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For those who’re in search of a handy solution to zip throughout city whereas slicing down in your carbon emissions, an e-bike or electric scooter could be simply the ticket. These electrical bike and scooter units make sense for important short-distance travel, particularly contemplating that public transit systems make it troublesome to social distance. And to be clear, the units on this electrical scooter evaluate listing are nothing like the youngsters’ scooter you might have grown up with. These are respectable electrical autos with strong tires, a complicated braking system, a big battery pack and the flexibility to cowl semirough terrain.

After making an attempt out various kinds of battery-operated rideables, I’ve realized loads. Some have been examined earlier, whereas different rides are more moderen — all have been on journeys by sections of midtown Manhattan, around Central Park or down the West Side Highway bike path

This roundup, which I’m updating as I evaluate extra merchandise, covers electrical scooters, foldable electrical scooter choices and skateboard-like units. E-bikes get their very own listing. Why would you need a scooter over a extra conventional bike? Electrical scooters are nimble and smaller, and are straightforward to tackle mass transit, go away within the trunk of your automobile or retailer at house.

I’ve included water-resistance scores when accessible for every electrical scooter. IP ratings (IP stands for ingress safety) let you already know the mud or water resistance of a product. For instance, if one thing has an IP54 ranking, the primary quantity after the letters refers to resistance to solids whereas the second refers to moisture. 

Additionally, and let’s not make an enormous deal of it, however I exceed the rated weight capability for many of those merchandise. For probably the most half, all of them nonetheless carried out as anticipated, although possibly with rather less vary or velocity. No units have been harmed throughout this roundup. 

Lastly, in the event you plan on stepping into rideables, be safe about it. Go away sufficient house between your self and each automobiles and riders on plain outdated human-powered bikes and scooters. Bear in mind you’re capable of go loads quicker, so trip and move with warning. Ensure that to cost your battery and verify in your tires. And, most essential, at all times put on a helmet whenever you trip. 

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The Dualtron Storm shouldn’t be a last-mile electrical scooter, it’s a leave-your-car-at-home product. From the primary second I stepped on it to greater than 1,500 miles later, it nonetheless impresses me with its energy. Able to 50-plus miles per hour and capable of hit 40mph in its power-saving Eco mode, this scooter doesn’t disappoint. 

The Storm can help riders as much as 330 kilos and once I say “help” I imply each the construct and the motors. A variety of merchandise declare to help sure weights however efficiency usually takes a tough hit after they’re pushed near the sting. That’s not the case with the Storm and its twin 1,500-watt hub motors

The scooter is rated to journey 80 miles on a full cost, and I believe that is potential for disciplined riders that preserve gradual speeds (15 to 25mph), relying on rider body and terrain. Its massive battery can take as much as 19 hours to prime off with the usual charger. However the firm does supply a quick charger that may do it in underneath 7 hours. 

The Storm scooter mannequin has a large deck, rear sign lights, a horn and deck lights that may be custom-made by way of the equipped distant. All of the lights make it very seen in low-light circumstances, which is sweet as a result of scooters may be robust to identify in site visitors. Two Nutt hydraulic 160mm disc brakes are used to convey this hefty scooter and its 11-inch tubeless tires to a cease quick. And whereas it could be massive, the handlebars and stem may be folded down, making it sufficiently small to slot in a automobile trunk. 

The worth is as substantial because the scooter itself, however you get an excellent driving expertise in return. You’re shopping for into an excellent group, too, that’s good for sharing ideas, customizations and meet-ups for all riders. 

Read our Dualtron Storm hands-on.

 

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The Eagle One makes this listing as a result of Varla discovered a solution to construct a top quality electrical scooter with related specs to many at the moment available on the market, whereas retaining the worth aggressive. And it even comes with some cool equipment.

The 77-pound scooter rolls on 10-inch pneumatic tires with twin 1,000-watt brushless motors powered by an enormous 52-volt, 18.2Ah lithium-Ion battery. Rated prime velocity: 40 mph. I used to be solely capable of stand up to about 33 mph however my lighter girlfriend hopped on and hit 37 mph. The Eagle One helps a complete weight of 330 kilos however is really helpful for riders as much as 265 kilos.

