Best Ninebot Max Alternative

Daniel Foley
Written By: Daniel Foley
Updated on: 4/23/2024
Published on: 2/6/2023

Mighty powerful looking!

The Segway Ninebot Max is definitely built for riding the urban block.

An adult electric scooter. Awesome 25 cm (10 in) tires and weighing in at nearly 19kgs (41 lbs) - the near-limit for a 'budget to midsize' e-scooter.

A big uptick is the Segway Max has massive range durability. And the hill-climb cojones for pumping a reliable, daily commute.

It looks like one of the hardest working electric scooters on the market today. A solid, steady commuter scooter rather than a rough-terrain tearaway.

But is it the best electric scooter for your riding needs?

Let's get the lowdown on the Ninebot Max. Plus, check out what other scooters might be good for jumping on deck with.

Unagi Model One (E500)


High cool commuting for the smart subscriber

Is this the coolest looking ride ever? Simply calling the Unagi One "sleek" may not even cover it.

Why's that? Unagi is actually the Japanese word for "eel". So, we're talking throttle-flicking, sideway-dipping, slippery smooth.

Where slinky aesthetics and scooter performance meet on urban pavement and green terrain. Slicing through air, darting, swerving. Freestyling curves and corners.

High cool commuting for the smart subscriber. Unagi One is no budget ride.

Since founded in Oakley, California, 2018, Unagi have been turning heads in escooter world. The launch of the Model One set the bar even higher for electric scooter design. Blending refined Apple-style ergonomics with all-round performance, safety and that dream, comfortable ride.

Let's get hands-on...


Motor Power and Speed

First released with a single motor, the upgraded Unagi One (E500) now boasts a 500 watt dual motor. It's still most definitely a commuter scooter, with a max speed of 32 km/h (20 mph).

So, ideal for most local area speed limits, and not for hi-throttle thrill seekers. But the Unagi One is still faster than the Segway Ninebot Max (top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph).


The Unagi One E500 can reach 24 km/h (15 mph) in around 4 seconds. Increasingly, most electric scooters also offer different speed setting modes to 'customize your ride'.

Whatever your riding level, you can set a 'maximum speed' for a ride quality you feel most comfortable with for planning a journey.

Speed Modes - Max settings

  • MODE 1. 14 km/h (9 mph): Nice and easy does it with this entry-level setting for riders new to the electric scooter. A more gentle pace for building confidence and finger throttle control.
  • MODE 2. 19 km/h (12 mph): Typical top speed for the urban, daily commute. Or those longer range rides where a "balanced" throttle is more likely needed for steady-paced cruising between stops.
  • MODE 3. 27 km/h (17 mph): A setting often known as the "sports mode" on other scooters. It may not be as 'fast and furious' as some would like it but the dual motors still make for a hot, urban sprint.

Hill Climbs

Looking cool is one thing. But the Unagi Model One can get to work when needed.

500 watts of power easily tackles typical 10 per cent gradients in a little over 12 seconds at around 17 km/ h (11 mph).

Its newly-fitted dual motors will also make light work of hill climbs up of to 15 degrees.



Battery Life and Range

The Model One is mainly aimed for the short distance, daily urban commute. Or if you are simply scootering around your local precinct.

Unagi say they want to eliminate the "costs and inconveniences" of urban travel for their subscribers.

So they've loaded a 500 watt battery with HG2 18650 lithium-ion cells, manufactured by global giant, LG Electronics.

From a single, charging time of around 5 hours the Model One can produce a 15 - mile range under best conditions, and a 10 miles travel distance, overall.

Tires and Suspension

Most riders would say the best electric scooter for the smoothest journey has "inner tube", air-filled tires. A more flexible tread spreads and grips more of the ground surface.

But inner tube tyres can often be prone to flats, caused by a poor riding surface, such as tiny cracks, raised tarmac and those small potholes.

No one needs the nightmare of swapping out a fiddly inner tube on a hectic commute.

Unagi have designed the Model One to try and be the all-round package - for flat-free, daily commutes.

Unagi have done this by using:

  • 7.5 inch puncture-proof, solid rubber, airless tires - on both front wheel and rear.

Rather than go for installing shock absorbers Unagi have instead, plumped up the suspension with:

  • Smart-design air pockets built-in around the rim of each tire.

Giving an almost identical solid-grip and air-glide experience you would expect from pneumatic tires - backed by firm, solid-tyre support.



Unagi have equipped the Model One with dual electronic brakes.

