The Boosted Rev has been discontinued. You may still be able to find some units left in their store, but you will not have support for parts and warranty will be limited.
If you want a similar scooter, with the same level of quality and performance, in the same price range, and even the same waterproof level, I would recommend checking out the EMove Cruiser (full review here).
In my opinion, Boosted Rev is not the most popular scooter out there, but it is the most popular one in the high-end price range.
This is an amazing high-end scooter that I can warmly recommend to anyone.
Here are all the reasons why.
These are the specifications I measured myself, which were identical to the ones in the manual:
- Height (unfolded): 113.9 cm (45 in)
- Height (folded): 49.9 cm (19.7 in)
- Length: 112 cm (44.1 in)
- Width: 61.5 cm (24.2 in)
- Weight: 21.1 kg (46.5 lb)
- Max rider weight: 113.4 kg (250 lb)
- Max range: 22 miles (35.4 km) (tested on flat surface, no wind, 73°F / 23°C temperature, speed of 9.6 km/h (6 m/h) with a 73 kg (160 lb) rider)
- Max speed: 43 km/h (27 m/h) (tested by me, flat road, weighing at 75 kg (165 lb))
- Max climbing angle: 25 °
- Operating temperature: 5°C – 50°C (40°F – 122°F)
- Power: 1.5 kW
- Battery: Lithium-ion, 370 Wh, 43.2 V
- Battery charge time: 3 hours 13 minutes (tested by me)
As you can see, the scooter is on the heavy side. I’m not exactly a big guy, so I did have some trouble when I had to carry it around, but luckily that didn’t happen too often.
However, the weight gives it a lot of stability. And I do mean a lot! Riding one of the rentals after Boosted Rev feels like being in the middle of an earthquake.
The fact that the battery is made up of multiple cells is another great safety feature. Batteries designed like this don’t catch fire as easily. The battery is packed in an IPX7 waterproof aluminum casing.
Here we will take a look at the process of unboxing ana assembly of Boosted Rev.
Unboxing and assembly
The Boosted Rev arrived in a slick, clean-looking box. It packed a serious weight at 30 kg (66.5 lbs).
Opening it reminded me of unpacking a new iPhone for some reason, very exclusive, classy feel to the whole experience.
The following parts are included in the package:
- user manual
- 1-year warranty
- power charger
- 2 inner tubes
Follow these steps to set up your scooter:
- Insert the Handlebar:
- Insert the handlebar into the steering tube.
- Press the wire inside the tube, ensuring it goes all the way in without sticking out.
- Adjust the Headlight:
- Turn the handlebars until the headlight faces forward.
- Lock the Handlebar in Place:
- Hold the rear fender down.
- Press the handlebar downwards until you hear a click, indicating that it’s locked in place.
- Tighten the Bolts:
- While holding the handlebar down, use the hex key from the box to tighten the bolts near the headlight.
- Tighten them to the maximum, eliminating any wiggling between the tube and the handlebar.
- Release and Lock:
- Press down on the rear fender to release the handlebar.
- Lift the handlebar until the tube is straight.
- Press the latch on the tube up to lock it in place.
Your scooter may arrive partially charged, so you can turn it on and start playing right away. You can check the battery by quickly pressing the power button.
If your battery is at a low level (at one bar), plug in your charger and charge it to full, otherwise, ride your scooter until the battery gets almost empty and then plug in the charger.
Learning the ropes
To power on the Boosted Rev, hold the button for half a second, and for two seconds to power it off.
Unlike other scooters, the right handle’s wheel serves for both acceleration and braking. Rolling it toward the plus icon accelerates, while towards the minus activates the electric brake.
While you can start from a full stop, kicking for momentum is recommended for ease and battery health. It may feel different for those used to traditional scooters, requiring a brief adjustment period.
Let’s take a look at Boosted Rev’s most important characteristics.
