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SPLACH Turbo Review

$699.00

8.5/10 (Expert Score)

DATE

September 11, 2023

Price When Reviewed: $699.00

Originally released in 2020, the SPLACH Turbo raised a total of $805k from 1,128 backers on Indiegogo. Now, in 2023, it’s been re-released to shake up the market once again.

 

This time around, it combines a new NFC system and turn signals, with a competitive performance profile, a supremely smooth suspension system, and a compact frame that promises both practicality and inclusivity.

 

Best of all, it’s significantly cheaper than its predecessor. Why? Well, SPLACH is on a mission to become one of the biggest electric scooter brands and wants to position the Turbo as “the ultimate entry-level electric scooter.” Have they achieved this lofty vision? I think they might have.

 

If you have a budget of $700, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another scooter that offers such good value for money.

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The good and the bad

Who we recommend it for

Is it worth its price tag?

Look, feel, and functionality

Results from our tests

Other scooters to consider

The Good and The Bad

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Outstanding value for money
  • Chart-topping speed and acceleration
  • Dual swingarm suspension is rare in its price category
  • Responsive dual drum brakes outperform competitors
  • Exceptionally nimble
  • Compact folded frame
  • Adjustable handlebar height
  • Suitable for both tall and heavy riders
  • NFC security system to unlock the scooter
  • Low maintenance
  • IPX5 water-resistance rating


CONS:

  • While the lighting rig looks cool, it doesn’t provide enough illuminate for night rides

SPLACH Turbo Chassis in Motion
Is It Right For You?

Who It's Best For

This is a scooter that's built for the masses. With an affordable price tag and a perfect blend of peppy speed, reliable range, and refined ride quality, it manages to carve out a lane in the saturated electric scooter market.

Josh With SPLACH Turbo

No matter if you need a scooter for your commute or weekend explorations, or simply just want a model that guarantees low maintenance, the Turbo will be a great choice.

Its 265 lbs load-bearing capacity, roomy deck, and wide handlebars also establish it as one of the most welcoming pair of wheels for those that are heavier on the scale. Its 40.3-inch deck-to-handlebar height extends its suitability to tall riders, too (i.e. those up to 6.2 ft).

SPLACH Turbo Charging Ports

Is It Worth Its Price Tag?

Value For Money

Put simply, the SPLACH Turbo offers incredible value. This becomes abundantly clear when you consider that it has a plethora of features that ensure best-in-class performance.

SPLACH Turbo Chassis

Take for instance the dual spring swingarm suspension. Aside from being well-calibrated, it’s extremely rare to find this setup on a scooter of its price. Then there’s its 48V 600W motor which is the most powerful of all its similarly-priced competitors. It’s also the only scooter – aside from its sibling, the SPLACH Ranger – in the sub-$700 class to have dual mechanical brakes.

Scooters like this come around once in a blue moon. I’ve reviewed plenty of models and it’s not often that I’m taken aback. But, the Turbo is one of those moments, and as a result, I highly recommend it.

SPLACH Turbo Motor

Look, Feel & Functionality

Design & Features

Cockpit

True to the Turbo’s overarching appeal, its cockpit is satisfying.

SPLACH Turbo Cockpit

On the right, there’s an easy-to-read QS-S4 display that not only gives you oversight of your key riding stats – including your speed, distance traveled, and battery level – but also grants you access to the p-settings where you can make small adjustments to the strength of your acceleration and electronic braking.

SPLACH Turbo QS-S4 Display

Attached to the display is a trigger throttle, and while I prefer those of the thumb kind, I did find that if you angle it parallel to the grip it becomes more comfortable to use.

And of course, directly below the display and throttle is one of the scooter’s upgrades: the new NFC card reader. NFC, otherwise known as near-field communication, is the same kind of technology that powers contactless credit cards, as well as the fob readers seen on offices and apartment blocks. To turn the scooter on and unlock it, you need to wave a pre-programmed card in front of the reader. The good news is that you get 3 of these meaning you’ll have spares if you lose one.

SPLACH Turbo NFC Card

Then there are the newly added turn signal buttons that have been seamlessly integrated into the tactile rubber grips for easy reach of your thumbs.

Elsewhere, the handlebars measure 24 inches, making them the ideal width for maximizing your handling of the scooter. It’s worth noting, however, that because they’re foldable, you may find that you need to tighten them every so often.

SPLACH Turbo Wide Handlebars

Frame

The frame certainly looks the part, with explosions of orange bringing the matte-black finish to life. It conveys a sense of elegance – yet, there’s no hiding from the fact that it’s built from the same components as those found on other well-known models like those from VSETT. But, that’s ok when you remember the Turbo’s discounted price.

Dramatic Shot of the SPLACH Turbo

It’s also worth pointing out that while reviewers of the old model complained of the rear fender rattling, I encountered no such issue with the new model. Everything felt solid.

