INOKIM Light 2 Review: 10 Things You Need to Know ( 2022) Leave a comment

Design

Handlebars

The Light 2’s handlebars are small, elegant, and simple to operate. The handlebars are composed of the same cast aluminium as the stem on all INOKIM models, which contributes to their quality and gives the cockpit a premium feel. The Light 2’s handlebars are angled slightly backward, offering you a more ergonomic riding position.

INOKIM Light 2 Handlebars

The foam handgrips, on the other hand, aren’t my favourite feature. While they perform the job and are rather comfortable, I would have liked rubber, especially given the high price.

Moving on to the thumb throttle, another great feature of the Light 2 is the thumb throttle. It’s one of the best of its kind, second only to the throttle on the INOKIM Quick 4. Holding it down for lengthy periods of time is pleasant due to its placement, shape, and grip.

Last but not least, adjacent to the throttle, a basic LCD display gets pride of place. While it serves its purpose as an easy-to-use device that allows you to keep track of your riding numbers and modify the settings of the scooter (for example, adjusting the peak speed), its antiquated plastic casing doesn’t win any design awards.

Frame

INOKIM’s style is one of my favourites, and the Light 2 is no exception. Everything about it is a work of art, from the slender samurai-sword-like telescoping stem to the curvature of the massive rear fender and everything in between.

INOKIM Light 2 Rear Fender

The Light 2 has a similar general appearance to other INOKIM models, such as the Quick 3. Smaller elements, such as red highlights on the handlebars, lime green wires, and elegant branding that appears when you bring the telescopic up, have been meticulously done.

Finally, there are five colour options: black, white, blue, green, and orange. Unlike the majority of scooters we examine, INOKIM is one of the few brands that uses vibrant colours instead of the standard muted black tones to accentuate the Light 2’s superior frame.

Deck

The Light 2’s deck is good in general.

First and foremost, despite being a small scooter, there’s enough of room to adopt a comfortable and natural posture, which is more than can be said for its bigger brother, the INOKIM Quick 4. The deck on this model is only 15.5 inches long, which is a disadvantage. The Light 2’s deck is 2.8 inches longer than the Light 1. Thanks to a large strip of grip tape running across the centre of the deck, it has lots of traction. This ensures that you remain firmly positioned at all times.

INOKIM Light 2 Deck

Second, the deck has only 2.2 inches of ground clearance, which is modest and has both advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, because the deck is so low to the ground, you get the impression that you’re surfing through city streets. The negative is that the deck can scrape on curbs, requiring you to either accelerate to fly off the end of a curb or stop, pick up, and place the scooter back down. To put the Light 2’s lack of clearance in context, the Apollo City and Turboant X7 Pro both have 4.5 inches of ground clearance, which is just over double that of the Light 2.

Wheels

The Light 2 also stands out in terms of tyre performance. The Light 2 was previously equipped with two 8.5-inch pneumatic tyres, but INOKIM modified it to include a never-flat tyre in the rear.

INOKIM Light 2 Front Tire

INOKIM has successfully bridged the gap between air-filled and solid rubber tyres with the addition of revolutionary tyre technology. On the one hand, manufacturers choose air-filled tyres for the comfortable riding experience they provide, while solid tyres are picked for their lack of flat resistance, making them essentially maintenance-free. INOKIM has combined the finest of both worlds with the Light 2.

All of the scooters I offer as alternatives have pneumatic tyres, with the exception of the Unagi E500, which has solid rubber tyres. While there’s no risk of a puncture, and Unagi claims that the tyres feature inbuilt suspension (air-pockets cut out of solid rubber for enhanced shock absorption), their performance isn’t as good as the Light 2.

Build Quality & Durability

If you’re familiar with INOKIM, you’re aware of their high-quality construction. The Light 2 maintains INOKIM’s reputation for superb build quality, as does the rest of the company’s collection.

