How do Minimotors Speedway 5 vs. IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 stack up?
The electric scooters we have head to head here are the Speedway 5, manufactured by Minimotors, 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 Minimotors Speedway 5 has a total weight of 70 lbs (34 kg), whereas the IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 has a total weight of 19 lbs (34 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 Speedway 5 folds down to 46.46" x 20.47" x 48.03", and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 folds down to 44.49" x 16.93" x 15.75".
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 Speedway 5 has a motor power of 1600W, versus IWatMotion iWatBoard R8’s motor power of 250W. Minimotors Speedway 5 is good for hills, as it has enough power to take on any inclines you are likely to encounter.
Minimotors Speedway 5 has a top speed of 40 mi/hr (64 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 Minimotors Speedway 5 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 Speedway 5 has a range of 75 miles (121 km), while IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 has a range of 16 miles (26 km). If your commute is more than 20 miles (32 km), then Minimotors Speedway 5 would be the better choice.
Battery life and recharge time are also important factors to take into account. Minimotors Speedway 5 has a battery capacity of 1400 Wh, and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 has a capacity of 187 Wh. Minimotors Speedway 5 will recharge fully from empty in 4 - 13 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. Minimotors Speedway 5 has a maximum rider weight of 264 lbs (34 kg), while IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 can support a maximum weight of 220 lbs (34 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 Speedway 5 has Disc breaks, and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 has Foot breaks.
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 Speedway 5 has Pneumatic 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. Minimotors Speedway 5 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. Minimotors Speedway 5 comes with both lights, and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 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 Speedway 5 comes with a 6 months warranty, and IWatMotion iWatBoard R8 comes with a 2 years warranty.
And there you have it, a full round up of Minimotors Speedway 5 Vs. IWatMotion iWatBoard R8. Hopefully this comparison gives you an idea of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Minimotors Speedway 5 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:
|Minimotors Speedway 5||IWatMotion iWatBoard R8|
|Top Speed||40 mi/hr (64 km/hr)||16 mi/hr (26 km/hr)|
|Range||75 miles (121 km)||16 miles (26 km)|
|Weight||70 lbs (34 kg)||19 lbs (34 kg)|
|Rider Weight||264 lbs (34 kg)||220 lbs (34 kg)|
|Tire Size||10.0 inches||8.0 inches|
|Battery (WH)||1400 Wh||187 Wh|
|Recharge Time||4 - 13 hours||3 - 4 hours|
|Lights||Both Front & Rear||Both Front & Rear|
|Frame Material||Aviation grade 6082-t6 aluminum alloy||Aluminium|
|Standing Dimensions||22.64" x 48.03"||40.16" x 16.93" x 44.49"|
|Folded Dimensions||46.46" x 20.47" x 48.03"||44.49" x 16.93" x 15.75"|