TurboAnt X7 Pro Review – My Favorite Removable-Battery Scooter
This is my detailed review of the TurboAnt X7 Pro electric scooter after trying it out for a few weeks. We will see how this upgraded TurboAnt model quickly became one of the go-to options for budget-level city commuters in the past year.
TurboAnt X7 Pro Review
The TurboAnt X7 Pro comes with a single 36 V, 350 W motor mounted in the front wheel, and a 10 Ah, 36 V removable battery, with a total capacity of 360Wh. It provides a top speed of 20 mph / 32 kph, for a range of 30 Mi / 48 km on a single charge, and comes with 10-inch pneumatic tires.
- TurboAnt X7 Pro Review
- Turboant X7 Pro pros and cons
- Returns and refunds
- Customer support
- The TurboAnt brand
- Folding and unfolding
- Ride experience
- Terrains and offroad
- Lifespan and durability
- Speed, motor, and power
- Range and commuting
- Battery and charging
- Brakes and safety
- Water resistance
- Deck and handlebars
- Portability, weight, dimensions
- Weight limit and usage by heavy adults
- TurboAnt X7 Pro vs TurboAnt M10
- TurboAnt X7 Pro vs TurboAnt X7 Max
- TurboAnt X7 Pro vs Hiboy S2 Pro
- TurboAnt X7 Pro vs GoTrax G4
- TurboAnt X7 Pro vs Ninebot Max
- TurboAnt X7 Pro vs Xiaomi Pro 2
- Can I use two batteries with my TurboAnt X7 Pro?
- How long does the Turboant X7 Pro battery last?
- Is the Turboant X7 Pro waterproof?
- Does the Turboant X7 Pro have regenerative braking?
The X7 Pro will typically cost you around 550.
This puts it in a quite low price bracket (although not the lowest one), and that makes it a budget commuter in the truest sense of the word. Still, don’t be fooled by its low price – this scooter offers a real bang for the buck, and that’s one of the main reasons behind its quick rise in popularity.
The best, and probably the only place where you can currently order the scooter is the official TurboAnt store (buying through this link should get 50 off the price, but to make sure the discount is applied, use the coupon code AFM50 at checkout).
Quite honestly, the site is great for shopping, as they often offer various discounts, deals, and holiday promotions. It has the additional option of order tracking and making sure you know exactly when you’ll get your scooter.
You will also find useful options for payment in installments with 0% interest if you use some of their support payment systems. Overall, it’s a nice and safe place to get their products from.
Ordering through the TurboAnt official website will come with free shipping for both US, Europe, as well as all North and South American states. They don’t ship their products worldwide yet, but any order over 49 in these supported states will come at no cost.
Shipping time will vary based on where you want the product delivered. Delivery to the US and EU countries will take about 5-10 business days, while shipping to the UK, Canada, and other countries may take 7-10 business days.
All TurboAnt scooters come with 1 year warranty period for all the structural parts, battery, and frame of the scooter. Other electronic devices, such as the charger, controller, and lights come with a 6-month warranty period.
Normally, the warranty does not cover any normal wear, tear, damage, or alteration of the product.
You can read in detail about the TurboAnt warranty policy on their website.
Returns and refunds
TurboAnt has a universal 30-day return period for all of their products in case you aren’t satisfied with your purchase.
In order to complete the return, you must fill the return shipping label provided in the delivery box. This label is mandatory, and without it, the product won’t be accepted back.
Take note that any returns for non-defective reasons will be charged with a 25% restocking fee and any cost for shipping back will be covered by the customer. You can find out more about their policy on the TurboAnt return and refund page.
In case you have any further questions, complaints, or need more information, TurboAnt offers excellent and quickly-responding customer support.
You can reach their team through the official e-mail address [email protected], where they usually respond in a day or two, or on the ever-open chat bot on their web page.
The scooter comes folded inside the package, and there will be a few assembling steps you will have to complete.
After you remove the styrofoam pieces placed to protect it, you will need to unfold the scooter using its latching system. It’s quite an easy step and you will get the hang of it fairly quickly.
Lastly, you will need to mount the handlebars on the stem, squeeze them tightly and screw them in. Since this is a very simple scooter, it shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes to complete the process.
Folding and unfolding
As we previously mentioned, the X7 Pro uses a handy latching system to fold the stem bar on the deck of the scooter.
It’s held up with springs and tightened together with a latch that comes on easily. You simply unlatch the stem when you want to fold it and fasten it back on when you want to use the scooter.
Unfortunately, the handlebars of the scooter are unfoldable and you can only fold the stem bar. In my opinion, it’s not that big of a deal, but still, foldable handlebars are a big advantage. The handlebars are fairly small anyway, and the whole structure of the scooter is thin and light, so the lack of foldable handlebars doesn’t take away too much from its portability.
Even for a budget model, I felt like the X7 Pro was very quiet and stable. It provided a smooth ride, good maneuvering, and gives the power one would expect from a budget-level e-scooter, if not a bit more.
I occasionally heard slight rattling during the rides, which came from the various smaller parts inside the scooter. It’s nothing too noisy, but it can still be a fairly noticeable at times.
The scooter is actually quite stable for a model that doesn’t have any suspension.
The smoothness comes mainly from the tire pressure, which is slightly lower than on some other, similar models. This gives the tires a softer feel and grants better handling of uneven terrain.
Terrains and offroad
The X7 Pro scooter is not one for an offroad ride, and I never really tried it out on challenging terrains.
Everything about it, its power, size, lack of suspension, and general build, just screams that it’s a scooter made for the city streets.
You can still use it for the occasional dirt road ride if needed for a couple of hundred feet. It won’t break it down if it’s kept to a minimum. But still, the X7 Pro is just a true lightweight, urban commuter that is not at all designed for rough terrains.
Fortunately, the X7 Pro offers quite a nice build quality without any major trade-offs. All the while still being priced as a budget-friendly product
Like most brands, TurboAnt uses aluminum alloy for the frame of the scooter. It makes it very sturdy and strong, which is much needed for the protection of the battery that is attached to the outside of the stem.
The scooter uses plastic for the fenders and some of the smaller parts, like the LCD display protector, and control throttle. It also has some rubber, notably at the deck, used for better gliding protection.
The X7 Pro is designed to be a small, thin, light, and portable city commuter. It looks fairly similar to most scooters in this price range.
It won’t offer any groundbreaking, futuristic designs, but will surely satisfy your needs if you are looking for something more typical and regular-looking.
Lifespan and durability
Having been out on the market for about a year now, we can’t say for sure how big of a lifespan this scooter will prove to have.
No user has reported any significant issue after a few months of usage, and the 1-year warranty period would’ve covered anything serious that might have emerged in that period anyway.
But seeing as it’s made from aluminum alloy, and has quite a sturdy and robust build, it’s safe to assume that this scooter will comfortably be at your service for at least a few years after the purchase.
The X7 Pro offers great daily commuting power and performs as expected for such a lowly priced scooter. Realistically, with this one, you truly get what you pay for.
Speed, motor, and power
Officially, the fastest the X7 Pro can go is 20 mph / 32 kmh. I was able to reach this speed quite easily.
