Electric Scooters

Some people assume that electric scooters mean the same thing as hoverboards. Although the gadgets are used to ease movement, there are a few key differences between the gadgets. Here is a quick little guide on electric and self-balancing scooters.

What is a self-balancing scooter?

A hoverboard, also known as a self-balancing scooter, is a technologically advanced personal transporter. Its design features an electrically powered motor that turns two wheels; one on the left and the other on the right side of the device, and the electric motor draws its power from a lithium-ion battery. It resembles a mini Segway in regards to the wheel structure and the way the user stands on the scooter; however, the device does not have the balancing handlebars present in the Segway.

How fast is an electric scooter?

Invented by Shane Chen, the electric scooter has high torque derived from electric power. The user twists the electric throttle, enabling the device to reach speeds of up to 15mph. Not as much balancing is required in this device as in the electric self-balancing scooter, so such speeds are fairly comfortable. Further, it is vital to consider quality to ensure maximum safety, especially in regard to battery stability. High-quality electric scooters stand the test of time, regardless of the user's weight.

How do you ride the scooter?

To control the scooter, one needs to get a feel for how each wheel responds to simple balancing actions. The rider first needs to stand on the self-balancing scooter with their legs slightly apart. Then, place each foot near a wheel on each end. The sensors incorporated in the 2-wheel electric scooter then assist the rider with balancing.

While still standing on the wheels, the user needs to lean forward. Leaning exerts pressure on each of the tilt pads on both wheels. The wheels respond and begin turning, which causes the device to move forward. Leaning back also causes the self-balancing scooter to slow down or reverse. To make a turn, the user needs to alternately press one foot forward and the other backward. You're not required to have a license to operate an electric scooter, but the limit is to use them on pathways and sidewalks.

How long does it take to charge an electric scooter?

The battery requires at least 12 hours to recharge fully. A fully charged electric scooter should offer you up to 40 minutes of drive time. Failing to charge the battery at least once a month deteriorates its ability to accept an electric charge.