Electric unicycles, or “scooter unicycles,” is a new breed of personal transport vehicle that uses a single wheel powered by electricity. Built for use in cities or small towns, the electric unicycle is an interesting alternative to walking long distances that are too short for a car or bus ride. With their advantage of convenient portability, they have the great potential for being a cost-effective way to get around.
Invented in the late 1930s, the unicycle did not really take off as a good way to go around as it was difficult to steer. Since then, the unicycle has been a given a full overhaul and now enjoys a new lease on life by powering it with electricity. Nowadays, the electric unicycle uses gyro-stabilization to balance the rider, a simple shifting of the rider's weight forward and backward gets the unicycle to move.
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If you are looking for a convenient way to travel short distances or just go road tripping, an electric unicycle is actually a good way to go. I have listed six of the best electric unicycles for the year 2018 to give you an idea should you decide to get one and start a cool and trendy way to travel.
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The InMotion V5F is a 14-inch well-built unicycle released as InMotion's flagship unicycle. Weighing about 36 pounds, it is lightweight, compact, and has a modern design which makes it considerably attractive. The body is made of hard and glossy plastic that clearly displays its premium grade quality.
This unicycle can carry passengers of up to 120 kgs. and lets you travel up to a maximum distance of 35-40 km/h. Its 550-watt motor can deliver a maximum speed of 18 km/h that allows you to bypass pedestrians, cars stuck in traffic or even bicyclists. It is designed to be thinner but is more powerful than most unicycles of its class.
A wheel lock button is located under the fixed handle. It turns off the drive to allow the rider to lift it without having to completely turn off the whole wheel. This feature greatly helps prevent tire rotation for additional rider safety. It is creatively designed to hide the air pump under a cover and has a handlebar that can be folded easily for added convenience. The batteries are placed over the wheel making it resemble an ellipse.
The InMotion V5F is equipped with an on-board intelligent chip at the top of the unicycle's shell, facing up front and helping to avoid sudden stops. This helps the wheel to run smoothly for a more enjoyable riding experience. This intelligent chip also allows you to ride easily in tight spaces.
The unicycle is also equipped with the Bluetooth Mobile App that requires you to register your account and provide the serial number of the unicycle. This is InMotion's solution to get rid of unauthorized sales of their products. It can also assure you that your unicycle comes from legitimate sellers.
You can customize this electric unicycle using this app. You can monitor your performance, the routes you have taken, the diagnostics of the output of components, as well as setting up the speed limits and the calibration of the device.
White LED lights are installed at the front that light up the road effectively while red lights are placed symmetrically at the rear to serve as brake lights. There is no flash mode on this unicycle presumably to assure user safety that prevents the threat of the so-called “target fixation.”
Great metal alloys are used in the manufacture of the InMotion V5F's motor providing you with the most power while keeping the weight to a bare minimum. InMotion is relatively known to make subcomponents that are durable and reliable.
This unicycle will emit sound signals if the rider gets too close to the speed limit. If ignored, the unicycle will activate the tilt-back, meaning the purposeful leaning of the pedals to the back will force you to reduce your speed.
I can certainly agree with most users who complain of the pedals being placed slightly higher than other models; this is supposed to prevent the unicycle from getting scratch marks at sharp bends and lets you ride along a straight line. But we are not convinced, although this is but a minor drawback.
One thing that definitely makes up for this flaw is that the pedals are covered with sandpaper which ensures that your shoes stick securely to the pedals.
Powerful, good looking, and convenient, the KingSong 14S is a mid-range electric unicycle for riders wanting to own one with a budget of under $1,000.
Priced at around $950, it is one of the more affordable unicycles and one of the more durable, and it is the best value for your money.
This unicycle is available in two versions: one that uses a 680-watt battery and another one that uses an 840-watt LG or Sanyo (a Panasonic subsidiary) battery.
