Hover-1 Blackhawk Review – My Experience With The Removable-Battery Commuter

Hover 1 Blackhawk Review

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Quick summary: The Hover-1 Blackhawk is a budget electric scooter for urban rides. It has a 350 W brushless motor, and a top speed of 18 mph / 29 kmh. It comes with a removable 36V Li-ion battery mounted on the stem that provides it with a range of 28 mi / 45 km on a single charge. It also features a quick folding system and one of the best, brightest LCD displays I’ve seen in this price range.
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Hover 1 Blackhawk Specifications

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  • Top speed: 29 kmh 18 mph
  • Range: 45 km 28 mph
  • Motors: front brushless DC hub
  • Power: 350 W
  • Climb angle: 15 °
  • Battery: 36 V
  • Battery type: 40 cell Lithium-ion
  • Charging time: 6 h
  • Ingress protection (IP): IP54
  • Weight: 20 kg 44 lbs
  • Weight limit: 100 kg 220 lbs
  • Tire size: 10 in
  • Tire type: pneumatic
  • Foldable: yes
  • Foldable handlebars: no
  • Build material: aluminum
  • Terrains: urban
  • Brakes: disk + electronic + foot
  • Shock absorbers: no
  • Lights: front LED headlight, rear red warning light
  • Control: LED display
  • Cruise control: yes
  • Warranty: 90 days
  • Return period: 30 days
  • Folded dimensions (L * W * H): 108 * 42 * 46 cm 42.52 * 16.54 * 18.11 in
  • Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H): 108 * 42 * 118 cm 42.52 * 16.54 * 46.46 in
  • Adjustable handlebar: no

Tests and measurements

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  • Speed tests (third party): 30 kmh 18.6 mph
  • Acceleration tests (EScooterNerds): 33 kmh
  • Acceleration tests (third party):
  • Range tests (EScooterNerds): 19.3 km 12 mi
  • Range tests (third party): 19.3 km 12 mi
  • Braking distance tests (third party): 6 m
  • Climb tests (EScooterNerds): 18
  • Charge time tests (EScooterNerds): 6
  • Charge time tests (third party): 5.5
  • Weight limit tests (EScooterNerds): 109 kg 240 lbs
  • Weight limit tests (third party): 120 kg 265 lbs

Ratings and scores

Overall score
Ranked #3 in price range $500 – $600
65
Quality & Lifespan
76
Value
88
Ride Experience
75
Speed
29
Acceleration
31
Climbing
62
Range
45
Brakes
78
Suspension
73
Portability
77
Weight capacity
60
Maintenance
51

Pros

  • beginner-friendly
  • affordable
  • good brakes
  • low maintenance
  • good portability

Cons

  • low speed
  • low range
  • low weight limit

When to buy

I recommend the Hover-1 Blackhawk for daily commuters, especially those going to work and back. The removable battery allows convenient charging anywhere, be it in your office or at a cafe. It’s also an excellent choice for beginners looking for their first electric scooter. The model is easy to ride, and you’ll get the hang of it within a day or two. The conveniently placed throttle, equipped with a cruise control option, ensures fatigue-free riding, making it ideal for those new to such vehicles. For individuals seeking the best value in an electric scooter, the Hover-1 Blackhawk stands out with its low price and comprehensive feature package, making it one of the best-value options on the market.

When not to buy

One type of rider who wouldn’t find much use for this scooter is experienced riders who are looking for a much faster scooter. The Hover-1 Blackhawk has some decent power, but certainly won’t be enough for people who want a much more thrilling ride experience. Besides its modest speed, there are hardly any other concerns regarding the Hover-1 Blackhawk. I had nothing but a good experience with it.

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Hover-1 Blackhawk is one of the best lightweight commuter electric scooters I’ve ever tried. In this review, we will go through all of its features, qualities, performance, ups and downs, and help you decide if this is the right scooter for you.

Hover-1 Blackhawk electric scooter overview

The Hover-1 Blackhawk is the perfect choice for beginners looking to buy their first electric scooter. This is one of the most practical scooters I’ve ever tried, and I think it’s perfect for busy urban life.

The biggest benefits of the Hover-1 Blackhawk include a removable battery you can charge wherever you please, stable performance with three riding modes, a gripped deck long enough to fit both of your feet on it comfortably, and a weight light enough for anyone to pick the scooter up and carry it around in their arm.

Anyone looking to buy a reliable scooter with a decent range, but is forced into a smaller budget should have the Hover-1 Blackhawk at the top of their list.

Basics

Hoover-1 Blackhawk design

Unlike many other products in this price range, the Hover-1 Blackhawk is a simple and agile electric scooter whose value exceeds its price.

It features a fairly thin build, and a great feature package, heavily prioritizing practicality and reliability over strong performance levels. I loved how easy it was to fold the scooter, and the practicality of the removable battery.

