Fluidfreeride Fluid Mosquito Review: The Best Lightweight Electric Scooter

There are two thumb levers near the center of the handlebars. The one on the right is the accelerator, and the one on the left is the regenerative brake. I used this brake for most stops, but for anything sudden, you’ll want to hit the rear drum brake lever on top of the right handlebar. It gets the job done, but I wouldn’t have minded more stopping power. If you’re going fast and stop suddenly, you’ll experience some skidding.

In the center is a screen with four buttons on the front: horn, headlight, settings and power. I found these squishy buttons difficult to press and reach with my hand while driving. The horn button should really be easier to access, though is loud enough to attract the attention of any pedestrian or cyclist. The color display shows a battery meter, speed, controller temperature and trip mileage/odometer.

Most scooters have a button that you can press while riding to switch between modes to increase or decrease speed. For some reason, the Mosquito has a complicated system that requires you to set the speed while stationary. First you need to hold down the regeneration brake lever, turn on the scooter, then press the Setup button to cycle through L1 (5 mph), L2 (10 mph), L3 (16 mph), L4 (24 mph) and L5. (Unlimited); release the regeneration brake to set it. By default the scooter is set to L4, but I’m not sure why there isn’t a simple mode button.

It stings like a… mosquito

Aside from its weight, power is the next best feature of the Fluid Mosquito. It has a 500-watt motor that can easily accelerate up to 24 mph on flat roads. Climb a hill? Do not you worry! Unlike many scooters that can only crawl up slopes, the Fluid Mosquito is powerful enough to climb at speed. It went over the Manhattan Bridge at 16 miles per hour. By comparison, the Niu KQi3 Pro I’m also testing goes at a snail’s pace of 8 mph over the same bridge.

This comes at a cost. You probably won’t go very far in the Mosquito. Fluidfreeride claims a range of 22 miles, but that will vary based on your weight (it supports up to 265 pounds), the terrain, and how much of your ride involves steep climbs.

On a 5.2-mile round trip, mostly on flat roads (to get lemon bars from a local bakery), the Fluid Mosquito had 70 percent left in the tank. But when I took the scooter from Bed Stuy, Brooklyn to the Financial District for a meeting, which involved going over the Brooklyn Bridge, I was at 10% by the time I got to my destination (an 8.6 mile trip). At about 20 percent, the scooter starts to slow down; instead of 24 mph it was going about 13 mph.

I’d recommend switching it to L3 mode to slow it down and get a few more miles, but most people should be able to get 10-15 miles out of this thing on a single charge, if not more. Pack the charger with you if you know you’ll be near an outlet and are concerned. It’s not bulky, although you’ll need five to six hours to fully charge the scooter.

Still, for such a light scooter, I was impressed with the color. I wouldn’t call it a commuter scooter; so I’d recommend the slightly heavier Speedway Mini 4 Pro, but if you use public transport regularly and want the lightest ride possible, the Fluid Mosquito is a good choice.

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