The electric scooter trend is showing no signs of slowing down, which is really great because there are more and more electric scooters to choose from now. Lots of technology companies, such as Xiaomi and Lime have their own scooters. Megawheels, a company focused on solving the problem of short distance commutes, released the MegaWheels S5 back in 2018. In this quick MegaWheels S5 electric scooter review, I will go over the pros and cons of this S5 and whether it is worth the $300 price tag.
MegaWheels S5 Electric Scooter Review
MegaWheels S5 Features and Specs
- The S5 electric scooter has a 250 Watt brushless motor that reaches a top speed of 15.5 mph, the same as the Xiaomi M365. The 5.8Ah LG battery on the S5 has a range of 13 miles or 21 km.
- It is equipped with 8.5-inch anti-slip and shock-absorbing pneumatic (air-filled) tires for a more comfortable ride.
- The front wheel is equipped with electronic braking and the rear wheel is equipped with a disc brake.
- The max load for the Megawheels S5 electric scooter is 264 pounds or 120 kg. The scooter only weighs 27.5 pounds or 12.5 kg and is construced out of aircraft-grade aluminium alloy.
- The scooter also features a red tailight, bright front LEd light and 2 speed modes.
- The dimensions for the MegaWheels S5 are 111 x 42 x 120 cm and charging time is 3 hours.
MegaWheels S5 Electric Scooter: The Pros
The S5 is certainly one of the lightest electric scooters at only 27.5 pounds, which is a huge plus if you are not a 200 pound man and need to carry the scooter up the stairs or public transport. It is also very compact and can easily fit tight spaces.
For such a light scooter it is actually very sturdy and strong. Other lightweight electric scooters in this price range tend to be much flimsier. The fact that the S5 can handle 120 kg or 265 pounds is also surprising considering the weight of the scooter.
It also features a energy recovery system which increases battery life. It is a common feature for more expensive scooters but not so common for cheaper electric scooters. Another bonus is that it almost comes fully assembled and is super easy to put together.
The price tag of $300 is also another plus because you can get a decent electric scooter without spending a fortune. There is a 1-year limited warranty against mechanical defects and customer service is very good as well.
MegaWheels S5 Electric Scooter: The Cons
The fact that this is a budget-friendly e-scooter at only $300 you can expect to encounter some issues. The battery very often doesn’t come close to the 13 miles as advertised. Of course the range can depend of the rider weight and road surface but 13 miles of range is a bit optimistic.
The folding down and folding up mechanism for the MegaWheels S5 is not very smooth, unlike some other similar scooters, such as the GOTRAX XR Ultra or Xiaomi M365. It can pivot which makes it a bit difficult to attach it to the hook.
There can be other issues, such as the brakes sticking making the scooter slower or the loosening of the steering pole.
MegaWheels S5 Electric Scooter: Overall Verdict
For $300 it can be a great electric scooter for some people. The battery is a huge problem for the scooter but if you are a lightweight person and happen to get lucky with the battery, then it is worth the $300.
It all depends what scooter you get. Some are really happy with the S5 right away and don’t have many problems while others get a faulty scooter with lots of issues right from the start.
All in all it is not the best value for money. In my opinion it is better to spend a bit more money on a better quality electric scooter, such as the GOTRAX XR Ultra. It is only an extra $80, which is not much.
There is always the temptation to look for the cheapest products available but the cheaper the scooter, the worse the quality and performance. The potential disappointment and headache you can experience with the S5 is not the cheap price tag.
This was my Megawheels S5 electric scooter review, hopefully it was helpful.
First off I bought this scooter after researching several others, and to me it seemed like the best deal on Amazon with how it was made, how far it could travel, and battery life. On my initial opening of the package I was very happy to see that it was already assembled, and that the only thing I needed to do was screw in the handlebars. It even came charged up which I was excited about because I didn't want to have to wait to give it a try. Also right away I definitely was impressed with how well built it is, having big tires to handle going over bumps in the road and strong / sturdy bars so it doesn't seems like it could easily break. After taking it for a long ride (until the battery ran out which was about an hour of riding it nonstop) I have to say my initial review is that I'm impressed how smooth it rides. Also I've road Bird and Lime scooters many times before and I'd have to say this is equally comparable in acceleration and battery life. The only thing I wish that it had was an odometer or some ability to connect to your device, but I'm going to purchase a cheap one so I can see how far I can travel on full battery. I will be using this very frequently over the next month so I will keep you updated on it, but right now in my mind it's the best deal on a scooter you will find, as far as quality and performance goes.
All around, I really love this thing. It feels very sturdy and robust, a bit overbuilt, which is what I like in products. It has a few down-sides, but none of these should be deal-breakers.
Excellent speed and torque. I'm a big on the heavy side but it still drags me around and goes up hills, and I've never had it in 2nd gear.
Others have complained but I actually like the latching mechanism a lot. It makes the folded scooter act as one contiguous unit with no parts that turn oddly. This is really helpful if carrying it onto a bus or carting it around.
You obviously won't get the advertised 15 miles of battery life, but I found 9 or 10 without much trouble. When it gets to the end of it's charge it will have some trouble doing hills, but if your commute it less than 9 miles you shouldn't have any trouble.
Heavy! Thanks to the latching mechanism you can cart it around easy, but it is heavy and a little ungainly. Still the best in the price range.
I don't like how high off the ground the deck is, but that's more of a personal preference.
No place to attach a bike lock- so far every scooter I've looked at has had this in common and it really annoys me a lot, there is just flat out nowhere to reasonably lock this thing up. That means if you need to swing by the grocery store, you're taking it inside with you. Am still working on solutions, but since every scooter has this problem it's not worth deducting a star.
Other notes: you WILL want a strap. Over all I love this thing, lots of fun to ride. Been letting my coworkers try it out. Makes killing time around work much more fun.