Comparing Mobile Scooters – Brands and Features

What features should I look for in mobile scooters?


When looking to compare mobile scooters, there are a number of important factors to consider. What configuration makes the most sense a three wheeled scooter or a four wheeled scooter? What power scooter options and features are there? Another important consideration with an electric mobility scooter is the scooter battery. What type of battery is it and how long will the power scooter battery last?

Below we compare three mobile scooters and their options:

SmartScoot Diagram

Above we compare the SmartScoot™ to the Pride Mobility Scooters Go-Go Elite Traveller Plus and the TravelScoot Deluxe. As you can see there are some significant differences between the various models.

Front-Wheel or Rear-Wheel Drive – 3 or 4 wheels:

The SmartScoot™ is a three wheeled scooter and stands out as the only model with front-wheel drive, both Pride and TravelScoot utilize rear-wheel drive designs. Front-wheel drive is a significant asset for stability when dealing with inclines because the front wheel is ‘pulling’ you up the incline instead of being ‘pushed’ by rear wheels with no power to help steer the front wheel. The rear wheels are adjustable for 4 additional inches of width, depending on where you are using the SmartScoot™ and your stability comfort. Pride is unique in these models in having a 4 wheeled scooter design.

Weight and Disassembly:

The SmartScoot™ and TravelScoot are the lightest models in the comparison at 39 lbs and 35 lbs respectively. This is due in part to the use of powerful lightweight lithium-ion batteries instead of heavier traditional sealed lead-acid batteries.

The SmartScoot™ and TravelScoot both can be folded in the assembled configuration, the Pride model does not fold. Additionally, the SmartScoot™, TravelScoot and Pride models have quick disassembly options for easier storage and transportation.

When disassembled the Pride model comprises 5 pieces, with the heaviest weighing in at 34lbs. The SmartScoot™ disassembles into 3 pieces with the heaviest weighing in at 27lbs. The Travelscoot breaks down into 5 pieces and the manual lists the weight of the pieces (not including battery) at 30 lbs.

Scooter Battery:

The SmartScoot™ leverages a 4lb li-ion scooter battery with up to 12 miles of range to SmartScoot™ mobile scooters while complying with FAA regulations for air travel. The Pride Go-Go uses two (2) 12lb lead-acid batteries for a maximum range of 8.3 miles. TravelScoot uses a 6lb li-ion scooter battery that conveys a total of 8 miles of range.

Extra Features:

All three of the mobile scooters compared here have numerous features and accessories. Some of the main features that are comparable are the ‘comfort adjustments’ that you can make, the ability to fold the scooter for quick storage and the speed adjustment controls.

The SmartScoot™ allows for adjustments to numerous parts for the comfort of the rider including seat height, backrest, steering column and wheel width. Pride’s Go-Go also includes numerous options for ride-adjustment,

SmartScoot™ can fold for quick storage, allowing storage quickly in a trunk or other small space. Similarly, the TravelScoot can also be folded for convenient storage.

With a maximum speed of 7mph, adjustable from 3mph, SmartScoot™ provides the highest maximum speed and largest bandwidth for adjustment. The Pride Go-Go maxes out at 4.5mph while the TravelScoot is limited to 3.7mph.

You can find more information on the specifications for SmartScoot™ here.