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Splach Turbo Review
Splach Turbo Alternatives & Competitors
Our Take: A Frankenscooter Feel With a Comfortable Ride
The Splach is making waves in the mid-range commuter class, with best-in-class suspension and dual drum brakes. These are big plusses, when models at this price-point typically only have a single brake.
However, rattling from the fender, stem wobble, loose handlebars, and other minor annoyances may deter you from making this your everyday commuter scooter.
Here's a quick comparison of the main differences between the Splach Turbo and the Splach Ranger.
If you're looking for an affordable mid-range commuter, the Splach Turbo is appealing. It is very competitive with models like the Horizon and City -- but offering a better suspension and innovative features like a card reader. With a tested range of 18.4 mi you won't go as far as the Horizon (26.0 mi), nor will you go fast as the City (28.6 mph tested top speed). However, its benefits and pricepoint will still make the Splach a winner for many buyers.
The Splach Turbo has power out of the gate, going from zero to 15 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Accelerating to 20 mph, the Turbo reached speed in 7.7 seconds.
Overall, the Turbo has strong acceleration with a responsive trigger throttle and some whining from the motor off the starting line.
Compare with other scooters on our performance page.
The Splach Turbo has an RG tested range of 18.4 mi getting about two-thirds the manufacturer claimed range, and has 541 watt hours of battery capacity thanks to its lithium-ion battery pack.
Learn more about our extensive RG certification tests.
In our ESG braking test, the Turbo came to a halt from 15 mph in just 15.9 feet.
The brakes are a little stiff as the cables are tightly wrapped, but are tuned well for our 165 lb rider. To brake effectively, you should throw your weight back over the rear tire to avoid skidding, as you won’t get great traction on the solid rear tire if your weight is carried over the front of the scooter. Overall, maintaining an active and attentive riding stance will reward you with a comfortable ride on the Turbo.
To learn more scooter riding tips, check out our guide.
The suspension on the Splach is even better than the EMOVE Touring — a scooter known for its excellent ride quality. With a Zero 10X-esque arm for stability and a wide turning radius, it’s pretty easy to maintain a straight line while riding, but not without a cost — noise.
As is common with screw-in handlebars, they quickly come unscrewed while riding. This isn't a safety concern, but is annoying as you have to re-tighten the handlebars periodically.
The rear reflector and cockpit rattle and — when coupled with a stem that gives some play, especially when braking and going over bumps — that makes the scooter feel a little less than perfect.
Check out a fix that we implemented to reduce some of the noise in the Build Quality section.
Splach Turbo Features
With folded dimensions of 43 inches long by 8 inches wide and 16 inches tall, it’s a little cumbersome to carry up stairs, especially because the stem rotates as you’re holding it, a lot like the Apollo Light. With a telescoping stem and screw-in handlebars, the Turbo can be made more compact, but we would struggle carrying it up three full flights of stairs.
Unfolded, the Turbo measures 45 inches long by 45 inches wide by 47 inches tall.
The P-settings generally resemble those of the Apollo, EVOLV, Fluidfreeride, Turbowheel and Zero models, which you can find in our P-settings Database. On the Turbo, the P18 setting is reserved for the card reader, so you can bypass the need to use the card if you don't want the security feature.
For riding at night, you’ll definitely need more lighting for better visibility.
With this configuration, the front pneumatic tire gets good traction and conforms to the road, while the rear solid tire is resistant to punctures, meaning you won’t have to worry about getting flats — which are most common on the rear tire. The front tire grips well, with a sharp profile allowing for quick turns, while the rear tire gets less traction.
The Splach also has split rim tires, meaning it's much easier to replace the front inner tube when needed.
Read more about preventing and repairing flats.
Note that rolling off a curb at a diagonal angle on the Turbo will cause the arm on the drum brake to make contact with the curb. On our model, this caused the brake arm to bend, which, over time, can impact brake adjustment and feel.
Warranty / Post-Purchase Support
As an Indiegogo campaign that recently started shipping units, we don’t have much to share about their customer service. During testing, we reached out by email 4-5 times in a two-week span and received a response in less than 24 hours each time, with some response times as brief as 2 hours.
As part of post-purchase support, Splach has provided a playlist of video tutorials for frequently asked questions about how to care for and modify the Turbo and Ranger.
Read more on the warranty terms from Splach.
Our favorite feature is the dual drum brakes, which are an excellent inclusion at this price point. Although disc brakes are generally preferable to drum brakes because they have better overall performance, they are more involved to maintain and can more easily be damaged as they’re not enclosed. Drum brakes, on the other hand, are completely enclosed in the wheel hub and generally require less maintenance. The tradeoff of stopping power for ease of maintenance between disc and drum brakes is worth it for many riders.
Both the Splach Turbo and the Ranger have a max load of 260 lbs. Along with an IPX5 water resistance rating, the kickstand is at a good angle and length, and the dual charging ports on the top of the deck are in a good position.
Splach Turbo: Review Conclusions
If the Splach line doesn’t fit your needs, check out our ESG Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.