MegaWheels S1 Electric Scooter Review 2020
Cost effective electric scooter.
Key Features of the MegaWheels S1
Read on for our latest review of the MegaWheels S1 electric scooter, perfect for children and commuters alike! Alternatively, take a look at our review of the newest model, the MegaWheels S5!
|Dimensions||Speed||Stopping distance||Range||Charging time||Weight||Foldable||Smartphone app?||Cruise control?||Waterproof rating||Lights?|
|Unfolded 90 x 29 x 98 cm|
(35.5 x 11.5 x 38.5 inches)
Folded 83 x 29 x 42 cm
(32.5 x 11.5 x 16.5 inches)
|23 km/h (14.3 m/h)||4 meters||8-12 km (5-7.5 miles)||0-100% in 3 hours||8 kg (18 lbs)||Yes||No||No||IP54 waterproof grade||Back brake lights|
MegaWheels S1 Overview
MegaWheels are an electric travel vehicles manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China. This company has produced and supplied hoverboards, e-scooters, e-skateboards and self-balancing scooters since 2014.
We were very intrigued by MegaWheels, as very few Chinese manufacturers step away from their local market, which is obviously huge. However, this company has taken conquest of the foreign market by setting up warehouses in US and EU.
Digging deeper, we found out that before MegaWheels, the company was known as JIALIKE, one of the leaders in the field of consumer electronic products since 2005. JIALIKE produced MP3 and MP4 players, portable GPS devices, cell-phones, tablet PCs and other smart products.
Today, we take a look at their first electric scooter; the MegaWheels S1. A strong candidate for one of the best budget electric scooters of 2020.
Speed, Power & Distance
How fast does it go?
The Megawheels S1 electric scooter is powered by a 250 W brushless motor at the front, with a maximum speed of up to 23 km/h (14.3 m/h). The speed is nothing too impressive, but is more than enough for a chill cruise around the neighbourhood, or travelling that last mile in a busy city.
During the tests, we had trouble reaching maximum speed stated by manufacturer. However, this is pretty much standard with the majority of electric scooters.
Although something a bit more glooming is that once half of the battery is used, top speed dropped drastically to about 15 km/h (9 m/h) and just wouldn’t go any higher. But it wouldn’t be fair to bash the power and speed too much, as it’s a budget lightweight electric scooter with a decent max. speed for the price.
What age/weight is it suitable for?
MegaWheels suggest that the S1 e-scooter is best suited for ages 10+, with a max rider weight 90 kg (198 lbs).
We asked our 85 kg (187 lbs) friend to try the scooter, and as expected performance with a heavy rider was poor. Acceleration of the S1 e-scooter was very slow, barely climbed small hills and couldn’t reach even 70% of max speed.
Heavier adults won’t have as much fun with it, but we can see this scooter being a great option for children or lighter last mile commuters. For those who require an e-scooter with more power, we recommend the Xiaomi Mi M365 smart scooter.
What is the range/distance?
Fully charged, the maximum distance the MegaWheels S1 will travel in perfect conditions is 8-12 km (5-7.5 miles). These numbers are actually pretty close to what we experienced, which is very pleasing to see. This is considering that most companies usually give an unreachable range that can be reached only in perfect road conditions, going half the max speed.
During the first run we managed to reach 9 km (5.5 miles), with some small hills on the way. On the second test, we reached 8 km (5 miles), with the throttle and speed pushed almost always to max. All things considering, with a 250W motor this range is not bad at all for a lightweight scooter.
Battery Life & Charging
How long does it take to charge?
MegaWheels S1 boasts a 5.0Ah, 29.4V Lithium-ion battery that charges from 0-100% in 3 hours. As expected, a high capacity battery in a cost effective, lightweight electric scooter is unlikely. Whilst there is nothing amazing about the battery, the charging time is still on par with most mid spec e-scooters on the market.
Battery protection & safety
There is no official information on battery safety measures. Just from the looks, it seems the battery is sealed well inside the scooter and is actually hard to tell that it is an electric scooter at first glance.
How long will the battery last for?
The manufacturer does not provide a number of cycles the battery lasts, but as with most Lithium-ion batteries their default is 500-1000 charge cycles. It’s best to base your lithium-ion batteries’ lifespan from this number. For example, if you charge your scooter every day the battery should last 1.5 to 3 years on average.
