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Folding electric scooters - what's the difference?

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Whether you have tried one or not, by now you must have seen them in urban areas. Folding electric scooters, parked all over, and as many have found, a great and convenient way of swiftly moving about in the inner city without too much fuzz.

In these days of growing demand for faster and greener ways to travel, not to mention being able to avoid congestion of the sort that makes you want to scream or cry, the electric scooter seems to have a very bright future.

After all, it is the closest thing we have come to the magic hoverboard we saw Michal J Fox ride on in Back to the Future II. Many users have decided to buy an electric scooter once they have realized the pros it brings and how it is a great option when looking for the right type of commuter.

SHOW ME THE BEST FOLDING ELECTRIC SCOOTERS
folding widewheel electric scooter
ModelWideWheel Pro CityRiderHorizonMantisWolfWarrior
Top Speed26 Mph18 Mph
25 Mph40 Mph50 Mph
Motor1000watt300watt500watt2000watt2400watt
Range22 Miles10 Miles25 Miles45 Miles70 Miles
Weight54 lbs28.5 lbs42 lbs65 lbs101 lbs
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ModelWideWheel Pro CityRiderHorizonMantisWolf Warrior
Top Speed26 Mph18 Mph
25 Mph40 Mph50 Mph
Motor1000watt300watt500watt2000watt2400watt
Range22 Miles10 Miles25 Miles45 Miles70 Miles
Weight54 lbs28.5 lbs42 lbs65 lbs101 lbs
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Why buy a folding electric scooter?

The question is probably not why one should buy a portable electric scooter but rather why one shouldn't. The only reason we can think of is that you know for a fact, that you will never have to either carry your e-scooter or put it in the trunk of your car and therefore portability is not a priority for you.

In all other cases, a foldable electric scooter is the way to go. Electric kick scooters are all about convenience. Part of that is how easy it is to use and handle your scooter. Max speed, charging time, mile range, battery life, led lights and so on, are all things to consider as much as, portability, weight, and how it folds. Do handlebars fold for example?

Once you are used to the pros of the electric kick scooter you will appreciate the possibility of it becoming a very portable and nimble vehicle you can carry around and stow away easily enough.

This article will list different folding electric scooters in no specific order but rather based on their features. Make sure you know what you will be needing your scooter for and this article will help you make the right decision.

Lightweight & Portable Folding Electric Scooters

If you are in the market for a very lightweight folding electric scooter there are some good options. However, things to consider if your primary objective is that it needs to be as light and portable as possible is the performance.

Lighter scooters will not be as tolerant if you are close to or over their max weight limit for instance. Not only might it break down under heavy pressure but acceleration, range and top speed might also be lower than what you expected.

A heavier person should maybe not go for the lightest and fastest foldable scooter on the market but instead, go to the next level. If you are very tall maybe reaching the handlebars is too low and so you will compromise the riding experience.

Tires are another thing. Most very light scooters will have solid tires. While this ensures you never risk running flats, the riding experience is not like on an air-filled tire. Can you live with the difference?

The market does have quite a few good lightweight electric scooters on offer especially if you are looking for an entry-level scooter. And they differ quite a lot in their performance. You should be able to find exactly what you are looking for.

We have listed some of the best below.

fluid Mosquito

Discover the fastest Ultra Portable Scooter
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Motor: 500W base - 700W peakTires: 8" x 2" solid tiresDimensions: 44.25x15.75x45.5 inches
Battery: 48V 9.6Ah (461 Wh)Suspension: dual spring based suspensionsDimensions: 41.5x5.65x13 inches”
Range: 22 milesBrakes: rear drum & rear step on brakeWeight: 29 lbs
Top Speed: 25+ mph (up to 28mph in gear 5)Lights: Front and rear LEDDrive: Front Wheel Drive
Weight Limit: 265 lbsDisplay: color center displayBattery Position: Under Board

Looking at the small and nimble fluid Mosquito, one would never believe it to be particularly powerful nor fast or have a decent range capacity. But looks can deceive.

It is super portable and very lightweight weighing 29 lbs (13 kg ), yet is capable of a 28 mph (45 km/h) top speed, and 22 miles (35 km) of range. It speaks volumes to the development of compact electric scooters that such a lightweight scooter can be so potent.

It houses a 48V 9.6Ah battery and a front-wheel drive 500W/700W peak power motor. Even hill climbing is on the menu for this Mosquito. It is strong up 10% inclines in a way you would never expect it to be.

It has no less than three brake systems with a rear drum brake, rear step-on brake and a regen throttle brake on the front wheel that recharges the battery while you ride. The brakes work very well and the lever-actuated drum brake is the one you most likely will rely on for stopping power 90% of the time.

But surely something must have been compromised on such a sleek design? What about the riding experience?

The Mosquito can't compete with bigger scooters that have air-filled tires and more advanced suspension systems as far as ride quality goes. But it still manages to incorporate a dual suspension system that does its job travelling over larger bumps and imperfections to smooth out the ride.

The stem can be adjusted for different length riders and the deck is surprisingly roomy, sitting low for better stability. The 8-inch wheels are solid making sure you never run flats, but will not have the same traction as air-filled ones.

The designer's primary purpose with the Mosquito was not to give it the best ride quality of them all, but rather to offer one of the best folding electric scooters that were still fast and could pack a punch way above its weight class.

And it is when you need to pick it up that you start to smile broadly. It is so easy to fold and carry that it resembles an umbrella more than an electric scooter once folded. Folded dimensions are 13 x 6 x 42 inches (33 x 15 x 107 cm). You can put it almost anywhere and it is out of sight if not out of mind.

