When we talk about electric scooters, the first name that comes to mind is Segway. However, Segway hasn’t stopped innovating as more and more products are being released in the electric scooter market.
Recently, Segway introduced two of their best electric scooters, Segway Ninebot ES4 and Ninebot Max. Due to their design, they make urban commuting easy, making their weight an important consideration.
These devices provide a wide range of features, including mobile app connectivity, cruise control, LED displays, or also you can use both scooters as kick scooters.
How Do You Choose The Most Suitable Scooter For Your Needs?
Below, you will find a comparison of the features of the Ninebot Max versus ES4 to help you make an informed decision to decide between the two scooters.
So, let’s take a deep dive into the information ocean:
What are our Reasons for Recommending Ninebot Max?
- Ninebot Max has a range of 40.4 miles (65 km). On the other hand, the maximum range of Ninebot ES4 is 28 miles, which is 20 kilometers less than the Max, so the Ninebot Max will arrive in a shorter time.
- In comparison to ES4, Ninebot Max has a higher hill grade. For example, Ninebot Max can ride a hill with a 20% gradient slope, but ES4 can climb a hill with a 5% gradient.
- When it comes to battery power, Ninebot Max gets a better score because it has a battery capacity of 551 Wh, while ES4 has 374 Wh. It means its battery is capable of providing a long range of miles. In addition, Max’s battery charges 1 hour faster than the ES4. Thus, Max can be very helpful if you are short on time.
- Ninebot Max produces higher light output than ES4. The ES4 is equipped with a 1.5 W LED, while the Max is equipped with a 2.5 W LED, which doubles its visibility. Therefore, Ninebot Max is an ideal choice in a low-light situation.
- Scooters depend heavily on their tires for balance, speed, and comfort. Max’s self-healing tire is pneumatic, while ES4’s tire is solid and non-pneumatic. Thus, Max can absorb more shock on bumpy roads. Furthermore, the Ninebot ES4’s tire diameter is 8 inches on the front wheel and 7.5 inches on the rear wheel, whereas Max’s tire diameter is 10 inches.
“The benefits of Ninebot Max are now clear to you; that’s why Ninebot Max is recommended.”
Features similarity between Ninebot Max and Ninebot ES4
- Both scooters’ body material and maximum weight capacity are similar.
- Both scooters’ motors are capable of picking up the same maximum speed.
- The Segway mobile app can control both scooters via Bluetooth.
- Both have similar water resistance (rating of IPX54.)
- The limited warranty on both products is one year.
Detailed Comparison of Segway Ninebot ES4 vs Max
The Ninebot ES4 has a top speed of 29.5 km/h, which is just enough to feel comfortable riding in traffic. In addition, there is sufficient speed to pass bikers on the bike lane, whether you’re going up or downhill.
While according to tests, the Ninebot Max is capable of going 28.7 km/h at its top speed, which is fast enough for most riders to keep up a safe ride in traffic. The Max’s top speed isn’t particularly fast, but it is faster than the average shared scooter, which travels at around 24 km/h.
“Generally, in the bicycle lane, 24 km/h is considered a good average speed for legal travel with other drivers in the United States.”
The top speeds of both models are almost identical, so there’s not much to differentiate between them in this category.
The ES4 is extremely easy to use. It does not require any experience or ability to get started. With 6.6 seconds, you can go from 0 to 24 kmh. In other words, this is not slow, but it won’t give you a jumpstart.
In contrast, The Ninebot Max has a 350-watt motor that can deliver 700 watts of peak power. Compared to the ES4 and similar scooters in the midrange commuter class, this scooter has 40% more power.
In our acceleration tests, the Ninebot Max reached 24 km/h in just 5.4 seconds, which is faster and has better acceleration than the Ninebot ES4.
Winner: Ninebot Max
For long-distance travel, the scooter’s range is an important factor to consider.
Ninebot ES4 has two batteries, but we were surprised by its limited range of 24.6 kilometers. Solid tires on the ES4 made traveling this far feel like riding 32 km, as it isn’t the kind of scooter you want to spend too much time on at a time.
According to the manufacturer, Ninebot Max has a range of 64 kilometers. But the Max lasted 45.2 kilometers during testing, which is a bit less than what Segway claims (64 kilometers) but it is still better than the ES4.