Unboxing and assembly

Hoover-1 Blackhawk box contents

The scooter is delivered in a large cardboard box.

There are a few components included in the box:

  • ‎the electric scooter
  • user’s manual
  • charger
  • Allen key
  • handlebars

There will be a little bit of assembly done before you can test the scooter, but I found it to be easy and quick.

Once you open it up and unfold it, you will first need to place the handlebars on. This is done simply by screwing the bars on the steering wheel. No key is necessary for this part.

Next is placing the braking lever in the appropriate position. You can rotate the lever around the handlebar until you find the most comfortable position and tighten it up using the Allen key provided in the box.

The only thing left now is to check the tire pressure, and make sure that the battery is fully charged. Once you’ve done all this, you can finally hop on the scooter and test it with your first ride.

Folding and unfolding

Hover-1 Blackhawk stem lock on foot brake

Folding this scooter is made very simple thanks to the one-step quick folding system placed at the bottom of the stem.

In order to fold the scooter down, you must first unclutch the circular protective ring placed around the folding latch, push the latch down, and fold the stem on top of the deck. You can secure the stem by locking it on the foot brake, in the designated space.

Locking the stem down onto the foot brake is a neat little feature that helps you carry the scooter in your arm easily.

Overall, I was pretty satisfied with the folding mechanism, it felt quite secure.

Ride experience and intended use

The Hover-1 Blackhawk is mainly designed as a city commuter, made to be ridden in the urban environment. Paved roads are the only place where you’ll be able to ride this scooter, as its build, especially its tires, probably won’t be able to handle any rougher roads.

I only tried riding it in urban settings and mostly on regular streets and pavements, and the rides were quite pleasant.

Build quality

The quality of the frame on this scooter is surprisingly strong, considering this is a budget-priced electric scooter designed for urban commutes.

The whole frame is made from aluminum, while most of the wheel parts, the controls, and the bumpers are made of plastic.

I must say, it felt like a much more expensive scooter.

Design and colors

Using the standard design found in most similarly priced scooters, the Hover-1 Blackhawk comes with the universal thin deck, dark-colored frame, and familiar control allotment.

The only exception from this standard design is the stem. Unlike its thin deck, the stem of the Hover-1 Blackhawk is much thicker due to the fact that it holds the battery of the scooter. Since the battery is removable, the design team thought it would be best to place it somewhere handy, where it will be within hand’s reach.

Color-wise, the scooter is only featured in a matte-black colored design (which, personally, I liked quite a lot). The whole frame, wheels, deck, and cockpit are black, whereas parts of the steering wheel and wires come in light-blue color.

Performance

Hover-1 Blackhawk performance

Stable and reliable performance has been one of the primary concerns for this scooter. The design team has managed to design a fairly cheap and lightweight electric scooter that will be able to compete even with some of its pricier counterparts.

Speed and acceleration

The Hover-1 Blackhawk has an official top speed of 18 mph / 29 kmh. That was exactly what I was able to reach (I weighed around 190 lbs / 86 kg at the time).

You should have in mind that this speed will largely vary on the rider’s weight, the scooter’s battery level, as well as the inclination angle, and the terrain you are riding on. Lower battery and rougher, especially uphill terrains can significantly lower the max speed.

The Hover-1 Blackhawk has cruise control. The cruise mode is activated by double-pressing the throttle button, allowing you to maintain your speed without keeping your thumb on the throttle.

Motor, power, and climbing angle

A single 350W brushless motor powers this scooter. The motor is mounted inside the front wheel and is controlled by a silicon-coated thumb throttle placed on the right handlebar, right beside the screen display.

You can switch between three riding modes, each with a different speed limit for better control over your ride. The eco mode will allow you to cruise lightly through crowded places, and then switch up to high-speed mode when the street ahead is clear.

Even though it’s powered by a single motor, the Hover-1 Blackhawk has an inclining rate of up to 15 degrees, handling steep hills effortlessly.

Weight limit and usage by heavy adults

The Hover-1 Blackhawk can handle a load of up to 220 lbs / 100 kg.

It is the industry standard for lightweight city commuters, as most scooters in this price range have the same weight limit.

Range and commuting

Hover-1 Blackhawk removable battery

Officially, a single full battery charge will let you ride the Hover-1 Blackhawk for up to 28 mi / 45 km. In my test, I was able to reach 27 mi / 43 km.

It may not sound like much, but this is actually one of the longest ranges you can find for this price. It makes the Hover-1 Blackhawk a perfect scooter for light commutes around the city, letting you run some errands during rush hour or get to work and back.

Having multiple riding modes also helps a lot, as you can always set the scooter to eco-mode and ride at a slower speed when the battery gets low.

Batteries and charging

The Hover-1 Blackhawk features a removable 36 V 40-Cell Lithium-ion battery.

