From humble beginnings in a garage way back in 2009, with the name MYWAY, the company today known as INOKIM bills itself as the designers and builders of the world’s number one electric scooters. One of its most popular models, the Inokim Quick 4, is described on the INOKIM website as “not just a scooter, but a way of life.” INOKIM says the Quick 4 combines portability, power, and range. INOKIM positions the Quick 4 as an ideal electric scooter for commuters while also promising it’s fun enough to want to ride around town at weekends and during your leisure time, too.
Heady claims indeed, and ones that, of course, we had to put to the test. Let’s take a look at the INOKIM Quick 4!
The INOKIM Quick 4 comes in two models: the standard “Hero” model and the more powerful “Super” model. For this review, we’re talking about the Super model as this was the version we have tested, but we have included the specifications that differ on the Hero below for your reference. We also mention the Hero model where relevant when talking about different aspects of this scooter.
At first glance, the Quick 4 certainly looks the business, and we were left feeling like it was just that after riding it around for a few days.
While the Quick 4 isn’t what you’d call an “entry-level” scooter, it is versatile enough that you might consider it if you’re making a move to e-scooter commuting. The Quick 4 also has enough going for it that you’ll never feel underpowered. It’s easily a scooter that could last you for years, assuming, of course, that you look after it!
In general, we’d happily give INOKIM a pass on the Quick 4 so far as ticking boxes against what it claims this scooter is.
Want to know more about the INOKIM Quick 4? Read on for our full review!
Motor: 600W, gearless
Battery: Samsung 52V, 13Ah, Lithium-Ion battery in the Hero model, 16Ah in the Super model.
Charge Time: Seven hours for a full charge.
Max Mileage/Range: Up to 36 miles (57 km) for the Hero model and up to 43 miles (70 km) for the Super model.
Max Speed: 15.5 mph (24 km/h) on the Hero, 24 mph (39 km/h) on the Super.
Braking System: Front and rear drum brakes.
Tires: 10” x 2.5”
Max Load: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Scooter Weight: 47.4 lbs (21kg)
Product Material: 6061 T6 hardened aluminium alloy.
What’s Included with the Inokim Quick 4?
In the box, you’ll find:
- INOKIM Quick 4 electric scooter with built-in LCD Central Control Unit Display
- Battery charger
- INOKIM multi-tool
- Tire pump
- INOKIM Quick 4 user manual, quick start guide, and warranty certificate.
The first thing that probably stands out is the design of the INOKIM Quick 4. The INOKIM Quick 4 looks incredible, and it’s definitely a scooter you’ll be happy to be seen around town riding. What about the features that will get you from A to B and make your commutes straightforward and stress-free?
While more powerful scooters are available, the Quick 4 doesn’t feel underpowered at all, especially when accelerating your way up to the top speed of your chosen model, which is why the Super model also made it into our list of The 10 Fastest Electric Scooters You Can Buy In 2021. The 52V Samsung battery does a fantastic job and delivers power quietly and efficiently.
The built-in LCD Central Control Unit Display is impressive and probably the best one we have seen on any e-scooter, telling you everything you need to know about your current ride and scooter’s performance. It is mounted in the middle of the handlebar and provides you with a lot of useful information, such as what mode you’re in (parking, eco, sport, or turbo), your current speed, how long you’ve been riding (in both time and distance), your battery charge and whether the auto-sense lights are turned on.
However, although the LCD is of excellent quality overall, we noticed that if the sun hits it just right, it can get hard to read the information it provides. While it is common for electric scooters to have an LCD-Display design and arrangement like this, we would’ve welcomed a horizontal change with round edges to compliment the overall fresh design of the Quick 4.
Design and Build Quality
Even if you’re familiar with INOKIM products, the design and build quality of the Quick 4 is hugely impressive.
Both Quick 4 models are built with 6061 T6 hardened aluminium alloy. The build ensures the scooter is as robust as it is stylish, ideal whether you’re buying it for occasional use or will clock up thousands of miles a year commuting.
The INOKIM Quick 4 is predominantly grey but with a black upper handlebar stem and mudguards. The Quick 4 carries INOKIM branding in red, with the joins from the body to the wheels also this colour. This all adds up to an impressive-looking e-scooter, regardless of how you plan to use it.
The design is really pleasing for the eye and in our opinion, this is one of the best-looking, if not THE best-looking, e-scooter out there.
The motor, positioned on the rear wheel’s left side, also fits seamlessly within the design, as do the suspension springs.
The front and rear lights are both small and well-positioned. They look good and certainly do the job, but feel a bit weak when it’s very dark, so we would have welcomed an additional front light to increase security.
The Inokim Quick 4 electric scooter folds down within mere seconds and the small folded form factor and relatively little weight make it a highly versatile vehicle to take on the train or put into a car’s trunk.
It’s quite a portable device, not only because it “only” (for its performance and features) weighs a little more than 47 lbs (20 kg), but also because of the thoughtful design by Inokim to place two grips in the frame which make it much easier to carry.
Carrying this scooter, even unfolded, is easier than even much lighter e-scooters we have tested. This type of simple yet smart design is really something that we would love to see in other scooters as well.
One of the highlights of this e-scooter is the cockpit area, which feels really premium. The thumb throttle is of excellent quality, has a decent amount of travel and a smooth acceleration curve, which adds to the overall smooth and comfortable ride. Same goes for the brakes and handlebar, which just feel good.
The handlebar is height-adjustable. While it has a good height for most people, users six feet tall (185 cm) or taller might have their issues.