The build quality is also very good and the Mosquito has an IPX5 rating as well as a max weight capacity of 265 lbs (120 kg).

This is a fantastic scooter for either the beginner or more experienced rider that understands what it can offer. If you are one of those riders and you need the speed and range the Mosquito has but you must prioritize size, weight, and portability, then there is no contender to the Mosquito at the time of writing.

PROS

  • Ultra light weight
  • Best in class ride quality
  • Very high top speed for its size

CONS

  • Braking distance can be long if going top speed

"This scooters pretty amazing for being lightweight and highly portable something anybody could easily get around on and carry upstairs or into buildings. It's not much bigger than one of those old '90s razor scooters and it goes 20 mph. It's light enough that really any adult could carry it I'm impressed. I do wish the handlebars were a little wider for stability but it is a lower speed scooter. The brakes are very powerful we've taken it to locations five to six miles out and back no problem. All around this is a very reliable sidewalk scooter."

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Cityrider

The best folding scooter under 500

Discover the CityRider
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Motor: 300W brushless hub motorTires: 8.5"x 2" honeycomb solid tires 
Dimensions: 43.3x18.1x47.8 inches
Battery: Lithium-ion 36V 7.5Ah Suspension: inner suspension tires  Folded Dim: 43.3x18.1x47.8 inches
Range: 10 MilesBrakes: Rear drum & rear step on brakeWeight: 28.5 lbs
Top Speed: 18 MphLights: Front and rear LEDDrive: Front Wheel Drive
Weight Limit: 220 lbsDisplay: Speedometer Battery Position: Under Board

An interesting option to the fluid Mosquito is the fluid Cityrider although you need to know the differences between the two apart from it being a cheaper scooter. They are similar in weight although not in performance. The Cityrider is 1 lb lighter and tops the scale at 28 lbs (12,7 kg).

The idea behind the Cityrider is to offer a great entry-level innercity commuter that is easy to use, requires little maintenance and has a low-key design. A practical tool where top speed is not a priority and the 10-mile (16 km) range is considered sufficient enough for most inner cities.

A smaller battery and motor means less weight and that is part of the recipe for lightweight scooters. The Cityrider has a 36V 10.4Ah battery and a 350W front wheel motor. The top speed is 18 mph (29 km/h) and the acceleration is well-behaved and won't scare you.

If the top speed and mile range differ between the Mosquito and Cityrider, then the tires are more similar. Non-air-filled 8,5-inch honeycomb solid tires will never puncture and also help with the ride quality as the Cityrider lacks a suspension system. The honeycomb structure provides a cushioning effect far more effective than you would imagine. As far as solid tires go, these provide the best ride quality of them all.

However, this is not an off-road scooter so staying on smooth surfaces is what you want to do.

There is no need for a massive braking system on this scooter and a rear drum brake as well as a rear step-on brake is good enough to slow you down effectively. And of course, it does have a regen brake that helps with charging the battery when you brake.

Folding it is very easy and it only takes a couple of seconds. Once folded it measures 20 x 19 x 43 inches (51 x 48 x 109 cm). The handlebars do not fold but are easily removed by unscrewing them should the need arise to do so. It is very easy to pick up and carry as the stem folds and attaches to the rear bumper.

This is a budget scooter but it still offers front and rear led lights, integrated turn signals as well as lateral reflectors. iOS and Android apps let you customize various riding modes, set cruise control etc.

It has a max weight capacity of 265 lbs (120 kg) however, it will perform better if you keep it around 220 lbs (98 kg) or less.

There is no IP rating and that might be a reason to choose the Mosquito instead. But if you live somewhere where rainfall is a rare occasion, short commutes are what you need it for and you like the asking price, then you have a candidate.

PROS

  • High Top Speed
  • Turn Signals
  • Unique Design
  • Clever Display

CONS

  • No folding handlebars
  • Limited Range

"Beautiful scooter, great for short commutes
This is one of the nicer looking scooters. Rides great, but it’s not very strong. Living in NYC I had to trade up as my commute spans a few miles which this scooter can’t complete comfortably.

If your commute is short (under two miles) and you want a lightweight scooter this is for you."

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fluid Horizon

Discover the Brilliant all Around Scooter - Horizon
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Motor: 500W base / 800W peakTires: 8" rear solid, 8.5" front airDimensions: 42.5 x 23.2 x 46.8 inch
Battery: 48V 10.4Ah (499 Wh)Suspension: front spring & rear dual springFolded Dim: 38.6 x 7.1 x 14.6 inch”
Range: 23 milesBrakes: rear drum brake + regenWeight: 42 lbs
Top Speed: 23 MphLights: Front and rear LEDDrive: Rear Wheel Drive
Weight Limit: 265 lbsDisplay: QS-S4 (on throttle)Battery Position: Under Board

The fluid Horizon V2 is a somewhat heavier e-scooter at 42 lbs (19 kg) that is foldable and uses a proper latch-type clunky piece of metal mechanism that clicks distinctly when in the locked riding position.

The upper part of the stem also unlocks and lowers into the lower part in a telescoping manner to shorten it considerably for better portability. Handlebars fold as well to further help with creating as compact a package as possible.

If you want something slightly bigger than the Mosquito or Cityrider, the Horizon might tick the box.

The Horizon is an electric scooter you buy when you know precisely what you want. It is a perfect workhorse with a proven track record of reliability and with this second version, has improved waterproofing, a smoother thumb throttle and a pre-installed carrying handle.

The ride quality is where the Horizon shines the brightest and why so many love it. It has a dual suspension system which handles most you can throw at it superbly at least on tarmacked roads. The ride quality is where the Horizon shines the brightest and why so many love it. It has a dual suspension system which handles most you can throw at it superbly at least on tarmacked roads.

