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Electric scooters are great fun for adults and children alike. Still, there are extra factors and safety measures you should consider when purchasing an electric scooter for a child.
Our ultimate guide will discuss everything from electric scooter age limits to how to choose the best electric scooter for your kid to help you purchase your child’s new favourite Christmas present.
Can kids of all ages ride electric scooters?
For your child’s safety, we recommend only children aged 8 and over, with a maximum weight limit of 60kg or 80kg depending on the model, should ride electric scooters. This is because children of this age have better motor skills and awareness of their surroundings to control the scooter safely. However, an electric scooter for kids is the perfect way to give your little ones some freedom during their playtime.
How to choose the best electric scooter for your kid
Foot to floor ride on vehicles or kick scooters are great for children who are not old enough to have the crucial motor skills to properly control an electric scooter or electric ride on car on their own.
Once they have learned how to control their ride on toys, they will be best suited for an electric scooter that matches their age, weight, and usage.
Electric scooters for ages 8 to 12
Here at Electric Ride On Cars, we have a wide selection of electric scooters for your child to choose from. For example, our Kids 120 Watt Electric Scooter With Lithium Battery comes in a range of colours, a max speed of 10 KM/H and a charge time of only 2 hours! A perfect electric scooter for a 10-year-old!
Alternatively, we have an electric scooter for 8 or 9-year-olds, which is great for nipping about. The Kids 120w Twist N Go E-Scooter has simple, easy to use controls for acceleration, speed and braking. Perfect for adventures outdoors!
Electric scooters for ages 13 +
For older children, we also have a great range of larger and more powerful scooters than their younger counterparts. Your older ones will love flying around on their new E-scooter With a Seat or even a kids hoverboard that reaches a maximum speed of 12km/h, has colourful LED lights and built-in music speakers to be the envy of all of their friends.
Electric scooters for adults
We don’t only provide electric scooters for kids; we also offer electric scooters for adults too! With an average 3-4 hour charge time, your new electric scooter can take you 15-20km before it needs charging again, perfect for nipping around town.
What else do I need to consider?
Aside from your child’s age, there are other things you need to consider when choosing the perfect electric scooter for your child. Below we have outlined 7 other factors you need to consider before purchase.
Not every motor is made equal, and depending on the size of the engine in the electric scooter, you could get different speeds out of your toy. For example, a 120w motor is more powerful than a 70w motor, meaning it will reach higher maximum speeds and go a longer distance. If you’re buying for a younger child, getting an electric scooter with a smaller motor could be better.
Battery charging time
If your child will be using their electric scooter a lot, considering how long it will take to charge the battery is important. You don’t want a battery that’s going to take all day to charge as your child won’t be able to go out and enjoy themselves; instead, get them an electric scooter with a lithium-ion battery for their fast charging capabilities.
As mentioned above, the bigger the motor, the further you will travel with your electric scooter, and you’ll get the most out of it. Consider your usage needs before purchasing to ensure you get an electric scooter that will go the distance.
Higher top speeds will always be better and safer for older kids as they are better equipped to deal with the handling requirements at that speed. You don’t want to give a younger kid a scooter with a higher top speed than they can handle as they won’t have a comfortable ride.
Scooters can have front or back brakes, depending on the model. Rear brakes are typically better for older children as front brakes can shift the rider’s weight forwards quickly, affecting balance and control.
There are different types of throttle to consider – twist-grip throttle and button throttle. Some children may find twist throttles not as comfortable to maintain during play compared to button throttles, so it is always best to use your judgement for your child.
Deck length and width
The size of the foot deck is important. What is comfortable for your child differs depending on what they prefer. Usually, more extended and broader foot decks offer more room for older and taller children.
Safety rules for riding electric scooters
We all want to ensure our children remain safe while out playing with their toys; that’s why we recommend the following safety precautions are taken by your child when they play with their electric scooter:
- Always wear protective gear such as a helmet, gloves and knee pads
- Appropriate footwear is advised
- Keeping hands on the handlebars at all times
- Don’t use a mobile while riding
- Be careful or avoid sudden changes in surface terrain
- Parents should always supervise while your child is riding their electric scooter
How to care for your electric scooter
Keep your electric scooter adequately maintained with our advice on how to care for a kid’s electric scooter. To begin, visually check the scooter before each use to ensure it is safe to use. It is also essential to check the brakes by pulling the brake lever before each ride to ensure your child will stop in an emergency. Finally, charge the battery after each ride, and replace any parts if you need to to keep your scooter running to the best of its ability.
FAQs about kids electric scooters
Below you will find the most commonly asked questions about kids electric scooters to ensure you are completely informed about your next purchase.
What is the best electric scooter for a 10-year-old?
At Electric Ride On Cars, we have an incredible range of scooters to pick from which are suited for 10-year-olds and above. Our kids 120 watt electric scooter with lithium battery is a great option and available in several bright colours including blue, green, pink and red. If your child is looking for something with a seat, then the kids e-scooter 120w with seat might be the best option. This scooter is easy to fold down and transport and also features a comfy removable leather seat.
Is an electric scooter suitable for a 5-year-old kid?
Usually, electric scooters are not suitable for a 5-year-old kid. Our ride on electric scooters are mostly suitable for children aged 8 years + due to the speeds and distance they can travel. See our dedicated kid’s electric scooter page for more information.
Can kids use an adult electric scooter?
Older kids could use an adult electric scooter with plenty of adult supervision, the proper safety gear and ensuring it isn’t used in a hazardous location such as the main road. Younger kids should not be using an adult electric scooter as they will not have the same experience or confidence to ride an adult scooter as a teenager would.
Does a child need a helmet for a scooter?
Yes, they do. It is always best advised that your child wears full protective gear when riding their scooter to prevent any injury, especially a helmet.
Learn more about electric scooters and which is best for your child below:
- 5 Reasons you should consider owning an electric scooter
- Electric Scooters for Adults & Kids, are they legal in the UK?
- 4 Reasons why we love kids electric scooters