The Ultimate Guide to Buying the Right Electric Scooter

It’s no secret that electric scooters have recently seen a massive uptick in popularity. If you haven’t yet hopped on the bandwagon—or, more accurately, on the back of a vehicle-grade scooter—then there’s one thing you should know. 


This is not the Razor scooter from your childhood. It’s the real deal.


But that also means that your purchasing decision is based on a lot more than just matching the color and style to your helmet and knee pads. More options lead to more power, but also to more confusion—that is if you don’t know what to look for. 


This buying guide will cover everything you need to know in order to find, identify, and purchase the right electric scooter.


Features of an Electric Scooter

Just like buying a new car, every customer will have different needs. Purchasing an electric scooter that complements your lifestyle and terrain requires a brief understanding of what these features are, how they relate to each other, and what “quality” actually looks like. 


Price: How Much Does an Electric Scooter Cost?

Beginners on a budget will be able to purchase an electric scooter for as little as $300. Naturally, however, this price range is confined to low-powered motors, limited speeds, unsophisticated handling, and minimal range—great for light, recreational use, but not much more.


Powerful, vehicle-grade scooters usually start around $700 for a solid, entry-level option and rise as high as $2,500. At this price, you can expect powerful motors, exceptional speeds and range, and top-notch suspension and braking capabilities. 


If you’re looking at electric scooters in this price range, ensure they’re also best-in-class in the following categories—after all, the cost has to match the value. 


Speed: How Fast Can an Electric Scooter Go?

The top speed of an electric scooter depends on its motor:


  • The average single-motor often reaches speeds around 15 to 20 MPH (24 to 32 KM/H). Apollo single-motor scooters, however, can go as fast as 31 MPH (50 KM/H).

  • A high-powered dual-motor reaches speeds of 30 MPH (40 KM/H) with relative ease. Apollo dual-motor scooters are among the fastest electric scooters, boasting top speeds of 34, 38, and 44 MPH (54, 61, and 71 KM/H).

Weight: How Much Does an Electric Scooter Weigh?

Understandably, the highest-powered scooters are also the heaviest. Despite the impressive advances in technology, having not one but two sturdy motors is bound to add a little extra weight.


But absolute weight isn’t a good indication of anything—instead, you have to consider the scooter’s weight compared to its price, range, power, and speed. 


These standard denominations are in line with the current market specs:


  • For an inexpensive, lightweight recreational scooter: 26 to 31 LB (12 to 14 KG) with minimal speed, power, and range

  • For a sturdy single-motor scooter: 37 to 42 LB (17 to 19 KG) with solid speed and reliable power

  • For a high-powered vehicle-grade scooter: 66 to 77 LB (30 to 35 KG) with top speeds, seriously impressive power, and innovative suspension technology

A scooter’s weight is usually directly linked to its maximum load. A sturdy, durable scooter will be able to support a heavy adult without losing much, if any, functionality. Our Apollo Phantom scooter, for example, has a maximum load of 300 pounds, one of the highest in the industry. Even our lightest scooter—the Apollo Air—can support up to 220 pounds. 


The weight you’re looking for depends on the lifestyle your scooter has to fit into. 


You’ll want a…

  • Solid, lightweight commuter scooter if you:

    • Take your scooter on public transportation

    • Have to carry it up the stairs

    • Mostly ride in the city or other crowded areas, where high speeds are not as important

    • Need something budget-friendly

  • Powerful, top-tier performance scooter if you:

    • Only seldom have to fold and carry your scooter

    • Ride in wide-open spaces or on the roads and need to, or simply want to, reach top speeds

    • Are interested in power and performance over price

Regardless of which end of the spectrum you lean towards, you want the absolute most that the weight category can offer. 


For example, Segway’s Ninebot Kickscooter MAX weighs slightly more than the Apollo City scooter (41.2 LB compared to our 39 LB) yet has a maximum speed of only 18 MPH (29 KM/H). That’s just 72% of our scooter’s top speed, 25 MPH (40 KM/H). 


For every extra pound you have to carry, you should expect a bump in speed, power, or range—that’s a scooter that makes every bit of weight worth it.


But when it comes to actually carrying your commuter scooter on the train or up the stairs, weight isn’t the only thing that’s going to impact that experience. You have to think about it in tandem with portability. 


Portability: How Small Are Electric Scooters When Folded Up?

The most portable electric scooters on the market boast dimensions of about 40” long, 17” tall, and just a few inches wide. For context, that’s about the length of a guitar and the height of a bowling pin—two things people can effortlessly carry around in one hand. 


Apollo’s commuter scooters fold up even smaller than that, with the Apollo City coming in at 43” by 15” and the Apollo Air measuring just 47” by 22”. 


The stem of the scooter measures about an inch or two in diameter, a size that most teens and adults can grasp as easily as the handle of a baseball bat. 


Range: How Far Can an Electric Scooter Go on One Charge?

If you’re riding your scooter around the neighbourhood on your day off, range isn’t such a big deal. But if you’re planning on commuting to and from work? 


Range becomes an essential feature. 


A standard scooter’s range falls anywhere between five and 40 miles (eight and 64 KM) per charge. However, anything below 15 or 20 miles (24 to 32 KM), and especially something as low as five miles, will quickly become inconvenient and irritating, even on those ‘round-the-block joy rides.


But for a solid commuter scooter especially, you’ll want something with at least 28 or so miles (45 KM) of range. The Apollo Phantom scooter boasts our most impressive range with up to 40 miles (64 KM) on one charge. 


There are other factors that affect a scooter’s actual range as well, including:


  • The rider’s bodyweight
  • The health of the battery, which naturally declines over time
  • The weather, especially low temperatures

Quality & Safety: What Are The Most Important Safety Features & Construction Materials?

