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TravelScoot - 35 lbs!
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Looking for the lightest mobility scooter on the market right now?
We’ve done the research and picked the top 5 lightweight models for an in-depth review. Whether you want the world’s lightest mobility scooter or simply need one light enough for easy transport, our test results will help you make an informed buying decision to get the best product for your needs, wants, and wallet.
We ran tests over the course of a week for everything from drive range and top speed, to comfort, style, ease of transport and more to narrow the field down to a handful of impressive winners. In this article we’ll look at each scooter in more detail, who they’re best for, what to look out for, and the pros and cons to be aware of.
The Top 5 Lightest Scooters In 2020
Here are our favourite mobility scooters 55 lbs and under:
|TravelScoot||35 lbs||World's Lightest||See It|
|EV Rider Transport||44 lbs||Budget Friendly||See It|
|Glion SNAPnGO||48 lbs||Best For Travel||See It|
|TRIAXE SPORT||55 lbs||Longest Range||See It|
|Transformer Automatic Folding Scooter||55 lbs||Best Automatic Folding||See It|
Our Lightweight Scooter Reviews
The TravelScoot earns the award for lightest mobility scooter in the world, hitting the scales at a diminutive 35 pounds. But don’t let the light weight three wheel scooter fool you, this German-engineered machine is a serious piece of kit.
Boasting a weight capacity of 320 pounds (plus luggage), the TravelScoot is made from rust-resistant aircraft grade aluminum with minimal bells and whistles, which gives it a great deal of strength in an extremely lightweight package.
With an FAA-approved battery that weights only 4 lbs, and the ability to fold the scooter down small enough that it will fit just about anywhere, the TravelScoot makes for an excellent travel scooter suitable for air planes, trains, and automobiles. To fold the TravelScoot, you simply remove the seat and then fold the handles down so they’re flat inline with the triangle base. In our tests it took about 23 seconds to fold the scooter.
What I really like about this model is it comes with an adjustable height seat, handles, and backrest. This means that no matter what your height — whether you’re 5′, 6’5″, or anywhere in between — you can adjust everything to get a good fit.
The only real problem we found with the TravelScoot is the seat is not very comfortable. It’s fine for short distances and for zipping around stadiums or airports, but I wouldn’t want to be sitting on it for hours at a time. The other small complaint some people have is the drive range. A full charge of the battery will give you a driving range of between 7 and 14 miles, depending on your weight and usage.
But if light weight is your primary concern then it’s hard to go past the TravelScoot because it’s a good 7 lbs lighter than the next model in our tests, and an excellent overall performer.
Why we love it:
- The lightest mobility scooter in the world — just 35 lbs!
- Weight capacity of up to 320 lbs
- 4.5 mph top speed is faster than the average person walks
- Suitable for people from 5′ to 6’5″ tall
- Max drive range of up to 14 miles
- Adjustable seat, steering column, and backrest
- Storage bag included
- Folds small enough to fit into any car
- FAA-approved lithium-ion battery weighs just 4 lbs
What could be improved:
- Drive range drops off considerably if you weigh over 230 lbs
- Seat is not very comfortable for long trips
Weighing in at 42 lbs, the EV Rider Transport is the second lightest mobility scooter in our review. And while it may weigh 20% more than the TravelScoot, it can generally be found a little cheaper, and it’s a decent overall performer that’s available in four great looking colours.
The EV is another three wheel scooter designed primarily for indoor use. With a tight turning radius of 31 inches and a compact design that folds small enough to fit in the trunk of most cars, it’s perfect to get you places other larger scooters can’t go.
With a top speed of 3.8mph this scooter is a little faster than the average person walks, so you’ll have no trouble keeping up with the crowd. But you won’t win any races as it’s one of the slower scooters in our review.
On the downside, the max drive range of 10 miles can mean you only get a couple of hours use before it needs to be recharged, which can take a couple of hours. But for short trips out and about — or situations where you just need the scooter to get you from A to B — this is not really an issue.
Overall the EV Transport is a good budget-friendly lightweight option. And for the style-conscious shopper you’ll be pleased to know it comes in four different colours — purple, blue, red, and copper.