For added stopping power a rear fender brake ensures a solid, responsive assist to making full stops. Particularly, on a typical, flat urban route.

The electronic braking system also prevents tyre locking and delivers a safe, stable response.

Overall, a Model One full-stop takes:

  • 5.5 m (16.9 feet) - both electronic and rear foot brake
  • 7.7 m (25 feet) - only the electronic brakes

Ride tests show that electronic brake stopping distances compare favourably with a top-of-the-range, mechanical disc brake.

A key benefit of electronic brakes is no maintenance is required over its entire riding lifetime.


For safe scootering you also need high visibility. Especially, if riding after dark. Plus, a single headlight may simply not be enough to cast a strong enough beam to illuminate the way ahead.

Unagi have neatly dealt with typical, low lighting levels by fitting the Model One with:

  • 2 forward-facing, flush-mounted 1.8 watt LED headlights.

On the rear scooter fender, a horizontal red LED also throws out a powerful beam for safe night riding.

Each side of both the front and rear wheel arms are fitted large red flash-shaped reflectors.

Handlebar Control

Unagi have made unique, design elegance and cockpit minimalism their defining trademark. No more so than with the Model One handlebars.

The top bar control centre is seamlessly formed from a single casting of magnesium alloy , which is one third lighter than aluminum.

Not only looking good but feeling good to touch, too. A sophisticated design which seamlessly joins rider comfort and practical efficiency together too. You can feel it in your fingertips.

Unagi have flush-mounted a large display at the centre of the handlebars. At a glance you instantly see and control:

  • Speed
  • Motor status
  • Distance travelled
  • Battery charge
  • Riding mode

High-class ergonomic design sees elegantly tapered, elliptical silicon grips invisibly fused as one to the handlebars.

A perfectly-positioned thumb throttle sits below an instantly-switchable speed and distance control buttons.

Intuitive design is also in-built with touch response brake paddles, horn and LED headlight.


Build quality and Load capacity

The build quality of the Model One clearly goes well beyond standard. So much so, it's been said it could be the best electric scooter for rocking a cool urban ride.


Unagi have engineered a high-spec, strength-weight ratio to the Model One. From design and manufacture to final finish.

Carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium alloy are subtly blended into a safe and durable urban commuting scooter.

There's even 'invisible' reinforced frame support at potential stress points. It means the Model One supports riders weighing up to a hefty 127 kgs (280 lbs). Above the more standard 100 kg (220 lbs) of the Segway Ninebot Max.

On the other hand, an eye-catching refinement - typical of the Unagi design aesthetic - is the front, steering stem. Tapering elegantly upwards from wheel to handlebars, transforming from tube to a triangular shape.

The Model One frame is made by TORAY - for over 5 decades a world leading producer of carbon fiber. A material recognized for both its lightweight property and virtually, unbreakable strength.


The Unagi Model One deck is a 'slimline' design too. However, there is more than ample standing room - 47 cms (18.5 in) x 13.5 cms (5.5 in) - much larger than a typical scooter deck.

The entire deck is covered with a tough, embedded rubber-grip surface, and stylishly tapered for added riding comfort.

An in-built kickstand, left-hand side, neatly vanishes from view when retracted.


The Model One weighs in at a super-lightweight 12.2 kgs (27 lbs). It's more than a third lighter than the Segway Ninebot Max, with its near, carry weight limit of 19 kg (41 lbs).

The Unagi scooter also boasts a real easy folding mechanism. You simply pull down the two tabs at the base, which also locks the front wheel in place. Most other scooters need the handlebar to be locked to the rear fender. Here, the Model One handlebar sits above.

The fast thumb slide action, combined with a 90 degree stem angle, folds the Model One down to 91 cm (37 in) x 40 cm 16in) x 38 cm (15 in).

Which other scooter could you subscribe to that any rider can simply carry anywhere in the palm of one hand.


Weight: 12.2 kgs (27 lbs)

Folded dimensions: 96 cm (37.8 in) x 42 cm (16.4in) x 38 cm (15 in)

Motor power (continuous): 500 W

Top speed: 32.1 km/h (20 mph)

Travel distance: 24 kms (15 ml)

Battery capacity: 282 Wh

Battery recharge time: 5 hours

Max rider weight: 127 kgs (280 lbs)

Brake type: Dual electronic + rear, foot brake assist.