The acceleration of the scooter is better than the most in this price range, needing around 8.5 seconds to reach the 15.5 mph / 25 kmh mark.
The scooter is powered by a 36 V, 350 W motor mounted in the front wheel. It doesn’t offer as much power as some of the scooters with dual-hub motors integrated into both wheels, but it still gives you enough power for a fun and useful ride.
Range and commuting
Officially, the TurboAnt X7 Pro can go up to 30 Mi / 48 km on a single charge. My tests and experience largely confirm this range, unless I was riding in the fastest mode most of the time, in which case the range was about 15.5 Mi / 25 km.
Commuting is where the X7 Pro shined. It’s super-light, thin, and I could easily pick it up in just one hand. It’s perfect if you plan on keeping it inside in your office, occasionally climbing some stairs with it, or even taking it on the bus.
Battery and charging
The TurboAnt X7 Pro comes with a 10 Ah, 36 V battery with a total capacity of 360Wh. The battery takes about 6 hours for a full charge.
What’s especially great about the battery is the fact that it’s fully removable and can be charged both attached and detached from the scooter. It is mounted on the stem and can be easily removed just by pressing the button on the top of the body of the battery and slightly pushing it upwards.
This is a very useful feature, not often found in cheaper models, and makes this scooter perfect for a home-to-work commute. Simply ride it to your workplace, park the scooter wherever you want, and charge the battery in your office while you are working.
Also, the ability to buy an extra battery and simply swap both of the batteries as needed is an excellent feature that practically doubles the range of the scooter for just a few hundred dollars extra.
As with most budget-level scooters, the official climbing angle for the TurboAnt X7 Pro is 15 degrees. That’s pretty much in line with what I was able to get on my rides.
While it is not the best climber out there, the vehicle can get you through some medium-steep hills.
Note that this number will largely vary on many things like the rider’s weight, current battery level, and the surface of the street. Additionally, it might be hard for the scooter to keep up its speed when climbing, so expect some small drops when riding it upwards.
As a budget-priced, urban commuter, the X7 Pro doesn’t offer any groundbreaking features. But it stills satisfies all the basic needs you will have from a scooter like this one.
The scooter uses tubed pneumatic tires that are 10 inches tall. It felt like the tires did quite a good job when it comes to ride comfort, certainly one of the best tire setups I’ve seen in budget scooters.
What’s important here, however, is that the tires are also kept at a slightly lower PSI pressure than most of the other typical scooters. This allows them to better handle uneven surfaces and harsh terrains.
That itself takes away the need for a suspension, making the ride smooth without any shock absorption systems.
Brakes and safety
I loved the brake setup of the TurboAnt X7 Pro. It uses a triple braking system composed of an:
- EBS (Electronic Braking System) for the front wheel that stops the motor
- rear disc brake on the rear wheel
- foot brake at the back of the deck
Most of the time you will only use the front wheel brake, as it’s enough to stop the scooter almost immediately if it runs at average speed. The rear and foot brake can ensure a very short braking distance at higher speeds, stopping the scooter completely in a distance as short as 16 ft / 5 m, and can also serve as emergency brakes.
Although the scooter isn’t very fast and powerful, you can never go wrong with additional safety measures.
Keep in mind that all the important electronic parts, like the battery and the motor, are mounted on the front side of the scooter. This puts all the weight up front and can sometimes cause a problem if you make a sudden break at a high speed.
That’s why it’s always recommended to wear your helmet and even some gloves and extra protection for a completely safe ride.
As we previously mentioned, the biggest downside of the scooter is its lack of suspension. The X7 Pro comes without any shock absorbers or suspension springs.
However, it nicely covers this up with its low-pressure tires which can handle any smaller bumps you will encounter. It’s not at all convenient for dirt and off-road terrain, but it will still provide a safe and smooth city ride, which is its main purpose anyway.
The TurboAnt X7 Pro comes with an IPX4 rating, meaning it’s resistant to any water splashes and lesser intakes.
It’s mostly safe to ride this scooter in the rain, and it likely won’t be damaged by the occasional ride on a wet street. However, it is not completely waterproof and will be damaged if it’s submerged into water or sprayed with a stream of higher pressure.
If the scooter does come in serious contact with water, it’s best to immediately remove the battery and store it somewhere safe and dry. If the rest of the scooter’s condition is okay, you may get away with just buying a new battery.
The scooter comes with a great lighting system for such a budget-priced product.
In the front of the stem, it has a very bright, 3W LED headlight. It is a solid light, sufficient for most urban areas you will probably ride in.
On the rear side, it has a smaller taillight mounted on the rear fender which signals whenever you are braking or slowing down. It also has dual, reflective lights on the sides of both wheels.
Overall, it offers great visibility for both you and others around you.
Deck and handlebars
The biggest downside of such a lightweight scooter is its small deck. It’s long enough to give you a pleasant riding position, but not nearly wide enough to place both your feet on comfortably.
On the plus side, the deck is nicely rubberized and equipped with raised dimples that offer great gliding protection. It’s a nice touch that will keep your feet stable on sharp corners and sudden breaks. But it’s still a fairly small deck overall.
The handlebars are your average, unfoldable, non-gliding rubber bars. The scooter is delivered with nice handlebar grips which can be easily replaced, although you probably won’t ever need to do that. They are wide enough to suit all types of riders, but still just short enough so as to not cause any trouble during transportation.
Portability, weight, dimensions
We already mentioned that this is one of the best lightweight scooters, and it’s designed to be very portable.
It weighs just around 33 lbs / 15 kg and can be easily folded and carried around. This is on par with some of the lightest scooters out there.
- folded: 42.6 16.5 18.1 in / 108.3 42 46 cm
- unfolded: 42.6 16.5 46.7 in / 108.3 42 118.6 cm
Since the battery of the X7 Pro is mounted on the stem, it does make the stem a bit wider. As this is the part you usually hold whenever you pick up the scooter, it does make it a bit hard to carry around.
However, most users mentioned it’s only inconvenient at the start and is something you will quickly get used to.
Weight limit and usage by heavy adults
The X7 Pro has an impressive 275 lbs / 125 kg weight limit. This is quite a large weight limit for a scooter in this price range.
No user has tested if the scooter can handle any more weight than that.
The consensus between the users is that you mostly get what you pay for, and possibly a bit more.
The TurboAnt X7 Pro is pretty much the scooter it’s advertised to be. It offers a smooth ride for its build, has a fairly large range for a cheap scooter, and will satisfy your daily commuting needs for years.
Most of the reviews and ratings of this scooter are actually pretty great, and pretty much all of them agree that this is one of the best budget commuters you can currently get.
How does the TurboAnt X7 Pro compare to other scooters?
Let’s look at a few comparisons between the TurboAnt X7 Pro and some of its biggest competitors on the market.
TurboAnt X7 Pro vs TurboAnt M10
The two models are the current front runners of the TurboAnt brand when it comes to selling. These are the two latest scooters the brand has put to market and, at first, it seems like they are almost identical.
The TurboAnt M10 is usually about 60 cheaper than its competitor, and the biggest downgrade to reach that price is the battery difference between the two.
