You’ve done the research, compared models, and finally found the one that’s best for you. Now your e-scooter has finally arrived! So what next? In this 6-step guide we cover the basics of e-scooter setup, from unboxing to hitting the road.
Step 1: UnboxMost e-scooters are securely packaged and delivered in boxes. We suggest you carry the box right side up, and unbox your e-scooter in a room with plenty of space. When taking the e-scooter out of the box, don’t lift the e-scooter from the stem but from the base, as the last thing you want to do is damage the folding mechanism. Use the kickstand to keep the e-scooter stable and upright while you properly set it up. Don’t forget to inspect the box – there should be a manual, warranty, assembly tools, battery charging cables (among other additional items that might come with your ride).
Step 2: Inspect
Yes, your e-scooter was securely packaged. Yes, it reached you safely and in one piece. But you should still inspect it for damage. If something is wrong, check the returns policy and make sure to get in touch to find out what your options are.
Step 3: Unfold
Different models have different folding mechanisms. Some have a clasp, or a heavy-duty steel pin, or don’t even fold and need to be locked into place with a metal frame. But the basic principle remains the same and should be fairly intuitive. You want to unfold the stem into an upright position and click or lock it into place so that there’s no stem wobble. If need be, check your manual for more information.
Step 4: Lock
Now it’s time to set up your cockpit. Begin by locking the handlebars into place. For most entry-level e-scooters, this involves correctly positioning the handlebars on the stem and then locking them into place by inserting stem bolts into the stem bolt recesses on the stem. Use an Allen key or the multi-tool that comes with your e-scooter to tighten the stem bolts – just make sure not to overtighten, as you don’t want to damage the handlebars or stem.
To correctly position the handlebars, make sure they line up perpendicular to the front wheel (so that steering is accurate). After the handlebars are locked into place, you should check the placement of the brakes and display are to your liking and comfortably within reach. Just be careful not to tamper with the brake lines.
Watch our video guide on how to set up and adjust your brakes.
Step 5: Tighten
At this stage, you’re nearly done! All you need to do is a final check to make sure there are no loose bolts. It’s also worth checking your tyres to see if they need to be pumped. Most tyres indicate their optimal psi on their sides, so be sure to keep an eye out for that detail.
Watch our video guide on what to look out for when checking your nuts and bolts.
Step 6: Charge
Now for a bit of patience! Fully charge your e-scooter – for most models, this should take anywhere between 5 to 8 hours. During this time you might want to go through your manual to make sure your e-scooter is fully set up. Check out our guide on e-scooter charging to learn more about what you can do to improve battery-life.
And that’s it! With the battery fully charged, you are now ready to roll. If you’re wondering “how do you fold an e-scooter?”, take a look at the folding mechanism and what locks it into place. We also have a guide on how to store and maintain your e-scooter. Before you head out, remember to play it safe and wear protective gear. Enjoy!