Tire type: 7.5 inch solid rubber

On-board lights: Dual front LED and Rear light red LED

Water resistance: IP54

Segway Ninebot Max (G30E II)

Ninebot KickScooter MAX G30E II

Source: Segway

Once tech brands, Segway and NineBot, joined forces in 2015 it wasn't long before their first electric scooters were taking to precinct pavement and sidewalk. Including, both a range of adult electric scooter and kids electric scooter.

The first Segway Ninebot Kickscooters arrived in 2o17 followed by the G30 MAX series from 2019.

The Ninebot Max G3OE II upgrades the earlier edition, including enhanced LED lights and all-round visibility reflectors.



"How fast does this electric scooter go?" is always the first question, obviously!

Straight-off, the Ninebot scooter is a 'commuter scooter'. Built for the longer ride, at a steady, comfortable pace.

The good news is the Segway Ninebot boasts a 350 watt motor - doubling to a huge 700 watts at peak.

Punching out at that power, you should definitely expect to achieve a top speed of up to 25 km/h (15.5 mph),which is ideal - and safe - for average, local speed limits.

It's also a twinge faster than the 24 km/h (14.0 mph) other scooters might generally crank out.

As with many other scooters out there, the Ninebot scooter also offers different riding modes. Where some scooters may be limited to three riding modes, the Segway Ninebot Max offers a total of FOUR modes to match your ride style.

Four speed modes

First three of the four maximum speed modes are powered up by double-clicking the on-off key.

Speed 1. ECO: "Economic" mode - Top speed 10km/h (6mph) - Eco mode is ideal for new riders getting first grips with handlebar controls and a smooth pavement performance.

Speed 2. D: "Standard" mode - Top speed 20km/h (12 mph) - select for a smooth neighbourhood and crosstown commute.

Speed 3. S - "Sport" mode - Top speed 25 km/h (15.5 mph) - Sports modes are definitely set up for experienced riders to go full throttle when needed.

Speed 4. "Pedestrian" mode - Top speed 6km/h (3.7 mph) - which is turned on or off by the app.

Ninebot Max, Currys

Source: Currys


Acceleration tests show the Segway Ninebot can hit 24 km/h (14 mph) in a fairly zippy 6 secs.

The Segway Ninebot"Kickscooter" Max - comes into its own here. Why?

Because - the Ninebot Max doesn’t have a zero start mode.

To start your ride:

  • You will need to kick the scooter off!

Once you hit the 2.8 km/h (1.8 mph) mark:

  • You must ease off the throttle lever - to prevent instant rapid acceleration and the motor fails to engage.

This a safety measure to ensure the throttle is only opened up once the scooter is really getting going.

Cruise Control

Cruise control on the Segway Ninebot Kickscooter Max is accessed via app with a good Bluetooth connection.

To activate :

  • A constant speed must be first maintained - by holding the accelerator steady for 5 seconds.
  • When beep is heard - release accelerator.
  • You no longer need to keep your finger on the throttle.

To deactivate:

  • Brake and press the accelerator again.

Hill Climbs

Running up that hill? Does the Ninebot Max make the gradient? It's essential stuff in some city areas.

Tackling a 10 per cent incline - typical in standard hill climb tests - is no sweat, achieving 17 secs at nearly 13 km/h (8 mph), carrying a 74 kg (163 lbs) rider.

More hill climbs in your sightline? The Segway Max just keeps on going! And is more than equal to maintaining a firm 11 km/h (6.8 mph).

Even a more tricky 20 degree incline is not too worrisome for this electric scooter. Not bad at all for a solid machine, and somewhat a heavy scooter.

It means some extra oomph may be needed when trying to kick-start the motor at the bottom of a hill.

Ninebot Max, Halfords

Source: Halfords


Battery Life and Range

Segway Ninebot scooters are designed and built for putting in those extra urban kilometers. The Kickstart Max packs a 551Wh of Ion-Lithium, non-removable battery power.

On a single,'built-in' 6 hour charge (or a 3A fast charge), tests show the Ninebot Max can deliver a hardy, maximum range of 34.8 kms (21.6 miles). With an average 74 kg (163 lbs) rider on deck.

Not quite the 65 km (40 miles) maximum range claimed by Segway Ninebot, but still pretty massive for electric scooter world.

Smart Battery Management System

A cool inbuilt, onboard feature is the Smart Battery Management System. Constant, close monitoring of battery status helps to lengthen its working life by preventing:

  • Overheating
  • Short-circuiting
  • Current overload

Tires and Suspension

It's a big, fat, super plus! The Segway Ninebot rocks two 25.4 cm (10 in), tubeless, pneumatic (air-filled) tires. Compared to the more standard 21.5 cm (18.5 in) tires fitted to many electric scooters out there. Some even touting solid tires.

