The Yadea KS5 Pro electric scooter isn’t the run-of-the-mill electric scooter that you throw away after a month. The world’s largest electric scooter manufacturer ensured that it was loaded with performance, features, and value. I spent many weeks testing Yadea’s KS5 Pro electric scooter as well as Yadea’s smaller KS3 scooter, and I would highly recommend both.
This is why.
Specs for the Yadea KS5 Pro electric scooter
- Motor: 700W-peak rear hub motor
- Top speed: 35 km/h (22 mph)
- Range: 60 km (37 mi)
- Battery: 36V 15.6Ah (561 Wh)
- Weight: 20.2 kg (44.5 lb)
- Max load: 100 kg (220 lb)
- Frame: Aluminum
- Suspension: Front suspension fork
- Brakes: Front drum brake and rear disc brake, plus rear electronic brake
- Wheels: 10-inch with solid tires
- Extras: LCD display with speedometer, LED headlight and tail light, smartphone app, 3 speed modes, IP54 water resistant rating
A variety of rides are available.
The KS5 Pro is Yadea’s big boy, but the business also offers a smaller KS5 with a lower range and speed, as well as a smaller KS3 with even lower specs. At the conclusion, I’ll go over those in more detail. If you’re looking for the best performance right now, the KS5 Pro is the one to go with.
On a scooter, 22 mph is approximately as fast as most people will feel comfortable going. Or, at the very least, most normal people who don’t ride high-speed electric scooters for fun.
I’m especially impressed by Yadea’s use of a battery with a capacity of over 550Wh in the scooter. The KS5 Pro has a much larger battery than typical entry-level electric scooters, which means you’ll get a lot more range out of it. They advertise up to 37 miles, but I believe the true figure is 25 miles when riding at top speed.
Of course, while you’re in a city, you’ll frequently be forced to slow down due to traffic or bike lane congestion. In that instance, it’s possible to get closer to 37 miles.
The lights on the scooter is also really nice. The bright front headlight is set high enough for motorists to see it, and the back tail light is similarly bright and noticeable. It also has the same form as the Yadea logo, which is a great touch.
The 10′′ solid tires are larger than the 6-8′′ tires that are common on electric scooters, allowing it to roll over everything from sidewalk cracks to tiny potholes with less stress to your ankles and wrists. This won’t rescue you from a huge pothole, but regular scooter riders are probably well aware of how crucial it is to keep an eye out for them anyhow. The main concern is all the minor details that you may not notice. A 1-2′′ hole or crack can sneak up on you, yet on a 10′′ tire, it feels much smaller than on a 6′′ tire.
Although the front suspension fork performs admirably, it is not very high-end. But it’s better than nothing, and it’ll make a big impact if you’re walking on a brick path or another high-vibration surface. In those situations, the spring fork makes the ride significantly less unstable.
Braking is also swift and sensitive, with the convenience of a rear mechanical disc brake combined with a front drum brake, as well as rear wheel motor braking. The motor braking is more powerful than I expected, and I frequently barely pull the brake lever to engage the motor braking before the pads, extending the maintenance period by preserving my brake pads and wires.
The motor brakes are effective for the same reason that the motor is effective. You’ll be able to climb small hills at higher speeds with a 500W continuous and 700W peak-rated motor than with those feeble 200-350W scooters.
The scooter’s only serious flaw is that it is somewhat hefty. It folds up beautifully, but once folded, it’s a hefty 45 pounds to transport. But, hey, life goes on. You can’t ask for a powerful motor and a large battery and then whine about how heavy the scooter is. That thing isn’t given out for free; the cost is expressed in pounds.
It’s also denominated in US dollars. The KS5 Pro is currently listed on Amazon for $799, but there is a $100 discount coupon that can be clipped right on the sales page to bring the price down to $699. This is a solid alternative for a higher-performance commuting scooter at that pricing. It can’t compete with a full-suspension electric scooter, but it is less expensive.
You’re getting some very great features in a relatively low-cost electric scooter, especially with the app functionality. However, if you want an even better deal, you’ll have to drop to the $639 KS5 or $569 KS3.
I can say that my experience testing both the KS3 and KS5 has been quite pleasant. The scooters are fast, well-made, and built to be used every day as a light electric vehicle for genuine commuters, not just for lazy Sunday scooting.
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