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AOL featured this as the 8th coolest product of the decade. That’s a pretty cool achievement in itself, and it’s not one we’re going to argue with. So, we’re happy to state that the Swagger 5 Elite Electric Smart Scooter is officially cool!
These days, electric scooters and electric bikes are smashing it. Their popularity is incredible. Swagtron has joined the party and now offers a range of both. This is an excellent time to be going electric.
So, the question is, just how good a job has Swagtron done with their latest scooter?
Let’s get this Swagger 5 Elite Electric Smart Scooter Review started and find out…
Swagger 5 Elite Electric Smart Scooter Review
This is Swagger’s third attempt at an electric scooter. Quite honestly, the first two scooters fell a little short of the mark. However, happily, it’s third time lucky as the Swagger 5 is a much more rounded and much better-finished product than the first two.
Massive weight capacity…
The frame is nice and solid. Swagger appears to think so too as they’ve given the scooter a maximum weight capacity of 320lbs. We’re not arguing with the figure, but we think that you’re going to be a brave man or woman to try it out at that kind of weight.
Most scooters have a weight limit of around 200lbs to 250lbs. This seems altogether more reasonable. Our advice would be to think carefully before straying too much outside of these limits.
All good as long as it isn’t raining heavily…
Overall, Swagger has done a good job quality wise considering that this is one of the more affordable scooters. It feels nice and solid when you step onboard with no erroneous squeaking or creaking noises.
The biggest issue we have is that it’s not fully waterproof and only has an IPX4 rating. This means it’s only OK to use in light rain. This is something we feel needs to be addressed at some point.
The only other moan we have about the build quality is that the buttons and the brake lever feel a little cheap. Other than that, we’ve no major complaints.
Swagtron back their Swagger 5 with a 12 months guarantee, which is good to see.
Design and Features
The branding and color scheme is spot on. The predominantly black finish with the Swagtron logo emblazoned in white, together with splashes of red touches here and there, works well. There no doubt that it looks like a much more expensive scooter.
The cockpit has an LED display that shows battery life status and speed. It also has a power button and a Bluetooth pairing button. The handlebars also house a push throttle accelerator, a brake lever, a bell, a light switch for the front headlight, and a phone mount.
No twist-grip accelerator…
The push throttle accelerator takes a little getting used to. It would have been more intuitive to have a twist-grip accelerator. We’re not sure why Swagtron chose this system, but the fact is it also has to go in the moans and niggles section.
Other minor gripes are that the bell is virtually useless as it’s so quiet. Also, the front and rear brake lights are not particularly powerful and look a bit cheap. They could be better.
The brakes are nice and sharp. The mix of a disc brake on the rear and an e-brake on the front is a good one. The brakes are responsive at all speeds and even work effectively in slippery conditions.
The phone mount is handy, not only for general use but also for keeping a track of your speed and battery life on the app. The app tracks these two functions more accurately than on the built-in LED display.
Other functions you can use with the app include setting cruise control, route panning via GPS, changing the speed limits, and locking the scooter. These functions can still be done without the use of an app, but using the app does make them a little smoother.
Ride and Handling
The ride quality is, to a large extent, dictated by the wheels and tires. Here, we think things could have been a lot better. Swagger has gone with a pneumatic tire on the front and a honeycombed airless tire on the rear.
We get that this minimizes the chance of a puncture at the rear, but it is at the expense of ride quality. On even roads, it’s all sweetness and light. Things feel smooth and comfortable. Over bumpier ground, the vibration is transferred to the rider, and it quickly begins to feel uncomfortable.
Handling, otherwise, is excellent…
It easy to lean it in and nip in and out of confined areas. Equally importantly, the handlebars are at a great height, and there’s plenty of room on the rubberized deck.
Performance, power, and speed are usually most people’s first thoughts with these scooters. We get that. We think the same way and agree that it’s one of the primary buying motivators.
So, just how well does the Swagger 5 stack up?
Thankfully, it does very well when compared to similar scooters at, or even immediately above, its price-point. The Swagger 5 has a 216 watts lithium powered electric motor. This is sufficient to get up to some decent top speeds within a reasonable space of time.
If we first take a look at its top speed…
Flat out, you can get all of the claimed manufacturer’s 18 mph. That’s not bad. There’s only the more expensive TurboAnt X7 that can get close to this speed.
Acceleration is also reasonably brisk. At least for the first ten mph. After this, the performance quickly falls off, and it takes quite a while to get up to 18 mph. No major worries, though, since this is pretty typical with e-scooters.
Keep on the flat…
Also typical is it’s less than stellar performance when faced with hills. With a 165lb rider, on a 10% gradient, it takes 24 seconds to complete a 200-foot climb. Increase the gradient or the weight of the rider, and things become even less impressive.
We’re sure you’ll agree that one of its best features is being able to choose between three different top speed options. These can be changed on the LED panel or via the app. They’re a little easy to change via the app if it’s up and running.
The great thing about setting different speeds limits is that it can save battery life when set at lower speeds. Also, it’s a useful extra safety feature. The three limited speeds are five mph, ten mph, and 18 mph.
The Swagger 5’s lithium battery provides enough power, according to Swagtron, to run the scooter for 12 miles in ideal conditions. Like most manufacturers’ battery claims, these are a little ambitious. The reality is that 9 miles, at close to maximum speed, is a much more realistic and achievable distance.
Re-charge, re-charge, re-charge…
The battery life is a little low by modern standards. You can, of course, extend battery life by reducing your speed. However, if you’re doing a daily commute of around four miles one way, you may end up having to re-charge it at work.
Re-charging the battery is relatively quick, which in part makes up for its short life. From empty to reaching full charge takes 3.5 hours. Re-charging can be done through any domestic power outlet. The battery is well protected and has all the usual array of protection features.
Another positive is that the battery can hold its charge for up to 1,000 re-charges. That means that if you charge it, on average, once a day, you could potentially get three years’ life out of the battery. We think that’s a very respectable figure.
The Swagger 5 is reasonably portable. There are more portable scooters, like the Glion Dolly, but it’s portable enough in most circumstances. It folds at the front handlebars. These fold back to the rear wheel. You’re then left with something akin to a long plank with a couple of wheels at each end.
Since it only weighs 26lbs, and 41.5 inches long when it folded, it’s easy to pop in the trunk of any small-sized sedan. What’s more, it also folds in too small enough space to be allowed on to most buses or trains.
Take it just about anywhere…
It’s unlikely, wherever you live, that you’ll get knocked back carrying this on public transport. However, if you intend to regularly take on a bus or train, it’s always worth checking first. Better safe than sorry guys and girls!
Swagger 5 Elite Electric Smart Scooter Review Pros and Cons
- Good build quality.
- Excellent battery life.
- Quick re-charge time.
- 18 mph top speed.
- Three different speed limit options.
- 12 months guarantee.
- Ride quality over rough surfaces.
- Push throttle accelerator.
- Some of the accessories feel cheap.
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Swagger 5 Elite Electric Smart Scooter Review – Final Thoughts
So, there we have it. This is a scooter that gets a lot of things right and all for a very reasonable price.
At this kind of price-point, the Swagger 5 makes a very strong case for itself. To get the same kind of specification and build quality for so little is a difficult task. For this reason, we have no hesitation in recommending the Swagger 5, as a great option for anyone in the market for a budget scooter.
If you want to get yourself a cool ride, then look no further.