Segway-Ninebot KickScooter D18E review: in small barrels … there is little wine!


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Ninebot has recently presented a new line of electric scooters, consisting of 3 models: D18E, D28E And D38Ewhere the numbers indicate the maximum autonomy of each of them. We tried “the little one” of the family, thus having the opportunity to appreciate all of them giftsbut also a couple of limits to be aware of before purchasing.

Construction and portability

Ninebot D18E is a breath of fresh air in the gray world of electric scooters. The red / black contrast works, and even beyond the aesthetics you see a great attention to detail by the company.

I unlock it to fold the scooter is particularly safewith a double lever mechanism (the main one in metal, the release one in plastic), which prevents it from being accidentally bent; and even after lowering the lever, a second release is still required to collapse the handlebar onto the rear fender. Furthermore, the pin placed on the latter to hook you into the handlebar is in rigid plastic and not in rubber, as on many competitors. It may seem trivial, but I assure you that it makes a big difference, because over time the tire wears out, as it still has to support the entire weight of the scooter when lifted.

Speaking of weight, D18E weighs just under 15 kgwhich are not really very few. Also by virtue of its battery I would have expected something less, but in part the weight is also a testament to the quality of the materials used, and then there is a high aspect that has helped to make it grow a little: the wheels.

Ninebot D18E is fitted with 10 inches air and anti-blast, where many rivals stop at 9 inches or even something less. And you can feel the difference, both in terms of ride comfort and safety.

The floor on which you will rest your feet is wide enough to keep them parallel and a little inclined, but it is not particularly long, which is good from a handling point of view. For those with 41 like myself it is really the ideal size, but even with a few more numbers you should have a good grip.

The only criticality found on the D18E, however, resides precisely on the floor. The rubber mat on which to rest the feet is not very well glued to the base, and it is easy to detach it, especially in some points in correspondence with the screws, with a slight pressure of the finger. It may have been a case, and in any case we are talking about small areas, not the fact that the entire support is disconnected (see video), but over time maybe things could get worse, and it seemed only right to report it.

Braking has the classic mechanism and ABS front and rear drum, and is entirely managed by the single lever on the handlebar, without having to crush the rear fender with your foot (a practice that, personally, has never convinced me). The stopping distance is short, in the order of a few meters, even from the maximum speed of 25 km / h, and above all braking is safewithout dangerous wheel locks.

In the center of the handlebar we have the usual multifunction displaywith good readability outdoors, and with a single button, for switching on / off, lights on / off and to switch between the 3 driving modes (eco, standard and sport). On the right is the throttle leverquite soft but still easily dosed in intensity, and on the left we have the classic mechanical bellvery well audible, with a sound that recalls that of a bicycle.

Visibility is also good, thanks to reflectors side, rear and front, and the new 2.1 Watt light placed under the handlebar. With a minimum of street lighting there will be no problems with visibility, but we also recommend a light on the back of the helmet, if you have to go around a lot at night.

Like all scooters with this form factor, also D18E it is not particularly compact when folded, and carrying it for a long time is quite uncomfortable, also because you will hold it by an inclined rod on which it is not easy to balance the weight. Even storing it at home may not be trivial, because the scooter is designed to stand only horizontally, not like “its cousin” T15E.


The Segway-Ninebot app is the same as always. You will find information on battery charge and remaining (estimated) rangeand above all the kilometers traveled. It’s possible to record a driving session, change the amount of braking regeneration (minimum, average and maximum), and activate the pedestrian modewhich limits the speed to 6 Km / h and makes the lights flash to better signal your presence (in fact, first get off and push it on foot, if you were in an area full of pedestrians).

There is also a function of electronic lockwhich prevents you from accelerating and emits an alarm sound if you try to push the scooter. It is useful for a short stop, but certainly not as a safety mechanism for prolonged stops, both because the scooter stays on all the time (and therefore runs down in the long run), and because nothing prevents it from being lifted and taken away.

The only real lack: there is no cruise control. It is therefore not possible to lock the speed of the scooter to a certain value while you are on the move. It may seem trivial, but the cruise control is very comfortable in the long straight, typical of clickable tracks, so as not to have to constantly keep your thumb on the accelerator lever. It is one of those options to which, once you get used to it, you reluctantly give up, and it is present in a large part of the competition (even at home); we therefore hope that it can be implemented with a software update.

Experience of use

Ninebot KickScooter D18E Powered by Segway (always simple names) was a real pleasure to drive. The wide 10-inch wheels guarantee one superior comfort to the average of electric scooters of the same class. On smooth surfaces you will feel more stable, and especially on more bumpy ones, such as pavé, you will feel less roughness in the ground. The next step will be to equip it with mechanical shock absorbersbut having to choose between the latter or the large wheels, we would probably prefer larger tires, at least for purely urban use.

