There are a ton of electric scooters on the market these days. Some of the biggest names in electric scooters are Segway, GoTrax, Razor, Hiboy, and….now Turbo. I was aware of Turboant but hadn’t really paid much attention to them. That’s until I got my hands on the Turboant M10 Lite.
This scooter, in my mind, is a game-changing entry-level commuter scooter. Why? Because it raises the bar of entry-level commuter scooters from GoTrax, Razor, and Segway.
When you are looking for an entry-level commuter scooter, you’re typically trying to find a cheap electric scooter that you can use to travel to and from work. And, most times, an inexpensive scooter means sacrificing build quality, features, ride stability, and overall longevity of the scooter.
After riding the Turboant M10 lite and many of the other entry-level commuter scooters from the other brands, I can tell you, the Turboant M10 Lite is different. Take a look at each of the features below.
In each section, I’ll explain why I think this scooter is different than competitors so you can see a distinct difference. Hopefully, you find this to be a valuable resource when choosing an inexpensive commuter scooter.
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Who Should Buy the Turboant M10 Lite?
There are a couple of people that I think should buy the Turboant M10 Lite. It is likely this is an ideal electric scooter for you if you have never had one before.
Perhaps you drive to work but gas prices are getting to be a bit too high. Or, maybe you drive to work and think you’d just like to reduce your carbon footprint. Maybe, you had a scooter but you want something with a few more bells and whistles.
In any case, you’re probably looking for inexpensive transportation to work.
You’ve probably found several of the other “mass market” scooter models from GoTrax, Segway, and Razor and you’re trying to determine the difference between scooters and wanting to understand one thing.
I can tell you, of all of the entry-level electric scooters, the M10 Lite is on a very short list of my favorite scooters. It checks nearly all of the boxes.back to menu ↑
Turboant M10 Lite Specs
|Speed||16 mph maximum speed|
|Motor||350W front hub motor|
|Headlights||1.5w white LED headlight|
|Product weight||31 lbs|
|Maximum Rider Weight||220 lbs|
|Tires||8.5” pneumatic with inner tubes|
|Brakes||Front electronic brake & rear disc brake|
Turboant M10 Lite – The Ultimate Lightweight Commuter Scooter with Tons of Features
The Turbo M10 Lite sets itself apart from other entry-level commuter scooters in a number of different ways.
Bang for your buck is paramount for many people when choosing the best entry-level commuter scooter. The Turboant M10 Lite gives you lots of features that most of the other scooters in the same category don’t.
First, the aluminum alloy frame makes is super light. The scooter weighs just 31 lbs. Also, most entry-level commuters don’t have LED tail lights.
I think if you’re going to be commuting, having taillights is essential to be seen by motorists and pedestrians. It’s wonderful that Turboant decided to include these on the M10 Lite.
If you’re riding to and from work on the M10 Lite, no doubt you’re going to encounter water. The IP54 water rating is higher than nearly all other scooters in the entry-level commuter scooter category.
Then, there’s the cool factor. I think it’s pretty neat that Turboant has its emblem on the deck that lights up when the scooter turns on. This is great for branding and also provides some ambient light when riding at night.
Finally, when it comes to differentiating this scooter from those in the field, there’s one feature I have not seen on ANY scooter, let alone an entry-level electric scooter.
The Turboant M10 Lite features a USB charging port. This USB port allows you to plug your phone into your scooter to charge it. This is a unique and very practical feature that I’m ecstatic to see on an electric scooter – very cool.
Range of the Turboant M10 Lite
The Turboant M10 Lite can travel up to 15.5 miles on a single charge. This is sufficient for many commuters who are using it to travel to and from work close to home. It is likely that you would need to charge the scooter when you got to work for your ride home but that shouldn’t deter you.back to menu ↑
This is one feature that most people don’t think about. They don’t think about it because they generally don’t ride two different scooters in the same day so they can see the stark differences. Since I have a ton of electric scooters and ride them all the time, the differences between models become really apparent.
The deck on the Turboant M10 Lite is really wide at 6.3 inches. There are very few inexpensive electric scooters that feature this wide of a deck. I suspect the other manufacturers are able to cut costs by having a more narrow deck. Turboany hasn’t cut any corners here.
This is another place where I think the M10 Lite stands out. This seems so silly but the diameter of the handlebars is greater than that of their competitors.
Why do the circumference of the handbag and handlebar grip matter? Comfort.
Having a larger circumference on the handlebar is just more comfortable to grip. I can’t really explain it better. It’s more substantial and makes the scooter feel stable. When you’re commuting, stability and comfort are two very important factors.
