Ninebot E22/E22E Review – The Next Step in the Ninebot Evolution

Ninebot E22/E22E Review

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Quick summary: The Ninebot E22 (E22E in Europe) is a substantial upgrade upon the previous versions of the Ninebot ES line, with a robust build, a powerful 300W hub BLDC motor, a speed of 12.4 mph / 20 kmh, and a range of 13.7 mi / 22 km (doubles with an extra battery).

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Ranked #8 in price range $500 – $600
63
Quality & Lifespan
75
Value
88
Ride Experience
70
Speed
20
Acceleration
21
Climbing
53
Range
22
Brakes
69
Suspension
63
Portability
92
Weight capacity
60
Maintenance
65

Pros

  • beginner friendly
  • good brakes
  • low-maintenance
  • can add a second battery
  • very portable

Cons

  • low weight capacity
  • low Ip rating
  • not very fast

When to buy

The affordable and moderately powerful Ninebot E22E is ideal for beginners, first-time owners, and those transitioning from ride-sharing scooters. It’s robust, stable, and low-maintenance with puncture-resistant 9-inch solid tires. Adding a second battery enhances versatility for longer rides, catering to individual preferences and trip distances. The Ninebot E22E is sold in Europe, while the E22 is sold in other countries.

When not to buy

The Ninebot E22/E22E may not suit off-road enthusiasts due to solid tires impacting ride comfort. Heavier riders nearing the 220 lbs (100 kg) limit may experience reduced performance. In heavy rain, the IPX4 water resistance rating may fall short. Those seeking higher speeds may find the 12.4 mph / 20 kmh limit limiting. Budget-conscious riders can explore more affordable scooters with fewer features.

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The Ninebot E22/E22E benefits from the wisdom gained through the successes and mistakes of the popular Ninebot ES line, making it an improved successor. It stands out as an excellent budget scooter.

Read on for a comprehensive review of the Ninebot E22.

Specifications

Ninebot E22/E22E Specifications

Imperial Metric

Top speed20 kmh
Top speed12.5 mph
Range22 km
Range14 mi
Motorssingle hub BLDC front-drive
Power300 W
Climb angle8.5 °
Battery184 Wh, 36 V
Battery typesmart battery management system
Charging time3.5 h
Ingress protection (IP)IPX4
Weight13.5 kg
Weight30 lbs
Weight limit100 kg
Weight limit220 lbs
Tire size9 in
Tire typedual-density flat-free tires
Foldableyes
Foldable handlebarsno
Build materialaluminum
Terrainsurban
Brakesfront electronic & regenerative, rear magnetic and foot brake
ABSE-ABS
Shock absorbersno
Lightsfront + rear brake +reflective stickers
Controldigital screen
Speed modes3
Cruise controlyes
Appyes
Warranty12 months (6 on battery)
Rider age14+
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)114 cm * 42 cm * 36 cm
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)45 in * 17 in * 14 in
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)111 cm * 42 cm * 112 cm
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)44 in * 17 in * 44 in
Rider height120 – 200 cm
Rider height47 – 79 in
Adjustable handlebarno

Basics

side view of the Ninebot E22E

Using the Ninebot E22 is straightforward, even for beginners.

Download the Segway Ninebot app and connect it to start.

Turn on the scooter by holding the power button. It operates as a kick-scooter, requiring a kick to start moving.

Double-press the power button to change speed mode, and triple-press to toggle lights on/off.

Unboxing and assembly

The scooter arrives in a branded box, with plenty of protective covering. Damage on arrival with this scooter is not common, and dead-on-arrival scooters are pretty rare.

The package includes:

  • the scooter
  • handlebars
  • 3mm hex wrench
  • battery charger
  • bell
  • screws
  • user manual
  • quickstart guide
  • warranty card

The scooter comes semi-assembled.

Finishing assembly takes a few minutes – install the handlebars inside the stem and screw them in and that’s all. Honestly, I was a bit shocked at how easy and fast the whole thing was.

Before riding, check the brake and ensure all screws are tightened.

Folding and unfolding

folded Ninebot E22E on a black background

The Ninebot E22 folds nicely into a compact little package.

Press the folding latch at the deck-stem junction with your foot while stabilizing the handlebars to unlock and fold the scooter.

The stem’s hook should “click” onto the rear fender’s small frame.

To unfold, push the rear fender down, disconnect the hook, and lift the stem until it locks into position.

User manual

page from the user manual of the Ninebot E22E

The user manual, with clear writing and helpful illustrations, is worth reading.