On a single cost you possibly can stand up to 40 miles of journey, however I solely reached about half of that. I trip aggressively, although, switching between dual- and single-motor modes and staying in its prime gear. Staying with a single motor and at slower speeds will at all times get you farther, however I like a bit velocity. The scooter mannequin may be charged in about eight hours with a single charger and slightly below 5 hours linked to a second charger.

There’s quite a lot of frequent floor between the Varla Eagle One and its high-end competitors. It has three gears, single- or dual-motor modes and an Eco button to assist preserve battery. You’ll additionally discover dual-spring suspension, a large deck with entrance and tail lamps and twin hydraulic brakes that outperform their wired counterparts and require much less upkeep. It even has a USB port within the odometer to cost your telephone when you trip. 

Varla additionally throws in some additional gear like three further grip tapes with totally different designs (I’m at the moment utilizing one with a flaming cranium), a spare internal tube, wrist guards and elbow and knee pads. All you want is a helmet and also you’re able to trip.

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The Apollo Ghost is a good scooter for each newbies and long-time riders. With twin 800-watt motors, newbies can begin off slowly utilizing only one for smoother, softer acceleration. When you get a really feel for it, you possibly can activate the second motor for 1,600 watts of energy and extra aggressive efficiency. 

The Ghost feels fast and nimble as a consequence of its barely smaller dimension and its 10-inch pneumatic tires. It additionally has entrance and rear spring suspension, which permits the scooter to trip easily even on bumpy surfaces. It was one of many solely scooters I’ve examined that was quick sufficient for me however might be dialed again for my 12-year-old son to trip and stylish sufficient for my girlfriend. The deck was additionally lengthy sufficient to take my 7-year-old daughter round with me on errands. 

The scooter is strong, principally constructed of solid aluminum, and alone weighs 64 kilos. Whereas that’s solely 13 kilos lighter than the 77-pound higher-end Apollo Pro, imagine me, it makes a distinction when carrying it for any interval. The handlebars and steering tube are collapsible making it straightforward to move. I particularly just like the excessive handlebars that make it extra snug for taller riders like myself and the locking ergonomic grips are a pleasant addition as effectively. 

Riders as much as 300 kilos are supported and the scooter can hit a prime velocity of 34 mph. There are three gear modes together with an Eco mode. Relying on the rider dimension, terrain and setting desire, the Ghost can run for as much as 39 miles on a full cost. I used to be capable of get round 20-plus miles going from single to dual-motor mode. The scooter’s 52-volt, 18.2aH battery may be charged in about eight to 10 hours. There’s an choice to chop cost time down with a single quick charger or utilizing two normal ones. The Scooter itself has twin charging ports. 

The mannequin I examined had mechanical disc brakes, however Apollo stated there will probably be a hydraulic-brake model popping out this spring. The Ghost has lights within the entrance and rear of the deck and the tail lamps flash when braking. They assist at night time, however at this stage I want to see an precise headlight up close to the handlebars. (For fashions that don’t have a headlight, I exploit a Blackburn Countdown 1600 gentle so I can see extra of the street forward and I’m extra seen to drivers.) The Ghost does have a blue gentle beneath which helps some with visibility and appears cool, too. It additionally ships with a bell to warn pedestrians, nevertheless it doesn’t fairly reduce it within the metropolis the place a horn is sort of a necessity.

A show subsequent to the finger throttle reveals battery stage, present velocity, the gear you’re in and distance traveled. It’s seen in direct daylight and even has a USB port to cost a cell system or GoPro. There’s additionally a voltage show to assist monitor the well being of the battery. The Ghost has a key ignition and spots to connect a lock on the body for added safety when working errands. Additionally, whereas I wouldn’t go away it out within the rain, the Ghost has an IP54 ranking so some splashing isn’t an issue. Plus, it has small entrance and rear fenders to maintain you clear.