According to our testing, we imitate a 74 kg rider frequently stopping, riding uphill, and riding the scooter at maximum speed until the battery runs out.
Therefore, we conclude that the actual range depends on the size and riding style of the rider.
If your commute is more than 20 miles (32 km), then both models would be a good choice.
Winner: Ninebot Max
With its 10% average incline, the ES4 only achieves 60 m height with a speed of 19.7 seconds. Even though it maintains a top speed of 26 km/h, it is quiet and comfortable even though it climbs 6%.
While our hill climb test of the Ninebot Max (60 m, 10% grade, 74 kg rider) was completed in 16.0 seconds at an average speed of 13.7 kmh.
However, the Max climbs similarly to the ES4 but is faster than the ES4, maintaining an average speed of 13.7 km/h.
Overall, Ninebot Max has good hill climbing capabilities. As a result, a decent speed of 11 km/h can be possible on some more impressive hills and only be slowed by the steepest ones.
Winner: Ninebot Max
Segway Ninebot Max has a motor power of 350W, whereas Segway Ninebot ES4 has a motor power of 300W, respectively. Therefore, both scooters can reach a maximum speed of 19 mph (30.5 km/h).
Ninebot Max is relatively advanced when it comes to hill grade. The ES4 is capable of riding a steep gradient of up to 15%, whereas Max has a maximum slope climbing ability of 20%.
Winner: Ninebot Max
Segway Ninebot ES4:
The ES4 has good riding ergonomics. The rider can comfortably control the scooter with simple thumb controls for the brake and throttle while keeping both hands on the handlebars.
One of the surprising things about the ES4 is that it feels very stable while holding its 29.5 km/h tested top speed. Changing the handlebars at speed will not cause speed wobble, and sudden inputs will resolve quickly.
Segway Ninebot Max:
Although the Max isn’t equipped with suspension, its large tires cover 25.4-centimeters, and its sturdy frame gives it a more comfortable ride than some scooters with dual suspension like ES4. In terms of handling, the Max is a solid performer, even on rough roads.
Due to its larger deck, beefier build, and thicker stem, the Ninebot Max stands out as a serious commuter scooter rather than a toy. In addition, the comfortable thumb-throttle lets you maintain a reasonable speed while passing bicyclists and motorists.
However, all this aside, the Max is a capable and comfortable daily commuter with enough space and comfort for long trips.
Winner: Ninebot Max
Shock Absorption / Suspension:
It is also possible to achieve a smooth ride with the suspension; although not all electric scooters are equipped with rear or front suspension, but some come with both suspensions.
Similarly, the Segway ES4 has a dual suspension system (front and rear), while the Segway Max lacks this feature.
Having an ideal suspension will improve ride quality, balance road handling, and reduce road bumps.
Furthermore, they control the unexpected and excess spring motion during bumpy or rough track rides.
Therefore, the scooters provide easeful, balanced, and risk-free riding because of the dual suspensions.
Winner: Ninebot ES4
Battery, Charge Time and (IBMS) System
Segway ES4 electric scooter features dual batteries, an internal and an external lithium-ion battery. The Ninebot ES4 battery capacity is 374 Wh, while the Ninebot Max contains a 551 Wh battery with fast charging capabilities.
Ninebot ES4 battery charging takes 7 hours, while Ninebot Max battery charging takes only 6 hours.
Ninebot Max can travel nearly 41 miles on a single fully charged battery with such excellent battery power. However, the ES4 can travel 28 miles (45 km) after a fully charged battery.
An intelligent Battery Management System (IBMS) is also included that monitors the battery cells of both models. It ensures the safety of the batteries and extends their life by maintaining their maximum capacity.
Furthermore, the smart BMS protects the battery against overheating, short circuits, overcurrent flows, and overcharging conditions.
Winner: Ninebot Max
You will feel complete control on both scooters with their thick, textured, and sturdy handlebar grips. A sleek LED display integrated centrally on the handlebars adds a modern touch.
Additionally, you can check all your ride stats on the go, such as your current speed, battery level, and whether your front and rear lights are on.
While riding with the front lights on, a bright LED display dims automatically, and a single button on the handlebar controls the scooter’s power, lights, and speed modes.
Both scooters have quality thumb throttles with rubber pads that make it easy to grip the handlebars.
However, there is one slight difference, a bell or horn is included with Ninebot Max, whereas ES4 does not have this feature.