It provides insights into your scooter, guidance for different situations, and may include specific details for your scooter version.

Performance

These are some of the most important performance aspects of the Ninebot E22.

Motor

front wheel and motor of the Ninebot E22E

The Ninebot E22 has a single hub BLDC motor, with 300 Watts of power.

The motor is in the front, which is better for traction. The official specs do not specify whether 300 Watts is the real or the peak motor power.

Judging from the rest of the specs, I’d say that’s the peak power level, and I’d estimate the real power to be around 250 Watts.

Speed and speed test

The Ninebot E22 officially reaches 12.4 mph / 20 kmh.

Unofficially, some owners achieve slightly higher speeds (13.5 mph / 22 kmh for lighter riders), while heavier riders may experience speeds slightly below the official limit at times.

When I tested the scooter I achieved a speed of 11.8 mph / 19 kmh at a bodyweight of 85 kg.

Adding the second battery will increase the speed by a little, usually by 3 mph / 5 kmh, making the top speed around 15.5 mph / 25 kmh.

If you prefer scooters that are faster, check out my post for the fastest electric scooters.

Range and range test

The Ninebot E22 has an advertised range of 13.7 mi / 22 km with the original battery, a claim that I can confirm. Adding the extra battery doubles the range to 28 mi / 45 km, making it a no-brainer for many owners with longer commutes.

Remember that like most scooters, the range may decrease as the battery ages.

I tested the scooter with an extra battery and the range was 26 mi / 42 km, which isn’t that bad in my opinion.

If you need a scooter with a longer range, check out my guide on the best longest-range electric scooters.

Climbing and climb test

climbing an incline with the Ninebot E22E

The Ninebot E22 has an official climbing angle of 8.5° / 15%.

Unofficially, users find the scooter climbs well, though it may struggle on steeper hills, especially with a less-than-full battery.

I only managed to accomplish the official climb angle in my testing, and I was even annoyed with the results (I was kinda expecting more from this scooter).

The front-wheel motor and larger wheel diameter contribute to better climbing than most budget options.

For hilly areas, adding the extra battery significantly improves climbing capabilities.

If you prefer scooters that are better at climbing hills, check out my guide on the best electric scooters for climbing.

Ride experience

Ninebot E22 standing on its kick stand on a dirt road

The Ninebot E22, despite having solid tires, offers a relatively stable ride due to its tire size and enhanced tire technology.

The thick and robust stem eliminates handlebar vibration, improving overall ride stability.

While the ride quality is good, the absence of suspension contributes to its affordability. I was really surprised with how comfortable the ride was.

If you still prefer scooters that have a suspension, check out my guide here.

Ninebot E22 vs other electric scooters

The Ninebot E22 is usually compared to other popular scooters, often even with other Ninebot scooters.

Ninebot E22E vs Ninebot E22

ninebot e22 VS e22e

The Ninebot E22 and Ninebot E22E are essentially the same scooter, with minor variations based on the market.

The E22 targets the North American market, while the E22E is designed for Europe, featuring additional reflective elements for street legality.

The E22 lacks regenerative braking but has a higher water protection standard of IPX5.

Those are all the differences.

Ninebot E22 vs Ninebot ES2

ninebot e22 VS es2

Comparing the Ninebot ES2 and the Ninebot E22 is akin to comparing an athlete in their prime to one in their sunset years. The E22 is superior in most aspects, almost like a direct upgrade from the ES2, offering better overall quality.

While their specs are similar on paper, and both scooters cost about the same, the E22 has learned from past mistakes.

However, the ES2 has a slight performance advantage (excluding extra batteries), and remains a solid commuter choice. You can learn more about the Ninebot ES2 in the full review here.

Ninebot E22 vs Ninebot ES4

ninebot e22 VS es4

For this comparison, we’ll consider the Ninebot E22 with its extra battery since the Ninebot ES4 is essentially the Ninebot ES2 with an additional battery.

The ES4 is slightly faster and more performant, while the E22 is lighter, more portable, and has fewer quality issues.

You can find out more in the Ninebot ES4 review.

Ninebot E22 vs Ninebot Max

ninebot e22 VS ninebot max

The Ninebot E22 offers a better price, shorter charge time, lighter weight with the same weight limit, and greater portability. Its solid tires eliminate the risk of flats.

The Ninebot Max excels with nearly three times the range, higher speed, better climbing ability, improved water protection, and more comfortable pneumatic tires, making it a strong choice in this comparison.

If these advantages sound important to you, check out my detailed Ninebot Max review.

