Crowdfunding platforms are beginning to encourage “underwater scooters” as they continue to rise with recent examples including the Trident, WhiteShark MIX and AquaJet H2. Now, LeFeet is joining into the hype by offering the LeFeet S1, which features a clever modular design.
The LeFeet S1 is an aluminum-bodied propulsion unit that contains a 550-watt electric motor. The scooter is capable of taking snorkelers, divers or swimmers to a top speed of 3.5 mph (6 km/h). The unit is a rail system that uses different wireless control modules, which can be mounted.
By incorporating the different wireless control modules, it allows users to choose between keeping one hand free with a center-mounted single-handed module or using a two-handed module with hand grips on either side to maintain more control. There is even a wider version of the two-hander, which can accommodate two of the propulsion units between the grips for double the amount of thrust. It is also possible to mount the propulsion unit on the underside of a kayak or standup paddleboard by utilizing an optional kit, since the controller is wireless.
A major change in LeFeet’s underwater scooter is the pressure-sensitive throttle which allows for continuously-variable control of the speed, instead of simply allowing users to switch between a few preset speeds like other underwater scooters we’ve seen.
A replaceable flight-safe lithium battery pack provides power to the scooter, which holds up to 60 minutes of run time per six-hour charge. The 60 minute run charge is based on traveling at the S1’s slowest speed of 1.9 mph. When going full-tilt, the battery drops to nearly 30 minutes. The weight of the S1 is only 2 kg or 4.4 lb and is capable of descending to a maximum depth of 30 meters.
Kickstarter pledge levels start at a price of US$239 for a LeFeet S1 package that includes a dual-grip controller. The goal retail price for the setup is expected to be $399. Delivery is estimated for November, that is of course, assuming it reaches production.