Now that you’re acquainted with the top-notch underwater scooters on the online marketplace join us as we show you how to buy a quality scooter for yourself at an affordable price.
Let's start with two key considerations you must make when in the market for a new underwater sea scooter:
Perhaps the most important consideration you'll make when in the market for a new sea scooter is the speed, which your diving experience will determine. So, if you're a newbie and it's your first time on one of these vehicles, consider buying something with less torque under its hood — well, not an actual hood, but you get the analogy.
However, if you're serious about learning the sea scootering ways, you can also opt for something with different gears. These gears will allow you to set a speed cap during a ride. Gears are essential if you're planning to give the DPV to your young one for a ride.
Like the vehicle's top speed, your diving proficiency will also determine the ideal depth range. Consider opting for ones with detachable floaters if you're a newbie who's just learning the ropes. This floater may be removed once you're confident about scootering underground.
An underwater sea scooter is a sophisticated piece of technology, so it is no surprise that its price can range anywhere from $250 to upwards of $700. Generally speaking, a stronger motor and superior build quality warrant a higher price tag. So, you can expect to pay the most for models with the highest speeds and depth ranges.
When sorting through all the underwater sea scooters on the online marketplace, we made sure of these two factors when shortlisting our favorite ones:
A phone mount will ensure no memory is left uncaptured while you're zipping through some crazy underwater adventures. So, when shortlisting our favorite sea scooters, we ensured they all boasted a phone mount.
We made sure these mounts offered a universal design so that you could fix your action camera and tripod on them too. Also, we ensured the actual mounting process was simple and secure.
As far as safety measures went, our team only picked underwater scooters that came with caged propellers. Such a design ensures the DPV thrusters are secured in a high-quality net to keep your fingers safe from unforeseen accidents. Furthermore, we also preferred models that came with auto shut-off buttons and comfortable grips.
Now, let's equip you with three essential buying tips that will help you make a more informed choice when in the market for a new underwater sea scooter:
The battery life of an underwater scooter will depend on how friendly your hands are with the throttle. Still, you can get a good idea of its average life by going through the description on the product page and some customer reviews. Opt for something that'll last you 30 minutes at the very least.
Charging times will vary from product to product but if these charge times are too high, consider getting a spare battery or two. You can then charge these spares up and swap them with the OG battery once it's all out of juice. This way, you won't have to call it a day as soon as the low battery indicator pops up on the scooter.
As far as portability goes, your new underwater scooter must be lightweight and compact. You can judge this portability by going through the dimensions and weight mentioned on the product page.
Last but not least, an underwater sea scooter must be easy to operate. Look for ones that are easy to switch on/off, charge, maneuver, and throttle. You can get a good idea of a sea scooter's user-friendliness by going through some customer reviews.
Taking the top spot on this list is the WINDEK underwater sea scooter, which comes in five color options. Powered by two motors, this beast can manage a top speed of 4.02 mph. However, if you’re planning to give your young one a ride on it, you can also put this scooter in low gear with a speed cap at 2.68 mph. Low-gear riding will also extend this vehicle’s battery life to an hour.
Thanks to its fast charging capabilities, you can expect this underwater sea scooter to juice up in just two hours. Also, you’ll get a low-battery indication before this DPV dies on you. As far as depth goes, you can take this sea scooter to 40 meters underwater! The superior power of this underwater scooter has earned it the top spot on our list.
Weighing just 3.5kg, this underwater sea scooter from Sublue is lightweight, with a capital L. This means you can easily carry it to your next aquatic escapade. However, you shouldn’t judge this bad boy by its low weight. No sir! This diving scooter packs a major performance punch. Let’s start with its dual motor design that can push you to a speed of 3.35 mph.
By removing the floater, you can effectively take this underwater sea scooter to a depth of 40m without worrying about it getting damaged. Even if you find water in the battery compartment, you shouldn’t worry since the battery is completely waterproof. It gives you a run-time of roughly 30 minutes, and a low-battery indicator will start blinking when it’s low on juice.
Yamaha Underwater Sea Scooter offers incredible performance at 2.0 mph and can go as deep as 4.6m. It comes with auto shut-off options and a caged propeller to prevent accidents, making it the safest option on this list. Although the underwater sea scooter is priced much lower than the competition, it outperforms most of them — thanks to the amazing battery life that’ll give you a runtime of 90 minutes on a single charge.
To preserve its battery health, Yamaha recommends battery maintenance every three months. However, you don’t have to worry about additional costs since the equipment required to carry out this maintenance comes included in the package.
On average, you can expect your underwater sea scooter to last between 30 to 150 minutes on a single charge. You can work around this by investing in a spare battery and swapping it for the consumed one. You can get more out of each charge by holding back on the throttle, but you shouldn't worry that much about the battery of your new sea scooter. Most models will display a low battery indicator well ahead of dying out. Since these vehicles are lightweight, you can also easily tow them back to the shore if they die on you.
Depending on the brand, top speeds, max depth levels, and build quality, an underwater sea scooter can cost anywhere between $400 and $700. You can expect to pay even more for competitive-level diving scooters.
Yes! You can pack an underwater sea scooter in your carry-on baggage since flying with battery-powered electronics is completely legal.