1) How do they work?
Self balancing scooters use gyroscope technology in order to balance the user without the need for handle bars like in traditional Segways. Most users say that it is pretty easy to get used to like riding a bike after not riding one for the winter for example. It is intuitive. If you check out Youtube you will see tons of videos of people riding it for the first time. They are wobbling around and sometimes falling off but in the end they get used it. These are safe scooters but just use common sense until you get used to it and it’s recommended not to go at max speed on the first day you use it or on unfamiliar terrain.
2) What is the maximum weight?
This depends on the scooter model. The maximum recommended weight limit is 100 kg. It is advisable for users above this weight to not use these models.
3) How fast can they go?
It is fairly standard that the maximum speed is about 15 km/hr or 9-10 miles per hour. This depends on various factors but up to 18-20 km/hr is also reachable depending on load weight, terrain, incline etc.
4) Are they waterproof?
Water Resistant, yes, however within reason as this is still a piece of electronic equipment not meant to be completely submerged in water for prolonged periods of time. To be clear driving it around in a shallow creek bed or submerging it in a swimming pool or at the beach is not its intended use, but riding it down the streets of London on a rainy day is completely fine and the user shouldn’t experience any problems.
5) Where are they made?
All of these items whether £300 or £2000 are manufactured in China.
6) What about warranty?
Most manufacturers offer a 12 month warranty or similar.
7) How can I keep mine in good condition once I’ve bought it?
This item is engineered for frequent use and can take quite a beating but like anything else abuse it too much and you can expect problems. Using a carrying case is a good idea, and cleaning it when you come inside from muddy and rocky terrain will avoid scratches and other aesthetic damage. Not traveling all the time at the max speed is also advisable and being cautious during extreme heat. Overall, common sense is the key here.
8) Is a regular battery good or should I go with the Samsung battery? Our recommendation is go with the Samsung battery for longer duration per charge and longer battery charge cycle of over 800.