Segway Ninebot ES2 Folding Electric Kick Scooter Review

If you are looking for an enjoyable experience with an electric scooter, you should check out the Segway Ninebot ES2.

The Segway’s Ninebot ES1 success in 2019 had inevitably paved way to a follow-up product whose design was aimed at improving the original—that is, the Ninebot ES2. Both the ES1 and the ES2 were successful releases, based on sales.

The price range higher than Xiaomi’s first and former flagship entry in the electric scooter space, many cannot help but wonder whether or not the ES2 is worth the more expensive price tag. Therefore, let us give this Ninebot ES2 and Xiaomi M365 comparison a quick look.

Ninebot ES2 vs Xiaomi M365

On paper, the Ninebot ES2 may seem like a mixed between being inferior from and superior to the Xiaomi M365. But in areas where the former lags behind are also segments which it can surpass with an add-on. Particularly, an attachable battery which significantly boosts the device’s capability in terms of speed and mileage.

Opting for the addition accessory, of course, would mean an increase to the device’s overall cost, not to mention a significant rise to the electric scooter’s weight by a small margin. This also suggests that the Ninebot ES2 mostly only beat the Xiaomi M365 in actual performance when—and only when—it has an extra supply of juice attached to it. If that is even “fair”.

Segway Ninebot ES2 Folding Electric Kick Scooter, Dark Grey

While the metrics of both electric scooters’ performance is one thing about judging them, there are also nuances which makes one significantly better or worse than another which cannot be quantified.

For instance, the Ninebot ES2 has a suspension mechanism—which the Xiaomi M365 lacks—built into it which gives it a little bit of flexibility when force is applied against it, whether as a result of a bumpy road or a user hopping to it. Although not ideally used in uneven surface, some people would still find the feel about the “bumps” with the Xiaomi M365 a downside when experienced.

Furthermore, while both devices appear modern and sophisticated to appear elegantly on the road, the Ninebot ES2 sports a cleaner—almost flawless—design. It makes for an appealing sight up close as it is from a certain distance.

However, instead of comparing the Ninebot ES2 with Xiaomi M365, let us talk about the former’s strengths as a unique product.

Mileage (Better with additional battery)

At full charged battery—3 hours approximate charging time—the Ninebot ES2 runs at a top speed of 15.5 mph and could run to up to 25 kilometers of distance. This is by using only its main battery alone. Putting in a second battery to complement the device, the performance increases to 18.6 mph and reaches to a total distance travel of 45 kilometers, give or take.

Considering all other similar products in the market, including the Xiaomi M365’s performance, the benchmarked performance is good, even without the battery attached. While controversial for its price, those who could afford the ES2’s proprietary external battery would also provide significant benefit to the electric scooter’s performance.

Segway Ninebot ES2 Folding Electric Kick Scooter, Dark Grey

Whether or not the hefty price of the battery is worth it would be highly subjective to a person—for many, given the $190, it may not be.

But then again, why spend a “fortune” on an additional battery for the extra mileage when the electric scooter itself is capable of far greater distances, even without the “electric” in its label? It simply is still usable even when completely out of juice.

Quality of Life Improvements

It is hard to highlight some of the major strengths of the Ninebot ES2 without comparing it to another similar device. For yet another comparison, let us make use of the Xiaomi M365 as a point of reference.

One of the major drawbacks of the Xiaomi M365 is in how it folds. While not necessarily a difficult thing to do, the mechanism is not entirely smooth either. In fact, it is also around this area where the M365 made a mistake, as far as maintaining the electric scooter’s rigidity.

On the other hand, the Ninebot ES2 is far easier to handle and does not compromise on the device’s ideal “inflexibility”. This is given primarily by the two electric scooter’s ostensive disparity in the schematics.

Segway Ninebot ES2 Folding Electric Kick Scooter, Dark Grey

But do not mistake the Ninebot ES2 as being “stiff” in all of its design. Unlike the M365 which is indeed firm in most places, the ES2 also employs a bit of flexibility in it. Thanks to the suspension mechanics embedded into the electric scooter, in addition to the two shock absorbers at the front and the rear.

Segway Ninebot ES2 Folding Electric Kick Scooter, Dark Grey

Another advantage of using a Ninebot ES2 is in its clever employing of the lighting system which gives its user’s a visible presence in and against the dark. This means that with a lighting system on, the users are relatively safer from harm at nighttime, which is truly handy in areas without much light.

Specification

  • Speed up to 15.5 mph
  • A distance of up to 15.5 miles per charge
  • Hub motor 300W (700W peak)
  • Lithium-ion 36V 5.2Ah
  • Weight 27 lbs.
  • 5” rear & 8” front hard rubber tires
  • Can tackle slopes up to 10 degrees

Pros

  • The cleanliness of the Ninebot ES2 makes it a paragon in terms of layout among electric scooters
  • The improved motor hub of the ES1 in ES2 makes it capable of sustaining both a better and a boosted performance
  • Fold easily for easier portability

Cons

  • The Ninebot ES2 battery is more costly

Conclusion

The Segway Ninebot ES2 is hard to recommend considering the presence of a major contender like the Xiaomi M365, in terms of cost-to-performance ratio. But to those who are not too concerned about the expense of acquiring an amazing electric scooter, then the Ninebot ES2 easily makes for a good option.

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