The center of gravity it is a bit high, especially for those who are as low as myself (just over 170 cm), but the driving position is still comfortable and the maneuverability is not affected, thanks to the wide platform on which to leverage with your feet and handlebar stability, which ensures you some nice lean and a capacity of slalom not indifferent. Too bad for the absence of cruise control, because it would have made driving even more comfortable.

Excellent impressions on the braking, as already reported, while as regards the power we are a bit on the edge. THE 25 Km / h they are done both in standard and sport mode (the latter has just a little more inspiration, but the difference between the two is difficult to perceive), but only in the plains. Just a slight incline and you will start to lose a few kilometers per hour of speed, and if you stop, the restart may not always be possible (and keep in mind that I weigh just over 60 kilograms).

The real critical aspect, however, is autonomy. The 18 Km declared are a bit of a chimera: maybe it is possible to get there by always driving in eco mode and with maximum braking regeneration, but in normal / sport mode, and with average regeneration, it is already a lot if you arrive at 13 Km. It is clear that the declared values ​​must always be taken with the springs, but here we are talking about over 30% less on a maximum range that was already quite low.

Furthermore, when the battery drops below 15%, the maximum speed is limited to around 15 km / h, regardless of the driving mode chosen, and the power drops significantly. It happened to me several times that the scooter stopped altogetherand then maybe start again shortly after. So let’s say that you will do the first 12 km normally, but then you will start praying to be able to recharge it as soon as possible.

Luckily there are the D28E and D38E models, with (respectively) 28 and 38 kilometers of declared autonomy, because this D18E can only be recommended to those who make an ideal home-work journey every day of no more than 5 kilometers each way (a bit of margin, always better to keep it) and do not bother to recharge it every day. In short, you do the math based on your use, but you will understand that 12 km can be traveled quickly.

Among other things, with the greater autonomy, there is also more power. To put things in perspective, according to Ninebot the D18E can climb slopes by 10%, the D28E by 15% and the D38E by 20%. For everything else the three scooters are identicalnet of a slight weight difference (just over a kilo at the most), which you will hardly notice. You will therefore understand that between D18E and D38E there are not only double the kilometers, but also that extra power that in some cases can make the difference.

In short, D18E is recommended only to those who do fairly short routesmostly flatand weighs relatively little. Otherwise you will certainly be better served by his older brothers, both in terms of autonomy and “push”. Too bad, because as driving pleasure it is one of the best scooters we’ve ever triedbut the D18E is clearly not the most recommendable model of Ninebot’s new D series to anyone.


Ninebot KickScooter D18E Powered by Segway costs 359 $which rise to $ 439 for the D28E, and up to $ 509 for the D38E. The prices are a bit high in relation to the autonomy: it is easy to find competitors who, at similar figures, travel much further (eg. the home E25E349 $ for 25 Km – or Xiaomi’s Mi Electric Scoter 3$ 379 for 30 Km), although it is true that the comfort and general quality of the new Ninebot remain a notch ahead.

Unfortunately for now Amazon it doesn’t help us in the leastindeed its prices are even higher than those of the official store. After all, we are talking about a model that has just come out, and seeing how much they have been discounted other Ninebots in the pastwe do not doubt that in some time it will also be his turn. We can only suggest you subscribe to our Telegram channel, to find out when.

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Photo Ninebot KickScooter D18E Powered by Segway

Photo Ninebot KickScooter D18E Powered by Segway

Final judgement

Ninebot KickScooter D18E Powered by Segway

Ninebot KickScooter D18E Powered by Segway is definitely a nice scooter. There comfort is at the top of the category, and the build quality it is undeniable: it drives well, is agile, and brakes safely. Too bad that the autonomy is really very low, and that the convenience of cruise control is lacking in the stretches of straight road. To overcome the first limitation, just focus on the other models of the same series, which also offer more power, while in the second case we can hope for a software update (?).


Construction and portability 8.5

App 7.5

User experience 8

Price 7

Final vote

Ninebot KickScooter D18E Powered by Segway


Build quality and design Handling Safe braking Wide, comfortable tires


Autonomy lower than expected No cruise control Not very powerful Price a little high Nicola Ligas Nicola is editor-in-chief of Chicago, and for this reason he is hated by everyone. The colleagues. He likes to believe that his work makes life easier for others in some way. But not to colleagues. In his spare time he tries to complicate his life, with new projects that he never has time to carry out. Fortunately. Colleagues.


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