This is the Hype Hover-1 XLS Folding Electric Scooter from DGL, the makers of the Hover-1 hover board. It's a portable, foldable electric scooter that's also tricked out for cruising.
Note: This is not a toy for kids. It's for adults. It's got a suggested age grade of 14 and up, but the bike itself has an "Adults Only" sticker on it, and we think that's more accurate.
The scooter features a foldable design, which you can do in just a few steps. It's also got a quick rechargeable battery built-in. While oftentimes, electronic ride-ons can require 8-10 hours to reach a full charge, this one powers up in just 3–5 hours to a full battery. Once you are charged up it's go time.
But, as the directions state, you'll want to make sure you understand all the functions of your scooter before taking off. For example, make sure the scooter is completely unfolded. You'll here the scooter click into place when it's properly unfolded all the way. Turn on your headlight if needed. The scooter has a built-in safety feature that won't allow you to drive it if it senses the headlights are required (i.e. it's dark outside or a cloudy or rainy day). Also make sure the footrests are fully extended for riding as a safety precaution.
Then, insert the key and turn it to the on position. Once you've taken off, the scooter functions much like driving a car, where you need to be aware of all the potential functions. Use the throttle on the right handlebar to go. When in motion, you control the speed by using the handles' built-in throttle. The LCD display screen will display your speed, which can hit a max of 20 MPH.
It will also display things like temperature, brake indicator, odometer, and battery level. If at any point you need to stop, simply let up on the throttle and begin to pump the breaks to stop. You can also use the horn, which gives off a high-pitched beep.
Once you are done using the scooter, be sure to charge it back up before each use. Do not store the scooter in a folded position. Only store it unfolded with the kick stand down, or it poses a fall hazard.
The scooter comes fully assembled.
Unlike a vehicle where you have that security of slamming on the breaks and coming to a sudden stop, this one really requires you to pump to stop.
While this scooter/bike is compact and folds fairly easily, it's still a solid 50 pounds so it's not exactly a lightweight thing to be carrying around on your commute.
If you are not using the scooter regularly, be sure to charge it every two months to maintain the battery life.
We found that sometimes the lock to unfold the scooter can get stuck, and will require a little more effort sometimes to pull up. To re-fold the scooter, pull the lock feature back up and roll the front portion of the tires out.
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