XPRIT Kick Scooter (6.5" wheels) Review
Pros: Powerful brakes, inexpensive
Cons: Slow, poor hill climber, rough ride
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Our Analysis and Test Results
TechGearLab has received a notification from XPRITINC stating that if "you purchased all red accelerator and brake components Scooter … from XPRIT, Inc. between 2018-2019. We have discovered that, under certain circumstances, if the battery on the unit is overcharged, i.e., charged past its maximum capacity of 3-5 hours the battery can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding in a rare case. If you are in possession of this Scooter that you have purchased between 2018-2019. We suggest to never charge the scooter overnight. Once the green light on the charger has turned on, please unplug the charger. Please always remember to only charge 3-5hrs or until the light turns green. Do not place the scooter near hot areas or flammable materials during charge. Failure to follow the above instructions and other misuse may occur in injury, damages or loss. Use at your own risk."For more information contact XPRIT at 951-454-6388 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We try to temper our final assessment of products by considering their value in light of how they performed in our testing regime. While we don't find the XPRIT to be particularly impressive in any metric, we do think that for specific applications (such as putting around the neighborhood), this modestly priced scooter can fulfill some customers needs.
In our effort to find the best electric scooters, we spent hours analyzing and scrutinizing all the top models, eventually settling on nine that we think are representative of the market. These nine contenders were then subjected to a battery of tests that we felt represented how consumers will use their scooter in an attempt to tease out those features that will either facilitate or, in their absence, eliminate the sense of satisfaction with a new purchase.
This bimodal metric is a reckoning of hill climbing ability and flat ground top speed. Our climbing tests are conducted on two hills; one 3.5% and the other 10.5% grade. The XPRIT 6.5" did not fare well in this test as it barely crawled its way to the top of the first hill. As such, the second test was deemed a failure.
The speed trials are a full-tilt run on flat ground with a topped off battery. This trial is run three times in a row, and the average is converted to miles per hour. In this case, the average max was 12.5 mph; about a mile and a half below the review average.
Portability is an evaluation of how challenging or easy it is to fold, pick up, and store an electric scooter. Testers primary complaint was that the XPRIT's carry handle is square. This shape was regarded as uncomfortable and quick to cause fatigue.
Ride is an evaluation of the magnitude of oscillation a scooter transmits from the road's surface to the rider when passing over features such as cracks in a concrete sidewalk. After testing many wheeled consumer products, we know that this metric is primarily an assessment of the type of tires on the machine. The XPRIT has solid rubber tires, and as such, the rider experiences much of the road's irregularities. Therefore, this machine did poorly in this metric as well.
The XPRIT has a dual brake system comprised of an electronic motor brake and a fender brake in the rear. To render an accurate assessment of a machine's braking capacity we split the test into two parts: hill braking and flat ground stopping. The first is an evaluation of speed modulation on a descent. The second assays the ability to stop rider and scooter if, say, a pedestrian stepped out in front of a rider unexpectedly. While the XPRIT has a relatively weak electronic brake, its rear fender brake is quite effective; particularly on flat ground.
Our range tests assess both travel radius and the battery's charge time. Travel radius is a bimodal metric that captures both effective range and maximum range. Effective range is the distance a scooter will traverse on flat ground at its max cruising speed. The maximum range is a measure of how far the machine will go at any speed. The XPRIT's effective range of 10.1 and maximum rage of 10.7 miles puts it just above average for its class. Conversely, the battery recharges in five hours and forty minutes, about forty minutes slower than average.
As discussed above, we are not that fired-up on XPRIT. However, it has an extremely competitive price point. Consider that this scooter works as advertised, is significantly less expensive than the other scooters in the class, and that it outperforms other more expensive models. With that in mind, we think that this product has a reasonably high value.
Sometimes the scooters that perform the best overall have a way of blocking out others that have merits and value when put in their proper context. We think that the XPRIT is one of these products. If you're looking for a simple, reasonably priced scooter for short distance commutes or just to play around on, then the XPRIT is worth a look.
— Nick Miley and Austin Palmer