The M10 comes with a non-removable, 7.5 Ah, 270 Wh battery that offers a range of just 18 Mi / 29 km. The X7 Pro, on the other hand, with its 10 Ah, 360 Wh removable battery offers a range of around 30 Mi / 48 km, almost double what the M10 does.
Add to this the fact that you can even use two batteries for twice the range on the X7 Pro, it seems like the slightly bigger price comes with a great pay-off, and the TurboAnt X7 Pro is the clear winner.
TurboAnt X7 Pro vs TurboAnt X7 Max
There are two major things you should look at when comparing the TurboAnt X7 Pro vs Max version: their price and the battery. And personally, it’s a bit hard for me to justify buying the latter model.
The TurboAnt X7 Max version comes at around 600, which is 100 more than the TurboAnt X7 Pro scooter.
But for that price difference, you get next to no difference in the scooter’s design and features, as it only comes with an upgraded battery that provides 32 Mi / 52 km of range, which is only around 2 extra miles of range.
To make matters worse, the battery isn’t even removable like it is on the Pro version, meaning you can instead spend that money on a spare battery for the TurboAnt X7 Pro and be done with it. The TurboAnt X7 Max is simply not worth it over its “Pro” counterpart.
TurboAnt X7 Pro vs Hiboy S2 Pro
While at first glance these two models might look the same, as they even have roughly the same performances, the Hiboy S2 Pro is actually a major upgrade on TurboAnt X7 Pro.
As expected, that upgrade will come at a higher price of around 650, but for that, you will get: solid non-puncture tires, a rear suspension system to battle the roughness of the tires, and a better water protection rating of IPX54, which is one level above the IPX4 of the TurboAnt X7 Pro scooter.
If you opt for the Hiboy S2 Pro you will have to give away a lot of riding range as it doesn’t come with a removable battery. But the ride experience and the smooth cruising of this scooter are unparalleled to what the TurboAnt model offers.
TurboAnt X7 Pro vs GoTrax G4
In all honesty, I don’t see the GoTrax G-series making a huge boom on the scooter market. This whole series lacks a lot to compete well in the budget-priced category, especially compared to more popular names like TurboAnt or Xiaomi.
The GoTrax G4 is even more expensive than the TurboAnt X7 Pro, typically priced at 650.
While it does have the same motor power output and top speed, the range of the GoTrac G4 is substantially lower. You can only get up to 25 Mi / 40 km of riding with a single charge, a 5-mile difference between the two scooters.
And that number isn’t even taking into account the second battery you can get for the TurboAnt X7 Pro which would put the two models at about the same price.
TurboAnt X7 Pro vs Ninebot Max
The Ninebot Max is in kind of a weird position at the moment. It’s not a budget-friendly scooter, as it costs around 1000, but is often unfavorably compared to scooters in that category.
This model, designed by Segway, is made for light and long rides on the city streets. Its top speed reaches around 18 mph / 30 kmh, which is on par with the power of the TurboAnt X7 Pro. But the two scooters vary a lot in terms of range.
The Ninebot Max comes with a chunky battery stored inside the deck that provides a range of up to 40 Mi / 64 km. Additionally, charging the scooter is made easy with the built-in adapter placed at the side of the deck. Thanks to this unique feature, you will only need to bring a cable with you, instead of a whole charging brick.
But probably the biggest advantage the Ninebot Max has over the TurboAnt X7 Pro is definitely its build quality. The Segway scooter comes with a much sturdier design than the TurboAnt counterpart, and provides a much more stable and comfortable ride overall.
TurboAnt X7 Pro vs Xiaomi Pro 2
There’s not much to say about the Xiaomi Pro 2 that hasn’t already been said. It’s one of the top sellers in the e-scooter industry, and one of my personal favorite budget scooters.
With that being said, it does have its shortcomings which are evident by its low price of just around 650. The biggest one is the non-removable battery, which TurboAnt X7 Pro has over many of its competitors.
Surprisingly, the Xiaomi Pro 2 underperforms in both speed and range when compared to the TurboAnt X7 Pro, although not by much. And while it has its flaws, most of them are covered by the well-rounded build that is unmatched in this price range.
It’s hard to grasp the quality of this scooter on short notice, so make sure to check out my comprehensive review of the Xiaomi Pro 2 to see what it has to offer.
Who shouldn’t buy the TurboAnt X7 Pro2?
The first type of person that comes to mind who won’t be satisfied with this product is the experienced scooter rider that looks for something more than another basic, beginner-level scooter.
In many ways, the X7 Pro is just that. It doesn’t offer any high-speed, adrenaline-raising experience, and will at best be a small upgrade to your already owned, older commuter scooter.
Additionally, if you live in a more remote town, or simply like to often ride into the near wilderness, this scooter won’t do you any good. The lack of real power and suspension on the X7 Pro may not be a problem in the urban environment, but is a serious issue for those looking for an occasional off-road adventure.
Finally, if budget is not one of your concerns right now, and you simply want a better option from a more premium pick of products, this scooter is likely not worth your time.
Go and check out our guide to more expensive scooters shopping, and see what exactly can you get that will best suit your current needs.
Verdict – should you buy the TurboAnt X7 Pro?
I recommend this scooter if you are looking for a cheap but well-built scooter with a nice range.
The X7 Pro will best suit those looking for a regular daily ride to and from work, for some local errand run, or simply a scooter that will help them finally jump on the e-scooters train.
With its removable battery feature, this is a great option for someone who expects to push their scooter to the maximum. Riding for dozens of miles a day, constantly charging your battery, and looking for something to spend your whole day on – this thing has got you covered.
If you live or work in a building with lots of stairs in it, you will probably want a lightweight scooter that can be easily transported by hand. The X7 Pro definitely fits that criteria.
With its smooth acceleration, solid brakes, good lights all around the frame, this is a perfect choice for someone commuting in busy areas or larger cities. For a price of around 550 (and a 40 discount if you buy through my link), this thing is certainly a great option for a beginner or average daily rider.
Frequently asked questions
These are some of the most common questions about the TurboAnt X7 Pro.
Can I use two batteries with my TurboAnt X7 Pro?
The Turboant X7 Pro uses a removable battery, which allows you to buy a spare one aftermarket and use the two interchangeably for a double range. The battery is very thin, so you can keep a spare one in your backpack and have a full range for the ride home.
How long does the Turboant X7 Pro battery last?
One full charge of the Turboant X7 Pro battery will last you around 30 Mi / 48 km. Having two full batteries that you can use one after the other doubles this range to around 60 Mi / 96 km.
Is the Turboant X7 Pro waterproof?
The IPX4 rating gives this scooter some light protection from small water splashes and minor raindrops, but it’s best to not ride this scooter out in rain or wash it with water jets. You can remove the battery if you want to clean the scooter with a wet cloth, but beware to not wet the motor which is mounted in the wheel and is non-removable.
Does the Turboant X7 Pro have regenerative braking?
Unfortunately, the Turboant X7 Pro comes without regenerative braking in its brakes, which is rather typical for such a budget-friendly scooter. However, the option for using two batteries gives you more than enough range that any regenerative braking would feel pretty insignificant.