Why we like it:
- Weights just 42 pounds with battery
- Available in 4 colours
- Excellent 31-inch turning radius makes it perfect for indoor use
- 3.8 mph top speed
- Folds easily and fits in the trunk of most automobiles
What could be improved:
- Max drive range of 10 miles
- Weight capacity is only 250 pounds
- Only 1.4″ ground clearance
If you’re looking for the best lightweight scooter for travel, and don’t mind adding a few extra pounds in exchange for extra convenience, then the Glion SNAPnGO Travel Scooter is our top choice.
Tipping the scales at 48-pounds, the Glion is a little heavier than the ultra lightweight TravelScoot, but is faster to fold up and down — important when you’re in a busy airport — and can be carried around like a rolling suitcase which makes it extremely easy to transport.
Equipped with a comfortable deluxe seat and 8-inch tyres which feature a honeycomb interior (which means they cannot go flat) the SNAPnGO provides a smooth ride on most indoor and outdoor surfaces. Braking is provided by both an electronic motor brake which automatically starts to apply as soon as you release the throttle, and a manual brake level which applies the rear drum brakes.
You’ll get up to 12 miles driving on the Glion before needing a recharge. Like all lithium-ion batteries, this actual distance will depend on a number of factors such as the driver weight, road surface, inclines, wind, and driving style. A 7 mph standard top speed can be programmatically increased to 10 mph for the dare devils out there.
Overall we were really impressed with the Glion SNAPnGO and it gets our top pick for the best travel scooter. It’s fast, lightweight, FAA-approved, and super portable.
Why we like it:
- Lightweight at only 48-pounds
- Weighs just 31-pounds without the battery and seat
- FAA compliant so good for travel
- 300-pound weight capacity
- Up to 10 mph top speed
- 12 mile drive range
- Lithium-ion battery weighs only 4-pounds
- 8-inch “no flat” tyres
What could be improved:
- Not as powerful as a full-size mobility scooter
- Small learning curve to use it on inclines
If airline travel is not high on your priority list and you’re more interested in a scooter with enough drive range to go all day and night, then the Triaxe Sport will be right up your alley.
Weighing in at 55 pounds and boasting a weight capacity of 350 lbs, top speed of 12 mph, and best in class drive range of up to 35 miles, the Triaxe packs a lot of punch into a neat little package. Riding around town you quickly get a sense of why this is fast becoming one of the more popular lightweight scooters.
The solid 8-inch front wheel features full suspension and is matched with two large 9.5-inch rear wheels equipped with powerful disc brakes that provide excellent stopping power. Two smaller castor wheels are fitted on the sides of the scooter to help prevent tip over when turning sharply.
Something I love about the Triaxe is it’s design reminds me of the old mini motorbikes that were popular in the 1980’s. Maybe it’s the exposed frame and battery. Or the proportion of handle to seat. Or perhaps it’s just the throttle accelerator? No matter what it is, the Triaxe has a very nostalgic cool design that looks nothing like a “mobility” aid, which I know many people will appreciate.
On the downside, all that drive range comes at a cost. Because the battery is so powerful it is not approved for on-board flight by the FAA. So it’s obviously not as good for travel as the TravelScoot or SNAPnGO. However, an aftermarket travel battery is available if you do wish to take it with you on an airplane. Just be aware these are not cheap and the lower power battery means a shorter drive range.
Overall the Triaxe Sport was my personal favourite scooter to ride. It’s comfortable, speedy, looks fantastic, and gives you enough battery life to cruise around all day without worry.
Why we like it:
- Longest drive range in it’s class — up to 35 miles!
- Zippy 12 mph top speed
- Big 350 pound weight capacity
- Rear disc brakes
- Pull out luggage rack
- Tight 34″ turning radius
- Comes standard with a cup holder and cane holder
- Cool design doesn’t look like a “mobility” aid
What could be improved:
- The battery light indicator is not very accurate
- A little more expensive than some of the other options
- Standard battery is not FAA approved. (Travel battery available.)
The only lightweight four-wheel scooter in our lineup, the Transformer Automatic Folding Scooter also features perhaps the coolest feature we’ve ever seen… remote control automatic folding.
Like something out of a James Bond film, with a single press of the remote control the scooter transforms from a suitcase-size package to a completely functional scooter in seconds. Press the button again and the process reverses and it’s ready for transport. Very handy for anyone who has difficultly folding and unfolding manual scooters. And a real head turner when out in public!
