You get what you pay for. The adage seems to be true for the Turboant X7 electric scooter. Don’t worry, the connotation is not negative, not even close.
Most electric scooters that you can buy locally tend to be — for lack of a better phrase — rather cheap and generic. They offer a decent top speed, acceptable battery life, and work for a time. As for how long they last that depends on how you treat them because they aren’t generally sturdy. Mind you, we’re talking about low to mid-grade personal scooters here, not the kind with all the bells and whistles that tend to be much more expensive.
Why does this matter? Because right away, when you first lay eyes upon the Turboant X7 scooter you can tell it’s a beauty. The build quality is excellent, and you can see it before even placing your hands on the handlebars.
The Turboant X7 looks awesome, feels awesome to ride, and is super easy to use.
That is perhaps the biggest takeaway of the Turboant X7. It looks, functions and feels incredibly sturdy and reliable which makes it, suffice it to say, worth the price. If you want to know more about it, keep reading.
Packaging and Assembly
The X7 comes with the handlebars detached and all folded up. Just screw them on and go!
Some assembly required is a nightmare phrase that could mean any number of things. If you’re talking about furniture you could be assembling the entire thing from scratch. If you’re talking about toys, you could be installing small pieces or pinning on decals.
You’ll be pleased to know that with the Turboant X7, the most you have to do is screw on the handlebars and tighten the brake switch. It comes folded up inside a large box, with a small box housing the charging adapter, instruction manual and a small air adapter.
You will also have to pump up the tires, as they come half-filled.
Everything else is ready to go out-of-the-box, including the battery which is housed in the main spoke or handle. I did have to clean up styrofoam that was stuck to the scooter and spread all around my floor when I unpackaged it — take that as you will.
Features and Functions
The Turboant X7 features an LED display, front headlight, tail light, solid 8.5″ tubeless pneumatic tires and more.
As you can see, this is a stand-up scooter that you ride like a longboard or more traditional push scooter. That’s also an important distinction to make because you will need to be moving at least 1 mph to accelerate the motor. I had some trouble figuring this out on my first ride, I thought it would take off from a still position. That’s not the case. This is intended as a safety feature to prevent the scooter from launching you into the unknown unexpectedly.
It’s all-electric, which means there’s a battery inside and you must charge it before you can use the scooter. It’s not like any other device where you can turn it on out-of-the-box, this thing has to be fully charged which takes about 4 to 5 hours.
On the right handlebar is the electric throttle and controls system, and on the left is your standard handle brake for the front tire. There’s also a rear brake that you activate by stepping on the plate or mechanical piece.
From top to bottom, the mode button (double-tap for headlight), the power button and the electric throttle.
In the center of the handlebars is an LED display. It shows the current battery level, speed and operation mode you’re using of which there are three. The modes are low, medium and high and limit the top speed. The scooter can reach a top speed of 20 mph, but there may be situations where you don’t want to be going that fast. The first mode tops at about 7 mph, the second at about 17 and the third at 20 mph. You must cycle through them to reach the fastest speed, which is good to know but you can change modes when you’re standing still or moving.
There’s also a headlight on the front of the scooter which you can activate by double-tapping the mode button. It works great and helps to illuminate the area in front of you if you’re riding at night.
At the bottom of the main guide bar is a button to fold up the scooter when you’re ready to store it or carry it.
Even at a glance, you can tell the Turboant X7 is sturdy.
This thing is a beast, that much is obvious. The main bar is thick and solid, which is always good to see. The foot stand or base is nice and thick too and was suitable enough to hold myself (I’m about 5’10” at 230 pounds) and my daughter. Keep in mind, I don’t recommend riding with multiple people, it’s only meant to hold 275 pounds max.
The wheels are also sturdy, with a tubeless pneumatic design. They are 8.5” and offer some incredible traction to prevent slippage and reduce shock. Riding over bumps, cracks and uneven ground feels incredibly smooth on this thing. In my neighborhood, we have to transition from the sidewalk to the street frequently because of how people park and how the pavement is structured. There are also a lot of steep ups and downs, so I had plenty of opportunities to test the stability of this thing. I never once felt unsafe, in fact exactly the opposite.
Despite its solid build, the X7 is super lightweight which is perfect for travel and transport. There may be situations where you’ll want to fold up the scooter and lug it around. It’s still bulky, so not the most convenient to carry, but practical to do so. Also, it only weighs about 30 pounds.
Speed and Range
The battery can be removed (on the right) and charged separately from the scooter.
Turboant claims the X7 can reach a top speed of 20 mph and travel up to 16 miles on a single charge. The 36V 350W motor is to thank for the speed, while the 36V 6.4 Ah, 230.4 Wh lithium-ion battery is to thank for the range.
During my use, I saw no reason not to believe these stats. The top speed is indeed 20 mph on the highest speed mode, and the scooter will usually reach about 12-14 miles, maybe a little more depending on the battery level. You have to remember that the 16 miles quoted are under optimal conditions, likely with someone that weighs less than I do.
One thing to note is that the battery is removable, which means you could easily purchase a backup and carry it with you to swap out if you’re going to travel a greater distance. You can also pop out the battery to charge it alone while leaving the scooter outside or in your garage. This is also great if you want to park the scooter and head into a coffee shop or something to get a quick boost. You do have the option to plug the scooter into the adapter directly, as well.
The Turboant X7 stands about 46″ tall, which means it can accommodate just about any size.
- Incredible handling thanks to seamless design and sturdy construction
- Includes air pump adapter to manage tire pressure
- The battery is removable and rechargeable outside the scooter housing
- Lots of safety features including headlight, tail-light, front brake, and rear brake
- There’s no security loop or easy way to lock this thing up with a bike lock if you’re going to leave it in a public area
- Not the easiest to clean, especially the footrest area
- A 12 to 14-mile range is more realistic
The X7 comes with the charger and a small air adapter to manage tire pressure.
For the price, you’re going to have a tough time finding any better. The Turboant X7 has an incredible top speed, and even with the 12 to 14-mile distance, you’re talking a much further range than most comparable options. The build quality is impressive, and it feels amazing to ride.
I especially love the three different speed modes, because it makes things so much easier to control. When you crank that throttle you don’t always want to be blasting along at 20 mph, so it’s good to be able to set those limits.
Also, the headlight is a nice touch because it means the X7 is just as useful at night and in low-light conditions as it is during the day. It’s even more relevant considering the entire scooter has a matte black finish, which would be tough to see for other drivers.
The X7 also has a tail light that kicks on when you activate the headlight.
If you’re in the market for a scooter like this, the Turboant X7 is absolutely one to consider.