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Next-Drive Light 2 Electric Scooter Review

Next-Drive Light 2 Electric Scooter Review


So I have with me here another electric
scooter from China that’s called the next drive I picked this one up from
light in the box dot com it took five weeks to arrive with UPS shipping now the
scooter has acclaimed up to thirty kilometer range under perfect test
conditions of course just like my Xiaomi me scooter it also has twenty five
kilometer per hour maximum speed on it but it weighs 7.5 kilos so it is a lot
lighter than that one so in this review here I’m going to go through the
unboxing we’ll get it set up apparently you have to install the handlebars on it
we’ll check out the design and build quality and then of course micro tests
I’ll test it out to sout the acceleration how does it climb hills and
slopes what kind of range I can get out of it personally and then my final
conclusion at the end of this video on whether or not this is a decent scooter
as you can see that these scooter is well packaged up here with this
polystyrene surround so in the Box you get a user manual two handlebars the
charger which is rated to twenty nine point four volts and the plug on it can
be easily replaced with one from your own country and then an allen key for
tightening up any of the bolts if they loosen up over time at the top of the
handlebars we have this nice big bright LED I’ll give you sample that in just a
second and then here is where the batteries are so the battery capacity is
ten point four in this particular model amp-hours and the handlebars
you just got to screw them into place so very easy to setup now the toys on this
particular scooter are solid rubber ones which are good in a way because we’re
not going to get any flats are we from punches and things like that which is a
problem on some of the other scooters that have inner tubes the diameter of
the wheels is rather small it’s only 15 centimeters and located either side of
the rear wheels there are in fact some LEDs in here for brake lights the rear
brake is of course a manual brake just like a traditional scooter and you can
see it does have a middle plate in the inside of the mud guard here and the
wheel hub is using ball bearings they’re your typical kind of size it looks like
they’re using just er ones you find in skateboard wheels on the footrest you’ll
find griptape just like a skateboard so down
the bottom is a middle kickstand which is spring-loaded and it shouldn’t rattle
around it does feel solid and here you can see the front motor so that’s 480
watts the maximum peak output on there now the fault this is made out of metal
it has to be of course and it’s just a plastic covering here for where the
cable will go in to power that motor there so you want to notice that there
is no suspension on the front wheel here now I thought it was going to come with
that but it’s just a hard for gear so no shocks on this whatsoever I also wanted
to show you to the way you collapse the whole scooter is just simply pulling up
here so the whole frame here this mechanism that to unlock and latch it
it’s all made out of this metal bracket here which is super strong and the way
it latches in seems quite secure as well so you just need to unlatch lunch that
there and then the whole thing will just collapse right down now and then lock in
place so the controls are easy we’ve got power on now if you double Tampa’s that
will change the gear there’s two gears a low gear in a high gear a single tap
will then turn on the light and we have the brake and then the accelerator here
so find the front LED light to be a little bit disappointing in fact quite
disappointing it doesn’t really light up your way that much at all it’s more so
people see you and not illuminating the path ahead of you they’re taking a quick
look at the dimensions of it so the length of it hundred and seven
centimeters approximately the handlebar width is 41 centimeters and then our
ground clearance that’s around about 6 centimeters only you’re on the top we
have a speed readout and then our battery this is right here the % there
and if you double tap that will show you that now I’m in gear to double tap again
gear 1 so the brake lights can’t be turned on and off manually they’re
actually activated by vibrations in the road they’ve got a little tiny battery
either side and you can see from those vibrations then the LEDs flash so it’s a
little bit of a gimmick there because eventually those better
gonna go flat of course and you’ll probably have to pull this off and then
change them out the power ports located just behind this dustproof cap now
charging time is approximately four hours so it’s definitely a plug in and
let it charge overnight job so the build quality is okay but I did notice some
imperfections in the fit and finish it’s certainly not up to the same quality as
my Xiaomi or Segway electric scooter so another stunning day here in dinya even
though it is winter it’s a nice 21 degrees so one thing I like about this
scooter is it’s very easy to sit up and get started so what you need to do is
place your foot here there’s a little latch there and then just drop the base
down and it clicks in place so it’s hard to make out in camera but I’m in the
first gear here I’m just gonna check out the acceleration we can expect so you
have to kick off first like the other scooters you can’t just accelerate
straight away and you can hear that that motor is a little bit more noisier than
