Electric scooters are on the rise due to their portability, affordability, and convenience. They’re a perfect mode of transportation for city cruising, work commutes, and everything in between. If you already own an electric scooter, you may want to outfit your ride with some accessories and after-market upgrades.
But what accessories for the electric scooter are truly worth the investment?
In this article, we’ll discuss a few necessary accessories for your electric scooter. Some of these accessories are essential for your safety, while others can improve the quality and comfort of your riding experience.
The most important e-scooter accessory by far is a helmet. Riding without a helmet is not only a very dangerous idea, but it may also be against the law in certain cities. In turn, you should think of your helmet as a required piece of equipment, rather than an optional accessory.
Luckily, shopping for a helmet can be a lot of fun. There are so many different designs and styles to choose from. While you can pick whatever color and pattern you please, you should ensure that your chosen helmet is appropriate for your typical riding speed.
Here are some helmet-buying guidelines based on your e-scooter’s top speed:
Under 20 mph (32 kmh) – If you only ride at slower speeds on smooth streets, a standard bicycle helmet can do the trick. Bicycle helmets are lightweight, comfortable, and affordable. Make sure you choose a bicycle helmet that fits your head properly. It should be snug, but not too tight.
Over 20 mph (32 kmh) – If your e-scooter can reach swifter top speeds, you’ll want to invest in a helmet that offers stronger protection. Downhill helmets, mountain biking helmets, and motorcycle helmets are all worthwhile options.
These types of helmets have passed impact tests, so they can better withstand a high-speed crash. They often feature sturdy chin bars too, which bolster the protective element. Finally, a full-face motorcycle helmet can double as eye protection from debris, wind, and bugs.
#2 Phone Holder
If you’re like most people these days, your smartphone is always in reach. While you should never scroll or text while riding an electric scooter, your phone’s GPS can come in handy if you need help navigating the city. It’s also a good idea to have your phone with you in case of emergencies.
Bringing your phone along with you on your e-scooter is a lot easier and safer when you have a sturdy phone holder mounted to your electric scooter. Not only will your hands remain free to steer, but you can enjoy the peace of mind knowing your expensive smartphone won’t slip away and shatter while you’re riding along at fast speeds.
Here at Apollo Scooters, our e-scooter phone holder is made of super-strong aluminum alloy. It clamps firmly onto any of our electric scooter models. It’s also easily adjustable to suit the size of your smartphone, whether you have the latest Android or an old iPhone.
#3 E-Scooter Lock
Electric scooters have an edge over other types of vehicles due to their portability. In many cases, you can simply fold up your e-scooter and bring it inside with you wherever you go.
However, there are some situations where you may need to park your electric scooter outside for short periods of time. In these instances, you should secure your electric scooter to a sturdy bike rack or pole. You never know when thieves may be lurking around the corner waiting for the opportunity to swipe your precious ride. Fortunately, there are many types of electric scooter locks you can choose from, such as:
- Chain locks
- Cable locks
- Disc brake locks
- Grip locks
- Folding locks
Some of these locks are stronger than others. If you own a high-performance electric scooter, you may want to invest in a higher-quality lock to ensure its safety outside. Here at Apollo Scooters, our ETook Folding Lock is saw, drill, and cutter-resistant. It’s also very easy to attach to your e-scooter.
#4 Anti-Theft Alarm
Another e-scooter accessory that can keep your ride safe is an anti-theft alarm. With an anti-theft alarm in place, any attempts to steal your electric scooter will emit a loud sound. This alarm should scare away perpetrators and alert onlookers to their unscrupulous activities.
Our anti-theft alarm at Apollo Scooters can attach to the soundbox of your vehicle and be armed remotely. If anyone tries to move your electric scooter while it's armed, the loud sound should scare them away from tampering with your precious ride any further.
#5 E-scooter bag
Many e-scooter riders appreciate the sleek design of their vehicles. However, you may discover that you need some extra storage space to carry certain items with you on your excursions, such as your:
- House keys
- Portable air pump
- E-scooter lock
- E-scooter charger
While you can always bring these items with you in a backpack, it may be more comfortable to purchase an attachable e-scooter bag instead.
Our attachable bag is waterproof, so you won’t need to worry about your items getting wet or damaged if you ride through a little rain. It also features plenty of pockets and dividers, so your belongings will remain secure and organized.
Headlight brightness is measured in lumens. At night, it’s a good idea to have at least 800 lumens of light to illuminate the road in front of you. - Scooter Guide Your headlights’ battery life is also an important consideration. After all, a dead headlight won’t do you any good on a pitch-black night.