One of the Light 2’s primary flaws before it was improved was the lack of a water-resistance rating, which was always a thorn in the side. However, with the addition of the IPX4 designation, which protects the scooter from water splashes from all directions, we can joyfully say goodbye to the scooter’s main flaw in terms of build quality.

Rear of INOKIM Light 2 Chassis

As I mentioned in my review of the INOKIM Quick 4, you can feel the higher build quality flowing out of every joint, lever, and bolt the moment you get your hands on it. The Light 2 is a world away in terms of quality from a budget scooter like the Turboant X7 Pro, and even when compared to the popular Apollo City and VSETT 8, the craftsmanship in its design and the quality of materials used are immediately obvious.

The Light 2 isn’t an OEM production model, which is one of the key reasons for its luxury build. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, and its job is to supply parts for other companies’ products.

A little-known fact about the scooter market is that some companies buy pre-assembled scooters and customise the frames with their logos and different batteries. The Apollo City, for example, is an OEM model with the same frame as the Zero 9. Similarly, the Turboant X7 Pro and the Levy Plus are the same model.

The difference between this and the Light 2 is that INOKIM is vertically integrated, which means that every component utilised in the scooter is manufactured by them. Finally, the Light 2 is exclusive to INOKIM, which provides a number of advantages.

INOKIM creates scooters that fit together flawlessly with no welds because each component has been planned with extra precision and is created using precise CNC gear that cuts out single pieces from one large piece of aluminium.

Second, all of INOKIM’s designs are unique to them; no other brand can imitate them, resulting in a greater level of build quality than mass-produced models.

The smooth samurai-sword-esque shape of the telescoping stem, for example, is exclusive to INOKIM, and it’s nuances like these that distinguish decent build quality from great build quality.

Weight & Load

The Light 2 can’t possibly be anything else with the word ‘light’ in its name, can it?

The Light 2 is true to its name, weighing only 30 pounds, and by our definition of ultra-portable, it doesn’t get much better than that.

INOKIM Light 2 Folded

The Light 2 can take 220 pounds of rider weight at its maximum load capacity. To get the best performance out of a scooter, I recommend buying one that can support 40 pounds more than your weight. So, in the instance of the Light 2, if you’re over 180 pounds, I’d recommend one of the alternative scooters I’ve listed.

The Unagi E500 and Turboant X7 Pro support 275 pounds, while the Apollo City and VSETT 8 support 265 pounds. The EMOVE Touring is the only other scooter in the Light 2’s price range that can carry greater weight than the others. This is another excellent portable scooter that can support up to 308 pounds of weight, making it perfect for heavier users.

Folding & Portability

The Light 2 includes a cantilever folding mechanism, similar to many other commuter scooters, that is simple in design and takes only seconds to operate. But it’s the Light 2’s other folding features that really stand out, such as the handlebars that fold down parallel to either side of the stem and the telescopic stem, which reduces the scooter’s length to an ultra-compact and portable shape that’s perfect for carrying and stashing away out of sight.

INOKIM Light 2 Folding Mechanism

To put the Light 2’s folded size into context, here’s how it compares to the scooters I offer as alternatives:

Scooter Length (Inches) Width (Inches) Height (Inches)
INOKIM Light 2 ($999) 39 9.1 14.5
Apollo City ($999) 44.1 9.1 15
Turboant X7 Pro ($550) 42.6 16.5 18.1
Unagi E500 ($990) 37.8 16.5 15

Assembly

The Light 2 is ready to ride right out of the box thanks to its retractable stem and foldable handlebars. You should, however, double-check that the brake levers, display, and throttle are securely fastened.

Ride Quality

Is it comfortable to ride the INOKIM Light 2?

The Light 2’s design tackles practically every aspect of rider comfort, from the slightly swept-back handlebars to the grippy deck, low-center of gravity, and 8.5-inch tyres.

While the Light 2’s handlebars, deck, and tyres all work together to provide great stability and handling, it’s limited to well-kept roads and sidewalks; anything beyond that, as you go out onto rougher, pothole-ridden terrain, the ride quality will suffer.

