Buzz Charter F review: This low-cost folding electric bike sticks the battery where the sun don’t shine

by Micah Toll

It can come in handy in urban settings where riders will likely want to take both the saddle and the battery inside with them while the bike remains locked outside.

Buzz Charter F Tech Specs • Motor: 250W rear geared hub motor • Top speed: 32 km/h (20 mph) • Range: Up to 64 km (40 mi) • Battery: 36V 8Ah (288 Wh) • Weight: 15.8 kg (35 lb) with battery • Frame: Aluminum

Those are the two most commonly stolen parts of an electric bike, so combining them into one easy-to-grab component means riders can head thieves off at the pass.

The Buzz Charter F’s specialty is being a lightweight, no-frills folding e-bike.

At just 35 lb., it’s definitely on the lighter end of the range of e-bikes I’ve tested. Folding bikes are often particularly heavy due to the extra weight of a few rugged folding mechanisms, but the Buzz Charter F manages to keep an eye on its waistline to maintain its trim figure.