Frequently Asked Questions

General Segway® PT Questions

What does riding a Segway® PT feel like?

Riding the Segway® PT feels like nothing you’ve ever experienced because there’s never been anything like it. Step on and your instinct will be to steady yourself, as you would on anything with two wheels. But almost immediately you’ll realise that the Segway® PT is balancing for you, almost like it has become an extension of you. Just lean forward a little and you’ll see that the Segway® PT isn’t moving you on its own; it’s moving in response to you and what you tell it to do. It all feels natural and really cool. Be sure to review the User Materials before using a Segway® PT.

How does it move? How does it balance?

The Segway® PT uses LeanSteer Technology to move you from Point A to B. Gently move the LeanSteer frame and handlebar left or right in the direction you want to travel and feel the machine respond almost instantly.

The Segway® PT balances by using five micro-machined angular rate sensors and two accelerometers that sense the changing terrain and your body position at 100 times per second.

How much does a Segway® PT cost?

Due to exchange rates, tariffs and other taxes, pricing can vary. It’s best to consult us directly. You can also build your very own Segway® PT using our online product configurator and request pricing on that specific configuration from a dealer of your choice directly.

Is the Segway® PT more efficient than a car?

Yes. The Segway® PT is 11 times more efficient than the average car, and over three times more efficient than scooters. As a zero-emissions vehicle, the Segway® PT can also go indoors. It does draw electric power during recharge, but that electricity causes fourteen times less greenhouse gas emissions than driving a car.

Does a Segway® PT fit in the boot of a car?

It depends, but it will most likely fit into most boots. The LeanSteer frame attaches from the powerbase to give you more flexibility during transport. Each LeanSteer frame is height-adjustable to the comfort of the rider and can be collapsed for storage as well. Using the Tool-less Release accessory which is available for purchase, you can easily detach the LeanSteer frame from the base if you find yourself doing this frequently.

Are there weight limits for the Segway® PT?

Yes, Segway® sets weight limits for rider safety and to reduce the risk of damage to the Segway® PT. A rider must not be less than 45 kg. The maximum payload (which includes rider and all cargo) for the Segway® PT is 117 kg. The total weight of any handlebar cargo plus any additional attachments hanging from the handlebar should not exceed 4.5 kg.

How fast can the Segway® PT travel?

Each Segway® PT comes with two operational settings, “beginner” and “standard”. Beginner setting is set to 13kph, and the standard setting is set to 20kph. 20 kph is roughly equal to a really fast run.

How far can a Segway® PT go on a single charge?

Depending on your base model, payload, riding style and terrain, a single charge can support up to 38km of travel.

How do you charge a Segway® PT?

A standard wall outlet can charge your Segway® PT’s batteries. It takes about 15 minutes to get enough charge to travel 1.6km. A full day’s charge (approx. 8-10 hrs.) costs less than a newspaper in electricity.

What colours are available?

The Segway® PT is available in several colours and finishes, depending on your application. The i2 is available in three colour schemes – gloss white, anodised black and metallic sage. The x2 is available in a standard silver/anodised black to get you that additional durability you’re seeking.

What's a glide?

A glide is a trip you take riding your Segway® PT. We like the name because it’s simple and very accurately describes the motion of riding, which is smooth and even, like you’re gliding across a surface. Gliding is a great way to meet new people, see new sights, or just get out and enjoy the day.

Can I use the Segway® PT in the rain?

Yes. The device is completely sealed to allow it to operate in wet weather. Just be careful on slippery surfaces.

What's the Segway® Smile?

The Segway® Smile is exhibited by nearly everyone who’s ever ridden a Segway® PT. The Segway® PT is more than a product; it’s an experience unlike anything you’ve tried before. Going from place to place becomes fun. Riders become empowered pedestrians that cover more ground, work smarter, become more productive and move more intelligently. This knowledge manifests itself in an ear-to-ear grin.

Not sure what we’re talking about? Stop someone riding a Segway® PT the next time you see one and you’ll understand. You’ll probably smile back.

What's the InfoKey Controller?