Add to that an IPX5 water resistance rating, and it’s no shrinking violet when it comes to all-weather durability, either.

SPLACH Turbo Durable Chassis

Deck

With 18.0 x 5.9 inches of available space, the deck isn’t the largest – but it’s not the smallest, either. Besides, the well-positioned kickplate adds a further 5.0 inches to the equation, meaning you have enough room to find a stance that suits your riding style. The grippy coating ensures your feet remain planted, too.

SPLACH Turbo Grippy Deck

What’s more important, though, is the angle of the kickplate. By my measurements, it sits at a 17-degree angle, making it extremely comfortable to use. By comparison, some kickplates have acute angles of over 40 degrees, meaning your foot placement can feel unnatural.

SPLACH Turbo Footrest

You do, however, have to be mindful of what you ride over since the Turbo only has 5.1 inches of ground clearance. As a result, I’d avoid rolling up and down curbs.

Tires

The mix-and-match approach of the tires delivers a balance of both comfortability and durability.

At the front, there’s an 8.5 x 2.0 inch pneumatic tire that cushions your ride and allows you to remain nimble.

SPLACH Turbo Pneumatic Tire

The tire at the rear, however, is 8.0 x 2.5 inches and solid. This significantly reduces the risk of punctures – which are more likely to affect rear tires – and therefore reduces the amount of maintenance.

SPLACH Turbo Chassis From Rear

Portability

Weighing 45 lbs, it isn’t a scooter that you’ll want to lug up and down multiple flights of stairs. It does have a couple of tricks up its sleeve when it comes to portability, though.

One is its cantilevered folding mechanism, which makes collapsing the stem super simple.

SPLACH Turbo Cantilevered Folding Mechanism

The second is its foldable handlebars. Just unscrew them and they’ll effortlessly fold parallel to the stem.

SPLACH Turbo Handlebars Folded

The third is its telescopic stem that can retracted to reduce the length of the Turbo when folded. The deck-to-handlebar height measure 30.6 inches in its lowest setting, and 40.3 inches in its highest.

SPLACH Turbo Telescopic Stem Lever

All in, you can have it fully compacted in 15 or so seconds, at which point it’ll easily fit in your car trunk or under your office desk. For context, its folded dimensions measure just 42.9 (L) x 7.9 (W) x 15.7 (H) inches.

SPLACH Turbo Folded

Possibly the only improvement in this department would be for the cantilevered mechanism to have a safety latch. This would add a layer of reassurance for when the stem is locked in its upright position.

SPLACH Turbo Folding Lever

Load

With a 265 lbs load-bearing capacity, it makes its mark as a good option for heavier riders.

While testing the scooter I weighed 190 lbs (including safety gear), and it performed very well. For optimal performance, I wouldn’t exceed 220 lbs.

Josh Standing on the SPLACH Turbo

Lights

The SPLACH Turbo’s credibility in the lighting department is somewhat patchy. There’s no headlight, though it does have cool-looking front LEDs embedded into the deck, as well as a strip light that runs down the stem.

SPLACH Turbo Lights

While this combination helps others to see you, it’s not bright enough to safely illuminate the way ahead. You’ll need to buy an extra clip-on headlight.

At the rear of the deck, you’ll find a couple more LEDs that double up as both your taillights and brake lights, whilst also moonlighting as turn signals. This is a nice feature that you don’t find on many scooters in the Turbo’s price category.

SPLACH Turbo Lights at Night

Build Quality

Compared to the vast majority of its rivals – especially the Horizon and EMOVE Touring – the Turbo is a well-made scooter.

Looking Down SPLACH Turbo Stem

It won’t challenge the premium build quality of models from NIU or Apollo – but, if dependability, ride quality, and features are chief among your concerns, then this is a scooter that delivers.

After all, it boasts a frame that’s been built for the masses and it fulfills this role successfully.

SPLACH Turbo Frame From Front

Results From Our Tests

Performance Report

Performance Report Summary

CategoryResult
Top Speed28 mph
0-15 MPH4.3 s
Max Range (Riding Slow)22 miles
Max Range (Riding Fast)18 miles
Braking2.4 meters
Max Incline14 degrees
Optimal Incline9 degrees

Top Speed

Now, SPLACH’s website says that the Turbo has a 48V 600W motor. However, when I checked my model it said 48V 500W. I asked SPLACH what was going on here, and they said: “The motor's actual power output is rated at 600W. The factory marks it as 500W for compliance reasons.”

SPLACH Turbo Riding Fast

I also found it a little odd that the Turbo and Turbo Plus models had different top speeds – especially considering that they share the same motor. Again, I put it to SPLACH. They responded with: “As for the difference in top speeds between the two models, it's due to variations in battery voltage. The Turbo is equipped with a 52V 10.4Ah battery, which allows for higher power output and acceleration, resulting in a higher top speed. On the other hand, the Turbo Plus is outfitted with a 48V 15.6Ah battery.”