At the front, you will find an air-filled 8.5-inch tire and on the rear an 8-inch solid one. The reason for this is that 90% of flats occur on the rear and this eliminates the risk of that. Traction can never be the same as on pneumatic tires but the rear is instead slightly wider to prevent it from skidding easily under braking or on damp surfaces.

There are two choices of batteries. A 48V 10.4Ah with 23 miles of range (37 km) or the bigger 48V 13Ah with a 30-mile range (48 km).

A 500W/800W peak power motor on the rear wheel is strong enough for a 23 mph (37 km/h) top speed. The acceleration is smooth and steady rather than snappy fast.

The one thing that needs to be mentioned is the braking system. The drum brake as well as regen brake works fine, although there are stronger brakers out there. Planning for this when riding and getting to know your Horizon is well advised. The drum brake option will most probably last forever though and maintenance will be minimal.

It is when you fold it that you also understand the appeal of compact folding electric scooters. Once folded it measures 40 x 7 x 13.8 inches (102 x 18 x 35 cm). This helps qualify it as one of the best folding electric scooters you can get your hands on.

It is not a flashy scooter if that makes sense, but it was never meant to be. Instead, it is a no-nonsense work tool that is well-built, has a max weight of 265 lbs (120 kg) and has a proven track record of reliability. Maybe we can say that it is an electric scooter people buy with their brain rather than their heart.

One of the best.

PROS

  • Long Range
  • Strong Power to weight ratio
  • Very Practical & Foldable

CONS

  • Board deck somewhat narrow

"I purchased my Horizon a month ago. I have used it everyday weather allowed and it's amazing ! I am a 53 yr old man but this PEV makes me feel like a kid again.(can't say "scooter" w/out feeling as if testosterone leaves my body up utterance!) LOLI weigh 195 and it Max's out at 24 mph on flat straight away and 15% inclines at 15 mph or more. Range on 10.4 Amp is 23 miles. I wish I had gone with larger battery. That's my only regret since purchasing. If your on the fence..buy it! You will thank me later!"

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Long range folding electric scooters

The varieties of kick scooters are rapidly developing in interesting directions, all trying to outdo the competitors and accommodate customer demand. So for instance, folding scooter electric vehicles are a big part of the e-scooter market.

The reason for this is quite understandable and makes sense. In many cases, the e-scooter is as mentioned, the chosen option for daily commutes. That being the case, the user might have to carry it up some stairs, or maybe on a train or metro for parts of the commute. Or, store it away at the office. That's where foldable electric scooters come into play as a big feature in the e-scooter market. Let's take a look at the heavy-duty folding electric scooters. 

fluid Vista

Discover the super reliable portable fluid Vista
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Motor: 1000W base - 1800W peakTires: 10" solid tiresDimensions: 49.5 x 25.5 x 50 inches
Battery: 60V 14.5Ah (858 Wh)Suspension: Front and rear preload adjustable suspensionFolded Dimensions: 49.5 x 25.5 x 24 inches
Range: 45 milesBrakes: Adjustable regenerative electric braking Front drum + rear disc brakeWeight: 29 lbs
Top Speed:  31 mphLights: Front, rear and customizeable lateral LEDs Bright turn signalsDrive: Rear wheel drive
Weight Limit: 265 lbsDisplay: Advanced large center displayBattery Position: Under Board

The Vista weighs 60 lbs (27 kg) which doesn't place it in the lightweight category and it was not primarily designed for ultra portability. But it does fold with a rock solid lever style folding mechanism and can be carried in one hand. The stem and handlebars lock down onto the rear deck with a clever mechanism clicking and securing it into place.

Handlebars are quite wide and fitting it into a regular car's trunk might be tricky although an SUV or bigger car will work fine. Being a single motor scooter you might think the performance would be lacking a bit, but not so.

The rear wheel driven 1000W/1800W peak power motor has strong acceleration, will easily climb 10% hills, and has a top speed of 31 mph (50 kph). This should be plenty enough for most people.

Keep it in eco mode and the 60V 15.5Ah battery will be able to go 45 miles (72 km).

Solid tires ensure you never run flats and these ones are not as rigid as others can be and therefore offer more of a flexible ride quality. A front and rear adjustable spring suspension as well as adjustable rebound dampening allows for a perfect setup even if you are close to or on the max weight limit of 265 lbs (120 kg).

The deck is plenty wide measuring 17,5 x 9,0 inches (44,5 x 23 cm) and the taller stem, 39 inches (100 cm) will accommodate taller riders as they won't have to reach down for the handlebars.

The main focus behind the Vista is low maintenance, easy to ride, and everyday dependability. The braking system is one such area where you notice it has less of an aggressive bite than other scooters have. The rear disc brake, front drum brake as well as regen brake have plenty of stopping power and are perfectly calibrated upon delivery with a smooth rather than "bitey" feel.

The cockpit also feels modern with a big center display showing all the relevant info you need as well as an included App letting you customize your riding profile and other settings such as acceleration curve, zero start options, etc.

A proper lights package includes bright forward light, brake light, turn signals, and lateral swag lights.

Great build quality, fun to ride, IPX5 rated, and good performance specs, the Vista is a great choice at its asking price, if not a bargain.

