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Tomoloo L1 Review

The Tomoloo would have been a top contender in the class were it not for its inconsistent, seemingly glitchy, behavior
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Price:   $530 List
Pros:  Long range, portable, fast
Cons:  Variable performance
Manufacturer:   Tomoloo
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 12, 2019
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  • Range - 25% 6
  • Power - 25% 4
  • Ride - 20% 8
  • Portability - 15% 8
  • Braking - 15% 7

Our Verdict

Despite the Tomoloo's high marks in all test categories, we declined to bestow any awards upon it due to its erratic behavior and inconsistent performance.


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Pros Long range, portable, fastSmooth ride, long battery life, easy to carryFolded dolly function, huge travel range, hill climbing powerFast, powerful brake system, relatively inexpensiveFast, front suspension, cruise control
Cons Variable performanceBrakes may require maintenance, expensiveRough ride, single brakeShorter travel radius, poorly designed folding latchLimited travel radius, bulky/ long frame, expensive
Bottom Line The Tomoloo would have been a top contender in the class were it not for its inconsistent, seemingly glitchy, behaviorThe Xiaomi is a do it all scooter that combines ease, utility, and safety in a simple, yet sharp designIf 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 rideTesters were less than impressed with this scooter’s performance in light of the price tag.
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Rating Categories Tomoloo L1 Xiaomi Mi M365 Glion Dolly Foldable MEGAWHEELS S5 Ninebot...
Range (25%)
10
0
6
10
0
8
10
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8
10
0
5
10
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4
Power (25%)
10
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4
10
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6
10
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6
10
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6
10
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6
Ride (20%)
10
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8
10
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8
10
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3
10
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7
10
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6
Portability (15%)
10
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8
10
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8
10
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9
10
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7
Braking (15%)
10
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Specs Tomoloo L1 Xiaomi Mi M365 Glion Dolly Foldable MEGAWHEELS S5 Ninebot...
Maximum Speed 15.3 mph 14.9 mph 13.8 mph 16.2 mph 16.1 mph
Measured Effective Range 10.9 miles 12.8 miles 13.2 miles 10.1 miles 8.5 miles
Measured charge time 4 hrs 40 mins 5 hrs 10 mins 4 hrs 25 mins 3 hrs 3 hrs 30 mins
Brake Electronic front brake and rear disc brake on one handle Electronic front brake and rear disc brake on one handle Anti-lock electronic located inside rear wheel Electronic front brake and rear disc brake on one handle Electronic front brake and rear fender foot brake
Tire type Pneumatic Pneumatic Honeycomb interior (solid) Pneumatic Solid
Tire size 8.5" 8.5" 8" 8.5" 8"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen Yes Battery indicator only Battery indicator only Battery indicator only Yes
App Yes No No No Yes
Max load 220 lbs 220 lbs 255 lbs 265 lbs 220 lbs
Bell Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Measured weight 29.3 lbs 27.2 lbs 28.7 lbs 26.7 lbs 27.2 lbs
Battery lithium lithium lithium-ion lithium-ion lithium-ion
Watt-hours unavailable 280.0 watt-hours 280.8 watt-hours 208.8 watt-hours 187.0 watt-hours
Motor Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
250 Watt 250 Watt Nominal Power 300W
Max Power 700W
Manufacturer charge time 4-6 hrs N/A 3 hrs 30 mins 3 hrs 3 hrs 30 mins

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Tomoloo L1 electric Scooter
The Tomoloo L1 electric Scooter

The Tomoloo had testers scratching their heads at its inconsistent comportment. When the scooter was having a good day it was a top performer. Given the reasonable price point, this product would have been up for an award. However, this scooter proved to be temperamental, often refusing to cruise at its top speed, requiring testers to cycle the on/ off button with mixed results. Of particular note was the product's variable max speed; perhaps from a malfunctioning cruise control.

Performance Comparison


In a focused effort to isolate and analyze the top electric scooters on the market we have combed the web, compiled customer critiques, manufacturer innovations, and redundancies and finally bought nine of the most promising electric scooters for head-to-head testing. We have divided our analysis into five critical categories that, when satisfactorily addressed, comprise a quality scooter. Below is an in-depth discussion of the Tomoloo's performance in each.

The Tomoloo's dashboard screen showing a full battery charge.
The Tomoloo's dashboard screen showing a full battery charge.

Range


Range tests are comprised of two parts: travel radius and battery charge time. Travel radius is subdivided into the effective range and the maximum range. Effective range refers to the number of miles a scooter can cruise at its max speed on flat ground. The maximum range refers to the number of miles a scooter will go at any speed. The distinction is necessary as many scooters' max speed will decrease at the end of their battery's life

The Tomoloo has an effective range of 10.9 and a maximum rage of 11.7 miles. The battery recharges in four hours and forty minutes, close to the average for the class.

The Tomoloo cruising at full tilt for a maximum of 10.9 effective miles.
The Tomoloo cruising at full tilt for a maximum of 10.9 effective miles.

Power


For the purpose of this review, power is defined as hill ascending ability and maximum flat ground speed. The hill climbing analysis was conducted first on a 3.5% grade. If this hill was surmounted, then the scooter was run up a a much steeper 10.5% grade. While the Tomoloo was the top performer in the speed assessment - maxing out at just over 15 mph - the 3.5% grade slowed the scooter by 3-5 mph and the 10.5% grade brought the scooter to a standstill well short of the ¼ mile hill crest.

Ride


Ride is an assessment of the vibration a scooter transfers to the rider when passing over bumpy terrain such as cracks in the sidewalk. Having tested many of these scooters we know that this metric is primarily an assessment of the tire type. The Tomoloo's tires are pneumatic which absorb much of the road's inconsistencies. Accordingly, they offer one of the smoothest rides in the fleet.

The Tomoloo's electronic front  disk rear brake system actuated by a single hand lever.
The Tomoloo's electronic front, disk rear brake system actuated by a single hand lever.

Braking


Given the cruising speed of the Tomoloo - which is pretty darn fast - it's a good thing that it has good brakes. With both a front electronic and rear fender brake, testers were happy with the power felt on rapid flat ground stops and the steadiness during controlled descents.

The Tomoloo's redundant steering column folding mechanism.
The Tomoloo's redundant steering column folding mechanism.

Portability


Weight, folded dimensions, folding ease, carrying latch utility, transporting, and effort are the focus of the portability assessment. The Tomoloo checks all the boxes in this metric, leaving testers with little in the way of critique.

Value


When this scooter was working properly it was a top performer. However, it often failed to work at its full capacity. As such, we can not assign a high value to the Tomoloo. It's just too frustrating to have a purchase not work when it was just pulled out of the box.

Conclusion


The Tomoloo raised expectations with a top-notch design but ultimately left testers wondering why the thing only worked right some of the time. As a result of our mixed experience with this product, we can not in good faith recommend it; especially at the price.


Nick Miley and Austin Palmer