Ninebot Segway E22E Review

Brett Heyns
19 April 2021

A really compact and great urban commuter e-scooter, with a top speed of approximately 13 mph (21 km/h) and a range of up to 14 miles (22 km).

The Budget Choice That Surely Delivers. 

The Ninebot Segway E22E is a brilliant entry-level offering of Segway in their Ninebot line of electric scooters. It does get the job done, but since it’s an offering that sits more on the affordable end, there really isn’t much to expect.

Even so, it’s still quite a feat of an electric scooter worth reviewing as Ninebot – Segway made sure never to disappoint with an offering. To know more about the Ninebot Segway E22E, just keep on reading! 

Ninebot Segway E22E – The Lowdown…

For what it’s worth, the Ninebot Segway E22E is not that far a version from the E22, which gives little to no point of argument to compare which one’s better of the two. On the other hand, there exists the Xiaomi M365, which is 14 US dollars (£10) cheaper than the Ninebot Segway E22E at £383 (currently being sold for US $540). 

In comparison, the Ninebot Segway E22E tops the Xiaomi M365 via its wheels (.5 in larger), its motor power (50W more power), and charging time (2 hours less). While for the Xiaomi M365, it tops the Ninebot Segway E22E through its top speed (.6 mph faster), its range (5 miles more), and the number of colours it’s available in (Ninebot Segway E22E only comes in grey but the Xiaomi M365 comes in 12 different colourways). 

With all these in mind, it’s up for you to decide which scooter should you get. But for now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the Ninebot Segway E22E.

Ninebot Segway E22E Specifications

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Motor 300 W motor (but can go up to 700W maximum)
Battery 184Wh (5100 mAh) with Smart Battery System Management
Charge Time 3.5 Hours
Single-Charge Mileage 14 miles or 22 km (influenced by the weight of the rider and driving style)
Max Speed 20 kilometres per hour (13 miles per hour), but it can go up to 25 km/h with the extra battery
Braking System Regenerative electric front brake, mechanical rear brake (foot brake)
Hill Climbing Up to 15% Gradient climb
Tyres 9-inch dual-density flat-free
Lighting 2.5W high power front light, flashing rear lights, and brake lights
Max Load 220 pounds (100 kg)
Scooter Weight 30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Product Material Aircraft grade aluminium alloy
Suspension No installed suspension
Horn Type Bell (supplied in the box)
Size (L x W x H cm)

Unfolded: 111 x 42 x 112

Folded: 114 x 42 x 36

Water Resistance IPx4 rating (protected from splashing water – any direction)

 

Ninebot Segway E22E Review Video:

Here’s a quick video of what the Ninebot Segway E22E offers in comparison to its E25E and E45E siblings. With this, you can easily check out what difference it makes from the other electronic scooters in the Ninebot line-up from Segway – making it apparent how the Ninebot E22E offers the bare minimum but still manages to rock it! 

Ninebot Segway E22E Pros

  This electric scooter is no-nonsense, straight to the point, and super easy to use

  The dual-density flat free solid rubber tyres do make up for the lack of suspension

  Cruise control is a charmer to work with

  Smart battery management system (for charging, etc.) and it is mobile app supported

  Lightweight and fully folding (with locks), for great portability

  Extra battery attachable to make it more powerful

Ninebot Segway E22E Cons

  The maximum range it offers is quite low

  The top speed is relatively low

  It’s picky on roads since it doesn’t have a suspension

  The battery life is not that long-lasting

  It really can’t take on inclines despite the 15% promised

 

Ninebot Segway E22E Summary

The Ninebot Segway E22E is far from being the perfect scooter, but the best thing about it is that you get what you pay for, along with a bit more. Hailing from the Ninebot line-up of Segway, this is an entry-level scooter that’s super affordable and accessible, and goes head-to-head with Xiaomi’s releases – as the two companies compete on price and performance. 