PROS

  • Excellent Range
  • Large deck for comfortable riding
  • Super robust and reliable

CONS

  • Quite heavy compared to other commuters

"A coworker has a Fluid Mosquito, I asked him how did the scooter work for him? He replied that it was great and that he recommended the brand, also that they had a store in Brooklyn and that it was better when there is a physical place in case of claiming a guarantee but that he had not had any problem so far, I immediately looked on the page and based on In my needs, especially my weight of 220 lbs, I decided for the Fluid Vista, it was the best choice I made, due to its cushioning and solid tires, a spectacular experience. I would also recommend your brand to any friend, as I have already done with several others at work. thank you"

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fluid Mantis V2

Discover the fan favorite Mantis
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Motor: 2x 60V 1000W BLDCTires:  10"x2.5" air tires
Dimensions: 49 x 24 x 50 inches
Battery:  FST 60V 18.2Ah (1092 Wh)Suspension:  Front and Rear Spring ArmsFolded Dim:  49 x 24 x 19 inches
Range:  45+ miles (eco / single drive)*Brakes: Dual Disc (full hydraulic)Weight:  65 lbs 
Top Speed: 40 MphLights: White front/side & Rear Red LEDsDrive: Front & Rear wheel drive
Weight Limit: 265 lbsDisplay: Minimotors display / throttleBattery Position: Under Board

The Mantis Pro is a favorite amongst many users as it is so versatile. Yes, it is a heavier electric scooter at 65 lbs (29,4 kg) but still a long way from the Wolf Warriors weight category.

Dual quick-release levers, similar to those you find on a bicycle
make the process of folding the stem quite uncomplicated. Once down it hooks onto the rear bumper to secure it properly before lifting. It does not have folding handlebars though.

This one can be used as a daily commuter and the process of folding the stem is quick enough even if you do it every day a couple of times.

Praised among experts and users alike as a fantastic powerful yet portable scooter that can be used on dirt and off-road (if not too extreme), this second version has improved what was already a great baseline.

There is a choice of two battery versions, 60V 18.2Ah or a 60V 24.5Ah. The smaller battery has a 33-mile range (53 km) and the bigger one stretches that to 53 miles (72 km).

It will recharge in 10-12h with the standard charger. There is an optional 5A fast charger available that reduces the charge time by 60-70%.

This is a fast scooter with strong acceleration, to say the least. If this is the first time you try a proper fast electric scooter, be prepared and bend your knees. You can choose between dual or single-motor modes. Even in single-motor mode, the top speed is 30 mph (48 km/h). Engage the second motor and you will reach a top speed of 40 mph ( 64 km/h).

In dual motor mode and going full throttle from a standstill you will do 0-15 mph (24 km/h) in just over 2 seconds. An eye-opening experience when you do it for the first time. Thankfully, the sinewave motor controllers are mapped for a smooth rather than head-snapping acceleration curve.

This means you need to stop properly and you will be able to. Not only because the dual Zoom hydraulic disc brakes are best in class, but also because the front and rear spring arm suspension is brilliant and doesn't dive down and forward under braking. And yes, it does have a regen brake system as well.

That dual suspension system, 10-inch pneumatic tires and sturdy construction make the ride quality fantastic. Kerb hopping, bumps, and imperfections in the road don't bother the Mantis. You can go on dirt trails, grass, and even some lighter off-road as well.

It is a bigger scooter as it weighs 65 lbs (29 kg), has a weight limit of 265 lbs (120 kg) yet is still portable enough to carry shorter distances and you can fit it into a mid-size car trunk.

This is not your typical inner-city commuter but rather a combination of a longer commute that you can bring with you to tighter spaces.

A proper high-mounted headlight brightens up the road in the dark very effectively. Two front and rear LED lights plus a lateral LED strip will also make sure you are seen at night and it comes with turn signals.

Is this the best folding electric scooter? Some would say yes. It has an IPX5 rating, it is fast yet controllable, it is "biggish" but not a monster, still foldable and you can ride it over rougher terrain without it complaining too much.

Maybe the best foldable electric scooter you can get at the asking price.

PROS

  • Long Range
  • Great for trails & suburban roads
  • Fantastic ride quality

CONS

  • Handle bars does not fold

"Suspension, acceleration and speed work together to produce a safe yet thrilling ride. I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase and keep looking for excuses to hop on this bad boy to tackle errands. I spent a solid day looking for the right scooter given my level of experience and needs. I believe this was the perfect choice. Highly recommended!"

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Wolf Warrior X

Discover the fantastic Wolf Warrior X
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Motor:  2x 1100W / 3500W peakTires:  10x3" tubed STREET tires with split rimDimensions: 48 x 24.5 x 51.1 inches
Battery:  FST 60V 21Ah (1260 Wh)Suspension:  front hydraulic / rear springsFolded Dim:  48 x 24.5 x 23.2 inches”
Range:  40 milesBrakes: Zoom front and rear hydraulicWeight:  79 lbs 
Top Speed: 44 mph (Standard), 41 mph (PRO)Lights: front / side/ rear LEDs / turn and hazard signalsDrive: Front & Rear wheel drive
Weight Limit: 265 lbsDisplay: Minimotors display / throttleBattery Position: Under Board

The Wolf Warrior X and its siblings are next-level electric scooters. These are big boys with a lot of performance under the skin.

The Wolf Warrior X and its siblings are next-level electric scooters. These are big boys with a lot of performance under the skin.

It weighs 79 lbs (36 kg) and has a max weight capacity of 265 lbs (120 kg).

There are two battery versions available and whichever you choose, there is plenty of "oomph" in either one. The Standard version has a 60V 21Ah battery with a 40-mile range (64 km) and the Pro:s bigger battery will be able to go 52 miles (84 km).

This electric scooter has two charging ports and with the recommended 5A fast charger, the charge time can be reduced by 70% bringing it down to 5 instead of 14 hours.

