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NZ's best Electric Scooters of 2019 - Segway & Xiaomi ride on review!

Posted in Articles on 08/7/2019

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Today we're getting hands-on (or maybe foot on?) for our review of the best electric scooters, e-skates, GoKarts and ride-on options available today at PB Tech! Seeing for ourselves which one's are the fastest, handle the best, and have the power needed to take on the hills!

The New Zealand electronic transportation industry is booming with a few key contenders fighting it out for the top spot in the market. However, there is an alternative option of investing in buying your own e-scooter / e-transport device from trusted brands like Segway and Xiaomi.

If you hate traffic, despise taking the bus or just want to have some fun on your daily commute, one of the e-scooter / e-transport devices below could be a great option for you!

PB stocks a wide range of e-scooter / e-transport devices and we are going to review and compare 7 awesome options for 2019 that are up-for-grabs both in-store and online at right now at PB Tech! To help you pick the best device for your lifestyle, we have explored these different e-scooter / e-transport devices in a showdown of tests including decisive factors such as top speed, handling, learning curve, and other things to consider.

Check out the full YouTube video of the top e-scooter / e-transport devices battling it out for the top spot!

Top Electric Scooters on YouTube!

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Picture of Mi Electric Scooter at PB Tech

The Mi Electric Scooter has a minimal yet modern design that features a simple foldable design, lightweight at just 12.5kg for easy portability, anti-slip handles, taillights and headlights for night-riding safety and shock-absorbing tyres for a smoother overall ride. The high-capacity batteries deliver up to 30km of travel on a single charge, so you can get where you want to go without having to recharge constantly.

The Mi Electric Scooter features a disc braking and eABS regenerative anti-lock braking system for an efficient, responsive braking distance of just 4 meters, which is why we have crowned this device the braking winner. This e-scooter / e-transport device is a great option for those safety-conscious riders who would prioritize avoiding any dangerous hazards on their journey.

The Mi Scooter has also taken out the king spot of being the best all-round e-scooter / e-transport device with a simple learning curve, responsive acceleration for better manoeuvrability and an impressive battery life with the ability to convert and store kinetic energy into electrical power. This enhances the emergency braking experience and improves battery life at the same time! The Mi Electric Scooter is an amazing pick for all uses – whether you are commuting to work/school or burning up some rubber, this scooter is not just our favourite choice, but also the publics with over 50+ 5 star reviews!

Picture of Segway ES2 Electric Scooter at PB Tech

Lightweight and stylish, the Segway Ninebot ES2 Kick Scooter offers a plethora of useful features that make the ride comfortable, convenient and fun. Handy features such as shock absorbers, theft protection, full app control and coloured LED lights make this scooter extremely versatile and useful.

The ES2 KickScooter kicks the ES1's performance up a notch delivering more speed and extended range while still being foldable and lightweight, which caters to commuters and recreational riders looking for an extra edge. The one-click folding system allows this electric KickScooter to be carried on public transportation, stored in your car and more – allowing you to bring it along to more places.

The Ninebot KickScooter by Segway (ES2) can go up to 25km/h and travel up to 25km – plus with cruise control, you can experience a more enjoyable ride. The rear shock absorption ensures a comfortable ride and the customizable ambient and rear lights are not only fun with a tonne of colours to choose from, but also allows riders to be seen in low light for improved safety!

Picture of Segway ES4 Scooter

With an external battery offering more power, an extended range and higher top speed, the Ninebot ES4 Kick Scooter is Segway’s premium e-scooter model. Equipped with an anti-lock electric brake system and an ergonomically designed mechanical brake helps improve rider safety.

This e-scooter is a step above the ES2 with improved functionality, power and speed. The ES4 has an impressive 4-metre braking distance when travelling at 20 km/h and is portable enough to carry on public transportation, store in your car or take with you just about anywhere. Rear shock absorption guarantees every ride is comfortable and the customizable ambient and rear lights are not only fun, they ensure the rider can be seen in low light conditions and enjoy a safe ride.

The ES4 is our the speed winner as it can travel the farthest out of all the e-scooter / e-transport devices at 45km, but it can also get you there the fastest, with a top of 30km/h. This powerhouse scooter can take on inclines of up to 15° and has an impressive battery life so you don’t have to be constantly charging to go. This e-scooter will be a great option for busy workers or students who want to get to their destination on time by beating the traffic.

Picture of Segway Drift e-Skates at PB Tech

Now for something a bit different to the usual electric scooter with the Segway Ninebot Drift W1 self-balancing e-Skates that are stylish, cool and fun to master. Although they may seem to be a bit tricky to learn, the only thing that you need to do is steer and lean with your weight and you will be off in no time! Compared to other traditional self-balancing products, Segway Drift W1 is very easy to pick up and learn with Segway’s next-generation self-balancing technology - just step on and get going effortlessly in minutes.