LED Screen / Tech Stack
The LED screen and tech stack on the M10 Lite is great. The screen and readout are large, bright, and easy to read. This is another place where competitors cut corners. Either they eliminate the screen altogether or they make it really small. The M10 Lite has a screen that you would typically see on a scooter that is over $500. Just under the LED screen are the power button and the LED headlight button.
The LED Screen features speed, battery level, and speed mode (eco mode or sport mode).back to menu ↑
Turboant M10 Lite USB charging port
I haven’t seen this feature on any other electric scooters. Surely, there are other models that feature a USB port but I’ve just not seen one yet.
What a great idea!
You’re riding your scooter home from work, you’ve been flapping your jaw talking on the phone all day and your phone is dead.
But, your wife asked you to stop at the grocery store on the way home. What was it she told you to get (I forget what my wife tells me to get at the store all the time)? In this instance, just plug your phone into the USB charging port to grab some juice and call your lady friend. Crisis averted!
That’s just one example. From a safety perspective, it’s nice to have the ability to charge your phone if something goes wrong and you need to call for help.
The M10 Lite utilizes pneumatic tires. First, I think that any scooter utilizing pneumatic tires generally provides a superior ride over scooters that use a front and rear solid tire. For an inexpensive commuter scooter, I’m really happy Turboant chose to use pneumatic tires on the M10 Lite.
Turboant M10 Lite Suspension
Look, ladies and gentlemen, you can’t have it all on an inexpensive scooter. This is one of (if not the) only places where Turboant decided they could save a few bucks on the development of the scooter.
I think that by having pneumatic tires, it’s completely fine not to have suspension given the fact that they wanted to produce a lightweight and inexpensive electric scooter.
The brakes are great. Love the rear disc brake. Braking is no issue. Plus the brake lever on the handlebar is large and more substantial than others you find on cheap electric scooters.
It sounds silly but having a bigger brake lever can also protect your hand in case you were to fall.
I also like that Turboant didn’t use a foot brake. I think having a foot brake is a cheap way to build a scooter. Having a disc brake is essential in my mind because braking quickly is important.back to menu ↑
The LED headlight is 1.5w and is round. The light provides ample brightness so that you can see in front of the scooter at night. It would be nice to see a little brighter light used here but, to be honest, the LED headlight on the M10 Lite is brighter than the other entry-level commuter scooters that I have ridden.back to menu ↑
Tail Lights and Deck Light
Here are two standout features of the M10 Lite. Most cheap electric scooters don’t feature tail lights. I think that safety is important and the inclusion of red LED brake lights (and reflectors on the side of the scooter) promotes visibility and, for that, I’m really pleased.
The Turboant M10 Lite also features a cool Turboant logo that’s in the middle of the deck. When the scooter is on, the logo illuminates. This provides that cool factor and a nice ambient light for when you are riding at night.
The M10 Lite does not have deck lights on the exterior of the deck. Honestly, I think those kinds of lights is cool but they don’t provide the same kind of visibility for motorists as the LED tail lights. So, I’m happy that Turboant chose to use taillights instead of using LED lights around the deck.
Most scooters in this class have cruise control. Since the M10 Lite is a commuter, I’m happy it features cruise control too.
However, they have added one little feature that I think is a differentiator over their competitors. Generally speaking, when you ride any scooter, in order to engage the cruise control, you have to hold the throttle down for about 8-10 seconds.
However, sometimes, I will be riding and let go of the throttle before the cruise control has been engaged. This is annoying because then I have to depress the throttle again and wait another 8-10 seconds for the cruise control to engage.
On the Turboant M10 Lite, there are audio signals to let you know cruise control has been engaged.
Similarly, when you disengage the cruise control either by squeezing the brake handle or touching the throttle again, there is an audio signal letting you know the cruise control has been disengaged.
This is another nice feature and one not seen on many other scooters, let alone scooters in this class.back to menu ↑
Portability and Weight of the Turboant M10 Lite
The portability and weight of the Turboant M10 Lite are one of the best features. The scooter weighs just under 31 lbs. Since it’s constructed with aluminum alloy, it’s a really light scooter but super durable. If you’re commuting and need to carry the M10 Lite up the stairs, it’s going to be a breeze when compared to other scooters in its class. Most other scooters with similar specs weigh close to 40 lbs.
