Actually I’m very disappointed with the battery in the 52v Phantom. I know Dynavolt is a very respectable major manufacturer of vehicle batteries. That said, I was hoping it would be an LG, or Samsung, by far the two preferred brands of batteries for high quality kick e-scooters. And I was hoping for around 1,500 watt hours, rather than around 1,000. Basically, I was hoping for the Emove Cruiser’s battery, which didn’t seem too unreasonable since the Cruiser is $400 less than the Phantom base unit. And Apollo seemed to be giving the impression that they wanted to make the Phantom strong in all the major areas by which we judge these scooters.
Of course the Cruiser battery is a significantly more expensive part, and Apollo had to cut corners in various places to achieve a price point for the Phantom (they also decided to stay with a spring suspension, for example). I just wish they could have found a way not to compromise the most important part, the one that limits range (which is very important to me), as well as power and acceleration. I would be quite willing to sacrifice hydraulic brakes, for example, and then pay more beyond what they want for that option, for a 1,500 watt hr LG battery.
So what we end up with in the Cruiser is an otherwise budget scooter with a premium battery. And in the Phantom a mostly quality scooter with a budget battery. In general the Phantom appears to be a very good scooter for the price, with many cutting edge innovations. But it’s battery keeps it from being a great one. I’ve discussed this with Apollo, and they have no plans for a higher grade battery option for the non-ludi Phantom in the near future. Sometimes just coming close may as well be a world away.