The best electric scooter: buying and comparing guide

From simple toys to urban mobility vehicles that have proliferated on our roads and sidewalks in record time. Buying an electric scooter today is an arduous task, not only for characteristics such as the weight supported, the autonomy or the top speed, but also for the current legislation and the one to come. What is the best electric scooter on the market? We have tested six electric scooters and this is our experience.

Our Recommended: Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro

With the vitola of being the heir to the most seen electric scooter on the streets, the Mi Electric Scooter Pro landed on the market maintaining the essence of the standard model but with small but important improvements over the previous one in three essential facets: design, autonomy and power . And it is these that position him on the podium.

Thanks to its enormous popularity, few scooters have come under such extensive scrutiny at the design level. And it shows in small improvements such as its closure system, a larger footrest and a thicker steering bar, which together achieve a scooter that combines comfort and stability for urban use with a sporty touch. We are facing a consolidated design that serves as a reference, and this is evident by taking a look at other analyzed models.

Virtually all the scooters reviewed have a screen, but the Pro panel is one of the best seen in the light of day, providing an agile interface to know how to use, speed or battery. This improvement over the standard model makes the app go into the background. However, the Xiaomi application is the most complete in terms of information and functionality, with options such as blocking or password.

The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro stands out from the rest for its autonomy, offering almost 10 kilometers more than the rest, so that it is possible to do more than 35 kilometers with totally carefree urban driving. This makes it possible to use it over long distances or to charge it less frequently. Of course, charging it is a task rather for when we are at home, given the time it requires.

Its driving is easy and it is to blame for both its lines and its stability and the possibilities for customization in aspects such as modes and braking. Its regenerative and disc brake assembly works perfectly. By the way, Xiaomi scooters are the only ones that allow you to adjust the braking from the application.

Another of the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro's strengths is its muscle. Yes, most electric scooters with an urban vocation are limited to 25 km / h for a legislative matter, but the Pro is one of the most powerful and we will notice it at the start, overtaking and on hills.

But it is not perfect: it is bulky and the heaviest - a direct consequence of its large battery - with almost a kilogram more than the immediately previous one. Modes do not appreciate its forcefulness, but to carry it in your arms you have to be strong and / or make short transfers.

Its price of 469 euros (RRP of 499 euros) places it among the most expensive models, but given its characteristics, its relationship between performance and cost is high, since it is capable of competing from you to you against others of higher price.

Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro - FBC4015GL - Black - 25 km / h - 45km autonomy

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Our recommended in price quality: Bongo Serie A Connected

In general, the Bongo A Series Connected has always been at the top of our comparison. In it we find a more compact model than the average, among the most powerful, versatile and complete at the driving level and with a series of very attractive extras.

Cecotec's proposal is round at the design level, being among the best in the analysis. Folding it is easy and robust - with the system of the popular Xiaomi models - and keeping it closed for transport, too. When open, it is comfortable to handle, but when folded, it is one of the most compact thanks to elements such as the "mazinger" sleeves, capable of detaching from the handlebar to take up less.

The Cecotec scooter is beautiful, offering a mix of sporty and urban lines. It stands out for its quality and functionality and the list of details it includes is long: reflective wheels, a perfectly integrated screen in the center of the handlebar that offers a clear and intuitive interface, a hook, the easel or the application. But if there is a disruptive element, that is its removable battery, which allows us to take it with us and charge it.

At the level of design and materials few buts, except that the steering bar is easily scratched.

Another section in which the Bongo Serie A Connected approves with note is driving and control. It has a triple braking system that manages to stop it dry in a very short distance, in addition to disc brakes and regenerative brakes, includes the classic manual brake (one of the few that does) for those who prefer to step on the fender.

It is limited to 25 km / h, but inside there is a powerful engine that allows you to climb hills and hit accelerations to overtake with solvency, being one of the most powerful. With the screen we can control both speed and distance, the battery or the mode, but we can always use the application to view it. In it there is a very useful function: that of the wheel lock.