Where to buy the Turboant X7 Pro from?
The best place to buy the Turboant X7 Pro from is the Turboant X7 Pro. I’m partnered with Turboant, and using this link will take 110 off the original price, but just to make sure you get the discount, enter the coupon codes PRO110 and XMAS90at checkout, or use the coupon code PRO230 for 230 off on a bundle of two scooters.
TurboAnt X7 Pro specifications
Turboant X7 Pro Specifications
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Turboant X7 electric scooter review. a Xiaomi Mijia M365 killer?
An electric scooter review? Well, yes. If it wasn’t painfully obvious from our content already, we are major geeks here at the GSMArena office and we don’t really discriminate in that passion of ours either. From servers, cameras, drones to cars and even appliances, chances are you can easily find at least one expert in the team. And when it comes to electric scooters, we kind of have an entire team going with around 7 different electric scooters owned and scrutinized, maintained and modded on a daily basis.
The video review will give you an easy to digest look at the scooter’s Pros and Cons. For a deeper dive, the full review follows below.
Turboant X7 specs
- Body: Folded: 105.664 x 41.9 x 44.958 cm; Unfolded: 105.664 x 41.9 x 116.6 cm, 13.47 kg.
- Motor: 350W, 36V.
- Battery: 6.4 Ah, 36V; user-removable, chargeable independent of scooter. Full charge takes 4 to 6 hours.
- Tyres: 8.5-inch, tubeless air tyres.
- Brakes: Motor brake, disk brake, foot brake.
- Performance (Advertised numbers): Max speed: 32 km/h (EU units capped to 25 km/h); Max range: 25 km; Max load: 125 kg.
- Additional features: Brake light, front torch; Cruise control; Display with speed readout, mode indicator and battery level (bars); 3 speed modes.
So, yes, we jumped on the opportunity to review the Turboant X7 when the manufacturer reached out to us. That being said, we aren’t quite sure exactly how to approach the review process. The biggest problem here being that if you have never been on an electric scooter before, it’s kind of hard to convey exactly how better or worse certain aspects are. If you do happen to have some experience with electric scooters, however, chances are that you have encountered the Xiaomi M365 due to its massive popularity. And, conveniently enough, it’s a pretty good point of reference for the Turboant X7.
Check out TurboAnt’s Spanish product page (ships from EU).
Check out TurboAnt’s US product page (ships from USA).
Starting with design, the two even look rather similar. Which, to be fair, is not uncommon the electric scooter niche. than a few manufacturers are trying their best to mimic and improve or tweak or sometimes even downright copy the Xiaomi M365 and its successful design. The Turboant definitely falls in the former category, but the similarities are there and rather apparent in some cases.
Since we are already on the topic of inspiration and design borrowing, sot to say, it is worth pointing out that the Turboant X7 can also be found under a number of other names online. Most notably, the HX X7. In fact, if you search for a X7 electric scooter on something like Alibaba, you can easily find brandless units straight from a factory. Again, definitely not uncommon for electric scooters and many Chinese goods, for that matter. Also, not necessarily a bad thing.
So, continuing with the comparison, you definitely get a similar silhouette as the M365. That initial impression is a bit deceptive, though. Once you really start analysing the finer details, the differences become apparent.
Since we are already using the Xiaomi M365 as a frame of reference, the Turboant X7 might have about the same general look, but the angle of its steering column is a bit more relaxed, which, combined with the fact that the bottom deck rides a bit lower and the stem a bit taller, makes for a slightly different riding position, which the majority of test subjects around the office found ot be a bit more comfortable than the M365.
That’s hardly the only difference in the body. The overall frame has a different design and most-notably, the angled pieces that connect the tech to the column appear to be much bigger and made of solid metal.
Well, it’s solid but it’s hollow on the inside. We can’t exactly say whether this design is more structurally sound than the one on the Xiaomi. It is definitely different, though. And one nasty side effect of this kind of setup is that it leaves plenty of room behind the front tyre to accumulate hard to clean dirt.
One of the things that allows for the extra posture height on the Turboant X7 is definitely the different position of the battery. Unlike the M365, the X7 has its pack stored in the steering column. That’s the reason why the stem is so thick. This does, however, has its pros and cons as well.
Chief among these is the significantly higher centre of gravity on the X7. That means less stability, especially in turns. Also, grabbing the stem with one hand to pick the scooter off the ground when you need to run down the stairs or to pass an obstacle, is a bit more difficult with such a thick stem.
Left: Turboant X7, Right: Xiaomi m365
On the plus side, once you do get a grip on the stem and lift the X7 off the ground, there is a lot less flailing left and right to worry about, since less weight is in the deck. You do need to lift a bit more weight overall, though, since the Turboant X7 tips the scale at 13.47 kg, while the M365 comes in at 12.7 kg. Not a major difference, but still not insignificant, especially since the X7 has less battery than the Xiaomi. But, more on that in a bit.
Left: Xiaomi m365, Right: Turboant X7
Just to be clear, the balance situation is not bad at all. Even though the Xiaomi M365 generally feels a bit more secure, since most of the weight is close to the ground, the Turboant X7 feels perfectly adequate on the road. In fact, due to its extra-tight steering column and wide surface area on top of the stem, where the display is, it can actually be driven one-handed. Something we definitely would not recommend, but is still doable.
One important thing worth mentioning as well is that the steering is limited in its radius. In fact, even more so than on the M365. This is essential for novice drivers, since it limits the ability of the front tyre to suddenly end up parallel to the rest of the scooter. The opposite would have meant a significantly higher risk of falling and accidents.
Just like most other electric scooters in this class, the Turboant X7 folds down. Its folding mechanism is pretty reminiscent of the one on the Xiaomi M365 as well. Which, to be fair, is not the best design out there in terms of both ease of use and stress on individual components. That being said, due to the sheer girth of the X7’s stem, the components in this lock are simply bigger than on the Xiaomi and probably more durable.
We definitely appreciate that little detail, since the folding mechanism is a well-known weak point in the M365. The one on the Turboant just feels more solid, with less play and no need for additional spacers and dampers. At least not from the get go.
The lock on the back mudguard that actually keeps the stem in place while folded is also a massive improvement over the one on the Xiaomi.
The lock mechanism on the rear mudguard is also an improvement over that on the Xiaomi M365. It is just a lot easier to snap in and out of. Combined with the hook on the steering stem, of course.
If we had to point out some areas that could use some work, one would be the steering handlesbars. We do appreciate they can be screwed in and out quickly and easily for transportation. Something the M365 can’t do. But, on the flip side, the handle lenght is a bit short for a full-grown adult rider.
Also, we would have definitely appreciated a slightly taller kickstand since the Turboant X7 is rather unstable when resting on the stand. This is mostly due to weight distribution with a lot of it grouped into the stem of the scooter. What we are getting at here is that the X7 is a bit wobbly and can fall over pretty much on its own.
