Kiwi gets to ride brand new Segway ONE Z10 electric unicycle

A couple of weeks ago Philip Bendall (Managing Director, Segway New Zealand) got to ride the new Segway ONE Z10, while visiting Segway’s regional HQ in Singapore.

The ONE Z10 is Segway’s latest, most powerful electric unicycle (ECU) featuring a massively wide 4″ (10cm), 18″ (46cm) diameter making it fit for all kinds of off-road adventures, and super-comfortable and capable in the urban jungle too.

Philip’s brief test-ride experience was the 4″ wide wheel makes the Z10 the easiest EUC he’s ever tried, offering stability and grip far in excess of any previous Segway ONE product.

Segway New Zealand is offering the top-of-range Segway Z10 model for sale “off the shelf” in New Zealand, while the the ONE Z6 and ONE S2 models are easily available by special order (expect 4 to 7 week lead time for delivery). Pricing will be announced in July and the first shipment of Segway ONE Z10’s are expected to arrive here during August 2018. If you’re ready to replace your weak or worn old ‘wheel’ or are an enthusiastic newcomer to the excitement of EUC riding then the Z10 is probably the best ‘wheel’ ever created.

So if you want to be one of the first people in the Southern Hemisphere to own and ride the Segway ONE Z10 get in touch and place your pre-order today! Call Segway New Zealand on 0800 2 SEGWAY or email segwaynz@icloud.com

Here’s a great Segway ONE Z10 extreme riding promo video (1:25 minutes) including dirt tracks, rocks and jumps!

Here is a 24 minute video review of the Segway ONZ Z10, shot a few weeks ago in New York City with experienced EUC owners putting it through its paces (a shorter 10 minute edit with less commentary and insight can be found online as well). This was a pre-production version being put through its paces by a couple of well-known EUC fans.

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By the way, Philip recently rode the powerful and awesome Segway miniPLUS all the way to the top of Mount Maunganui – yep, up the 4 wheel drive track without a single dismount! When he did the same climb on the miniPRO two years ago there were short four sections of the track that were too steep for the miniPRO, and he had to carry it a few meters each time. With larger and wider tyres and more powerful motors, the miniPLUS ($1,895) can take you more places than any other mini-Series model. Look out for a detailed review in a future Segway NZ News story.

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Brand new product: Segway Drift

Here comes the Segway Drift – our brand new product.

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The Drift is not only a new product but an entire new product category pioneered by Segway – the world leader in electric personal mobility.

The Drift W1 e-Skates join the Segway mini-Series (miniLITE, miniPRO, miniPLUS), Segway KickScooter (ES2), Segway ONE electric unicycles (S2, Z10), full-sized Segway Personal Transporters (i2 SE, x2 SE, and Patrollers), and Segway Robotics range (Loomo, RMPs).

Segway-Ninebot products in NZ – full line catalogue 2018 [Update 27 June 2018]

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This is the full line of Segway-Ninebot products imported by Segway New Zealand for 2018 (including upcoming releases).

UPDATE 27 June 2018: the just-announced Segway DRIFT W1 will be available in New Zealand during Q4. This is our brand new product category of self-balancing e-Skates – pre-order your pair today!

The following products are available directly from Segway NZ (call 0800 2 SEGWAY) and from our authorised Dealers BodyElectric (Wellington) and Urban Wheels (Christchurch), and from selected retail stores nationwide:

  • Ninebot by Segway KickScooter (ES2 & ES4 models) – available now
  • Ninebot by Segway miniPRO (320 version) – available now
  • Segway miniLITE – available now
  • Segway miniPLUS – available now
  • Segway S2 and Z6 – available now by special order (allow 4-8 weeks for delivery)
  • Segway Z10 – arriving August 2018

The following products are available directly from Segway NZ (call 0800 2 SEGWAY) and our authorised Dealers BodyElectric (Wellington) and Urban Wheels (Christchurch):

  • Segway i2 SE and i2 SE Patroller – available now
  • Segway x2 SE, x2 SE Golf, and x2 SE Patroller  – available now
  • Segway SE-3 Patroller – available by special order (see note below)
  • Segway Robotics Loomo – arriving September 2018