Also, keep in mind that batteries for electric transportation deteriorate throughout charge cycles done. For example, a new battery will perform much better than a battery with 500 charge cycles.
Design and Ergonomics
Considering the MegaWheels S1 is a cost effective electric scooter, it looks sleek and on par with higher end models. Its slick, smooth and thin design will cause some people to think that it is actually a regular kick-scooter.
Being a great cheap electric scooter for children, it’s nice to see that MegaWheels even includes 5 colors to pick from: white, black, red, pink, green. This color selection should satisfy any child’s desire.
On the topic of ergonomics, this e-scooter features 3 different handlebar heights, making it easy to use for any child or adult. The rubber handlebar feels quite comfortable and reduces the vibration on your hands when riding.
However, one feature missing that most e-scooters have these days is a HUD display on the handlebar. There is no way to see battery life or any other information about your ride during driving. Although battery LED lights on the side of the base of the scooter are still included.
Megawheels S1 accessories & spares
Whilst supplying quality electric scooters, Megawheels also stock a variety of S5 accessories and spare; alongside parts for the majority of their other models. Feel free to browse brakes, handlebars, tubing, spare wheels, throttles and much more. These Megawheels S1 spares result in a reliable and efficient way to source replacements, directly from the original manufacturer. As such, riders can trust that the parts used are genuine, quality Megawheels spares. Easily repair and upgrade your ride with proven parts, browse the full range of S1 spares & accessories on the Megawheels website.
What material is it made from?
MegaWheels S1 is made from high-grade aluminium and plastic. The main body is all aluminium, with plastic acceleration/brake pedals, and a few other cosmetic parts and plastic/rubber handlebars. Sadly, the plastic pedals and handlebars feel cheaper than most e-scooters of this specification.
Thanks to the light materials used, alongside the smaller battery allows the S1 to weigh just around 8 kg (~18 lbs) making it one of the best light electric scooters. The 5.5-inch tires are made from solid rubber and feel surprisingly soft when riding on a smooth surface. The tires are thick enough to help prevent slipping on a sharper turns.
Can it be used as a regular scooter?
Definitely. If the battery runs out of juice, feel free to use it as a regular kick-scooter without any problems.
Does it connect to your smartphone via app or Bluetooth?
Being a cost effective electric scooter, there is no Bluetooth connectivity for your phone. Furthermore, so far MegaWheels do not have a smartphone application for their e-scooter monitoring and controlling.
Build quality and ease of use
The aluminum body of this scooter feels extremely well built, with minimum assembly required (just screwing on the handles). As well as this, there aren’t any loose parts that wobble when riding, adding to overall ride quality.
The folding mechanism of MegaWheels S1 is nice and neat. Simply pull the lock upwards and fold the scooter in just a few seconds. We also appreciate that the scooter locks up really tight and doesn’t clatter while carrying.
MegaWheels S1 unfolded dimensions are 90 x 29 x 98 cm (35.5 x 11.5 x 38.5 inches), folded 83 x 29 x 42 cm (32.5 x 11.5 x 16.5 inches). Compact folding combined with being lightweight makes it one of the best lightweight electric scooters. Usually, a big problem for last mile commuters is folding the scooter and then transporting it to/from the next destination. We feel that for true last mile commuters, less power and shorter distance is a small disadvantage compared to the big upside of a low weighing e-scooter. This makes the MegaWheels S1 a great pick.
Whilst not being as ‘smart’ as other electric scooters on the market, MegaWheels S1 is really easy to use. Whether it will be young children or technophobic adults. Just power up the e-scooter from the side, kick start the first meter, press acceleration pedal and you’re on your way!
Safety and usability on the road
The S1 has two types of brakes, the first one being a braking pedal on the handlebar and the second being a manual foot brake. Using a combination of both brakes allowed us to stop pretty quick, in just around 4 meters during the tests. Make sure you are always careful with the electric front brake, braking suddenly will cause you to flip over if you’re not prepared.
There is no front LED light on the scooter, which makes riding at night time quite dangerous. We wouldn’t advise cruising outside in the dark without at least some kind of light to increase visibility. However, the back fender has a nice red hazard light that lights up when using the manual brake.