the other skills that I have tested out like the show me or the Segway and that
acceleration is quite slow so I’m going to the second gear now here we go coming
up to the top speed now 25 26 km/h let’s test the brake oh that is very poor that
brake compared to the xiaomi in the Segway oh this is very bumpy going because of
the lack of suspension here now I’ve got about a 20 degree climb here let’s see
if it can handle this without me having to kick now I have it in the first gear
for this test whoa struggling no it’s not gonna be able to make it up this I’m
gonna have to kick here front wheel spins you can hear the motor struggling so now when I test out a wet surface
this is actually all wet damp this road here at the moment go down and see how
it handles I’ve been crap off it feels okay but I don’t feel exactly as
confident as I do on whoa whoa whoa on the other ones yeah that’s slipping a
little so this scooter here is it more at home on the flat currently topping
out at 25 kilometers per hour at the moment now I have a speed bump here
let’s see how I can do this without crashing okay yeah you’re just like a
typical manual scooter lift up the front wheel jump over it you can do that and
the bottom wheel takes it quite well there so I’ve made it to the end of lost
rotors here in dinner which is a very beautiful spot here you can see from the
scenery and I’ve got about two three bars left which means that is about
approximately 60% battery because each of those bars is five of them shows 20% so I have two bars of battery left now
which is between 20 and 40% and my range so far well 15.7 km/h to get at least 20
K out of the scooter which is one of the positives of this model here so I made
it back into the office here in one piece so the way the scooter handles
isn’t as good as the show me or the Segway I’ve noticed it just doesn’t give
you that same level of confidence and there’s a big reason and the obvious
reason why that is is because it’s got these tiny little tires on them so it
has the hard rubber tires which is good that means we’re not susceptible and
prone to flat tires like we are on the show me but because there’s so much
smaller they just don’t it doesn’t handle as well then I’ve noticed also
that in the wet that it tends to slide a little the front wheel and my wet test
there with the tires those tiles were quite slippery and it was kind of moving
around a bit so it doesn’t have the same kind of level of confidence that you get
on the other scooters there also I’ve noticed that the acceleration not very
good on this one it is quite slow and the first gear it
gets up to about 1314 to km/h so if you’ve got younger children or teenagers
or someone like that that you don’t want going too fast you can try to make me to
skip them to use the first gear or when they first test it out for example
you’ve got a 12 year old that wants to have a go then you can put it onto the
first gear mode but I just kept it on the second the whole time around and
that seemed to go right maximum speed of about 25 kilometers per hour the front
light on here it doesn’t protect your head very well so it doesn’t really
light up what’s ahead of you so not a very good headlight that’s on this the
build of it the quality of the build is not as good as the Segway or the Xiaomi
but that’s kind of obvious it’s a cheaper electric scooter here that we
have now the mechanism here the metal that they have used around the henge and
everything feels very solid it’s well put together and I do like the way it
collapses and you can easily just lock it into place dad is good but the brake
light on the rear is kind of cheap and pointless because it’s just got
batteries in there and from the vibrations it flashes the little LED
lights on there and I believe that probably after about six months that
those batteries are going to go flat and it’s completely pointless really they
will probably be better off just to put some reflectors in there now the little
tires yes okay bit of a con here but the braking on this model is not good at all
it takes a lot longer to stop than the Segway or the show-me that I have
reviewed and then there’s a full-on brakes pressing down as hard as I can on
the rear here it still takes about twice the distance of the shell me or my
Segway to stop which isn’t really good it’s almost borderline dangerous at
times because you really have to factor in when a car pulls out in front of it
you out of a driveway or something then you really need to think about I should
start slowing down now whereas in the other scooters you could wait a little
bit and it might even be quicker just to jump off the scooter the braking is
really that bad on it which is probably yeah it’s definitely the biggest con
with this one so the better life the range turned out to be actually quite
good because we’ve got 16 kilometers with two bars left I believe you can get
20 to 21 kilometers range out of this which is a lot better than my shell me
or my Segway and the price 299 us means it’s a lot cheaper there but overall the
way we recommend the scooter well for the range yes for the price but I
believe you’ll be better off putting your money towards this she’ll me
or the Segway because they are a lot better scooters overall they just have
the larger wheel so they handle better they give you more confidence when
you’re riding and overall in general just better scooters there thanks a lot
for watching this review I do hope to see you back with another 1 or 2
electric scooter reviews that I have planned bye for now