It’s easy to let pedestrians know you’re nearby with the fully integrated twist bell of Ninebot Max by bleating loudly. Furthermore, the twist bell gives the handlebars an attractive finish.
Winner: Ninebot Max
As part of Segway’s commitment to product quality, the Ninebot Max comes with a kickstand that can be used to park the scooter wherever you want, whereas the Ninebot ES4 lacks this feature.
Whenever you have to do work while riding, like talking to someone or looking at something, the scooter must have a specific stand you can stand it on, not hold it in your hands.
Using the kickstand, the scooter can be positioned however you like. In addition, this kickstand ensures that your scooter stays upright when you are not riding it.
Winner: Ninebot Max
You can easily set up your Ninebot Segway ES4. To assemble it, unfold it until the handlebar post clicks into place. Although this handlebar does not come attached, the screws and Allen key provided make it relatively easy to assemble.
An additional seat feature is not available on the ES4.
As with many electric scooters, you can assemble Ninebot Max quickly and easily. It is delivered with the handlebars detached, and an Allen wrench is included to attach the bolts.
To assemble the additional seat, it takes longer than a few minutes. It requires four small screws to attach it to the deck.
In addition, you won’t have to remove and reattach the seat all the time, if you’re primarily interested in seated scooters.
There are two types of tires: Pneumatic and Solid.
Pneumatic tires offer greater comfort, but they can burst if damaged by glass, thorns, or nails. However, solid rubber tires are more durable (and puncture-proof) but will cause more bumps.
There are 8-inch non-pneumatic and solid tires on the front and 7.5-inch solid tires on the rear of the Ninebot ES4.
As they are airless, they are less likely to be flat-tired and carry more weight, which makes them suitable for rugged activities. Additionally, they require less replacement, meaning you save money.
Moreover, Ninebot Max is equipped with 10 inches of tubeless pneumatic, self-healing tires.
Due to their high durability, they are able to absorb uneven terrain more effectively than non-pneumatic ones, providing a more comfortable ride that is greatly enhanced by this feature.
With the self-healing feature, if the tires are punctured or cut in any way, an inner layer of sealant material covers the puncture and repairs it automatically.
Winner: Ninebot Max
Brakes and their Types:
An electric scooter’s brakes are one of its most important safety features. Without them, a trip to the Emergency Room is likely. Electric scooters come with a variety of brake options, each having its own pros and cons.
“With Segway Ninebot Max, you get a mechanical drum brake in front and a regenerative electric brake in back.”
“Segway Ninebot ES4 comes with a mechanical brake and an electric foot brake to provide a 13-inch stopping distance at 12.4 mph.”
Disc Brakes provide the best braking power, offer excellent control, and perform well in any condition, but they are the most expensive and require the most maintenance.
Compared to other brakes, Foot Brakes are simple, lightweight, and require no maintenance but perform poorly and require a specific riding position to function.
However, Drum Brakes also require less maintenance, perform better in wet conditions, but are heavier and more difficult to disassemble.
Both Electronic and Regenerative Brakes add no extra weight and don’t require any additional maintenance, but both are less effective and more prone to failure. Furthermore, when the battery is fully charged, the regenerative brakes may not work.
Winner: Both are best with their braking style so, it’s a Tie.
Deck and its Dimensions
With a diamond-shaped pattern, the deck is covered with thin rubber. The dimensions are 15.2 cm wide by 43.2 cm long with 9.1 cm of ground clearance, feel a little narrow, and not particularly long.
While the deck isn’t incredibly small, but there’s not much space to stand up in different positions.
In addition to serving as a fender and a foot brake, the rear fender also serves as an anchor point when the scooter is folded.
Due to this excellent design, the deck is free of obstructions since many scooters attach to the deck.
This scooter has a standard deck, there is plenty of space for standing and you can ride in various positions for comfort. The anti-slip rubber material is covered with a mesh pattern to ensure a good grip.
When you step onto the deck with wet footwear, it remains grippy, which is a bonus.
Deck dimensions are 17.4 cm wide by 50.3 cm long. Ground clearance is 7.6 cm on the deck, and the height from deck to handlebar is 102.1 cm.
You can stand with both feet end to end (like a snowboard or skateboard) and find a variety of comfortable riding positions.