Circling back to the Ninebot Segway E22E, it’s a convenient and affordable scooter that surprises at its class level and price point. Despite sitting at the Ninebot Segway’s lower tiers, it offers three riding modes (Eco, Standard, and Sport), a motor-lock, cruise control (super useful!), and regenerative braking. On top of that, it also features dual-density flat-free tyres. There’s also the ability to add another Ninebot Segway battery to the stem to increase its maximum mileage (from 14 to 28mi) and top speed (from 13 to 18mph). Along with this, the motor can be pushed from 300W to 700W if two batteries are installed, making the E22E better at climbing slopes and inclines. 

But as far as aesthetics go, it’s not actually a far cry from its predecessors despite being a 2020 release. I guess Ninebot-Segway believes that you don’t fix what isn’t broken, just improve on the things people are complaining about from the previous iterations (yes, we are looking at you, tyres!). The same can be said for the weight and riding speed, and sadly the manufacturers even cut out the under-deck LED lights on this one just to slash off the prices too and make things more competitive. 

Performance Overview: 

To reiterate, the Ninebot Segway E22E comes with a 184Wh 5100 mAh battery installed. To charge it, you have to open the flap that conceals the charging point at the bottom of the steering tube. You know it’s charging when the LED display turns on and the speedometer is showing the percentage of the battery that has already charged. 

Again, one battery alone can take you up to 14 miles (22 kg) and at a maximum speed of 13 mph (21 km/h). If you’re looking to make your Ninebot E22E more powerful, you can always opt to buy an extra Ninebot Segway battery for US $228 (£165) to bring the top speed up to 18 mph (29 km/h) and the maximum range in a single charge to 28 miles (45 km).     

Ninebot electric scooter E22E main image

Top Speed & Acceleration

With a 300W motor and a 184Wh battery in tow, this electric scooter can take you to speeds of up to 13 mph (21 km/h), but getting there would require roughly 6 seconds of waiting time. If you want to speed things up a bit, you can always opt to add another battery by cashing out a bit more money.

This scooter is not fast nipping friendly, since it’s a bit slow and only made for quick errands nearby or leisurely cruising. It’s not particularly the best electric scooter to take out on roads (since it’s below the minimum speed limit) and on pavements (since it’s too fast for people walking). Nonetheless, it’s more apt to take on private properties to easily get from one establishment to another.

The best it can function on a single battery installed would be 13 mph (21 km/h) with the motor running up to 300W. If you double the 184 WH battery and take the motor up to 700W, you can get speeds of 15 mph (25 km/h) if that suits your liking better. 

Road conditions, rider and gear weight, and weather conditions usually affect the numbers, so results would definitely vary for everyone.

Hill Climbing

The Ninebot E22E is claimed to achieve easy climbing of up to 15% hill gradients. In our tests we found that this is a bit exaggerated by the manufacturer, as the speed of the e-scooter slows to a virtual crawl and the battery power is really eaten up. 

However, if you are using this electric scooter for reasonable flat surface urban commuting, then you will have no worries.

Battery Life & Range

Its battery is not the most powerful (sitting only at 184 WH and 5100 mAh), and it’s starting to become the scooter’s main point of complaints. As it offers several riding modes (Eco, Standard, and Sport), going for more robust and power-heavy settings quickly drains the batteries power reserve.

Its Smart Battery Management System undeniably does help out a bit, but maxing out the settings can only take you a ride that lasts roughly only 2 hours. Again, if this feels lacking to you, just opt to get another 184 WH Ninebot Segway battery, install it over at the stem, and enjoy higher speeds and much farther range. 

The battery only needs 3.5 hours to charge for charging, which is quite fast for an electric scooter in this class.