Turboant M10 Lite Maximum Weight Capacity
Like most electric scooters that are entry-level commuters, the Turboant M10 Lite has a maximum rider capacity of 220 lbs. While I haven’t tested each scooter as to whether it breaks if you go over this weight limit, I think there’s some fudge factor built in. I have had my 10-year-old son who is about 80 lbs on the scooter with me (I’m 190 lbs) and there were zero issues. Please note, we weren’t riding it together, just standing on it together to see if there were any ill effects from all of the weight. Very scientific of us, right? HA!back to menu ↑
Quality of Construction
This is another area where this scooter shines. Often times inexpensive electric scooter models aren’t really built well. In order to keep costs down, manufacturers cut corners.
Almost every component on the M10 Lite feels substantial and if you look at the pictures on this site closely, you can tell the scooter is well constructed.
If I were to nitpick and say there is one thing that’s “cheap” on the scooter, I would say it’s the charging port cover. It’s a little flimsy but does the job. Outside of that one tiny thing, this scooter is solid and I’d never hesitate to buy it.back to menu ↑
The Turboant M10 Lite has a waterproof rating of IP54. This waterproof rating is higher than most scooters in it’s class. Most scooters have an IP4X rating which means they can withstand splashes.
The Turboant M10 Lite is protected from water spray in any direction according to this chart.
While I wouldn’t be using a hose to wash down the scooter, I certainly would feel more comfortable if I got caught in a rainstorm on my way home from work. If I had a scooter with an IP4X rating, you can guarantee I would pull over and seek shelter because I would be fearful the scooter would be short.
Battery and Charging Time
The M10 Lite charger takes about 4 – 5 hours to charge the scooter. The battery is mounted under the deck and has an output voltage of DC 36 V and a charging voltage of DC 42 V. Unfortunately, Turboant does not have a removable battery for this scooter. Having a removable battery would be nice on a commuter scooter so you could have a backup in case the primary battery died.
If you need to store the scooter for a long period of time, Turboant recommends that you fully charge the scooter first. By doing this the M10 Lite has a maximum storage time of 3 months.
Overall, you can expect battery life to be a couple of years.back to menu ↑
Turboant Bluetooth App
So, this is probably my only “complaint” about the Turboant M10 Lite. It’s got more features on the scooter than nearly every one of its competitors in the same space (entry-level commuter scooter). However, they don’t have an app for any of their scooters.
While having an app isn’t a deal breaker for me, it certainly is nice to have. I’ll keep crossing my fingers that Turboant adds Bluetooth connectivity and an app in the future.
Turboant M10 Lite Scooter Warranty
Every Turboant scooter comes with up to a 12-month warranty. They also have a 30-day return and refund policy.
Some of the components have a different warranty than others so you should familiarize yourself with what is covered by going here.
Speed Modes of the Turboant M10 Lite
There are riding modes of the Turboant M10 Lite. You can either ride in mode 1 (9 mph top speed) or mode 2 (16 mph maximum speed). I call mode 1 eco mode and mode 2, sports mode.
I like speed so I only ride in sports mode. However, if you wanted to conserve battery power to milk every last foot of the range, then you want to use eco mode. Or, if you have pre-teens that you don’t want zooming around at 16 mph, then you could use mode 1. I like having the optionality of different riding modes.
OTHER SCOOTERS TO CONSIDER
SPECIFICATION, COMPARISONS, and REVIEWS
|Razor Electric Scooter T25||15.5 mph||18 mi||27 lbs|
|GoTrax Apex||15.5 mph||15 mi||32.1 lbs|
|GoTrax XR Elite||15.5 mph||18 mi||31.88 lbs|
|GoTrax GXL V2||15.5 mph||9-12 mi||26.4 lbs|
|GoTrax G3||15.5 mph||18 mi||36 lbs|
|Segway F30||15.5 mph||18.6 mi||33 lbs|
|The Kugoo M2 Pro||20 mph||18.6 mi||34 lbs|
|Segway Ninebot ES4||18.6 mph||28 mi||30 lbs|
|Segway ES1 L||12.4 mph||12.4 mi||24.9 lbs|
|Segway E45||18.6 mph||28 mi||36.2 lbs|
|Segway Ninebot E22||12.4 mph||13.7 mi||29.8 lbs|
- Inexpensive electric scooter
- Wide deck
- USB charging Port
- Large LED screen
- Large diameter, wide handlebars
- Tail lights (not common on entry-level commuter scooters)
- Cool factor – illuminated Turboant logo on the deck
- Pneumatic tires provide a smooth ride over rough terrain
- No Bluetooth app
- Somewhat flimsy battery charger cover
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