So definitely a well-pumped up, and air-smooth, riding experience. Which more than makes up for a lack of suspension on this e scooter.

The wide tire diameter lends a firmer grip on the urban tarmac and concrete. Added width and tire tread simply soak up those jerky bumps, cracks, holes and tearups.

Making the Segway Ninebot Max not only a great scooter for a comfortable ride on a long urban commute. It also means you can go off-road on dirt track and green grass for some rougher terrain action.

It helps that the tires are "self-healing".

Self Healing Tires

"Self-healing tires" are lined inside with a sealing gel 'slime'. Its increasingly, a feature of budget to mid-size, electric scooter tires.

If the tire tread or wall is penetrated while riding the gel will immediately be released and occupy the puncture area.

The temporary plugging of a puncture cut or tear will allow you to continue riding until you reach your destination.

Ninebot Max, Amazon

Source: Amazon


Stopping, even in low speed mode, always needs reliable, solid braking. The Segway Ninebot Kickscooter Max is loaded with a securely 'encased' dual, regenerative braking system:

  • Front- mechanical drum brake
  • Rear - electronic + regenerative brake

One brake lever controls both the front drum brake and rear electronic brake. Activated by minimal pressure, with zero drag due to the short brake cable from lever to wheel.

A typical braking test - at 24 km/h (14 mph) - gives a highly robust response. Stopping in only 3.4 m (11.1 ft), well under the 4m (13 ft) standard for accepted, prompt braking.

Regenerative Braking

The added Regenerative braking stores the motor energy from braking into the battery for additional power.


Electric scooters always need high visibility, especially for riding early morning or after dark. Not every block is well lit, including any shortcuts you like to regularly use.

Ninebot Max comes equipped with an upgraded 2.5W "high-brightness" LED headlight mounted right in front of your handlebar control display.

It's aimed to throw a long beam and illuminate your path ahead. But if you're into night-riding, the usual advice - often given with many electric scooters - is to fix up an extra LED headlight.

A small, red LED brake light is mounted on the rear fender. Plus, wide amber reflectors are fixed either side, on both front and rear wheel arms.


Handlebar Control

The Ninebot cockpit gives you all the features you need to manage your ride.

One glance at the bright LED display - operated by one single button - instantly shows speed, battery power and riding mode. A mobile app can also be downloaded to manage these readouts.

Not only is the display bright enough to read in sunlight. It also has a cool feature of dimming at night - to prevent 'screen glare' when the front LED light is on.

Nearly the entire length of the handlebars is generously enclosed in a firm-grip, comfortable tactile rubber.

Other key controls include, thumb throttle, brake lever - and a fully-integrated twist bell loud enough to alert pedestrians ahead.

Build quality and load capacity


NineBot Max rocks urban cool with a smart, commuter vibe.

With it's sturdy-looking sturdy frame, here we have an electric scooter where chunky tires meet muscular, sleek grey finish. For a great, power chic combo.

Designed for the urban long ride and constructed to look it was forged from one piece, heavy metal. Even without suspension, this e scooter is definitely a rock-solid riding experience for handling the daily commute.


A scooter rider always needs to stand comfortably on their deck.

The good news is the Segway Ninebot Max comes fitted with a roomy 17.4 cm (7 in) wide by 50.3 cm (20 in) long deck. It also clears 7.6 cm (3in) from the ground to avoid nasty curb-scrapes.

With a deck-to-handlebar height of 102.1 cm. (40in), you have the space to find your own comfortable riding position. Secure on its raised high-grip, rubber surface across the entire surface.

Most riders should be able to stand with one foot in front of the other - skateboard freestyle! A wider deck also makes for a better ride quality when in cruise mode for longer distances. The maximum rider weight is set at 100kgs (220lbs).


The tough, robust build of the Segway Ninebot Max means it's not the lightest of electric scooters. Weighing in at 19kgs (41lbs) not every rider may feel comfortable to carry more than a short distance.

Riders often recommend that 20 kgs (44 lbs) is the limit for an electric scooter to be considered "portable".

Only the stem folds down via a ultra-solid folding mechanism consisting of a latched lever and rotating safety collar.

The Ninebot Max folds down to (L): 117 cm (46 in) x (W): 48 cm ( 18.8in) x (H): 53 cm (20.8 in). Which may also be on the large side for some riders to easily carry.