Apollo offers free delivery within the continental US and Canada. A Canadian firm with a number of service facilities throughout the US, it backs its merchandise with a one-year guarantee. And if for no matter cause it’s essential name it, you possibly can communicate with an actual dwell individual.

There’s loads to love right here. I even just like the kickstand placement within the heart of the deck, which is extra handy whenever you step off somewhat than on the again.

Learn more about the Ghost and see it in action here.

 

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There’s one thing addictive about driving round city with out having to make use of your palms for help and easily hopping on and off your trip. That’s the expertise you get with the InMotion V10F, a easy and dependable piece of transportation tech that’s a small, quick and straightforward to retailer electrical car. (It’s out of inventory, nevertheless it’s anticipated to develop into accessible once more in August, in line with the itemizing. You’ll be able to backorder it now.)

The V10F is an electrical unicycle that packs loads in its 45-pound body. It has a 2,000-watt motor powered by a 960Wh battery that may transfer you and its 16-inch wheel as much as 25 mph (I used to be capable of hit 24 mph in my testing). It’s rated for journey distances as much as 60 miles on a single cost; it takes about eight hours to fill the battery. I obtained about half that distance as a consequence of my giant body and want for velocity. It helps rider weight of as much as 260 kilos. 

The unicycle is designed to self-balance ahead and again whereas the rider is chargeable for the facet to facet. When you get a bit momentum, the facet to facet is a breeze. It’s simpler to study than you would possibly assume. For those who maintain onto one thing (similar to a handrail), you possibly can then slowly travel only a few inches to get a really feel for its responsiveness and what it takes to maintain it balanced. There are many movies on-line, too, that may present tips on how to mount and dismount together with different ideas and tips. 

Once I began driving, I let some air strain out of the tire so it wouldn’t speed up too quick. This makes turning a tad harder, so when you get the hold of it, you’ll wish to prime off. I used to be zipping round in about half-hour. 

On some inclines, it lacked the torque wanted to take off from a standstill place, however once I had some momentum it was no downside. The V10F even carried out effectively within the rain. I wouldn’t submerge it in water however getting caught within the rain from time to time received’t injury the system, which has an IP55 rating. The footpads have a very good grip to them and are a pleasant dimension even for my dimension 12 footwear. 

The V10F has a built-in Bluetooth connection that permits you to connect with it by an iOS or Android app. With it you possibly can honk the horn, toggle the pinnacle and tail lights on and off, see your present velocity, modify the highest velocity, see the whole distance traveled, the motherboard temperature and extra. There’s additionally a social facet that permits you to find different riders to share photos and feedback. 

Two good extras: The V10F has sidelights that may be set to flash or pulse so folks can see you coming, and the interior speaker allows you to play your favourite tunes out of your telephone, making driving round safer than utilizing headphones. However as at all times, it’s best to put on a helmet on the very least. 

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Not all scooters are created equal. The Emove Cruiser makes this abundantly clear. One in every of my first instances driving this e-scooter I saved wanting on the battery indicator anticipating it to maneuver; it didn’t transfer an inch for miles. I’m a heavy man and I’m additionally heavy on the throttle, however I’ve realized to ease off of it if I wish to make it house. That’s not the case with the Emove electrical scooter — it simply retains going even with heavy rider weight. 

Take into account that these batteries can solely be charged so many instances earlier than they now not carry out at an optimum stage. Which means the much less you cost your system, the longer the e scooter battery will carry out at its peak. That alone was greater than sufficient for this scooter to make the listing, however that’s not all. 

The Emove Cruiser has a large deck, making it straightforward to face in a staggered stance or facet by facet. It might probably help riders as much as 352 kilos, hits a prime velocity of 25 mph and might journey roughly 60 miles on a full cost. The grownup electrical scooter takes about 8 to 12 hours to completely cost. It has 10-inch pneumatic tubeless car-grade tires, entrance twin suspension and rear air-shock suspension, all of which makes for a easy trip. The acceleration is easy sufficient that you would be able to take off with one hand, although I wouldn’t advocate it. The takeoff can be adjusted for a extra aggressive begin if you’d like.

