UPDATE [6 Aug 2019]: The PMD safety certification deadline has been moved forward to July 2020. All non-UL2272 certified devices will be auto-deregistered and cannot be used in public after July 2020. Escooter riders can continue to ride only UL2272 certified PMDs beyond the July 2020 deadline.
This is the second installment of the two-part guide to escooter tips and tricks for beginner escooter riders in Singapore.
If you missed part 1 of the series, click here to read it.
Beginner escooter tips (part 2):
Get familiar with the lifespan of your e-scooter battery
Let's face it: the bulk of an electric scooter's usefulness is because it powers us from point A to point B without breaking a sweat. Those who do food delivery for Foodpanda, Deliveroo and the like, you'll want to get the most out of your escooter so you can do your job.
It is not enough to just monitor the battery level of your escooter. You should always figure out how long your electric scooter can last on a full charge.
For the Segway-Ninebot ES2, the lithium-ion battery can go for as long as 25 km on a full charge. After that, you'll have to plug it into a socket for it to recharge. If you plan to use your escooter for the whole day, remember to bring a battery charger with you before heading out.
It is also a good idea to know where the public charge points are so you can charge it in time.
However, if you wish to have an electric scooter that still gets you from one point to another without any battery power, choose the Segway-Ninebot ES2. This is because it can act as a kickscooter as well. Unlike the other heavier and bulkier scooters out there. It won't become dead weight once the battery is drained.
Know when to ride (and when not to)
Electric scooters are not invincible. They are vulnerable to the weather elements as well. As a responsible escooter rider, you should be aware of your device's limits. This includes not riding your electric scooter on a stormy day. This will gradually reduce the lifespan of your ride.
Moreover, electric scooters that aren't UL2272-certified have a higher risk of catching fire or exploding when you don't handle them well.
On the other hand, scooters that are UL2272-certified – like the ES2 – have a much lower risk of short-circuiting or injuring you. This is because it has already been certified after passing all the water exposure and material tests conducted by Underwriter's Laboratories.
Practice makes perfect
Don't be afraid of embarrassing yourself on your escooter. Remember, all the escooter veterans have once been there before.
If you live in a city you probably don't have room to practise riding your electric scooter in the day time. Because of the large crowds, you should pick a time when the streets are the most empty to start your practice.
In fact, consider getting the Segway-Ninebot ES2. It is one of the slimmest electric scooters out in the market. It has a maximum width of 40 cm. And, unladen weight of just 12.5 kg. And a maximum device speed of 25 km/h. The ES2 is perfect for city living.
Last but not least, install your e-scooter
When you first receive your electric scooter, the first thing you should be doing is to install and activate it. There's no use harping on about the benefits and advantages of this mighty device when you can't experience it for yourself.
For those who have just gotten an ES2 electric scooter, we have specially created a step-by-step guide for you to watch and follow when doing your own installation.
Once you master all these 7 pointers, we guarantee that you'll be set for an exciting journey with your electric scooter.