Just to round things off and since we are already on the topic of dimensions and portability, the Turboant X7 scores pretty well in this regard. Most of the major design changes it employs compared to the M365 work well towards a smaller form factor while folded. 105.664 x 41.9 x 44.958 mm., compared to 108 x 43 x 49 mm on the Xiaomi. When unfolded, the Turboant does have a couple of mm over the M365 at 116.6, compared to 114. But, remember, this one’s got a more comfortable riding position.
Rocking basically the same size 8.5 tyres, the two scooters end up very close in dimensions both folded and unfolded, with the X7 definitely taking the edge in this department. Despite being just a bit narrower, the X7’s deck has more actual usable length thanks to the sloping stem joint design. That makes it easier to ride since most people will have their two feet one behind the other in a sort of skateboard style arrangement on such a small deck. Every mm counts.
Features, bells and whistles
Describing features on an electric scooter is a bit hard since we aren’t quite sure what can or even should be considered a feature.
Tubeless pneumatic tyres must definitely be a feature worth noting. Just like the Xiaomi M365, the Turboant X7 travels on air, which definitely cushions the ride, especially in the absence of any other suspension. After riding it on all sorts of rough terrain from cracked asphalt through potholes to straight out going offroad in a park, the TurboAnt X7 provides the best ride comfort we’ve seen on a scooter without any suspension.
The worst aspects of a pneumatic tire is that eventually you get a puncture and you have to change the inner tube. That’s the risk we pay for the ride comfort.
The Xiaomi M365 is quite bad in this respect because not only does it suffer from punctures but with heavier riders the innner tubes also frequently get worn out due to friction. There is no risk of that with the X7. But, of course, if you puncture the tire, you will get a flat in no time so you better pour in some slime or other liquid tyre protection from Day 1.
Unlike the Xiaomi M365, you can remove and swap-out the 6.4 Ah, 36V battery pack inside the X7 with a few simple steps. We also appreciate the fact that there is a charging port on the battery itself, which means you can simply charge it without the presence of the scooter.
The removable battery enables more than a few interesting potential use cases. You could, of course get an extra battery for yourself and stick it in a backpack for when you need longer range. interestingly, however, that can scale up quite nicely for a fleet of Turboant X7 scooters. If you, for example, offer them as rentals or use them for deliveries. You can simply get more batteries than scooters and constantly cycle and charge the packs as needed.
On the flip side, however, you can never feel too safe when leaving the Turboant X7 unattended since the battery compartment is not locked in any way. The way it works mechanically is that you press a button, flip open the central display area then turn a secondary battery cap to pop that as well and then simply pull on a convenient lanyard. And, unfortunately, with prior knowledge, anyone can do the same and walk away, leaving you with a barely usable scooter.
And by the way, the batteries are not particularly cheap either, which does make sense, since there are typically the single most costly bit in any electric vehicle. Especially a scooter. Currently, Turboant will sell you an extra pack for 300. And that’s about as low as we managed to find a compatible replacement battery, short of ordering 1000 on Alibaba. That’s kind of unfortunate since the Turboant X7 itself is currently selling for 499.99, down from an MSRP of 599. And as of writing this review, there is even a Black Friday deal for 399.99. At that price point, the rest of the scooter works out to just 99, which is ludicrous.
Then again, if you need a replacement, you need a replacement. As a small consolation, though, we did find that you can use the X7 as an old-school kick scooter pretty efficiently, due to its relatively low sitting deck and the lack of any friction from the electric motor. This is not the case with the Xiaomi M365, which tends to exert some force back and has a deck that sits too tall to kick from. We believe this partially has to do with KERS or kinetic energy recovery system. While we can’t necessarily confirm for sure, there seems to be no such system in place on the X7, which consequently enables the electric motor to spin a lot easier when not powered on.
The Turboant X7 does have motor braking of some sort and does a pretty swell job at braking, but it still falls short from the Xiaomi M365. Turboant has placed more FOCUS on the mechanical braking. The rear disk is a lot bigger than the one on the Xiaomi M365. Also, the rear mudguard is meant to be stepped on as an additional mechanical brake. The inside of the mudguard is lined with a rubber material that seems well made to facilitate manual breaking.
For lights, you do get one on the front of the scooter. It is nothing to phone home about and you can easily get a bicycle-geared battery torch that outshines it a multitude of times. Still, it is perfectly usable and decent. We also like that it is angled in a proper way to actually shine a fair bit in front of the vehicle, instead of a few cm from the front tyre.
Speaking of perfectly adequate, it is true for the tiny bell next to the brake lever. We are no experts by any means, but it’s loud and it has the benefit of being integrated into the brake lever, which makes it look quite neat.
The only other thing left to discuss are the actual controls on the Turboant X7. First, the throttle-button combination. It is serviceable, but we can’t really say we like how it feels. That is, a bit cheaper and less sturdy than the rest of the scooter. Our biggest gripe with it, though, is the horrible mushiness of the two buttons.
You can use the buttons to choose 1 of 3 speed modes. The current one gets indicated by a symbol on the display. But, you probably won’t be changing these too often since only the most powerful mode is really usable. But, more on that in a bit. Pressing the two buttons together takes you to a hidden menu of flags and values for different options. This is not uncommon on scooters. Especially those that lack any app or other connectivity that would allow controlling the system parameters.
To run down these options quickly: P0 lets you change the speed readout between km/h and mph. P1 toggles cruise control on and off. It is on by default. P2 lets you enable or disable the minimum speed for activating the scooter. Setting this to off can be a bit of a hazard since it allows you to simply start the motor from a halt, which can happen by accident. P3 offers what our best guess is a selector between 8.5 inch tyres and 10 inch ones. Apparently, the latter might be an option on the Turboant X7 or another scooter that uses the same controller. And finally P4 controls the maximum speed cap. There are 15, 20, 25 options, as well as off.
Before we round the section off with the display, we should note how the cruise control works. It tends to activate rather quickly, perhaps 3 seconds after holding one particular point on the accelerator. Once it does kick in, it takes that point as a relative value for the speed you want. That is to say, it won’t just stick to the speed you are currently at, but instead keep accelerating. Since the X7 is quite slow at accelerating, this is definitely an appreciated feature, since you can simply turn the accelerator to the max position, wait for the beep and then let go and wait for the scooter to reach full speed. Whatever that might be in your current conditions, charge level, incline, etc.
If you keep holding the throttle down after cruise control has activated, it will keep beeping every second or so, which does get really annoying but it’s also safe as inexperience riders will know that if they release the lever, the scooter will not decelerate.
Finally, we get to the display. It is a really nifty addition to any scooter, but most manufacturers tend to miss some of the important features. The same is true for the Truboant X7. We definitely appreciate the large segment readout for the current speed, as well as the small color dot indicating the current mode. The annoying bit is that you only get a few bars as a battery level indicator and that really isn’t enough to go by. Seeing how there already is a two digit display why can’t there be a way to switch between speed and battery level? Perhaps even automatically when the scooter comes to a stop since that is when you are most likely to look down at the display anyway. We hope at least somebody is taking notes.
Performance, range and battery
The Turboant X7 resides in what we would refer to as the mainstream/entry-level niche of electric scooters. The best way we can explain it is definitely a grade above a toy and actually good enough for commutes. All the while, not realistically a bike replacement for a number of different reasons. Think of it as great last mile solution, since that term has mostly been accepted at this point and maybe substitute mile with miles.
