What we say...
2012 LONG TERM REVIEW
In terms of setting this up and transporting it to and from the course, not to mention the easy storage, this is a first-class unit. When it’s folded down, it really doesn’t take up a great deal of room and fits easily into the boot of the car. It’s also been pretty reliable too, although I have started to have a couple of issues with it.
The battery is supposed to be capable of getting through 36 holes, but in wet conditions it struggles on the final nine. Some sort of battery indicator on the handle would be a really good addition to the product – there is a red light that comes on, but virtually as soon as it does the trolley dies. If they fixed this, and added a digital display, I would recommend the Powerbug Pro to anyone – and I'm quite hard to please!
Ratings (out of 5)
Ease of use: 4.5
Tester: George Gow, HCP 12
Pros: It’s light, compact and fits in the car boot easily and I like the small size of the battery. Never having used an electric trolley before it makes life so much easier especially on my hilly home course and I will definitely be looking into purchasing one in the future. Look forward to reading other reviews.
Cons: I found the speed control a bit awkward to begin with but possibly with more use that will become easier. I also think that the price of the trolley could include a distance calculator. On the whole I found it to be a reasonable trolley in its price bracket.
Conclusion: The small, lightweight lithium battery makes this a very attractive product and makes for a light and powerful model. But for £450, you might expect a little more in the functions department. White trolleys always split opinion, and we thought the lighter frame might have cheapened the aesthetics a touch. It's worth
noting that the price listed is for a lithium battery, and an 18-hole model is available for £299.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Ease of use: 4.5
Ease of assembly: 3.65
Using the Powerbug quite literally couldn’t have been easier – you turn the dial and you’re away.
But what all the testers liked about the dial was that you were never in-between walking speeds – some of the others were either too slow at one setting or too fast at the next notch up!
This, however, was very comfortable to use. Fergus felt it was very stable while Dave commented that it was great value for money. Ian raved about the unfussy looks of the trolley too, as well as noting that it more than held its own on a wide variety of surfaces – he did see a lot of the rough on the day it was tested too!
The testers also commented on the wheels – they looked like they would offer sensational grip and they really did – on one of the wettest days in living memory, the Powerbug stuck like glue to the ground. A truly brilliant performance from a model that won’t break the bank!
The Powerbug Pro Sport Digital Electric Trolley features a numeric LED speed indicator and accelerator dial
Battery options: 18-hole battery £299, lithium battery £450.
Warranty: 2 years
Tel: 0118 940 6609
Powerbug Electric Trolleys User Reviews
I have had my power bug for 6years + and have been through a couple of standard batteries in that time. It has given great service over the years. I have added a brolly holder essential for the north of england (although all brolly holders could do with extensions to get the club out of the bag) and new upper and lower bag carriers to make life easier and quicker. Although great value for money and functional the wheel base is narrow and does try to tip on my hilly course, alot. Also the motor does struggle going up the hills on my course in the Pennines. It has the 200W motor fitted but still will not get up one hill with my help (on its own it stops moving) I am thinking of buying the Powerbug small lithium battery when my current one expires, now in its 2nd season, hoping the lighter weight and a little more power might just help. Otherwise I will have to invest in a trolley that has a better up hill gradient capability.
I had a Powerbug Sport X trolley with the 36 hole battery for 3 years and must have played around 200 rounds in that time. The Powerbug never let me down in all that time. A solid trolley which folds easily and is very stable. I also bought the umbrella holder direct from Powerbug and found their service to be excellent. I sold mine recently as I was going to carry again but I'm now about to buy a new Powerbug.