Weight: 19 kg (41 lbs)

Folded dimensions: (L): 117 cm (46 in) x (W): 48 cm ( 18.8in) x (H): 53 cm (20.8 in).

Motor power, continuous: 350 W

Maximum speed: 25 km/h (15.5 mph)

Travel Distance: 34.8 kms (21.6 miles)

Battery capacity: 551 Wh

Battery recharge time: 6 hrs

Max rider weight: 100 kg (220 lbs)

Tire Type: 25.4 cm (10 in) pneumatic + self healing

Brake type: Drum + Regenerative Tire type 25.4 cm Pneumatic (Tubeless) + Pneumatic (Tubeless)

Lights: Front LED + Rear red LED

Water resistance: IPX5 (Light rain only)

Xiaomi Essential

Xiaomi Essential, Amazon

Source: Amazon

" Budget scooter ideal for entry-level short distance riders"

Many reviews of recommended scooters would often give mighty praise to the Xiaomi M365. Since launching in 2017/18, it was often claimed to be the best electric scooter out there. Or even the only scooter worth riding.

But in 2020, Xiaomi M365 was quietly replaced by a new electric scooter range, including the Xiaomi Essential (one of two models), with upgraded cockpit, improved tires and lights.

Will the Essential live up to its predecessor?

The Essential is designed by Chinese tech brand, Xiaomi. However, it's manufactured by Ninebot, who also produce Segway electric scooters.

So, is this Xiaomi scooter an "essential" alternative to the Segway NineBot Max?

Let's see...


Straight off... the performance of the Xiaomi Essential is firmly pitched at the budget, first time rider (16+),followed by the short-distance urban commuter.

So, definitely aimed at a good value, entry-level ride for the younger set - not the speed thrills crowd.

Speed and Acceleration

The Xiaomi Essential comes equipped (built-in to the front wheel) with a 250W brushless DC hub motor (500W peak).

The Essential hits a max speed of 20 km/h (12.5 mph), meaning this Xiaomi version is less powerful than both the previous Xiaomi M365 - and the Segway Ninebot Max.

3 Speed Mode Settings

As with many electric scooters you might see in your neighborhood the Essential has three ride modes, each with their own top speed setting:

Speed Mode 1. ECO - Pedestrian: 3 km/h (5 mph)

Speed Mode 2. D - Standard: 15 km/h (9 mph)

Speed Mode 3. S - Sport: 20 km/h (12.5 mph)

Xiaomi Essential, Idealo

Source: Idealo

Cruise Control

Cruise control is always a cool feature. Simply because it saves you having to keep your finger on the throttle.

It automatically kicks in after a few seconds of constant acceleration, then deactivates when you brake.

Hill Climbs

The Essential motor performs well on typical hill climbs of 10 to 18 per cent gradients. Being less powerful than other scooters means the Xiaomi can struggle with steeper inclines on some urban rides.


Battery Life and Range

Xiaomi Essential is not the only scooter - budget or mid-size - made for shorter journeys. But the Essential packs a high powered, 36 v /5.1 Ah with a 187 Wh capacity, Lithium-ion battery.

Xiaomi say they've improved their batteries with BMS - Smart Battery Management System. The Essential takes only 3.5 hours to fully charge - much less time than some other electric scooters.

Giving a range of 20 km (12 miles), so definitely handy for planning short, cross town rides, even at short notice.

The working battery lifetime has also been extended when near full charge (93 per cent) is reached, and is also capable of at least 500 charging cycles.

However, scooter performance will noticeably drop off once the battery level drops below 5 per cent.

Xiaomi Essential, Idealo

Source: Idealo

Tires and Suspension

Newbie riders need to be confident their electric scooter will give a comfortable, smooth ride. Not run the risk of flat tires. Even the best scooters can still catch a flat when riding pavement, concrete or tarmac.

The team at Xiaomi have upgraded their approach to the Essential by enhancing the pneumatic (air-filled) 8.5 in (21.6 cm) diameter tires. It's an important upgrade because of the absence of shock absorbers.

Air filled, pneumatic tires are different from solid rubber tires. They allow the tread to flex and spread more readily to better grip the road surface. Also noticeable when taking corners and tight curves.

Self-sealing puncture repair

The Essential is similar to the Segway Ninebot Max and other budget to mid range scooters, in using enhanced "Puncture-Proof" tire technology.

Both front and rear tires contain a thick but flexible self-sealing substance to more robustly prevent flats.

It works by releasing the substance to immediately plug a puncture cut or tear caused by tread or wall damage during a ride.

