Unicool (Titan) T8 Review and Comparison

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Apollo Light
Apollo Light rear wheel with motor and drum brake
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Rear drum brake of the Light electric scooter
Close up of electric scooter deck and suspension
Apollo Light handlebars and cockpit area with grips and bell
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Front spring suspension on the Apollo Light scooter
Apollo Light electric scooter folded on the ground
Folded electric scooter handlebars
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City electric scooter LED headlights
Zero 8 Electric Scooter
Zero 8 rear wheel motor
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Zero 8 deck logo
Zero 8 electric scooter rear tire close up
Zero 8 rear spring suspension in anodized red aluminum
Zero 8 Front white LED lights
Zero 8 folding handlebars and throttle control
Zero 8 LCD and throttle controller
Zero 8 hand brake lever
Zero 8 drum brake, tire and rear suspension
Zero 8 electric scooter with folded handlebars
Close up of Zero 8 rubber tires and deck
Zero 8 electric scooter in the folded configuration
Apollo Light lcd throttle and handlebars
Apollo Light
Apollo Light rear wheel with motor and drum brake
Close up of electric scooter rear spring suspension
Rear drum brake of the Light electric scooter
Close up of electric scooter deck and suspension
Apollo Light handlebars and cockpit area with grips and bell
Close up of Apollo Light front tire and wheel
Front spring suspension on the Apollo Light scooter
Apollo Light electric scooter folded on the ground
Folded electric scooter handlebars
Close up of folding handlebar screw mechanism
City electric scooter LED headlights
Zero 8 Electric Scooter
Zero 8 rear wheel motor
Close up of Zero 8 electric scooter front wheel and tire
Zero 8 deck logo
Zero 8 electric scooter rear tire close up
Zero 8 rear spring suspension in anodized red aluminum
Zero 8 Front white LED lights
Zero 8 folding handlebars and throttle control
Zero 8 LCD and throttle controller
Zero 8 hand brake lever
Zero 8 drum brake, tire and rear suspension
Zero 8 electric scooter with folded handlebars
Close up of Zero 8 rubber tires and deck
Zero 8 electric scooter in the folded configuration

Unicool (Titan) T8: Overview

This Unicool (Titan) T8 review covers everything you need to know about the Unicool T8 electric scooter. The T8 is manufactured by the Titan Group in China, an OEM PEV producer, and sold throughout the world under a variety of brands in various configurations.

Tech Specs

Tested top speed: ~24 mph*
Tested range: 16 mi to 26 mi*
Weight: ~40 lbs
Max rider weight: 220 lbs to 265 lbs
Water resistance: Varies

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Highlights

Great range
Folds very compactly
Good hill climbing ability
Handlebars need retightening
Single-wheel braking

Available internationally from a number of retailers — see buying options in your country.

Summary

The Unicool T8 from the Titan Group, is one of the most popular scooters in the world that you’ve probably never heard of.  The reason being that Titan is an OEM distributor, meaning that they are the producers of parts and assembled electric scooters that are branded and primarily sold by others. Some of the biggest international brands of the Unicool T8 are the Apollo Light, Fluid FreeRide Horizon, and Zero 8. Though all are built from the base Unicool T8, each brand has configured the scooter differently; each sells at different price points and with different warranty durations and features.

For shoppers who are looking at the Xiaomi Mi M365 or Segway Ninebot Max, the Unicool T8 will be an appealing option. Compared to these others scooters, it offers a higher top speed, similar range, better ride due to full suspension, and is more portable.

Unicool T8 Comparison: Apollo Light vs Fluid FreeRide Horizon vs Zero 8

Apollo LightFFR HorizonZero 8
Price$899$799$799
Coupon Codeelectric-scooter.guideelectric-scooter.guide.preorder
Coupon Benefit$100 free accessories$50 off
Warranty24 Months**6 Months12 Months
Battery490 wh624 wh624 wh
Weight37 lb42 lb40 lb
Tested Range16.3 mi26.0 mi22.3 mi
Tested Top Speed22.0 mph24.0 mph23.1 mph
Hill Climb Time15.1 s15.1 s16.3 s
Water ResistanceIP54*None*None*
*All scooters should tolerate light rain and none have a warranty that covers water damage. Apollo claims IP rating while other scooters do not; we expect all should perform similarly given their nearly-identical design. **Apollo has the longest listed warranty but benefits diminish in the second 12 months.

