Hiboy S2 Review – Reliable, Customizable, Tough, and Great Value

Hiboy S2 Review

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Quick summary: The Hiboy S2 is one of the best-value, most reliable, toughest budget scooters ever. Some of its strong suits are the sturdy build quality, the never-flat solid wheels, and the good integration of many smaller features that make a great package.
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Hiboy S2 Specifications

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  • Top speed: 30 kmh 18.6 mph
  • Range: 27 km 17 mph
  • Motors: front drive hub BLDC
  • Power: 350 W
  • Climb angle: 9 °
  • Battery: 270 Wh, 36 V
  • Battery type: lithium SBM
  • Charging time: 6 h
  • Avg. charging cost: US: $0.04, Canada: $0.02, UK: £0.08, EU: €0.08
  • Ingress protection (IP): IP54
  • Weight: 14 kg 30.8 lbs
  • Weight limit: 120 kg 265 lbs
  • Tire size: 8.5 in
  • Tire type: solid
  • Foldable: yes
  • Foldable handlebars: no
  • Seat: available
  • Trunk or basket: available
  • Build material: aluminum frame
  • Terrains: urban
  • Brakes: front electronic + rear disc
  • Shock absorbers: rear dual spring
  • Lights: front LED + side LED strips + rear brake
  • Control: LCD display
  • Speed modes: 2
  • Cruise control: yes
  • Keys: no
  • Alarm: yes
  • App: yes
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Return period: 30 days
  • Rider age: 16-50
  • Folded dimensions (L * W * H): 116 * 42 * 49 cm 45.67 * 16.54 * 19.29 in
  • Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H): 116 * 42 * 120 cm 45.67 * 16.54 * 47.24 in
  • Deck dimensions (L * W): 45.7 * 15 cm 17.99 * 5.91 in
  • Ground clearance: 7.6 cm 2.99 in
  • Deck to handlebar height: 106 cm (est) 41.73 in (est)
  • Adjustable handlebar: no

Tests and measurements

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  • Speed tests (EScooterNerds): 32 kmh 20 mph
  • Speed tests (third party): 30 kmh 18.6 mph
  • Range tests (EScooterNerds): 28 km 17 mi
  • Range tests (third party): 27 km 17 mi
  • Braking distance tests (EScooterNerds): 5.5 m
  • Braking distance tests (third party): 6 m
  • Climb tests (EScooterNerds): 12
  • Climb tests (third party): 15
  • Charge time tests (third party): 6,6.5
  • Weight limit tests (EScooterNerds): 91 kg 201 lbs
  • Weight limit tests (third party): 120 kg 265 lbs
  • Waterproofing tests (EScooterNerds): no issues in rain

Ratings and scores

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Ranked #3 in price range $400 – $500
Quality & Lifespan
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  • effortless acceleration
  • long-lasting battery
  • good brakes
  • good suspention
  • portable


  • long charging
  • low IP rating
  • medium weight limit

When to buy

The Hiboy S2 stands out as an excellent scooter, widely praised by owners for its versatility across various use cases. Priced at $350, it offers exceptional quality in the budget range. Whether you’re a first-time scooter buyer seeking an entry-level option or a commuter with diverse travel needs, the Hiboy S2 proves to be a reliable choice. It excels on challenging terrains, making it ideal for those tired of dealing with flat tires. The scooter’s customization options, both mechanical and through the app, make it a geek’s delight, allowing endless tinkering. Above all, the Hiboy S2 delivers an exhilarating and fun riding experience, making it perfect for anyone seeking an affordable and enjoyable scooter of high quality.

When not to buy

The Hiboy S2, while versatile, may not suit everyone’s preferences. For those prioritizing the most comfortable and smooth ride, a scooter with air-filled tires is recommended. Additionally, individuals exceeding the Hiboy S2’s weight limit of 265 lbs (120 kg) may find more suitable options among electric scooters designed for heavier adults.

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Today, we review the Hiboy S2, an electric scooter that, despite initial underestimation, has proven to offer more than meets the eye.

Let’s delve into what the Hiboy S2 is all about.


Here are some of the basics that you need to know for the Hiboy S2.

Unboxing, assembly

The packaging for the scooter and parts could use more protection in my opinion, but DOA (dead-on-arrival) reports are rare, so it may be enough.

The package contains:

  • scooter
  • charger
  • several hex keys and screws
  • user manual

Minimal assembly is needed, mainly installing the handlebar into the stem and ensuring all screws are tight.

This is the least favorite part for everyone, but I really recommend at least scanning through the user manual.

The manual isn’t bad, it includes illustrated guides and specific information for your scooter version, which may vary even within the same model.


Here are some of the performance aspects of the Hiboy S2.


The Hiboy S2 features a 350W brushless DC hub motor in the front wheel. Front-drive scooters, despite a wider turning angle, enhance overall torque and performance, resulting in improved top speed and climb angle.

