Comparing Different Throttles for Electric Scooters: Trigger, Thumb, or Twist?

Comparing Different Throttles for Electric Scooters: Trigger, Thumb, or Twist?

Apollo Air ergonomic thumb throttle

The ergonomic thumb throttle of the Apollo Air 2023

Understanding Electric Scooter Throttles

Electric scooter throttles serve as the control mechanism that allows riders to determine their speed. By manipulating the throttle, riders can accelerate or decelerate their scooters. 

This simple yet crucial component plays a significant role in the overall riding experience, making it essential for riders to understand the different types of electric scooter throttles available.

Different Types of Electric Scooter Throttles

One popular type of electric scooter throttle is the trigger throttle, sometimes called a finger throttle. Resembling a trigger on a handgun, this type of throttle provides riders with precise control over the scooter's speed. 

With just a gentle squeeze, riders can smoothly accelerate or decelerate, allowing for a seamless riding experience.

Another commonly used mechanism is an e scooter thumb throttle, which bears a resemblance to those found on gaming controllers. Designed with convenience in mind, a thumb throttle for electric scooter use requires minimal hand movement, making it easy to use for riders of all ages and abilities. 

Commonly found on motorcycles, twist throttles allow riders to adjust their speed by twisting the throttle grip. An electric scooter twist throttle offers a sense of familiarity for those coming from the motorcycle or moped world.

In many electric scooters like Apollo’s, throttle replacement requires very little mechanical know-how and is basically a plug-and-play operation.

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Comparing Trigger, Thumb, and Twist Throttles

When deciding between trigger, thumb, or throttles, it's essential to consider your personal preferences and riding style. Each type offers its own advantages, and choosing the right one can greatly enhance your overall scooter experience.

Trigger throttle Dualtron X Limited

The trigger throttle of the Dualtron X Limited is an EY3 model 

Trigger Throttle

If you value precise control and accuracy, the trigger throttle might be the perfect fit for you. Its design allows for fine-tuned adjustments, giving you full control over your scooter's speed. Whether you're navigating through busy city streets or cruising along scenic paths, the trigger throttle ensures a smooth and controlled ride.

Trigger throttles are great for new riders but they have a major disadvantage in the form of what's called "throttle fatigue." More riders report that soreness or numbness in their hands after a long ride with a trigger throttle than with other types of throttles. Trigger throttles can also feel a little "jumpy" and lead inexperienced riders to make jerky, sudden, unsafe moves.

Most Common Trigger Throttles

There are two main types of finger trigger throttles: EY3 (EYE3) and QS-S4. Both throttles feature a small, round LCD display, easy-to-use buttons, and a finger trigger on the right-hand side.

Apollo City thumb throttle

The Apollo City Pro 2023 comes standard with a thumb throttle

Thumb Throttle

For those seeking a user-friendly experience, the thumb throttle is an excellent choice. With its minimal hand movement requirement, riders of all ages can easily operate their scooters. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced rider, the thumb throttle offers a seamless and intuitive control mechanism.

Thumb throttles lead to much less throttle fatigue over time and work much better for riders with conditions like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. They generally make it easy for all riders to accelerate and decelerate safely and gradually. However, thumb throttles can feel less precise than finger throttles. 

Emove Cruiser

The EMOVE Cruiser can be ordered with a twist throttle, trigger throttle, or thumb throttle

Twist Throttle

If you're someone who has experience with motorcycles, the twist throttle might be the perfect option for you. Its familiar sensation makes it an ideal choice for riders transitioning from traditional vehicles to electric scooters. 

Twist throttles are not for everyone, however, and beginners might have a difficult time maintaining a consistent speed while using one, and thus might feel unsafe. If you're just starting out, it's recommended that you try a trigger throttle or a thumb throttle first.

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How Electric Scooter Throttles Work

Electric scooters have become a popular mode of transportation in urban areas, offering a convenient and eco-friendly alternative to traditional vehicles. One of the key components that make electric scooters so user-friendly is the throttle. Although the specific mechanisms may vary depending on the scooter model, most electric scooter throttles operate on a similar principle.

The throttle is connected to the scooter's motor controller, which is responsible for regulating the power output of the electric motor. By manipulating the throttle, riders send electrical signals to the motor controller, instructing it to adjust the power output accordingly. This process allows riders to control the scooter's speed effortlessly, making it easier to navigate through busy streets or enjoy a leisurely ride in the park.

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Thumb throttle Kaabo

The thumb throttle of Kaabo’s electric scooters uses a different design than other manufacturers

The Inner Workings of an Electric Scooter Throttle

Electric scooter throttles consist of various components that work together to transmit the user's input to the scooter's motor controller, ultimately determining the scooter's speed. Let's take a closer look at the intricate mechanics behind this essential part of an electric scooter.

One of the key components of an electric scooter throttle is the sensor. This sensor detects the position of the throttle and converts it into an electrical signal. The sensor is typically a potentiometer, which is a variable resistor that changes its resistance based on the throttle's position. As the rider twists or pushes the throttle, the sensor detects the corresponding movement and sends a signal to the motor controller.

Another crucial element of the throttle is the spring, which provides resistance and ensures that the throttle returns to its original position when released by the rider. This spring mechanism allows for precise control over the scooter's speed. Riders can adjust the throttle to maintain a constant speed or increase/decrease it as needed, all thanks to the spring's role in the throttle assembly.

Electrical connectors play a vital role in establishing the electrical connection between the throttle and the motor controller, allowing for the transmission of signals. The quality and reliability of these connectors are crucial to ensuring smooth and uninterrupted communication between the throttle and the controller. Good cables matter.

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Choosing the Right Electric Scooter Throttle

When selecting an electric scooter throttle, several factors need to be considered. These will influence your overall riding experience, safety, and comfort.

Factors to Consider When Selecting an Electric Scooter Throttle

  • First, consider your grip on the throttle. It's crucial to have a secure and comfortable grip to maintain control during your ride. If your hold on the throttle is awkward or unsure, you'll find it difficult to keep your focus where it needs to be: on the road ahead. Ergonomic designs and intuitive controls can significantly enhance your experience.
  • Consider the comfort level of the throttle, especially for long rides. A twist throttle can be exciting on short speed runs, for example, but you might opt for a more minimal thumb throttle if you plan on commuting several miles every day.
  • Safety is paramount, so make sure the throttle offers smooth and reliable acceleration with no "dead spots," or places where the throttle moves but doesn't affect the scooter's operation. You should be able to trust the throttle's movements and predict what it's going to do as you push it forward and backward.

Understanding how electric scooter throttles work and their different types can help you make an informed decision when buying an electric scooter. Many scooters these days, such as those made by Apollo, allow you to swap out throttles easily with plug-and-play designs. Whichever throttle you choose, make sure you factor ergonomics, comfort, and safety into your decision-making process.


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Table of contents

    1. Understanding Electric Scooter Throttles
    2. Different Types of Electric Scooter Throttles
    3. Comparing Trigger, Thumb, and Twist Throttles
    4. Trigger Throttle
    5. Thumb Throttle
    6. Twist Throttle
    7. How Electric Scooter Throttles Work
    8. The Inner Workings of an Electric Scooter Throttle
    9. Choosing the Right Electric Scooter Throttle
    10. Factors to Consider When Selecting an Electric Scooter Throttle