With these riddles solved, I put the Turbo through its paces. While the spec sheet claims it can hit 28 mph, in reality, I found its top speed to be 26 mph. Still pretty nippy for an everyday scooter.

Josh Cruising on the SPLACH Turbo

(For those wondering, the Turbo may well be able to hit 28 mph – especially under best-case riding conditions which include a 175 lb rider, perfectly flat roads, and a fully charged battery).

Top Speed vs Price

Out of the 14 comparable models within its price class, the SPLACH Turbo comes out on top.

ScooterPriceTop Speed
SPLACH Turbo
$699
28 mph
SPLACH Turbo Plus
$899
26 mph
Emove Touring
$799
25 mph
Horizon 13
$799
23 mph
Horizon 10.4
$729
23 mph
SPLACH Ranger
$699
22 mph
INOKIM Light 2
$699
21 mph
NIU KQi3 Pro
$699.98
20 mph
Turboant V8
$569.98
20 mph
Turboant X7 Max
$449.98
20 mph
GoTrax G4
$449
20 mph
AnyHill UM-2
$899
19 mph
Fluid Cityrider
$399
18 mph
NIU KQi2 Pro
$559
17 mph
AnyHill UM-1
$599
16 mph

Key to its success is the fact that, along with the Turbo Plus, it has the most powerful motor of all its similarly priced rivals.

By comparison, it packs 20% more wattage than its closest competitors. Here, the EMOVE Touring and Horizon models have to settle with their 48V 500W motors.

SPLACH Turbo Accelerating

Acceleration

First, it’s worth noting that you can adjust the accelerative strength on a scale of 1 to 5 via the p-settings. For the sake of my tests, I had it in the strongest setting.

Once again, it came out on top when compared to other models in its price class.

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH
SPLACH Turbo
$699
4.3 s
Emove Touring
$799
4.5 s
AnyHill UM-2
$899
4.5 s
SPLACH Turbo Plus
$899
4.7 s
Horizon 13
$799
4.7 s
Horizon 10.4
$729
4.7 s
NIU KQi3 Pro
$699.98
5.0 s
INOKIM Light 2
$699
5.7 s
NIU KQi2 Pro
$559
6.0 s
Turboant V8
$569.98
6.3 s
GoTrax G4
$449
6.3 s
AnyHill UM-1
$599
6.8 s
Turboant X7 Max
$449.98
6.9 s
Fluid Cityrider
$399
7.3 s
SPLACH Ranger
$699
7.7 s

The Turbo’s ability to hit 15 mph in 4.3 seconds puts it ahead of other popular scooters – including the EMOVE Touring and AnyHill UM-2 – both of which cost at least $100 more.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Turbo

Mileage

Kitted out with a 52V 10.4Ah battery, the Turbo can summon a maximum range of 22 miles, or if you go heavy on the throttle, cruise, and make multiple stops, you can expect to keep the wheels rolling for 18 miles.

Mileage vs Price

There’s no sugar-coating it: when it comes to mileage per dollar, the SPLACH Turbo isn’t particularly impressive. In fact, it’s near the bottom of the pile.

ScooterPriceMax Mileage
Turboant V8
$569.98
50 miles
SPLACH Ranger
$699
37 miles
SPLACH Turbo Plus
$899
33 miles
Emove Touring
$799
32 miles
Turboant X7 Max
$449.98
32 miles
NIU KQi3 Pro
$699.98
31 miles
Horizon 13
$799
30 miles
AnyHill UM-2
$899
28 miles
NIU KQi2 Pro
$559
25 miles
GoTrax G4
$449
25 miles
INOKIM Light 2
$699
24 miles
Horizon 10.4
$729
23 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
22 miles
AnyHill UM-1
$599
18.6 miles
Fluid Cityrider
$399
18 miles

The leader of the pack is the Turboant V8, and while it has the benefit of having two batteries – one of which is detachable, meaning you can extend its range with spares – its build and ride quality, as well as motor power, are sub-par to the SPLACH Turbo. Again, it boils down to your priorities.

Josh Riding the SPLACH Turbo

With this in mind, the SPLACH Ranger presents itself as an alternative. It sports the same design as the Turbo but has a bigger 36V 18.2Ah battery. However, as a result of its less powerful 36V 350W motor, it’s a little sluggish, making long-range rides slow.

So, with that assessment, I recommend checking out the SPLACH Turbo Plus. It maintains the Turbo’s 48V 600W motor but has a 38% bigger battery (749Wh vs 541Wh) for an extra 11 miles.

