Pros / The Spitfire can travel up to 15 miles on a single battery charge.
Cons / The turning radius of this power scooter is a rather wide 54 inches.
Verdict / This is a speedy, sturdy and quite useful power scooter.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The Spitfire EX Travel 4-Wheel Mobility Scooter by Drive Mobility is one of the best power scooters for several reasons. It can carry a load up to 300 pounds, travel up to 5 mph and travel up to 15 miles on a full battery charge. It’s also lightweight, durable, maneuverable and easy to assemble.
One of the most important pieces of any power scooter is the seat. The Spitfire has a heavy-duty swivel seat that can comfortably carry a person that weighs up to 300 pounds. While this isn’t the largest carrying capacity of the mobility scooters we reviewed, it's still relatively high.
The Spitfire is also relatively speedy when compared to other motorized scooters. Most mobility scooters have a top speed between 3 and 4 mph. The Spitfire’s top speed is 5 mph. This is a quick clip for a mobility scooter, and the addition of anti-tip wheels keeps it safe even when traveling at top speed.
There are a couple of battery options for the Spitfire. If you choose the 21AH battery, you can travel 15 miles on a full charge. This is one of the longest ranges of the power mobility scooters that we reviewed. If you choose the 12AH battery, the range drops to 9 miles, which is more in the range of the other products on our side-by-side comparison chart.
The 4-wheel design of the scooter makes it a stable and smooth ride. The trade-off for that stability is a wider turning radius. At 54 inches, the Spitfire requires more turning space than any power scooter in our review. However, this is still a sharp enough radius to easily navigate around grocery store aisles. If you want a little more agility, the Spitfire is also available as a 3-wheel model that can make some sharper turns.
The tires on the motorized scooter are filled with foam rather than with air. This means that your tires will never go flat and can handle some punishment if you wanted to take your power scooter into some mildly rough terrain.
The Spitfire allows you to enable Freewheel Mode. This means that you can allow your wheels to turn independently from the motor. This allows the power scooter to be pushed by hand.
Operating your power scooter outdoors at night poses some safety challenges. Chief among them is being seen by automobile traffic. The Spitfire comes equipped with an LED headlight and reflectors on the armrests that increase your safety after the sun goes down.
As far as mobility scooters go, the Spitfire has exceptionally high clearance. Sitting three inches above the ground, it has the highest clearance of any power scooter in our review. This means it can go places others can’t because it’s able to traverse moderately more uneven terrain than other scooters without damaging the frame or becoming high centered.
Putting your Spitfire together is a simple affair. It has five major components that all fit together rather intuitively. There’s no advanced assembly of small parts or wiring required. Anyone who has put together a piece of furniture from Ikea should have no problem whatsoever getting their Spitfire in working order. Disassembly is equally easy. You won’t have to worry about having spare parts left over when you assemble and disassemble this power scooter.
One of the unique aspects of the Spitfire is that it comes with interchangeable color panels. You can choose between a blue, red or silver color palate. This is nice because it allows you to change your trim to match what you’re wearing, or your attitude. And while it’s purely a superficial feature, it’s still nice to have.
The tiller basket is larger than the ones available on most of the power scooters in our review. It has a removable liner and you can adjust the angle at which it’s attached to your scooter. This makes shopping a bit easier; you could fit a filled grocery bag or two in the basket.
There are a few warranties on the various parts of the Spitfire. The most impressive is the lifetime warranty that covers the main frame, seat post, platform and frame welds. A separate 14-month warranty applies to the electronic components such as charger assembly, brakes, throttle and motor. A third, six-month warranty covers the battery and is provided by the manufacturer of the battery rather than by Drive Medical.
When you add it all up, the Spitfire is the best electric scooter available. It’s speedy without being unsafe, can travel long distances on a single charge and can carry up to 300 pounds. It’s quick and easy to put together and break down and has interchangeable trim. In short, it’s sturdy, fast and can go most anywhere that’s accessible to foot traffic.