The pneumatic tires will maintain enough air cushion to allow you to safely continue riding to where you're heading.


Solid braking is all-important. Even if riding a scooter at low speed, or even walking speed.

The Xiamo Essential is equipped with a dual braking system consisting:

  • Front, E-ABS electronic anti-lock brake system
  • Rear, disc brake with KERS regenerative* assist

Engine movement is slowed down - to a stopping distance of 6m (19.6 ft) - by gently pressing the manual lever on the left handlebar.

*Regenerative braking

The rear braking system includes KERS (kinetic energy recovery system), a type of regenerative power assistance for the battery. Which also increases travel range by around 5-10 per cent.

Xiaomi Essential, Amazon

Source: Amazon


See and be seen whenever you're scootering. It's always massive. Xiaomi have beefed up the illumination on the Essential with 3 types of onboard lighting.

The first type is a powerful 2w LED headlight mounted top of the stem. It puts out an impressive beam to clearly light up the way ahead of up to 9 m (29.5 ft).

Next, there's a size upgrade for the red, rear light, extending right across the width of the rear fender. And will also flash each time you brake.

Thirdly, large amber capsule reflectors are mounted on the front of the stem, side wheel arms, front and rear.

Definitely, enhanced visibility for brief rides in the dusk. Longer night time rides will likely need an extra headlight for added safety.

Handlebar Control

Cockpit controls on many models of electric scooter are increasingly streamlined and tech. Including more entry-level, budget scooters.

The Xiaomi Essential is no exception. Its totally minimalist handlebars feature a multi function dashboard display, neatly mounted at the top of stem, including:

Power button:

  • Press once to power on
  • Hold 2 seconds to power off
  • Single press toggles headlight
  • Double press changes speed mode

dashboard Display includes:

  • Speed (km/h or mph)
  • Ride Mode
  • Headlight
  • Battery level (5 bars)
  • Bluetooth status

Added data - via bluetooth- is provided for both iOS and Android from the official Xiaomi Home app, including:

  • Distance travelled
  • Riding mileage
  • Cruise control settings
  • Firmware updates
  • Scooter locking

The handlebar layout also includes:

  • Left-hand side - brake lever (controls front and rear brakes) and bell.
  • Right-hand side - accelerator button / linear throttle control.

Most of the handlebar area, each side, is firmly enclosed with a comfortable, dimple foam grip for secure control and steering.

Xiaomi Essential, Amazon

Source: Amazon

Build quality and Load capacity


The sleek and sturdy-look Essential is built from high-quality, high-durability aircraft-grade aluminum alloy. A blend of pure aluminum and manganese.

Weight limit and rider height

The Essential is more than able to support riders up to a weight limit of 100kg (220 lbs).

The adjustable height handlebars - between 120cm (47 in) and 200 cm (79 in) - are purpose-built for riders to comfortably stand, control and navigate.

Weighing in at 12kg (26.5lbs) the frame gives this scooter the ideal balance between "solid and light" riding control.


The Essential deck is around average deck size of 45 cm (17.7 in) x 14.7 cm (5.8 in). Its neatly rounded at the corners with super-grip rubber across its entire surface, and enough space for riders to comfortably stand.

A robust deck stand to the rear, left hand side folds away completely, leaving sufficient curb clearance.



Totally portable for the newbie rider. Why?

The Xiaomi Essential not only weighs a skinny 12kgs (26.6lbs), pounds lighter than many other budget scooters. It also folds down in a lightning 3 seconds to a comfortable carry-size of (H) 108cm (42.5 in) x (W) 43cm (16.9in) x (H) 49cm (19.2 in).

When folded - the bell button locks against the rear fender, for an easy scooter carry.

When reassembled - the folding mechanism - a totally solid, locking-latch on the stem - is securely bolted into place with no movement whatsoever.


Weight: 12kgs (26.6lbs)

Folded dimensions: (L) 108cm (42.5 in) x (W) 43cm (16.9in) x (H) 49cm (19.2 in)

Motor power, continuous: 250 W

Top speed: 20 km/h (12.5 mph)

Travel Distance: 20 km (12 miles)

Battery capacity: 187 Wh

Battery recharge time: 3.5 hrs

Max rider weight: 100 kg (220 lbs)

Tire Type: 8.5 in air-filled + puncture self repair

Brake type: Front- mechanical drum brake | Rear- electronic + regenerative brake

Lights: Front LED + Rear red LED + side reflectors

Water resistance: IP54 (Light rain only)

Okai Neon Pro (ES30)

Okai Neon Pro (ES30), Amazon

Source: Amazon

Okai Neon Pro is an electric scooter definitely pro okay for the longer-range, urban commute.