As such, power was never really going to be a main priority. 350W might sound like a lot on paper, but that can be a bit misleading. We can’s really be quite sure how this figure is attained. For instance, the Xiaomi M365 has a nominally smaller 250W motor, which is capable of 500W of peak output. As for the M365 Pro the figures are 300W and peak 600W respectively.
In reality, the actual power, as in torque and acceleration are mostly going to come down to the motor controller, the acceleration curve and its power output at every point in said curve.
And the acceleration curve is our biggest gripe with the Turboant X7. It’s painfully slow to accelerate once you’ve taken your finger off the accelerator paddle. Even at the highest performance setting, the start is so slow that it can be troublesome if you ride with cars in the city traffic.
Even in the high performance mode the acceleration curve is tuned strictly for beginners and unfortunately can not be tweaked.
On the plus side, this makes the X7 a great scooter for renting as it will cater for short rides by riders of any experience level. For personal riding however, it would mean your skill will quickly outgrow the capabilities of the scooter as you get more experienced and and gain confidence handling it.
Turboant‘s manuals mentions that the lowest speed modes are meant for hill climbing. We were pretty eager to test this out since in our mind it suggested they might have found a way to optimize for max torque output in the lower modes instead of max speed. Unfortunately, the lower modes only appear to adjust the main power output.
While on the subject of hill climbing, with a heavy rider in the 100kg range, the Turboant X7 wont even start going up an incline on anything other than the top setting. Again, that does not appear to be due to lack of power in the 350W motor. It just comes down to low torque output. We know this since the same rider managed to climb up a 15-degree, or so hill, which is the maximum Turboant advertises for the X7, at a respectable speed of around 16 km/h. So, the power is there, it’s just not available in the lower modes.
The benefit is that they can allow the battery to last you a bit more and they also limit the max speed if that’s a safety consideration.
Turboant advertises a rather typical for the particular scooter category 25km. While that might be achievable on a flat surface, with a light driver and no particular care for the Rapid drop in performance you start experiencing in the final bar of the battery capacity, in reality, the X7 is good for about 15km. After that it becomes unbearably slow and you even need to switch to the lower mode as it wouldn’t even move in the top mode.
While portable and convenient in its design, the 36 V, 6.4 Ah 230 Wh battery can apparently benefit from a bit of a capacity upgrade. Circling back to our comparison with Xiaomi’s popular electric scooter, the M365 has 280Wh to work with, wile the M365 Pro gets an impressive 474 Wh. And that’s at 12.7 kg on the M365, which is lighter than the Turboant X7 and 14.2 kg on the M365 Pro, which is just 700 grams, or so, heavier. What we are getting at here is that maybe Turboant sacrificed some battery capacity for a convenient form factor for the pack itself.
As for maximum speed, the advertised 20mph is a bit generous. We get that it looks good on a specs sheet, but 15 mph or 25 k/h would have been a more true to life number. That’s just about what you can expect with an M365 and is the legal limit for electric scooters in most places anyway, so no real complaints there. We did remove the limiter from the hidden menu, just to test the X7 and the best we managed was about 30 km/h on a steep slope with a heavy rider, which is still short of the advertized max speed.
Charging? Well, it’s pretty much in line with what you can expect from a 36 V, 6.4 Ah battery and hence with most competitors in the niche. it’s 4.5h or so. That’s one of the great things about these kinds of potent yet still portable enough scooters. Wherever you take them, you can usually find both space and time to charge them up and have their full range available going back.
The Turboant X7 definitely stands on its own within the modern electric scooter niche. If we had to point to it’s killer feature, it would definitely be the neat removable battery design. It’s both a blessing and a curse, since the form factor did require some compromises in capacity. Still makes for a unique enough trait to popularize the Turboant X7 for certain very specific use cases and scenarios in our mind.
Beyond those, however, there are plenty of similarities and comparisons to be made with the Xiaomi M365 family of scooter. We leaned heavily on those during the review for a number of reasons, including the obvious design inspiration on Turboant’s part as well as the massive popularity of the M365. Let’s face it, if you are considering the Turboant X7 then the Xiaomi M365 is bound to be on your choice list as well.
That being the case, here is a short list of pros and cons for the Turboant X7. Most of which relative to the Xiaomi M365.
- comfortable upright riding position can facilitate a taller rider better.
- Easy to unscrew handle bars for better portability.
- Having less weight in the deck makes it easier to keep the scooter stably in the air while carrying with one hand.
- Steering column feels very sturdy and secure, turning radius is safely limited, just like on the Xiaomi.
- Folding and locking mechanism feels like a bigger and sturdier version of that on the Xiaomi.
- Great max weight carrying spec of 125kg.
- The deck is not appreciably bigger than on the Xiaomi, but it has more usable size and is more comfortable
- Tubeless tyres potentially eliminate issues with internal friction and premature tube wearing off, which is common on the Xiaomi.
- The removable battery is great for both versatility, easily extending range, maintaining a fleet of scooters and can facilitate easier charging and storing of the scooter.
- Braking falls a bit short on the X7, compared to the Xiaomi, but mechanically speaking, the system is beefier and likely more reliable. If all else fails, there is a push Brake on the rear mudguard as well.
- Front and brake lights are positioned great and work very well. Same goes for the small bell.
- Cruise control is very reliable, albeit a bit annoying if you hold down the throttle for too long.
- Having the display is a great extra, particularly for keeping track of your current speed.
- The Turboant X7 has enough power to go around and facilitate even a heavy 120kg rider. Max speed is also perfectly adequate at around 27 km/h. The only disappointment is the slow acceleration curve.
- Charging is snappy at around four hours and a half for a full charge.
- The arch behind the front wheel accumulates a lot of dirt.
- Having the battery in the steering column makes for a higher centre of gravity, less stability both while riding and on the kickstand. The stem is also very big and hard to grab with one hand.
- The Turboant X7 is heavier than the Xiaomi M365 despite having less battery at 6.4 Ah, 36V (230 Wh).
- The kickstand has to be relocated or elongated to better take the weight of the steering column. In its current state it is very unstable.
- Tubeless tyres are generally harder to replace on your won and potentially deflate more often. Plus, Turboant is not officially selling spares and we can’t say for sure whether the widely available Xiaomi M365 tyres are compatible.
- Extra batteries for the X7 are a bit expensive at 300. The battery compartment does not lock and it is pretty easy to steal the pack if you leave the scooter unattended.
- There is no KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) on the Turboant X7. Motor braking is present, but rather weak.
- There is no app or advanced connectivity.
- There is only a vague bar readout for the battery level. No way to get a proper percentage reading.
- Acceleration is very slow on the Turboant X7. So much so that the otherwise plenty powerful scooter with enough performance and load capacity for up to a 120kg rider takes off super slow. This makes it a safe scooter for begginers or as a rental, but it’s offputting and unplesantly limiting to easoned riders.
- Real-world maximum range with High Performance mode falls a bit short of competition like the Xiaomi M365 and is just around 15km.