The Hiboy S2 has 2 riding modes: comfort and sport. You can actually set the top speed for the scooter, which is yet another point of customization.

The motor emits a subtle hum during rides, typical of quality budget scooters.

18.6 mph / 30 kmh
official top speed

Speed and speed test

The official top speed of the Hiboy S2 is 18.6 mph / 30 kmh. Some users frequently report a bit higher top speeds when going downhill, and almost no owners have been unable to reach the official top speeds. The scooter takes about 6-7 seconds to develop the full speed.

When I was testing the Hiboy S2, I managed to reach a top speed of 20 mph / 32 kmh, which is above the official top speed (and, I must admit, that made me quite happy).

Obviously, while this speed is ok for most people, it will be nowhere near enough for the speed demons and adrenaline junkies out there. If that’s you, you better check out my guide on the fastest electric scooters.

Range and range test

The Hiboy S2 has an official range of 17 mi / 27 km, which is generally consistent with user reports and tests.

Riding in the fastest mode typically yields an average range of 13 mi / 20 km, but selecting the power-saving mode can extend the range beyond the official specification.

I was able to get a higher range than the official at 18 miles / 28 km on 2 occasions.

Still, in my opinion, that’s not a lot of range. If you share my ideas in this area, see my guide on the best long range electric scooters.

Climbing and climb test

The Hiboy S2 climbs a bit better than similarly powered scooters. There is no official climb angle for it.

Unofficially, there have been angles floating around 10°, but many users report angles closer to 15°.

I can’t confirm the 15° angle, but I definitely can confirm the angle of around 12° with my own climb test.

Ride experience

During my time testing it, the Hiboy S2 proved to be an exceptional budget electric scooter that combines performance, comfort, and safety.

Its effortless acceleration, smooth ride, responsive brakes, and long-lasting battery make it a great choice for riders of all levels.

The Hiboy S2’s lifespan surprises many due to its association with a brand not often considered top-tier.

Judging from the defect rates, I’d estimate you’ll get to ride the scooter for at least 3 years before you have to worry about serious repairs or replacements, and even 6-7 years of usage wouldn’t surprise me.

I didn’t had any problems with the scooter personally.

Hiboy S2 vs other scooters

The Hiboy S2 is frequently compared against a few other scooters in the same price range.

Hiboy S2 vs Hiboy S2 Pro

hiboy s2 vs hiboy s2 pro

The newer version of the S2, the S2 Pro, is an obvious upgrade.

In short, if you like the S2, but want a bigger range (25 mi / 40 km), bigger 10-inch tires, and you are prepared to pay about $100 more, then the Hiboy S2 Pro is the clear winner.

You can find the Hiboy S2 Pro on the Hiboy store, and use the “Escooter Nerds” coupon for an additional 5% discount. You can also see the Hiboy S2 Pro review to find out more.

Hiboy S2 vs Hiboy Max

hiboy s2 vs hiboy max

In the Hiboy family, the S2 and the Max are sibling competitors.

Both are similar and share most specs. The S2 is lighter, can carry more weight, and is slightly cheaper.

The Max accelerates faster, is more compact, and charges quicker. Both scooters are a valid choice. I’d go with the Hiboy S2 in most cases.

You can find the Hiboy Max at the Hiboy store, remember to use the “Escooter Nerds” coupon for the 5% discount. You should also check the price and delivery time on Amazon as well.

If you want to get into more depth about it, see the Hiboy Max review.

Hiboy S2 vs Xiaomi M365

Xiaomi M365 standing on a road

The Hiboy S2 draws inspiration from the popular Xiaomi M365 and improves on its design in several aspects.

It’s particularly advantageous for those dealing with challenging road conditions, offering fewer flats and additional features for personalization.

In essence, if you desire a Xiaomi M365 with enhanced features and customization options, the Hiboy S2 is the superior choice, making it a better option for most users.

If you still want to find out more about the Xiaomi M365 for some reason, you can find my full review here.

Hiboy S2 vs Turboant X7 Pro

hiboy s2 vs turboant x7 pro

This is an interesting comparison I see made quite often lately.

The Turboant X7 Pro and Hiboy S2 deliver comparable performances, but the X7 Pro offers the option for an additional battery, resulting in a greater range, around 13 mi / 21 km more.

The weight of the scooters is similar, with the Hiboy S2 being slightly lighter. Both scooters share similar weight limits and water resistance.

While the X7 Pro has a larger tire diameter for a more comfortable ride, it comes with pneumatic tires, introducing the risk of flats.

So, if you’re willing to take the risk of flat tires and you’d like more range, check out my complete Turboant X7 Pro review. The scooter will be about $50 more expensive.

Hiboy S2 vs GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter

hiboy s2 vs Gotrax GXL V2 Commuter

The Hiboy S2 falls into the mid-low price range, while the GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter is in the budget range, making a direct comparison somewhat unfair to the GoTrax model.

The Hiboy S2 generally outperforms the GoTrax with a higher top speed, longer range, and larger weight limit, although it is heavier as a consequence.

