The Swagtron Swagger 5 is an electric scooter made for urban commuting. It’s lightweight, foldable, and packed with features that make it perfect for anyone looking to get around town in style. With a range of up to 19 kilometers, the Swagger 5 offers a reliable and efficient way to get around town, and its adjustable handlebars and responsive braking system make it a fun ride.
In this review, we’ll look at the features, performance, and value of the Swagtron Swagger 5 electric scooter.
The 250-watt electric motor on the Swagger 5 is built into the front wheel and is pretty quiet. The scooter is surprisingly quick to speed up, and it can be started quickly in its default “zero-start” mode. Up to about 16 km/h, the electric motor picks up speed pretty quickly.
After that, it takes quite a bit longer to reach its top speed. Even 26 km/h feels fast and is probably all you need for a short commute to work.
The real range of the Swagger 5 is 13.8 kilometers. This is less than what Swagtron says it can do, which is 19 kilometers in ideal conditions. The Swagger 5 has a lithium-ion battery pack with 216 watt hours, which is a good size for a cheap scooter. Its closest competitor in price, the Gotrax GXL V2, has only a – battery, but tests show it can go 16.3 km.
But because the Swagger 5 can go faster (the GXL V2’s top speed is about 23 km/h), its bigger battery drains much faster. If you ride it at one of the slower speeds, you’ll get a lot more distance.
The Swagtron Swagger 5 Boost doesn’t have suspension, but it’s honeycomb tires can’t be punctured and have a lot of give when the road is bumpy or a little wild. At first glance, it might not look like much. But the inside structure of its tires makes sure they can hold your weight, and the scooter as a whole makes sure you don’t feel any pain as you drive over bumpy roads.
The Braking System
The Swagger 5 has an electric brake on the front wheel and a disc brake on the back wheel. The electronic brake either works or doesn’t work when the brake lever is pulled. When you pull down on the brake lever, it feels cheap and has some resistance. The housing for the brake cable is long and twisted, which is probably what makes the cable drag.
The brakes were very loose right out of the box, and the tension screw had to be adjusted. Because the brake cable is twisted, the adjustment screw is under a lot of pressure. This made it hard to adjust by hand, but it wasn’t a problem in any other way.
Overall, the Swagger 5 is a very portable scooter, but it’s not as portable as the Glion Dolly or the UScooters Booster V. The most important thing it doesn’t have is folding handlebars, which would make it easier to store. This isn’t usually a problem, unless you try to bring it on a crowded commuter train where space is at a premium.
The Swagger 5 weighs 12 kgs. When it is folded, it is 114 cm long, 43 cm wide, and 48 cm tall. It’s small enough that most cars can put it in the trunk. Both the folding mechanism and the latching mechanism are the same as on the M365 and a few other scooters. When locked in place, this folding mechanism is strong, and the handlebars feel stable.
Folding is easy and quick: just turn a plastic safety collar and pull down on a lever. A mechanism on the handlebars locks into a hitch on the rear fender, making it possible to carry the stem. When it’s folded, most people will be able to carry it up a flight of stairs without any trouble.
The Battery Life
The Swagtron Swagger 5 can go about 8.5 miles before it needs to be charged again. Even though this isn’t a bad range, it’s less than what Swagtron says it can do in ideal conditions, which is 12 miles. But the Swagtron Swagger 5 has one of the shortest battery recharge times among other scooters.
It takes 3.5 hours, which is about the same as the Glion Dolly Foldable Lightweight Adult Electric Scooter but a little longer than the URB-E folding electric scooter, which takes 2 to 3 hours. The Swagtron Swagger 5 is one of the best electric scooters in terms of how long it takes to charge. It will keep you moving without having to be charged overnight.
In the middle of the cockpit is a bright LED display that shows information about the speed, battery life, and Bluetooth pairing. This is better than the more expensive Xiaomi, which only shows the status of the battery and needs the Bluetooth app on the phone to do anything else.
The Swagger 5 has a single button right under the screen that turns the scooter on, controls gear, and turns on the lights. The gear is just a mode that limits how fast the scooter can go. In gear 3, the scooter can go up to a speed of 29 km/h. The grips are attached to the side of the stem with screws.
They tend to become loose on their own, which is annoying. Unscrewing the handlebars was a great way to get the bike into a car that was already full. If you do this, make sure that the plastic ring that goes into the side of the thumb throttle doesn’t fall out when the right handlebar is removed.