All things considered, the Turboant X7 is a solid product with no real major flaws. The great built quality, the great ride comfort, the built-in speedo and the tubeless tires are all among the Turboant X7 key features, which make it a rather interesting proposition.
The swappable battery pack design also offers a huge potential advantage. The X7 removable battery is great convenience if your particular living or work situation makes it easier to leave the scooter in, say, your building garage and only carry the battery with you inside for charging or as a form of anti-theft measure.
It feels like the kind of vehicle that can really shine in a fleet of its siblings. For things like delivery or renting out the scooter. The kind of scenarios where you can really appreciate the flexibility of swapping in a fresh battery in seconds. If you are renting the scooter to people with varying riding skill level or children are the intended main users, the scooter’s slow acceleration will actually be a boon to safe riding.
Beyond that, this scooter is really let down by its slow acceleration. As a personal electric scooter for adult riding, ths aspect would quickly get annoying as your skill and confidence ridinng the scooter progresses and we wish this was configurable in some way.
If, however, you don’t mind the sluggish acceleration of the relatively low battery capacity, the TurboAnt X7 is a great little scooter which is definitely worth considering.
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Turboant X7 Folding Electric Scooter Review – The Best I’ve Used
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.
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
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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Turboant X7 Pro Electric Scooter
What does a review of an electric scooter have to do with a photography site? With the world still in chaos from the Coronavirus pandemic, I figured it would be fun to do something completely different for a change. While I have been posting quite a few “catch-up” reviews recently (and more on the way), some of our readers might want to take a short break along with me from all the camera industry noise. Every once in a while, it is nice to enjoy something different, wouldn’t you agree? Anyway, I recently got ahold of an electric scooter that I have been enjoying tremendously, so I decided to write my impressions of it.
Although I have been eyeing an e-scooter for a while, I always wanted to get something that’s easy to use, comfortable to ride, and has a great range. After looking at what’s available, I realized that the options were quite overwhelming – from high-end, waterproof, and expensive electric scooters, all the way to basic single motor budget choices. A few weeks back, Turboant reached out to me, asking if I wanted to check out their new X7 Pro electric scooter. The timing worked out perfectly, as this was something I have been wanting for a while now. Let’s take a closer look at it, and see what it has to offer.
First, we will start off with key specifications.
Turboant X7 Pro Specifications
As you can see, the Turboant X7 Pro is a single motor e-scooter with fairly impressive specs. It has a powerful 350 W motor that can deliver up to 20 mph speeds. The high-capacity Lithium-Ion battery can deliver up to 30 miles of range and charges in about 6 hours. It has strong electronic brakes, and it is made to be used both during the day and at night, thanks to its bright LED headlight and taillight. The IPX4 rating basically means that the scooter is resistant to water splashes from any direction, so you don’t need to worry about water damage in light rain, or when running over a puddle of water.
Packaging and Assembly
The Turboant X7 Pro arrived in a relatively large box. When I opened it, there was another box inside it, so it is protected quite well during shipping. Once I got the second box opened up, the e-scooter was fairly easy to pull out. Aside from the e-scooter itself, the box contained a relatively large charging adapter, a manual and a hex wrench. A valve adapter was supposed to be included, but I did not find one in the box.
Assembling the X7 Pro was super easy. The scooter was in a folded state inside the package, so all I had to do was put it on a flat surface, unfold it, then push the red latch down. The hex wrench is provided in case the lever becomes loose over time.
To fold it back for storage or car transport, you just reverse the process. The handles are easy to attach, as you simply screw them in.
Unlike other scooters that have battery located inside the deck, the battery on the X7 Pro is located inside the stem on the front, which makes it easy to access the removable battery. What’s nice, is that you can charge the battery directly on the scooter by accessing the charging port on the bottom, or by removing the battery from the stem compartment and charging it separately. Being able to have a removable battery is a great feature, since you can buy a spare battery and charge one, while riding with the other.
The provided battery charger is fairly powerful, but when the battery is fully depleted, expect to wait for up to 6 hours to get it fully charged up. The battery charger light will change from red to green once it is completely charged. I charged mine fully before the first ride, and it only took a few hours, since the battery was already partly charged out of the box.
Build Quality and Handling
When it comes to build quality, the X7 Pro does not disappoint. The whole frame, including the stem and the deck are made out of tough metal. The stem is pretty thick and sturdy. The deck has an anti-skid rubber surface, which is very effective and comfortable for longer rides. There are also parts made out of durable plastic, including the mudguard, taillight, and parts of the kickstand. Speaking of the kickstand, it is very useful when parking the scooter, since you don’t have to worry about leaning it against anything.
Here is a breakdown of all the components that the X7 Pro is made out of:
As you can see, the motor is on the front wheel, while the electronic brake is in the rear wheel.
Unfortunately, all this results in a fairly heavy unit – the X7 Pro weighs a total of 15 kg. That’s a bit more compared to other mid-range single motor e-scooters out there, but considering all the features and the large battery capacity, it is something expected. I find it best to fold the e-scooter when I need to move it comfortably, since carrying it by the handles or the stem isn’t particularly easy.
The ergonomics of the X7 Pro are excellent. The rubber handles are soft and comfortable to use with or without gloves, and your hands won’t easily slip off of them. The left handle has a single push break, which is quite sensitive – be careful when using it at fast speeds, as it can feel quite abrupt. Slightly below the brake handle, you will find a warning ring bell that can be triggered by pushing the lever. It is not very loud, but certainly audible for close pedestrians.
The right handle is where the main controls are. Similar to its predecessor, the X7 Pro has a red throttle bar with two buttons: a power button and a function button. Pushing the power button for a few seconds turns on the e-scooter as well as the round LCD display in the center, while the function button allows switching between three different speeds. When riding the scooter at night, rapidly press the function button twice to turn the LED headlight on or off.
The LCD display is fairly large and bright. It has a digital speed indicator, which is fairly accurate and changes instantly as you gain or reduce speed. To the right of that is the speed level icon. When riding in Beginner Mode (6 mph max), nothing is displayed. The icon lights up when you set its speed to Eco Mode (10 mph max), and when switching to Sports Mode (up to 20 mph), it will switch to red color.
Below that you will find horizontal bars, which indicate battery level. When the battery is fully charged, you will see five bars, and when it is below 25% charge, it will be reduced down to one bar. There are additional icons that display fault and overheating warnings as well.
With its large 10″ tubed pneumatic tires, the ride comfort of the X7 Pro is amazing. The manual recommends keeping tire pressure between 31.9 and 34.8 psi. I would recommend double-checking the pressure level before your first ride, and it is something you should certainly check periodically because the range and comfort of the ride will depend on the pressure.
Personally, I like keeping it on the lower end closer to 31 psi for a very comfy ride, so that I don’t feel any bumps. But for longer range, it is best to increase the tire pressure.
Speed and Range Test
I performed several tests with the battery fully charged. While in ideal conditions and relatively flat roads, you should be able to get up to 30 miles of range, my neighborhood is on hills, so my mileage was significantly less, around 10-15 miles. Still, that’s a pretty impressive range! At moderate speeds, I have been able to run the e-scooter continuously for over an hour going up and down the hills.