With normal driving typical of an urban scene alternating speeds close to the 25 km / h limitation, the Bongo A Series Connected remains in about 22 kilometers of autonomy, a very interesting distance for use in cities. However, if we fall short, we can always remove the battery and let it charge about 5.5 hours to complete it.

Despite being placed a step lower in terms of application and autonomy compared to the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro, its good work in all aspects and its price of 349 euros that places it among the most affordable, make this Bongo A Connected series an excellent alternative.

Cecotec Bongo Serie A Connected electric scooter. Maximum power of 700 W, Smartphone App, Interchangeable Battery, unlimited autonomy From 25 km, 8.5 ”anti-blowout wheels

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Our recommended if you are looking for lightness: E-Twow Booster S v2

Our comparative buying guides always have two "winners", but this time we have included an exception that deserves to be explained.

The E-Twow Booster S v2 stands out above the rest for its sporty spirit, being the most interesting model if we are going to use it intensively in a favorable scenario: that is, a city with a suitable bike path or always on the road.

There are several reasons for this context of use: on the one hand it offers the most robust folding system, making it ideal for frequent folding and unfolding. In addition, its wheels are solid and 8 ", very durable for continued use on asphalt, but suffer more from unevenness and curbs typical of sidewalks.

Also noteworthy is the power. The E-Twow Booster S v2 has a motor capable of "starting" without the need for an impulse, achieving the speed at which it is limited in a very short time. Here, too, its commitment to lightness and minimalism helps, renouncing the kickstand to achieve a scooter that does not reach 11 kilograms of weight, made of high-strength 6061 T6 Aluminum with anticorrosive treatment.

Its combination of power and autonomy of 30 kilometers reinforce its candidacy for those looking for a scooter for long distances and very frequent use.

We have already seen that it is a "folding-proof" scooter due to its mechanism, but also the brand's compaction work is remarkable: the handlebar sleeves can be folded and it is adjustable in height, a point that plays in favor of comfort . Also, the footrest and its handlebars are narrower than the rest, so the posture is slightly less relaxed than in other models. But overall, folding is comfortable, but unfolded, too.

In this sense, the color screen is intuitive and is quickly operated by the button layout on the front. Of course, what you see is what there is, because it lacks application.

Apart from its wheels, smaller than normal, and the absence of application, its great handicap is the price: 649 euros, placing it above the rest and in some cases, doubling its value. However, within the context of use explained, we are facing a good investment.

E-Twow S2 Booster S 36V 8,7Ah, White Electric Scooter

Today on Amazon for € 645.00 RRP on E-Twow € 649

Brief notes on legislation

Before buying an electric scooter it is essential to be clear about what rules and obligations we must comply with. In the absence of the DGT launching a regulation that unifies criteria, the power of electric scooters remains with each municipality. If they are assimilated to cycles and bicycles, the provisions of the traffic legislation apply. If not, use on sidewalks, pedestrian zones, parks or promenades could be authorized.

If there is no specific regulation in our municipality, article 121.4 of the General Traffic Regulation details:

Those who use skateboards, skates or similar devices may not circulate on the road, except in the case of areas, routes or parts of these that are specially intended for them, and may only circulate at the person's pace on sidewalks or residential streets duly marked with the signal regulated in article 159, without in any case being allowed to be dragged by other vehicles.

Although DGT Instruction 16.V-124 serves as the basis for classifying scooters into types A, B and C, the power over electric scooters rests with each municipality.

  • Type A does not reach 20km / h and includes toy scooters, which do not exceed 6km / h. In this case, they cannot circulate on the road in most municipalities, being limited to bike lanes.

  • The most common is type B, which reaches a top speed of 30 km / h and weighs less than 50 kg. At the moment, this type does not require insurance or registration.

  • Type C is assimilable to L1e vehicles according to the DGT, so in the future their drivers may be required to have insurance, registration and pass ITV and the corresponding homologation.