I highly recommend getting the higher-powered battery because of the longer runtime and would provide you with more power and advantages as it can easily carry weights of up to 330 lbs. The charging time is approximately 6 hours, a bit longer than the other brands.
The battery can be removed and replaced if you want to upgrade for more mileage and better strength. The LED battery state display is a battery efficiency feature that prevents it from overcharging, over-current protection, and over-discharging.
Its high-speed power motor delivers a maximum speed of 22 mph that is fast enough for a 14-inch wheel and a mileage of 25-38 miles, depending on the weight of the rider, the distance, temperature, and the condition of the road. You can use it to climb up to 300-degree angle.
What I love most about the KingSong 14S is that it is equipped with four speakers that play reasonably loud, perfect for music lovers like me. Ideal for cruising through country lanes or joy riding in the city. Although I have come across complaints that the bass is somewhat lacking, that is something I can easily forgive as you can certainly not expect it to be BOSE speaker quality.
The charging port of this unicycle is located at the back of the wheel while the USB port is at the front. Both the ports are finely protected from the elements such as rain or snow by a rubber cover. It has cushions that are soft and add a bit of width to the wheel.
Its 14 mm motor axle assures you of less metal fatigue for a smooth and comfortable riding experience. The handlebar has a powder-coated metal finish that feels good in the hand. It is much better than other models that use a plastic rubber grip.
The KingSong 14S's lighting system is flashy and bright, but you have the option to turn it off if you think it attracts some unwanted attention. Even when turned off, the LED lights will emit a green glow to let you know how much juice the battery has when you stand still.
If you and your bags weigh around 300 pounds, it is recommended to look for another model of electric unicycle because this one is not designed to take on more weight than 330 pounds, especially if you usually carry heavy bags or backpacks. Carrying more weight also bogs down the battery use, but if you just want to stroll around town, this unicycle would be sufficient enough.
The smallest, most convenient, and low-carbon electric unicycle in the market today, the TG F3 is very affordable at just under $600. A very good option if you want high quality on a limited budget. It is very easy to learn to use and is best suited for adults weighing 120 kg or less.
It is installed with Intelligent Balancing Chip that offers simple operation and sufficient battery range for a smooth and fun ride. It can carry weights of up to 120 kg and reach up to a maximum speed of 18 km/h. Depending on the rider's weight, this unicycle can climb uphill from a 15-degree angle up to 30 degrees.
It is equipped with amazing protection features such as the Low Battery Protection that is automatically activated when the battery charge goes down to just 10%. The Limited Speed Protection that is also automatically activated when exceeding 12 km/h of speed, you will notice the pedals rising slowly. Then there is the Incline Protection which stops the motor running when reaching 45-degree incline.
Under any of these protection programs, the LED light will remain blinking when the limits are reached, ensuring you of a safe and secure ride.
The built-in 264-watt Samsung Lithium Ion battery takes only 45 minutes to recharge and lets you go around 25 kms depending on the road conditions, temperature, and your weight. It has a high power 350W motor that gives you speeds of up to 18 km/h.
It has a four-battery display LED light that works if the battery is at 85% capacity and will shut down when the charge is running out. It has a voice alert feature that beeps when you turn the unicycle on or when the battery needs replenishing.
TG F3 is one of the lightest unicycles you can find with a weight of just 10 kg, perfect for carrying to the office or the bus station. It is made with aviation aluminum pedals, a super magnetic levitation motor, wear-resistant silicone, and anti-skid tires. Well built, well-designed electric unicycle perfect for short trips across town.
It has a self-balancing gyroscope and automatic correction feature that falls back when you lean your body back, it will remain static when you stand up straight, and will go forward when you lean your body forward. Truly very simple and easy to use, great if you are just learning to ride a unicycle.
Probably the best electric unicycle among the more reasonably priced category that does not sacrifice quality. It comes with two auxiliary wheels, a bumper strip, a battery charger, a plug adapter, and an auxiliary belt. Some users complain about the user manual being written in Chinese, but you can easily download the English from the company's website.
