I reviewed my first Swagtron Swagger Scooter nearly 4 years ago and was really impressed with the budget product. The new Swagger 5 Boost is an update to last year’s flagship model; Surprisingly, it comes with some important upgrades while the price remains unchanged. Let’s find out if this is a good electric scooter for you.
Specifications & Features
|Weight||26 lbs (11.8 kg)|
|Unfolded Size||41.5 x 17 x 45.3 in|
|Folded Size||41.5 x 17 x 19 in|
|Speeds||3 settings, with cruise control|
|Top Speed||18 mph|
|Battery Pack||37V li-ion battery|
|Battery Range||11 miles|
|Charging Time||3.5 hours|
|Brakes||Rear disc brakes with AutoGuard and foot brake|
|Lights||LED headlight, brake light|
|Tires (Front & Rear)||8.5-inch wheels, airless honeycomb tires|
|App||Track speed, check map routes via GPS, engage cruise control, activate LED headlight|
|Maximum Capacity||320 lbs|
|Adapter Input Voltage||110-240V, 50-60 Hz|
My first impression with the Swagger 5 Boost was really good because I love its compact design. As compared to my recent scooters, the scooter is significantly smaller and lighter. It weighs just 26 lbs and now I can effortlessly carry it up and down my narrow stairs with 1 hand. The design looks more natural as we no longer see a huge battery built into the front stem. Since the battery is placed underneath the deck, the scooter has lower ground clearance. Therefore, you need to be careful when riding on uneven roads, otherwise, the bottom could get damaged.
Folding and unfolding the scooter is easy with its one-click quick folding mechanism. There is a clip on the handlebar and it will lock into the rear guard when you fold the bike. Ton unfold the scooter, you just need to press on the clip and lift up the stem. The lock feels very sturdy, so the deck won’t fall off easily.
The biggest upgrades of the 5 Boost include a powerful 300W motor, a large LED display, a larger battery, and puncture-resistant airless honeycomb tires. I really like the honeycomb tires because they require no maintenance at the moment; I just don’t know if its performance would be degraded over time yet. However, the 8.5 wheels are a little small and there is no front suspension, therefore, I can easily feel the whole scooter shakes violently on rough roads.
A 300W motor is quite good for a budget scooter like this. The top speed could reach 16-17 miles in my test and I had no problem climbing some short inclines.
According to the manufacturer, the battery could last up to 11 miles on a single charge but it depends on a lot of factors like pavement quality, incline, rider weight. In my test, the battery range is estimated at 8-9 miles when I ride it at different speeds, climb up a few low inclines, and my weight is 155 lbs. If you plan to use it for everyday commutes, I highly recommend you to bring the charger with you.
The LED display shows the current speed and battery level. There is also an Android/iOS app but it is unnecessary because you will never need it. I appreciate features like the bottle holder and LED lights more because they are much more useful in real life.
- Compact and lightweight design
- Low price
- Easy folding and unfolding
- Powerful motor
- Puncture-resistant tires
- Not suitable for long rides
The Swagtron Swagger 5 Boost is absolutely not the best electric scooter on the market, however, it is very difficult to beat it for the price. It costs just about $269 or you can buy a recertified one for less than $200. If you plan to use it for short distances (less than 10 miles), we at BikeFolded highly recommend the scooter.
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