What Type of Scooter Should I Buy?
If you have a young child, chances are he wants to have a scooter. Scooters are an excellent riding toy for younger children, even before you purchase them their first electric scooter. Riding a scooter does have lots of advantages, from improving coordination, balance, and physical development to helping a child develop social skills while having fun. Before you decide to buy an electric scooter for your child, there are several things to consider.
First, know the power source. There are two main types of electric scooters: internal combustion motors (ECM) and batteries. Both work on the same principle, using a small engine and a battery to power the wheels. The major difference between the two is that battery powered kids’ electric scooters run off of stored power, while ECM models run directly off of the engine. This means that internal combustion motors usually deliver more power, but the battery makes up for it with a longer ‘lasting’ lifespan.
Second, ask about the suspension on the scooter. The most common type of scooter suspension is four wheel’scoop brakes.’ These brakes allow the rider to stop easily, smoothly, and with minimal effort. However, not all kids like having the front of their scooters pull to the curb when they try to turn in a tight corner. In that case, an alternative to the stock four-wheel suspension is a rear shock absorber, which works with a spring system to absorb the shock. Both systems are effective, but one may be more suited to a certain child’s personality and preference.
Third, examine the handlebars. Not only are handlebars important when it comes to getting a ride, but the shape and design will also play a large part in the comfort the rider can experience. The best handlebars have high end steel, but many manufacturers offer smaller ones that are designed to fit younger children.
Fourth, examine the braking system. A standard electric scooter comes with a standard three-pedal braking system, but more advance models come with a variety of options. If you are looking for the ultimate in control, consider one that allows you to select your own braking system, such as hard stopping or braking in reverse.
Fifth, consider the power source. Electric scooters rely on a 12 volt battery for their power. AC (alternating current) batteries can be used in some electric scooters, but these require additional wiring and can become quite costly over time. DC (direct current) batteries are less expensive and are not as susceptible to losing their charge.
Sixth, check out the speedometer. Most electric scooters are limited to a maximum top speed of about fifteen miles per hour, while other models may reach much higher speeds. Your choice of speed can depend on your personal preference, but e-scooters that top out at thirty miles per hour are not very practical for people who need to travel in large quantities, such as in an e-commerce store. Also, e-scooters cannot be used in heavily congested cities. On the other hand, some electric scooters have advanced features such as airbags and automatic brakes, which can greatly increase a rider’s safety and increase their ability to avoid accidents or other hazards. Look for a model that has all the features you need.
Finally, examine the battery. Most scooters come with a standard eight-volt battery, but newer models have smaller, 12 volt batteries that offer longer run times and better overall performance. The size of the battery is especially important for riders who plan to use their scooters in more challenging environments, since a large battery might prove inadequate for their needs. Another option available for riders who are concerned about their batteries is a three-pronged system that charges both the battery and the motor simultaneously. Consult your technical guide for more information about choosing the right battery for your scooter.