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MEGAWHEELS S5 Review

If you have a need for speed and you don't care as much about folding and stowing, then this general purpose scooter is a ticket to a fun ride
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Price:   $400 List | $360 at Amazon
Pros:  Fast, powerful brake system, relatively inexpensive
Cons:  Shorter travel radius, poorly designed folding latch
Manufacturer:   MEGAWHEELS
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 12, 2019
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  • Range - 25% 5
  • Power - 25% 6
  • Ride - 20% 7
  • Portability - 15% 5
  • Braking - 15% 7

Our Verdict

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.


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Pros Fast, powerful brake system, relatively inexpensiveSmooth ride, long battery life, easy to carryLong range, portable, fastFolded dolly function, huge travel range, hill climbing powerFast, front suspension, cruise control
Cons Shorter travel radius, poorly designed folding latchBrakes may require maintenance, expensiveVariable performanceRough ride, single brakeLimited travel radius, bulky/ long frame, expensive
Bottom Line If you have a need for speed and you don’t care as much about folding and stowing, then this general purpose scooter is a ticket to a fun rideThe Xiaomi is a do it all scooter that combines ease, utility, and safety in a simple, yet sharp designThe Tomoloo would have been a top contender in the class were it not for its inconsistent, seemingly glitchy, behaviorIf you want a scooter for commuting in an urban setting, then the Glion’s compact folded dimensions, efficient dolly design, and long-lasting battery life make this scooter a sure thing to simplify your transportation needsTesters were less than impressed with this scooter’s performance in light of the price tag.
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Rating Categories MEGAWHEELS S5 Xiaomi Mi M365 Tomoloo L1 Glion Dolly Foldable Ninebot...
Range (25%)
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Portability (15%)
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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
Tire size 8.5" 8.5" 8.5" 8" 8"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen Battery indicator only Battery indicator only Yes Battery indicator only Yes
App No No Yes No Yes
Max load 265 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 255 lbs 220 lbs
Bell Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Measured weight 26.7 lbs 27.2 lbs 29.3 lbs 28.7 lbs 27.2 lbs
Battery lithium-ion lithium lithium lithium-ion lithium-ion
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.

The MEGAWHEELS S5 electric scooter
The MEGAWHEELS S5 electric scooter

Performance Comparison


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.

The MAGAWHEELS suffers in the range rankings due to its shorter travel radius.
The MAGAWHEELS suffers in the range rankings due to its shorter travel radius.

Range


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.

Cruising and carving. The S5 is the fastest scooter in the fleet.
Cruising and carving. The S5 is the fastest scooter in the fleet.

Power


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.

MEGAWHEELS' pneumatic tires make for a smooth ride.
MEGAWHEELS' pneumatic tires make for a smooth ride.

Ride


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.

Single handle dual brake system (front electronic  rear disk) makes for powerful and reliable braking.
Single handle dual brake system (front electronic, rear disk) makes for powerful and reliable braking.

Braking


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.

The S5 is easy to fold and reasonably comfortable to carry.
The S5 is easy to fold and reasonably comfortable to carry.

Portability


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.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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