Segway has been leading the personal transport market for some time and for good reason. Their designs are excellent and provide many solid features that make each model a joy to ride. The Ninebot KickScooter ES4 continues this trend by offering a great selection of perks that are sure to please both new and experienced riders alike. While a bit pricey, it offers great value for anyone who doesn’t mind splurging on quality products from a household name brand like Segway.
- LED Display – Simple to read control panel that also connects to a phone app via Bluetooth. It is easy to manage cruise control settings, view diagnostic data, and engage the anti-theft locking system with just a few taps.
- Comfortable Ride – Front and rear shock absorbers reduce bumpiness on difficult terrain and at higher speeds.
- Folding Design – The one-touch folding system makes it a snap to compactly store or carry the scooter in a matter of seconds.
- Customizable Ambient Lights – The illuminated bottom can be customized with multiple colors and dimmed to preserve battery life.
Motor and Battery
The ES4 has a powerful motor that peaks at 800 watts when you put the pedal to the metal going up a steep hill. Regular usage sees the motor use roughly 300 watts when traversing more flat terrain.
The dual batteries provide an excellent charge that can last up to 28 miles. This was more than enough to get everywhere we tried to go in our city. It takes about 7 hours to fully charge the battery so it is best done overnight.
Range and Speed
This scooter can get up to 19 mph when sports mode is active. This is the fastest option but can lower the total range significantly. There is a more balanced regular mode that can reduce the top speed in order to improve range.
There is even a power saver mode which further reduces the top speed while extending the range to more than 30 miles. We found the regular mode offered the best compromise between performance and stamina.
The ES4 is an incredibly sturdy piece of equipment that really lives up to the Segway name. The frame is strong and the hold scooter weighs 31 pounds. This is a bit heavier than other similar models but it is still very easy to haul somewhere.
The footpad has a solid textured grip that makes it comfortable to stand on for long periods. The handlebars feel great in your hands and it is easy to steer. You can choose from either dark grey or silver and both look stylish.
The front tire is 8 inches and the rear one is 7.5. They both are built with quality in mind and will no doubt reduce the amount of maintenance needed over time.
There are two different braking mechanisms used y the ES4. The front tire is governed by an electrical brake that can be accessed from the handlebars. The rear wheel features a mechanical brake that provides maximum stability during stops.
The brakes responded rapidly when we engaged them and we always felt pretty safe when going at top speed. Good handling makes it an excellent system for first-time riders.
It is vital to ensure any scooter has been UL certified before riding it. The ES4 has the UL 2272 certificate which means it went through the most rigorous battery tests before being approved. You won’t need to worry about this scooter blowing up on you.
The rear lights will ensure you are easy to see at night and won’t blind you in the process. The shock absorption also provides protection on uneven terrain or in the event of a collision.
Using the included battery charger and storing the scooter in a cool, dry place will ensure it stays at its best for many years to come.
Segway offers a 12-month warranty on the product as a whole. Individual parts such as the battery will be replaced for free if it dies within the first 180 days. Handlebar grips and other parts subject to wear are only covered for 90 days.
We called up customer service to see how well they could handle a variety of questions and concerns potential buyers may have. The staff was friendly and able to answer common questions or at least refer us to a supervisor who could.
Overall there are some solid customer service reviews left on sites like Amazon. We tend to agree with these reviews as our time on the phone was very pleasant and informative.
It is fairly obvious that the ES4 was designed with the city in mind only. It struggles on any surface that isn’t pavement. Those with many dirt or gravel roads near them might want to look elsewhere.
Of course, we also need to address the elephant in the room. The enormous price tag will prove to be a barrier to entry for many. There are plenty of less expensive alternatives that still provide a reasonable driving experience.
Who Is The Segway Ninebot ES4 Best Suited For?
If money is no object and you desire a reliable name brand than this is the scooter for you. It sports many cutting edge features that will surely delight anyone who loves new tech.
It is also great for those in larger cities who will need to travel further distances each day. The extended battery life will get you where you need to go every time. Those in rural areas that don’t have pavement everywhere may want to steer clear.
Summing It All Up
Segway’s latest offering is a solid upgrade over the ES3 and provides many technological advances to get excited about. The large battery capacity and top speed make it a great personal transport vehicle and a fun toy.
The price is high but the built quality and feature set ultimately make it a justifiable purchase for those who want the best equipment money can buy. We greatly enjoyed our time with the ES4 and look forward to Segway’s next offering.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can you take it on a plane and use it in another country?
No. Lithium batteries are not allowed on flights whether they are checked or not.
Can you exceed the weight limit of 220 pounds?
Yes. When tested with a 330-pound friend of ours, the scooter still reached 19 mph after a slower start. The suspension did begin to bottom out though so it may not be the best idea if you plan on riding it frequently.
How do you lock the ES4?
It features an electronic lock that is tied to the app. This only stops the motor from running so a U lock or cable will be needed as well to prevent someone from picking it up and walking off with it.
Does the ES4 feature a safe start mechanism?
Yes. You have to give the scooter an initial push with your foot before the engine takes off in earnest.