Our after-market headlight provides 2500-lumens of LED lighting. It can brighten up any dark road in a flash. It features a waterproof aluminum casing and a rechargeable USB cable battery. Best of all, you can adjust this headlight to act as a high beam, mid beam, or low beam, depending on your needs.
#7 Air Pump
Electric scooter maintenance is usually minimal if you purchase a high-quality ride. The only thing you need to do on a regular basis is check your tire pressure. With a handy air pump, you can maintain optimal tire pressure with ease.
If you’re looking for a portable air pump, a portable electric air pump will do the trick. You can use it at home or on the go. It's easy to slip into your backpack or e-scooter bag. It also offers an easy-to-read LCL display and LED lighting for late-night tire pressure top-ups.
Bonus tip: If you own the Apollo Phantom, consider the compatible Apollo toolkit. You’ll get our mini air pump, along with:
- A high-quality screwdriver
- An Allen key set
- New brake pads
- Two replacement tubes
A horn can enhance your sense of safety by offering you a reliable way to alert pedestrians and motorists of your presence. As you shop for a horn, make sure that the sound, tone, and volume are satisfactory. You want people to be able to hear your horn even while they’re in their cars with their windows closed.
At Apollo Scooters, our scooter horn is loud enough to capture any onlooker’s attention. It comes with several sound options too. Like many of our e-scooter accessories, our scooter horn is waterproof and comes with a rechargeable USB battery.
#9 Attachable Cupholder
If you take your electric scooter for morning coffee runs, a mountable cup holder is a must. It can safely carry your daily latte or cold brew from point A to point B.
Our motorcycle-grade cup holder at Apollo Scooters is sturdy and adjustable. It can carry bottles or cups of any size.
#10 Gloves, Knee Pads, and Elbow Pads
Wearing the right riding attire can protect you in the case of an accident. Depending on how fast you usually ride, you may want to wear:
– Gloves can improve the comfort of your electric scooter riding experience in more ways than one. A sturdy pair of gloves can:
Protect your hands during a fall – If you ever have an accident on your electric scooter, gloves can prevent your hands from getting scratched or punctured by the pavement.
Keep your hands warm – If you ride during colder months or on a windy day, gloves can keep your hands warm and toasty too.
The right type of gloves will depend on your typical riding speed. If you prefer going slow, biking gloves should suffice. If you ride at high speeds or fall more frequently, you may want to invest in a more robust pair, such as a pair of leather motorcycle gloves.
Knee and elbow pads – Knee pads and elbow pads can offer much-appreciated protection in the case of an accident. If you’re a new rider, they can also enhance your peace of mind as you embark on your first ride. A little extra padding can prevent you from getting scrapes should you fall.
#11 Eye Protection
Unless you purchase a full-face helmet, you’ll most likely need to wear some additional eye protection when you ride. Sunglasses or goggles can keep your eyes safe from the bright sun, wind, dust, debris, bugs, and other irritants.
Without any eye protection, strong wind or a bug could irritate your eyes and cause you to go blind temporarily. Riding with impaired vision is simply not safe.
Depending on your typical riding speed, you can choose from the following eye-protection options:
- Motorcycle glasses
- Ski goggles
#12 Reflective Clothing
When you ride your electric scooter, it’s important to dress in a way that helps you get seen by other motorists on the road. Bright, reflective clothing can help you catch the light and be more visible.
While a fluorescent safety jacket may not be your style, wearing one can make you more visible and easier to spot on the road. Some special safety jackets even feature LED turn signals on the back, so you can make your turning intentions clear without using your arms.
Regardless of which bright, reflective clothing items you purchase, make sure to slip them on anytime you ride at fast speeds, in busy areas, or in the dark.
#13 Portable Electric Scooter Charger
Lastly, you may want to invest in a super-fast charger.
Our 4-5AMP compatible charger works with most of our electric scooter models (the Air and Air Pro are the exceptions). It can cut your charging time in half, enabling you to fuel up faster whether you’re at home or on the go.
Bringing your charger with you on the road can come in handy, especially if you want to cover a lot of ground in a single day. With your super-fast charger in tow, you can top up your battery as needed and make it back to your final destination.
Get All of Your Must-Have E-Scooter Accessories at Apollo Scooters
As you can see, there are many useful e-scooter accessories that can enhance your riding experience. You don’t need to purchase them all at once, but you may find that certain items on this list come in handy at various stages in your riding journey.
Here at Apollo Scooters, we construct our accessories to be as long-lasting and durable as our exceptional electric scooters. Plus, all of our accessories are compatible with our e-scooter models.
Explore our selection of high-performance e-scooters and accessories today.
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