However, the DGT is preparing a project to define the MVPs as:

"Vehicle with one or more wheels with a single seat and powered exclusively by electric motors that can provide the vehicle with a maximum design speed of between 6 and 25 km / h".

The key is that most of the electric scooters on the market are included within type B, but some They offer a speed that exceeds 25 Km / h, generally those that integrate powerful motors that exceed 500W and have the capacity to reach speeds of 40 - 45 km / h - even if they are coated to avoid exceeding that limit. In this sense there is no problem, since although 250W is usually cited as a limit, the DGT regulations will only take into account the maximum speed. From here, each manufacturer has made the appropriate decisions to limit that figure.

How to choose an electric scooter

  • Speed ​​and power. In the market we find from toy scooters that reach 6 km / h to models that reach 45 km / h, however the most common for urban spaces are those that are around 25 km / h. Those with more powerful engines have a higher price, but in return they have more potential to behave better on slopes or large drivers.

  • Scooter weight and dimensions. Although it is true that we will use the unfolded scooter, there will be situations in which we have to fold it and move it by hand or store it. In this sense, it is interesting that it is as light and compact as possible. Normally, the power and lightness combo usually implies a higher cost.

  • Continuing with the previous point, we will also look at the fold shape: we are interested in your folding system being fast and robust, so that it does not open by mistake. Also, it is desirable that this mechanism has a high usage cycle.

  • Autonomy allows us to know how many kilometers it will be able to travel on a single charge. Although the manufacturers offer indicative data, these differ greatly from reality based on aspects such as the weight of the driver, the unevenness, the type of driving, among others. In this sense, it is better to bet on those who more than cover the distance we plan to cover. We are also interested in knowing the charging time and if the battery is removable, something very comfortable if we want to leave the scooter "parked" and take the battery to charge.

  • Control and driving. An electric scooter is much more than putting your hands on the handlebars and propelling it with one leg. In this sense, the layout and shape of the accelerator and the brake, the driving modes, the stability, the way of displaying data such as the remaining battery or the speed differ from one model to another. In general, they all come with a

  • In an electric scooter we are part of the body, so it is vital to bet on models that take care of the safety elements. Not only the braking system or the lighting, but also the quality and resistance of the materials.

What our tests are based on

The recommendations in our buying guides are based on our experience testing and analyzing all types of devices throughout our history. For this buying guide with the best electric scooter comparison we have chosen six models that we have been testing for several weeks.

When choosing candidates, we have selected a combination of popular models as the most current of the main brands, and that all of them are type B. We are aware that the boom in electric scooters has led to a wide range of brands , models and specifications and, in this sense, there are not all who are, but they are all who are. However, we have opted to offer diversity in terms of power and autonomy and analyze our experience based on the relationship between benefits and price from a global point of view. The chosen ones have been: Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter, Gotrax GXL, Cecotec Bongo Serie A Connected, Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro, Smartgyro Baggio 8 V2 and E-Twow Booster S v2.

In all cases, after removing them from their respective boxes and mounting them - if necessary - we have proceeded to fully charge them and install their respective apps, if applicable. All the scooters were in optimal condition at the time of carrying out the analysis, in this sense, it is highly recommended to carry out the pertinent maintenance to express the characteristics of these, such as speed, autonomy and braking.

A couple of premises to keep in mind. Although with the same driver and with similar routines and movements, which has allowed us to compare the autonomies of each model approximately, it has not been possible to reproduce the situations in the ideal state. Or what is the same: having tested the six scooters with 100 to 0% battery in a closed area, always following the same route and with the same conditions.

Also, in my time testing the scooters I have driven carefully along sidewalks and bike lanes, taking them at their maximum speed in wide spaces where the safety of pedestrians was not compromised. I have not tried to do stunts and I got off when I had to climb curbs.