The scooter has a single-hinge, fold-down knob together with collapsible handlebars, which makes it handy for storage. It weighs 52 kilos — most of it battery — so it’s not the lightest. A secret is wanted for ignition and there are entrance and tail lamps together with impartial lights on the deck for added security. It even goes a step additional with an electrical horn and sign lights. The indicators aren’t as seen in the course of the day however are nonetheless a welcome addition.

One other helpful design characteristic: The Emove has an IPX6 ranking so that you don’t have to fret in the event you get caught within the rain. It additionally has fenders lengthy sufficient to maintain you dry when rolling over moist surfaces.

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The Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite is the least costly e-scooter product on this listing, and that’s its best characteristic. This folding e-scooter doesn’t outperform any of the merchandise talked about right here, however for the worth, it’s arduous to complain about it not being the most effective electrical scooter within the total market. It has a single 250-watt motor that doesn’t put out a lot torque however can attain a easy trip velocity of 14 mph to 16 mph. The listed journey distance is roughly 11 miles on a completely charged battery, with a lithium-ion battery that can cost in 3.5 hours. The utmost weight supported is 320 kilos and the e-scooter weighs 26 kilos. Though it helps bigger riders, as a consequence of its low-powered motor, you could get a slower takeoff and slowdowns on inclines. It might additionally lose its cost quicker.

See our gallery of the Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite.

 

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The compact Geneinno S2 scooter is constructed to be used within the ocean, lakes and in swimming pools: Its 350-watt brushless motors can propel you thru the water at as much as 2.7 mph. It won’t be a prime e scooter velocity demon, however its 97 watt-hour battery delivers roughly 45 minutes of use, and might take you right down to depths as much as 98 toes. Its included magnetic charger takes about two hours to prime the battery off. 

The S2 works with an iOS and Android app — you connect with your telephone by way of Bluetooth — to trace dives and has parental controls so the little ones can use it, too. I may simply see this getting used to assist youngsters study to swim or simply get them used to the water. 

Additionally, whereas the scooter is designed for use with two palms, you possibly can swap to a one-hand mode. There’s a digital camera mount on the entrance of the system to connect a GoPro or gentle. The scooter floats by itself in case it’s essential let go for a second, and its vivid orange coloration is straightforward to identify. 

The Geneinno S2 will not be the quickest or strongest water scooter, however the light-weight electrical scooter weighs solely 5.9 kilos and suits in a backpack, making it a very good choose for flights to trip getaways.

Watch Geneinno’s video of the S2 in action.

 

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The Levy Electrical Scooter slides into this listing as a consequence of its price-to-practicality ratio. An electrical light-weight scooter that may hit 18 mph, prices round $500, weighs slightly below 30 kilos and has a detachable battery is a reasonably good all-around deal. Levy additionally has scooters accessible for hire by its iOS and Android app. 

The Levy has air-filled tires that make for a cushty trip. The battery is situated within the steering tube, not like quite a lot of different scooters, so that you get some physique flexibility much like a longboard for these bumpy roads. I actually recognize that the battery is detachable as effectively. Anybody with a yard or stairs can go away the e-scooter locked, and take away the battery to take inside to cost.

The Levy light-weight scooter is rated to journey about 15 miles on a full cost however that’s not at prime velocity. I might say most riders would get realistically about 7 to 10 miles. However as a result of it’s detachable, you possibly can simply purchase a second battery and carry it with you.

See our gallery of the Levy Electric Scooter.

 

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The Segway Max is a dependable electrical scooter that may take you very far. It’s rated to go 40 miles on a full cost (in the event you’re driving slower and on flat floor), which is a daring declare by Segway. In real-world circumstances, I used to be capable of go 7 miles on this electrical car (my each day commute earlier than working from house) at prime velocity utilizing 45% of the battery. That’s nonetheless fairly good contemplating the scooter itself is somewhat hefty, weighing 41 kilos, and I incessantly obtained it as much as 18 mph. 

