- Mobile app
- Fully folding
- 600W motor
- Dual battery
- LED headlights
- IPX4 water resistant
- Front spring suspension
- Top speed of 15.5 mp/h
- Range of approx. 28 miles
- Weighs just 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
- Removable 374 Wh Li-ion battery
- Smart Battery Management System
- Electrical & Mechanical braking
- Free shipping on orders over $99
- 1 year warranty for official purchases
- Supports weights of up to 220 lbs (100 kg)
- Tackles inclines inclines of up to 15 degrees
- Choose from 3 riding modes; speed limit, standard & sport mode
- Mediocre top speed
- Poor rear suspension
- No off-road functionality
Specification: Segway Ninebot ES3 Review 2021
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Segway Ninebot ES3 Review 2021 & Overview
Welcome to our Segway Ninebot ES3 review for 2021. Originally releasing just over 2 years ago, it’s impressive how well this model has held up against modern competitors. In fact, this model was one of the first electric scooters with two batteries; greatly improving upon range and performance.
Without spoiling too much in this section, these batteries are lithium-ion, one of the best battery types available. This helps contribute to its above average performance regarding range and battery life. Segway were one of, if not the first company to pioneer the personal electric vehicle trend, originally releasing back in 2001. Since then they’ve expanded massively, operating world and with a huge team behind research & development.
With the original Segway design retired last July, they’ve moved on to their Ninebot electric scooter and hoverboard ranges; offering much cheaper, compact and accessible models to the public. For example, this ES3 variant is just one of 4 main models, each offering differing performance and price to suit a variety of budgets. Learn more about this in the rest of our review below.
Speed, Power & Distance
Speed, Power & Distance
Moving our 2021 Segway Ninebot ES3 review onto speed, power & distance. Bolstered by a 600W motor, this eScooter propels riders to speeds of up to 15.5 mp/h, similar to the rest of the models in this range. The motor also boasts a decent amount of torque, allowing riders to easily tackle inclines of up to 15 degrees. Whilst these current figures are pretty average, the 28 mile range is pretty impressive; much greater than what we usually see on similarly priced scooters.
This is obviously thanks to the dual Lithium-ion batteries, which we discuss in greater detail in our battery life & charging section. Technically, riders can carry multiple spare batteries, essentially doubling, tripling, etc. their range. We believe its light weight of 13.6 kg (30 lbs) also contributes to its decent range and acceleration, however please note that variables such as rider weight, terrain, incline, etc. will impact overall performance. Learn more about this mid-budget electric scooter in the rest of our 2021 Segway Ninebot ES3 review.
How fast does it go?
Top speed of 15.5 mp/h (25 km/h). Rider weight, terrain, incline, etc. will impact overall performance.
Segway state that this eScooter best suits those aged 14+, between 3’11” and 6’6″. In terms of recommended weight, this model supports up to 220 lbs (100 kg), just over 7.3 times its own weight. Their team further states the minimum recommended weight for this model as 55 lbs (25 kg).
What is the range/distance?
28.0 miles (45 km), a great range for a mid-budget eScooter. Alongside this, riders can utilise the swappable external battery feature, effectively doubling/tripling, etc. their range.
Battery Life & Charging
Battery Life & Charging
Bringing our 2021 Segway Ninebot ES3 review onto battery life & charging; of which this model certainly exceeds. As previously mentioned, this eScooter was one of the first to incorporate dual batteries; contributing to an above average range compared to competitors. With 374 Wh internal & external Lithium-ion batteries, riders can conveniently charge their ride from nearly anywhere.
Although released a couple of years ago, we’ve seen very few competitors copy this, either due to budget or development issues. The fact that Segway were able to make this work whilst retaining a light weight of just 30 lbs is pretty impressive. Now, some may believe that double the battery means double the charge time, however the Ninebot ES3 also disproves this.
Riders can fully charge their empty eScooter in 7 hours, on par with most competitors. This is typically an average and unimpressive time, however this scooter does double the work; charging twice as much in the same amount of time. Alongside all this, the Ninebot ES3 also utilises a smart battery management system.
This SBMS protects against over-heating/current/charge, short circuiting and other common faults that put battery life at risk. To conclude this section, all in all we were fairly impressed with the innovation on display here & hope to see more like this in the future. Continue reading our Segway Ninebot ES3 review for 2021 & learn about the design & ergonomics behind this model.
How long does it take to charge?
Approx. 7 hours from empty.
Battery protection & safety
This model contains both internal & external batteries, all IPX4 water resistant and likely UL 2272 certified. Alongside this, both batteries feature a Battery Management System; protecting against overheating, overcurrent and other common electrical faults.
How long will the battery last for?
Lithium-ion batteries typically last between 500-1000+ charge cycles, approx. 2-3+ years of continuous use charging once daily.
Design & Ergonomics
Design and Ergonomics
Switching gear to the design & ergonomics section of our 2021 Segway Ninebot ES3 review; which introduces a number of features to address, such as dual batteries, lighting, mobile app and more. The overall design of this model great, offering a wide and spacious deck that remains comfortable to stand and manoeuvre on. The centrally situated display clearly showcases speed and battery life, allowing riders to easily check their ride status as a brief glance.
