Mobbo Electric Unicycle Looks Strangely Familiar

A new electric, self-balancing unicycle was recently unveiled by the folks from Mobbo. It may actually not be that new, however, as it strongly resembles a very similar device we covered back in 2011.

The Mobbo Electric Unicycle, according to the company selling it, has a range of 16 km/h and a top speed of 16 km/h, which are the same specifications as the Solowheel from Inventist. There’s a red plastic piece on the two which looks the same, and both share gyro sensors, a 1000-watt motor and a rechargeable battery, which captures energy cruising downhill and slowing down/stopping (via regenerative braking, like a Prius).

image via Mobbo

image via Mobbo

Inventist, at the time we covered the Solowheel unicycle, was soliciting individuals and businesses interested in re-selling the device. Assuming Mobbo is a reseller, you may actually get more of a deal buying it from this company, as it prices for $999 ($1,399 regularly) from them versus $1,795 from its original creator.

In case you are wondering on how to ride it, it requires a little bit of a learning curve. After you turn it on and it becomes more stabilized, you can hop aboard. It reportedly takes between 15 and 40 minutes to learn basic riding techniques. This skill learning will eventually evolve into controlling your speed properly by “keeping your leaning weight balanced and standing straight.”

The Mobbo, which takes around three hours to recharge, is lightweight to carry and envisioned as something you might ride if you have a commute under five miles. It reportedly takes under 20 minutes to achieve this distance.

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  • chet

    They look suspiciously similar to me. http://solowheel.com/about-illegal-solowheel-copies/ warns of knockoffs. Is it possible to find out if mobbo is a knock-off or if it’s a business partner of investist?

    • Michael Chacon

      It is a knockoff. It is the same as airwheel and IPS. They are all cheap copies with safety issues

      • Al

        Amazon are selling Airwheel it’s a good copy I’ve never had any problem with things I’ve bought from Amazon.
        In the uk Airwheel retails for £600
        Solowheel sells for £1300.
        Guess which ones they’ll sell more of !

        • Michael Chacon

          Amazon has nothing to do with the items it sells. They will put anything up. The knockoffs have already burned at least two customers houses down and caught on fire in a cargo plane.

    • mobbo team

      There is no connection between solowheel and us.

      Our goal is to bring a light transportation device in a affordable way to the urban commuters.

      We figured out that we could manufacture an amazing product at an affordable price, which would democratize the product. Everyone can own one.
      We position ourselves differently and we believe we could take it to the next level.

  • chet

    Here’s another on amazon that’s cheaper. It’s called the ‘airwheel’.
    http://www.amazon.com/Balancing-Unicycle-Electric-Scooter-9-8kg/dp/B00BN4COVA/

  • mobbo an urban adventure

    There is no connection between solowheel and us.

    Our goal is to bring a light transportation device in a affordable way to the urban commuters.

    We figured out that we could manufacture an amazing product at an affordable price, which would democratize the product. Everyone can own one.

    We position ourselves differently and we believe we could take it to the next level.

    We are currently working on the mobbo 2 which will have a cooler design – exposed wheel, lighter weight design with less plastic and will include more powerful motor & battery and smarter software and electronics

    In the meantime we believe that the best way to get into the market is with a product that people can understand and compare. Next year we will launch our 2nd generation device, which is currently in the final stage of development.

    Our self-balancing computerized software system is the latest in the market; we believe we significantly improved the experience and our goal is the constantly develop and simplify the user experience

    http://mobbo.co

    • Inventist Solowheel

      Mobbo is correct in that there is no connection between Solowheel and Mobbo.

      Inventist Inc. invented the Solowheel and own the patent on the design and function of the Solowheel. Mobbo and Airwheel are both rebranded IPS products. They have copied most of the patent protected design and functionality, except for their use of an inferior battery which is cheaper but more dangerous.

      Mobbo believes they have “significantly improved the experience” for the user, but consumers have found that the compromises to lower the cost have resulted in injury and instances of IPS’s catching on fire.

      The Solowheel has not made this compromise; we put user safety above profit.

      http://solowheel.com

  • Inventist Solowheel

    Here is a video comparing the reliability of the IPS vs. the Solowheel. http://youtu.be/lO1Imq-zv6g