The air-filled tires make for a extra snug trip than the ES collection from Segway. One characteristic I actually appreciated was the charging cable. It’s a generic energy twine with no brick, making it straightforward to hold round or substitute. The 551-watt-hour battery may be totally charged in six hours. 

To cease, electrical kick scooter riders can simply use the handbrake. There’s additionally a bell constructed into the handlebar to alert pedestrians you’re coming. And in the event you’ve obtained massive toes, like I do, you’ll love the lengthy driving deck, which gave me loads of room to get snug.

See our Segway Ninebot KickScooter Max gallery.

 

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The ES4 Kick Scooter sits atop the Segway client scooter chain, with a secondary battery to make a long-distance trip or a prolonged trip time a breeze. This electrical kick scooter can journey an estimated 28 miles on a single battery cost, and the electrical motor permits a prime velocity of 18 mph (which I used to be capable of hit). The folding level on this e-scooter is totally different from another foldable scooter on this roundup. All the entrance publish folds down, wheel and all. Whereas braking, I might shift my weight again over the rear wheel, pushing down on the spoiler brake together with hitting the handlebar brake (which is an anti-lock brake), however with out a lot of the entrance headtube flex you’d really feel in another scooters. There are additionally shock absorbers that assist with shock absorption whenever you trip over bumpy surfaces. 

The twin-battery mannequin weighs simply over 30 kilos, and it helps riders weighing as much as 220 kilos. The scooter has some good energy and might put out 300 to 800 watts relying on the driving mode. Single cost battery pack time is longer than the common, about seven hours. For those who run out of battery life and don’t have time to cost, it will probably additionally work as an old style kick-and-go scooter. It additionally sports activities some customizable LED lights underneath the deck between the tires. These and another settings may be adjusted within the iOS and Android apps.

See our Ninebot by Segway ES4 gallery.

 

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The Onewheel Pint is roughly half the worth of the larger Onewheel Plus XR. It weighs 26 kilos and helps riders of as much as 250 kilos. The Pint can journey six to eight miles on a full battery cost with the motor permitting a prime velocity of 16 mph. It’s extra maneuverable than any earlier Onewheel and most different rideables. It handles inclines with ease and sports activities rear and entrance lights for night time driving. The board is operated by shifting your weight ahead and again to maneuver ahead and again, and heel to toe to steer. When you get the hold of it, it’s like driving a skateboard, and also you’ll be tempted to drag off some tips (which we don’t formally endorse). 

Read our OneWheel Pint hands-on.

 

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Premium scooter producer Unagi provides new coloration customization choices and a twin 250-watt motor to this replace to final 12 months’s E450 mannequin, our earlier choose for the most effective all-around electrical scooter. Why name this one the E500? As a result of that’s the brand new whole motor output wattage. 

As a result of twin 250-watt motors, the E500 required a barely bigger battery (28.8 volts) than the E450 to keep up the identical journey distance. It makes the carbon fiber and aluminum physique about 2 kilos heavier, at only a hair underneath 27 kilos.

The show is vivid and straightforward to see in daylight and as an alternative of sticking a bell on the scooter, they’ve placed on an electrical horn that’s loud sufficient to be heard by a closed automobile window. 

The electrical scooter can help riders as much as 270 kilos, with a prime velocity of 18 mph and a journey distance of 15 miles. To cease the scooter simply use the ABS electrical brake or put a bit strain on the rear spoiler brake for these steep hills. 

For a better take a look at this electrical scooter, try our gallery of the Unagi E500.

Read more on the Unagi E500.

 

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The 2019 WideWheel made our listing final 12 months and it’s no shock that the 2020 WideWheel Professional makes it this 12 months. Residing in New York, I see all sorts of scooters however none greater than the commuter scooter, WideWheel. It’s a beast of an electrical scooter and its performance-to-price ratio is tough to beat. 

Enhancements may be discovered throughout. For starters, it did away with the LED indicator lights and put in a full show that reveals battery stage, present velocity and driving mode. As well as, they’ve upgraded the headlight for higher visibility at night time and added extra snug ergonomic handgrips.

