How do Onan L1 14AH vs. SoFlow Air Aluminum stack up?
The electric scooters we have head to head here are the L1 14AH, manufactured by Onan, versus the Air Aluminum, manufactured by SoFlow. 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 Onan L1 14AH has a total weight of 34 lbs (15 kg), whereas the SoFlow Air Aluminum has a total weight of 15 lbs (7 kg). As SoFlow Air Aluminum is lighter, it is the more convenient option if you need to carry it for a portion of your commute (up stairs, or on and off public transport, for example).
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. Onan L1 14AH folds down to 19.2" x 16.5" x 47.5", and SoFlow Air Aluminum folds down to 8.0" x 5.4" 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.
Onan L1 14AH has a motor power of 250W, versus SoFlow Air Aluminum’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.
Onan L1 14AH has a top speed of 19 mi/hr (31 km/hr) versus a top speed of 12 mi/hr (19 km/hr) for SoFlow Air Aluminum. So if you are looking at long, flat stretches on your commute, and if speed is your thing, then Onan L1 14AH 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. Onan L1 14AH has a range of 31 miles (50 km), while SoFlow Air Aluminum has a range of 11 miles (18 km). If your commute is more than 20 miles (32 km), then Onan L1 14AH would be the better choice.
Battery life and recharge time are also important factors to take into account. Onan L1 14AH has a battery capacity of 84W, and SoFlow Air Aluminum has a capacity of 144 Wh. Onan L1 14AH will recharge fully from empty in 4.5 - 7.5 hours, and SoFlow Air Aluminum will take 2 - 3 hours to fully recharge.
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.
Onan L1 14AH has Disc brakes, and SoFlow Air Aluminum 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.
Onan L1 14AH has Pneumatic and SoFlow Air Aluminum 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. Onan L1 14AH has Front, and SoFlow Air Aluminum has Front, 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. Onan L1 14AH comes with both lights, and SoFlow Air Aluminum comes with both lights, so both are suitable if driving after dark and safety are high priorities.
And there you have it, a full round up of Onan L1 14AH Vs. SoFlow Air Aluminum. Hopefully this comparison gives you an idea of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Onan L1 14AH and SoFlow Air Aluminum, 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:
|Onan L1 14AH||SoFlow Air Aluminum|
|Top Speed||19 mi/hr (31 km/hr)||12 mi/hr (19 km/hr)|
|Range||31 miles (50 km)||11 miles (18 km)|
|Weight||34 lbs (15 kg)||15 lbs (7 kg)|
|Rider Weight||264 lbs (120 kg)|
|Battery (WH)||84W||144 Wh|
|Recharge Time||4.5 - 7.5 hours||2 - 3 hours|
|Lights||Both Front & Rear||Both Front & Rear|
|Frame Material||Aerospace-grade aluminum||Aluminium|
|Standing Dimensions||47.1" x 16.5" x 48.1"||39.0" x 5.4" x 37.0"|
|Folded Dimensions||19.2" x 16.5" x 47.5"||8.0" x 5.4" x 39.0"|