Motor Configuration

The electric scooter comes with a 300W motor that can be powered up to 700W with additional 2 184 WH Ninebot Segway batteries. Out of the box, this power offers enough torque to accelerate this entry level scooter in a reasonable time.

side view of the Ninebot Electric Scooter

Construction & Build Quality

Stemming from Segway’s hoverboard days, the globally-renowned brand makes sure not to break its name by offering excellent quality electric scooters at the fairest of prices. People appreciate how well-built the e-scooter is and how it’s filled to the brim with special features, maximizing both design and quality control that you don’t usually get from low-tier budget electric scooters. 

From the tyres to the app and even the Smart Battery management system,  Segway made sure this Ninebot entry would not disappoint. It looks great, feels good to ride on and performs super well. It’s not known to break easily unless you have someone over 100 kg (220 lbs) riding it, then problems would start popping out left and right. 

Astounding as the product may be, the only problem is their support — which is not particularly all that responsive or understanding of consumer problems.

Deck

The deck offers ample space to stand on but is not that big as this is a compact e-scooter. It also allows for a seat to be installed whenever you feel like riding without cramping or tiring your legs by standing. The entire length and width of it are also padded by a grip, making sure you’re safe to go no matter what speed you are riding on.

Tyres

The Ninebot Segway E22E has patented 9-inch tyres known to be dual-density and flat free. They’re actually filled with new PU foaming material that makes it puncture and maintenance-free. It also serves as the only suspension installed on this electric scooter, and it definitely does the job well!

Picture of the front wheel of the Ninebot E22E electric scooter

Suspension

There are no suspensions installed on this electric scooter. The only thing that acts as its “suspension” is the dual-density flat-free tyres filled with PU foaming leather to give that level of comfort on bumpy roads while also ensuring there’d be no air leakage and that it’d require less maintenance. 

Braking

The brake system of this scooter is a bit peculiar, with its front sporting a regenerative Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). In layman’s terms, it only means that using it pushes and feeds a part of the kinetic energy it creates back to the battery to somewhat sustain the power.

This brake is a bit mellow, so if you need to stop faster, opt for triggering the mechanical rear brake by stepping on the rear fender. 

Ride Quality

This scooter isn’t the most potent one out there, but at least you get a bit more than what you paid for. For one, the motor tends to struggle on slopes and inclines despite the 15% climb rating. The dual density tyres do grip well on the road, though, and its all-new patented dual density flat free build does give a good amount of suspension, but it’s IPX4 rating makes it way too risky to ride in heavy rain.

The scooter does present you with three modes to ride in, but the sport one seems most logical at most times, especially when you’re in a rush. Lastly, the cruise control makes the entire riding experience easy and bearable — overall making up for lower tier shortcomings, and giving you an enjoyable ride. 

Woman carrying a Ninebot E22E electric scooter up the stairs.

Portability

This electric scooter weighs only 13.5 kg (29 lbs), roughly the weight of three average sized babies combined. Since the neck snaps and locks in to place when folded in, it’s not really a big problem to try and carry it around or park it indoors when the batteries are charging or the scooter is not in use. 

Honestly, all things considered, this e-scooter really has great portability.

Lights

The lighting set up on the Ninebot Segway E22E is fairly simple – as it offers a 2.5W headlight, flashing rear lights, and brake lights.

The lack of side lights is compensated for by great quality reflectors, and that the rear light’s settings can be controlled with the app that comes with the electric scooter. 

Controls & Display

The LED display is fairly simple and straightforward, as it displays your speed, remaining power, the mode you’re currently in, some maintenance lights to alarm you if need be, and the Bluetooth prompt to show that the e-scooter is connected to the app that’s in your smartphone.

The riding modes can be toggled by pressing the power button twice while pressing the power button thrice quickly turns the headlight on. To know which riding mode you’re at, just keep in mind that a white S beside the speedometer means you’re in standard mode, a red S denotes the speed mode =, while no S means you’re in speed-limit mode (maximum 10.5mph or 16 km/h). Both the standard and speed mode have maximum speeds of 12.4mph (20 km/h), and the only difference is that speed mode accelerates you there way faster.