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Notes about products not imported, sold or supported in New Zealand

  • Ninebot by Segway KickScooter ES1 is a 250 watt model, with fewer safety features and lower performance compared with ES2 (300 watt model), making it less suitable for New Zealand conditions. The ES4 model is the ES2 model fitted with the Extra Battery pack for extended range and improved performance-under-load (e.g. when riding uphill). The Extra Battery pack can be attached or removed from the ES2/ES4 at any time. It can also be purchased separately to upgrade ES2 to ES4.
  • Segway miniPRO (260 version) is marketed in USA as the ‘2018 Edition’ and has a 260 Watt-hour battery pack. It is otherwise identical to the Segway miniPRO (320 version) . The more powerful miniPRO with 320 Watt-hour battery pack provides extended range, improved performance-under-load, and increased rider safety under New Zealand conditions.
  • Segway ONE A1 and ONE S1 are lower-spec’d (lower top speed, shorter range, etc) versions of the ONE S2 model. The ONE S1 is sold only in North America, while the ONE A1 is sold in some Asian territories alongside the ONE S2.
  • Ninebot PRT E+ does not have UL2272 electrical safety certification, nor redundant sub-systems, leaving it unsuitable for mobility use or commercial deployments in New Zealand. Segway NZ has never imported or sold this model, and does not sell spare parts or replacement battery packs.
  • Ninebot mini (a discontinued model) does not have UL2272 electrical safety certification. Segway NZ has never imported or sold this model, and does not sell spare parts or replacement battery packs.
  • Segway SE-3 Patroller is available by special order, for deployment in selected Public Safety roles in New Zealand.

Extra Battery for KickScooter ES2 gets its glow on

The optional Extra Battery pack for the Ninebot by Segway ES2 is proving very popular with Kiwi owners.

Adding this pack not only increases range – it gives an extra power boost too.

Riders find this really helpful when climbing up hills. And we all know New Zealand is a very hilly place!

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Ninebot by Segway KickScooter ES2 (shown with and without extra battery pack)

Better still, the Extra Battery pack has its own ‘atmosphere lights’ – glowing red panels on either side increase your visibility to others when riding at night.

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Combined with the glowing undercarriage atmosphere lighting, powerful front headlight and twin tail lights there is no doubt you’re living in the 21st Century when you see an ES2 glide by!

Atmosphere lighting can be programmed via the Segway App, with thousands of colours and pattern combinations available. Buy the Extra Battery pack direct from Segway New Zealand by calling 0800 2 SEGWAY or email segwaynz@icloud.com, or from your favourite retailer ($395 including GST and delivery).

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NEW: handy Wrench tool for Segway Height Adjust Knob

Your Segway Personal Transporter’s LeanSteer Height Adjust knob is beautifully milled from solid aluminium.

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It is important the LeanSteer’s handlebar is set at the correct height for the individual who is riding the Segway PT. This will ensure they have full and proper control over the device. The Reference Manual provides height setting guidelines, and while there is a small acceptable range that allows for personal preference, it is essential for rider safety that the correct height is used. If the LeanSteer is too high or too low the rider will not have optimum ability to navigate over undulating surfaces, cross thresholds, or have maximum control during turning manoeuvers.

If a Segway PT is being used by several different people, regular height adjustment will be necessary. Many users who guide their Segway PT up and down flights of steps or high curbs find regular readjustment and retightening is required, while some individuals find it difficult to tighten the Knob adequately.

We’ve got just the gadget for you!

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Our new Segway NZ Height Adjust Knob Wrench is a custom 3-D printed tool that you keep in the front bag of your Segway PT, or around your neck on a lanyard with your InfoKey (one end of the Wrench features a threading hole).

The Wrench slips easily over the knob when needed, and provides extra leverage to tighten it up effortlessly.

The Wrench includes our free call number (0800 2 SEGWAY) so you’ll never forget how to contact us.

We have this handy new gadget in stock right now, and it is available in your choice of White, Black, Blue or Red – only $75 (including GST and delivery).

