How do Swagtron City Commuter vs. EcoReco M5 stack up?

electric scooter comparison Swagtron City Commuter
Swagtron City Commuter
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electric scooter comparison EcoReco M5
EcoReco M5
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The electric scooters we have head to head here are the City Commuter, manufactured by Swagtron, versus the M5, manufactured by EcoReco. 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 Swagtron City Commuter has a total weight of 26 lbs (12 kg), whereas the EcoReco M5 has a total weight of 36 lbs (16 kg). As Swagtron City Commuter 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. Swagtron City Commuter folds down to 19.0" x 17.0" x 41.5", and EcoReco M5 folds down to 36.6" x 5.5" x 11.8".

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.

Swagtron City Commuter has a motor power of 250W, versus EcoReco M5’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.

Swagtron City Commuter has a top speed of 18 mi/hr (29 km/hr) versus a top speed of 20 mi/hr (32 km/hr) for EcoReco M5. Both models have a very similar top speed, so there’s not a lot to distinguish between them in this category.

When it comes to distance travelling, however, then the range of the electric scooter is going to be a key factor. Swagtron City Commuter has a range of 12 miles (19 km), while EcoReco M5 has a range of 20 miles (32 km). If your commute is more than 20 miles (32 km), then

Battery life and recharge time are also important factors to take into account. Swagtron City Commuter has a battery capacity of 216 Wh, and EcoReco M5 has a capacity of 288 wh (10 Cells at 1,000 mAH)Wh. Swagtron City Commuter will recharge fully from empty in 3.5 hours, and EcoReco M5 will take 2-4.5 Hours to fully recharge.

An electric scooter also needs to be able to support the weight of the rider. Swagtron City Commuter has a maximum rider weight of 319 lbs (145 kg), while EcoReco M5 can support a maximum weight of 279 lbs (127 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.

Swagtron City Commuter has Disc breaks, and EcoReco M5 has Drum 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.

Swagtron City Commuter has Pneumatic and EcoReco M5 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. Swagtron City Commuter has None, and EcoReco M5 has Both, making ${model_two} the comfier ride.

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. Swagtron City Commuter comes with both lights, and EcoReco M5 comes with rear lights, so Swagtron City Commuter 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. Swagtron City Commuter comes with a 1 year warranty, and EcoReco M5 comes with a 2- year Frame and Fork, 6 Month Battery (Upgradeable to 9 Month by Registering) warranty.

And there you have it, a full round up of Swagtron City Commuter Vs. EcoReco M5. Hopefully this comparison gives you an idea of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Swagtron City Commuter and EcoReco M5, 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:
Swagtron City Commuter EcoReco M5
Top Speed 18 mi/hr (29 km/hr) 20 mi/hr (32 km/hr)
Range 12 miles (19 km) 20 miles (32 km)
Weight 26 lbs (12 kg) 36 lbs (16 kg)
Rider Weight 319 lbs (145 kg) 279 lbs (127 kg)
Tire Type Pneumatic Solid
Motor 250W 250W
Brake Type Disc Drum
Battery (WH) 216 Wh 288 wh (10 Cells at 1,000 mAH)Wh
Recharge Time 3.5 hours 2-4.5 Hours
Suspension None Both
Lights Both Front & Rear Rear Lights
Frame Material Aluminium 6061-t6 aluminum alloy
Standing Dimensions 45.3" x 17.0" x 41.5" 38.0" x 22.0" x 46.0"
Folded Dimensions 19.0" x 17.0" x 41.5" 36.6" x 5.5" x 11.8"
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