Note that the Standard version has a slightly higher top speed and faster acceleration. The bigger battery and smart management system of the Pro extend the range but the added weight affects the performance slightly. But who cares? The Standards top speed is 44 mph (71 km/h) and the Pro stops at 41 mph (66 km/h). Fast enough for you?

These are not the most important features as whichever you choose will be plenty fast. They both have gut-wrenching acceleration and you need to know how to handle all that torque.

Dual motors with 1000W/3000W of peak power mean the Warrior X will spin both wheels on tarmac if you gun the throttle in the most powerful dual motor mode setting from a standstill. All the Wolf's do this. Ye be warned. And it is a trigger throttle version which not all prefer. But fret not, if you like what you read about this scooter, there is a version as described further down in this blog, the Warrior X GT, with some updates and a stronger overall package that also includes a thumb throttle.

The look and feel of the Warriors are dominated by a dual motorcycle-style stem with front hydraulic shocks. This in unison with the dual rear spring suspension and 10 x 3-inch air-filled tires are the basis for fantastic ride quality. There is an option to get off-road tires and you might consider that if you want to go for great runs in the forest or other challenging terrain.

Stopping power is adamant and it will be sufficient with dual Zoom hydraulic disc brakes as well as an adjustable regen system. It will stop as effectively as it accelerates.

The lights package is nothing less than excellent. Double-front headlights light up the road dazzlingly. Bright front and rear turn signals and deck lighting which is easily controlled and customized via an app also make you visible to others. The build quality is superb. It has an IPX5 rating so slightly wet conditions shouldn't be an issue.

This is a scooter that will appeal to the rider who has a longer commute and maybe needs to jump some curbs or travel over dirt roads, fields, and grass, to get to where you need to be. But also something you can put in the trunk of your car and go for weekend rides and explore nature.

There are bigger Wolfs which we cover below, yet, the Warrior X might be the best option as even though it is a big scooter, it is still more compact with a ton of performance and the asking price is also to be considered.

Most off-road scooters for the money?

PROS

  • Great power to weight ratio
  • Brilliant stability
  • Very comfortable ride

CONS

  • Side lights can be fragile

"This scooter is awesome!! I've had it about 2 weeks and am using it to commute about 5 miles round-trip, to and from work. It easily does 35-40mph in dual motor/turbo mode. Allows you to stay with the flow of traffic (in a 35mph zone). Lighting is excellent - front and back....you are easily seen in low light/darkness. Working turn signals and flashing brake light system-outstanding. I am recharging about every 3 trips (~15 miles)...but that's riding fast in dual motor/turbo mode. Haven't tried single-motor for mileage efficiency. Love the weight and maneuverability too...easy to lift and put in the car for transport and light enough to move around within building for parking/recharge. Perfect tail-grab bar. Dual-fork system feels very stable and easy to maneuver the scooter. Excellent hydraulic brakes. Ride platform is great size. Great customer service from the FluidFreeRide Team. A personal text right after ordering, and a follow up email after delivery. They shipped immediately, and I had the scooter in 5-7 days. Great experience....great scooter for a great price (under $2k). I already want another one!!"

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NAMI Klima

Discover the brillaint Nami Klima
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Motor:  2x 1100W / 3500W peakTires:  10x3" tubed STREET tires with split rimDimensions: 48 x 24.5 x 51.1 inches
Battery:  FST 60V 21Ah (1260 Wh)Suspension:  front hydraulic / rear springsFolded Dim:  48 x 24.5 x 23.2 inches”
Range:  40 milesBrakes: Zoom front and rear hydraulicWeight:  79 lbs 
Top Speed: 44 mph (Standard), 41 mph (PRO)Lights: front / side/ rear LEDs / turn and hazard signalsDrive: Front & Rear wheel drive
Weight Limit: 265 lbsDisplay: Minimotors display / throttleBattery Position: Under Board

NAMI has now produced the Klima which is an excellent option to the bigger more expensive Burn E2. The size and asking price of the Burn E2 might be eyewatering for some even if the dream to have one is strong.

The Klima is not far behind though and sits in a lower price class. Maybe this is the one.

A proper fast and strong scooter with dual 1000W motors reaching a top speed of 42 mph (68 kph) and with best in class torque and acceleration. It takes less than 5 seconds to reach 30 mph (48 kph) from a standstill. These figures are impressive and to reach that performance you will typically have to look at much more expensive and bigger monster scooters.

It is also less "fat" with 79 lbs (36 kg) showing on the scale. It is possible to fold it and manhandle it into a trunk of a car.

The delicate thumb throttle is another interesting detail. The mapping of it and the 40A sine wave controllers is set for maximum control meaning you can accelerate fast and without a snappy feel. Cruising at lower speeds and keeping it steady is also very easy to do. We like.

There are two battery versions to choose from. The bigger one named MAX, houses a 30Ah battery with a 60 mile range (96 km) and the base version 25Ah will do 50 miles (80 km).

Proper braking ability is a must on these types of performance machines. The Klima manages best in class with dual fully hydraulic Logan 160 mm disc brakes as well as regen braking. From 15 mph (24 kph) to a complete stop only takes 9,4 ft (2,8 m).

The ride quality is another reason to wax lyrical about the Klima. Dual fully adjustable coil shock suspension, 10 inch pneumatic tires, a 42 inch (132 cm) tall stem help create a perfect ergonomic position, especially if you are a taller rider, the Klima will happily travel over gravel and rough terrain as smoothly as you like.

At the center of the cockpit, you find a smartphone sized IP65 rated and updated display which is now fully visible even in direct sunlight. You have all the info and settings available for ride modes, battery status, controller temperature, USB port, lights, motor settings, and so on.

A strong 2000 lumen front light, Rear LED strip doubling as brake light, and turn signals. It has a max weight of 265 lbs (120 kg) and an IP55 rating.