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All about Bezel & Wrist Strap kits for Segway InfoKeys

The Segway Infokey conveniently “docks” onto the plastic Dock mounted on the top of the Segway Personal Transporter’s (PT’s) LeanSteer Frame.  Normal wear happens after many insertions and removals, and both the Dock and the Dock Bezel should be replaced as soon as you notice anything less than a nice, tight fit. The Dock Bezel is the ring that screws onto the bottom of the InfoKey and enables it to slide into the Dock. Replacement kits are $45+GST).

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In addition to keeping it in your pocket, there are two other handy ways to carry the InfoKey. By replacing the Dock Bezel with the Lanyard Bezel your InfoKey can be worn around your neck. Or as a pocket watch, perhaps?

With the Segway Wrist Strap kit you can wear your InfoKey like a wrist watch. This kit includes a Segway branded velcro wrist strap, plus a Watch Bezel to correctly orientate the InfoKey on your arm ($45+GST).

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As a super-useful bonus, once you have the Segway Wrist Strap you can combine it with the Dock Bezel and wrap it around the LeanSteer Frame to secure the InfoKey. Even if the InfoKey becomes dislodged from the Dock, it remains secured around the shaft of the InfoKey and does not get lost.

You can’t really wear the InfoKey + Dock Bezel + Wrist Strap as wristwatch because the “face” is orientated all wrong – it is rotated 90 degrees and lays horizontally across your write. Equally, while the the Watch Bezel will slide into the Dock, the “face” is orientated 90 degrees (horizontally).

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We highly recommend the Segway InfoKey Protector kit to all of our customers. This  kit provides a rubberised surround to help protect the casing and buttons from knocks and drops, and a clear screen protector to help protect the screen from scratches and damage ($55+GST).

Always keep in mind that your InfoKey is a valuable and sophisticated device. As a remote control it both transmits and receives, has a back-lit screen, and a unique transmission protocol to prevent hacking (it does not use WiFi or Bluetooth). Each key starts off blank, and must be individually programmed by Segway New Zealand to a particular Segway PT. Replacement InfoKeys are $430+GST (includes delivery), so we think the Wrist Strap kit and InfoKey Protector kit are great investments.

Buy all of these useful accessories and more from Segway New Zealand – check out our list of common parts.

 

Bike Barn, 100% Appliances, Toyco, Ponsonby’s iconic Askew and more all stock Segway products

Segway mini-Series, KickScooters and accessories are available at dozens of retailers all around New Zealand, making it easy to find and try out our latest products.

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Did you know you can buy the Ninebot by Segway KickScooter at Bike Barn stores nationwide (19 branches)? Or that selected owner-operated 100% Appliances stores located all around New Zealand carry Segway mini-Series and KickScooter models?

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Askew in Ponsonby is one of Auckland’s most iconic stores, and right now the Segway miniLITE and Segway miniPLUS feature prominently for sale in their front window.

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Toyco (St Lukes, Auckland) is the seriously fun toy company where you can buy the seriously fun Segway miniLITE, as well as our new Little Monster bumper accessories in pink, blue and green so you can dinosaur-ise your ride.

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You can buy every Segway product including the full-size Segway Personal Transporter range direct from Segway New Zealand, and from our long-established Dealers located in Wellington (BodyElectric) and Christchurch (Urban Wheels).

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Buy top quality, long lasting InfoKey batteries (CR2430) from Segway NZ

Segway wireless InfoKey Controllers use a Lithium button cell battery and many owners of Segway PTs are making a big mistake when they replace an exhausted battery with a cheap, low-quality brand.

If you’re paying less than $15 per battery then you’re probably using the wrong brand. You’ll quickly begin to damage your InfoKey’s buttons, or find yourself stranded far from home. We’ll explain why below. Prevent this happening and buy top quality, long-lasting Swiss-made button cell batteries direct from Segway New Zealand:

  • ONE Renata CR2430 Lithium button cell battery: $25 (includes delivery and GST)
  • TWO Renata CR2430 Lithium button cell battery: $40 (includes delivery and GST)
  • THREE Renata CR2430 Lithium button cell battery: $50 (includes delivery and GST)

Order today by email (segwaynz@icloud.com) or call 0800 2 SEGWAY.

 

Here’s why using anything but the very best quality replacement battery will shorten the useful life of your InfoKey.