The battery is mounted on the stem, attached to the back side of it, close to the rider, so that it provides a better ride balance. It will take roughly around 6 hours to fully charge it, which is a pretty fast charging time if you take into account the range it provides.

You can easily remove the battery at any time by pressing the clip button on its top and gently taking it off the stem. This allows you to take it up to your home, office, or wherever you find yourself at the moment and recharge it there without taking the whole scooter with you.

A single hour of charging will translate to around 4.7 mi / 7.5 km, so you can always plan on having enough range even when you must go out before the battery is fully charged.

Features

Hover-1 Blackhawk handlebars set-up

Compared to all of the other electric scooters priced below $600, the Hover-1 Blackhawk has a surprisingly large number of features.

Weight, dimensions, and portability

The scooter weighs roughly around 44 lbs / 20 kg, meaning anyone can take it up and carry it in their arms if needed.

Additionally, once you fold the stem down, you can lock it on the foot brake and secure it in place, helping you carry the scooter with one arm.

The dimensions of the Hover-1 Blackhawk are as follows:

  • folded (L x W x H): 42.6 x 16.5 x 18.1 in / 108.2 x 42 x 46 cm
  • unfolded (L x W x H): 42.6 x 16.5 x 46.6 in / 108.2 x 42 x 118.3 cm

Couple all of that with the removable battery feature and you get one of the most portable city commuters on the e-scooters market.

Waterproofing and riding in the rain or snow

The Hover-1 Blackhawk is not a completely waterproof scooter. Still, I rode it on a few wet days without any issues.

The scooter has an IP54 waterproofing rating, meaning it’s protected from smaller splashes and droplets, but will be damaged if it’s submerged in water.

Dust and smaller sprays of water will probably not be that harmful to the scooter’s build and electronic parts, but I still wouldn’t recommend testing it on rain, snow, or dirty off-road tracks.

Brakes

Unlike most budget-priced scooters that only feature a single brake, the Hover-1 Blackhawk has a much more complete braking system.

The scooter features a disk brake on the rear wheel, an electronic brake on the motor at the front wheel, and a foot brake right behind the deck. The disk brake alone will be enough for the scooter to make a full stop most of the time, but it’s nice to have additional braking power when riding at a higher speed.

Tires and wheels

Hover-1 Blackhawk front wheel design

The Hover-1 Blackhawk comes with the standard 10” pneumatic tires. These tires are great for urban commutes as they will help absorb most of the bumps along the road, unlike solid tires which provide a much stiffer ride experience.

The tires have shallow linear grips along their surface, which can come in handy in avoiding skidding when riding a wet road.

Suspension

Unfortunately, the Hover-1 Blackhawk does not have any suspension mechanism featured in its design.

Built as a lightweight urban commuter, this scooter only has its pneumatic tires to absorb some of the shocks from the bumpy road. While this may not be a problem for rides on paved streets and designated bike tracks, it is one of the main reasons why you won’t be able to go off-road with this scooter.

I found the rides to be a bit bumpy at times, but pretty good overall.

Lights and night use

A bright front LED headlight and a rear red warning light will help you ride the Hover-1 Blackhawk at night without any problems.

The front headlight will illuminate the road well for a few feet ahead, while the rear red light will signal to those behind you that someone is right in front of them even when the visibility is low.

Screen, handlebars, and controls

Hover-1 Blackhawk screen + throttle

The Hover-1 Blackhawk features one of the best displays I’ve seen on a budget-priced scooter.

A big and bright LCD display is placed right in the middle of the cockpit. This type of screen has much better visibility than almost any other display found even on premium scooters.

The display indicates the most necessary information such as the speedometer, the battery status, which riding mode is currently active, and whether the cruising mode is turned on.

On the handlebars, you will also find the motor throttle, a small blue button on the right side, and the brake lever on the left. The handlebars, which are fully removable, have grips on their surface for better ride control in case your palms get sweaty.

Deck and standing surface

Hover-1 Blackhawk deck length

The deck is 26.7 in / 67.8 cm long, so you will be able to put both your feet comfortably on it, one behind the other. The deck also comes with a dot-gripped surface to prevent any sliding.

Accessories and upgrades

There are no accessories and customizations that are specifically designed for the Hover-1 Blackhawk. Luckily, the scooter has a fairly standard design and build, and will support pretty much all of the common electric scooter accessories. I would recommend a trunk if you carry items with you when you ride.

The scooter itself isn’t expensive, but you still won’t want to leave it outside unlocked. See my guide on the best electric scooter locks to find a lock that fits this scooter.

Finally, you should always follow the golden rule of electric scooters, and never ride without a fitting electric scooter helmet. A budget model or a half-helmet will do just fine for the Hover-1 Blackhawk.

Problems and what to know

There are a couple of issues you should be aware of before making your decision on whether to buy this scooter.

