In a Nutshell:
The SuperHandy mobility scooter is a Spartan design, and the scooter itself is fairly bare bones, but it’s a quality machine that might be a good fit for you. It is recommended for anyone who weighs up to 275 pounds and who’s looking for a basic, portable scooter to take on the road.
- Customization Appeal
- Ultralightweight Construction
- Limited Weight Capacity
- Niche Appeal
- Potential Exclusivity
Are you in the market for a portable scooter that’s both exceptionally lightweight and travel-friendly? If so, you’re going to like what you read in this—our SuperHandy scooter review.
Haven’t you heard of the SuperHandy brand? We’d be surprised if you had. Offered by the fine folk of Great Circle US, it’s a simple design that emphasizes portability. Great Circle isn’t an especially large or well-known brand, but they do have a solid reputation and make quality products.
We’ll be the first to admit that this machine won’t be for everyone. As you’ll see in the sections that follow, it’s got certain limitations that will limit its appeal. Even so, for the right user, it’s a fantastic option and well worth considering.
If you’re curious to know more, read on, and let’s take a closer look.
An Overview of the Superhandy 3-Wheel Folding Mobility Scooter
We consider this to be a fairly strong component of our SuperHandy scooter review. The first thing you’ll notice about the SuperHandy Passport is that it’s a very Spartan design. Lightweight, it was built for travel. It’s also got a somewhat industrial look, given its orange and black color scheme.
If you’re a fan of the simple, industrial look, you’re going to like it at first sight. If not, it may be sufficiently visually off-putting that you’ll lose interest right away. Assuming you don’t, you’ll find quite a lot to like here. In order to talk about that, we’ll need to take a look at the raw stats that drive the model’s capabilities. Here’s a quick overview:
- Scooter dimensions: Folded – 24” x 22.4” x 16.5”, Unfolded – 40” x 24” x 37” (L x W x H)
- Scooter weight: 35 lbs / 26 lbs When Folded
- Range: 6.5 miles per battery
- Top speed: 3.75 MPH
- Max. slope: 5 degrees
- Ground clearance: 3”
- Maximum supported weight: 275 pounds
- Turning radius: 31”
- 6.75” wheels
- Seat width: 16.9” wide (vinyl)
These numbers tell a story and reveal a number of strengths and weaknesses in the design.
Taking it from the top, the overall dimensions of the scooter are excellent. It’s got a small footprint and breaks down into five different pieces, making it easy to store in the available trunk space of just about any mid-sized sedan or hatchback. If you’ve got a larger vehicle, you’ll have plenty of room to spare!
Also, note the weight! The thirty-five-pound total weight includes the battery, which is removed when you disassemble it.
The SuperHandy mobility scooter comes with a spare battery, so while the range on a single battery charge is a bit underwhelming when you combine the range of both batteries you’ll have access to, it’s impressive.
The top speed looks disappointing, but honestly, given the fact that the machine is so lightly built, it would probably feel unsafe if the machine went much faster. Even so, if you’re in a rush, this scooter may frustrate you a bit because it’s not exactly built for speed.
The slope handling is strictly average, but again, given the scooter’s light construction, we’re expecting that, and the ground clearance paints the scooter as one designed primarily for use in urban environments.
Sure, you can probably use it to putter around your property as long as the grass is cut short and the land is relatively flat, but with only 3” of ground clearance, you’ll want to be very mindful of your surroundings any time you’re off the pavement.
The supported weight limit is a big disappointment here. While there’s no formal industry standard, if you look at a broad cross-section of scooters and take the average of their supported weight limits, you’ll find that the average is something close to three hundred pounds. This little scooter falls somewhat short of that number.
That’s either going to be a deal breaker for you, or it won’t be an issue at all. Take the weight limit seriously. If you weigh more than 275 pounds, this model just isn’t going to work for you.
On the other hand, the seat size is a good pairing with the weight limit, and the turning radius on the model is absolutely superb.
Basically, it’s a great scooter for short trips in urban settings. If you’re going on a trip to see a friend, this is a great machine to take on the road with you. If you have to head up to the corner store for a few supplies, the SuperHandy Passport is an awesome choice.
