The Jivr Scooter and Jivr Scooter Plus are currently offered through UK stores like John Lewis and Halfords. The more expensive Jive Scooter Plus, which has many of the same features as its sibling model but has twice the range per charge, is the subject of this review.
Review of the Jivr Scooter Plus electric scooter: essential information
The Jivr Scooter Plus is a straightforward electric scooter that manages to include a lot of highly desired specifications and features. The respectable 50-km range of the detachable 36V 461Wh battery may be further increased with an optional second battery pack, providing you plenty of coverage for longer rides.
The scooter has a 350W motor and 10-inch pneumatic wheels, and it is weather-resistant to IP54 standards, protecting you from the elements. It weighs 15kg less than other models with comparable specifications. It has cruise control as well, but you cannot connect it to your smartphone to gain further capabilities.
At this point, it’s crucial to stress that in the UK, electric scooters are considered Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), and as such, riding one is prohibited unless you’re on private property and have the landowner’s consent.
|Maximum Speed||25kmh / 15.5mph|
|Maximum Range||Up to 50km / 31 miles|
|Recharge Time||5 hours|
|Battery Size||36V 12.8Ah, Panasonic Lithium-ion|
|Wheel Size||10 inch|
|Tyre Type||Air filled / Pneumatic|
|Water Resistance||IP54 - splashproof|
|Display||Handlebar mounted LCD display, showing mode, speed and battery level|
|Number of Modes||3 modes|
|Folded Dimensions||Length: 106cm / Width: 41cm / Height: 45cm|
|Unfolded Dimensions||Length: 106cm / Width: 41cm / Height: 119cm|
|Max Rider Weight||120kg|
Video Review of Jivr Scooter Plus
Jivr Scooter Plus: Design and Build Quality
Setting up the Jivr Scooter Plus is a breeze. It’s easy to attach the brake lever to the left handle stem after unfolding and fastening the steering stem in an upright position. Next, tighten using the provided Allen key before screwing the grips into place.
Once put together, it has a very conventional appearance in terms of style, with a simple matte black finish that is sure to be popular with riders. It appears a touch bigger than the other models we’ve tested because the battery pack is mounted to the substantial stem.
In contrast to some other scooters where the battery is situated in the base plate, this one allows the battery to be taken out and replaced in a matter of seconds and also means that it is more protected. It takes roughly five to six hours to fully recharge.
The thumb throttle accelerator is on the right and the brake lever with an attached bell is, as with many versions, to the left of the handlebar. The LED display is located in the center of the stem and shows your current speed, riding mode, and battery life.
A brake light is incorporated into the rear mudguard, and there is a headlight at the top of the stem. The scooter has three brakes: a mechanical rear disc brake, a front hub motor brake, and the rear mudguard, which also serves as an emergency brake.
A slightly larger folded package (41 x 106 x 45cm) and a significantly heavier one (from an already fairly heavy 15kg to 17kg on my scales) result from the larger wheels and larger capacity battery.
I was really pleased with how quickly, simply, and securely the pieces folded. The base of the stem locks firmly when the front hinge is closed thanks to a difficult to describe double-securing mechanism. Like many other versions, this one’s handlebar post’s top “clips” securely onto the rear mudguard rather than being prone to coming loose if knocked. That is just not possible in this space due to the design.
Jivr Scooter Plus: Motor and Driving
Three riding modes are available on the Jivr Scooter Plus, and they are selected via a button on the throttle. There are three modes: Beginner, which has a maximum speed cap of 6mph, Normal, which has a cap of 9mph, and Sports, which allows for a maximum speed cap of 15.5mph.
The Jivr also has cruise control, which enables you to take your thumb off the throttle while maintaining a consistent speed, in addition to the detachable battery.
Holding the throttle down for six seconds at any moment will activate the feature, which, despite the fact that it disengages every time you lightly use the brake, is always a good idea from a safety perspective.