Although this unicycle gives you a good price to performance value, it has its downside as well. This unicycle is not built for heavier passengers or longer rides. You need to give it a rest after a few hours of use.
With a series of gyroscopes inside the wheel, the Step-N-Roll electric unicycle claims to adopt aerospace attitude control theory that ensures a perfectly balanced and secure ride.
It has a left and right steering capability that lets you stop and go easily. This model is very easy to learn to use and is ideal for beginners. With its light weight of just 9.8 kg, it is more compact and fun to ride than a folding bike or other electric unicycles.
It is designed to be easily carried when going inside a shop, or taking an elevator ride, or walking into your office or school.
No more need to chain your bike somewhere and come back for it when it is time to leave. This is one of the easiest, most uncomplicated, and straightforward rides you could ever have, and the reviews online can attest to that.
This unicycle can carry up to 264.5 pounds of weight, can travel for two hours on a single 45-minute charge, and can climb uphill with an incline of up to 35 degrees. A side note, though, all this depends on the rider's weight, the temperature, and the road conditions. You can handle slightly rougher terrains without having to worry, but to achieve the best riding experience, it is best to use on hard and smooth surfaces.
The Step-N-Roll electric unicycle uses Lithium Ion battery, it is super strong at 60V with 132-watt. And because it carries the name Samsung, you can be assured of longer run time on a single charge. You no longer have to worry about the battery draining easily.
This unicycle is installed with all the protections features you can have in an electric unicycle. It has the Tilt Protection feature that warns you when you go near the 45-degree limit. The Speed Limit Protection feature that alerts you when you reach a speed of 10 km/h, and the Low Battery Protection that has a limit of 10% battery charge.
The pedals are located 4.4 inches off the ground, roughly about 12 cm. You can do a number of movements such as acceleration, deceleration, braking, and more just by leaning forward or backward. It is equipped with an efficient fuzzy algorithm and gyroscope system to achieve that nice balance.
The unicycle is covered by a one-year limited warranty while the battery and other consumables are under a limited warranty of six months. That is pretty cool in case something goes wrong.
However, if you are looking for something to handle more weight, to go with more speed, or to cover a wider distance, this may not be suitable for you. This unicycle is built mainly for leisurely rides or people just learning to ride.
Unlike the other unicycles, we have on this list of the best electric unicycles for 2018, the SwagRoller is the only one with two centrally positioned 14-inch air-filled tires, making it so easy to learn because it offers extra stability.
It has powerful traction and great shock absorption that lets you glide through gravel, grass, sand, and other types of surfaces.
Plus it comes with training wheels to help you with weight-shifting motions needed for control, perfect for young adults or those just learning to ride.
This unicycle is very portable with its retractable carrying handle, and weighs light at just 30.9 pounds, easy to carry around wherever you need to. Just pull the handle and roll it like you would a suitcase. The metal foot pedals are also retractable so they will not get in the way when you are carrying it.
What I love most about this unicycle is that it has built-in Bluetooth speakers that let you ride with your favorite music playing in the background.
You can connect your smartphone via the available Swagtron Android or iOS app which you can also use to control leaning sensitivities, monitor your speed, view your travel history, set speed limits, lock the motor, and many others.
The app is what makes this unicycle short of becoming magical for me. You can customize your SwagRoller to match one of four preset LED patterns with your personality, or if no instructions are set, it will take its cue from your body movements. Not only does it control the speakers and the LED lights, but you can also monitor your speeds or set limits to it. Perfect if you have a kid who is so keen on trying it out at speeds that would make your blood boil.
This unicycle is UL 2272 certified with a UL 2271 Sentry Shield battery system that protects the battery from water, fire, or explosion by placing it inside a durable aluminum casing. It is designed to be waterproof, dustproof, and protected from low-pressure water jets from any direction.