The deck of the Quick 4 is broad, and it shouldn’t be a problem to stand on the scooter with both feet next to each other facing forward. If this isn’t your preferred way of riding, you have some space to change up the foot positioning, but not too much. While the board is wide, it, unfortunately, is short, so it may not fit you if you have large feet. I personally was OK with it with my shoe size which is 42 in Europe (8.5 US size), but if you have particularly large feet you should doublecheck if this scooter is right for you.
Performance and Range
The 600W gearless motor packs a punch and runs quietly against your rear wheel. The locked top speed of the engine is 15.5 mph (25km/h), but you can unlock it with simple commands on your scooter. Once unlocked, the electric scooter can reach up to 24 mph (40km/h) on the Super model, but as always, make sure that you comply with the local laws in your area.
The powerful Samsung 52V 16Ah rechargeable battery promises a range of up to 43 miles (70 kilometres) for the Super model, which we have found a bit too optimistic and would rather estimate something around 30 miles (48 kilometres) depending on your weight and riding style, which still means that you can ride virtually anywhere local without having to worry about if you can even make it. The battery recharges in just 7-8 hours and is replaceable if it fails or becomes old and used. The performance of the Quick 4 is also impressive on hills, effortlessly adapting to the landscape while maintaining your speed.
Depending on your riding style and the traffic situation you are in, you can use the LCD Central Control Unit to choose your favourite out of three-speed settings, Eco, Speed and Turbo, as well as to activate cruise control. These modes prove highly useful, particularly in dense city traffic. The Eco mode is basically a super-slow mode (around 3-4 mph), which is really useful e.g. when pedestrians are around or if you want to start off very slowly before switching to the Sport mode and Turbo mode. The Turbo mode is obviously used to achieve the top speed and has a strong acceleration, which why we found it nice in some situations, e.g. after a traffic light, to start off from the Sport mode. The switching from one mode to the other is done via the +/- control buttons on the handlebar and feels completely seamless.
The grippy wheels of the Inokim Quick 4 are great for every terrain, especially as they’re paired with the dual damper suspension. It’s currently hard to find a smoother ride than the one you get with the electric scooter by Inokim, thanks to the fantastic engineering.
Although we really like the smoothness of the ride, we noticed also some light stem wobble at higher speeds (above 20mph or 32km/h) that made us feel a bit unstable on this scooter when going fast. It’s nothing major but depending on the street conditions can be unsettling to feel, mainly if one is not used to it and, in return, feels less confident on the electric scooter. We were not really able to detect where this comes from, as the stem and the scooter overall seem to have an excellent build quality.
What We Like About the Inokim Quick 4
- Designing a product like an electric scooter can be a tough challenge, as you need to combine the aspect of attractive aesthetics with practicality and engineering. However, Inokim nailed it on the Quick 4; not just does the design stick out in a positive way from the competition, it also makes a ton of sense from a practical point of view.
- LCD Central Control Unit. This would be an awe-inspiring feature no matter what e-scooter it was on. In terms of appearance, it is like having a cell phone sitting on your handlebars! Not only does it look incredible, it tells you everything you need to know about your ride. Check out your speed, acceleration, battery charge, and mileage, while also having the ability to change speeds and activate cruise control.
- All Round Performance. From an all-round perspective, there isn’t much about the Quick 4 that we don’t love. Whether you’re taking to the road, riding across a field, commuting, or enjoying your free time on your Quick 4, as an all-rounder, this is a great buy.
- The wheels, combined with the suspensions, offer such a smooth and unmatched ride; it’s truly incredible. Said combination makes the Inokim Quick 4 feel like a huge step forward when it comes to making electric scooters more than just casual commuting vehicles.
- The impressive battery Inokim put into the electric scooter is leaps ahead of some competing models. That alone may be the reason many people will choose the Quick 4 over another model. Especially in an urban environment, you shouldn’t be able to drain the battery in one day of everyday use.
- While there aren’t many accessories included in the initial package of the Inokim Quick 4, the company offers a wide variety of practical and stylish products. That’s an excellent move on Inokim’s part as third-party items may not be adequately designed to fit on that specific electric scooter.
What We Don’t Like About the Inokim Quick 4
- While the Quick 4 is an excellent all-round option, it does tend to feel a bit unstable at higher speeds due to light stem wobble when going very fast. If you’re looking to use your e-scooter close to the top speed most of the time, this may make you want to look elsewhere.
- While the deck of the Inokim Quick 4 is perfect in width, it’s a bit too short for the taste and riding style of some, especially if you have larger feet. If the manufacturer made the board a little longer, it could have the potential to give riders more stability and, therefore, safety. However, the quick and easy folding mechanism and lightweight might have suffered under a more extended deck surface.
- The handlebar doesn’t extend long enough for taller people (but then again, the lightweight may have suffered).
The INOKIM Quick 4 is an excellent e-scooter, capable of being useful whether you need an e-scooter for commuting or something to have a lot of fun with for the weekend.
Is the INOKIM Quick 4 THE best commuter scooter though? The build quality and the balance between power, range and portability would certainly justify this title. Some design and engineering choices feel like genuine innovations and a huge step for the industry.
The big questions you need to ask yourself is whether the size of the deck and the height of the handlebar is what you’re looking for. Also, If you plan on using your Quick 4 (Super model) mostly on top speed, give some consideration to your steering skills. Although the INOKIM Quick 4 provides one of the smoothest and most comfortable rides that we have ever tested in an e-scooter, it does feel sometimes a bit unstable when going faster than 20 mph (32 km/h).
However, despite the few drawbacks, Inokim has made many things very right with this e-scooter, which, even at a premium price, represents excellent value, too.
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INOKIM Quick 4
Value for Money9.0/10
- Smart and beautiful design
- Excellent build quality
- Probably the best display on an e-scooter
- Great cockpit
- Relatively small deck might be an issue if you have large feet
- Light stem wobble at higher speeds