Inokim Light 2: More Than Just Good Looks

Inokim Light 2 electric scooter
Inokim Light 2 electric scooter - close-up, display on, thumb throttle, handlebar
Inokim Light 2 electric scooter - close-up, display off, thumb throttle
Inokim Quick 4 Super - Rear taillight on rear fender, rear tire, close-up
Tail light and fender of Inokim Light 2
Light 2 electric scooter drum brakes
Close up of Light 2 LCD and accelerator
Inokim Light 2 handlebars and cockpit area with brake levers and accelerator
Inokim Light 2 deck and tires
Folded Light 2 electric scooter in the sunset
Inokim Light 2 in the folded configuration
Close up of electric scooter cantilevered folding mechanism
Close up of Inokim pneumatic tires
Front wheel of the Light 2 electric scooter
Inokim Light 2 electric scooter locked to pole, cropped view
Man locking Inokim Light 2 electric scooter to a biek rack
Inokim Light 2 electric scooter
Inokim Light 2 electric scooter - close-up, display on, thumb throttle, handlebar
Inokim Light 2 electric scooter - close-up, display off, thumb throttle
Inokim Quick 4 Super - Rear taillight on rear fender, rear tire, close-up
Tail light and fender of Inokim Light 2
Light 2 electric scooter drum brakes
Close up of Light 2 LCD and accelerator
Inokim Light 2 handlebars and cockpit area with brake levers and accelerator
Inokim Light 2 deck and tires
Folded Light 2 electric scooter in the sunset
Inokim Light 2 in the folded configuration
Close up of electric scooter cantilevered folding mechanism
Close up of Inokim pneumatic tires
Front wheel of the Light 2 electric scooter
Inokim Light 2 electric scooter locked to pole, cropped view
Man locking Inokim Light 2 electric scooter to a biek rack

Inokim Light 2

This Inokim Light 2 review is a deep dive into this premium ultraportable electric scooter, which is a marvel of quality, portability, and design.

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 20.7 mph*
Tested range: 16.0 mi*
Weight: 30 lb
Max rider weight: 220 lb
Water resistance: None

Highlights

Longest ranged ultraportable
Top notch build quality
Fantastic design
Lackluster power
Premium pricetag

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

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Our Take: a Premium, Near Perfect Ultraportable

The Inokim Light 2 is a premium scooter designed by the legendary Nimrod Sapir, which many consider to be the father of electric scooters. The Light 2 is an ultraportable electric scooter that is designed to be very easy to use and ride.

It incorporates a lot of features like the thumb-style throttle, easy locking slot, and low center-of-gravity deck, which make it a pleasure to use and a smart city commuter.

It’s the type of scooter you’d expect to see businessmen (and businesswomen) riding in nice clothes and bringing them into their offices.

However, its nice looks and a refined design come at a premium, making it one of the priciest ultraportables on the market.

Is it worth it? If you love the looks and want a refined ultraportable — yes. Looking at the Inokim Light 2, we hope this is the future of the industry as it represents the top-tier of design and safety. For others, the design and quality will be too subtle and the value may not be there.

Best Alternatives and Competitors

Model Top Speed** Range** Weight Price
Inokim Light 2 20.7 mph 16.0 mi 30 lb $1199
UScooters Booster GT 23.4 mph 15.2 mi 29 lb $1049
UScooters Booster V 23.9 mph 12.6 mi 25 lb $1199
UScooters Booster Sport 24.3 mph 11.8 mi 25 lb $799
Apollo Air Pro 18.8 mph 17.7 mi 35 lb $699

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

Inokim Light 2 Review

Performance Summary

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

Performance with 165 lb rider

Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)5.7 seconds
Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)13.9 seconds
Top speed20.7 mph
Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)11.9 feet
Range16.0 miles
Hill climb19.0 seconds

Acceleration

Front wheel of the Light 2 electric scooter

The Light 2 has a 350-watt electric motor that reaches 15 mph in 5.7 seconds but crawls to 20 mph in a sluggish 13.9 seconds.

When launching from a standstill, you’ll notice that it is kick-to-start (no zero-start), meaning that you must kick before the motor engages. This is both a safety and energy-conserving feature. On some scooters, like the stalwart M365, this feature can be tricky and leads to many false starts. However, it is implemented superbly on the Light 2, and we found kick-starting it to be both reliable and easy.

Compared to other scooters, the Light 2 is tuned for leisurely acceleration that is smooth and comfortable — not jerky. We note that the scooter starts off slower then pulls stronger as you get to higher speeds.

Hill Climb

From a standstill, the Light 2 completed our 200 ft, 10% grade hill climb test (165 lb rider) in 15 mph in 19.0 seconds with an average speed of 7.2 mph.

Compare with other scooters on our performance page.

Top Speed

We tested the top speed of the Inokim Light 2 to be 20.7 mph on the flat with a 165 lb rider.

Range

The Light 2 has a 374 watt hour lithium-ion battery. We tested the range of the light to be exactly 16.0 miles, making it the longest-ranged ultra-portable on the market today.

We test the range of every electric scooter on the same urban loop with a 165 lb rider. You can compare our real-world tests on the performance page.

Compare this scooter with every other one that we’ve ranged-tested on our performance comparison page.

Braking

Light 2 electric scooter drum brakes

The Light 2 is somewhat of an anomaly for an ultraportable scooter due to it having not one but two drum brakes.