Other Scooters to Consider

Model Top Speed** Range** Weight** Price
Apollo City 28.6 mph 17.9 mi 43 lb $999
Fluid Freeride Horizon (13 Ah) 24.0 mph 26.0 mi 39 lb $799
Zero 8 23.1 mph 22.3 mi 39 lb $799
Segway Ninebot Max 17.8 mph 28.1 mi 43 lb $949
Xiaomi Mi M365 16.7 mph 14.6 mi 27 lb $599

** Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

Unicool T8 Review

Performance

Apollo LightFFR HorizonZero 8
0 to 15 mph*4.9 s4.7 s4.9 s
0 to 20 mph*8.2 s7.8 s8.4 s
Top Speed*22.0 mph24.0 mph23.1 mph
Tested Range*16.3 mi26.0 mi22.3 mi
0 to 15 mph Braking Distance17.6 ft23.0 ft23.4 ft
Hill Climb Time15.1 s15.1 s16.3 s
Hill Climb Speed9.1 mph8.9 mph8.4 mph

The Unicool T8 has good performance thanks to it’s 500 watt electric motor and battery capacity that ranges from 480 to 640 watt hours. Typical acceleration to 15 mph is under 5 seconds and its top speed exceeds 22 mph, leaving most shared scooters in the dust.

Overall, the T8 feels fairly quick and has good hill climbing ability. If you want something faster, you’ll need to step it up to models like the City, Touring, or Cruiser that have 600+ watt motors.

Build Quality

Electric scooter folded on road
The stealthy-black Fluid FreeRide Horizon has good build quality.

Overall, the Unicool T8 has good build quality and is made of many hefty metal parts. Depending on what variant you purchase, the retailer may have included more or fewer pre-shipment checks.

Fit-and-finish on all Unicool T8s that we’ve reviewed is very similar. We we generally categorize it as acceptable, but not as refined as a mass-produced product like the Xiaomi or Segway scooters. Unicool runs a large factory, but products are still mostly hand-assembled which tends to introduce more variation. We also think the design is not quite as refined as these other mass-produced scooters. However, mass-produced scooters like the Segway tend to have more plastic parts and not be quite as durable or user-serviceable as a scooter like the T8.

Ride Quality

Close up of electric scooter deck and suspension
The Apollo Light typifies the Unicool/Titan T8 with its dual suspension and single motor.

All Titan/Unicool T8s come with front and rear spring suspension (we’ve noted that this is sometimes erroneously labeled as hydraulic) and a front pneumatic tire. These all help to cushion the ride, though the rear solid tire tends to transmit more vibration.

Despite the scooter being fairly small, the deck typically has about 18-inches by 6 inches of standing space. This should be comfortable for riders of various sizes.

Overall, the ride quality for all T8 variants we’ve tested is very similar and shouldn’t be a deciding factor if you are trying to choose between them.

Apollo Light

Apollo Light Electric Scooter

The Apollo Light is the least expensive T8, but the only one with an IP54 water-resistance rating, meaning it can be ridden in light rain. Compared to the others, it also has a smaller 490 Wh battery, meaning less range.

Read our full Apollo Light Review.

Fluid FreeRide Horizon

Fluid FreeRide Horizon electric scooter

The Fluid FreeRide Horizon comes in in a stealthy all-black look and though it has the same-sized battery as the Zero 8, it is the proven range champion with 26 miles of ESG certified range for the 13 Ah version.  The Horizon also comes in a 10 Ah version which will have less range but costs significantly less.

Read our full Fluid FreeRide Horizon review.

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Zero 8

Zero 8 Electric Scooter

The Zero 8 is somewhat a balance of the Apollo Light and Horizon.  It is more slighly expensive than the Light, however has longer range. However, compared to the Horizon, it has a longer warranty but slightly less range and slightly lower top speed.

Read our full Zero 8 review.

Unicool T8 Features

The Unicool T8 has some basic features that are shared by all branded variants. These include: 

  • Single motor
  • Drum brake
  • Folding handlebars and stem
  • Telescoping stem
  • Front and rear spring suspension
  • Front pneumatic and rear solid tire

All T8s weigh just over or just under 40 lbs. Their light weight, combined with three folding mechanisms, make this a very portable scooter and excellent commuting partner. The T8 has folded dimensions of roughly 39 inches by 7 inches by 15 inches.

Titan T8: Review Conclusions

The T8 is an appealing option for first-time buyers that want a relatively quick scooter that can handle hills and has good range. Its compact folded dimensions and ride quality beat out a lot of other scooters in its price class.

Titan Group also operates their own direct-to-consumer store (or for those looking to start their own retail operations) on Alibaba. The downside to purchasing directly from Titan is that you won’t receive the level of support that you will get from a local manufacturer.  However, you will save a significant amount of money.

If one of the Titan T8 variants doesn’t fit your needs, check out our ESG Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.

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Justin is a cofounder of ESG and has a degree in engineering. He writes about the science and technology of electric scooters.

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