Speed and speed test
The advertised maximum speed is 39 km/h (24 m/h) and that is already more than most commercial scooters can achieve.
Of course, I wanted to test this out a bit and see if it holds true.
I weigh about 92 kg (203 lbs).
On a flat road, I did manage to hit 43 km/h (27 m/h), but not more. I was not disappointed since most scooters can go a few km/h faster than what they advertise.
I also tested the max speed going downhill, and then I hit 45 km/h (28 m/h). That also exceeded the advertised speed (I don’t know why that was important to me, but it was and I’m glad that it did 🙂 ).
If you need a faster electric scooter check my article about the fastest electric scooters.
Range and range test
Tested the Boosted Rev’s maximum range, advertised at 35 km / 22 miles under ideal conditions.
Rode in mode 2, aiming for 25 kmh /15.5 mh on a city route with occasional stops. After two hours, the battery was nearly drained, achieving a range of 22 kmh / 13.6 miles.
Conditions weren’t ideal, with turns, traffic, and obstacles. Noting that a flat road with better conditions could yield a higher range. Future testing in improved conditions will provide updated information.
If this range does not mitigate your needs check my article with the longest range electric scooters.
Climb and climb test
The Boosted Rev having the best performance in multiple categories out of all the scooters I’ve tried may be becoming a common thread throughout this review. But it’s true.
The Boosted Rev handles climbing the best out of all the scooters I’ve tried so far. It just eats up those hills without a second thought.
Going uphill is even possible in mode 1, which is the slowest mode of all. Even in mode 1, you get a top speed of about 14 km/h (9 m/h).
When you’re in mode 2 or 3, going uphill is even faster.
I must say that I love my Boosted Rev too much to drive it through grass dirt or cobblestones too often. That is also the official recommendation of Boosted, and I believe it’s wise to adhere to it.
However, I did try it out to do a complete review.
I went through a grass surface in the park a few times (max speed of 15 km/h), a dirt road too (also max speed of 15 km/h), and on a cobblestone road (max speed of 10 km/h).
Naturally, the ride was much less stable than on a paved road.
But compared to other scooters, it was a dream. The Boosted Rev’s low center of gravity, hard build and great mass, as well as its huge pneumatic tires, made those rides as steady as they could be. The handlebars barely even moved on the grass and dirt terrain, and I only felt medium-strong vibrations in my feet.
Motor and power
Aah, probably the best part about the Boosted Rev.
This baby has not one, but two, vehicle-grade dual-drive hub motors, one in each wheel.
Having two motors in a scooter provides it with much greater torque, greatly improving acceleration, turning, and braking.
Each is 750 Watts, making the total power of the Boosted Rev 1.5 kW.
That is an insane amount of power! Just to compare, the Xiaomi M365 Pro has a total of 600 Watts at max. That’s more than twice the power!
That’s the secret behind Boosted Rev’s ability to pack such a punch and reach speeds of up to 40 km/h, and accelerate from 0 to 30 km/h in just 4.1 seconds!
The custom-made, anti-propagation, multi-cell battery takes a little more than 3 hours to charge from 0 to 100%.
I only fully drained it once, just so that I could fully charge it and see exactly how long it takes. It took me 3 hours and 13 minutes. I’ve only had the scooter for a week at that point.
I use my scooter mostly for my home-work commute, and I must say this scooter is good for commuting.
I commute almost 6 km to work in Madrid daily, spending around 25-30 minutes each way.
Additionally, I use my Boosted Rev for 10-minute rides to my girlfriend’s and shopping.
After 4 months, I’ve covered over 1300 km (800 miles) without a single issue.
The scooter remains solid with no loose screws or wiggling parts. It operates silently, except for a low, almost hypnotic hum while driving—no screeches, squeaks, or scratches.
Let’s take a look at Boosted Rev’s features.
Boosted Rev weight limit
The Boosted Rev’s manual states a weight limit of 113.4 kg / 250 lb.