This is a top choice at the asking price and is difficult to beat in many areas.

PROS

  • Excellent light package
  • Brilliant stability & suspension
  • Phenomenal Acceleration

CONS

  • No deck latch

"So I just wanted something to get me from my (free) car charger location to work, I looked online and ordered the cheap thing from Amazon that had the specs I thought I wanted. It was crap, there was a big hill that I could only get 4 mph up. I started actually looking at reviews online and a few looked good, I didn’t need 40 mph or all the features of the klima, but I went down a rabbit hole and ended up being stuck on this model. I bought preorder and it showed up last weekend. Dang… I spent all weekend on it, so much fun. Comfortable, smooth, obviously fast. I will say that no one will get stated range, you won’t be willing to go slow enough to get that, if you need more, buy the larger battery. It is so fun to ride and when you peel out from a stop it is sweet. I did end up getting a full face helmet just because I’m too old to do these stupid things (I’m not happy wearing it, but my wife and kids don’t want me to hit the pavement at 40 something). Anyway, this was way more than I needed, but it is sooooo fun to ride. Solid handlebar stem, very comfortable suspension, great power, big enough tires, very stable. Might need to look into different tires for trails though"

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Mantis King GT

Discover the Powerful Mantis King GT
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Motor:  2x 1100W base / 4200W peakTires:  10" tube tiresDimensions: 50x25.7x52 inch
Battery:  Samsung 60V 24Ah (1440 Wh)Suspension:  front and rear adjustable hydraulic shocksFolded Dim:  50x25.7x22.5 inch”
Range:  56 milesBrakes: dual disc (Kabbo branded full-hydraulic)Weight:  74 lbs 
Top Speed: 43 mphLights: bright front upper and lower / adjustable side/ rear LEDs + turn signalsDrive: Front & Rear wheel drive
Weight Limit: 265 lbsDisplay: 4.2" TFT DisplayBattery Position: Under Board

If you are in love with the Mantis V2, you are not alone and we understand. So much so that the manufacturer has decided to further improve it and the result is the magnificent Mantis King GT.

Even though the King GT is bigger and heavier it is still a portable scooter. It weighs 74 lbs (33,6 kg) and once folded it measures 50 x 26 x 23 inches (127 x 66 x 58 cm) which is not exactly compact to be fair but, you will not buy it for that reason.

It is completely redesigned and offers more of that sweet Mantis feel that has endeared so many users.

There is more power on offer with dual 1100W/4200W peak power motors and dual 60V 30A Sinewave controllers that not only are stronger but also deliver a smoother performance than before.

The top speed is 43 mph (69 km/h) and the acceleration is blindingly quick. It only takes 1,9 seconds to reach 15 mph ( 24 km/h) from zero.

The power source is a 60V 24Ah battery pack and the mile range is 56 miles (90 km). Two chargers are included on delivery and it takes 7-8 hours to recharge.

The risk of trying a Mantis King GT is it sets a benchmark when it comes to ride quality that you can't live without once you've tested it. Part of the reason for that is it has adjustable hydraulic front and rear shock absorbers. The various ways you can adjust its preload and rebound travel are unique.

You can set it up for off-road or supersharp racing on tarmac. 10-inch air-filled tires with the option of street or off-road knobby ones are part of the package. The roomy deck which is slightly longer and wider than on previous models also helps with improving the handling.

These high-end scooters need proper stopping power and the King GT has a fully hydraulic dual disc version with 140 mm rotors as well as regen braking. The bite is supereffective and one of the best in class.

A strong high-mounted front headlight is a welcome upgrade as well as very bright LED deck lighting and separate brake and turn signal indicators. Top-notch. Another feature which is next level is the 4.2" inch display. Even in direct sunlight, you can read it. And it provides an array of info as well as adjustment possibilities to set up your scooter. Max weight capacity is 265 lbs (120 kg) and it has an IPX5 rating.

A fantastic scooter. Well-suited to different surfaces and types of riding with lots of power and quality on offer. For the "feinschmeckers".

PROS

  • Excellent adjustable suspension
  • Brilliant stability
  • Very comfortable ride

CONS

  • Heavier than standard Mantis Pro

Off-road folding electric scooters

If you plan to use your e-scooter more as a weekend warrior and go off-roading, it will pay to go for some of the higher quality heavier foldable scooters, where the folding mechanism is designed to withstand the high-speed thrashing better than maybe a lighter portable folding scooter, purely intended to be used on smoother surfaces and light enough to carry with ease.

NAMI BURN E2

Discover the Innovative Nami Burn E
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Motor:  2 x 1000W base / 5040W peakTires:  tubeless 11"Dimensions:  53 x 24.5 x 57 inches
Battery:  72V 28Ah (2160 Wh)Suspension:  adjustable front & rear hydraulic coil-shock suspensionFolded Dim:  53 x 24.5 x 25 inches”
Range:  90 milesBrakes: dual disc (LOGAN 2-piston full-hydraulic)Weight:  100 lbs 
Top Speed: 45 mphLights: ultra bright front, side and rear LED + turn signalsDrive: Front & Rear wheel drive
Weight Limit: 265 lbsDisplay: feature-loaded color smart displayBattery Position: Under Board

The bigger heavier monster scooters are all more or less of great quality. They are more expensive and that is because the design and choice of material are not meant to save weight or be as economical as possible. These machines need to be able to handle what's thrown at them. Within reason of course. They are still electric vehicles.

Most likely, folding and lifting them will only be needed when you opt to load them into your SUV for some fun outdoor off-road activity.

There are a couple to choose from and we begin with the excellent NAMI BURN E2.