The Professional motorized scooter nonetheless sports activities twin 500-watt motors however can now hit a prime velocity of 26 mph and it has an upgraded lithium-ion battery to assist out. There are quite a lot of scooters available on the market that may hit round 25 mph however the WideWheel will get on top of things quicker. This scooter simply needs to take off and is why I don’t advocate it for newbies. The corporate did, nevertheless, add a entrance disc brake to assist convey this beast to a cease. It has two driving modes, Eco and Energy, and an approximate journey distance of 20 miles.

The brand new WideWheel Professional comes with or with no key ignition swap. It feels extra strong than the 2019 mannequin — from the steering tube to the deck and handlebars. Each the handlebars and steering tube nonetheless fold down for transport or storage. The Professional weighs 54 kilos and helps riders as much as 220 kilos (100 kg). 

One other characteristic that will get ignored within the Professional is that it comes with a spring suspension however with restricted journey. True to its identify, the three.9-inch huge wheels make for some severe traction on dry surfaces. The tires aren’t air-filled (or snug), however the upside is the never-flat foam-filled tires received’t go away you stranded. Belief me, it’s no enjoyable pushing a heavy scooter if the wheels allow you to down. 

The WideWheel Professional is a robust and gorgeous scooter. And as a man that exceeds its weight restrict, I used to be impressed with its torque and skill to get me to prime velocity.

See our gallery of the Mercane WideWheel Pro.

 

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The Mercane WideWheel scooter is the most effective electrical scooter in the case of motor energy on this lineup. Powered by twin 500-watt motors, it has some severe takeoff energy and torque. 

Most e-scooter fashions are locked to a prime trip velocity of 15 mph, however there’s a sophisticated mode the place you possibly can unlock its full battery energy and trip it to 25 mph (however you accomplish that at your individual threat). It has a twin suspension and weighs a whopping 50 kilos. The vary is as much as 20 miles on a single battery cost, and it helps riders weighing as much as 220 kilos. The driving deck is longer and wider than your common scooter, making it straightforward to get each toes on the board comfortably. It has an IPX4 ranking.

The scooter will get its identify from its 8-inch huge tires. The tires are nice for staying upright throughout a trip, however turns take some getting used to with the tires. In contrast to a lot of the honor-system units right here, this one wants a key to start out.

See our Mercane WideWheel gallery.

 

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Boosted is finest recognized for its motorized skateboards, nevertheless it’s now stepping into the e-scooter market with the battery-powered Rev, the most effective electrical scooter for the delicate grownup electrical scooter set. This easy trip has a robust twin 1,500-watt motor and air-filled 9-inch pneumatic tires for a prime trip velocity of 24 mph. Resulting from its motor energy and velocity, it’s finest as an electric scooter for adults — although in the event you’re in search of an electrical scooter for youths, there are many youngsters electrical scooter choices on the market.

The Rev (with its pneumatic tires) helps riders weighing as much as 250 kilos, which is 30 extra kilos extra in weight capability than another scooters on this listing, which makes it the best electric scooter so far as weight capability. Bonus: For these with bigger toes, the board is huge sufficient to get them facet by facet.

For a better take a look at the electrical scooter, try our gallery of the Boosted Rev.

Read our Boosted Rev hands-on.

 

The Onewheel Plus XR is the larger and older brother to the Pint. Nonetheless considered one of my motorized scooter favorites, as a result of all-around freedom you are feeling when driving and the flexibility to journey 12 to 18 miles on a full cost of the battery, plus the motor allows you to hit a prime velocity of 19 mph. 

A pleasant characteristic discovered within the app, for iOS and Android, is whereas driving you’ll get a notification as soon as the single-charge battery is at 50% so you may make it again house from wherever you could roam. The app presents a bunch of different settings from social to board driving customization. It’s not probably the most travel-friendly by way of carrying round, it weighs about 30 kilos, however is straightforward to retailer. As well as, it solely takes about two hours to completely cost the battery. 

For a better look, see our gallery of the Onewheel Plus XR.

Read our Onewheel Plus XR hands-on.

 


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