Curious about its durability, I conducted a test with a combined weight of 133 kg (293 lb), exceeding the limit by 20 kg (43 lb).
With a total weight of 75 kg (165 lb) for me and 58 kg (128 lb) for my girlfriend, the scooter still performed well, moving at an estimated 80-90% capacity.
We reached a maximum speed of 36 km/h (22.4 m/h), showing its robustness even beyond the recommended limit, though this was an informal test.
This means that the scooter’s performance did take a toll, but it still got the job done in the end.
If you are afraid that Boosted Rev will not be able to support your weight check my article on the best electric scooters for heavy adults.
Ok, I promise not to compare the Boosted Rev to an iPhone again.
But it is a beautiful, masterfully made product, with a big accent on looking modern, smooth, and durable.
If you’ve only seen other regular scooters and it’s your first time seeing a Boosted Dev, you will find it looks like a professional athlete standing next to a regular Joe.
It is a big, tough, powerful-looking machine, but it still has style, almost like it has pride in its lines.
All matte black with small grey and white details, it is the definition of strong elegance.
Made out of custom-made, vehicle-grade industrial aluminum and forged metals, it feels just… right! It feels like a product you will love.
Just excellent craftsmanship all around.
There are three ways to brake with the Boosted Rev:
- the electronic, regenerative brake on the throttle wheel
- the cable and disc brake at the rear wheel are activated by the lever or the left handle
- the rear wheel foot-pressed mechanical brake
The electronic brake is by far the most useful one, and also the easiest to use. It was the one I used most of the time (I sometimes used the brake lever if I needed to brake sooner, and I barely if ever used the foot-pressed brake).
But having two more failsafe, mechanical braking systems is what makes this scooter one of the safest ones.
The electric brake employs what is known as regenerative braking. That simply means that every time you brake, you recharge the scooter’s battery a little bit.
As per the manual, you can conserve or recharge your battery the most by braking down from higher speeds, or braking while going downhill.
This only works when breaking down from 8 km/h (5 m/h). Braking when driving slower than that will not recharge the battery and may cost a little extra power.
Kicking or coasting without using the throttle can also recharge very small amounts of power back into the battery.
One thing to note: when going downhill with a fully charged battery, attempting to use the electric brake will cause the scooter to temporarily shut down and the electric brake will not work. This happens because the battery is getting overcharged, and the scooter shuts down to prevent malfunctions.
I’ve experienced this a few times. Don’t panic, it’s nothing to worry about, just brake using either the disc brake or the rear fender brake and stop the scooter. Restart your scooter and drive for a while without using the electric brake. The battery will drain and you can use the regenerative brake system again.
The braking with any of the systems is very smooth. The company markets the braking as “on a dime”, but I wouldn’t describe it as such.
However, I consider that to be a plus, since braking dead in place may cause you to fall off your scooter. Friends with scooters that have brakes this strong, or have tightened their brakes too much, have told me that this happens a lot. Not very fun.
Another distinct feature of the Boosted Rev – the huge, wide, pneumatic 9-inch / 23 cm rubber tires are what make the ride so fun.
The tires do the job of suspension. The scooter has no suspension mechanism, but in my experience, I don’t think it needs one unless you are going through rough terrains.
I did have a flat once, which I must say caught me off guard. The tires seemed so thick that I thought nothing could puncture them.
I was wrong. I got distracted and didn’t notice the huge pieces of broken glass ahead of me. I just heard a loud pop and then the noise of the front rim grinding against the road.
The warranty doesn’t cover flat tires, so I had to get a spare out of my pocket. Replacing it myself was a bit of a chore, but I also enjoyed getting my hands dirty a little.
The headlight, while not very big, is very strong.
As I mentioned, I frequently drove at night in the last month. The headlight radiated out at 5-6 meters at the least. Other night walkers sometimes covered their eyes when they were walking towards me.
