How do EvoMotion EvoTech 350L vs. IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 stack up?
The electric scooters we have head to head here are the EvoTech 350L, manufactured by EvoMotion, versus the iWatBoard R8, manufactured by IWatMotion. We’ll take a deep dive into the specs of both brands, to help you decide which is better depending on your needs, and what you will mostly be using your electric scooter for.
Electric scooters are all about ease of use, versatility and convenience. They are designed to make urban commuting easy, which makes their weight one of the key characteristics to take into account.
The EvoMotion EvoTech 350L has a total weight of 24 lbs (11 kg), whereas the IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 has a total weight of 19 lbs (9 kg). There is not a significant difference between both model weights, they are both good options for a commute with stairs or a with a portion on public transport.
Of course, convenience and portability is only one part of the puzzle. It is important to know how an electric scooter actually rides, and whether it will be able to handle your specific commute.
If your commute is a hilly one, then you’ll want to pay careful attention to the motor power, as this is key in getting you and your scooter up hills.
EvoMotion EvoTech 350L has a motor power of 350W, versus IWatMotion iWatBoard R8’s motor power of 250W. Neither model is designed to take on inclines, and both models will struggle if your commute is a hilly one.
EvoMotion EvoTech 350L has a top speed of 22 mi/hr (35 km/hr) versus a top speed of 16 mi/hr (26 km/hr) for IWatMotion iWatBoard R8. So if you are looking at long, flat stretches on your commute, and if speed is your thing, then EvoMotion EvoTech 350L is the best choice.
When it comes to distance travelling, however, then the range of the electric scooter is going to be a key factor. EvoMotion EvoTech 350L has a range of 19 miles (31 km), while IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 has a range of 16 miles (26 km). If your commute is more than 20 miles (32 km), then neither model would be a good choice.
Battery life and recharge time are also important factors to take into account. EvoMotion EvoTech 350L has a battery capacity of 350W, and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 has a capacity of 187 Wh. EvoMotion EvoTech 350L will recharge fully from empty in 6 hours, and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 will take 3 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
An electric scooter also needs to be able to support the weight of the rider. EvoMotion EvoTech 350L has a maximum rider weight of 242 lbs (110 kg), while IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 can support a maximum weight of 220 lbs (100 kg).
Now onto safety. Brakes are one of the most important safety features of an electric scooter, and may be the only difference between a safely completed journey and a trip to the emergency room. There are a number of different brake options available for electric scooters, all of which have their respective pros and cons.
Disc brakes have the best braking power, give excellent control and perform well in all conditions, although they do require maintenance, and are usually the most expensive. Foot brakes are lightweight, simple, and require no maintenance, but tend to perform poorly when compared to other types, are slower to activate and need a specific riding position. Drum brakes are also low maintenance, and better performing, particularly in wet conditions, but are heavier and complicated to disassemble.
Both electronic brakes and regenerative brakes add no extra weight at all, and require no maintenance, but again both types produce less effective braking performance, and can be prone to failure. Regenerative brakes can also fail to work when the battery is fully charged.
EvoMotion EvoTech 350L has Foot brakes, and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 has Foot brakes.
When it comes to tires, there are two options, pneumatic or solid. Pneumatic tires are more comfortable, but can burst if punctured by glass, thorns or nails. Solid rubber tires however are far more durable (and puncture-proof) but will give a more bumpy ride.
EvoMotion EvoTech 350L has Solid and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 has Solid.
Suspension can also help achieve a smoother ride, and although not all electric scooters come with suspension, many models come with front or rear suspension, or both. EvoMotion EvoTech 350L has Both, and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 has Both, making both fairly comfy rides.
These days, plenty of electric scooters come with built-in lights. Options vary with lights available at both front and back, just front lights, or just rear lights. EvoMotion EvoTech 350L comes with front lights, and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 comes with both lights, so IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 is suitable if driving after dark and safety are high priorities.
The final thing to keep in mind is the warranty. This protects you in the unlikely event of a fault with the electric scooter. EvoMotion EvoTech 350L comes with a 90 days warranty, and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 comes with a 2 years warranty.
And there you have it, a full round up of EvoMotion EvoTech 350L Vs. IWatMotion iWatBoard R8. Hopefully this comparison gives you an idea of the relative strengths and weaknesses of EvoMotion EvoTech 350L and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8, and helps demonstrate which electric scooter will best suit your needs. Whichever scooter you pick, remember to always be safe, and have fun!
Side By Side Comparison Chart:
|EvoMotion EvoTech 350L||IWatMotion iWatBoard R8|
|Top Speed||22 mi/hr (35 km/hr)||16 mi/hr (26 km/hr)|
|Range||19 miles (31 km)||16 miles (26 km)|
|Weight||24 lbs (11 kg)||19 lbs (9 kg)|
|Rider Weight||242 lbs (110 kg)||220 lbs (100 kg)|
|Battery (WH)||350W||187 Wh|
|Recharge Time||6 hours||3 - 4 hours|
|Lights||Front Lights||Both Front & Rear|
|Frame Material||High-tensile alloy frame||Aluminium|
|Standing Dimensions||40.94" x 16.93" x 44.49"||40.16" x 16.93" x 44.49"|
|Folded Dimensions||44.49" x 16.93" x 15.75"|