Lastly, there’s the Segway Ninebot app (available both to Android and iOS) which easily acts as an extended dashboard that connects via Bluetooth and replicates the E-scooters LED display. The app can also be used to lock the scooter wheels when you need to leave it a while, and also, the app is the only place where you can access the scooter’s cruise control.

To give you a better idea of how cruise control works, it more or less checks in if you’re travelling at a constant speed for five seconds. Once it recognizes the pattern, it beeps and takes over the driving for you without needing to hold down the throttle. The app also takes care of your backlight, as you can choose if you want it always on or choose an instance where it comes on or flashes. Lastly, you may also control when acceleration is fed to the scooter between 0 to 3 mph (5 km /h), as the default is set to 2.5 mph (4 km/h). 

The controls display of the Ninebot electric scooter

Water Resistance

The Ninebot Segway E22E has a water-resistant rating of IPX4, which protects the scooter from light splashes from wet ground.

It also allows riders to ride in mist/fog and light and infrequent showers without causing water damage. However, riders should be mindful to wipe the scooter dry after riding in the rain to ensure its durability.

Reliability, Warranty & Customer Support

The Ninebot Segway E22E is a scooter built for reliability. The material used to make the scooter is durable and designed to ensure the scooter’s longevity. It is also designed with a Smart Battery Management System to safeguard the battery from electrical faults. Segway is known to build its scooters with the highest possible standards.

The above been said, always try to purchase your e-scooter from a reputable company. Better if they have a physical store. That way, they can go above and beyond to service or repair your scooter. If you buy from a mass online retailer such as Amazon, be prepared for loads of frustration.

The Ninebot E22E, comes with a standard 12-month official warranty, with additional warranties you can purchase to bolt on.

Maintenance

Since the tyres’ maintenance is already cleared out, the only thing to check from time to time are the batteries. Charge cycles can be tricky to track, but if anything, the only thing that’s going to give first on this e-scooter would really be its source of power. The good thing, though, is that it’s super easy to replace. 

For the actual e-scooter body, always try to keep it clean, and wipe it down with a damp cloth after commuting.

Known Issues

Not that there’s an actual problem going on with the scooter that is factory-born, the only thing people are complaining about is how weak the battery is. Of course, that can easily be remedied by adding a secondary battery to its stem. 

A man and woman riding their electric scooters to work

Is this Electric Scooter value for money, and is it worth buying?

Overall, it’s not a bad scooter at all, but it surely isn’t the best. For the price point in its class however, it does offer and give a lot of added functionality that you won’t get from electric scooters at the same level.

Sadly, its weak battery and motor don’t make up for the fact that it’s well-accessorized, which still pushes it back a bit from the list of top scooters in the price range.

Nonetheless, it’s a bang for the buck product that can easily be improved yet again with a bit of research and tweaking. But for now, we do believe we have to say that you can do better, spending a bit more, and getting suspension and longer range, and more power.

But here is a bit of a cure ball and a huge HOWEVER… If you are looking for a great e-scooter for your teen kids, then the E22E will be right up your alley. This is not promoted as a kids e-scooter at all, but because it falls a bit short in comparison to similar scooters in its class, you really cannot go wrong getting this scooter for your kids. Thrust us, your kids will lose their minds!

Author:
Brett Heyns

BIO: 

Brett is an avid outdoors adventurer, and is always super keen to give anything a bash that gives that GO-FAST rush.

 
Summary
  • This electric scooter is no-nonsense, straight to the point, and super easy to use.
  • The dual-density flat free solid rubber tyres do make up for the lack of suspension
  • Cruise control is a charm to work with
  • It has a smart battery management system and it is mobile app supported
  • Lightweight and fully folding (with locks)
  • You can add a seat to it
  • Extra battery attachable to make it more powerful
  • The maximum range it offers is quite low
  • The top speed is also relatively low
  • The battery life is not that powerful
  • It’s picky on roads since it doesn’t have a suspension
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