Being a four wheeler, the Transformer by Solax is a little more stable than the other three wheel models here in our review. So it’s more confidence inspiring when taking turns and is much less likely to tip over if you accidentally go too fast. On top of this, the relatively slow 3.75 mph top speed means it’s fairly difficult to put yourself in a dangerous situation. So top marks for safety.
The Transformer comes with a lithium-ion battery similar to others in this review which makes it airline friendly. The only thing to keep in mind if you plan on traveling solo with this scooter is the weight. At 55 pounds it’s at the top end of the lightweight category and if you need to lift it in and out of the trunk of your car you might need assistance.
All in all, we were really impressed with the Solax Transformer and it’s great to see a four-wheel scooter making our 55 pound weight cutoff. Highly recommended for anyone who is concerned about stability and wants the extra safety of a lightweight four wheeler.
Why we love it:
- Weighs just 55-pounds with battery
- Automatic folding via remote control
- Folds to suitcase size
- Airline-friendly battery
- Good 300-pound weight capacity
What could be improved:
- Relatively slow 3.75 mph top speed
- Automatic folding adds to the price
Lightweight Mobility Scooter Buying Guide
We’ve invested dozens of hours researching the best lightweight scooters, looking at all the most popular models as well as some of the more obscure makes you might not see talked about often. Testing and comparing different scooters against each other to determine the most important factors you need to consider when buying a new mobility scooter.
Based on our research, we found the most important things to look for are:
Three Wheel Vs Four Wheel
Due to the weight reduction you get by removing a wheel, most of the lightweight scooters you’ll find are three wheel models. Not only are they lighter, but three wheelers tend to have tighter turning radius’ which makes them particularly well-suited to indoor use. Of course, having only a single wheel at the front means you lose some stability and therefore three wheel scooters are more prone to tipping over, especially on hills or when turning sharply. Four wheelers on the other hand give you more stability at the cost of a little more weight.
Weight With Battery
In this review we have listed scooter weights including the battery. Some manufacturers will try and get a little cute by focusing your attention on the weight of the scooter without the battery. However batteries are heavy and can add rather significantly to the weight of the unit. So when comparing models always make sure you’re looking at the total weight of the scooter including the battery, seat, and any other accessories you plan on using.
Other than driver weight, battery power is the main factor in the driving range of your scooter. Unfortunately, batteries are heavy. So to make the lightest possible scooter, manufacturers must make a compromise between weight and drive range.
You’ll want to carefully think about how you plan on using your scooter and exactly how far it will need to take you before needing to recharge. The recharging process usually takes a couple of hours — most people will simply leave their scooter to charge overnight — so for maximum convenience you’ll want to purchase a scooter with enough battery to get you through your entire day.
Some other factors that may or may not be in your control that will determine how much life you get out of a charge include the weight of the driver, whether you are driving mainly on flat or incline terrain, how smooth the road surface is, and your driving style.
The average person walks at a pace of around 3 mph. So if you’re mainly using your scooter indoors or in areas where there are other pedestrians then a top speed of 3-4 mph is more than enough for you to blend into the crowd smoothly. In fact, if your reaction times are not what they used to be then top speeds in excess of this can become dangerous both to the driver and other people on the road.
On the other hand, if you’re going to be driving over larger distances or where there aren’t as many other people around then a higher top speed can help you get places faster and might be something you put a larger emphases on.
Comfort can be one of the more difficult factors to measure because it’s often a very individual thing. It can depend on your height, weight, body proportions, and personal preferences. What is comfortable for one person might be downright painful for another, and vice versa. That said, you can generally get a good idea of how a scooter is going to ride based on the overall reviews from other people.
Hot tip: Amazon has a great feature on their product pages titled “Have a question?” where you can type in a keyword such as “comfort” and it will spit out all the reviews that mention this word. This can help you see what other people just like you think of the product.
Storage & Accessories
In reducing weight, usually one of the first things to go is the accessories. While other fully-featured scooters often come with multiple baskets, bags, drink holders, and other attachments, their lightweight counterparts are much more streamlined. Have a think about what personal items you’ll need to carry with you and make sure the scooter you buy has somewhere to store them while you’re driving.
A lightweight mobility scooter is a must-have piece of assistive technology for many people. The key is finding a model that’s light enough for easy travel and transport, yet with enough battery power, storage, and functionality to suit your lifestyle and keep up with you throughout your day.
No matter what your priorities and situation, we’re sure you’ll find a perfect match with one of the models here in our review.