These brakes are activated by levers on the handlebars, making them a great safety feature and readily available for rapid stopping in an emergency.

The Light 2 had a 15 mph braking distance of 11.9 feet — the best of any ultra-portable electric scooter we’ve tested.

Ride Quality

Inokim Light 2 deck and tires

Overall, the Inokim Light 2 is designed with ride quality and comfort in mind.

Starting with the deck, some things about this scooter are just different and better. The deck has exceptionally low ground clearance — only 2.3 inches by our measurements.

The downside is that you can’t drop off of curbs slowly without bottoming out. However, there is a massive advantage in terms of ride quality. The lower center-of-gravity makes for exceptional stability and handling at all speeds.

Despite its compact size, the deck is sizeable — 18.3-inches by 7.0-inches — giving you tons of room and elevating the overall comfort level. Simply put, this is a scooter that is very easy to ride.

The Light 2 has two large pneumatic tires that help to cushion your ride, yet lacks suspension. This means that the Light 2 can handle some rough roads, but is really best suited for riding on ones in good repair.

Inokim Light 2 Features

Portability

Inokim Light 2 in the folded configuration

According to our definition of ultraportable, the 30 lb Inokim Light 2 barely squeaks by. It is light enough to carry up a few flights of stairs before it feels like a workout.

The Light 2 folds into a 37-inch long by 10-inch wide package thanks to its folding handlebars and stem. This makes it one of the most compact ultra-portable electric scooters you can buy.

The handlebars fold down via a screw mechanism and only have a slight amount of play when they are locked into place.

Close up of electric scooter cantilevered folding mechanism

One of the very nice portability features of the Light 2 is the cantilevered folding mechanism that provides a cut-out for slipping a U-lock through.

Cockpit

Inokim Light 2 handlebars and cockpit area with brake levers and accelerator

One of the most distinguishing things about the Light 2 is its unique LCD throttle. This thumb throttle is one of the best in the electric scooter game. Holding the accelerator down for long periods is very comfortable. The LCD also saves its settings, so you don’t have to re-adjust your mode every time you power the scooter on and off.

Close up of Light 2 LCD and accelerator

The Inokim uses foam handlebar grips that are comfortable on long rides. They are reasonably thick and seem durable, but they may not be as resilient as harder rubber grips that we see on other scooters.

The other interesting thing you’ll notice about the cockpit area is that the handlebars are swept slightly backward, making for a more ergonomic grip angle.

Lights

The Light 2 has both front and rear lights. A cool feature is that the lights power on automagically at night time.

All lights on the Light 2 are low-mounted, meaning that you may want additional lights if you are riding around a lot at night.

See our guide to staying visible when riding at night.

Tires

Close up of Inokim pneumatic tires

The Light 2 has dual 8.5-inch pneumatic inner tube tires. These are supple and give excellent traction for riding in all conditions. We consider this to be the highest-performance type of tire.

However, the downside to air-filled tires is the risk of flats, though you can mitigate this by using tire slime.

Deck

The Inokim Light 2 has a massive deck for its size that offers 18.3-inches by 7.0-inches of standing space. The deck has 2.3-inches of ground clearance. The top of the deck is covered in rough grip tape that helps you stay firmly planted on it.

Build Quality

Folded Light 2 electric scooter in the sunset

The Light 2 maintains Inokim’s reputation for outstanding build quality, and the Light 2 is no exception.

Inokim scooters are among the best in the world when it comes to design and quality and rate right up there with E-TWOW/UScooters. Both brands would be rated higher than the Unagi or Xiaomi M365.

We really appreciate the novel stem design. The stem has an interesting blade design that gives the scooter a unique look but is also functional. Elongating the stem in the direction you push and pull on the handlebars, creates additional strength and stiffness in the direction that you need, which contributes to the overall feeling of stability when riding. It also helps the stem not to twist, something other scooters with round necks are prone to experiencing.

Inokim really nails even the smallest details like the covers to the wheels. Compared to other scooters, which have a plastic fender or a rubber cap, Inokim created something that looks good and is functional — this is the essence of design. When we say Inokim is the best-designed scooters, this is the type of thing we are referring to.

Materials from top to bottom are top-notch, and we have had zero issues with the scooter, something rare as we always find something. Fenders are perfectly placed and don’t rub the wheel.

One issue that we have heard about which applies to the Inokim electric scooters, in general, are problems with the controller. Though this is specific to the Light 2, if you buy from a reputable dealer, this should not be a concern.

Inokim Light 2: Review Conclusions

Tail light and fender of Inokim Light 2

The Inokim Light 2 is a well-designed scooter that setting the bar in the ultra-portable category. It isn’t the fastest but it is the best-designed and will be very appealing to some riders.

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

If the Inokim Light 2 isn’t what you’re looking for, check out our suggested alternative scooters. You can also check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.

Inokim Light 2 Specifications

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

MakeInokim
ModelLight 2
Weight30 lb
Folded dimensions37 by 10 by 14 in
Motor power, continuous350 W
Top speed21 mph
Range20 mi
Battery capacity374 Wh
Battery recharge time5 hrs
Max rider weight220 lb
Brake typeDrum + Drum
Tire type8.5 in Pneumatic (Inner Tube) + Pneumatic (Inner Tube)
Built-in lightsFront + Rear
Water resistanceNone

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