INOKIM Light 2 Rear Tire

Overall, the Light 2 has the qualifications to provide a good degree of ride quality, but the suspension system is one area where it falls short. It would have been good to have some kind of suspension built into the Light 2’s design for the premium pricing. When we compare it to its closest competitor, the Apollo City, we see that it has the same 8.5-inch air-filled tyres but also has a front and rear suspension system that dampens vibrations from cracks and fissures.

The Light 2’s ride quality would be superb if INOKIM had fitted it with the same spring and rubber suspension as the INOKIM Quick 4. However, this would drastically increase its weight, potentially causing the Light 2 to lose its title as the most portable scooter.

Performance & Safety

Top Speed

The Light 2 has a top speed of 21 mph, but how does it stack up against other cars in its price range and weight class?

Let’s have a look at what we’ve got.

Comparison of Price vs. Speed

There are 15 comparable models when we add $250 on either side of the Light 2’s $999 price tag, and as you can see from the chart below, speed isn’t the Light 2’s strongest feature.

INOKIM Light 2 Speed vs Price Comparison

Because of its modest 36V 350W motor, the INOKIM Light 2 ranks near the bottom of the pack. The fastest of the group, the EVOLV Tour 2.0, features a motor that operates at a greater voltage (usually, higher voltage correlates to increased torque and acceleration) and is 71 percent larger than the Light 2’s motor (600W).

The VSETT 8 (19.2Ah) is the model for you if you want a model with the same size engine as the EVOLV but with better riding quality. The main reason the VSETT 8 has a slower top speed than the EVOVL is because it is heavier; however, what it lacks in top speed it makes up for with greater spring and swingarm suspension.

Speed vs Weight Comparison

When it comes to weight, there are 17 similar scooters that are 5 pounds on either side of the Light 2’s 30 pounds.

INOKIM Light 2 Speed vs Weight Comparison

Surprisingly, the Light 2 outperforms the Light 1 in the previous speed versus price comparison, claiming first position. Is it the case…

On paper, the Light 2 has the quickest top speed, but if we look at the top scooters, the Unagi E500 could be the fastest because it is the only one with dual motors (250W x2). As a result, it can reach a top speed of 15 mph, which is 23 percent quicker than the Light 2. However, my main criticism of this model is that it has solid tyres, which makes for a bumpy and unpleasant ride. Unfortunately, this detracts from a scooter that is otherwise well-designed.

Acceleration

The Light 2 boasts one of the fastest top speeds in its weight class, but it takes a long time to get off the line.

Scooter 0-15 MPH (Seconds)
Apollo City ($999) 4.1
Unagi E500 ($990) 4.4
VSETT 8 ($1,199) 4.6
INOKIM Light 2 ($999) 5.7
Turboant X7 Pro ($550) 7.3

The Light 2’s acceleration is best described as slow. However, it outperforms the Turboant X7 Pro. Despite having the same size motor and battery as the Light 2, the X7 Pro takes longer to get off the mark since it has front-wheel drive rather than rear-wheel drive.

If mileage is vital to you, the X7 Pro is a decent choice; but, if you want to save money, the Turboant M10, the X7 Pro’s sister, is a better option. The M10 has a rear motor and a faster acceleration rate than the Light 2. (5.4 to 15 mph).

INOKIM Light 2 Acceleration Comparison

Because of its larger and more powerful 48V 600W motor, the Apollo City has the fastest acceleration, reaching 15 mph 28 percent faster.

Mileage Limits

The Light 2 can go up to 24 miles on a single charge, but how does it stack up against other scooters in its price and weight class? Let’s have a look at what we’ve got.

Comparison of Mileage vs. Price

The Light 2 joins the pack in the middle.

