How do Voyager Proton vs. SoFlow Air Aluminum stack up?
The electric scooters we have head to head here are the Proton, manufactured by Voyager, 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 Voyager Proton has a total weight of 19 lbs (9 kg), whereas the SoFlow Air Aluminum has a total weight of 15 lbs (7 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.
Voyager Proton 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.
Voyager Proton has a top speed of 15 mi/hr (24 km/hr) versus a top speed of 12 mi/hr (19 km/hr) for SoFlow Air Aluminum. 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. Voyager Proton has a range of 10 miles (16 km), while SoFlow Air Aluminum has a range of 11 miles (18 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. Voyager Proton has a battery capacity of 200W, and SoFlow Air Aluminum has a capacity of 144 Wh.
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.
Voyager Proton has Foot 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.
Voyager Proton has Solid 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. Voyager Proton 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. Voyager Proton comes with front lights, and SoFlow Air Aluminum comes with both lights, so SoFlow Air Aluminum 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. Voyager Proton comes with a 1 year warranty, and SoFlow Air Aluminum comes with a 2 years, 1 year battery and motor warranty.
And there you have it, a full round up of Voyager Proton Vs. SoFlow Air Aluminum. Hopefully this comparison gives you an idea of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Voyager Proton 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:
|Voyager Proton||SoFlow Air Aluminum|
|Top Speed||15 mi/hr (24 km/hr)||12 mi/hr (19 km/hr)|
|Range||10 miles (16 km)||11 miles (18 km)|
|Weight||19 lbs (9 kg)||15 lbs (7 kg)|
|Rider Weight||220 lbs (100 kg)|
|Battery (WH)||200W||144 Wh|
|Recharge Time||2 - 3 hours|
|Lights||Front Lights||Both Front & Rear|
|Frame Material||Metal, plastic, rubber||Aluminium|
|Standing Dimensions||36.0" x 8.0" x 28.0"||39.0" x 5.4" x 37.0"|
|Folded Dimensions||8.0" x 5.4" x 39.0"|
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