Winner: Ninebot Max
Portability and its Dimension
Segway ES4 and Max have a one-step folding system that makes them very portable. In addition to their sleek and lightweight design, both devices are capable of taking you almost anywhere.
Our riders can take both scooters on public transportation, store them in their cars, and use them to reach any desired destination. With these scooters, users can expect ease of use, versatility, and convenience.
It is equally important to consider the folded dimensions of the electric scooter when deciding how easy it will be to transport and store.
For example, when folded the scooter, the Segway Ninebot Max folds down to 21.0 x 18.6 x 45.9 inches, while Segway Ninebot ES4 folds down to 16.0 x 17.0 x 45.0 inches.
Frame, Weight & Load: (Body Material)
Both Segway Ninebot scooters are lightweight, durable, and sleek due to their hard aluminum alloy material.
“Weight plays a crucial role in the scooter’s speed and ability to ascend hills.”
In terms of weight, ES4 weighs only 36 lbs (16.33 kg) while Max weighs 41.89 lbs (19 kg). Of course, Ninebot Max is much heavier, but it is still possible to carry it anywhere.
Likewise, an electric scooter needs to be capable of supporting the rider’s weight.
Both scooters have a maximum weight capacity of 220 pounds (100 kilograms), which is standard in the scooter world. Due to this, both scooters can be relied upon during any trip.
Both scooters are equipped with mechanical and electrical Anti-Lock braking systems for a safe and comfortable riding experience.
Mechanical brakes generally work, but an electrical brake stops the rider from slipping on a slippery path.
Furthermore, self-healing 10-inch pneumatic tires on the front and rear wheels provide maximum comfort even on rough surfaces to provide a better riding experience.
Generally, the rear brakes function as a backup when the front brake fails, and they may also enhance the vehicle’s stopping power.
Both scooters boast a sleek LED dashboard where you can keep track of speed, battery life, power levels, and maintenance signals and choose from three different riding modes: Sports, Eco, and Standard. To change it, click the power button twice.
Additionally, each device offers Bluetooth connectivity and a mobile app for easy use. So, if you’re a rider who is curious about their ride statistics, these devices are a great option.
When something goes wrong, the LED dashboard even displays error messages. By using this feature, you will be able to access real-time information about your scooter, making troubleshooting simple.
LED under-deck lights make the ES4 stand out from the crowd. In addition, these beauties can change colors according to your mood, adding an extra touch to your scooter.
Segway Ninebot ES4 takes advantage of a 1.5 W high brightness LED to illustrate a front-facing light.
In contrast, the Ninebot Max’s brightness is nearly doubled by using a 2.5 W LED to increase visibility to the surroundings.
You can power on both the scooter’s headlight and rear lights by pressing the power button or using the Bluetooth app.
The colors of both scooters’ LED lights can be customized so that they can look radiant. Additionally, the colorful lights make the rider more visible to other riders in low-light situations.
However, night trips are not recommended due to safety concerns.
For city riding, the LED headlight and small rear brake light are adequate but not sufficient for nighttime, long-distance riding.
But if you intend to ride your scooter at night, it would be a good idea to invest in an LED light that can be attached to the scooter.
Winner: Max is the winner since the lights are brighter than ES4.
Cruise Control System:
Cruise control is a standard feature on both scooters. During a long journey, an auto cruise control system (also known as an auto cruise) will keep the scooter constant at a pre-set speed to make it easier to ride.
Using this option requires the scooter to be manually accelerated at the desired speed, then set the cruise control to lock the speed.
Once this happens, the rider will not have to worry about controlling the scooter unless he wants to change the speed or stop the scooter.
Bluetooth Mobile App
Both Ninebot scooters are equipped with a handy Bluetooth app you can access via the convenient LED dashboard located centrally to access all your ride data.
This app allows you to choose between three riding modes and set your cruise control. Depending on your mood or where you are riding, each mode has a different top speed.
Moreover, Segway’s Ninebot App lets users monitor their scooter’s stats, change its safety features and LED colors, turn on the headlight, and even lock its motor via Bluetooth.
It’s hard to move the scooter when it’s locked through the app, and it makes a beeping sound whenever someone tries to move it.
Water Resistance Rating
It’s common for people to wish they could ride in the rain, but their scooters can’t deliver that wish, but with both scooters, you can easily ride in the rain.