44 comments

Next-drive electric scooter review. A 25km/h scooter that has a 20km range, 480W motor and weighs just 8.5 kilos. $274 here: https://goo.gl/cqKWJT (Note the shipping method changed, now sent via air freight 3-4 days)

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Note I recommend this scooter it's better https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6phdEF67fM Don't forget my Xiaomi M635 review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpYrIp5rCX4 & Segway ES1 scooter review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7ubaNOQOtY if you're into electric scooters!

Thank you! It's great to have someone in the West finally get their hands on this and give a review. Especially someone experienced with two other eScooters. There's also an app for this, but all Chinese: https://atomicsupermen.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/more-about-the-revolutionary-nextdrive-carbon-fiber-escooter/ That post was done when I was still enamored with eScooters. I've since switched my interest to electric skateboards. Just this past weekend I finally saw two carbon fiber electric scooters in NYC and was surprised by the amount of noise those hard rubber tires generated. Electric skateboards are nearly silent on that front. Thanks again, Chris!

Be very very careful with any bumps with that small front wheel, I had a very bad fall going over a slight 1 inch step bump without slowing down.

The reviews on everything you do are always well done and informative. You are by far the best reviewer of these Chinese products. Whether it be laptops, tablets, phones, or even scooters. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I had one of these chiness carbon fiber electric scooter and serioulsy, don't buy it if you plan to use it everday to go at works. They are too fragile for that. But they make exelent electric scooter for some ride during your weekend.

Thank's for all the useful videos! I travel a lot, just as you do probably. If you have the time and availability, I would love to see a detailed review of electric scooter transportation on airplanes. All the best

I got this but a ripped off clone. Like any other small wheel scooter is better ride down flat surface street or park pathway and also really good for short transportation to work or school as its lightweight and slim design to bring up on train or bus. Important note just watch out that small manhole or uneven surface (even a small bumb can loose control), i fall off once and my scooter flew off few feet.. had small cut on my knee and elbow.

Hi i have the same one. But now whenever i turn it on – it starts moving right away? how can i reset it or stop it from doing this – the scooter is perfect but i feel something got changed in the wheels etc?

I would have thought that the rear brake light is actually powered by the vibrations like those shoes that kids used to wear, that had lights on them.

Lightweight entry level scooter,while seems the best fatures of this scooter is it's modular design, easy to change parts, that's pretty smart. While i find some users also focus on horsepower,max load ,and recoemmend Cityrover S5.

Thanks for the video, Chris. The link to buy seems to have discontinued this scooter. Do you know of any other place to buy this online? There seems to be a lot of fakes around ๐Ÿ™

This is the exact same scooter as the gotrax glider. I wonder if this one uses cheap no-name lithium ion cells like they do…

man, congratulations for your great videos, just found you on my YouTube feed and you have the best reviews! very structured, very organized and you give always your very useful toughs! i saw all your videos on mi mix 2s and mi 8, I will probably will buy a mi 8! you should do more videos about scooters, I don't need any of those ( for now) but you do great videos about them. it would be very fun if you do scooters comparisons like you do in phones! cheers!

Did you pay any uk duties or custom fees by importing this from china? Iโ€™m going to buy the mi 365 from the same website but Iโ€™m not sure about the final cost!

Hey I have a similar model and it doesn't seem to charge. How exactly did you charge it do you turn it on at all I get this weird symbol when I hold the power button down. Any info would be amazing

never understood why the big LED light located at the front is always situated high off the ground. i thought having the light close to the ground as possible would be more practical in terms of avoiding bumps and debris at night. but if the LED light is more so to be noticed by others easier, then i guess it wasn't intended for easier/safer navigation in the dark?

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