It has a 450-watt motor that can carry up to 264 pounds, and get you up to 12.4 miles of distance in a single charge. Charging time takes three hours, that's long, but not much.
Others take six hours to replenish their juice. Sadly, it can only provide you with a maximum speed of 14.48 km/h, some unicycles on this list can easily outrun it.
However, it can take you uphill at only 15 degrees, below the average of the other unicycles in this list. Another flaw, though very minor for me, is that you can't take this unicycle to the beach because it doesn't handle sandy terrains very well.
The InMotion V8 electric unicycle is one of the most popular and best electric unicycles available on the market today.
I've seen the reviews on online stores and hundreds of satisfied users can't be wrong. Packed with lots of punch with a powerful 800-watt motor that gives you the maximum power output of approximately 2000 watts.
This unicycle delivers a maximum speed of up to 30 km/h. I think the speed limit for unicycles in the European Union is 25 km/h.
Its sustainable speed is lower at about 24 km/h with a maximum driving range of approximately 48 kilometers. It can climb slopes of up to 25 degrees, which is more than enough for most people.
The InMotion V8 uses a 480-watt Samsung Lithium Ion battery. Its charging port is protected with a rubber cover to keep it from getting splashed by water or rain. Located near the power outlet is the battery gauge indicator that alerts you when the battery goes down to 10%. It would take you 3 hours to top its energy up from empty, and you can charge it while at work although some users claim that a single charge can also take them back home without the need to recharge at the office.
This unicycle is the only one on this list that uses a 16-inch wheel, pretty tall, so the foot pedals are placed higher, making the center of gravity not as close to the ground as some of the others. This is especially good when doing turns, and you can easily go on zigzagging obstacles.
It is equipped with decorative LED lights placed in three circular shaped rows around the pedals, and a cool tail light that is shaped like the InMotion logo. On the front side of the unicycle is a strong and bright headlight to illuminate the ground when traveling at night.
These lights can all be controlled using the app for smartphone, you can turn them on or off and adjust the settings.
InMotion has its own official mobile app and is installed in the V8 unicycle. This app requires you to create your account and register your vehicle serial number before you can use it. As mentioned above, this is to ensure that you are getting your unicycles from legal sources only.
The InMotion app is one amazing app as it lets you do a lot of fun things. Aside from adjusting the light settings, you can also configure the tilt of the pedals, track hardware diagnostics, customize your own light modes with animations, change the system sounds with your own, or maybe turning them off if you find them annoying.
This unicycle may have some awesome features, but it has its faults as well. Some users complain of having issues with the app such as downloading the voice prompt, the light effects and even the firmware itself can pose some sort of annoyance. The thing I dislike about this unicycle is its inability to play music, it has a speaker, yes, but only for the alert sounds.
Overall, the InMotion V8 is a powerful, high-performance unicycle that has the most impressive design of them all. I really like its professional look, even though it is inexpensive, you can ride this wearing your business attire without looking cheap.
Buying an electric unicycle can be a challenging experience especially if you do not know anything about it. You just need to get one for yourself and start rolling. You see the convenience it can bring you, but you do not know exactly where to start.
I've mentioned all the good and bad things about these six electric unicycles, and it is still up to you to decide which one you want the best and which one would most suit your needs. Before getting that unicycle, consider these factors so you can have an informed knowledge on the right one for you.
This is the first on this list because I think this is the most important. Why do you want to buy an electric unicycle? Will you use it mainly to commute to and from work or school? Do you want to roam the countryside to get a fresh whiff of air? Or maybe you want to walk the dog regularly and get a unicycle for motivation?
Whatever your reasons may be, make sure that they will match well with the unicycle you are aiming for. Something with fewer features or less power may not be capable of bringing you to work and taking you back home five days a week. You need to look for the ones built for more heavy duty rides.