With the Swagger App, you can use Bluetooth to connect your phone to the scooter. The scooter can be used without it, which is a good thing. A lot of people don’t want to use their phones while driving. If you want to do this, the Swagger 5 comes with a free phone holder. The app doesn’t add much to the scooter, just like the M365.
The main benefit is that you don’t have to tap out the morse code on the power button to change the lights, change gear modes, or lock the scooter. You can also turn off the powered start mode with the app. Turning this off will help you get a lot further on your scooter because it takes a lot of energy to get you moving.
The scooter has a high-mounted LED light that faces forward and lights on the rear fender. As with electric scooters, the rear light is low on the fender and hard to see from far away.
When it comes to the tires for the Swagger 5, Swagtron has chosen a middle-of-the-road option. Tires that measure 20.3 centimeters come with the scooter. The front tire has air in it, while the back tire has an airless honeycomb structure inside. Since rear tires tend to get flats more often, this is a good compromise between speed and maintenance.
When it’s wet, scooters with air-filled tires are easier to control and ride better. But they have a chance of going flat. Slime is an easy way to prevent or fix most flat tires. Because the back tire gets flats more often, making it airless makes the scooter easier to take care of. The front tire can also make the ride smoother on bumpy roads and has better grip.
Both tires did a great job in light rain. The honeycomb-shaped tire on the back never lost its grip.
The Swagger 5 has a rubberized deck that is 44.2 centimeters long and 15.2 centimeters wide. This is enough to be comfortable, but it is on the smaller side.
The aluminum frame of the Swagger 5 Boost is surprising because it can hold up to 320 pounds of rider weight. It’s also waterproof to IPX4 standards, but it’s only 26.5 lbs. Even though it’s light, you shouldn’t judge this electric scooter by how it looks, because it works much better than what you might think.
For what it’s worth, this strong and durable electric scooter defies what people may think of it because it can easily get through tough roads and terrains. It looks good and is strong, and it also has a lot of great features and functions. When it comes in a box to your door, all you have to do is take it out, prop up the neck, and lock it into place.
If the battery needs to be charged, you’re good to go. Many people love the Swagtron Swagger 5 Boost because it is so easy to set up and use. On top of that, every part of it is designed in a way that shows engineering creativity. The Swagtron Swagger 5 Boost is pretty tough, especially since it can hold up to 320 pounds.
The aluminum used to make the frame is better than expected. The fact that it doesn’t get wet helps make it a hassle-free and low-maintenance electric scooter that’s very cheap for what it can do.
Quality of the Ride
Compared to what you pay for it, it gives you a nice ride. Since it doesn’t work as well or last as long as the M365, Swagtron was smart to price it a few hundred dollars less. The tubeless pneumatic tires make it less likely that you will get a flat. However, if you do get a flat, you will have to order a new rubber tire instead of just getting a new tube at your local bike shop.
When riding on bumpy roads, the air-filled tires absorb some of the shock. But it wasn’t good at riding off-road, and after just a few seconds it was too bumpy for me. The scooter is easy to move around, and it folds up and locks into the back wheel cover to make it more stable when it’s folded up.
It has a nice screen that looks like the screen on the M365, but is a bit wider. On the screen, you can see information about your driving in real time and how much power you still have. The mobile app works as it should, and you can change the scooter to your liking with it. The best thing about it is that you can control how fast it goes, which makes it a good model for a teenager.
Should You Charge Your Swagtron Swagger 5 Every Night?
You don’t have to charge your scooter everyday or every time you ride it. The best way to use a battery is to keep it between 30% and 80% full. But if you’re going on a long ride, you should fully charge the scooter.
Should You Charge Your Swagtron Swagger 5 After Every Ride?
When you use an electric scooter until the batteries are completely dead, you hurt them and shorten their life. This is why it’s best to fully charge the device every time, so it doesn’t run out of power by the end of the ride. This will help prolong the life of the battery and keep it running efficiently.
The Swagtron Swagger 5 is a great electric scooter for both adults and teenagers. It has a good range, fast acceleration, a strong and durable frame, and is waterproof to IPX4 standards. It’s easy to use, has a good battery life, and comes with a free phone holder. It’s also affordable and easy to set up.
The only downside is that it is a bit bulky when folded up, so it may not be ideal for crowded public transportation. But overall, the Swagtron Swagger 5 is an excellent electric scooter for anyone looking for a reliable and affordable way to get around town.