FEATURES - 70%
EASE OF USE - 82%
COMFORT - 70%
SAFETY - 70%
RANGE - 40%
We like the BuzzAround Lite 3 Wheel Mobility Scooter because it has excellent torque and great maneuverability. However, its 8 mile range is quite unsatisfactory.
The Buzzaround brand is well known for producing efficient and durable mobility scooters. BuzzAround Lite 3 Wheel Mobility Scooter is one of their latest models. Unlike its predecessors, the Lite model features numerous improvements which allow you to dissemble it for easy storage, to remove its battery for a comfortable recharge and much more. Furthermore, this scooter has the highest torque of any scooter in its category. However, it lacks some sophisticated convenience features and its range its pretty week. Nevertheless, lets take a closer look at it and see if it can turn out to be a value purchase for anyone.
Facilities and comfort
Most mobility scooters are very easy to drive on a clear lane but have difficulties going uphill or handling themselves on problematic terrain. However, this is not the case of the BuzzAround Lite which can easily climb inclined areas and can comfortably take turns even on grass of gravel. The scooter can be used both indoors and outdoors. Its compact 3-wheel design allows the user to drive the scooter even through narrow spaces. For the user’s convenience, the scooter also features an average sized front basket which can be used for carrying travelling necessities such as a purse, a bottle of water and much more. As far as comfort goes, this scooter features an improved, more comfortable seat with upgraded armrests which can be flipped-up for easy transfer. The scooter also features an auto grade carpet on the floor and a modern finish. The overall body has a combination of Vermillion red, Sahara arctic blue shades. The black seat is 15″ wide and 14″ deep.
This scooter comes with an off-board battery charger, quick release batteries, an electronic speed control and a programmable controller. The scooter has a 250 pounds maximum weight capacity and a 4 mph maximum speed. It is powered by a Sealed Transaxle, motor 24 VDC and features a rear-wheel drive.The main problem with this scooter is the fact that it only has an 8 mile range. In all fairness, there are a few scooters on the market, such as the Pheonix HD 4 Wheels Mobility Scooter, which can range up to 15 miles with a single battery. Furthermore, the Pheonix HD 4 Wheels Mobility Scooter also allows the user’s to add a second battery which allows the scooter’s range to reach 30 miles. The Pheonix HD is also in the same price range as BuzzAround Lite 3 Wheel Mobility Scooter. This being said, we are not impressed with the Lite scooter’s 8 mile range.
Ease of use
Mobility scooters are designed to help people with mobility problems be independent. However, most scooters can be very challenging for this type of people. Since you can’t actually use them for large distances, you need to store them in your car truck until you reach your destination. Most of them are very inflexible and can only fit in large trunks. However, the BuzzAround Lite can easily be dissembled in order to fit in any car. The dissemble process is very simple. All you have to do is pop off the seat, pull of the battery and take the frame apart. In these three simple steps, you will dissemble the scooter in 5 lightweight pieces that can easily be carried even by elderly people. The heaviest part weights only 32 pounds.
For optimal safety, this scooter is equipped with electro-mechanical brakes and 8″ Foam filled non-pneumatic tires. Despite having an unsatisfactory range, we have to admire this scooter for its excellent maneuvering capacity. It features a 31″ turning radius, a 62.75″ pivot turn, a 39″ three point turn and a 28″ corridor turn. Its 2″ ground clearances offers it a very good stability. In order to be as safe to use as possible, the scooter also comes with a control panel which allows the user to handle back-lighting, a good speed gauge which offers throttling control and a horn.
Price and warranty
The price can range between $849 and $1,295.00. The scooter’s price includes the batteries and a the charger. As a product made in the U.S.A, the Lite scooter abides by high levels of quality and durability. It also comes with a One Year In-Home Service Contract warranty. The electronic parts are covered by a 2 year warranty and the frame is covered for a lifetime. Furthermore, most of its distributors offer free shipping on this scooter.