You can do some basic programming, such as setting the time, date and whether you want the display kilometers. You can also set the Beginner Setting speed, Standard Setting speed, and “off” time for Standby mode. Please refer to your User Materials for further details.

How many wireless InfoKey controllers come with the Segway® PT?

Two wireless Infokey controllers are included in the box with each Segway® PT (as of May 15, 2007). Remember, as the owner of a Segway® PT, you are responsible for training any other person who you let ride in accordance with the instructions in the User Materials.

Can I configure my own accessory packages?

Yes. Accessories were chosen for the current packages based on specific uses by our customers. After you’ve built your custom machine, send it along to a local dealer for more information. Did you know that there are more than two quadrillion different possible Segway® PT configurations?

Can you insure a Segway® PT?

We recommend you contact your insurance company or local agent to find out the type of coverage available for Segway® PTs.

Can I use my Segway® PT on the road or footpaths in my area?

You should contact your local council and/or Queensland Transport or Territory regulatory authority to discuss whether it is permissible to use the Segway® PT for your particular purpose.

Should I try to troubleshoot issues with my Segway® PT before contacting my local dealer?

There are certain problems you can troubleshoot on your own before contacting your authorised dealer, distributor, or Segway® Customer Care. Refer to your Reference Manual for details.

 Segway® PT Owner Questions

What can I use to clean my Segway® PT?

Keep your Segway® PT looking squeaky clean with mild soap and water. Products that protect and shine rubber, plastic, and vinyl surfaces are not recommended, as these products may impact tyre traction. Be sure to keep water away from the charge port.

Can I travel with my Segway® PT? What about the lithium-ion batteries?

Traveling with your Segway® PT using mass transportation is at the discretion of company policy. Some companies treat the Segway® PT as baggage or an assistive device. In general, the lithium-ion batteries on Segway® i2s and x2s are considered hazardous material and are not allowed on commercial passenger airlines. Still, you can ship your Segway® PT anywhere by ground. Check with your local transit provider for more info.

Where can I find my Segway® PT's serial number?

Lift the base’s mat and look to the rear edge of the platform to locate your serial number. It will be a 12-digit number printed directly on the base of the unit. Make sure to write it down and store it in a safe place.

How should I dispose of my old batteries from a Segway® PT?

Segway® Queensland encourages you to help preserve our environment by returning your unwanted batteries to the nearest recycling collection point. Please check your local or state authority for further details.

How do I register my warranty with Segway® Inc. after purchasing my Segway® PT at a dealership?

Segway® Queensland will register your machine(s) for you within 72 hours of your purchase. If you have questions regarding your warranty, please contact us directly.

I purchased my Segway® PT from a private party (used). How do I transfer ownership to my name to receive the warranty balance?

To transfer ownership, you need to provide something in writing to Segway® Customer Care in the US. Please include a copy of the original invoice or bill of sale identifying the previous owner, the unit’s serial number, and your contact information, including name, address, telephone and email (optional).

Can I reprogram my InfoKey controller?

You can do some basic programming, such as setting the time, date and whether you want the display kilometers. You can also set the Beginner Setting speed, Standard Setting speed, and “off” time for Standby mode. Please refer to your User Materials for further details.

Can the speed setting for a PT be locked?

Yes, each InfoKey controller can be locked into the beginner setting by a special sequence of button-presses. You can also set the Beginner Setting speed, Standard Setting speed, and “off” time for Standby mode. Further customization is possible by programming the InfoKey controller at the Segway® factory. Programming each InfoKey controller separately is an additional service offered to customers that can be quoted per account by us.

Do you have purchase options?

Yes, if you are wanting to buy a Segway® for business or personal  use, we can provide a range of purchase options, or short or long-term rentals.

I've lost my Segway® key. Can I replace this?

The good news is yes. If you have your key codes, we can reprogram a key for you for a $50 programming fee. If you’ve lost your key codes, we have to contact Segway® to request this information, in which case the cost is $70.

My Segway® shows an error code. What can I do?

The good news is we have experience in all Segway® service issues. Fill out our online Service Request Form, complete as much information as you can, and we’ll get back to you asap.