This is a scooter based on community feedback from thousands of users where the manufacturer has done its utmost to accommodate those wishes. And they have done a great job.

It is foldable but is still quite the package when folded. Folding the stem is not a super quick process, you can do it in about ten seconds, but that is because it is such a sturdy mechanism and the focus is not on speed or practicality but rather stability and longevity. That's why handlebars usually don't fold on these types of electric scooters. And so it is with the E2 as well.

It weighs 100 lbs (45 kg) and part of that is the massive 72V 28Ah battery which has a 100-mile range (160 km). Dual motors with a continuous 1000W/5040W peak power output will give you lightning-fast acceleration although never make you feel you are losing control, and the maximum speed is 45 mph (72 km/h). It takes 6-7 hours to recharge or, with the optional fast charger, 3 hours.

Hills are more or less crushed, and if you know you plan to ride over that type of terrain, you will want nothing less than this type of hill-climbing performance.

It has fantastic ride quality and part of that is the mapping of the throttle. Some of these beast scooters feel like they have an on-off switch for throttle and some find this difficult to control. Here it is smooth and easy to control while riding.

It has a front and rear adjustable coil shock hydraulic suspension adjustable with the turn of a dial to set up your rebound preference. Stiff as you like if you go fast on smooth surfaces or more bouncy for off-road riding.

The standard tire of choice is tubeless 11 x 3.5-inch CST:s. Tubeless tires have the advantage of a better feel when riding compared to tubed ones, as well as being less prone to pinch flats.

Brakes are equally impressive with fully hydraulic NUTT 160 mm disc brakes. It takes less than 16 ft (5 m) to stop from 20 mph (32 km/h). Make sure you know how to brake and stand on the deck properly, balancing your body slightly backward with bent knees before you try this out.

A 2000-lumen headlight, turn signals, bright rear light as well as a lateral LED strips are best-in-class lighting. An electric scooter with this type of range means you will probably ride in the dark and to see and be seen is important.

The max weight capacity is also beefier with a 330 lbs (150 kg) tolerance. And the IP55 rating ensures you don't need to worry too much in the wet. The display and other key components such as the controllers and connectors are IP67-rated even.

There is also an even faster stronger version called the BURN E2 MAX. Bigger battery, stronger motors and a record breaker in many categories according to the experts. It is all that this version is, and then some.

If you get one of these electric scooters you probably have some riding experience and you know exactly what you are looking for. And it delivers.

PROS

  • Phenomenal Performance
  • Awesome looks & Design
  • Best electric scooter ride quality

CONS

  • Can be awkward to fold

"This scooter is just mind blowing. It has power, speed, and a single charge that basically lasts as long as your legs! I personally weigh 285 and it does not feel slow at all. It was a bit scary at first getting used to it at higher speeds (35mph+) but once I got everything dialed in with suspension and steering dampers, it was smooth riding. Oh and fair warning, the brakes are insanely strong. Be sure to wear protection and take all safety precautions. This ain't no toy."

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Wolf Warrior X GT

Discover the Impressive Wolf Warrior X GT
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Motor:  2x 1100W / 3500W peakTires: 10x3" tubed tires with split rimDimensions: 49 x 24.5 x 51.1 inches
Battery:  60V 28Ah LG/Samsung 21700 cells (1680 Wh)Suspension:  front hydraulic / rear springsFolded Dim:  49 x 24.5 x 23.2 inches ”
Range:  50 milesBrakes: dual disc (LOGAN 2-piston full-hydraulic)Weight:  83 lbs 
Top Speed: 44 mphLights: front / side/ rear LEDs / turn and hazard signalsDrive: Front & Rear wheel drive
Weight Limit: 265 lbsDisplay: 4.2" ultra bright TFTBattery Position: Under Board

The Warrior X GT is a stronger version of the already powerful Warrior X with some added updates such as a thumb throttle instead of a trigger-style version, a bigger more advanced display and the frame has been extended by one inch.

It will never win a quick folding competition against the likes of f.e. the Mosquito but, it is quite intuitive to fold nevertheless. However, for the potential Wolf customer, this is not a priority. It takes slightly longer to fold because it has a sturdy double-clamp folding mechanism. Typical for these off-road powerful monster scooters is also that the handlebars won't fold.

It is a bit heavier than the regular Warrior X and the GT weighs 83 lbs (37,6 kg) because the 60V 28Ah battery is bigger. The range is extended to 50 miles (80 km) and recharging takes approximately 8 hours with the included dual 2A chargers.

The motor choice is the same as on the regular X with dual 1100W/3500W peak power hub motors as is the top speed of 44 mph (70 km/h). And the acceleration is lightning-fast. All the Wolfs have this signum if you give it full throttle in all the max power settings. Be prepared.

The best scooters in the world also have amazing brakes, and so it is with the Warrior X GT. Outstanding fully hydraulic Zoom disc brakes only need 9.8 ft (3 m) from 15 mph (24 km/h) to a complete stop.

The dominant feature of all the Wolfs is a dual motorcycle-style stem with hydraulic shocks up front. This, in unison with the 10 x 3-inch air-filled tires and a dual rear spring suspension is the magic recipe for superb ride quality. Optional off-road tires are available and you should choose them if most of your riding will be on dirt trails or similar.

Nothing out there looks like this and you can tell it is prepared for business.

And you will be able to see properly when riding in the dark as the dual front headlights are super bright. Front and rear turn signals and deck lighting which you can customize via an app ensure you will be seen and it has a horn that can wake the dead.

IPX5 rated, a max weight of 265 lbs (120 kg), brilliant handling, looks cool, can travel long distances, flies uphill, enough power to scare you. What's not to like?

