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Zinc is an established British brand that is most famous for their manual scooters, particularly stunt scooters that look more at home on the half pipe than under a commuter in a suit, but their recent foray into the world of electric has taken the market by storm thanks to their affordable pricing. With entry level models that are half the price of their rivals (and even less if you buy a refurbished model from Moose!) and premium models with mid-market prices, it’s easy to see why. But are these genuine bargains or is something missing? Let’s take a look.
More about Zinc
Zinc scooters are entry level, but that is in no way a bad thing, because it’s exactly what the brand set out to achieve. These are rough and ready, tough and built to last, ready to take on whatever life throws at them. They might not be the best looking on the market or have the most toys and gadgets, but if you’re looking for an effective and reliable way to get mobile without breaking the bank, Zinc is a great way to do it. The company’s heritage as a veteran of the skate park and brand of the everyman shines through everywhere in their range, treating their products as a tool rather than a work of art and providing stuff that they know users need: Thick wheels with excellent grip, a solid and grippy deck so you won’t slip off, chunky handlebars to hold on to and a no-nonsense display that shows you speed and battery life at a glance.
On top of those user friendly features, the Zinc range can also boast a few advantages that put it above the competition. All their scooters are very light, with some that weigh as little as 9kg and fold up to become some of the smallest scooters on the market, which makes them perfect for public transport and to be stowed easily in a car boot. They also fit together easily, so you can be up and running in no time. So which models should you look out for?
The Zinc Eco is the entry level scooter in the Zinc range, and lives up to the brand’s ideals the best out of all of their models. This is the easiest possible way for a novice to get started with electric scooters, get out there and start having fun. It couldn’t be easier to assemble and get going with this scooter, and with a lightweight build and sturdy engineering it’s extremely portable and tough enough to stand up to any knocks it picks up along the way. The setup is relatively basic but manages to pack in everything you could need, including a speedometer and battery display and even cruise control that’s easily activated without an app.
This is definitely more of a last mile type scooter rather than one you’ll be touring on, with a top speed of 25kph and a range of 13km, but this allows it to trade off this performance with an amazing weight of just 9kg, making it super easy to carry on public transport. You can even use it as a regular push scooter without noticing, because the motor and battery weigh so little. It also means the charge time is tiny too, with just 4 hours needed to get back to full charge, so you’ll be back on the road in no time at all.
Zinc Eco Max
The Zinc Eco sounds amazing, but while it’s great to have a scooter that’s super accessible and easy to use, some people just need a little more out of their ride without a re-mortgage. That’s where the Zinc Eco Max comes in. The top end scooter in a range of three, the Zinc Eco Max is still available at a great price that’s half of some brands’ mid-range prices, but packs that little bit more into its frame to give riders extra capability. All of the great features we mentioned in the Zinc Eco are still true here, but with some extras on top: There’s a headlight to help keep you safe, three speed settings to help match your riding style, and a higher weight tolerance to make this scooter even more accessible.
The best thing about the Max, however, is what it doesn’t do. None of this extra capability, including the boosted 20km range, means sacrificing the other positives. It still weighs very little at 15kg, so it’s still easy to carry around with you, and the increased performance only adds an hour to the charge time, so you can be up and running again in as little as five hours. You even get shock absorbing tyres with this model, helping with the ride quality and making this fun little package much smoother to use.