Electric scooters have fast become a common site on the roads of UK towns and cities since they made the leap across the pond in 2019. They still remain illegal on our roads (at the time of writing this post) due to archaic legislation; but I challenge you to NOT to spot one on your daily commute. I’m sure the majority of you reading this probably know someone that owns one, if you don’t already own one yourself.
But did you know that the majority of entry-level scooters readily available on the UK market do not offer the water-resistance recommended for use in wet weather? And let’s be honest – the UK can get pretty wet, even in the summer months!
Fear not; There is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow after all – and it can be found at your nearest Pure Electric store, in the form of the All New Pure Air and Pure Air Pro IP65 water-resistant electric scooters.
Both scooters have been pitched at affordable prices, steered towards the entry-level market. The Pure Air comes in at £399 – an absolute steal for a scooter that has a comparable spec to the Xiaomi M365 (priced at £469) with the added bonus of bigger wheels for increased stability and IP65 water resistance for when the heavens open.
The Pure Air has a really cool multi-functional round LED display integrated to the top stem; similar to that of the Ninebot Segway E22E (priced at £379) but with a more slick design; giving you read outs for speed, charge levels, speed modes and more. There’s even a Bluetooth app for Apple and Android on the horizon (release date TBC) that will offer further rider metrics when connected to your smart phone.
Both scooters have a limited top speed of 15mph (25kph) which should fall in-line with expected UK rules when they update legislation. On a full charge (5.5hrs from flat) they have a range of between 18.6 miles (Pure Air) and 22.4 miles (Pure Air Pro).
Have a a bit more money to play with? Then why not consider the Pure Air Pro priced at £579. Like its younger sibling it boasts the IP65 rating, larger 10″ tyres and robust build quality, however comes with the 350W motor upgrade. While this doesn’t gain you any more speed (limited to 25kph/ 15mph) it will give you an additional 6km range and will manage steeper inclines more effectively.
Personally – I would save the pennies (£180) and stick with the Pure Air as the Air Pro adds an additional 0.5kgs (17kg total) which you’ll really feel lugging on and off public transport.
And while the upgraded, multi-functional back-lit display packs in more features; I feel it lacks the clean, integrated aesthetic of the Pure Air LED display – looking rather more like a bolt on trip computer. The majority of these additional features are likely to be available through the Bluetooth app when its launched too.
Buy with Confidence!
Pure Electric are the UK’s leading electric scooter company with 13 stores scattered from London to Glasgow where you can try before you buy and get some expert first-hand advice on your purchase. They even have a really handy Online Selector Tool that will help you narrow down your choice suited to your everyday needs.
The Pure Air scooter range comes with a 12 month manufacture backed warranty covering you for against any original defects in materials and workmanship from the date of purchase.
For added peace of mind – the Pure Electric workshops across the country offer an E-scooter Service Pack for just £40 giving you:
- Full Safety Check
- Brake Adjustment or Set Up
- Steering Column Adjustment
- Electrical Contact Cleaned
- Battery Health Check
- Firmware Updates
What is an IP rating?
An IP rating is given to an electrical product to indicate its resistance to moisture and dirt ingress. IP stands for ‘I-ngress P-rotection and is followed by a two digit number. These numbers should actually be read as separate digits; the first number relating to the level of ‘solids’ ingress protection (dust/ dirt etc) and the second number relating to the level of ‘liquids’ ingress protection (moisture/ rain/ water etc). Ideally your scooter should have a rating of IP65 for everyday use in wet weather.
See the table below for a breakdown of the different levels of protection for both solids and liquids.
How does the Pure Air/ Air Pro Stack up with the competition?
Check out the list below for a brief summary of the Top-5 Best Selling Scooters 2020 and their water resistant rating:
XIAOMI MI M365 (£469)
IP54 – Easily the most common E-scooter on the market; The Xiaomi Mi M365 has an IP54 rating, which isn’t too bad on paper, but if you read the small print labelled on the box, in the manual and printed on the scooter it states; DONT RIDE IN THE RAIN. DONT GET WET. That being said… I have an M365, and have been riding it for little over a year now in all weathers without any water-ingress issues.
I do try and avoid using it in torrential rain and even check the weather forecast so I don’t get caught out; but when I have been – I just avoid the big puddles and make sure I dry it down when I get home. AND… always make sure the rubber bung is secured in the charging port before you take it out for a spin to protect from dirt and water
NINEBOT SEGWAY E22E (£379.99)
IPX4 rated – Avoid riding through puddles. Don’t ride in the rain. Interestingly the X means it isn’t rated for the ingress of solids.
MICRO MERLIN (£899.95)
IP54 rated – Avoid riding through puddles. Dont ride in the rain. Check out our review of the Micro Merlin HERE
BIRD ONE (£999)
IP34 rated – Dont ride in the rain. Avoid Getting Wet
INOKIM LIGHT 2 (£838.99)
IP?? (Unrated) – Inokim official advice: Our scooters are water resistant and will not be damaged by rain, however pools of water should be avoided.