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electric scooters vs kick scooters

While the traditional kick scooter has been around since the early 1900s, the e-scooter or electric scooter only debuted in the mid-1990s. Both have great exercise and transportation benefits, but most importantly, both are fantastic rides, and exceptional fun is guaranteed!

But which one is right for you and your family? Please keep reading to learn more as we compare these two types of scooters. Before we do that, let's take a closer look at each of these vehicles.

What is a Kick Scooter?

A traditional kick scooter is similar to a skateboard but with additional handlebars. There are several other variations in shape and wheel size, but essentially that is what they are. You ride it by using your leg power as you kick off and steer by using your balance.

What is an E-Scooter?

An e scooter is much like a two-wheeled traditional kick scooter, except an electric motor propels it. They also consist of a rechargeable battery, electronics and usually have much larger wheels, which are often air-filled. E Scooters are also much more powerful than kick scooters, which you can go faster and doubles the fun!

Comparing the Functionality Electric Scooters & Kick Scooters

From the above description, you'd think it's easy to make a decision on the type of scooter you are looking for. Simply choosing between a motor-powered scooter or a human-powered scooter is easy. But there are other factors to consider before you decide.

We'll take a closer look and compare the following factors on Electric and kick scooters:

  1. Handling,
  2. Trick abilities,
  3. Durability
  4. Commuting
  5. Maintenance
  6. Comfort
  7. Safety
  8. Costs
  9. Fun Factor

1. Handling

The wheels on the kick scooter tend to be smaller and lighter, which keeps you lower to the ground. This is perfect for beginner riders, as small wheels won't hinder your turning performance. They also make the scooter easier to flick around.

Larger wheels, usually found on E-scooters, carry more momentum and roll more smoothly, so they're perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. Braking, steering and gaining momentum are also much easier as this scooter is more responsive. Once you become familiar with your vehicle, E-scooters are a dream to ride.

2. Tricking Abilities

Kick scooters are more suitable to use on smooth terrain, parks and pavements. Although the e scooter, although portable, easy, and fun to use, will not withstand tricks and stunts.

If you are looking at a scooter specifically for tricking abilities, then a stunt scooter would be your best bet. They are designed to handle excessive force when landing when doing stunts and tricks.

3. Durability & Longevity

The overall lifespan of an E-scooter is anywhere between 3 – 5 years, maybe more, provided it is adequately maintained. One of the most important things to remember is to charge the battery after each ride, which adds to its general durability.

When it comes to the kick scooter, the same as with the E-scooter, quality significantly impacts the scooter's performance and life span. Kick scooters that are well made and durable can last for many years.

4. Commuting

Kick scooters are great for short commutes. But using a single leg continuously to kick off the ground to push yourself forward will tire you out quickly, regardless of how fit you are.

For longer trips, you will want to consider an E-scooter. On average e scooters can travel anywhere from 15 to 25 kilometres on one battery charge, this means you will get where you want to be much faster and a lot less exhausted.

5. Maintenance

The maintenance on the kick scooter is relatively low. Keep it clean, occasionally grease the headset and bearings and tighten the bolts, and you're good to go.

The maintenance with your e scooter is a bit more detailed. Here are a few things that need to be checked each time you ride:

  1. Brakes and brake pads.
  2. Nuts and bolts are tight.
  3. Ensure all lights work correctly if riding at night.
  4. Tyres and pressure.

6. Portability

The E-scooter and kick scooter are both light enough to carry around with you, load into a car or bakkie or when boarding public transport. But when comparing the two, the kick scooter will be a lot lighter. The E-scooter holds the battery and motor, which inevitably makes it heavier.

7. Safety

Kick scooters are generally considered safer, as you are going a lot slower than what you would be on an E-scooter, together with the fact that you are using your own feet to power it.

However, if you have proper handling and control of your E-scooter and follow the rules, it's actually very safe. You would not venture out into busy places and roads if you were not an experienced car driver, and the same applies to venturing out to busy places with an E-scooter. Yo

Always remember safety first. Please remember always to wear your safety gear whenever you go out to ride, whether you are riding an E-scooter or a kick scooter.

8. Costs

If you are using your scooter for commuting, both will save you a lot of money on petrol or public transport costs. However, if you are looking at just the initial purchase price, the E-scooter has more parts, such as the motor, battery and electronics; therefore, you can expect to pay more than you would for a kick scooter. E-scooters are still much cheaper than traditional motor vehicles and a ton of fun.

9. Fitness & Fun

A kick scooter is an excellent way to get in some exercise. The constant kicking off will definitely get your heart pumping.

With an e scooter, you don't have to do much work, but it certainly is a fun ride, and it will get you to wherever you need to so much quicker.

And The Winner Is

Using a kick scooter is best when you need to zip around your neighbourhood. On the other hand, an E-scooter is an excellent choice if you need to go much farther and keen on amplifying your fun.

Choosing between an e scooter and a kick scooter may be a close call, but ultimately it all depends on your budget and what is suitable for you and your family.

Is it worth getting an electric scooter?

If you are looking for a faster, fun and effortless riding experience, yes, it most definitely is worth it! Browse our range of Electric Scooters and start your adventure today.

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