Your knack for adventure and need for speed should never come at the expense of your safety—both your physical well-being and your peace of mind while riding.


Here are the top safety specs to look for when buying an electric scooter:

  • High-quality building materials – The conventional option for quality, durable scooters is industrial aluminum. Apollo uses forged aluminum across our product line and even takes it one step further with the Apollo Phantom. Our proprietary build uses aerospace-grade aluminum, the same material used in airplanes.

  • Effective braking systems – There’s just no room for error when it comes to braking. That’s why safe scooters will use a multitude of brake types, including mechanical disk brakes or hydraulic brakes as well as electric regenerative hand braking. 
  • High-visibility lights – You have to be able to both see and be seen when riding. Scooters that prioritize safety will feature, at minimum, bright lights at the front and back. Some Apollo scooters are equipped with additional safety lights, including on the handlebars, under the deck, and on the footrest.

    When you’re travelling as fast as you are on an Apollo scooter, you need high-quality materials and effective safety features that get you to your destination in one piece.


    Apollo vs. The “Alternatives”

    We’ll be the first to say it: we’re not the only company that’s making high-quality e-scooters. Some might even outrank us in one or two specs. But what’s truly remarkable is the way that Apollo delivers on every single front—a combination of speed, power, range, material quality, portability, and price that makes each Apollo scooter the total package.


    So, when you look at the full picture, how do comparable scooters stack up against Apollo’s? (Spoiler alert: they don’t.)


    Solid entry-level scooters – $700 to $1,000 price range

    Apollo Air Pro

    EMOVE Touring

    Ninebot Kickscooter MAX by Segway

    TurboWheel Swift

    Price

    $799

    $899

    $949

    $799

    Top speed

    19 MPH

    24 MPH

    18.6 MPH

    23 MPH

    Weight

    37 LBS

    39 LBS

    41.2 LBS

    39 LBS

    Power

    350W

    500W motor

    350W motor

    350W motor


    Performance commuter scooters – $1,300 to $1,700 price range

    Apollo Explore

    Kaabo Mantis Pro

    EMOVE Cruiser

    Boosted Rev

    Zero 8X

    Price

    $1,399

    $1,699 

    $1,399

    $1,599

    $1,650

    Top speed

    31 MPH

    37.5 MPH

    26 MPH

    24 MPH

    33 MPH

    Weight

    52 LBS

    65 LBS

    52 LBS

    46 LBS

    72 LBS

    Range

    34 miles

    40 miles

    62 miles

    22 miles

    45 miles

    Folded dimensions

    46” by 17”

    48” by 19”

    48” by 46.5”

    44” by 20”

    47” long


    Powerful vehicle-grade scooters – $2,000+ price range

    Apollo Phantom

    Kaabo Wolf King

    Dualtron Spider

    Zero 10X

    Price

    $1,799

    $2,999

    $2,550

    $2,159

    Top speed

    38 MPH

    62 MPH

    37 MPH

    35 MPH

    Weight

    77 LBS

    105 LBS

    44 LBS

    80 LBS

    Range

    40 miles

    50 miles

    37 miles

    35 miles

    Power

    3200W motors

    Two 1500W motors

    3000W motors

    Two 1000W motors


    It just doesn’t make sense to examine each spec in a vacuum. Sure, there are faster or lighter scooters on the market. But the fastest scooter will be heavy and cumbersome, and the lightest scooter will have hardly any power, range, or speed. Finding the best electric scooter is all about striking the right balance.


    Apollo scooters are the real deal, balancing affordability, portability, and performance.  


    What is the Best Electric Scooter?

    As with anything else, your perfect Apollo scooter depends on exactly what you need from it. You can only find the best electric scooter for you


    From a standard scooter for beginners to a professional-grade high performer to a commuter scooter that blends power with portability, we’ll break down what to look for in each top category:


    Entry-Level

    City Commuter

    Peak Performer

    Lightweight: 37 to 42 LB (17 to 19 KG)

    Relatively lightweight: 37 to 55 LB (17 to 25 KG)

    Sturdy, solid weight to accommodate high speeds and power: 64 to 77 LB (29 to 35 KG)

    Still powerful enough to reach solid speeds: 20 to 25 MPH (35 to 40 KM/H)

    Added speed to match the weight increase: 25 to 31 MPH (40 to 50 KM/H)

    Dual motor technology for consistently high speeds: 33 to 45 MPH (53 to 72 KM/H)

    Affordable for its capabilities: $600 to $900

    Solid range for daily commutes: 28 to 34 miles (45 to 55 KM)

    Long range for commuting or off-roading: 40 to 56 miles (64 to 90 KM)

    Dual suspension for comfortable shock absorption

    Next-level suspension technology for potholes, bumpy roads, and even off-roading

    Dual or quadruple suspension systems for a universally comfortable riding experience

    Hassle-free brake system

    Fast acceleration and hill-climbing capabilities

    Robust braking system for peak safety even at high speeds

    Apollo Picks: 


  • Apollo Light or Apollo Air for enduring comfort, quality, and solid specs at the most affordable prices
  • Apollo Picks:


    • Apollo City for the ultimate commuter scooter

    • Apollo Explore for a premium-commuter crossover

    Apollo Picks: 


    • Apollo Ghost for scary impressive quality and refined portability

    • Apollo Phantom for the only vehicle-grade scooter on the market

    Where to Buy Electric Scooters: Apollo Scooters

    As one of the best electric scooter brands, every Apollo electric scooter is the top of its class. With affordable prices, specs that outperform competitors at virtually every turn, and something for every type of rider, you’ll find what you’re looking for. 


    Why not find it today?



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