For our analyzes we have used each scooter as our private vehicle for a week, evaluating how it is driving (maneuvers, braking and acceleration), its autonomy, how they behave on slopes, folding and transporting them by hand, application (if the would have), among others.This has allowed us to assess what experience they offer, but not to assess what deterioration is like over time.

Technical specifications table

Gotrax GXL v2

Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro

Xiaomi Mi Scooter

Cecotec Serie A Connected

SmartGyro Xtreme Baggio 8 Black V2.0

E-Twow Booster S v2

Dimensions

112 x 42.5 x 40 cm / fold: 110 x 42.5 x 112 fold

118 x 113 / folded: 49 x 108 cm

114 x 108 cm / folded: 49 x 108 cm

114 x 42.5 x 108 cm / folded: 46 x 42.5 x 108 cm

111.5 x 56 x 113 cm / folded: 111 x 56 x 48.5 cm

107 to 116cm x 94 x 13.5 cm / folded: 33 cm x 94 x 13.5 cm

Weight

12 kg

14.2 Kg

12.5 Kg

13.5 kg

13.2 Kg

10.8 kg

Nominal Power / Max

250 W / -

300W / 600W

250 W / -

350 W / 700 W

-

- / 500W

Battery

36V, 6,400 mAh, non-removable, charging time of about 4 hours

12800 mAh. 474Wh. Charging time of 8 - 9 hours

280Wh

6,400W (36V). Charging time 4 - 5 hours. Removable

7.8 Ah lithium battery. Charging time 4 - 5 hours

Lithium Ion 36V - 8.7 Ah. Charging time 2 -3 hours

Maximum load

100 kg

100 kg

100 kg

-

120 kg

110 kg

Wheel

8.5 "with air chamber

8.5 "with air chamber

8.5 "with air chamber

8.5 "with air chamber

8.5 "with air chamber

8 "solid

Autonomy

up to 20 km

up to 45 km

up to 30 km

up to 25 km

up to 25 km

up to 30 km

Maximum speed

25 km / h

25 km / h

25 km / h

25 km / h

25 km / h

25 km / h *

Modes

up to 15 km / h / up to 25 km / h

Eco (15 km / h) / Standard / Sport (25 km / h)

Echo (18 km / h) / Normal (25 km / h)

Eco, Comfort and Sport (25 km / h)

1 (10 km / h) / 2 (15km / h) / 3 (25 km / h)

L1 (6 km / h) / L2 (12 km / h) / L3 (20 km / h) / L4 (25 km / h) / L5 (30 km / h)

Break system

Regenerative electric + pedal mechanical

Disc brake + Regenerative brake

Disc brake + Regenerative brake

disc brake + regenerative electric + rear manual

Disc brake

Regenerative electric

screen

Yes

Yes

Not

Yes

Yes

Yes

App?

Not

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Not

Additional features

Trestle, KERS regenerative braking technology,

Trestle, KERS regenerative braking technology, IP 54, cruising speed

Trestle, KERS regenerative braking technology, IP54 resistance, cruising speed

Trestle, triple braking system, cruising speed

IPX4 water resistance easel

KERS regenerative braking technology, cruise control

Price

399 euros in El Corte Inglés

499 euros

379 euros

349 euros

310 euros

649 euros

* Limited by software to adapt to the regulations of each country. It is also possible to request a regulatory compliance certificate with the serial number from E-Twow.

Design and materials

Beyond the subjectivity of aesthetics, when choosing an electric scooter, design becomes essential: if it is comfortable when riding or folding it, how is the layout of the accelerator and brake, how robust and agile the folding mechanism, what visibility elements does it have, if it has a screen, among others.

Highlights the retro touch of the Smartgyro Baggio 8 V2

As for its appearance, it stands out for its retro touch of the Smartgyro Baggio 8 V2, thanks to its brown sleeves emulating leather and the shape of its headlight. However, it is a large and forceful scooter that evokes in its lines the feeling of "ride scooter".

