond its capabilities).

In the end, an upgraded electric scooter will open doors to new adventures, allowing you to discover different courses, explore hills and challenging terrain, and experience the thrill of higher speeds. 

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