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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
MEGAWHEELS S5
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Price:   $400 List
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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#7 of 11
  • 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 one of the fastest in the fleet. What held the scooter back from greater accolades is its portability issues and so-so travel radius. The main issue is that the latch which transforms the steering column into a caring handle has an abysmally poor design that is hard to hook and easily comes undone when unweighted. Additionally, the model is limited to just ten miles on a charge.

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Pros Fast, powerful brake system, relatively inexpensivePowerful, extensive travel range, comfortableSmooth ride, long battery life, easy to carryFast, front suspension, decent travel radiusLight-weight, easy to fold, zippy
Cons Shorter travel radius, poorly designed folding latchLong recharge time, bulky, heavyBrakes may require maintenance, long recharge intervalCruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lack redundancySo-so range, slow to recharge, struggles on steep hills
Bottom Line Fast and affordable, this product is great for those who are on a budget but don’t need to fold, stow or carry their scooter on the regularThis powerful scooter is easy to operate and has a long battery life but it’s not the easiest to carryIf you’re looking for a swift and stylish scooter that’s comfortable and easy to use the machine is the ticketSpeed, affordability, and a commute-capable range are just some of the characteristics that offset this machine’s subpar wheel designThis reasonably priced scooter will appeal to commuters as it is speedy, fun, easy to collapse, and is relatively lightweight
Rating Categories MEGAWHEELS S5 Ninebot... Xiaomi Mi M365 Hiboy MAX Razor E Prime III
Range (25%)
5
9
8
8
4
Power (25%)
6
8
6
8
7
Ride (20%)
7
8
8
6
8
Portability (15%)
5
7
8
6
9
Braking (15%)
7
9
6
7
6
Specs MEGAWHEELS S5 Ninebot... Xiaomi Mi M365 Hiboy MAX Razor E Prime III
Measured Maximum Speed 16.2 mph 16.7 mph 14.9 mph 19.3 mph 18.4 mph
Measured Effective Range 10.1 miles 25 miles 12.8 miles 12.2 miles 8.2 miles
Measured Charge Time 3 hrs 6 hours 5 hrs 10 min 4 hours 30 min 6 hours
Brake Type Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front mechanical drum brake. Rear regenerative electric brake. Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake and rear fender brake
Tire Type Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic Solid rubber Pneumatic front
Solid rear
Tire Size 8.5" 10" 8.5" 8.5" 8"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen Battery indicator only Yes Battery indicator only Yes No
App No Yes No Yes No
Maximum Load 265 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs
Bell Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Measured Weight 26.7 lbs 43.4 lbs 27.2 lbs 35.2 lbs 24 lbs
Battery Type Lithium-ion Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium
Motor 250 Watt 350 Watt Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
350 Watt 250 Watt

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
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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...
The MAGAWHEELS suffers in the range rankings due to its shorter travel radius.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 the 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.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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

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.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 tends 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