On the other side of the scale is the clearly sporty proposal of the E-Twow Booster S v2, which is also the most compact and lightweight of them all. The Xiaomi offer a balance between sporty lines and the comfort of a wide base, although the Pro model is taller, wider and forceful in weight. Similar in this hybrid proposal that straddles the urban and the sporty, the Cecotec and Gotrax models, with rather thick steering rods.

All the electric scooters analyzed have an aluminum frame with some plastic parts and others in stainless steel. Except for the E-Twow, they all have a very attractive matte finish but one that is moderately susceptible to deterioration from being hit or scratched. However, the quality of the materials is good, although the design of certain elements better support continued wear and tear. Let's go over some of those key pieces.

Folding system

E-Twow Booster S2, the most robust and compact model for folding

One of the most critical parts of a scooter is its folding-unfolding system. And it is that if we are going to use it frequently, they will be subject to great wear. The most robust and resistant mechanism is the E-Twow, with a metallic cylindrical piece that expands and stops in two cavities, so folding it involuntarily is very complicated. Of course, it has a trick when it comes to operating it: you have to press the pedal and lean the handlebar forward to release it.

A step down, the Xiaomi and Cecotec models have a metal lever on the inside that we will have to pull up and fix it with a plastic piece that acts as a lock. Although it is a firm closure, it is missing that the security system clicks, in addition, in the long run it could give slack problems.

Xiaomi and Cecotec scooters use a lever, similar to those of folding bikes

Gotrax's scooter folding mechanism consists of a large hinge that is very comfortable, but sometimes dances. In the case of the Smartgyro, the folding system is made of metal and plastic, very robust but very hard in practice since it requires a lot of force to close it.

The "hinge" that folds the Gotrax scooter is easy to use, but sometimes causes the mechanism to "dance" a bit.

Regarding their folded shape and size, the dimensions of the Cecotec and E-Twow models work in their favor, since they are the smallest. If we also take into account the design when they are collected, the Gotrax GXL and the E-Twow are "winners" because of the shape they take.

Closing system

The Cecotec closure system is one of the safest

And if we fold it, we probably want to move it by hand. Here we highlight again the E-Twow and Cecotec systems, which hold the handlebars using a system that combines a hook and a groove in the rear fender. Similar is the Gotrax system, combining the handlebar hook with an external plastic part that is more likely to come loose by mistake.

The Xiaomi use a piece of the bell and a protrusion of the fender, with the Pro slightly improved thanks to slight modifications in the parts that make it up, so that it hooks better. In the case of the Smartgyro model, the mechanism is similar to the Xiaomi, but the forcefulness of the handlebar causes it to open from time to time.

Handlebar: controls, display, bell

A note that significantly improves the transfer: the E-Twow and Cecotec scooters have a "mazinger" type handlebar, which allows the sleeves to be removed so that it takes up less space and this is something to be appreciated if you have little space or your trunk is little.

We continue reviewing the handlebars and we find two fundamental parts for an electric scooter: the brake and the accelerator. In all of them the accelerator is a lever that we will turn down to "give gas" located on the right. But the system varies for the brake: while those of E-Twow and Gotrax also use a lever, the rest uses the classic lever like that of bicycles. We consider that this system is more intuitive when it comes to braking progressively and also allows us to play with the sierga to adjust the braking.

In all the scooters we find the most useful bell but, while in the E-Twow it is electronic - we will have to have it turned on and press a button - in the rest it is the mechanical bell of a lifetime. Aesthetic minimalism aside, we consider that having the mechanical bell allows us to operate it even if we are walking with the scooter off.

Smartgyro Xtreme Baggio 8 Black V2 display

Later we will talk about the applications, if there are any, but when we are running, what best comes to us is to look at a screen. Except for the Xiaomi Mi electric Scooter that lacks this, the rest uses a panel to indicate data such as battery, driving mode or speed. It is true that the simplest Xiaomi model uses 4 LED lights and a button to operate it, but it is more comfortable to have it at a glance.

