The MEGAWHEELS S5 is a good all-around scooter with a price tag that won't break the bank. The S5 is swift, too. In fact, it's the fastest in the fleet. What held the scooter back from awards such as Top Pick is its portability challenges and shorter travel radius.
MEGAWHEELS S5 Review
Pros: Fast, powerful brake system, relatively inexpensive
Cons: Shorter travel radius, poorly designed folding latch
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|Cons||Shorter travel radius, poorly designed folding latch||Brakes may require maintenance, expensive||Variable performance||Rough ride, single brake||Limited travel radius, bulky/ long frame, expensive|
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|Rating Categories||MEGAWHEELS S5||Xiaomi Mi M365||Tomoloo L1||Glion Dolly Foldable||Ninebot...|
|Specs||MEGAWHEELS S5||Xiaomi Mi M365||Tomoloo L1||Glion Dolly Foldable||Ninebot...|
|Maximum Speed||16.2 mph||14.9 mph||15.3 mph||13.8 mph||16.1 mph|
|Measured Effective Range||10.1 miles||12.8 miles||10.9 miles||13.2 miles||8.5 miles|
|Measured charge time||3 hrs||5 hrs 10 mins||4 hrs 40 mins||4 hrs 25 mins||3 hrs 30 mins|
|Brake||Electronic front brake and rear disc brake on one handle||Electronic front brake and rear disc brake on one handle||Electronic front brake and rear disc brake on one handle||Anti-lock electronic located inside rear wheel||Electronic front brake and rear fender foot brake|
|Tire type||Pneumatic||Pneumatic||Pneumatic||Honeycomb interior (solid)||Solid|
|Screen||Battery indicator only||Battery indicator only||Yes||Battery indicator only||Yes|
|Max load||265 lbs||220 lbs||220 lbs||255 lbs||220 lbs|
|Measured weight||26.7 lbs||27.2 lbs||29.3 lbs||28.7 lbs||27.2 lbs|
|Watt-hours||208.8 watt-hours||280.0 watt-hours||unavailable||280.8 watt-hours||187.0 watt-hours|
|Motor||250 Watt||Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
|Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
|250 Watt||Nominal Power 300W
Max Power 700W
|Manufacturer charge time||3 hrs||N/A||4-6 hrs||3 hrs 30 mins||3 hrs 30 mins|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The S5 crushed much of the competition in the max speed tests by flying through our course at 16.2 mph. It has an average travel radius, a sound brake system and a smooth ride provided by pneumatic tires. What kept this scooter out of the running for awards was its limited travel range and poorly designed portability features. It's a bit bulky, and testers complained that the latch securing the scooter in its folded configuration easily comes undone.
Our endless curiosity and healthy sense of competition lead us to buy all the top electric scooters on the market and test them side-by-side. We tallied the results of the competition and quantified which products rock and which simply roll. Below are the results for the MEGAWHEELS S5.
Our range tests look at both travel radius, and the time it takes to charge a depleted battery. For accuracy, travel radius is split into two parts. These are effective range and maximum range. The effective range is the amount of flat ground a scooter can cover at the scooter's maximum speed. The maximum range is a measure of how far the machine will go at any speed; many scooters decrease in speed at the end of their battery's charge.
The S5 has an identical effective and maximum rage that is slightly above average at 10.1 miles. The battery recharges in an impressive 3 hours.
For this review, we define power in an electric scooter as hill climbing ability and maximum flat ground speed. The hill tests were carried out on a 3.5% and a 10.5% slope. While the S5 was the top performer in speed assessment, maxing out at ~16 mph, it struggled with the hill climbing. The 3.5% grade slowed the scooter to ~12 mph, and the 10.5% grade stopped it in its tracks.
Ride is an appraisal of the feedback a scooter delivers when rolling over rough terrain such as cracks and bumps. After reviewing a number of these scooters, we know that this metric is in large part an evaluation of the tires. The MEGAWHEELS are pneumatic, and as such, they offer a relatively cushy ride.
Given the power this scooter packs for flat ground ripping it's a good thing that it has a good brake system. Sporting both front electronic and rear disk brakes that are actuated with a single hand lever, testers were pleased with the control afforded on steep descents and in flat ground situations. The S5 was a leader in this series of tests.
Weight, collapsibility, transporting ease, and folded dimensions are the focus of the portability assessment. The S5 does poorly in a number of these, particularly the folding latch and transporting. The latch has a tendency to unhook itself, and the carrying handle is an odd trapezoidal shape that isn't ideal.
Considering that the S5 is around a hundred dollars less than the top scooter models and shares many of the same features, we think that it's a fair value. You get what you pay for, no more and no less.
The MEGAWHEELS S5 is an excellent product if speed and braking power are what you desire. However, this product lacks the attention to detail in the portability department that makes it less than convenient if you need to fold and carry it regularly. If you need a commuting workhorse, other scooters are better suited to the task.
— Nick Miley and Austin Palmer