Ultimately, it depends on what you’re looking for in a scooter. If you are specifically looking for something that’s lightweight and super travel-friendly, this one belongs on your short list of options to consider—provided, of course, that you don’t exceed the modest weight limit.
The SuperHandy Passport Mobility Scooter Isn’t Big on Comfort, but It is Surprisingly Adjustable
We regard this as a surprisingly strong component of our SuperHandy scooter review. There’s really not much to say on the comfort front.
The swivel seat makes transferring into and out of the chair easy, but that’s about the best point that can be made about it. The seat is only modestly padded and covered with vinyl upholstery.
The bottom line is that it’s comfortable enough to get you from Point A to Point B, but it’s not the kind of seat you’ll want to sit in for hours at a time. It’s just not built for lounging.
Most travel-friendly scooters aren’t adjustable at all, but this one is a very pleasant surprise.
The handlebar/steering tiller is height adjustable in a range that spans from 26” to 36”, and the height of the seat is also adjustable in a range that spans between 19.5” and 22”.
SuperHandy Folding Mobility Scooter Accessories
Unfortunately, although you can order spare parts to maintain your scooter, Great Circle US doesn’t offer any accessories for the scooter other than the tote and storage bags that come with the machine when you purchase it.
The lack of options isn’t the end of the world, though. The aftermarket is brimming with every accessory imaginable, so even though you can’t buy goodies from the company itself, you’ll be able to customize your scooter to your heart’s content.
The SuperHandy Passport is Incredibly Portable and Easy to Use
Given the extremely light weight of the Passport and the fact that it can be broken down for transport, it’s hard to describe this little scooter as anything other than incredibly travel-friendly.
The only real drawback you’ll find on that front is that it is a bit of a process actually to break the scooter down. You can find many other models that collapse in seconds. This one has a bit more of a process associated with it.
On the other hand, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a machine that’s easier to use. It’s actually harder to put the thing together than it is to drive it around. Once it is assembled and you’re in the chair, the rest is easy.
Pros & Cons of SuperHandy Passport Scooter
This is an almost entirely self-selecting scooter. You’re either going to love the color scheme and its ultralightweight construction and travel-friendliness, and you’re going to come in below the weight limit, or you won’t. If you do, then this little scooter is going to check most of the boxes that are important to you. If not, you’re almost certain to give it a hard pass.
SuperHandy Scooter Review Conclusion
If you decide you want one of these, you’ll be thrilled at its modest price, which will almost certainly leave you sufficient funds to head to the aftermarket and buy a few accessories to personalize your new ride. As we said in the last section here in our SuperHandy Scooter review, this mobility aid is almost entirely self-selecting.
In our view, the person this machine was designed for is someone who:
- Weighs less than 275 pounds
- Travels frequently and is looking for a “spare” scooter that can be easily taken on the road
- Plans to use the Passport mostly in urban settings
If that’s you, this one belongs on your shortlist of options to consider. Unless you check all three of those boxes, though, you can probably find something you like better elsewhere on the market. On that basis, we provisionally recommend it.
Comparable Products to Consider
If you’ve come to the end and have decided this isn’t the model for you, here are a couple of other options to consider:
Pride Mobility is one of the biggest and most respected names in the mobility industry. The Jazzy Passport is a lightweight, extremely travel-friendly option that’s loaded with high-value extras. If you’re brand-conscious and interested in buying from a company that’s more of a known quantity, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Like the company behind the scooter we just reviewed, ShopRider isn’t one of the big names in the industry, but they’ve been making quality mobility devices for decades, and this one is an excellent example of their work. It features a similar feature set to the scooter we just talked about, but ShopRider does offer a few accessories that you may love.
References & Resources:
- Great Circle US, Official Brand Website.
- Two Questions Can Reveal Mobility Problems in Seniors, Harvard Health Publishing.
- Motorized Mobility Scooters: The Use of Training/Intervention and Technology for Improving Driving Skills in Aging Adults, Karger.
- Low Vision and Mobility Scooters: The Experiences of Individuals With Low Vision Who Use Mobility Scooters, Taylor & Francis Online.
- Mobility Scooter Licenses: Can You Drive a Mobility Scooter on the Road?, Scooters ‘N Chairs.