This Turbant X7 review is an in depth-look at the X7 — a light weight electric scooter with a removable lithium ion battery pack. The scooter is compact and budget-priced.
Turboant Review: Highlights
The Turboant X7 is the latest scooter in a recent trend of scooters that features a removable battery pack. The scooter is sturdy and has some of the features we really like: three independent braking mechanisms, flat-resistant tubeless pneumatic tires, and a removable battery pack.
The 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) 230 Wh battery will give you around 9 miles of real-world range in the fastest sport mode setting.
- Flat-resistant tubeless pneumatic tires
- Removable battery
- Very solid stem and folding mechanism
- Lackluster range from single battery alone
Turboant X7 Review
The Turboant X7packs a single moderately powerful 350 watt electric motor that offers reasonable acceleration, top speed and hill climbing ability.
With zero-start enabled, the Turboant has average acceleration and a touch of noticeable lag before the motor really launches you. The motor is fairly quiet even at top speed or under high torque conditions.
The Turboant has a claimed top speed of around 20 miles per hour and we were able to get very close to this. It gets up to 16 miles an hour very quickly then acceleration slows down as it creeps toward its top speed.
On a steep 10% grade hill, the Turboant climbed about as well as scooters with 250 to 350 watt motors. On steeper hills or if the hill is sustained, you can expect that you might have to help kick the scooter to keep progressing.
The X7 has a claimed 16 mile range range, but in our experience it will be closer to 9 miles for a realistic urban commute in Sport mode. In the Eco mode, you will get much further range.
The Turbant X7 has a triple-redundant braking system consisting of: an electronic brake, disc brake, and foot brake.
A hand lever controls the electronic and disc brake simultaneously. The lever itself has some slop in it and noticeable brake cable drag when you pull down on it.
The electronic brake has about 1/2 second of lag. Out of the box, we had to tighten up the disc brake which was loose and rubbing noise.
Overall, the redundancy is appreciated for safety reasons. The braking distance for this scooter is on par with other scooters in its price class.
The Turboant has very good ride quality and smooth roads. Thanks to the large pneumatic tires, the Turboant does provide some damping on rough roads though you will still get some significant road vibrations.
Turboant X7 Features
The lightweight battery pack (about 3 lbs) is removed from the scooter by opening the display. Under the display is a twist cap that we struggled with at times. However, once that is off, you simple pull up on handle and the battery comes right out.
The lithium ion battery pack has notches cut into it to ensure that you can only install it in the correct orientation.
Overall, changing the battery is very quick on the Turboant. Even someone with no mechanical knowledge can learn to do it. A fully-chraged replacement battery is light enough to carry with you.
Weighing in at 27 lbs, the Turboant is similar to other 350 watt electric scooters with removable battery packs. Because the stem is rather thick and is weighted due to the battery, the scooter is a little harder to carry that others.
The folded size is 42-inches x 17-inches x 17-inches — about the same as other compact scooters. This should be fairly easy to carry into building and onto public transit. The main thing you have to pay attention to is the handlebars which have a tendency to bump into things.
Stem folding mechanism
One of the shining features of the Turboant is a very sturdy stem folding mechanism. It is much thicker and stronger than other quick folding mechanisms like it.
When locked into place there is nearly no play in the handlebars and steering feels really good.
The folding mechanism is a plastic twist collar (for added safety) and a standard metal latch.
To fold you twist the safety collar then pull down the latch. Because the latch is fairly hefty, you’ll have to pull quite hard to loosen it. This is the downside to having such a stiff stem with no wobble.
The neck of the scooter has a hook that engages with the rear fender, locking the scooter in a folded position for easy carrying.
The cockpit has a bright central LED display with simple controls for mode, lights, power and changing the P-settings.
The rubberized throttle is nice and has power and mode buttons integrated into it. The throttle also integrates a cruise control feature that is enabled by default. This is good for long stretches of road, but can catch you off guard (even with its audible beep).
The handlebars, which are one of the few things you have to install, are covered in textured rubber and have average quality. They do have a tendency to loosen up while you are riding and you may have to re-tighten them.
Turboant X7 P Settings
The X7 has the following P-settings that can be adjusted using the display console. There are speed units, cruise control and kick (zero) start.
- P0: Mph / Kmh
- P1: Cruise Control On / Off
- P2: Kick Start Required On / Off
The X7 has both front and rear built-in LED lights. The taillight flashes when the brake is activated. Though these are sufficient to help you see at night, it is advisable to use a brighter lights if you ride in the dark regularly.
Read our complete guide to riding an electric scooter at night.
We really like the Turboant’s 8.5-inch tubeless pneumatic tires.
Tubeless tires have all the benefits of pneumatic tires, but have stronger sidewalls and are more flat resistant. You don’t have to worry about pinch flats (where the inner tube becomes pinched internally and punctures). We also have a higher success rate repairing tubeless tires with tire slime with tire slime.
Learn more: preventing and repairing flats with slime.
The X7 has good build quality and the stem and folding mechanism in particular are quite solid. Some of the little touches like the handlebars and other plastic pieces are just average. The scooter is fairly quiet and all mechanical parts are smooth.
Turboant offers a one year warranty on the X7 which excludes the battery. However if you sign up on their website you also get a six month battery warranty.
We don’t have any experience with their customer services and don’t know how reliably they honor their warranty. If you have any experiences with them we’d love to hear from you.
Turboant X7 Review: Conclusions
The Turboant X7 is an inexpensive electric scooter with a removable battery pack that gives at least 9 miles of real world range. The battery pack is light enough to carry an extra one in a backpack and can be installed when the scooter runs out of power.
The X7 has a sturdy folding mechanism, redundant brakes, and acceptable performance.
It is currently one of the cheapest electric scooters with a removable battery.
Turboant X7 Specifications
|Weight||27 lb (12 kg)|
|Folded Dimensions||42 x 17 x 17 in (107 x 43 x 43 cm)|
|Motor power||350 watts nominal|
|Top speed||20 mph ( 19 kmh)|
|Range||15 mi (24 km)|
|Battery capacity||230 watt hours|
|Battery recharge time||2-3 hours|
|Max rider weight||270 lb (112 kg)|
|Brake type||Electronic, foot, disc|
|Tire type||Dual 8.5″ pneumatic tubeless|