  1. When the battery gets weak, the screen dims when a button is pressed, and transmission range decreases
  2. Users react by pressing the button in harder and for longer (remember, only a light press is required with a good battery installed)
  3. Pressing hard weakens the “spring” under the button, drastically shortening the useful life of the InfoKey
  4. The “weaker” the button becomes the harder a user presses it – weakening it exponentially faster….until it no longer works at all and you need to buy a new InfoKey ($495 including GST, programming to your Segway PT’s serial number, and delivery)
  5. When the button stops working or as soon as the battery is too weak to transmit a command you’re left stranded and unable to start up your Segway PT

 

We tracked down, tried and tested every brand of CR2430 we can find for sale in New Zealand. We’ve concluded most brands underperform when used in a Segway InfoKey. They last only a few weeks or months….sometimes, only days in cold conditions!

Worse, even though they are weak in terms of transmission power, they do not trigger the ‘InfoKey Controller Low Battery Icon’ warning on the display, increasing the chances a rider will be left stranded without warning. This also leads users to press the button ever-harder, thinking the issue they’re experiencing is about electrical switch contact rather than lack of battery power.

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Poor quality button cell batteries do not trigger the ‘InfoKey Controller Low Battery icon’

We found several top-tier US and Japanese brands give good performance. One indicator of top quality is ‘Made in Japan’ printed on the packaging. These brands can often be purchased at jewellers/watch repair stores for between $15 and $20 each.

The under-performing brands are typically manufactured elsewhere in Asia, and may be a well-known “name brand” or a “chain store brand” or even an “I’ve never heard of that brand before brand”. Prices typically range from $5 to $15. Such cells either don’t work properly in Segway InfoKeys (i.e. the screen does display the time, but dims or disappears completely when a transmit button is pressed), or last only a short while.

Also, because poor quality cells deliver low transmission power, the signal strength is weak. Not only is operational range annoyingly short, but it is degraded further in environments where there are high levels of radio interference from nearby transmitters using the same frequency (i.e. every WiFi hotspot and Bluetooth device within range, etc).

Remember, the colder the weather, the worse any battery performs. So right now is a good time to stock up on top quality CR2430 button cells batteries for your Segway PT.

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Commonwealth Games protected by Police on Segway Patrols (Brisbane)

Queensland Police have doubled the number of officers patrolling South Bank on Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) during the two-week ‘Festival 2018’ celebrations for the Commonwealth Games.

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Police have been using the Segway i2 SE Patroller and Segway x2 SE Patroller models for five years. According to a spokesman in 2014 “We quadruple our efficiency on Segway PTs”.

According to Police the extra Segway Patrollers will bring many benefits to South Bank over the next two weeks:

Police will use additional Segways to patrol South Bank during Festival 2018 events as part of the Commonwealth Games.

The two new Segways would be deployed to promote public order and safety in South Bank from today until April 15.

This doubling of the number of Segways available to officers will contribute to current operations in the South Bank precinct and allow the broader deployment of the units in the future to help keep the community safe.

Segways have already been used by police to maximise their sightlines over people and to provide highly visible patrols.

Police on Segways have also found and arrested people for a range of offences including drug and property crimes.

They will now be used for patrols of South Bank as it hosts a range of festivities for the Commonwealth Games.

Brisbane Region Acting Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins said Segways were an additional operational option for officers to patrol areas with high numbers of pedestrians.

“Some of the benefits include manoeuvrability in crowds and a greater distance covered during patrols,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Wilkins said.

“The majority of officers at South Bank are trained to ride Segways.

“Training includes advanced skills, such as navigating inclines and rough terrain, and practical use in crowded places and inside buildings.”

The Queensland Police Service adopted Segways in September 2013.

The Segway Patroller models are specially configured versions that have been carefully designed to meet the needs of first responders. Queensland Police were early adopters of Segway PTs as soon as that state passed enabling legislation. ACT and NT have since followed Queensland’s ‘full legalisation’ model that enables anyone to use a Segway PT in most places where the public normally has access to walk, including footpaths and shared paths, nature strips and parks, and in some instances also on bicycle lanes and roads).

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