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Is The INMOTION S1 The Best Electric Scooter For Under $1000? – Intelligent Living

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INMOTION has been creating lightweight electric scooters, bicycles, segways, and unicycles for years. The company has a good track record of awards and was the first to release technologies such as the first electric micro bike, the P1 back in 2017. Now, the company is mainly focusing on innovating electric scooters and unicycles. INMOTION’s latest scooter is called the S1, and it can be argued that it’s the best electric scooter for under $1000.
The S1 has been adapted from the INMOTION L9 model, which was successfully crowdfunded on IndieGogo in 2020, but several improvements and features have been added. INMOTION (also called LeMotion in Europe) has attempted to add as many features as possible while keeping the price under $1000. This makes the S1 a very competitive option.
Some of the key features include:
Like many adult electric scooters, the S1 is limited by to 25 km/h to abide by regulations and laws in many countries. However, this can be unlocked to 30 km/h using the scooter’s smartphone app, which also allows you to change a few other features. Unlike other scooters, this speed unlock is done through the app and doesn’t require removing any wires or modifying the scooter in any way.
The first thing to do with the S1 is to download the smartphone app for Android or iPhone, and pair it with the scooter via Bluetooth. The app provides a few useful features that competing companies don’t include, including 3 speed modes including an ECO mode. It is unlikely that many people would use this mode due to its speed restriction of just 12km/h. The other speed modes are Standard mode, limited to 20km/h, and Sport mode with a top speed of 30km/h. The varying modes also limit acceleration, except for Sport mode, which gives you the fastest possible acceleration. There is also an automatic cruise control option that can help with hills, including limiting your speed while going downhill. The app also allows you to turn on the lights, enable the turn signal option, and lock the scooter.
The app can also show you information like your current speed, your battery status, your remaining range and some historical data about your speed and how far you have traveled. It’s definitely worth mentioning that most of these options can also be changed using the screen on the scooter’s handlebars. The lock option really just locks out the controls, but wouldn’t stop someone from picking up the scooter, so you should still lock the scooter securely if you leave it anywhere in public.
The advertised range is 95km, this was under optimum conditions with ECO mode, a 65kg rider, and on flat ground. The real-world range with Speed mode is still more than enough for most people at around 65km. This range can vary depending on the speed, the user’s weight, hills, wind, and other factors.
Unlike most electric scooters, the INMOTION S1 comes with a twin shock suspension at the front and a spring suspension at the back. This makes quite a big difference when going over bumps or riding on uneven ground. Sudden shocks can also harm your joints, so the suspension can really save you there. However, the handlebar height is not adjustable. For me, this is no issue, but if you require adjustable handlebars, this is something to bear in mind.
Aside from the smartphone app, there is a large display on the handlebars with controls that are very intuitive to enable the turn signals, front lights, and change speed modes. The screen shows you useful information including your speed, battery level, speed mode and turn signal icon. The S1 has side-mounted lights on the bottom of the deck that are usually blue, in order to activate the turn signals you have to tilt the scooter to one side or turn the handlebars, which changes that side-mounted light from blue to flashing red. There are no buttons for the turn signals, nor are there front or rear-mounted lights for turn indicators. This seems like more of a gimmick than a safety feature as people behind you will only be able to tell you’re turning once you have already started turning, but it definitely draws attention. The throttle is thumb-controlled, you push down with the thumb of your right hand. There is also a bell and access to the front drum brake on the left. The INMOTION S1 is also very quick to fold down and clip for easy carrying. The scooter weighs 24kg.
While the side-mounted lights at the bottom are mostly a gimmick, the headlights on the front are quite bright and the rear brake lights are perfectly functional.
Charging the scooter is straightforward by using the charger provided. If you wanted to, you can purchase a second charger to charge the scooter in half of the time but the standard 7.2 hours is definitely good enough for most people, especially considering the high range. The battery management system has cell balancing, which improves the battery life and capacity. Most electric scooters, especially at this price range, don’t have this feature. The system also includes short-circuit, temperature, overload, discharge, and electric-shock protection.
Some people consider the INMOTION S1 to be the best waterproof electric scooter on the market. It has IP55 water resistance for the body, IPX6 for the controller, and IPX7 for the battery, so the scooter should survive rain and deep puddles.

After riding the INMOTION S1 for over a month, I have to say that I have never had a problem with its speed, acceleration or range. As you might expect, it slows down while riding uphill. Thanks to the suspension, the ride is smoother than most electric scooters. I haven’t really used the app since setting up the scooter as everything except for the lock can be done by the display on the handlebars. The non-slip rubber deck itself is wider than most scooters at 18cm, which I prefer. While it can be folded down easily, it is quite big, especially if you plan to take it on public transport. There are faster scooters out there, but they have a much higher price.
The INMOTION S1 electric scooter is currently available for $849. INMOTION has distribution centers around the world. Head to the INMOTION website to find a distributor in your area.

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