Super Turbo Scooter Light Review

I like a lot of things on the Super Turbo 800 Elite: The disk breaks, 20 MPH top speed, long battery life. One thing I’m not that impressed with is the LED headlight. This video is a comparison between the super turbo elite 800 scooters’ LED light vs other LED lights like the Fenix PD30 and Rayovac 300 lumen Lantern.


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Few More Waterproof RC Trucks

Duratrax Evader BrushlessManufacturers are following Traxxas’ lead as the list of Waterproof RC trucks continues to grow. The latest edition to the list is of waterproof RC’s is the Duratrax Evader Brushless 2.4GHz RTR. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Much Can I Save with an Electric Scooter?

When looking to buy an electric scooter you may find yourself making the claim that it will pay for itself, I did. Innitially the claim made sense. Before using the scooter I’d have to use a fairly innefficent vehicle to get to work. The fuel economy was around 15 MPG and gas was around $3.50/gal. The commute was 6 miles round trip. So cost’s for a week of standard transportation were:

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Dual VXL Summit Review

Twin VXL Summit title=Twin VXL SummitAfter having a lot of success with my single vxl Summit last year, I decided to try making a dual vxl Summit.

Setting up a twin vxl summit is pretty easy. You just use two VXL systems and reverse the white blue wires on one of the motors:
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Super Turbo Elite 800 Turbo Vs. Economy

I’ve been able to play around with the Super Turbo 800 and the Watt’s Up Meter and discover some interesting findings. When I first got the scooter I wasn’t really sure what mode was turbo and what mode was economy.

After hooking up the meter I got a much better idea of the differences between Turbo & Economy Mode.

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Super Turbo Elite Tires

It appears as though these tires are the same as the ones found on the Super Turbo 800 Elite

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Super Turbo 800 Elite Electric Scooter Review

We received our Super Turbo 800 Elite last week. In short we’ve really enjoyed it. The scooter has gotten me to work successfully multiple times already so it’s already a couple of bucks into paying for itself!

After our initial review and use of our electric scooter, here are a few things I wanted to point out:

Wiring

The wiring on the battery is very thick, but progressively shrinks as you go to the speed control (brain) and then to the motor. There is also a loose wire off of the speed control intended for the brake light. When you pull either brake the brain will apply the battery voltage to the “brake light” plug.

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Super Turbo 1000-Lithium

Super Turbo 1000-LithiumI love the Super turbo 1000-Lithium! As an electric RC enthusiast I always laugh when people ask if my cars are gas powered. I always think, “No, they’re better than gas powered.” The same level of quality has come to electric scooters and a great example is the Super turbo 1000-Lithium.
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Batteries in The Prius

Prius nimh batteriesIf you are a battery nerd like me, you’d be interested to know that the batteries in the Prius are nimh- a safe technology that’s been proven for years and years. The capacity isn’t much compared to electric vehicles, but just enough to serve its purpose and keep the low Prius price tag. One of the only changes in the plug in Prius is to the battery. The new plugin Prius battery will be much larger to compete with the volt range and capacity. Exactly how big Toyota has not released. That will probably come out as the release nears which is still a ways away and there is time for the technology to improve drastically.

The new batteries will be lithium ion to take up the same space although they will weigh about 300 lbs than the nimh’s.

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Costs of an Electric Car

home charging stationRight off the bat you’ll learn there are some high costs associated with your electric car. The first expense will be the electric filling station for your garage. There are tax credits that can soften the blow and the cost can be financed with your car, but it’s something you should be aware of when buying an electric car.

There are many cost benefits of an electric car. The most painfully obvious being the cost of fuel. Gas prices are currently sitting at $4 a gallon. That’s expected to rise over the summer to 5 or $6 a gallon. In an efficient gas driven vehicle that will get you 35 miles. To go the same 35 miles in an electric car it would cost you closer to eighty cents.

Maintenance

ford focus motor compartment Not surprisingly, you take away an engine and a lot of the maintenance costs go away as well. There is no more engine oil, radiator, air filter, starter or other parts that keep an engine cool and lubricated.

Time will tell what new maintenance we will have to beeping on our new electric cars, but many of the old maintenance tasks will be left behind with crank starting.

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