Swagtron, maker of some of the most popular hoverboards and a couple models of pretty decent and cheap electric skateboards, also has started making electric scooters. They have two electric scooters on the market. Both are very similar – the Swagger and the Swagger Pro. Both of Swagtron’s electric scooters have the same form factor – the Pro model is just a bit faster with better battery life. This review is for Swagtron’s Swagger Pro model.
Swagtron became popular selling well made, reliable, and safe hoverboards when many on the market still had unreliable batteries, manufacturers in China that were impossible to contact, and a host of other problems. Has Swagtron’s experience helped them create a reliable, high quality electric scooter? Read the rest of our review to find out.
When you first take a look at the Swagger Pro, you’ll see it is very similar form factor to the popular Razor scooters. While Razor also makes a variety of electric scooters, the Swagger from Swagtron actually looks more similar to Razor’s non-electric versions. While Razor went with a cheaper, but larger, chain driven motor, the Swagger Pro uses an in-wheel hub motor. This let’s it keep a sleeker profile, providing easy storage and transport.
Before you can ride the Swagger Pro, there is a small amount of assembly required. The assembly is just around where the handlebars are. Screwing on the handlebars and a couple other small parts completes the setup. Once it is all set up, you’ll see even though the scooter resembles the Razor models, it is definitely designed for adults. Before we get on to how it rides though, let’s check out the specifications.
Swagger Pro Specifications
The Swagger Pro is built with similar modern parts to what you’d find in their hoverboards or electric scooters. It comes with a 250 watt hub motor in the front wheel. This electric motor can help you get to speeds of up to 16 miles per hour.
The frame of the Swagger Pro is made out of carbon fiber and steel, and it can support a maximum weight of 250 pounds. The battery is stored in the pole leading up to the handlebars, and provides for a maximum range of 5 to 18 miles. The total charging time for the Swagger Pro is listed at just 2.5 hours.
Swagger Pro Review
Swagtron’s other product lines come in at both ends of the spectrum. Their hoverboards are on the more expensive end, with the quality to match, while their electric skateboards are definitely on the cheaper end. Where do their electric scooters end up? Well, the Swagger Pro, the more expensive model, lies somewhere in the middle.
The Swagger Pro has a very solid build quality. The carbon fiber and steel frame is probably it’s best aspect. It also has a pretty intuitive control system – you control the motor with the handlebar throttle, and it has both a handlebar and back wheel break. One of the coolest features is the LED display on the handlebars that shows you your speed, battery level, and more.
Overall, the Swagger Pro rides pretty smoothly. Like similar electric scooters, you’ll have to push it a bit before the motor can kick in. (the motor won’t engage at under 4 miles per hour) However, it doesn’t quite meet some of it’s listed specs. From our testing, it seems to be on the lower end of the advertised 5-18 miles. It also doesn’t do too great on an incline, and won’t get up to the top speed of 16 miles per hour if you’re anywhere near the weight limit.
Even not quite matching up to some of its advertised specs, the Swagger Pro still has a lot going for it. It has a great riding experience, is easy to use, and has a really quick charging time. With an MSRP of $600, and often on Amazon for closer to $400 or even less, the Swagger Pro is definitely worth checking out for a cheaper last mile electric commuter. If you’re looking for an electric scooter for a child or for fun, there are probably better options out there though.
- Build Quality
- Charging time
- Easy to use controls
- Limited range and battery life
- 250 watt motor doesn’t deal well with inclines or with heavy riders
Overall, we give the Swagger Pro a solid, but not spectacular, 7 out of 10.