An essential primer on how far your scooter battery will take you.
The size of an electric scooter's battery refers to its capacity, which is typically measured in watt-hours (Wh) or milliampere-hours (mAh). For this article we will use Wh and refer to it as watts. A larger battery size means that the scooter can travel further on a single charge, but it also means that the battery will be heavier, costlier, and take longer to recharge.
Electric scooters can have battery sizes ranging from as small as 100 watts to as large as 1,000 watts or more. Here are some common battery sizes for electric scooters, along with their approximate range and recharge time:
This is a small battery size, typically found on low-speed scooters or scooters designed for kids. It may provide a range of 5-10 miles on a single charge, and take 1-2 hours to recharge. (Stay tuned, we haven’t reviewed kids scooters yet but we will in the future.)
This is a medium battery size, often found on mid-speed scooters or scooters designed for commuters. It may provide a range of 10-20 miles on a single charge, and take 2-4 hours to recharge. Some examples of scooters with batteries in this category include:
This is a large battery size, often found on high-speed scooters or scooters designed for long-distance travel. It may provide a range of 20-30 miles on a single charge, and take 4-6 hours to recharge.
This is an extra-large battery size, typically found on high-performance scooters or scooters designed for off-road use. It may provide a range of 30-50 miles on a single charge, and take 6-8 hours to recharge.
The highest-performing electric scooters have battery packs with more than 1,000 watts. These long-haul vehicles are capable of traveling up to 100 miles on a single charge and can take upwards of 10 hours to charge.
It's important to note that the actual range of an electric scooter may vary depending on factors such as the rider's weight, the terrain, and the speed at which the scooter is ridden. Always check the manufacturer's specifications and local laws before purchasing an electric scooter.