Electric scooters have turned out to be much more than just a shortlived trend. The whole ride-sharing industry sparked life into electric scooters and soon the world realized that these vehicles were excellent for commuting through the city for adults and kids alike.
With the evolving trend, we saw a huge rise in privately owned electric scooters. But if you're shopping for one, there are important things to consider. Today, we're talking about the electric scooter weight limit with is one of the most important stats to look out for.
A crucial factor during e-scooter selection is the weight capacity which simply refers to what the max load a specific electric scooter should be able to handle comfortably.
Some heavy-duty electric scooters have high weight limits but as a drawback, they're often more expensive and bulkier, which makes them less easy to carry around. On the flip side, your safety may be at risk if you're exceeding the advertised weight limit of a certain scooter. For that reason, it is paramount that you assess your weight and take it into account when shopping for an electric scooter.
Depending on the particular model, weight limits often range from around 220 lbs (100 kg) and all the way up to 352 lbs (160 kg)
The weight limit on electric scooters varies greatly between models and brands. While some are designed to be ultra-portable and compact, others are designed for heavy adults with comfort in mind. The most popular general entry-level scooters like the Xiaomi M365 or Segway Ninebot ES4 used by the likes of Bird and Lime both have a max load capacity of 220 lbs or 100 kg. While this is enough for riders in the average or lower weight range, it's not really enough for heavier riders. If that's the case, you may want to look at high-capacity models like the Emove Cruiser or the Kaabo Mantis.
Among the scooters with the highest maximum weight load capacity are the Emove Cruiser (at 352 lbs), the Apollo Pro (330 lbs), and the Turboant X7 Pro (275 lbs). Of these three models, the Turboant X7 Pro is the most affordable option (it also ranks #1 in our best electric scooters guide). While there are scooters that advertise limits all the way up to 550 lbs, they're often from less reputable brands so we'd recommend steering clear of these as you may have trouble with support later on.
Not everyone has the same requirements for e-scooters so we recommend taking the following pros and cons into consideration as well.
One of the major pros of a heavy-duty model is that it'll most likely allow for a heavy adult to ride it with ease. Usually, these scooters are built to endure more stress and generally, they have more power both in terms of stronger motors and bigger batteries.
The main drawback of heavy-duty models is that they're more expensive. Also, they tend to be a lot heavier than e-scooters ones due to their more advanced and powerful components. That means, if you're heavy, you should generally prepare yourself to pay a little more to get the same performance that lightweight riders can expect. The increased weight also means the scooter is less portable, so you most likely won't be able to fold it together and walk around through the city streets with it for a prolonged period of time. However, even most of the heavy-duty options are foldable at the stem, so instead, you can bring them into the trunk of your car.
Choosing an electric scooter isn't just about looking at the maximum load it can handle. There are lots of other aspects that directly affect how the ride will perform.
This is especially true on entry-level scooters. If you're heavy, you'll need more motor power to get an optimal riding experience. The 300W motors fitted in most compact entry-level commuting scooters most likely won't suffice for a person above 220 lbs (which is exactly why they specify 220 lbs as their maximum weight). Not only will acceleration and top speed suffer, but you'll also struggle a lot on inclines as the inferior motor has to move more weight than it can handle. There wouldn't be much fun in getting an electric scooter that can only run straight or down, right?
In the case that you're above 200 pounds, you'll get a better experience opting for a slightly more expensive mid-tier scooter around the 265 lbs maximum load mark. Good examples of these would be the FFR Horizon and Speedway Leger. They're a little more expensive but they also have a slightly higher weight capacity and more powerful motors, which you'll definitely benefit from when riding.
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As the motor has to work harder to move more weight, more power will be needed to achieve the same speed as with a lighter rider. This directly affects the battery range which is another reason we don't recommend entry-level scooters for individuals that fall into this group. The major drawback of entry-level scooters is that their battery capacity is often very limited. As the battery is often the single most expensive component in an electric scooter, this is where entry-level models cut costs to remain competitive.
You will most likely not be able to reach the distance per charge specified by the manufacturer as those range tests are always done in optimal conditions, riding slow and with a lightweight rider.
We recommend opting for a model with a higher distance than you thought you'd need right off the bat due to this.
As there's more weight on the scooter itself, you'll most likely feel more of the vibrations in the road. This is why shock-absorption is crucial for you to have a pleasant ride.
Shock-absorption / suspension usually comes from two components. Pneumatic tires (the air-filled ones) and springs at the front and/or rear tires. These two components work together to absorb road vibrations, resulting in much better ride quality for you. We always recommend going for an electric scooter that has at least one of the components present. If it has both, that's even better!
The market is vast and with so many different brands entering the field, there's practically a viable option out there for pretty much everyone. By utilizing the above information, we're sure you can find the right scooter for your specific needs.
No two people are the same and the same goes for the requirements they have. Some will favor distance while others want a compact and foldable design but as long as you factor in what features you are important to you, the choice should become easy.
Paul is an environmental engineer turned micromobility expert. With a mechanical background and hands-on experience with more than 150 personal electric vehicles, Strobel is one of the leading specialists in the PEV scene. He handles everything from technical guides on the inner workings of vehicles to industry development news.