Segway Ninebot ES4 KickScooter Review

Segway is a highly ranked brand in e-scooter circles. The company is also well known for the manufacture of a wide variety of electric vehicles - for personal and commercial purposes. Now they're probably most known for the Segway Ninebot S hands-free scooter. But they also have a traditional electric kick-scooter.

Introducing the Segway Ninebot ES4

The Segway brand is known for products that can go faster and further, and the Segway Ninebot ES4 is no different. As the name suggests, this e-scooter is the 4th instalment in Segway's ES series.

So is this the perfected version of the original? You could say that. Segway has definitely made some improvements, including extended range, faster max-speed, and longer battery life.

As Segway arguably introduced the world the self-balancing scooter, it's a company that's always looking to stay ahead of the curve. Let's see if the Segway Ninebot ES4 is as good as we expect from Segway.

  • Motor
    800 Watt
  • Battery
    2 Li-ion batteries
    (internal and detachable)
  • Distance
    45 km (28 miles)
  • Recharge Time
    7 hours
  • Speed
    30 kph (19 mph)
  • Load Capacity
    100 kg (220 lb)
  • Weight
    14 kg (31 lb)
  • Tires
    2 tyres – 19 cm and 20 cm (7.5” and 8”)
  • Extras
    • 12-month limited warranty
    • Front light, rear light, side light
    • Segway app integration
    • Cruise control
    • Anti-theft lock
    • Alarm
    • Dual shock absorbers
    • Electrical anti-lock brake system
    • LED display
  • Pros
  • Dual batteries and powerful motor
  • Portable - compact and easy to carry
  • Long-range and good top speed
  • Lights on all sides
  • UL 2272 certified (electrical safety certification)
  • 15 degrees slope grade
  • Cons
  • Expensive
  • Takes 7 hours to fully charge the two batteries
Segway Ninebot folding electric scooter

Design and Portability

Even if you are not an expert in design, you can trust Segway. They have years of experience in building e-scooters. They have got the construction, safety, and comfort right. The ES4 is a sleek electric scooter that not only looks good but is well-built too.

Like other scooters on the market, it's portable - it folds in half where the handlebar meets the deck, making it easy to carry. It weighs 14 kg (31 lb), which is slightly heavier than other e-scooters in the series. So beware of this before purchasing. It's fine for carrying short distances, but you wouldn't want to carry it too far.

Its solid chassis can carry a maximum weight of 100 kg (220 lb), which is slightly above the market average for similar products.

Speed, Distance, and Battery

Speed, range, and battery quality are big factors in purchasing an electric scooter. The Ninebot ES4 performs pretty well on all three.

Its motor boasts an impressive 800 Watt peak power output and a nominal power output of 300 Watts. This translates into a max-speed of 30 kph (19 mph).

Interestingly, the Ninebot ES4 has two batteries - one built-in battery and one that's removable.

The motor and dual batteries combine to offer a max-distance of 45 km (28 miles) on a single charge.

Additionally, the scooter has a power-saver mode that limits the max-speed so that the scooter can last longer and go further.

Though inclines are an uphill battle (excuse the pun!) for most scooters, the ES4 can scale a slope of up to 15 degrees while maintaining a decent speed.

Segway ninebot handlebars

The Brake System

The Ninebot ES4 has two brake systems: the electrical front brake controlled from the left side of the handlebar and the mechanical brake on the back wheel. The mechanical brake is activated by pressing your foot down on the rear wheel's mudguard.

Certification and Safety

Further strengthening their credentials as a leading manufacturer of electric vehicles is the UL 2272 certification. By adhering to the UL safety standard, Segway assures its users only the best battery and electric systems have been used in the ES4 scooters and that they have undergone rigorous inspection and quality testing.

Obviously, safety features are important on electric scooters. And now that they're sharing space with pedestrians and cars more and more, lights are necessary - and in some countries, required by law.

There are few scooters with more lights than the ES4. It comes with a front light, rear sidelights and a brake light. And if this wasn't enough there is a customisable light that illuminates the underside of the scooter's deck.

Bluetooth and App

Segway have an application for smartphones that allows you to connect to the scooter via Bluetooth. Available on all major app stores, the Segway app comes with some cool features.

The app displays ride statistics such as speed, battery life, distance travelled, etc. But, there is more, like the cruise control feature that can lock the speed, the anti-theft alarm and lock.

The app also allows you to perform vehicle diagnosis, switch on/off the lights, and change the colour of the under-deck light.

Riding experience

The handlebar offers a comfortable grip and has user-friendly controls. In fact, there are just two buttons, There is one lever on either side - the left one activates the electronic brake and the right one is the accelerator.

The central LED display keeps you up to date on the scooter's speed, battery status and speed mode while riding.

The Segway ES4 thrives on smooth surfaces - as you'd expect - but doesn't perform badly on uneven paths or roadways either. It can even handle long grass.

The front and rear suspension offer added support to tackle those less than perfect areas.

Keep in mind that Segway created the ES4 as an electric scooter for urban areas, and so don't expect perfect performance on rough terrain. But as a commuting scooter, it offers a very smooth ride with good performance.

Final Thoughts

The Segway Ninebot ES4 is more expensive than other electric scooters on the market, but we can see why. If you're willing to spend the money, you won't be disappointed.

The scooter's stand-out feature is its two batteries. This allows for a range of a whopping 45 km (28 miles). So if you're travelling further or just don't want to worry about charging the scooter as often, it's worth the investment.

The Segway Ninebot ES4 is a high-quality electric scooter with a modern design, long-range, good top speed, and a brand name that justifies the high price tag. It deserves an overall rating of 8/10.

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