Most portable sea scooters


Most of us, when we think about sea scooters, picture them as big bulky torpedoe shaped things. But let me tell you that this is not always the case. As a matter of fact, modern DPVs come in various shapes and sizes. And some of them are light and compact enough that they be are considered travel friendly for most airplane users.

So, what are the most portable sea scooters? Well, this is the list of lightest, less space consuming sea scooters on the market:

Sea scootersWeight kg/lbsSize (mm*mm*mm)Speed kmh/mphPrice
Lefeet S12,3/5,1315 x 300 x 1645,4/3,4$865
Scubajet Neo2,9/5,3336 x 80 x 808,0/5$990
Asiwo turbo3,5/7,7527 x 213 x 1735,6/3,5$359
Sublue WhiteShark Mix3,5/7,7470 x 270 x 2355,4/3,35$699
Yamaha Seawing II3,6/8510 x 167 x 2758,0/5,0$849
Aquarobotman MagicJet3,6/8360 x 182 x 3856,4/4$699
RoboSea SeaFlyer3,7/8,1510 x 170 x 2708,0/5,0$899
Geneinno S1 Seascooter3,7/8,1500 x 210 x 2266,4/4$799
Yamaha Explorer5,2/11,5299 x 282 x 5204/2,5$345
Yamaha Seal5,4/11,9285 x 283 x 4833,2/2$295

Of course, if you want to know more about these underwater scooters, take a look at what will follow. You’ll not regret it!

How was this review done?

Criteria taken into consideration

In order to make the desired list, we first had to establish the most important criteria for sea scooters portability. We based these criteria on the assumption that you want to be able to put your sea scooter allowed in your hand luggage. Eventually, we ended up with the following criteria:

  • Battery energy: most airlines allow electronic devices with batteries of up to 160 Wh to be transported in cabin luggage.
  • Weight: the strictest airlines do not accept cabin luggage weighing more than 6 kgs (13.2 lbs). Assuming that 5.5 kgs (11 lbs) is a safe bet, we considered it as the upper limit not to be exceeded by scooters.
  • Size: IATA standard cabin luggage size is 55 x 35 x 20 cm (21.5″ x 13.5″ x 7.5″). Although in some rare cases, some companies see such sizes non-compliant with it standards. However, that shouldn’t be a problem as most companies are aligned with IATA standards.

The list of contenders

The next step was to use was we established as our most important criteria to sea scooters portability. Eventually, we came up with this list with the most portable sea scooters:

Sea scootersWeight kg/lbsSize (mm*mm*mm)Battery power (Wh)Speed kmh/mphPriceBattery life (min)
Lefeet S12,3/5,1315 x 300 x 16497.685,4/3,4$86560
Scubajet Neo2,9/5,3336 x 80 x 801008,0/5$99060
Asiwo turbo3,5/7,7527 x 213 x 1731265,6/3,5$35935
Sublue WhiteShark Mix3,5/7,7470 x 270 x 2351215,4/3,35$69930
Yamaha Seawing II3,6/8510 x 167 x 2751488,0/5,0$84940
Aquarobotman MagicJet3,6/8360 x 182 x 385155.46,4/4$699100
RoboSea SeaFlyer3,7/8,1510 x 170 x 2701488,0/5,0$89940
Geneinno S1 Seascooter3,7/8,1500 x 210 x 2261406,4/4$79945
Yamaha Explorer5,2/11,5299 x 282 x 520904/2,5$34560
Yamaha Seal5,4/11,9285 x 283 x 483903,2/2$29590

1- The smallest and deepest diver: Scubajet Neo

This device is the smallest sized sea scooter as well as the deepest diver of our selection.

The Neo is manufactured by Austrian companyOpens in a new tab. Scubajet. This company is famous for its underwater scooters shaped like torpedoes. The Neo isn’t an exception to this rule. You can use if you’re a diver as well as a stand-up paddler. This is possible via adequate modules.

Main features

The Scubajet Neo boasts proudly the following features:

  • Size: 336 x 8 x 8 mm (13.2″ x 3,4″ x 3,4″)
  • Weight: 2.9 kg (5.29 lbs)
  • Max Speed: 8 km/h (5 mph)
  • Thrust: 10 kg (22 lbs)
  • Battery life: 60 minutes
  • Battery energy: 100 Wh
  • Battery charging time: 1.5 hours
  • Max Dive depth: 60m / 196 ft
  • Buoyancy: -1 kg

Other additional features

Scubajet offers different possibilities when it comes to personalizing your Neo. For instance, you can opt for LED lighting of either 500 lm, or 1500 lm, depending on your preferences.

If you’re using the Neo as a diver or snorkeler, you can equip it with a dive controller dual hand. This add-on, in addition to bringing more ergonomy, displays power consumption, dive depth, temperature and battery runtime. In summary, it is a very convenient diving dashboard!

On the other hand, if you’re a stand-up paddler, you have the possibility to purchase a remote controller and fin box adapter.

Pricing

The only con of the Scubajet Neo is for most of us the price. Unfortunately, the base price of the scooter is the equivalent of €1.190! It comes in 2 possible bundles:

  • SJ Neo dive package: starting at €1.320, you can choose from the no LED light option, or the 500 lm LED package (€1.500) or the 1500 lm LED package (€1.580). Either ways, the bundle contains the SCUBAJET, a charger, a Dual Hand Dive Controller, Nose or LED Light (depending on your choice) a battery and accessories.
  • SJ Neo stand up package: it starts at €1.190. You have the same choice for LED module as the dive package. You’ll have to pay €1.370 or €1.450 for the respective LED options.

