Dualtron Thunder Review

Dualtron Thunder in its folded configuration
Close up of Dualtron Thunder deck
Dualtron Thunder cockpit with LCD display and handlebars
Close up of electric scooter disc brakes
Close up of Dualtron Thunder in the sand at the beach
Man accelerating on the Dualtron Thunder electric scooter
Man accelerating up a hill on the Thunder electric scooter
MiniMotors Dualtron Thunder electric scooter
Dualtron Thunder in its folded configuration
Close up of Dualtron Thunder deck
Dualtron Thunder cockpit with LCD display and handlebars
Close up of electric scooter disc brakes
Close up of Dualtron Thunder in the sand at the beach
Man accelerating on the Dualtron Thunder electric scooter
Man accelerating up a hill on the Thunder electric scooter
MiniMotors Dualtron Thunder electric scooter

Minimotors Dualtron Thunder

$3,699

The Dualtron Thunder review is the most exciting and scariest review we’ve done. For a normal electric scooter — even a high-performance one — we floor the accelerator trigger and are sometimes left wanting more. This was not the case for the Dualtron Thunder scooter.

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 50.0 mph*
Weight: 95 lb
Max rider weight: 330 lb
Water resistance: None

Highlights

Fantastic build quality
Very powerful scooter
Long range
Cheaper scooters are just as fast
Lackluster suspension

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

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Summary

MiniMotors Dualtron Thunder electric scooter

Our Take: Bulletproof Beast Mode Scooter

The Dualtron Thunder is a serious on-road monster. If you’re looking for a scooter for daily commuting, then it is probably more scooter than you need.

Unless you’re The Rock, you won’t be hefting this scooter up flights of stairs or slipping it onto the bicycle cart of the subway.

However, if you are looking for the fastest, highest performance, bullet-proof, most beast mode scooter ever — then the Dualtron Thunder from MiniMotors is your best bet.

Best Alternatives and Competitors

Model Top Speed** Range** Weight** Price
Minimotors Dualtron Thunder 50.0 mph - - $3,699
Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 45.0 mph 30.2 mi 102 lb $2,999
Qiewa QPower 41.0 mph 34.3 mi 83 lb $1,689

** Based on our independent testing, which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.

Dualtron Thunder Review

Performance Summary

Results below are based on our independent performance testing and not data provided by the manufacturer.

Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)2.0 seconds
Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)2.8 seconds
Acceleration (0 to 25 mph)3.7 seconds
Acceleration (0 to 30 mph)5.0 seconds
Acceleration (0 to 35 mph)6.7 seconds
Acceleration (0 to 40 mph)9.0 seconds
Top speed50.0 mph
Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)20.0 feet

Acceleration

Man accelerating on the Dualtron Thunder electric scooter

The Thunder’s dual 2700 watt brushless DC motors are the star of the show. With a combined power output of 5400 watts, they give incredible torque when launching the scooter from a standstill. You can easily spin both wheels, even at surprisingly high speeds.

During our acceleration tests, the Thunder hit 15 mph in 2.0 seconds.

Top Speed

Man accelerating up a hill on the Thunder electric scooter

The Dualtron Thunder has a top speed of 50.0 mph.

Range

The Dualtron Thunder has a massive 2060 watt hour battery pack made of LG-branded lithium-ion cells. This battery pack gives the Thunder a manufacturer-claimed 80-mile range. We haven’t performed a full range test on the Thunder, but scooters typically get 50-70% of the claimed range. We would expect around 30 to 50 miles of real-world range from the Thunder.

You can compare the range of other scooters we’ve tested on our performance page.

Braking

Close up of electric scooter disc brakes

The Dualtron Thunder has dual Nutt-branded 160 mm hydraulically-actuated disc brakes. Though Nutt is an unknown generic Chinese brand, the brakes are some of the best we’ve tested. The force required to activate these hydraulic brakes is minimal, and the braking force is very positive and progressive. You will be able to stop very quickly by simultaneously activating both brakes confidently. The massive 160-mm, ventilated brake calipers are some of the biggest we’ve seen on an electric scooter and allow for intense, sustained braking without loss of performance.

Additionally, the Dualtron Thunder also features electronic ABS. This is not true ABS and causes unnerving vibrations that take some getting used to. Most Dualtron owners disable this system.

During our tests, the Thunder took 20.0 feet of braking distances to come to a stop from 15 mph.

Ride Quality

The Dualtron Thunder has both a front and rear rubber cartridge suspension and large 11.0-inch pneumatic tires. The suspension and tires deliver a ride quality that is tuned for on-road riding.