PROS

  • Fantastic Brakes
  • Brilliant Suspension
  • Excellent ride quality

CONS

  • On the heavy side for a foldable portable scooter

Wolf King GT Pro

Discover the Record Breaking Wolf King GT Pro
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Motor:  2x 2000W baseTires:  11" tubeless (self-repairing)Dimensions:  49.6 x 29.5 x 51.1 inches
Battery:  72V 35Ah LG / SamsungSuspension: front dual hydraulic shocks / rear dual springsFolded Dim:  61 x 10.6 x 18.5 inches”
Range:  90 milesBrakes: Front and rear Zoom hydraulic brakesWeight:  120 lbs 
Top Speed: 62 mphLights: ultra bright front, side and rear LED + turn signalsDrive: Front & Rear wheel drive
Weight Limit: 330 lbsDisplay: 4.2" center TFT displayBattery Position: Under Board

Going straight to the top of the Wolf pyramid, you will find the King. Why is that? Well, maybe because it is the fastest production electric scooter in the world (at the time of writing). Or that its high-speed stability is rock solid, or its magnificent display, or the flat-proof tires which we've never seen anything like before. The Wolf King GT Pro is as much a statement of what is possible as it is a phenomenal, and still folding electric scooter.

Where to begin?

Since we focus on folding scooters let's start there. It is foldable but we won't tell you it is an easy scooter to either carry or fold. And it has a 30-inch wide handlebar that is phenomenal to steer with but not very practical sticking out once folded.

It also weighs 120 lbs (54 kg) so easy lifting is not part of this parcel.

And of course, it weighs that much. This is not your average foldable electric scooter nor the cheapest scooter you can get your hands on. This is a machine that means business as its double-stem motorcycle-grade hydraulic front shock absorbers indicates.

The performance levels with such a stem and front suspension as well as the brutal power of dual 2000W/7200W peak power motors and a bigger 72V 35Ah battery are the reason you will fly up steep hills and be able to go that extra mile. The real-world range is approximately 60 miles (96 km). By choosing eco settings you can extend that to 90 miles (145 km).

Recharging time is 13-15 hours or 5 hours with the use of an optional fast charger.

50A Sine wave controllers and various p-settings allow you to set a very smooth thumb throttle control. This is such a brutally fast accelerating electric scooter that you might want to tame the beast, and you can. The top speed is 62 mph (100 km/h). It takes just under 4 seconds to reach 30 mph (48 km/h).

Choose to have it delivered on 11-inch tubeless self-repairing street tires or knobby off-road ones. The ride quality is a dream with those tires and that dual front shock/dual rear spring suspension soaking up the road while you find plenty of space on the deck to balance on.

And once you decide to haul anchor and go for that brake lever, be prepared and lean backwards with bended knees and never ride with your feet parallel, not on any electric scooter and most definitely not on this beast. Apply the lever with just the right amount of pressure and you will stop from 15 mph (24 km/h) in only 9 ft (3m).

Front and rear fully hydraulic Zoom disc brakes, ABS as well as regen braking are all needed and also a reason why this could never be a lightweight design.

It is so stable that you forget you are on a kick scooter from time to time. The ride quality, wherever you ride is amazing and you feel like you are surfing through the area fully in control with the slightly longer stem and wider handlebars.

It has an IPX5 rating and since it is a Wolf, the lights package won't let you down. Dual high-mounted front headlights are the best in the world. Turnsignals, brake light as well as LED deck lighting are plenty for you to be seen. The max weight limit is 330 lbs (150 kg).

Is this an electric scooter for new riders? Probably not. More likely it will be for the more experienced rider who wants the best performance possible out of an electric scooter. Either for longer commutes over various terrain or for adventures out into nature taking you to places you haven't been able to reach before.

Long live the King.

PROS

  • Phenomenal Performance
  • Awesome looks & Design
  • Best electric scooter ride quality

CONS

  • Can be awkward to fold

"This scooter is amazing and worth the price tag. I have already logged 241 miles on this beast and It's the best purchase I have made since my Onewheel. This summer has been a blast zipping around neighborhood's and trails. If you're on the fence, get off and grab one of these things. You won't be disappointed!!"

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FAQs

When buying a folding electric scooter it's very common that it will be used for commuting and the folding scooters become a popular choice as they tend to be easy to carry with you, which is completely understandable.

However, most of the electric scooters that are popular are in fact foldable these days unless you're thinking of the old school "vespa" type scooters. If you will be commuting, the best advice to date is looking at the specs of the scooter, if it folds, great! But look at the range, 250w motor is usually what you get amongst the smaller and light weight foldable scooters) but you might want some extra power depending on road conditions and when you take your own weight into consideration.

Charge time and how far you get on a single charge is something to consider as well, do you need to charge it while you're at work or can you drive it back and forth?

Portable Scooter Convenience versus Performance

As mentioned a bit in the segment above you do of course sacrifice certain aspects when choosing a folding electric scooter for portable purposes but it also seem to be a defining feature for the electric scooters (for now). I wouldn't be surprised if the future will take a step towards non folding electric scooters as well you might find that you never really fold your scooter, you just drive it and park it just like a normal bike or e-bike. When designing and creating a folding electric scooter you need moving parts, the more moving parts the more complicated and less sturdy the entirety of the design will be, which is why I wouldn't be surprised at all to see more and more non foldable scooters appear on the market. However, as with all mechanical things, there are pros and cons, and all mechanisms are subject to wear and tear and can in some cases affect the riding experience once you've folded it many times. Folding design can vary and it can pay to do some research into the different foldable electric scooters out there before deciding on which one is the best option for you.

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