Founded 17 years ago, and a vehicle supply arm from 2011, Okai built its expertise as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) - making components for other brand products.

These days, Okai produce their own scooter brand. Their third and newest ride, is the totally streamlined, styled-up Neon Pro, released at the end of 2022.

The ES30 boasts 25.4 cms (10 in) tyres and 72 kms (44.7 m) max range. A scooter aimed at giving the urban commuter both a good looking and long distance, quality ride. It's also up for some 25km/h (15.5 mph) speedy fun too.

So how bright does the Neon Pro shine?

Let's switch it on...


Speed and Acceleration

Okai have upgraded the Neon Pro with a 350 watt motor, which packs a punchy, top speed of 25km/h (15.5 mph).Safe for local neighborhood limits while still offering a zippy urban commute.

Ideal condition speed tests can actually see the Neon Pro max out at 32.2 km/h (20 mph), with a firm, reliable hold of the ground.

It's some serious bang for the Okai's affordable buck. And more than matches other scooter motors powering those daily urban rides.

Speed Modes

You also get to customize your ride. Select a top speed to best suit your own scootering level or travel conditions. Flick between a safe urban commute and full throttle going-for-it.

  • Speed 1. 4.8 km/h (3 mph) - Economy speed helps maintain battery level and extend travel distance.
  • Speed 2. 14.5 km/h (9 mph) - Steady paced riding for flat urban mileage and even light terrain.
  • Speed 3. 30.6 km/h (19 mph) - Sports modes setting for beating out those concrete speedways.

Hill Climbs

Steep inclines of 25 per cent? This scooter can make it to the top. However, every scooter does need to deal with those typical 10 per cent gradient hill climbs. Speed tests show Okai Neon Pro taking 15 secs at nearly 15 km/h (9 mph).

Beating many other scooters out of the ballpark. Including the Segway Ninebot Max, which manages 17 secs at nearly 13 km/h (8 mph).


OKAI - NEON Pro, Best Buy

Source: Best Buy

Battery Power and Range

The ES30 is well equipped if you're planning some extended rides or have a longer daily commute.

Okai have fitted a 48V | 705.6Wh Samsung 21700 Lithium battery to their Neon Pro, giving greater capacity and discharge at higher currents, and also a longer working life.

Under best riding conditions you may be able to achieve travel distances of up to 80 km (49 miles).

On a single 2A charging time of 8 hours (or 3A charging of 6 hours), a more realistic range is nearer a test average of 43 km (26 miles). Typically carrying a rider weight of 75kg (165.3 lbs)

It's still further than 34.8 kms (21.6 miles) clocked up by the Segway Ninebot Max.

Intelligent Battery Management System (Auto Grade)

Like many of the best electric scooters built for a reliable, urban commute, Okai Neon Pro boasts onboard intelligent BMS (Battery Management System). Given nearly two decades in vehicle OEM, it's good to hear their system is not only smart, it's "Automotive Grade".

The BMS monitors and controls:

  • Over-discharge
  • Overcharging
  • Overloading current
  • Short Circuiting
  • Overheating
  • Battery Balance

Tires and Suspension

Okai have fitted its Neon Pro with 25.4 cm (10in) x 6.4 cm (2.5 in) pneumatic (air filled) tubeless tires, front and rear.

Ride quality and comfort will always rely on the ability of a scooter to absorb the shocks caused by an uneven ground surface, including half-hidden bumps and cracks.

An airfilled tire allows the tread to flex and spread out further, and gain a greater surface grip. It can give a firmer hold for cornering, and manoeuvering sideways.

In many cases, only scooters with tubeless tires can prevent the common "pinch flat", also known as the "snake bite".

A snake-bite is - two holes which result from the edge of the rim piercing the tread and/or bead of the tire. This happens when the wheel hits the curb with enough force to cause an instant flat.

Tubeless tires also work better with self healing, puncture gel, which line the tires of the Ninebot Max. Pre-installed self healing gel is not included with the Okia Neon Pro tires, neither front nor rear shock absorbers for suspension.



Okai have installed a securely, enclosed, damage-proof dual braking system consisting:

  • Front - Electronic Brake + Regenerative braking*
  • Rear - Disc Brake

Under best surface conditions it is possible the Neon Pro can achieve a stopping distance of 4.4m (14.4 ft) in 0.1 secs. Average stopping distances - from 24.2 km/h (15 mph) - are closer to 5.1 m (16ft).