If this will be your first electric unicycle, I highly suggest checking out the lower priced models first before looking at the high-end ones. Unless you are already experienced, you may not know yet if you would really enjoy this type of transportation. Or if you will have the patience to learn how to ride one.
For me, this is one of the major considerations you should take before you get that unicycle. You can easily find dirt-cheap ones that would wow you in their advertisements, but of course, something that comes with a low, low price, usually comes with poor, poor quality. Be wary and do not be swayed by advertising promises just for a low price.
Some people would find this a very big factor when they are planning to use it for serious transportation purposes. If your house is far from the subway or the bus station, you can quickly get there and just carry the unicycle on the train or the bus. There are unicycles designed with a compact and lightweight body specifically for carrying around; these are the ones you should look closely into.
Most electric unicycles can accept weights of around 265 pounds, some can carry more, and some can carry less. If you want a unicycle to use when grocery shopping, you should definitely choose one that would let you carry the extra weight, not just yours. Plus. The heavier you and your bags weigh, the travel range and climbing power of the unicycle decreases.
The average speed of most electric unicycles is 12 miles per hour. Most have over speeding protection, low battery warning, and other safety systems. You will be warned when you start to get too fast or when the battery goes low. These are very good safety measures that you should look for in your new electric unicycle.
If you already know your purpose of getting a unicycle, you also need to know the distance you will be covering on a regular trip. The battery of the unicycle will dictate this so if you are planning to go on longer trips, it's highly recommended to get a higher power battery. If you are going to work, you can always charge the battery at your destination and use the newly charged battery on your way home.
Some electric unicycles have batteries that are not removable. Let's face it, most gadgets or devices we know almost always outlive the batteries. Make sure that you can have the battery replaced if and when it dies to avoid an electrical surge during charging that would surely damage your unicycle.
Meanwhile, batteries that are removable can let you charge one while using the other. Although buying a spare battery can be more expensive, it can save you time and also money in the long run.
The size of the pedals, the height, and the angle can mean comfort where you need it. It is a good idea to check the specs to see if these would be ideal for your body. Too small pedals can be uncomfortable for long rides and can be a cause for concern as to its safety especially when moving at high speeds.
Pedals that are placed lower to the ground can pose some risks as well. It is more likely that you will scrape the ground when making a turn. Pedals that are located 13 cm or lower can be a safety hazard, so choose something that is along the 16 cm mark. You also need to take note of the angle to learn which would provide more stability.
An electric unicycle is a faster alternative to walking, and just like any other vehicles, there are also some risks involved in riding one. Basically, unicycles are quite safe. If you do fall (which will inevitably happen when you are just starting out), it will not be as catastrophic as having a car crash (heaven forbid). You will probably end up with just an awkward staggering that would definitely cramp your style.
The rule of thumb here is never to go any faster than what the speed you are prepared to fall at. Always check if the unicycle you'll be getting has some safety features installed in it.
Most electric unicycles are manufactured in the Far East so it's a must for you to check if you can find spare parts locally or if you can get support from your local dealer. Find a manufacturer that would be very easy to locate should any problem arise.
There many other factors you need to consider especially if you are buying your first electric unicycle. You need to check the wheel size, the incline, do you want to stand up or sit down, all these would help you get informed knowledge and allow you to choose wisely.
So there you go, six of the best electric unicycles for 2018. You can check them out for yourself and start your obsession with the trendiest and coolest personal transport device there is. It has many advantages for you and the community such as having fewer rubber tires on the road, less use of fossil fuels because these run on electricity, less traffic, and many more, the list is practically endless.
You can do some light grocery shopping with it, go to work or school without taking your car, or just spend some time on road trips. All in all, a unicycle is a fun and convenient way of getting around.
This list will help you decide, but as for me, I think the best among the six is the InMotion V8. It has just the right speed, range, power at the right price. While it may lack in certain areas, it checks positive for all the proper and ideal features that the best electric unicycle should have.