INOKIM Light 2 Mileage vs Price Comparison

The VSETT 8’s enormous 48V 19.2Ah battery provides nearly 2.5 times the energy of the Light 2’s 36V 10.4Ah battery (921.6Wh vs 374.4Wh). To be clear, Wh numbers are calculated by multiplying battery voltage by battery size (Ah). The higher the number, the more energy the battery can store and the further the range will be. In this scenario, the VSETT 8 (19.2Ah) provides 58 percent more maximum mileage (equivalent to 14 more miles).

Comparison of Mileage vs. Weight

When compared to the 17 other scooters in its weight class (25-35 lbs), the Light 2 performs admirably, finishing second on the podium.

The Turboant X7 Pro is the top scooter in the rankings, having a maximum range of 30 miles, which is 6 miles greater than the Light 2.

INOKIM Light 2 Mileage vs Weight Comparison

The X7 Pro, on the other hand, is a budget scooter, and it doesn’t compare to the Light 2 in terms of build quality. However, if you’re on a low budget, it’s an excellent option.

The X7 Pro also has a removable battery, which means that if you buy the scooter and a second battery, you can quadruple the 30 mile range.

Climbing a Hill

We couldn’t discover a manufacturer-specified figure for the Light 2 like we couldn’t find one for a few other INOKIM scooters we’ve examined. However, we estimate the maximum hill-climbing elevation to be around 10 degrees, which amounts to a gentle incline, based on our database of 100+ scooters and years of testing.

The Light 2 isn’t fast when it comes to climbing hills, so don’t expect it to be. It isn’t, however, the slowest –

Suspension / Shock Absorption

The Light 2 lacks suspension, like the INOKIM Quick 3, and instead relies on its cushy air-filled front tyre and never-flat rear tyre to absorb road imperfections. While the Light 2 does a fantastic job of softening the ride, it is better suited to smooth roads than uneven terrain.

INOKIM Light 2 Neck and Front Tire

The VSETT 8 features the finest suspension of all the scooters I listed as alternatives, with both a front and rear spring, as well as dual swingarms. So, if you’re looking for a scooter that can handle rugged terrain, this is the scooter for you.

Braking

The brakes on the Light 2 are excellent.

Dual mechanical brakes are found on only 44% of scooters in the INOKIM’s pricing range. The Light 2 is one of these, featuring front and rear drum brakes that are low-maintenance but effective.

INOKIM Light 2 Handgrip

When the brakes are used, the motor is automatically turned off to enhance stopping power, which contributes to the scooter’s capacity to come to a stop in 3.4 metres from a speed of 15 mph.

The Apollo City stops at 3.1 metres for even better performance, while the VSETT 8 can stop in 3.2 metres.

Time to Charge

The Light 2 requires 5 hours to charge.

LCD (liquid crystal display)

While the display’s design is antiquated and does not match the rest of the frame’s sleek, slim character, it is straightforward and effective.

INOKIM Light 2 Display

It performs everything you’d expect it to, including displaying riding metrics like your speed, distance travelled, and battery status, as well as allowing you to choose from three different riding modes, starting at 6 mph and progressively up to full speed. You can also utilise the display to change the speed limit, adjust the display brightness, and toggle the cruise control feature on and off.

The display is accompanied by an ergonomic thumb throttle. If you opt to toggle the cruise control setting “on,” cruise control will function after 10 seconds of maintaining the same speed with the throttle depressed, allowing you to take your thumb off the throttle and enjoy the ride while the scooter maintains its pace.

When it gets dark, LED lights turn on automatically.

The Light 2 has a straightforward lighting system. A reflecting headlight has been built into the fender above the wheel in the front, and a brake light has been fashioned into the rear fender.

When it gets dark outside, both sets of lights turn on automatically, thanks to sensors built into the thumb throttle.

In the end, the lights aren’t bright enough to illuminate the road ahead, so I recommend adding more lights.

Optional Seat Attachment

You may reach a point where you’ve had enough of standing and would prefer to ride while seated. Fortunately, the Light 2 comes with an optional seat that readily attaches to the scooter’s deck. It comes with everything you need right out of the box, and set-up time is minimal.

INOKIM Light 2 With Seat Attached

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