The experience offered by scooter displays is generally good, with large numbers and clear iconography and dimensions balanced between compact and functional. Of course, in high-light settings such as those on a sunny day, the Smartgyro looks somewhat worse: and they all have a dark background, but while the rest bets on light colors and tones, the Baggio uses a bright dark blue harder to see in this situation. But nothing traumatic.

Battery

If these scooters are electric it is thanks to the combination of motor and battery to power it. At the design level, we are interested in batteries being as light and compact as possible - although unfortunately they are two parameters that oppose a greater capacity - so that they minimize their influence on total weight. It is also desirable that its location allows it to be safe from possible shocks and inclement weather while not altering the stability of the scooter. Finally, it is interesting that they are removable, so that we can take them, either for security or to load them, or easily replace. The strategies manufacturers adopt are very different.

The Xiaomi, E-Twow and Smartgyro models have the battery built into the base, a place that manages to load the weight at the bottom of the scooter, giving it great stability. In return, it is more exposed to shocks and splashes, the latter is especially blatant in the case of the Baggio, which has an unprotected charging port, exposed to water coming in through a puddle. They are not easily removable.

The Cecotec and Gotrax models keep the battery at the top of the handlebar, which is why its tube is quite thick, something that helps protect it on the one hand and contributes to a more even weight distribution on the one hand to minimize impact. on the stability of putting such a heavy component on top. As a good part, it is more difficult for you to get wet or suffer blows (unless we fall completely). While the Gotrax is charged by releasing a plastic piece by hand (there are two screws that would allow it to be removed), the A Series Connected battery is removable, so we can take it and charge it comfortably at home.

It's not a club, it's the battery of the Conga Bongo Serie A Connected

Structure: lighting, wheels, dampers, trestle ...

Absolutely all scooters have a front light, the classic red brake light that illuminates when operated and some reflective elements on its body and / or base. While the brake lights and reflectors are intended to be seen by both pedestrians and other vehicles, the front light allows us to see what's ahead. We have said that all carry it, but not all light the same: here the powerful headlights of the Smartgyro and the E-Twow stand out, with 4 and 6 LEDs respectively against the point of light offered by the rest.

We are rolling to the wheels: with the exception of the E-Twow that has 8 "wheels, the rest use 8.5" wheels. In this sense, larger diameter wheels better withstand frequent unevenness such as holes, potholes or curbs, but it is the "price to pay" for a more compact and manageable model when folded. If we are going to use it entirely in the bicycle lane or road, the difference in diameter is not appreciated, but if we alternate sidewalks with roadways and bicycle lanes, it is more comfortable for the wheels to be larger. Also, finding parts is easier as it is the predominant size.

Except for the E-Twow model, all use pneumatic wheels, so we can adjust the amount of air and thus offer some cushioning against terrain irregularities, although in return they are exposed to punctures and greater maintenance. To make up for their smaller size and solid build, the E-Twow scooter comes with a front shock absorber.

Except for the E-Twow scooter, they all come with a kickstand to leave the scooter upright. This absence palliates it with an original system that leaves the scooter standing up when releasing the folding mechanism. Of course, leaving the base of the scooter resting on the ground, something that increases its deterioration.

The Gotrax GXL has a rear pedal that allows you to brake without changing our position.

Now let's talk about the brake structure: on all scooters we are going to find the option to brake by hand and only on those of Gotrax and Cecotec the possibility of activating the classic rear mechanical brake. But while in the Bongo Serie A Connected we will have to step on the fender like all life, in the Gotrax GXL it is located at the base, a success for those who do not handle themselves very well while driving, since they have to move their foot less and therefore, minimize the risk of becoming unbalanced.

Another detail that may be useful to us: the Gotrax, Cecotec and E-Twow scooters have a hook on the handlebar tube, which opens the doors for us to hang a bag, for example. Yes, it is very functional, but be very careful with stability.

