Commuters are hooked on personal electric transport, it is clean, takes little storage space and it is the cheapest way to get around a city. Boosted started as a Kickstarter project in 2012, since then it has gone on to become the most trusted brand on the market. In 2013 they showed their technology at TED and started shipping the V1 that same year. Boosted is the go-to manufacturer of Electric long-boards, renowned for their stability and speed. YouTuber Casey Neistat helped the board maker gain international recognition. Boosted now has a myriad of electric skateboards on offer. The latest edition is the Boosted Rev, an electric scooter built with the same exacting standards as their other products.
The Rev has kept in tune with the Boosted philosophy of making fast and fun products. The scooter has dual-motor driven wheels. There is a hub-less motor inside each wheel, supplying 1500 W of driving force, to power passengers up 25-degree inclines. The motors function as dynamic brakes for a more controlled sense of handling and faster breaking. Initial numbers state that this electric scooter will accelerate a passenger to 20 mph in 4.1 seconds and capable of reaching speeds of 24 mph.
Boosted pride themselves on using the latest battery technology. They want to make a product that will charge fast, giving the greatest range, while keeping it light and fast. The batteries are secured in an automotive-grade casing, designed for strength and waterproofness. The advanced Battery Management System prevents the batteries from runaway overheating. The Boosted Rev Electric Scooter will cover up to 22 miles on a single charge, more than enough for most city commutes. The motors also function as regenerative brakes, to reclaim some of the energy when going back down a hill. From zero-power, the batteries will take 3-hours to charge.
Boosted have a lot of experience with getting the maximum grip out of small skateboard wheels. They have used this experience to give riders a safe and reliable E-scooter alternative. Pneumatic tires, with full tread patterns, give the scooter a firm grip on the road. The tires are wider than the standards used by many other manufacturers, improving the contact patch with the surface, but not classed as a fat tire scooter. The larger wheels will ride potholes better and smooth out the ride. There is no suspension other than the air-filled wheels, there are wide, so it should be enough.
To increase the flexibility of the scooter, there are 3-power modes to choose from, for greater range or greater speed. Mode 1 will have the greatest range and reduces the maximum speed to 12 mph. Mode 2 allows for a respectable 18 mph. Mode 3 maximizes the potential speed to 24 mph at the detriment to the range. The speed is control by a thumb throttle so that both hands can remain firmly on the handlebar. Boosted have developed a phone application, for IOS and Android, to help track the miles you do. The app can control the headlight brightness and even connect to an Apple Watch.
To make the Rev an improvement over their skateboards, they have added a 400-lumen LED light to the front. There is also a rear brake light to make you more visible to other vehicles. To ensure the scooter stays with-in local speed limits, there is a numerical LED display on the handlebar. The display shows the speed, mode, and battery level. It is a simple-looking display, that will stay clean looking, thanks to the scratch-resistant material it is made from. The frame is built with bicycle racks in mind, a standard bike lock will secure the scooter to any bike stand.
Folded down, this is a tight package, designed for storage in small city accommodation. The thumb throttle is a good idea to prevent panic acceleration in an emergency. The 1500 W of motor power is more than enough to get a 250 lbs adult around the city and gives the scooter a genuine fun factor. 3 levels of braking, regenerative, disc, and a rear stomp break should work well with the large tires. The scooter is a little heavy at 46 lbs and Boosted is not known for making the cheapest of products. yet, the company does make the best products, and the package makes the Boosted Rev Electric Scooter the best value for money E-scooter on the market.
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