REVIEW – I’ve already got one EV parked in the garage. I enjoy the convenience of charging at home and the thrill of strong acceleration. This time I’m scaling much smaller with the Atomi Alpha Electric Scooter. My EV fleet has now increased by one.
What is it?
What’s in the box?
The scooter comes nearly completely assembled. Comes with instructions, charger, two screws and a hex wrench.
– 650W Max. Motor Power
– 40km/25miles Long Range
– 30km/h Max. Speed
– 9-inch Anti-puncture Tubeless Tires
– 120kg/265lbs max load
– LCD display
– 2 second double insured folding mechanism
– Built-in combination lock
– Ambient Light bars
– App Bluetooth
I weighed the scooter (no charger) and it clocked in at 35-1/2 pounds.
The Atomi is a folding scooter with a hinge (left). Notice the zip-tied cables. Assembly consists of adding two hex screws. It took some fiddling to get the threads started. The holes are lined up about 99% of the way.
There is a Bluetooth app, but no matter how many times I followed the directions, I could not get my phone to pair with the scooter. Fortunately, the app isn’t required to change the scooter settings (Drive mode, lights, odometer, units, etc.)
Design and features
On startup, the display illuminates every segment. The battery level is on the lower left, and relative speed on the lower right.
There are many scooters available if you search through Amazon, and I suspect many share the same hardware. The left side of the handlebar features a brake lever, turn signal, and lock lever for folding. The right side has the thumb throttle.
The tires are 9″ tubeless. Here’s a look at the inflation valve (front).
There is a bright white LED headlight. The light and other functions are all controlled via the single button below the speedometer.
There are two amber turn signals. Here’s a left turn, captured mid-blink. The red tail light activates when the brake lever is squeezed.
There are some really cool LED light effects to choose from! The lights are neatly embedded in the riser tube, and under the deck. After entering the LED setup (press the power button x-number of times), squeeze the brake lever to rotate through the colors and patterns. You can also choose no lights if you wish.
There’s a hidden retractable cable and 3-digit lock for securing the scooter. It’s not high security, but it’s better than nothing!
When folded, the top bar is offset a few degrees.
Fortunately, there are three-speed settings, labeled “E”, “D” and “S”. Double-tap the power button to toggle through the modes. The no-load top speed is 6 MPH, 12 MPH, and 18 MPH respectively.
I noticed that when standing, the very top of the speedometer is cut off (see red circle) and the display washes out a little bit.
I also noticed some slight paint bleed on the speedometer mask.
Out of the box, I noticed some paint imperfections or scuff marks. The top deck’s rubber surface appears to be adhesive. It doesn’t hold very well around the rear wheel. The bolts under the surface aren’t flush and the layer peels back without much effort.
I took a test drive in the E, D, and S modes. I’m a first-time rider. None of the modes appear to affect off-the-line acceleration much. There is no neck-snapping instant acceleration with these. However, I could definitely feel the higher top-end speed differences.
What I like
- Looks sleek from afar
- Neat LED effects
- Smartphone (Bluetooth) not required
What I’d change
- Fit and finish misses in a few places
- I could not get the app to pair
If you’re looking for superfast thrills, the Atomi Alpha electric scooter may not be it. If you’re looking for an electrified scooter with a sleek design with integrated LEDs, check this one out.