The most notable problem that you will instantly notice is how the performance of the scooter drops quickly once the battery drops below 50%. Even though it should technically have around 14 mi / 22.5 km of range, the scooter can hardly reach its top speed once half of the battery is gone. Luckily, the scooter supports easily swapping the battery with a full one when it gets close to empty, which should help mitigate the issue.

Another thing many future users might find problematic is the lack of suspension. Relying only on your air-filled tires as shock absorbers shouldn’t be too big of an issue unless you live in an area where the streets are not well maintained. Still, with a tire diameter of 10 inches, the ride comfort this scooter will provide will still beat the ones of most other budget scooters, which either come with solid tires, or 8.5-inch pneumatic tires, both of which provide bumpier rides.

Price and value

Available for as low as $549, the Hover-1 Blackhawk can be considered a budget electric scooter. It’s not the cheapest scooter out there, as there are dozens of models out there priced as low as $300, but could very well fit into anyone’s budget.

For that price, the scooter offers one of the most reliable performances out there.

Its biggest value comes from the range, which is one of the highest among scooters priced below $600. A huge addition to this already strong spec is the swappable battery which makes this one of the best scooters for city commutes. You won’t ever need to worry if the battery is fully charged as you can easily charge it wherever you go and leave the scooter locked outside, or you can also get a spare battery and effectively double your range.

How does the Hover-1 Blackhawk compare to other electric scooters?

Here is a quick comparison between this scooter and some of its most popular competitors.

Hover-1 Blackhawk vs Hover-1 Alpha

side view of the Hover-1 Alpha

The second most popular scooter released by the Hover-1 brand is the Hover-1 Alpha.

The Hover-1 Alpha can also be found on Amazon, where it’s usually priced at $449. However, a lot of the time you’ll be able to find it on sale with the price lowered to around $361. As such, it will be a much cheaper scooter than the Hover-1 Blackhawk, but with some notable differences as well.

Designed with a slightly thicker frame and overall bulkier build, the Hover-1 Alpha is available in three colors: black, blue, and red variation. The thick design mainly comes due to the battery, which is non-removable and placed below the deck.

Performance-wise, both scooters are very similar as their motors have a similar power output and go at the same speed.

The biggest difference between the two models comes in their range. The range of the Hover-1 Alpha is more than two times lower than the one of the Blackhawk, and will only give you up to 12 mi / 19.3 km of riding with a single charge. Add to that the fact that the battery is non-removable, and you get the idea why this scooter is so much cheaper.

Still, if you’re interested in an even lower-priced alternative, see my detailed Hover-1 Alpha review.

Hover-1 Blackhawk vs Segway Ninebot E45/E45E

folded Segway Ninebot E45

The Segway Ninebot E45 is probably the most popular alternative to the Hover-1 Blackhawk.

Priced at around $840, this scooter comes at a slightly higher price, but has a few extra features to offer.

Performance-wise, both scooters are almost the same. They both have the same top speed, three riding modes, and even the same range, although the Segway Ninebot E45 uses two batteries in order to reach that range.

The main difference between the two scooters comes in their features, or the riding experience to be precise. The Segway Ninebot E45 features rubber shock absorbers at its front wheel, which will absorb some of the shocks from the ride, but that’s because its tires are solid and provide very bumpy rides, to begin with.

It also has a slightly brighter headlight, meaning a bit better night rides as well.

Hover-1 Blackhawk vs GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter

side view of the GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter

If you are a new rider waiting to buy your first electric scooter, the Hover-1 Blackhawk will be a great fit for you. But if you are in the market for something slightly cheaper, then I would definitely recommend checking out the GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter.

This light aluminum-made scooter has a similar design to the Hover-1 Blackhawk, with a slim frame, thin deck, and black-and-white aesthetics. It costs roughly around $349 and will be a much better fit for those on a tighter budget.

However, for such a price you will have to accept lower performance levels. The GoTrax GXL V2 can reach a top speed of 15.5 / 25 kmh, and has a much lower range of around 12 mi / 19.3 km.

The battery of the scooter is non-removable. It charges faster in around 4-5 hours, only slightly better than the Blackhawk, although if we consider the ranges that both the batteries provide, that charge time seems a bit slow.

Overall, the GoTrax GXL V2 is a somewhat more affordable but weaker alternative to the Hover-1 Blackhawk in terms of both speed and range. It is a great choice for beginners who want to start their e-scooter journey with a modest option. See my complete GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter review if you want to find out more.

Verdict

The Hover-1 Blackhawk is generally a great budget pick.

The removable battery will be a huge win for many people, as well as the comfortable range, the large tires, and the many other benefits and features the scooter provides.

If your budget is around $500-$600 and you’re looking for your first scooter for commuting or casual use, definitely consider the Hover-1 Blackhawk.

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