How do Minimotors Dualtron Thunder vs. Zero 9 stack up?
The electric scooters we have head to head here are the Dualtron Thunder, manufactured by Minimotors, versus the 9, manufactured by Zero. 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 Minimotors Dualtron Thunder has a total weight of 95 lbs (43 kg), whereas the Zero 9 has a total weight of 40 lbs (18 kg). Both models are quite heavy, neither is a good option for a commute where you’ll need to carry your scooter.
Equally important when considering the ease of your commute is the folded dimensions of the electric scooter, as these make a huge difference when transporting or storing the scooter. Minimotors Dualtron Thunder folds down to 21.38" x 12.56" x 48.66", and Zero 9 folds down to 16.0" x 7.5" x 39.0".
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.
Minimotors Dualtron Thunder has a motor power of 2400W, versus Zero 9’s motor power of 600W. Both models are good for hills, as both have enough power to take on any inclines you are likely to encounter.
Minimotors Dualtron Thunder has a top speed of 50 mi/hr (80 km/hr) versus a top speed of 28 mi/hr (45 km/hr) for Zero 9. So if you are looking at long, flat stretches on your commute, and if speed is your thing, then Minimotors Dualtron Thunder 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. Minimotors Dualtron Thunder has a range of 74 miles (119 km), while Zero 9 has a range of 28 miles (45 km). If your commute is more than 20 miles (32 km), then both models would be a good choice.
Battery life and recharge time are also important factors to take into account. Minimotors Dualtron Thunder has a battery capacity of 2060 Wh, and Zero 9 has a capacity of 624 Wh.
An electric scooter also needs to be able to support the weight of the rider. Minimotors Dualtron Thunder has a maximum rider weight of 264 lbs (120 kg), while Zero 9 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.
Minimotors Dualtron Thunder has Disc brakes, and Zero 9 has Disc 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.
Minimotors Dualtron Thunder has Pneumatic and Zero 9 has Pneumatic.
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. Minimotors Dualtron Thunder has Both, and Zero 9 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. Minimotors Dualtron Thunder comes with both lights, and Zero 9 comes with both lights, so both are 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. Minimotors Dualtron Thunder comes with a 6 months warranty, and Zero 9 comes with a 6 months warranty.
And there you have it, a full round up of Minimotors Dualtron Thunder Vs. Zero 9. Hopefully this comparison gives you an idea of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Minimotors Dualtron Thunder and Zero 9, 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:
|Minimotors Dualtron Thunder||Zero 9|
|Top Speed||50 mi/hr (80 km/hr)||28 mi/hr (45 km/hr)|
|Range||74 miles (119 km)||28 miles (45 km)|
|Weight||95 lbs (43 kg)||40 lbs (18 kg)|
|Rider Weight||264 lbs (120 kg)||220 lbs (100 kg)|
|Tire Size||11.0 inches||9.0 inches|
|Battery (WH)||2060 Wh||624 Wh|
|Recharge Time||5 - 20 hours|
|Lights||Both Front & Rear||Both Front & Rear|
|Frame Material||Aviation grade 6082-t6 aluminum alloy||Aluminium alloy|
|Standing Dimensions||47.99" x 23.98" x 44.76"||35.0" x 23.0" x 41.0"|
|Folded Dimensions||21.38" x 12.56" x 48.66"||16.0" x 7.5" x 39.0"|