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Tomoloo L1 Review

This model would have been a top contender in the class were it not for its inconsistent, seemingly glitchy, behavior
Tomoloo L1
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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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RANKED
#7 of 13
  • Range - 25% 6.3
  • Power - 25% 5.7
  • Ride Comfort - 20% 7.3
  • Portability - 15% 8
  • Braking - 15% 7.5

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, fastLots of features, customizable settings, fastest in the test, very smooth ride, long distance range, good headlight, additional lights for enhanced visibilityLithium-ion battery, measured 22 mile range, 350-watt motor, fast and smooth rideFast, front suspension, decent travel radiusFolded dolly function, decent travel range, hill-climbing power
Cons Variable performanceHeavier weight - more difficult to carry, settings can be confusing - had to look up instructional video, 8hr charge time if you don't use the fast charger (sold separately)Heavier weight, long charge timeCruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lacks redundancyRough ride, single brake
Bottom Line This model would have been a top contender in the class were it not for its inconsistent, seemingly glitchy, behaviorA very comfortable ride that checks all of our boxes and truly impressed us with its speed and rangeA smooth driving, high-end electric scooter with an impressive range and a pep in its stepA relatively inexpensive scooter with a respectable top speed, convenience, and decent travel radiusThis scooter aims to make commutes a cinch by decent battery life with a moderately powerful motor in an easy to fold and roll platform
Rating Categories Tomoloo L1 Apollo City Gotrax G4 Hiboy MAX Glion Dolly Foldable
Range (25%)
6.3
8.7
9.0
7.1
7.4
Power (25%)
5.7
9.1
8.4
7.8
5.6
Ride Comfort (20%)
7.3
9.7
8.0
5.7
2.7
Portability (15%)
8.0
7.3
8.3
6.3
9.6
Braking (15%)
7.5
8.5
7.7
7.7
4.0
Specs Tomoloo L1 Apollo City Gotrax G4 Hiboy MAX Glion Dolly Foldable
Measured Maximum Speed 15.3 mph 22.5 mph 19.8 mph 19.3 mph 13.8 mph
Measured Effective Range 10.9 miles 23 miles 22 miles 12.2 miles 13.2 miles
Measured Charge Time 4 hrs 40 min 8 hours 30 minutes 5 hours 50 min 4 hours 30 min 4 hrs 25 min
Brake Type Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front disc
Rear drum
Rear regen
Rear disc brake and E-ABS braking system Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake
Tire Type Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic Solid rubber Rubber (honeycomb interior)
Tire Size 8.5" 10" 10" 8.5" 8"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen Yes Yes Yes Yes Battery indicator only
App Yes No No Yes No
Maximum Load 220 lbs 260 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 255 lbs
Bell Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Weight 29.3 lbs 42.8 lbs 37.8 lbs 35.2 lbs 28.7 lbs
Battery Type Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium-ion
Motor Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
600 Watt 350 Watt 350 Watt 250 Watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

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 mechanism.

Performance Comparison


The Tomoloo L1 electric Scooter
The Tomoloo L1 electric Scooter
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Range


Range tests are comprised of two parts: travel radius and battery charge time. 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...
The Tomoloo cruising at full tilt for a maximum of 10.9 effective miles.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 much steeper 10.5% grade. While the Tomoloo was an average 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 ΒΌ 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 and 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...
The Tomoloo's electronic front, disk rear brake system actuated by a single hand lever.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Braking


Given the cruising speed of the Tomoloo — which is decently 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.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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

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