The suspension is a rubber cartridge type one that can be adjusted by installing stiffer or softer cartridges. This type of suspension is very simple — making it quiet and durable. However, it is not nearly as good as a quality coil-over-hydraulic one.

MiniMotors Dualtron Thunder Features

Portability

Dualtron Thunder in its folded configuration

Tipping the scale at 95 lbs, the Thunder is a huge scooter. It does have a folding stem that locks into the folded position. It also has folding handlebars.

The folded dimensions of the Dualtron Thunder are 48-inches by 12-inches by 21-inches.

Because of its sheer size, it will difficult to carry upstairs, and you may need assistance to lift into a car or truck.

Cockpit

Dualtron Thunder cockpit with LCD display and handlebars

The Thunder cockpit/handlebars are very similar to other Dualtron models.

The handlebars are aluminum and foldable. The spring-loaded folding mechanism is operated by pulling up on two locking levers and slapping down on both handlebars, which will “break” the handlebars apart into the folded configuration.

Handgrips are ergonomic and feel nice on the hands.

The right side of the cockpit is the business side: it has the standard EYE (EY3) trigger throttle with LCD display.

On the left side of the cockpit is the second brake lever, an “emergency” button that controls the fairly powerful forward lighting, and the single/dual motor selection button.

Minimotors Dualtron Thunder P-Settings

How To Enter P-Settings
    1. Power on scooter.
    2. Long press Mode button.
    3. Use Mode button to toggle through P-settings.
    3. Press Multifunction button to adjust values.

P-Settings Table

P-Setting Function Settings Default
P0 Wheel diameter 10
P5 Start mode 0: zero start 1: kick to start 0
P6 Cruise control 0: off 1: on
P7 Acceleration 0: fast 5: slow 0
P8 Power level 1: slowest 100: fastest 100
P9 Battery saver 1: max 2: mix 3: none
P10 (PA) Electronic brake strength 0: off 5: max

Lights

Close up shot of Thunder electric scooter LED taillights

The Thunder has low-mounted front and rear button LED lights. It also has swag stem lighting and underside deck LEDs. All the lights are surprisingly bright and can be controlled by an included remote.

However, the forward-facing lights do not project far enough ahead for safely riding at speed at night. If you plan to ride regularly at night, we recommend additional lighting for safety.

Tires

Close up of Dualtron Thunder in the sand at the beach

The stock 11-inch tubeless mini motorcycle tires can go off-road, but are fairly smooth and really designed for maximum traction on hard, paved surfaces. For scooter motocross, you can always swap the Thunder’s stock tires for some knobby ones.

The tires have an ultra-wide 4-inch contact patch with the road and make it easy to balance and manage the scooter at speed. The large 11.0-inch diameter and Dualtron rubber suspension will help you roll over sizable urban or off-road obstacles safely.

Though these are some of the thickest, most durable electric scooter tires we’ve encountered, they are pneumatic, and you can still benefit from flat tire preventative maintenance.

Deck

Close up of Dualtron Thunder deck

The Dualtron Thunder has a huge 12-inch wide deck for maximum stability and confidence at high speeds. The extra-wide size expands the possible foot positions on this scooter and ensures that you’ll always be able to get in the most stable position for your riding circumstance.

Build Quality

The Dualtron Thunder is built to last. The only minor issue we notice, common to all Dualtrons, is play in the steering that is amplified along the length of the steering neck. This is what we refer to as the “Dualtron wobble.”

Other than that, expect that you’re getting your money’s worth in quality.

Dualtron Thunder: Review Conclusions

Dualtron Thunder with Golden Gate Bridge in the background

The Dualtron Thunder is one of the most powerful, premium electric scooters you can buy. Aside from the ridiculous Dualtron X, the Dualtron Thunder is the most powerful scooter from MiniMotors.

The Thunder has absolutely brutal acceleration and build quality to withstand all the punishment you can dish out.

Read more: review and comparison of MiniMotors Dualtron scooters.

If the Dualtron Thunder doesn’t appeal to you, see our alternative scooter suggestions. You can also check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.

Our content is independent, but buying through our links may earn us a commission.

MiniMotors Dualtron Thunder Specifications

Note: These specification are provided by the manufacturer and may differ from our real-world testing.

MakeMinimotors
ModelDualtron Thunder
Weight95 lb
Folded dimensions48 by 12 by 21 in
Motor power, continuous5400 W
Top speed50 mph
Range80 mi
Battery capacity2060 Wh
Battery recharge time5 to 20 hrs
Max rider weight330 lb
Brake typeDisc + Disc
Tire type11.0 in Pneumatic (Tubeless) + Pneumatic (Tubeless)
Built-in lightsFront + Rear
Water resistanceNone

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