While the folding bike market has been slowing down a little bit, there are more folding e-scooters introduced to the market. The e-scooters somehow becomes much more popular on the streets nowadays, at least at my place. I sat in a cafe corner and tried to count the number of passing e-scooters in one hour; There were 14 of them and most riders were millennials. The popularity might be explained by the convenience and affordable cost. I tested the Turboant X7 recently and it has been my favorite e-scooter so far.
|Weight||29.7 lbs (13.5 kg)|
|Unfolded Size||41.6 × 16.5 × 45.9 in (105.6 × 42.0 × 116.6 cm)|
|Folded Size||41.6 × 16.5 × 17.7 in (105.6 × 42.0 × 45.0 cm)|
|Top Speed||20 mph (32 km/h)|
|Battery Pack||Detachable Li-ion, 6.4 Ah, 230.4 Wh|
|Battery Range||9.3-16 miles (15-25 km)|
|Charging Time||4-6 hours|
|Max Charging Voltage/Current||42V, 2A|
|Brake||Electronic throttle control, disc brake and foot brake|
|Lights||LED headlight, taillight|
|Tires (Front & Rear)||8.5-inch, tubeless|
|Ground Clearance||4.7 in (120 mm)|
|Max Climbing Capability||15 degrees|
|Maximum Capacity||44-275 lbs (20-125 kg)|
|Storage Temperature||14 – 104 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Adapter Input Voltage||110-240 V, 50-60 Hz|
As soon as I started testing the Turboant scooter, I can feel this is a premium product. The design and build quality of this scooter is amazing, probably the best among all e-scooters that I’ve tried. I love that the scooter is foldable and the process is quick and easy, I even don’t have to close any latch to lock it in the folded position.
The X7 is a full-size scooter with a spacious board and 8.5-inch tires. The manufacturer hides the battery inside the front tube instead of the standing board like some other manufacturers, therefore, it provides great ground clearance. The larger tires also mean that the scooter can deliver fairly smooth rides even though it doesn’t have a suspension system. I feel much more stable and safer when riding this scooter, I even don’t have to worry about some small potholes on the road.
One big issue with most e-scooters is battery because it is often very difficult to find and replace a battery. Most e-scooter manufacturers come from China and they could run out of business anytime. Turboant makes it a little easier with a removable battery and it is actually very straightforward to buy a spare battery at the moment. In fact, they are using the same battery as found in some other similar scooters on the market, so you can buy one for around $200, almost half the price of the scooter itself. You can recharge the battery by plugging the adapter to the scooter or directly to the battery after removing it. A full charge takes around 6 hours.
Another advantage of the X7 is the powerful motor. It can reach the maximum speed of 19mph and I could climb up some low inclines with ease. The 350W motor is actually capable of delivering higher torque and speed, however, I think capping at 20mph is much safer for riders, pedestrians, as well as other cars. When riding at the moderate speed, you can also use the disc brake safely without worrying about sudden stop.
The LED screen on the handlebar is quite clear even during bright sunny days. The display shows you the current speeds, speed setting, and battery level. A throttle control sits next to the display; When you reach a desirable speed, you can hold the throttle steadily for a few seconds to activate cruise control; Afterwards, you will maintain a steady speed without touching the thumb throttle.
Everything about the Turboant scooter is great, except from the milage. The manufacturer claims the battery range could reach 16 miles but in my real-life test, I could ride just more than 9 miles before the battery died. Notice that I tested the scooter during freezing days when the temperature stayed below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and I climbed some slopes, so the battery could drain out a little faster than normal.
- Great design & build quality
- Good speed and acceleration
- Removable battery
- Amazingly low price
- Average battery life
- Battery can get loose on bumpy roads
The Turboant X7 is not a perfect e-scooter but it is almost impossible to find a better one in the price range of $400. If you plan to ride the scooter on paved even roads and can accept the milage of 9-16 miles, we at BikeFolded highly recommend it.
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