The package is delivered with SCUBAJET, a charger, a battery, a US Finbox Adpater and SlideIn Finbox Adapter, a SSC BT-Link remote controller and its mounting set.

Pros & Cons

 

Pros
  • Very light weight
  • Very small size
  • Modularity and adaptability: for divers and stand-up paddlers
Cons
  • Expensive price for basic bundle and modules

 

2- The lightest sea scooter: Lefeet S1

Lefeet is a Chinese Shenzhen based company with a unique product: the Lefeet S1 sea scooter. Although the brand is not well known in the diving community, the DPV it offers is very seducing for the traveling divers. It is indeed the lightest device in our selection with a 2.3 kg (5.1 lbs) weight and a size of only 315 x 300 x 164 mm. You’ll barely notice it in your cabin luggage as you travel!

Main features

The Lefeet S1, despite its small size and light weight, offers very respectable capabilities. Here are its main features:

  • Size: 315 x 300 x 164 mm (12.4″ x 31.5″ x 6.4″)
  • Weight: 2.3 kg (5.1 lbs)
  • Max Speed: 5.4 kmh (3.3 mph)
  • Thrust: 7 kg (15.4 lbs)
  • Battery life: 60 min
  • Battery energy: 97.68 Wh
  • Battery charging time: 2.5 hours
  • Max Dive depth: 40 m
  • Buoyancy: -1 kg

Other additional features

This sea scooters offers 3 speed modes: high, medium and low.

Furthermore, Lefeet S1 has the advantage of a modular design:

  • Standard Mode: used as a single propelling unit
  • 2-IN-1 Mode: you can combine 2 S1 modules into one module for increased performances
  • Scuba Booster Strap Kit: a kit to strap onto your leg for an ironman like cruise!
  • Scuba Tank Mounts: you can mount your S1 on your scuba tank for a jet pack like propulsion system
  • Multi-purpose Mount Kit: you can mount your S1 into a stand up paddle

Pricing

Lefeet porposes 2 ways to purchase the S1:

  • S1 bundle: The Lefeet S1 comes at $865. The standard package includes the following items: the sea scooter, a battery and charger, a remote control and its charging cable, a handle bracket, a handle, a strap, a grip rail.
  • 2-In-1 Bundle: starting at $1815, includes 2-In-1 & Dual Jet Rail Kit & Scuba Booster Strap Kit

Pros & Cons

 

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Modularity
  • Multiple ways to use it
  • Speed mode: slow, medium and fast
Cons
  • Battery charging time of 2.5 hours for 1 hour of use

 

3- The longest battery life: Aquarobotman MagicJet

The MagicJet is produced by Aquarobotman. The brand is very famous for its underwater droneOpens in a new tab. Nemo. The MagicJet can run up to 100 minutes with max speed of 6.4 kmh (4 mph). However, to fully charge your battery, you will need 3 hours of charging.

Main features

Here are the main features of the Magicjet:

  • Size: 385 x 360 x 182 mm (15.2″ x 14.2″ x 7.2″)
  • Weight: 6 kg (7.9 lbs)
  • Max Speed: 6.4 kmh (4 mph)
  • Thrust: 10 kg ( 22 lbs)
  • Battery life: 100 min
  • Battery energy: 155.4 Wh
  • Battery charging time: 3 hours
  • Max Dive depth: 50 m (164 ft)
  • Buoyancy: positive buoyancy

Other additional features

You’ll have plenty of choice with the MagicJet when it comes to fixing an action camera to it: It has 3 action cameras mounts!

You’ll also be able to control the MagicJet in 3 ways:

  • Diving by one hand to have more freedom,
  • Using it with two hands on the handle for more stability
  • Combining 2 units together for better performance

Pricing

You can choose between 7 bundles. The base package starts at $699 for a scooter, a battery and its charger.

Pros and Cons

 

Pros
  • Long run time
  • Multiple ways to use it
Cons
  • Slow battery charging

 

4- The cheapest one: Yamaha Seal

Yamaha Seascooters is the famous manufacturer of the cheapest one of our selection: the Seal. It comes at a very affordable $295. It is safe for kids above 8 years old. This is because it has features making it suitable for the youngest users. It has protective propeller guard, positive buoyancy as well as auto shut off when triggers are released.

Main features

With a very low pricetag of $295, don’t expect to have out of the norm features. As a matter of fact, the scooter is the heaviest of our selection but it possesses an excellent 90 minutes run time ideal for kids. Nonetheless, for such users, its specs remain very decent.

  • Size: 285 x 283 x 483 mm (11.25″x 11.25″ x 19″)
  • Weight: 4 kg (12 lbs)
  • Max Speed: 3.2 kmh (2 mph)
  • Battery life: 90 min
  • Battery energy: 90 Wh
  • Battery charging time: 10-12 hours
  • Max Dive depth: 5m/15ft
  • Buoyancy: positive buoyancy

Other additional features

This underwater scooter has an action camera mount. Another notable point is that the battery is a sealed lead acid battery in contrast to most recent sea scooters using Li-ion batteries. You should also know that some airlines can frown upon lead acid batteries being transported on their planes!

Pricing

As mentioned before, the Yamaha Seal comes at $295. At this price, the box contains the scooter with a 6-months warranty.

Pros and Cons

 

Pros
  • Very affordable
  • Safety features
  • Ideal for kids
Cons
  • Excessive charging time of 10-12 hours!
  • Lead acid battery: might be problematic with certain airlines

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