Electric scooters have been the rage recently. You see them everywhere on the road, and everyone seems to be using them. With the increase in demand for electric scooters, there is also an increase in the number of companies producing escooters, which makes it hard for the consumer to distinguish the good from the bad ones. We received the Turboant X7 Electric Scooter, and I used it for two weeks. The following are my thoughts on it.
Below is what you get when you purchase the Turboant X7 escooter.
|Product Information||Unfolded Size||41.6 × 16.5 × 45.9 in (1056 × 420 × 1166 mm)|
|Folded Size||41.6 × 16.5 × 17.7 in (1056 × 420 × 450 mm)|
|Ground Clearance||4.7 in (120 mm)|
|Product Weight||29.7 lbs (13.5 kg)|
|Adapter Input Voltage||110-240 V, 50-60 Hz|
|Drive System||Motor||36 V, 350 W|
|Tire (Front & Rear)||8.5-inch, tubeless pneumatic tires|
|Max Speed||19.9 mph (30 km/h)|
|Range||9.3-15.5 miles (15-25 km)|
|Max Climbing Capability||15°|
|Max Load||44-275 lbs (20-125 kg)|
|Brake System||Electronic throttle control, disc brake and and foot brake|
|Speed||3 settings (linear adjustment)|
|Illumination||LED headlight + taillight (1 W)|
|Operating Conditions||Operating Temperature||32 to 95 °F (0 to 35 °C)|
|Storage Temperature||14 to 104 °F (-10 to 40 °C)|
|Charging Time||4-6 hours|
|Capacity||6.4 Ah, 230.4 Wh|
|Operating Temperature||32 to 95°F (0 to 35°C)|
|Charging Temperature||50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)|
|Max Charging Voltage/Current||42 V, 2 A|
|Storage Temperature||14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)|
|Storage Time||3 months (after a full charge)|
What makes this scooter different from the others is its removable battery. You can remove it to charge separately or leave it on the scooter to charge. The battery is a component that will deteriorate the more you use it, and by making it removable, this means you can easily change the battery without changing the scooter, thereby extending the lifespan of the escooter.
Setting it up
The scooter came folded in the box. When you take it out, you will find that the handle bar is not fixed. (The full length is too wide for it to fit in the box, that’s why the handle bar is detached by default.) To unfold it, press the mud guard down to release the catch and pull the stem up.
Near to the base of the stem, there is a latch that you have to open before you can put the stem upright.
Once it is in place, close the latch to lock it in position.
Next, attach the handle bar to the handle. Both the left and right handle bars can be screwed in. However, before you attach the left handle bar, you need to fix the brake handle in place. (You will need the Allen key provided in the box.)
Before going for a ride, I was told to charge up the battery and pump up the tire. The tire is a tubeless tire and only supports 50psi of pressure. Only the back wheel comes with a valve for you to pump it up. There doesn’t seem to be any way to pump up the front wheel.
Using the scooter is easy. If you have used a scooter before, you will have no problem riding the X7. Before you start, long-press the Power button to power it up. The LED dashboard will light up, which indicates that the power is on. Next, simply stand on it, press the throttle and it will slowly accelerate.
To brake, you can either release the throttle, step on the mudguard or hold the brake handle.
There are three Drive modes – Low, Medium and Sport. The difference between the three drive modes is the maximum speeds they can reach. In the Low mode (the default) it can reach about 9mph. The Medium mode can reach about 15mphm and the Sport mode about 19mph. During my trial, the maximum speed I reached for the Sport mode was only 17mph.
What I like about the X7 is the cruise control mode. When you press down the throttle for 6 seconds, it will activate the cruise mode. You can let go of the throttle at cruise mode, and it will continue to move at a constant speed. To deactivate cruise mode, either press the brake or press down the throttle again.
The X7 comes with a 350W motor and can easily cover a 15° slope. I tested it on a slope, and it had no issue conquering it.
Another thing that I like is the sound of the engine. It is QUIET. I owned two electric scooters before this and hated how loud their engines were. While riding X7, I can barely hear the sound of the engine.
In addition, the acceleration and deceleration is very smooth. There is no sudden halt when you release the throttle, which can easily throw you off balance. There were some bad accidents I had with my previous scooters, and this is one feature that I always take note of when trying out new scooters.
One thing to note is that there is no easy way to switch between mph and kmh. The scooter I received is the American version and was showing the speed in mph, whereas everywhere outside the USA is using the kmh convention. After fiddling around, I still couldn’t figure out how to switch it. I was pretty sure it could be switched because the “kmh” icon showed up on the display. It took several emails with the support before I received the instruction to access the hidden menu to switch the speed metric.
The X7 comes with a front and back light, which means you can ride it in the night. Quick-press the Function button twice. and it will activate the front and back lights. To switch it on, quick-press the Function button twice again.
In short, it was a joy to ride on the X7 electric scooter. The control is easy, the ride is smooth, and there is not a single thing that I dislike about it. At a price of $499.99, it probably isn’t the cheapest escooter around, but it is definitely one that is worth the price, particularly with the detachable battery that is not available in most escooters on the market.