Disappointingly, the Jivr Scooter Plus doesn’t come with an accompanying app that can open up extra capabilities like more precise riding and battery information stats, unlike many other contemporary e-scooter models.
The Jivr Scooter Plus is a reliable, comfortable, and sturdy scooter. The 10″ pneumatic tires are excellent at absorbing road imperfections, so you never feel uncontrollable.
I spent the majority of my time in the Normal and Sports modes because the Beginner mode felt quite slow. However, it’s absolutely worth starting off on the lowest level if it’s your first time using an e-scooter until you get used to handling it.
It’s beneficial to stop. I was able to quickly stop myself from moving at a high speed thanks to the triple braking system. Fortunately, I never needed to utilize the mudguard brake, which may stop you even faster in an emergency.
The battery is attached to the stem rather than being tucked beneath the footplate, which makes it more difficult to transport. I had trouble getting my hand around the stem, which is something I never had to deal with while transporting other e-scooters. Of course, the flip side of this is that if you buy a second top-up battery and have it charged in your luggage, you might gain a little bit more range.
There are four speeds, but I usually kept it at the quickest one, which on a little incline takes you up to approximately 16 mph. It provided adequate hill-climbing performance on my normal steep hill test, with the motor dropping to roughly 7mph at full throttle in top power mode. Power is smooth and easy to apply (for reference, I weigh about 70kg). For the throttle to engage, you must be moving at least a few miles per hour. Although I don’t like this kind of feature and there is no way to turn it off, I can understand why it is present as a safety element.
On my hilly, mixed-surface test course, I was able to achieve 13 miles of range while using level 4 power at all times. However, I can imagine riders who are similar in weight to me (70 kg) easily achieving 25 km or more from a single charge when using lower-power settings on less steep terrain.
Both the front and back LED lights are quite efficient, giving unlit paths plenty of illumination with the rear light being very noticeable.
Jivr Scooter Plus: Battery and Range
The battery life is reliable. I rode for seven miles during one of my test rides and ended up with two out of five battery blocks. I was in Sports mode the bulk of the time and had a lot of hills to climb.
It’s important to keep in mind that the optimum range varies greatly depending on the weight of the rider, the terrain, and the mode when riding, and you’ll frequently need to recharge a lot sooner than the maximum range stated. This was fairly comparable to the Volter and perhaps a little less than the Xiaomi Pro 2 I’d recently tested over similar distances. The Jivr Scooter Plus handled a few particularly steep slopes with ease when it came to hills.
With other models, you might be able to push a few more miles per hour downhill, but not with the Jivr Scooter Plus. I was never able to exceed 15.5 mph on the descent. That’s still quite quick for any excursion, though.
The lighter impel is-1 may be preferable for smaller riders who only travel 15 to 20 miles each charge. However, the impetus is-2 is an equally good purchase if you want additional range and the ability to handle somewhat rougher conditions provided by the larger battery capacity and larger wheels. Particularly larger, heavier riders might be seduced by it. Due to the high construction requirements of both devices, you should choose an e-scooter that will be durable and able to withstand a significant amount of daily use.
Jivr Scooter Plus: Conclusions
On the manufacturer’s website, the Jivr Scooter Plus is described as a “no-nonsense scooter,” and I wholeheartedly agree with that description. It has fewer frills but still provides a smooth ride and a long range. However, the cruise control mode and detachable battery are the main positives in my book.
It might be challenging to schedule your rides around charging and to constantly wonder if you’ll have enough charge to get home if you want to be out for an extended amount of time. Simply purchase a spare battery from this location and put it in your bag so you can replace it when the original one runs out. Issue is resolved.
Is it the top e-scooter on the market? Although it entirely depends on the features you find most useful and where you want to ride, I think a couple other scooters edge it for me. It’s a good pick nonetheless. The Pure Air is a superior alternative overall despite having a shorter range because to its app compatibility, more potent motor, and capacity for greater loads.