Ninebot E22 vs Ninebot E25E

side view of the Ninebot E25E

The Ninebot E25E is a more powerful version of the E22, with a higher price tag of about $150 – $200.

While the scooters look nearly identical, the E25E has a more powerful battery, resulting in better performance, a slightly larger range (about 2 mi / 3 km more), and a faster speed (3 mph / 5 kmh more).

The E25E has a slightly longer charge time and is about 2 lbs / 1 kg heavier. It supports an extra battery, though not the same as the E22’s.

The E25E’s only distinct advantage is a front spring shock absorber. Considering the price difference, it may be a good deal for commuters, but the E22 could be a better choice for beginners.

If the E25E sounds like something that might fit your needs better, you can check our my detailed Ninebot E25E review.

Ninebot E22 vs Xiaomi M365

Xiaomi M365 standing on a road

This is probably the most interesting comparison and the one that might be the biggest challenge to the Ninebot E22.

I believe the choice comes down to the tires and the tire type your use case requires. Choose the Ninebot E22 if your area has poor roads with frequent flats.

Otherwise, consider the Xiaomi M365, and refer to my complete Xiaomi M365 review for more details if needed.

Ninebot E22 vs Xiaomi M365 Pro

ninebot e22 VS xiaomi m365 pro

In my opinion, I believe that the Ninebot E22 should have its second battery to be able to compete with the proven Xiaomi M365 Pro.

The Xiaomi M365 Pro outperforms the Ninebot E22 in range.

Although Xiaomi has a superior motor, their top speeds and overall performance are similar, with Xiaomi’s advantage not translating into clear wins.

You can see my full Xiaomi M365 Pro review if you want to find out more.

Build quality and lifespan

The Ninebot E22 is an upgrade from the ES1/ES2, and offers proven durability with added robust elements.

The battery in the stem makes the deck lighter and more flexible, providing better ground clearance but making the scooter slightly front-heavy.

Despite being in the budget category, the E22’s quality surpasses its price, offering a lifespan, features, and fine engineering that elevate it beyond a typical budget scooter.

Features

Here are some of the features of the Ninebot E22 that you should know about.

Battery and charging

charging port of the Ninebot E22E

The scooter has a 184 Wh, 36 V battery in the stem, managed by the Smart Battery Management System for protection.

Avoid prolonged charging after the battery is full.

Charging time is 3.5 hours with the original battery, and 6-7 hours with the extra battery. That’s a reasonable charging time for that battery.

Off-peak charging costs 1 cent in the US, 5 pence in the UK, and 3 cents in the EU; peak hours cost 3 cents in the US, 6 pence in the UK, and 5 cents in the EU.

The charging port on the stem is protected by a rubber cap, minimizing exposure to dust, dirt, mud, and water.

Extra battery

Adding an extra battery is a game-changer, enhancing the scooter’s overall performance.

It’s easily mountable at the stem, and it doubles the range while also improving speed and climbing angle.

Brakes

brake button on the handlebar of the Ninebot E22

The Ninebot E22 features two braking systems for redundancy: an electronic front brake directly stopping the motor and regenerating the battery, and a foot-pressed rear fender brake.

Combining both provides quick, safe, and smooth braking at a short distance even at full speed.

The braking system is very good and it has saved me from bumping into people on 2 separate occasions.

Tires

rear wheel of the Ninebot E22E

The dual-density tires are solid and made entirely from synthetic rubber, ensuring no flats. Despite being solid, they still offer good traction.

With a 9-inch diameter, larger than the typical 8.5 inches, these tires enhance ride quality, stability, and torque.

The scooter lacks suspension, which is unusual for solid-tire scooters, but the larger tires significantly improve comfort.

In my opinion, the scooter doesn’t need a suspension.

The tires are a major upgrade over the ES series, delivering increased comfort and flat resistance.

Deck

deck of the Ninebot E22E

The deck is thin and flexible, covered with a rubber anti-slip surface.

It is angled upwards in the front, which reduces the standing surface, although in general it might be a design net win as the overall stability of the scooter is better.

Handlebars and cockpit

cockpit of the Ninebot E22E

The handlebars offer control without sacrificing portability, with protective rubber sleeves for better grip.

The centered cockpit features a brake thumb throttle button on the left with red stickers and an easily accessible, relatively loud bell.

The bell may ring unintentionally on bumps.

On the right, there’s only the acceleration thumb throttle button with small green stickers. The digital screen and power button are at the stem cylinder’s top in the center.