Lightweight aluminium alloy is used to ensure durability whilst retaining a light weight of just 30 lbs (13.6 kg). We feel that Segway pushed forth a number of new design trends with this model, with even some modern competitors utilising the same shape and design choices.
Much like most electric scooters on the market, the ES3 remains fully folding. This allows for effortless transportation & storage wherever you are, greatly increasing its utility as an electric scooter for commuters. Riders can choose from 3 speed modes and match their mood or skill level; ranging from speed limit mode, standard mode and sport mode. Furthermore, riders can relax a little with cruise control, activated through the mobile app.
Through this mobile app, users can also customise their ride, or run diagnostics should any issues arise. Whilst a little extra rear suspension would be nice, this isn’t an issue provided you stick to flat & even surfaces. All in all, a very solid design & comfortable ride, packed full of features and great performance for the price!
What material is it made from?
Lightweight aluminium alloy, lithium-ion cells, rubber.
Suitable for use as a regular scooter?
Yes – Should you turn off your eScooter or run out of battery, expect to start moving those muscles!
Does it connect to your smartphone via app or Bluetooth?
Build quality and ease of use
Bringing our 2021 Segway Ninebot ES3 review onto build quality & ease of use. With a frame forged from aluminium alloy, it’s no surprise that this model can withstand a number of harsh hits and slams without denting or warping.
This durability is also accompanied by an impressively light weight of just 30 lbs, contributing to its overall effectiveness as a low-cost electric scooter for commuting. This also attests to Segway’s use of high quality components and emphasis on quality control, going as far as to offer 1 year warranty on all official purchases.
Everything is tightly screwed on, with no clanking or clattering of loose parts when shaking this model around. 8″ (front) and 7.5″ (rear) solid rubber tires result in great grip and eliminates any risk of puncturing. However, some may prefer air-filled tires, as they are cheaper to replace and offer some additional shock absorption. Even two years down the line, it seems that many competitors use the same design choices as Segway’s Ninebot range, true trendsetters!
In terms of ease of use, it really couldn’t get much easier to mount, ride or dismount this model. As previously mentioned, the display is centrally situated and allows for riders to quickly & easily check their mileage, battery life, speed and more. Using the mobile app, riders can also set up cruise control for longer journeys, another positive for its potential role as an electric scooter for commuters.
Three speed modes allow riders to match their skill level or mood, ranging from speed limit, normal and sport modes. The frame remains fully folding, allowing for easy transport and storage, another bonus for commuters and casual riders alike. To conclude this section, we believe this model is well built and easy to use, offering a comfortable ride and holding its own even 2 years later. Learn more about this model in the rest of our Segway Ninebot ES3 review for 2021!
Safety & Usability on the road
Safety and usability on the road
Switching to the most important section of our 2021 Segway Ninebot ES3 review; safety and usability on the road. This is a key concern for any aware rider, as personal safety remains paramount at all times, especially when riding on the road.
Anti-slip rubber is used throughout the deck/standing area, allowing for much greater grip and preventing against slipping. Riders can quickly reach the brakes, thanks to the inclusion of both mechanical and electrical braking. Front shock absorption soaks up some minor potholes, although we don’t recommend putting this to the test.
Whilst intended as a roadside/urban electric scooter, it’s clear that this model best suits smooth and even surfaces. Whilst the IPX4 water resistance could be a little better, it’s still a decent level of protection against dust & water ingress. However, the most significant is the inclusion of a bright LED headlight, allowing riders to see and stay seen at all hours.
This is especially important when riding on the roads with offer traffic. Coupled with side & rear reflector strips, we feel like it’s almost hard to be missed when riding one of these. Although a great addition, we still recommend riders wear adequate safety gear, such as high-visibility clothing, helmet, gloves, etc.
Is the Segway Ninebot ES3 waterproof?
Yes – This model claims a water resistance rating of IPX4, offering moderate protection. Learn more about IP ratings here.
Restrictions and availability
Firstly, the legalities of these PEV’s remains disputed depending on your region. As such, please double check your local laws and regulations to ensure that such transportation methods remain legal in your area. Many suppliers state that this is up to the customer to ensure.
Segway offers 1 year warranty on all official purchases, with free shipping on orders over $99 and responsive customer support available throughout the week. As usual, thanks for reading our Segway Ninebot ES3 review for 2021, please leave a comment if you have any questions or think we’ve missed something. Alternatively, read the rest our reviews on electric scooters.
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Alongside active deals, you can also learn more about previous sales & offers to better get an understanding of what to expect. Uncover these Segway Ninebot ES3 coupons & discount codes below, or continue reading for some of the biggest Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals of 2021. Whilst we aim to keep this section updated, please note that some of these coupons will eventually expire. If you think we’ve missed something, please contact us.
Segway Ninebot ES3 Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals & discounts 2021
Of course, no review is complete without our Black Friday section. Those hoping for seasonal savings on the Segway Ninebot ES3 this Black Friday or Cyber Monday 2021 will do well to check back here closer to the date. Last year, we found a number of deals and discounts on a huge number of models, alongside a sitewide Segway sale.
As such, we believe it more than likely that their team will follow suit again this 2021, offering Black Friday discounts on a number of their products. Whether or not the ES3 will see some savings currently remains a mystery. Visit our complete 2021 Segway coupons page here.