ScooterPriceReal-World Mileage
SPLACH Turbo Plus
$899
26 miles
Turboant V8
$569.98
25 miles
SPLACH Ranger
$699
24 miles
Horizon 13
$799
23 miles
NIU KQi3 Pro
$699.98
22 miles
Emove Touring
$799
19 miles
AnyHill UM-2
$899
19 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
18 miles
Turboant X7 Max
$449.98
18 miles
Horizon 10.4
$729
17 miles
NIU KQi2 Pro
$559
17 miles
INOKIM Light 2
$699
16 miles
GoTrax G4
$449
14 miles
AnyHill UM-1
$599
13 miles
Fluid Cityrider
$399
13 miles

It’s also worth pointing out that when you compare all of these scooters across their real-world mileage stats, the Turbo Plus comes out triumphant. And, for that matter, the Turbo also moves up the table.

Hill Climbing

The SPLACH Turbo is no mountain goat, but it’ll get you up mild inclines.

SPLACH Turbo 8-Inch Tire

It has a maximum gradeability of 25%, which is the equivalent of 14 degrees. For optimal performance, you’re looking at 9 degrees before it starts to wheeze.

Shock Absorption

Here you’ll find one of the Turbo’s crowning glories: its adjustable front and rear suspension.

SPLACH Turbo Suspension

I can’t stress enough just how rare it is to find dual springs and swingarms on a scooter priced under $700. For context, it – along with its sibling, the SPLACH Ranger – are the only two models to sport this setup in their price category.

The suspension is exceptionally well calibrated, with zero bottoming out. Factor in the cushioning qualities of the front tire, and you have a model that achieves best-in-class shock absorption.

Josh Jumping on the SPLACH Turbo

Braking

Braking is another area of considerable strength, with the Turbo being the only scooter – along with its sibling, the Ranger – in the sub-$700 class to have dual mechanical brakes.

With both drums firing in unison, it came to a safe stop from 15 mph in 2.4 meters – this outstrips the 5.0-meter average of its similarly priced rivals.

SPLACH Turbo Rear Drum Brake

You can also tighten or loosen the drums by twisting the nuts at the end of the brake lines. There’s an electronic braking system, too. The strength of this can be adjusted from 0-2 in the p-settings – I had it on the strongest setting, which was 2.

SPLACH Turbo Brake

Ride Quality

Three key factors contribute to the SPLACH Turbo’s comfortable ride.

The first is the angle at which the stem is tilted back, otherwise known as its rake. With a 10-degree angle, it offers just enough stability no matter your speed.

SPLACH Turbo Stem LED

The second is weight distribution. Everything from the handlebars and stem to the chassis and deck feels balanced. This ensures good handling.

SPLACH Turbo Handlebars

The third is the suspension. Here, the pivoting swingarms allow for a deep amount of travel to soak up the irregularities of urban terrain.

SPLACH Turbo Fender and Tire

Combined with the zippy motor, it ticks all the boxes required to deliver a level of ride quality that sets that standard for its price class.

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Post-Purchase Support

Warranty

SPLACH scooters are covered by a 6-month warranty from the date of shipment, which admittedly pales in comparison to some of the lengths offered by rival brands.

SPLACH Turbo Folded Frame

Components that fall under the cover include the throttle, card reader, charger, controller, battery, framework, and motor.

As expected, the warranty doesn’t cover issues caused by mishandling, accidents, abuse, dangerous play, or negligence. Damage resulting from weather, and normal wear and tear isn’t covered, either.

SPLACH Turbo NFC Card Reader

Manufacturer Specs

Specification Sheet

Specification: SPLACH Turbo Review

Brand
Brand

SPLACH

Type
Terrain

Street

Design
Portability

Folding Frame, Folding Handlebars

Weight (lbs)

45

Rider Weight (lbs)

265

Tire Size (inches)

8.5

Tire Type

Pneumatic (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)

Performance
Top Speed (mph)

28

Max Range (miles)

22

Charge Time (hours)

7

Suspension Type

Front & Rear

Brake Type

Drum, Electronic

Extra Features
Extra Features

Cruise Control, Lights, Water Resistance Rating, Adjustable Handlebar Height, Turn Signals

Specification
Max Incline (degrees)

14

Water Resistance Rating

IPX5

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Specification: SPLACH Turbo Review

Brand
Brand

SPLACH

Type
Terrain

Street

Design
Portability

Folding Frame, Folding Handlebars

Weight (lbs)

45

Rider Weight (lbs)

265

Tire Size (inches)

8.5

Tire Type

Pneumatic (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)

Performance
Top Speed (mph)

28

Max Range (miles)

22

Charge Time (hours)

7

Suspension Type

Front & Rear

Brake Type

Drum, Electronic

Extra Features
Extra Features

Cruise Control, Lights, Water Resistance Rating, Adjustable Handlebar Height, Turn Signals

Specification
Max Incline (degrees)

14

Water Resistance Rating

IPX5

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