Lights

two Ninebot E22E scooters with their lights on

The main headlight on the stem points downward, adequate for occasional night riding, but I would recommend a stronger light for extended use.

The rear fender hosts a small red light acting as a brake light, flashing with the electronic brake.

The deck includes four red reflective stickers on both the front and rear sides, with an extra one on the rear fender for the brake light.

Additionally, there’s a reflector at the stem’s bottom front and two yellow reflectors on the sides.

Screen

screen and controls of the Ninebot E22E

The screen shows:

  • current speed
  • battery level
  • speed mode
  • bluetooth status
  • error codes if something is wrong

The screen is pretty bright and has a good level of contrast, so it’s easy to read even on sunny days.

Apps

The Ninebot E22 has bluetooth connectivity and can connect with the official Segway Ninebot app, available for both iOS and Android.

Despite some negative user reviews due to Bluetooth connection challenges for a small portion of users, I found the app to be robust and feature-rich.

The majority of users don’t face connectivity issues, and regular app updates address and resolve issues.

The app can show you a lot of information, and lets you control some settings of the scooter. Its features include:

  • locking the scooter
  • speed status, both current and average
  • mileage status, both current trip and overall
  • ride time
  • cruise control status and settings
  • motor brake and energy recovery level
  • scooter temperature
  • light status

I recommend also checking out the Universal Scooter Helper App by EScooterNerds, designed to work together with the Ninebot app.

It provides extra features such as calculators, resources, guides, hacks, checklists, etc. The app is available for iOS and Android.

Weight limit

The Ninebot E22 can carry up to 220 lbs / 100 kg.

Owners close to or slightly over the weight limit notice a slight decrease in performance, affecting top speed, range, and climbing angle.

A friend weighing 275 lbs / 125 kg found the scooter performed better than expected, but struggled noticeably unless the battery was fully charged.

So, heavier adults may want to look at other scooters with bigger weight limits.

Weight, dimensions, and portability

person putting a Ninebot E22E in a car trunk

The scooter weighs 29.8 lbs / 13.5 kg, slightly lighter than the average commuter scooter (31-32 lbs / 14-14.5 kg).

When folded, its dimensions (44.9 x 16.5 x 14.2 in / 114 x 42 x 36 cm) are typical for commuter scooters, with no protruding parts. The non-foldable handlebars are very compact as well.

Overall, it offers excellent portability, fitting easily in car trunks and public transport. Its folded design allows convenient one-handed carrying by holding the stem.

I was putting this scooter in the trunk of a Fiat 500 with ease.

Waterproofing and IP rating

The official ingress protection rating of the Ninebot E22 is IPX4, which means the scooter can be subjected to water splashes from all angles and not suffer any damage.

Can you ride the Ninebot E22 in the rain?

Avoid riding the Ninebot E22 in the rain, as it’s not recommended and not covered by the warranty.

While the scooter is somewhat protected from water damage, a short ride in light rain may not harm it.

If you want a scooter that is more waterproof, check out my guide on the best waterproof electric scooters.

Accessories and customizations

The only truly must-have accessory for this scooter, as with any scooter, is the helmet. I recommend a half-helmet for the Ninebot E22. See my guide on the best scooter helmets to find the right pick for your circumstances.

The Ninebot E22 supports accessories designed for the Ninebot ES scooters.

The recommended accessory is the seat bundle, including the seat and the easily installable supporting frame. Add or remove the seat as needed.

Also, because of its standard design, many of the generic accessories for scooters will easily fit it.

Issues, tradeoffs, and downsides

The main tradeoff for me with the Ninebot E22 is the solid tires, offering no risk of flats and low maintenance, but sacrificing ride comfort and stability.

Initial scooter performance is modest until you add the optional second battery, significantly boosting range and overall performance at an additional cost.

While the app experience may not be flawless, improvements have been made over time.

Building on feedback from the Ninebot ES series, the E22 has addressed and resolved most reported issues, making it a solid scooter overall.

Verdict

The Ninebot E22 or E22E (in Europe) showcases a notable evolution in the Ninebot scooter lineup, surpassing its predecessors with a robust build, and a powerful 300W hub BLDC motor.

It has a top speed of 12.4 mph / 20 kmh, and an impressive range of 13.7 mi / 22 km, which doubles with an extra battery. It’s an ideal choice for commuters, students, and budget-conscious riders.

The E22/E22E boasts essential upgrades, including larger tires, an improved folding mechanism, and faster charging. If you’re looking for a portable, affordable, and high-quality commuter pick, suitable for both beginners and advanced riders, this scooter may be the right choice for you.

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