There are now plenty of e-scooters around in every large and medium-sized city. If you are registered with one of the well-known providers, you can borrow one of these devices to get from A to B at will. However, there are also devices that can be purchased. They are particularly popular with people who commute and want to travel in an environmentally friendly way, away from traffic jams and stress. The iScooter E9 Pro, a more affordable model, is also aimed at this target group. We were given the opportunity to test this e-scooter extensively. Read our test report to find out whether it was able to convince us.
|1060 x 1090 mm (unfolded), 1060 x 480 mm (folded)
|8.5 inch, airless
|7.5 AH / 36 V
|25 to 30 km
|3 to 5 hours
Delivery and packaging
The iScooter E9 Pro is delivered in an elongated package that already contains clear information about the contents on the outside. An age restriction is also printed here: 14 . We found it particularly interesting that all the key performance and equipment features can be easily read off the box – so in many cases there is no need to consult the manual.
Once we have unpacked the e-scooter, we don’t have to do too much with it. All we have to do is fix the handlebars in place with four screws and stick the insurance license plate on the back. Thanks to a simple folding mechanism, more assembly is not necessary.
Design and workmanship
Visually, the iScooter E9 Pro is largely inconspicuous. The vehicle is almost exclusively black. The dark base is only complemented by a few red elements, which are not too conspicuous either. The manufacturer has thus chosen a design that emphasizes functionality. This can also be seen in the strikingly large handles, which in all likelihood were not chosen for aesthetic reasons, but make everyday use of the scooter easier. In this sense, the iScooter E9 Pro looks less like the brightly colored rental scooters that are everywhere and more like its classic, non-electric counterparts. These handles are also equipped with knobs, which makes a lot of sense: hands don’t slip so easily when riding, which ensures safety. The footboard of the scooter has a similar structure. We find all this very well thought out and likeable in its rejection of overly high design ambitions.
Only one element breaks with the image of the slim, unobtrusive scooter: a gigantic bag can be attached to the front, which offers storage space – and significantly changes the overall appearance of the e-scooter. Although the manufacturer is consistently pursuing the course of functionality already evident in the standard elements, it perhaps means it a little too well, because in our opinion it is no longer visually attractive. Fortunately, the monstrosity is also easy to remove. It is simply attached with reinforced fabric straps.
The decision to mount the battery under the footboard seems much more well thought-out. This makes the scooter look slim and sleek when the bag is removed. This should have a positive effect on the riding experience – according to our theory, which is still to be verified.
Features and performance
This brings us to the features of the iScooter. In addition to the somewhat bulky bag, which admittedly offers plenty of storage space, the e-scooter has all the expected elements: Hand grips, footboard, brakes, mudguards, a bell and a light. But that’s not all it has to offer. It also has a speedometer with an additional charge level indicator and powerful suspension. But what does all this mean in practice?
Tires and suspension
The tires worn by users are 8.5-inch honeycomb tires that are filled with puncture protection fluid rather than air. This offers a number of advantages. The tires do not need to be maintained and are not easily damaged. Pointed objects, for example, cannot damage them. This is a blessing in practice: Unlike on a bike, no one has to worry about whether it’s really a good idea to ride through an old town lined with broken beer bottles at the weekend. In our test, we therefore rode relatively recklessly through the area – and found that the tires didn’t really mind. They are elastic and resistant. However, the slip resistance attributed to them should of course not be overused in fall or winter.
Even more than the tires, the iScooter’s suspension contributes to the pleasant riding experience we had during the test. The relatively inexpensive model is unusually equipped with double suspension on the rear wheel, which is usually found in higher price ranges. This means that bumps are not felt as easily as on scooters without suspension. Safety is also increased: You are less likely to fall on uneven ground with suspension than without.
The iScooter E9 Pro is powered by a 350-watt motor, which offers considerable power considering the scooter’s low overall weight of just 12 kilograms. The manufacturer states that the scooter can cope with inclines of up to 15 percent. The scooter showed no problems on gentle inclines. The performance of the motor is of course put to a tougher test on steeper terrain, especially considering the weight of the rider. As someone who is not a lightweight, I found that the motor was unfortunately unable to maintain speed on inclines. However, very few people can do that and most of the time you have to push uphill.
The maximum speed of the scooter is 20 km/h, which corresponds to the German legal standard, which is why the scooter is road-legal.
The equipment also includes a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 7.5 Ah. The range is specified by the manufacturer as 25 to 30 kilometers and in practice is at the lower end of this scale. This puts it in the average range for the model’s price category and should be sufficient for short-distance commuting. However, it cannot compete with more expensive scooters such as the IO Hawk Legacy. There is also an eminent disadvantage: the scooter is not supplied with a removable battery. This means that it is not possible to double the range by simply replacing the battery. Instead, after 25 kilometers, the scooter stops for the time being – and that for at least three, more likely four or five hours. That’s how long it takes for the battery to recharge. At least it can be conveniently recharged via a conventional socket thanks to the mains adapter supplied.
The iScooter E9 Pro is also equipped with a dual braking system. There is an electronic brake at the front, while a disc brake is used on the rear wheel. The brakes worked well in our practical test. In this context, it is worth highlighting the fact that the scooter is capable of recuperation. This means that the energy generated when the brakes are applied is fed into the battery. This in turn can slightly increase the range.
Conclusion on the iScooter E9 Pro
Overall, the iScooter E9 Pro is an e-scooter with a clear focus on functionality. The lightweight is equipped with an averagely powerful motor, an average battery, strong tires with atypically high-quality suspension and recuperation brakes. In our practical test, the model proved to be well made and practical. Overall, we can recommend it as an affordable yet powerful e-scooter.