In general, the MegaWheels electric scooter is a really nice ride for children to use around the neighbourhood, or for adults in the city for the last mile commuting. This is partly thanks to a lower top speed, which isn’t needed for children or in situations with many people around.
However, we wouldn’t recommend the MegaWheels S1 if you live in a location with a lot of steep hills. The marketed 20-degree angle climb from our tests is more like 15-degree angle climb. Furthermore, if you are an average weighing adult then even a 15-degree angle will be a struggle for the scooter.
Is the MegaWheels S1 waterproof?
As with a number of cost effective electric scooters, MegaWheels S1 is no exception, and is not completely waterproof. S1 has a waterproof rating of IP54, meaning it is protected from splashing water from all directions and suitable for a variety of environments. Light sprinkle or puddle splashes don’t do any harm, but don’t submerge or drive in heavy rain to protect your scooter.
Does it have cruise control?
With no smart features, this e-scooter does not feature cruise control.
Being no different from many other electric scooters, the S1 can’t do really sharp turns. However, thick anti-slip rubber tires offer a little bit more protection from slipping than the average budget e-scooter.
Restrictions and availability
Besides selling in China, MegaWheels have warehouses in the US. As such, the S1 is available in all states except Alaska, Hawaii islands and affiliated islands.
MegaWheels Europe warehouses deliver to Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and Denmark. As always, make sure to be up-to-date with your country, state, and city laws on electric scooter usage on main roads and pavements.
Megawheels S1 discounts, coupons & promo codes 2020
With so many deals flying around these days, you’re likely looking for some Megawheels S1 promo codes & discount coupons; and we aim to deliver. In this section, we showcase a variety of active and expired discounts for the S1. We actively update this section throughout the year, reflecting the best deals and promo codes for the Megawheels S1, alongside general site promos. Scroll down for some top tier Megawheels discount coupons; or continue reading for some of the best Megawheels S1 Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals for 2020. If you think we’ve missed something or you’ve found a deal too good to be true, feel free to leave a comment!
MegaWheels S1 Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals 2020
This is a great scooter with ample power and speed, at a decent price. However, many also wonder if there will be any MegaWheels S1 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals this 2020. Searching for previous Black Friday and Cyber Monday scooter deals, unfortunately we feel that the likelihood for discounts is low. However, we can’t promise anything. Perhaps MegaWheels will surprise us with some well timed MegaWheels S1 Black Friday deals. Discover our list of possible Black Friday electric scooter deals this 2020!
Our latest review of the MegaWheels S1 electric scooter, perfect for children and commuters alike.
- -Cost effective
- -Very lightweight
- -Solid folding mechanism
- -Multiple handlebar heights
- -Great looking designs
- -Multiple colors
- -Good build quality for the price
- -Good electric and manual brakes
- -A great option for children and lightweight, last mile commuters
- -Short distance
- -Not very powerful
- -No LED display
- -No front light
- -No smartphone app
- -Not as suitable for heavier weight people
MEGAWHEELS Electric Scooter for Kids up to 14mph Ultra-Lightweight Foldable Electric Kick Scooter
- EFFICIENT & FAST: Powerful 250W Motor And 5.0AH/36V Large-capacity Battery Packs Support S1 Electric Scooter Up To 14 MPH And 5-8 Miles Long Distances.
- LIGHTWEIGHT & PORTABLE: Only 18 LBS Ultra-Lightweight Folding Electric Scooter, Easy Fold And Carry Design, It Can Be Folded Down Or Released Quickly In Few Seconds. Ultra-Convenient And Extremely Fun To Ride.
- ECO-FRIENDLY & HEALTHY: S1 Electric Scooter 100% Powered By Electricity Produces Zero Emission, Helping Save The Environment And Good For Healthy.
- SAFE RIDING: MEGAWHEELS E-Scooter Build With Solid Aluminum Alloy Frame, Double Braking System And UL2272 Certified Battery Will Make You Ride Safely On The Road.
- MEGAWHEELS S1 Electric Scooter Is Perfect For Riders Who Weigh Less Than 150 Pounds Or Age 10+ Teens. Performance Of Scooter May Varies By Rider Weight Or Road Condition. An Ideal Transportation Tool For Short Distance Commuting And Get To Your Destination Quickly.