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T i anRun 8" electric scooter Review

Less expensive scooters surpassed the T i anRun in almost every category
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Price:   $400 List
Pros:  Braking power, front shock
Cons:  Slow, limited range, limited climbing power, long charging time
Manufacturer:   T i anRun
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 12, 2019
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  • Range - 25% 3
  • Power - 25% 3
  • Ride - 20% 4
  • Portability - 15% 5
  • Braking - 15% 8

Our Verdict

This machine performed at such a low level that it is difficult to make comparisons to the other products in the class. This issue is pronounced in assessments of braking, range, and power. For the money, one can purchase a much better product.


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Pros Braking power, front shockSmooth ride, long battery life, easy to carryLong range, portable, fastFolded dolly function, huge travel range, hill climbing powerFast, powerful brake system, relatively inexpensive
Cons Slow, limited range, limited climbing power, long charging timeBrakes may require maintenance, expensiveVariable performanceRough ride, single brakeShorter travel radius, poorly designed folding latch
Bottom Line Less expensive scooters surpassed the T i anRun in almost every categoryThe Xiaomi is a do it all scooter that combines ease, utility, and safety in a simple, yet sharp designThe Tomoloo would have been a top contender in the class were it not for its inconsistent, seemingly glitchy, behaviorIf you want a scooter for commuting in an urban setting, then the Glion’s compact folded dimensions, efficient dolly design, and long-lasting battery life make this scooter a sure thing to simplify your transportation needsIf you have a need for speed and you don’t care as much about folding and stowing, then this general purpose scooter is a ticket to a fun ride
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Rating Categories T i anRun 8"... Xiaomi Mi M365 Tomoloo L1 Glion Dolly Foldable MEGAWHEELS S5
Range (25%)
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Specs T i anRun 8"... Xiaomi Mi M365 Tomoloo L1 Glion Dolly Foldable MEGAWHEELS S5
Measured Maximum Speed 11.9 mph 14.9 mph 15.3 mph 13.8 mph 16.2 mph
Measured Effective Range 7 miles 12.8 miles 10.9 miles 13.2 miles 10.1 miles
Measured Charge Time 7 hrs 12 mins 5 hrs 10 mins 4 hrs 40 mins 4 hrs 25 mins 3 hrs
Brake Type Electronic front brake and rear fender foot brake Electronic front brake and rear disc brake Electronic front brake and rear disc brake electronic front brakel Electronic front brake and rear disc brake
Tire Type Solid rubber Pneumatic Pneumatic Rubber (honeycomb interior) Pneumatic
Tire Size 8" Front
6.5" Rear
8.5" 8.5" 8" 8.5"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen No Battery indicator only Yes Battery indicator only Battery indicator only
App No No Yes No No
Maximum Load 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 255 lbs 265 lbs
Bell No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Weight 27.8 lbs 27.2 lbs 29.3 lbs 28.7 lbs 26.7 lbs
Battery Type lithium lithium lithium lithium-ion lithium-ion
Motor 350 Watt Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
250 Watt 250 Watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

The T i anRun scooter looks much like it's competitors but, as our extensive testing and analysis revealed, it is not able to toe the line. This machine's primary deficiency is its lack of power resulting in a significantly reduced max speed and climbing ability. As a result, all the other metrics used to assess it are hard to compare with other products here reviewed. A primary example of this is run time. All the scooters in this class get approximately 40-60 minutes of run time on a battery charge, yet due to the relatively slow max speed, the T i anRun will traverse two miles less than the group average during this period.

The Tianrun 8" electric scooter.
The Tianrun 8" electric scooter.

Performance Comparison


In our hunt for the best electric scooters on the market, we combed the internet studying manufacturer specs, analyzing design features and, reading through customer reviews. Eventually narrowing the search, we purchased nine favored scooters for comparative testing. Our tests were designed to assess all the elements contributing to a quality product. These are power, ride, range, portability, and braking. We delve into all these below.

The Tianrun's dashboard battery charge meter.
The Tianrun's dashboard battery charge meter.

Power


This two-part metric is an assessment of hill climbing ability and level ground top speed. Our climbing tests are comprised of two hills (3.5% and 10.5% grade); if the first hill is surmounted then we continue to the steeper. The T i anRun was the only scooter tested that wouldn't climb the shallower of the two.

The speed trial is a full-throttled run on flat ground with a topped-off battery. The trial was administered three times for accuracy. The average was taken of the three trials and was converted to miles per hour. The machine's max is the slowest of the class at 11.9 mph.

The Tianrun's front shock mitigates some of the road's bumps and cracks.
The Tianrun's front shock mitigates some of the road's bumps and cracks.

Ride


Ride is an assessment of how aware our testers were of uneven road surfaces and unexpected cracks. Despite the dampening effect of the front shock, T i anRun did not overcome the direct feedback issued from the solid rubber tires. Additionally, testers noted that the front wheel is larger than the back, and this places the rider at an uncomfortable incline.

The Tianrun's folded configuration.
The Tianrun's folded configuration.

Portability


Portability is a measure of how straightforward it is to fold, pick up, and store a scooter. While the T i anRun performs decently in this category, there is one notable exception: the carry handle is square. This feature had tester's complaining of the discomfort and fatigue that resulted. On the plus side, this model is fairly light and compact.

Range


Our range tests look at two separate but related performance details: travel radius and charging time. Travel radius is defined in two ways, the maximum and the effective miles traveled on a full battery charge. The prior is the number of miles that a scooter can travel on flat ground at any speed, the later is the number of miles that the machine can travel at or near max speed. The T i anRun has a lithium ion battery, and amongst the scooters utilizing this power source, it was well below average with 7.4 max miles, seven of those being effective miles. Moreover, this battery takes a long time to charge (7+ hours).

Accelerator and brake paddles make it for easy stop and goes.
Accelerator and brake paddles make it for easy stop and goes.

Braking


The T i anRun has a dual brake system (electronic motor and rear fender) which we like for its redundancy. The fender brake is relatively powerful as well. However, since this product can't achieve the same speeds of others in the class it is hard to make apples to apples comparisons in this regard. That being said, the dual brake system held testers at a comfortable speed even on the steepest descent and the rear fender brake made for short stopping distances.

Value


We do not find this scooter to be a good value due to its overall poor showing across all test categories and relatively high price tag.

Conclusion


The T i anRun looks good but lacks performance follow through. If this is the price range you are comfortable with, we suggest that you look elsewhere in this review for a higher quality product. Some of these scooters will deliver more performance for less money.


Nick Miley and Austin Palmer