The high-power hub motor is very powerful and adopts the spindle-shaped tread design to achieve small resistance and more flexible steering, so you can have full control over how you want to move. Stylish RGB light displays sparkle and reflects off the ground while in operation with the standard display being blue, but can be adjusted among 3 modes. Segway Drift W1 has low ground clearance while not obstructing the rider's feet movement versus traditional roller skates, so even if the rider loses balance, he/she will not likely fall down as a result – this greatly reduces the likelihood of accidents and injuries to the rider.

The Drift e-Skates is our portability winner because of its one-piece magnesium alloy skeleton body that makes this device weigh in at just 3.5kg - making them easy to carry and transport, wherever you may want to ride. These e-Skates are definitely the most portable and easiest to keep secure out of all the electronic devices mentioned – just chuck them in your bag after use or carry them simply in one hand with the elastic bands. These would be a great option for people that have a short part of their commute that they’d either like to speed up or add a little fun to - these could also be a great option for kids to have some fun with!

Picture of Segway Ninebot miniPRO at PB Tech

Powered by Ninebot technology, the Segway miniPRO is a hands-free, two-wheel electric scooter with safer features, higher speeds, and longer battery life. The miniPRO is built to easily traverse a variety of indoor and outdoor terrains. Precision sensors capture every little body motion to keep you in balance, and the innovative knee control bar allows you to manoeuvre more easily and precisely. It's as easy as walking up the stairs and it's all hands-free!

Humps, slopes, and other road obstacles can cause problems for some electric scooters, or stop them completely. The miniPRO's 10.5" vacuum tyres and high-performance dual motor have been engineered to handle road obstacles with ease. The miniPRO scooter adjusts its power to handle road conditions without sacrificing safety and stability, plus the engine can easily traverse 15° slopes, and its 3.5-inch chassis turns bumps and vibrations into a smooth ride.

Smart design and ergonomics go into every aspect of the miniPRO with a knee control pad that maximizes comfort and flexibility for smoother turning and manoeuvring. The adjustable height feature allows the miniPRO to meet the requirements of almost any rider and PU foam ensures that you won't lose comfort from fatigue and long rides on your scooter.

The miniPRO has impressive safety featured by being the first transporter to be rigorously tested and certified to meet the highest standards of electrical and fire safety requirements set by Underwriter Laboratories (UL). Plus, if you are after an exciting GoKart experience, say no more as you can transform the Ninebot miniPRO into a GoKart with the Segway Ninebot GoKart Kit!

Picture of Segway Ninebot miniPLUS

The Segway Ninebot miniPLUS is a step up above the miniPRO with enhanced speeds, improved overall performance and more power to take on any bumpy or hilly terrain. Use the app's intelligent remote-control feature, you can drive your miniPLUS like a ground drone or adjust the follow distance and speed in Follow Mode. In addition, the app also delivers a riding tutorial, the ability to customize light colours, modify safety features, lock the unit and more.

The miniPLUS really goes the distance! Quick charging means the miniPLUS goes from 0 – 100% in just 4 hours and can travel up to 35 km on a single charge. With an impressive top speed up to 20 km/h and the ability to easily scale slopes of up to 15°, this e-scooter / e-transport device is our incline winner and proves to be a great option for users living in hilly areas or progressive neighbourhoods with disabled access.

The innovative design in this device allows for precise and smooth manoeuvring - steer by lightly pressing left or right on the knee control bar and you will be whizzing away in no time! As proved in our tests, the miniPLUS was extremely easy to manoeuver in and out of cones and is our handling winner because of this. Apart from being a great option for middle-distance commuters, this e-scooter / e-transport device could be good for other professions such as videographers or anyone that has a high step count in their work.

Picture of Segway Ninebot Electric GoKart at PB Tech

Now for a device which will most likely be used to have some fun with family and friends, rather than a means of electric transportation. With the Segway Ninebot Go Kart Kit, you can simply take your Segway Ninebot miniPRO and transform it into a fully functional GoKart, allowing you to still use your miniPRO scooter during the week for commuting and then on the weekend you can easily transform and burn some rubber with this fun and exciting GoKart!

The Ninebot GoKart is able to reach top speeds of up to 24 km/h and with an adjustable frame length of 130cm – 190cm, parents and kids alike will be able to enjoy this thrilling experience. The GoKart has impressive safety features with double collision protection on the rear bumpers and electronic and mechanical braking systems for any tight situations.

Using the Segway App, you can set a max speed level for users or kids learning how to operate the GoKart, while also having access to other features like the new rider tutorial, full control of lighting, updating firmware and heaps more.

The Segway Ninebot GoKart has taken out the difficulty winner, as it requires no balancing act unlike some of the other e-scooter / e-transport devices. Both kids and parents could tear it up straight out of the box making it an awesome choice for some fun without a steep learning curve.

If you are still craving some more from our e-scooter / e-transport showdown, make sure to check out the full YouTube video where you can see the products above in action and be sure to keep your eyes on PB Tech Tips & News for the latest!

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