There is a tail light as well, which is lit up when any of the brakes are activated.
What I love about the screen is that it is very visible on sunny days too.
The way you interact with the scooter is through the power button.
You turn the scooter on or off by holding it.
Double-pressing the button toggles the headlight.
Triple-pressing it changes the driving mode. There are three driving modes:
- mode 1, or eco mode, is the mode for parking, familiarizing yourself with the scooter, or if you are a beginner with scooters. It has a speed limit of 19 km/h (12 m/h). It is the best mode for battery life and range.
- mode 2, or expert mode, is the general driving mode. The speed limit is set to 29 km/h (18 km/h).
- mode 3, or pro mode, is the fastest mode of all. The limit is the scooter’s maximum, which is almost 39 km/h (24 m/h). The tradeoff is that it also drains the battery the fastest.
The screen shows the most important things about your scooter:
- current speed
- battery level
- driving mode
Control, handles, and handlebar
The handles have small bumps on them which provide a great grip.
The handlebar can turn for 180 degrees, which when coupled with the twin motors, provides you with great maneuverability. The scooter turns nicely.
As I mentioned earlier, the accelerator/electric brake wheel is a game-changer. It is one of my favorite things about the entire scooter.
However… the wheel is actually both hard and it has small tough bumps. That does hurt your thumb after a while, and it requires it to get a little hardened. It is an area that I can see easily improved, probably by using some rubbery material.
Also, while it is a brilliant solution that gives you an easy way to control both acceleration and braking, it does take a little getting. The wheel is somewhat sensitive, which is a good thing in the long run, but not exactly beginner-friendly. Learning how to speed up and slow down may take you a few hours.
After that, you will enjoy probably the smoothest speed transitions on the market. I like the great job Boosted has done on this, there is very little throwback when starting, and almost no inertia when braking.
The app is probably the biggest weakness of this product at the moment. It’s strange to me how a company can produce an innovative, ground-breaking product like this scooter and fail to provide a decent app for it.
I have the iPhone app, and there’s also an Android one too.
So far I’ve had trouble with the app crashing, being slow and unresponsive, taking too long to connect to the scooter, or simply failing to connect at all.
A glance over the reviews for both the iPhone and the Android app stores will confirm this. They have 2.7 and 2.4 stars each. That’s crazy!
Especially for a product like the Boosted Rev, which itself has a 4.9 rating (granted, the reviews are on their own website, which gives them full control over which ones they choose to display).
When the app works, it has the standard features you would expect from it:
- firmware updates
- displaying of scooter information
- range estimation
Accessories and gear
The Boosted Rev has a fairly unusual build and frame, which means there’s a strong possibility a lot of the generic scooter accessories won’t fit it. To make things worse, there are not a lot of accessories made specifically for it, so you might have to try and get by with some of the generic ones.
Since this is quite an expensive scooter, you will want to lock it with the correct scooter lock. I recommend going with a stronger and more expensive lock, as the cheap bike locks will be easy to break for the more experienced thieves.
Also, you will want to wear a proper electric scooter helmet at all times while riding. The scooter is not capable of extremely fast speeds, but you still wouldn’t want to fall without a helmet on your head while riding at 25 mph / 40 kmh either, so a half-helmet or even a full-face motorcycle helmet might be a good fit for the Boosted Rev.
The Boosted Rev is a remarkable product, but it’s not without flaws.
There are three issues I have.
The first one is the mass and volume of the product. At a whopping 21 kg / 46 lb, and packing a substantial bulk even when folded, it is almost impossible to carry it. Even storing it is difficult, when I keep it close to my desk at work people keep bumping into it.
If you are looking for a lighter electric scooter check my guide on the best lightest electric scooters.
However, I am aware that it is a conscious tradeoff that provides many of those amazing benefits, so there’s not much that can be done about it. We have to live with the heaviness, possibly getting a little stronger every time we carry it around.
