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Uscooter Booster V Summary
Our Take: Ultraportable with Lackluster Ride and Braking Quality
It weighs just 25.6 lb yet has a max speed of 23.9 mph and a real-world range of12.6 mi in its fastest settings. When folded, it is 37 inches and 5 inches wide — making it one of the most compact scooters you can buy. The Booster V is built like a tank — many owners have logged thousands of miles on this scooter and its variants with no repair issues.
In essence, the Booster V is ultra-portable but durable. It is one of the best scooters for riders who want to take it everywhere — onto crowded public transportation, up flights of stairs, into cafes, into car trunks, under desks.
However, the Booster V is not without flaws. The chief trade-off is ride quality and lackluster braking performance. Though the scooter has a suspension, the small solid tires make for a rough ride and tend to lose their grip in wet conditions. The scooter has both an electronic brake and foot brake, which must be used together to stop quickly — requiring you to ride with a foot on the rear fender at all times. Using the electronic brake alone, we measured stopping distances of greater than [esg_unit 40 ft], which could be insufficient in an emergency.
Overall, the Booster V should have a place in many rider’s home. If you need a scooter that is ultra-portable and ultra-reliable with a good range and high top speed, look no further.
UScooters Booster V Review
For comparison, this is similar acceleration (to 15 mph) as a shared type scooter and slightly faster than the ubiquitous Xiaomi Mi M365 (6.3 seconds to 15 mph).
See our performance testing page for real-world acceleration data on other scooters.
For comparison, this is very comparable to the climbing ability of a shared scooter / Xiaomi Mi M365 (20.8 seconds @ 6.6 mph). Hills much steeper than 10% (which represents a quite steep hill) will significantly slow the scooter, and you may even have to assist by kicking.
Our range test is performed with the scooter in its fastest mode and ridden by a 165 lb rider on an urban test loop with frequent stops/starts, hills, and rough terrain. The scooter is ridden at its top speed where safe and possible.
At just 25.6 lb, this scooter has among the best-tested range for its weight.
See our performance testing page for results from other scooters and detailed description of how we test.
The scooter does have a front a rear suspension spring suspension, which makes up for lack of large pneumatic tires. The suspension is good, despite its compact size and reduces vibrations from the road.
Because the tires are small (8.0 inches in diameter) and narrow, you have to be extra aware of obstacles in the road that could catch your tire. In wet conditions, the tires will also become more slippery; your stopping distances will increase, and you won’t be able to make sharp turns as quickly.
The small deck and narrow handlebars, which make the scooter one of the smallest and most portable, are less comfortable for longer rides. The narrow handlebars take some getting used to and feel less stable a wider grip.
UScooters Booster V Features
The scooter is very lightweight and tips the scales at just 25.6 lb.
The Booster V has a collapsing stem, folding handlebars, and folding stem. It also comes with a nylon carrying handle with easy one-handed carrying. When folded, it measures a very compact 37 inches by 5 inches by 12 inches.
The handlebars collapse easily, via a spring-loaded mechanism. The telescoping stem allows the height of the handlebars to be adjusted from 36 inches to 39.1 inches (deck to handlebar height). The whole scooter is folded quickly by stepping on a single foot lever.
On the side of the display housing are four buttons that control: horn, lights, settings, and power. The built-in electronic horn is loud enough to alert, but not scare, pedestrians and bicyclists; it is not loud enough to alert motor vehicles.
To either side of the display are the thumb-controlled regen brake (left) and thumb throttle (right). Both of these controls feel well-made and have crisp mechanical action. The accelerator, in particular, is very linear and smooth.
The front light is bright and consists of an array of individual LEDs. There are no lenses in front of the LEDs and light spreads quickly, reducing road visibility at a distance.
For improved visibility at night, you can use an ultra-bright external LED. Note: some external LED lights may be difficult to attach due to the small size of the handelbars — you can always mount it to your helmet.
See our guide to riding at night for our recommended gear.
For extra safety, we always recommend using additional lights.
Check out our guide for staying visible while riding at night.
The drawback to these tires is that they are quite small, which makes them less stable — you’ll have to be careful if riding on particularly bad terrain. They also tend to lose their traction much more quickly than pneumatic (air-filled) tires in adverse conditions like rain, mud, etc. Finally, these solid tires are especially hard and don’t provide any extra cushion to the ride.
For these reasons, we tend to favor pneumatic tires strongly. However, solid tires have their place for riders wanting to minimize maintenance.
During our review research, we came across numerous reports from owners who had put thousands of miles their UScooters/E-TWOW scooters with few or no problems. The only issues we uncovered were owners who had scooters with dud controllers. In these cases the scooters tended to fail early in their lives — well within their warranty period — and their owners received replacements.
Parts for the Booster V are widely available. Most repairs are fairly easy. This is a big benefit for long-term ownership.
The Booster V has an IP rating (water resistance) of none. Though most scooters can tolerate some water exposure, its lack of IP rating indicates it shouldn’t get wet or be used in the rain. Doing so could damage the scooter and will likely void the warranty.
The Booster V has a max rider weight of 279 lb which is significant for such a small, light scooter.
Booster V Scooter: Review Conclusions
If you are in the market for a durable, lightweight, ultra-portable scooter, then this is definitely worth consideration. If portability isn’t an issue, there are less portable scooters that will offer better ride quality or performance.
If the Booster V isn't appealing, see our list of alternative scooters. You can also check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.