The Hiboy S2R is one of the more interesting electric scooters I’ve been able to test out. It’s not a high-powered scooter – more in the “toy” scooter category – but for an everyday transport option, it’s very useful, especially given some of the unique features that it has. Indeed, for the price, the Hiboy S2R might be the best value scooter I’ve used.
In this Hiboy S2R review, we’re going to look at the features of the Hiboy S2R and explain what makes this scooter unique and why I think it’s a great scooter for the price.
Hiboy S2R Review – Brief Overview
Here are the main specs you should know about the Hiboy S2R:
- Max Speed – About 17-19 mph
- Range – Approximately 17 miles
- Battery – Removable battery (makes it easy to swap batteries and get extra range)
- Motor – 350-watt motor with 3 power levels
- Tires – 8.5-inch solid tires.
- Other Features: Integrated headlights and taillights; cruise control settings; both regular disc brakes and regenerative brakes.
At the outset, it’s important to note that this is a relatively low-powered scooter. Unlike more expensive scooters that can hit 25 or 30 mph, the Hiboy S2R tops out at around 17-19 mph. It’s also a small scooter compared to the bigger, more expensive scooters. With its small design, it’s firmly in the “toy” category of scooters (that’s what I call smaller, less beefy scooters).
That’s not a bad thing though. Not everyone needs a high-powered scooter and a scooter like the Hiboy S2R is more than enough to get you around town and cover even relatively long commutes.
Below are some of the main things to know about the Hiboy S2R:
- Has a high speed of about 19 mph and approximately 17 miles of range on a full charge.
- It has a 350-watt motor, which is good enough to go up most hills, although you’ll get the best performance (and the most range) if you ride on flat terrain.
- Uses 8.5-inch solid tires. You won’t have to worry about flat tires, in exchange for a slightly bumpier ride.
- Has both disc brakes and a regenerative braking system (very unique for a scooter at this price point).
- Has a removable battery, making it easy to swap batteries and recharge batteries indoors without having to bring the entire scooter inside.
- Lightweight scooter that goes fast, has good range, and can fold up easily and be brought inside with you.
- Removable battery gives you the ability to add a lot of range to this scooter since you can buy new batteries and swap them out as needed.
- Two brake options, including a regular disc brake and a regenerative brake.
- Has a nice LCD display with three levels of power assist and cruise control settings.
- Has relatively small tires, and since they are solid tires, it can make for a bumpy ride.
- The range is fairly short, which can be an issue if you have a longer commute or want to use it for longer distances.
- As with most scooters, you’ll likely have to do your own repairs, as most bike shops won’t work on scooters.
What I Like About The Hiboy S2R
We’ve briefly discussed the specs for this scooter, so let’s get into what my experience with this scooter has been like. As of the time I’m writing this, I’ve put several hundred miles on the Hiboy S2R, mainly using it for short commutes and for food delivery with apps like DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub. It’s been a great commuter scooter, performing very well for both food delivery and general commuting.
The 17 miles of range is more than enough for the type of city commuting I do. And with a 17-19 mph top speed, I’m able to get everywhere quickly. It can struggle a bit going up large hills, but even with large hills, it can handle them without issues.
The Hiboy S2R also shines when it comes to multi-modal transport. One of the advantages of electric scooters is that they’re easier to use with other forms of transportation. A bike or an ebike isn’t so easy to throw into your car, but with a scooter, you can fold it up and take it with you.
Some scooters are a lot heavier than others or more difficult to fold. For example, my Varla Eagle One is a high-powered scooter, but it’s heavy, difficult to fold up, and not easy to carry. The Hiboy S2R has the advantage here because of how light it is. I’ve had a lot of trips I’ve done where I needed to drop my car off somewhere. The Hiboy S2R made these trips trivially easy since I could easily fold it up and throw it into the backseat.
Without a doubt though, the defining feature of the Hiboy S2R has to be the removable battery. Most scooters have built-in batteries, which means if you want to charge it, you have to bring the scooter inside. It also limits the available range you can have since you can’t easily swap batteries.
The Hiboy S2R is unique precisely because it’s one of the few scooters on the market with a removable battery. The battery plugs into the base of the scooter, essentially forming the deck of the scooter (i.e. you stand on top of where the battery goes). It’s easily removed with a key, so you can bring the battery inside to charge or swap batteries while you’re riding. As far as I can tell, the only other mainstream scooter with a removable battery is the Levy Scooter, but that one costs over $100 more than the Hiboy S2R, which makes the Hiboy S2R a great value.
Using The Hiboy S2R For DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub
Beyond general commuting, the Hiboy S2R is also an interesting vehicle for food delivery and other gig economy apps. Regular readers of this blog know that I use electric bikes and scooters to do deliveries with apps like DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub. Using an ebike or scooter to make extra money is great – it can turn your scooter into an investment and you won’t have to worry about gas or other costs associated with driving a car.
For food delivery, the Hiboy S2R is great. I film videos of myself doing deliveries on my YouTube channel, so if you’re interested, you can check out this video I filmed doing food deliveries with the Hiboy S2R.
There are a few things that make the Hiboy S2R particularly well-suited for food delivery. First, the price. This is a very affordable scooter. That makes the investment fairly small and makes it much easier for you to pay for it using your DoorDash/Uber Eats/Grubhub earnings.
Second, the Hiboy S2R works well for food delivery because of how small and lightweight it is. Because it’s little, you can easily bring it into restaurants or apartment buildings. This is in contrast to larger scooters or bikes, which can be a pain to bring indoors.
Finally, the removable battery means you can buy extra batteries and swap them out, allowing you to do deliveries all day if you want. The batteries aren’t that expensive in the grand scheme of things, so if you really wanted to be able to use your scooter for extended periods, you could buy 1 or 2 extra batteries and carry them with you. This is a feature that other electric scooters don’t have. Honestly, I’m surprised more scooters don’t give the option of a removable battery, as it gives you a lot more range.
The Hiboy S2R is an excellent scooter for the price point. In general, it’ll set you back a few hundred dollars, which is much less than the thousand or more that you’d spend on a more powerful scooter. Pound for pound, I think this might be the best value scooter you can get.
I’ve had a blast using this scooter and it’s actually become one of my go-to scooters simply because of how convenient it is to use. For a city commuter, this is one I highly recommend.
I hope you found this Hiboy S2R review helpful. If you’re interested in checking out the Hiboy S2R, you can buy it directly from Amazon or from the Hiboy website. Feel free to leave me any questions or comments below. And check out my YouTube channel where I’ll try to upload more videos of me using these different scooters and ebikes.