The second issue I have with it is the throttle wheel. While I generally love it and I think it’s a brilliant innovation, I would love for it to be a little gentler on the thumb. That would improve the experience so much more, and I’m sure it’s not a difficult thing to accomplish given how great the scooter is overall.
If you are a beginner looking for a more simple electric scooter check my article on the best electric scooters for beginners.
The final issue is the app. As I mentioned above, it is pretty bad and not fitting a product like this. This one is easily fixable.
Those are my concerns about this product. I’m not sure the weight can be drastically reduced in a future version without sacrificing some of the amazing things about the scooter, but I do hope that the other two get fixed.
The price of the Boosted Rev will be around $1600 (€1475 at the time of writing this).
Of course, the price will depend a lot on your country or region, the shipping costs, and whether you choose to get some additional accessories or equipment.
The best way to get the Boosted Rev is through their store.
They currently ship to the US, Canada, Australia, and most of Europe, and are planning to expand that.
If they don’t ship to your country or region, you can contact them and ask if they will ship there soon, or what’s the best alternative way for you to get a Boosted Rev.
What people think about the Boosted Rev
Boosted Rev receives overwhelmingly positive reviews online, with users expressing satisfaction and few regrets.
Key highlights include powerful performance, fast speed, and efficient navigation through various terrains. Notably, users emphasize the scooter’s remarkable reliability, often describing it as a “tank.”
Many riders, covering hundreds or even thousands of kilometers, report no defects. Boosted’s customer support, despite being a smaller company, is consistently praised.
One user from Finland noted using the scooter in rain without issues, highlighting its superior performance compared to other models prone to water defects.
Even users exceeding the weight limit report no problems, leading many to consider Boosted Rev the best electric scooter they’ve tried.
Is the Boosted Rev waterproof?
Yes, the Boosted Rev is waterproof with an IPX7 rating, allowing it to be fully immersed in water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes and still function properly.
It surpasses the typical IP54 rating of most scooters. However, it’s important to note that water damage is not covered by the warranty, and the manual advises against exposing it to large amounts of water, as it may harm the electronics.
Who is the Boosted Rev for?
The short, simple answer is that the Boosted Rev is for anyone who wants to buy a high-quality, high-performance, premium-grade scooter that will truly serve as a means of transport that can be relied upon.
The real, long answer is a bit more complicated.
I would love to say that the Boosted Rev electric scooter is for everybody.
And I do believe that anyone who has an interest in scooters deserves to try it out at least and experience the joy of owning it if possible.
The reality is, that the Boosted Rev is not a cheap product and it will be outside of the price range for many people.
Still, I would urge anyone who looks to spend up to $1000 – $1200 on a scooter, to manage an extra few hundred dollars and go for the Boosted Rev.
The reason is simple: you will get a travel companion for life, and you will never think twice. I know I’m milking this analogy too much at this point, but buying a Boosted Rev is really like buying an iPhone – you are getting the best product that money can buy.
Instead of buying a Razor or a Ninebot and having it break down after two weeks, or even worse, arrive non-working, the Boosted Rev will be the last scooter you will need to buy.
The Boosted Rev is a high-quality vehicle. Boosted is a premium brand and they don’t put out junk on the market – their products go years without a single glitch.
You will get a 1-year warranty, which you will likely not have to use.
Just check out the section below about what the fans of Boosted Rev are saying (and their devotion to the product). You don’t build that kind of trust with a mediocre product.
Is the Boosted Rev the best electronic scooter in the world right now?
It’s hard to tell (and I will likely be biased). It is certainly the best of all the others I’ve tried, but I’m just one guy, and there are many other scooters out there I haven’t tried.
One thing is for sure though – you will get your money’s worth.
The public has dubbed it the “best scooter money can buy“, and I agree with that statement wholeheartedly.
If you are looking for high-quality, long safe rides, peace of mind, and the last scooter you will ever buy, get the Boosted Rev.