Driving and control

To use an electric scooter, all you have to do is charge it, press the power button and start walking ... at that moment we will operate the accelerator lever and we will be able to harness the power of the engine. From here, the differences begin. We will leave the applications for the end, since we cannot use a mobile phone while driving.

In the design section I have talked about aspects such as stability or wheels but, when it comes to the truth and with normal driving, there are no major differences in handling them. Models like Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter and E-Twow feel more sporty when it comes to maneuvering, but nothing abysmal. Perhaps in a competitive context, the lightness and minimalism of the E-Twow will make the difference, but I have not had any loss of balance problems in any of them, nor when it was around 20km / h. They are all comfortable and easy to drive, even if you don't have much balance.

Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro screen in Sport mode

All the tested models have several driving modes - or what is the same, speed limits - in general the "ECO" modes offer to maximize the battery at the cost of reaching lower speeds, sports cars allow you to squeeze the most of the power of the engine and in the middle we find a driving mode that combines autonomy and speed. The simplest models in this regard are the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter and the Gotrax GXL with only two modes, which in practice are sufficient.

It is recommended to use the most restrictive mode when we are getting used to the scooter and in restricted areas, but once we manage well, it is worth betting on the modes that allow us to reach 25 km / h ... more than anything because although not Let's get to that speed, there will be situations in which we require more power, such as to overtake or on slopes.

All models except the E-Twow allow us to jump from one mode to another while driving, simply with a double click. For Booster S it is required to turn off the screen, keep the brake lever pressed and jump between L1-L2-L3-L4 and L5 until you reach the limit you want and press "SET". We think it is interesting that the limits can be set in motion and for sample, the image that is above this paragraph: exceeding 10km / h is extremely common on a scooter, so if we put that limiter, we will avoid disappointments.

In this sense, we appreciate the screen that we find in all models except the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter, since it indicates aspects such as speed, mode, battery or kilometers that we have made at all times. However, it is not essential either: Xiaomi's simplest scooter LED light system serves to qualitatively indicate the battery level and mode. The screen that provides the most information is that of the E-Twow, with speed, km, temperature, percentage of battery charge, headlight lighting.

Regarding the maximum speed they can reach, all the scooters we are testing are "capped" at 25 km / h. However, these speeds vary greatly depending on external factors such as terrain, driver weight or wind direction. If our idea is to bet on a scooter that allows us to carry high speeds in a sustained way, there are models that do it more easily like the E-Twow.

From that top speed and power to maintain it comes from the combination of engine power and weight.With the six scooters we can accelerate, but the difference between the time required and the force provided is remarkable, something that can be seen when overtaking or on hills. In this sense, the E-Twow scooter stands out quite a bit, being even capable of accelerating without the need for an impulse and allowing it to maintain speeds of around 20km / h even on slopes. The Xiaomi Pro model and the Cecotec Bongo A Series Connected offers very high performance as well.

Disc brakes detail of Xiaomi skaters

In the specifications table you can see the braking types of each model, although Cecotec stands out on paper for its three mechanisms: disc brake, electric and rear manual brake. As we have seen in the design section, both Gotrax and Cecotec maintain the lifelong braking system consisting of stepping on the fender - or the base pedal in the case of the Gotrax -, but taking into account the speeds they can reach For electric scooters, it is preferable to bet on the handlebar brake and not change your position while driving, although the combination of the two offers more drastic braking that can be interesting in certain situations.

As I explained in the design section, I prefer the feeling that braking gives me with the lever - present in all except E-Twow and Gotrax - instead of the lever, since it is a route that is more common for me and allows me dose it better. Even so, the braking of the six tested scooters works very well, managing to stop the scooter in a couple of meters.

Two interesting aspects about braking: The two Xiaomi models, Gotrax GXL and the E-Twow have a regenerative brake system that allows kinetic energy to be recovered to prolong autonomy, although it is not something that is too noticeable either. And a feature that is noticeable: Cecotec and Xiaomi allow you to adjust the braking intensity from the app, which opens up the possibility of speeding it up, for example, so that it has the ability to brake dry.