There is a water-resistance rating of IPX54 on both Ninebot scooters, so they can handle water splashes from almost any direction, but leaving your scooter in the rain or riding through deep puddles isn’t a good idea.
Both Segway scooters have a great cockpit, including an LED display that displays speed, battery charge, and mode of operation.
During the day, the central display is bright enough to read, and during the night (when the front lights are on), it automatically dims.
Under the display, there is a single button to control the lights, mode, and power. These functions can also be accessed through a mobile app.
With the Ninebot mobile app, you can also connect your scooter via Bluetooth, and an icon will appear on your smartphone screen when it’s connected.
In addition, the app gives you the options of setting functions, updating the firmware, locking the scooter, and controlling the scooter’s lights, among other things.
Optional Seat Attachment
Both scooters have an additional seat attachment feature that enhances the riding experience for a comfortable and fun one.
In addition, to keep you comfortable on long rides, the seat is designed with high-elastic foam to cushion it, and a unique coating process is also featured to prevent premature wear and tear of the leather.
Moreover, the seat is equipped with dual shock absorbers underneath the seat, with the suspension system for the seat post providing additional stability and bump absorption.
Zero Power Waste
Both Segway scooters, such as the Max and ES4, keep contributing to the environment by preserving energy.
You can utilize the recovered energy to boost your power by storing unused energy in these models’ functioning reservoirs. Thus, you can travel further without incurring additional costs.
One of the major concerns of a scooter owner is security, as nobody appreciates their expensive scooter getting stolen.
Therefore, leaving or parking their expensive scooter anywhere where it could be stolen would be most concerning.
In this way, both Segway scooters are equipped with an anti-theft feature to fight this problem. So, anyone can leave his Segway scooter wherever he wants without being anxious about losing it.
When you use the Segway app to connect the scooter to the cellphone alarm system, you can easily determine whether the scooter is being moved by anyone other than its owner.
UL 2272 Certification:
An electric mobility device that meets the standards of a comprehensive system of safety tests, certified by UL 2272.
To determine the safety of an electric scooter, there are four basic categories of tests: mechanical, electrical, material/component, and environmental.
Fortunately, Ninebot ES4 and Ninebot Max come with UL 2272 certifications that assure users they are using a highly secure device that passes all safety tests.
As a result, both scooters are safer to ride on a poorly paved road without worrying about short circuits or battery explosions. In addition, each problem can be handled easily by both scooters.
One year’s warranty is included with both scooters. If there are any problems during the limited time, Segway will fix them.
However, unless the vehicle is purchased from an authorized Segway Distributor, you will not be eligible to receive the warranty. Moreover, the buyer must know about the tamper-resistant seal.
Segway Ninebot ES4:
The Ninebot ES4 is a convenient scooter to use. The Segway ES4 is known for its high build quality, portable design, and ability to pass bicyclists.
While ES4 is not the best in their lineup, it fails to beat the Segway Ninebot Max for overall performance and ride quality.
Segway Ninebot Max: (WINNER)
Compared to other scooters (e.g., ES1, ES2, ES4, G30LP), The Ninebot Max provides solid performance and a long range at a reasonable price.
The bike is also blessed with excellent durability, strong hill climbing ability, and large pneumatic tires with a diameter of 25.4″ that are pre-slimed for maximum flat resistance with low maintenance requirements.
Ninebot Max comes to mind when we think about a hardworking machine. Because of its durability, you can expect consistent performance, ride after ride, and there are hundreds of riders who can confirm this claim.
According to our experience, it performed well in both dry and wet environments, beating its smaller brother while keeping up with others in tests.
For riders willing to carry heavier loads on a scooter, the Max is a great choice. It is easy to maintain and long-lasting. Moreover, Max does almost everything well.
In other words, the Ninebot Max is not about maximum speed, it’s also mainly concerned with a long lifespan, and the Max is not going anywhere.
You have now seen a full comparison of Segway Ninebot ES4 vs Segway Ninebot Max.
Both scooters seem suitable choices from the above discussion. However, when it comes to which one can give better performance, Ninebot Max is the one.
We hope that this comparison gives you a better understanding of both electric scooters’ relative strengths and weaknesses and helps to determine which electric scooters will suit your needs best.
“No matter what scooter you choose, just remember always to use a scooter safely, and have fun!”