The battery indicator isn’t very accurate though, as it depends on the load and the incline. When going up on fairly steep hills, it can sometimes drop down from 5 to 3-4 bars, then back to 5 bars when riding downhill or on a flat surface. Similar to other Li-ion batteries, it is a bad idea to let the scooter completely discharge, as it reduces its battery life. So I have been running it until I get to roughly 1 bar. I know I can squeeze more range out of it, but 10-15 miles is plenty – that’s good enough for me to go from my house to a nearby grocery store and back several times.
In terms of speed, the Sports mode is supposed to deliver up to 20 mph on a flat surface. I have seen it go as fast as 18 mph on a relatively flat road, but when coming down hills, it can certainly accelerate beyond that. I have not tried to push the scooter to its limits, because it can get dangerous.
Riding the X7 Pro
Riding the Turboant X7 Pro is pretty easy and straightforward – push off the ground to give it a little start, then push the red throttle down to engage the motor. As you ride, you can change the speed and turn the LED headlight on and off without having to slow down. If you continuously hold the throttle, you will hear it beep, which indicates speed lock / cruise control. From there, you can let go off the throttle and the unit will continue at the same speed. If you push the throttle down again or apply the brakes, it will turn off cruise control.
Braking with the X7 Pro is a breeze, but you have to watch out how much pressure you apply. If you are riding very fast in sports mode, you do not want to squeeze the brake handle too much unless you are in a potential accident situation, since the triple braking mechanism will engage very quickly and cause you to stop abruptly. This is a feature, not a bug, as Turboant points out on its website – safety first.
Stability and Taking Pictures While Riding
The stability of the X7 Pro is quite good, but it certainly takes time to get used to. I would strongly suggest against trying to ride it with a single hand – it is best to hold the e-scooter with both hands tightly. And forget about trying to take pictures while riding – you certainly do not want to crash on this thing while taking a picture, especially when riding at high speeds. In fact, Turboant recommends wearing a helmet and other protective gear and always be attentive when riding the scooter, as crashing with it might turn pretty ugly both for you and the scooter. Although the battery is behind the front stem, you still do not want to crash and damage it, as it could explode.
If you are planning to take pictures while riding the scooter, just stop somewhere safe, take pictures, and continue your ride. Here is my son, exploring the neighborhood on the X7 Pro with the Fuji X-H1 and XF 35mm f/1.4 R:
As you can see from this review, my family and I have been enjoying the Turboant X7 Pro quite a bit. It is a fun scooter to take for a ride, and it is a good way to get out of the house during the lockdown. Unfortunately, with all the wildfires in the Westcoast and in Colorado, the air quality hasn’t been great this summer, but I still have been trying to get out as much as possible. Sitting at home in front of the computer can get depressing, so I have been doing my best to enjoy the outdoors as much as I possibly can.
Where to Buy
You can purchase the X7 Pro through Turboant’s website directly. Turboant is currently running a launch promotion that gives a large 200 discount if you buy it in the next 14 days, so if you would like to take advantage of this offer, don’t wait until the offer expires.
I hope you enjoyed this review. I will be posting many more Fuji lens reviews in the next few weeks, including all GFX medium format lenses. After that, I will be off to take some pictures with the Nikon Z5 and two new zoom lenses (unfortunately, I couldn’t get the new Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S on time), as well as the Canon EOS R6 and a bunch of RF mount lenses. Reviews will follow after I get back from my trip, so stay tuned!
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Turboant X7 Pro Electric Scooter
Turboant X7 Electric Scooter (20 MPH top speed, 15 mile range, 30 pounds). bigger. I got mine direct from Turboant and it’s also at Amazon. The current model is the X7 PRO.
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Turboant asked to send me this scooter for review, and I had planned to let my kids review it, as I did with the AlienBoard Hoverboard. It looked like so much fun as I unpacked it that my kids haven’t had a chance on it!
It folds so it goes anywhere, and rides as fast as an electric bicycle — for a fraction of the price.
Unlike a hoverboard, which is an unstable exercise in self-destruction, a scooter is a very practical means of transportation. This scooter is rated to go 15 miles on a charge, a long enough range to be very useful for running errands around town without needing your car. If there’s traffic, you might get there faster on this scooter!
It goes as fast as an electric bicycle with the same 350 watt motor, and better than a bicycle it easily folds for storage in your trunk, under your desk or under a table at a restaurant. It has a little kickstand and I leave it parked behind my desk in my own office at home.
Since it charges from AC power and many cars have a household power socket in their trunk, you could conceivably charge while driving your car so your scooter is always fully charged for emergency use if you had a flat tire or needed gas! With so many cars having no spare tire, don’t knock having alternative transportation ready to go in your trunk.
The tires are larger than most rental scooters I see lying around city streets, thus this scooter ought to have a better ride and longer tire life — sort of like a rental car versus your own car.
It’s fun to ride around for its own sake, and practical as well.
Better than an electric bicycle, it rides fine if you’re not using the motor.
Yes, it has cruise control so you don’t have to hold the throttle all the time.
It has a small white 1 watt front LED headlight and three red LEDs as a tail light.
These are great as always-with-you marker lights so people see you.
Don’t ride at night on any bicycle or scooter: no matter how bright a light, with only one light on the back or front there’s no way other motorists have any idea what you are when all they see is one dot of a light. It’s not like a car where there are two lights left and right to give people a clue about distance and size; a single point of light doesn’t mean anything to someone driving a car at night.
The rear light is also a brake light. It flashes when you apply the brakes; it doesn’t get brighter. It works the same regardless of if the lights are on or off.
There’s a little bell on the left handlebar.
It has a rear mechanical disc brake, as well as an electronic front brake (EBS) that seems to be a regenerative part of the front motor. There’s also a fallback rear friction brake if you step on the rear fender. I wouldn’t use the rear fender brake, but it is there as a fallback for kids who expect it (the rear fender brake is standard on kids’ scooters).
The full front and rear fenders do a great job of keeping dirt and water off of you.
I never got it above 17 MPH on level pavement, and didn’t try to go faster for sanity’s sake.
I try to keep it down to 14 MPH in the standard speed mode. As an adult I try not to push it because I know that the potential for injuries increases greatly with speed.
I haven’t tried for 15 rated miles yet, but I certainly ran it for a week and one day did a 7 mile ride, and the battery gauge still read 40%.
For my 7 mile ride on flat roads the battery went from 60% to 40%, so 15 miles on the flats doesn’t seem unreasonable. Of course your milage will vary.
Turboant rates it 15 miles on the flats at 15 MPH. I suspect it will go much longer at slower speeds.
Coasting without Power
It rides great without power, however its larger pneumatic tires both ride much more comfortably than traditional solid skate or skateboard wheels, and also will have more drag.
In any case, I don’t worry about having a dead battery because I’d have no problem scootering around manually, but I’m also in very good physical shape.
No, I have no idea how legal this is where you live.
Every location has different rules, but since its rated speed is 19.9 MPH and rated power is 350W you’re probably OK in most places.