The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter and Scooter Pro app is the best for its interface and options

The E-Twow Booster S scooter and the Gotrax GXL lack application, so its handling is restricted to what we find in the handlebar, essentially battery level, mode, distance traveled and speed. But in the rest there is an application. In the time that I have tried them I have not felt the need to use the apps, but it must be recognized that they have certain interesting functions. For example, Smartgyro allows us to see the route we have followed on a map. Both the Cecotec and the Xiaomi have a locking function that prevents the wheels from spinning, so that it can somewhat deter theft

The best by far is that of the Xiaomi - Mi Home, the global Xiaomi app -, since it allows you to configure aspects such as the intensity of energy recovery, put a password, activate the cruise speed, leave the brake light continuously on or view the statistics.

Autonomy

In the specification table we find that the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro is the leader in this section with 40 km and, on the other side of the scale, the Gotrax GXL with 20 km, in both cases on paper. However, it must be borne in mind that these data provided by the manufacturers are very optimistic, inasmuch as although they are real, they are carried out under conditions that allow obtaining the most favorable results, but which are far from their actual behavior.

In addition to the battery capacity, autonomy is intrinsically linked to the way we ride our scooter and in our case the driver has always been the same. For trying to homogenize the results, during our tests we have configured the scooters with the modes that allow us to reach 25 km / h, which does not necessarily mean that they have always been at that speed. As we have previously indicated, our experience of use in this sense is an approximation, using each scooter for a week to carry out my usual trajectories. However, factors such as the weather or the path followed may vary.

And in practice, what the specifications predicted has been met: the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro has been the only one that has allowed us to stay all week without charging it, while the Xiaomi Electric Scooter and the E-Twow Booster S2 have endured 4 full days. The Smartgyro Xtreme Baggio 8 Black v 2.0 and Cecotec ran dry for me on the fourth day. As for the Gotrax GXL, I ran out of battery on the third day.

Gotrax GXL charger is the smallest by far

The autonomy figures are very important depending on the use that we are going to give it, but so is the charging time. And maybe we want to load it at work ... if they allow us to upload it. In this sense, with the removable battery of the Bongo A Series Connected, we will not have that problem, since we can take it with us.

The fastest is the E-Twow, which does it in just under 4 hours. The Gotrax scooter needs something more, exceeding 4 hours but with a compact and very light charger. The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter, SmartGyro Xtreme Baggio 8 Black V2.0 and Bongo Serie A Connected require just over 5 hours. Finally the Xiaomi Pro model, which exceeds 8 hours.

Best electric scooter: the candidates

Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter

THE BEST Great value for money in terms of autonomy, design and performance. WORST No screen to view data in motion. It also only has two driving modes PRICE 345 euros

Gotrax GXL

THE BEST You are looking for a simple model, very easy to fold, with a screen and a very fast and comfortable folding system WORST If you want it for long distances and you want to go fast. No application to view statistics PRICE 349 euros

Cecotec Bongo Serie A Connected

THE BEST Neat and detailed design, very compact folding, good closing system, with intuitive application and screen, powerful and its battery is removable WORST It is easily scratched and its application is a redundancy of the screen PRICE 349 euros

Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro

THE BEST Great autonomy, design and power. With screen and three driving modes. WORST It is heavier than the standard version. High price PRICE 469 euros

Smartgyro Xtreme Baggio 8 V2

THE BEST Attractive design with a retro flair, big screen and great focus WORST Feels heavier to ride than other models, folding system goes very hard PRICE 310 euros

E-Twow Booster S v2

THE BEST If you are looking for a model for intensive use that is light and compact both folded and unfolded, very agile handling for aggressive driving, very powerful. WORST High price. Without easel or application PRICE 649 euros

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