*Regenerative Braking - uses braking energy stored in the battery for additional power.


An electric scooter branded as "Neon" has to be all aglow with some awesome illumination. The Okai ES30 certainly seems to live up to its 'Neon' name. And then some.

Okai have installed:

  • Powerful, adjustable front LED headlight - in front of the handlebars for a high beam.
  • Permanent, rear LED tail light/brake light combo,which gets brighter when braking.
  • Amber reflectors -either side of the front wheel arm.
  • Hi-vis RGB LED strips - running up the entire stem and underneath the length of the deck. The stem and deck illumination is programmable, from default blue. By brightness, color, and effect for scooter status - whether in ride, stationary, standby or charge mode.

Handlebar Control

The Neon Pro cockpit is a shining example of hyper-minimalist cool. Giving intuitive, finger and thumb control within easy reach. The compact 44.7 cm (17.6in) handlebars are more than half enclosed, left and right, by a fine-textured, supergrip rubber.

Action is simplicity, itself, with three 'switchable' hi-res LCD screen displays atop the handlebars, including large, digital speedometers.

Activated by the one power button left hand side, at a glance you have an instant, seamless view of:

  • Power
  • Speed
  • Cruise Control
  • Lights

Left hand side - is also the manual brake lever and bell

Right hand side - is an easy-press, textured grip, thumb throttle

*Bluetooth - NFC Smart Unlock

Okia offers a Smart Check by incorporating bluetooth via its global app.

Functions include:

  • Lock/unlock
  • Speed mode
  • Cruise control
  • Zero Start
  • Battery level
  • Ride history
  • Customized ride mode
  • LED deck light mode

Build quality and Load capacity

Cool riding in the urban jungle means scooters need to have the look. Okai are putting their design chops out there with the Neon Pro.

OKAI - NEON Pro, Best Buy

Source: Best Buy


The frame is 6000 Series Aircraft grade aluminum, built for maximum resilience in the urban sprawl. Okai say their labs have put the ES30 through 300,000 durability tests.

As with many of the new scooters, the elegant curves and clean lines look like the entire frame was cast from a single sheet of metal.

No unsightly welding joins the deck frame to front fork. The Neon Pro appears to stand invincible in a robust black or white finish.


The Okia deck is definitely built for the rigours of both daily, urban ride and long haul scootering.

The deck spans a generous 48.8cm (19.2 in) x 17.3cm (6.8in) - almost matching the Segway Ninebot Max at 50.3 cm (20 in) x 17.4 cm (7 in).

There's enough space for standing 'firm but easy' at your cockpit. Your foothold is also helped by a high grip, gray diamond-patterned rubber, covering the entire deck surface.

Deck to curb clearance is 7.6cm (3in) and a bright, white deck stand, front left-hand side folds neatly away.


Neon Pro is built for urban durability and long range commutes. Weighing in at 21 kgs (46.2 lbs), it's no portable lightweight, either. It is slightly heavier than the Segway Ninebot Max (19kgs (41lbs).

However, the scooter does fold neatly down to a compact 116.8cm (46in) x 45.7 cm (18in) x 48.2 cm (19in). So no hassle in carrying up stairs, on public transport or storing in an auto trunk.

The folding action is an awesome "single-action, lever-pull" only - comparable to the Unagi Model One. And despite the handle bars not folding.

There's no deck hook. The stem automatically locks into the center position. To unfold, the lever is pulled one time again to release the stem and firmly lock it back upright.


Weight: 21 kgs (46.2 lbs)

Folded dimensions: 116.8cm (46in) x 45.7 cm (18in) x 48.2 cm (19in)

Motor power (continuous): 350 W

Top speed: 32.1 km/h (20 mph)

Travel distance: 80 km (49 miles)

Battery capacity: 705.6Wh

Battery recharge time: 8 hours

Max rider weight: 100 kgs (220 lbs)

Brake type: Front-Electronic + Regenerative | Rear-Disc

Tire type: 25.4 cms (10 in) pneumatic, tubeless.

On-board lights: Front LED and Rear light red LED + stem | deck RGB strip

Water resistance: IP55 (water resistance from any direction)

Daniel Foley
Daniel Foley

Daniel tests all the latest e-scooters and currently enjoys the Unagi Voyager as a daily driver for it's light weight, good range, and stylish look.

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