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Top Electric & Motor Scooter for Kids with & without a Seat 2013 - 2014
Electric scooters for children are a step up from a kick scooter, but not quite a motorcycle. As a mother, I was hesitant to get my son an electric scooter.
However, most scooters only go up to 10 to 15 miles an hour maximum.
We moved to a neighborhood where his school was a bit too far to walk to, yet too close to drive to, and my son did not have his driver's license yet.
An electric scooter was one of the best ways for him to get to and from school. With a good safety helmet, it ended up working out well for us.
If you are in the market for an electric scooter for your child, there are some things you want to know before purchasing.
They are quite similar to bicycles in the way that they are made. The more they get used however, the more you will need to replace parts and do maintenance.
Keep in mind that if you buy a cheaper brand electric scooter, that you made need to replace parts more frequently than a higher ended model.
Things to Consider when Buying a Scooter
These types of equipment are actually quite heavy and they need a very well designed braking system.
I suggest looking for a scooter that does not have a band brakes. These often lock up the wheels instead of slowing them down which put your child at risk for accidents, not to mention it wears out the tires much more quickly.
Front bend brakes are also more dangerous because they tend to lock the front wheel and can send you flying over the handlebars.
The best braking system to get are those with both front and rear and V brakes, or disc brakes. Keep in mind that a scooter with two brakes will stop much faster than a scooter that only has one brake.
After my son's first scooter bent and broke at the fork, we realized that getting one made with tubular steel and thick plate steel construction was a much better option. Those that are made from thin steel sheets are much more fragile.
Chain Drive or Belt Drive
The chain drive is the best of the two systems because chain drives last longer than belts. The difference between the two however is that chain driven electric scooters are noisier than belt drives.
Another downside to a belt drive is that it requires replacing more often. However, if you want a scooter that is quieter, a belt drive would be your best option.
Not all chrome plating is the same. Low quality tends to rust and flake off, especially if it is exposed to the rain very often.
It can be hard to find out what kind of chrome plating is used on each scooter you are considering for purchase.
I recommend calling the manufacturer to get that information, or just choosing a scooter from a well-established manufacturer.
If you want your child scooter to last a long time, I recommend not buying one that is covered entirely in plastic. These do tend to be more affordable; however they can more easily get cracked.
Would you let your child have a motor or electric scooter?
What to Expect with a Scooter?
Most scooters that come with under 350 W of power often accelerate quite slow, have lower speeds, and do not function as well going up a hill.
If you want decent acceleration and speeds to get you from point A to point B, I recommend finding one with at least 500 W of power.
If you live in an extremely hilly area you're going to want to purchase one thatis at least 750 W or more. How much ride time you get from scooter depends on the battery pack.
Most battery packs that are new have about 45 minutes of runtime on completely flat ground. This is equivalent to a about 10 miles on a level surface.
It is always a good idea to plan and anticipate where your child will be traveling to and from on their scooter, and marking the how many miles it is, and the kind of terrain before you purchase a scooter.
As far as terrain is considered, make sure you note how much clearance you get on the bottom of the scooter. If the scooter will be used in tight places find one that has a much better turning radius. Smaller scooters are much easier to maneuver in small spaces. Just remember that the bigger the scooter, the more room it needs to get turned around.
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