See my full GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter review if you’re interested.

Hiboy S2 vs GoTrax XR Ultra

hiboy s2 vs Gotrax GXL XR Ultra

While not a common comparison, the GoTrax XR Ultra is an excellent budget scooter with good quality and air-filled tires, similar to the Hiboy S2.

It’s worth considering as an alternative.

In general, it’s a bit lighter in weight, but not as powerful as the Hiboy S2, so if that sounds like a good tradeoff for you, you can check out the full review of the GoTrax XR Ultra, or get it from the GoTrax store or Amazon.

Build quality

The Hiboy S2 exudes reliability and strength, particularly in its solid feel. Every part contributes to a robust and tough product, reflecting the quality found in more expensive scooters.

There’s minimal to no wiggling, shaking, or loose parts.


Here are some of the features of the Hiboy S2.

Battery and charging

The Hiboy S2 features a 270 Wh, 7.5 Ah battery with 36 V. Managed by a smart system, it prevents overcharging and doesn’t require full charges every time, though complete discharge is not recommended.

6-6.5 hours
charge time

The 1.5 A charger needs 6-6.5 hours for a full charge which for me isn’t a big problem. The port is on the stem’s top, protected by a red cap near the dashboard.

Charging during off-peak hours costs around 1 cent in the US, 2 pennies in Canada, and 4-7 cents in Europe. Peak-hour charges are 4 cents in the US, 3 pennies in Canada, and 6-8 cents in Europe.


HiBoy S2 brake

The scooter features dual braking systems.

An electronic regenerative brake is activated by the left throttle and when releasing the throttle, mechanical double-disc brakes are engaged with the brake lever.

The disc brakes, offering a stopping distance of around 15 feet, enhance safety significantly. They are adjustable, accommodating personal preferences, and solid tires reduce traction.

The front-wheel electrical brake utilizes KERS for kinetic energy recovery, supplementing the battery. Despite the protruding brake cables, the dual-braking setup ensures safety and reliability, making the Hiboy S2 a secure scooter.

In my opinion, the brakes are good, but when they are adjusted they are excellent.

Wheels and tires

rear wheel of the Hiboy S2

The Hiboy S2 boasts 8.5-inch solid-rubber honeycomb tires that never go flat.

Additionally, it features steel-reinforced fenders, which are rare and durable details, ensuring their virtual invulnerability.


Solid-tire scooters inherently need shock absorption, and the Hiboy S2 addresses this with a dual steel spring suspension on the rear wheel.

This system effectively absorbs shocks and vibrations from smaller to medium-sized obstacles on the road.

Additionally, the suspension is adjustable, allowing riders to personalize their comfort level. While some users initially find it stiff, adjusting the suspension often resolves this concern.


front light of the Hiboy S2

The front headlight, located at the lower stem, has a strong beam reaching around 18 feet / 6 meters. The deck features bright LED light strips on the sides, serving as positional and ambient lights for added fun.

Additionally, the red brake light activates when the brakes are engaged.

As we can see, the Hiboy S2 has no shortage of lighting and is one of the best-lit scooters ever. While riding at night is not advisable, if there’s one budget scooter that comes prepared for it, it is this one.

Weight, dimensions, and portability

person carrying a folded Hiboy S2

The weight of the Hiboy S2 is typically around 14 kg / 31 lbs, and when folded, it measures 45.7 x 16.5 x 19.3 inches / 116 x 42 x 49 cm.

This makes the scooter relatively lightweight with a moderate volume, ensuring easy fitment in car trunks and public transport.

Overall, the Hiboy S2 offers good portability in my opinion.

264 lbs / 120 kg
weight limit

Weight limit

With a weight limit of 264 lbs / 120 kg, the Hiboy S2 is better suited than most electric scooters for heavy adults (most have a weight limit of just 220 lbs / 100 kg).

Riders weighing up to 260 lbs / 118 kg have reported riding the scooter without any noticeable drops in performance.

IP rating, water resistance

The Hiboy S2 has an IP54 rating, though this information is somewhat obscure in the manual. Despite this rating, riding in the rain or wet conditions is not recommended due to potential damage, and solid tires may provide less traction on wet surfaces.

While some users have ridden in light rain without apparent issues, it’s advisable to avoid such conditions.

The warranty does not explicitly exclude water damage but emphasizes coverage based on proper manual use, and riding in the rain, as advised against in the manual, may void the warranty.

App and security

Hiboy S2 app

The Hiboy S2 supports an app that pairs the scooter to your phone through bluetooth, available for iPhone on the App Store and Android on Google Play.

The app can show or control:

  • turn the scooter on or off
  • lock the scooter
  • toggle kick start vs zero start
  • toggle all lights
  • current speed
  • battery level
  • voltage
  • headlight
  • cruise control
  • cruise control speed limit
  • battery capacity
  • energy recovery level
  • riding mode
  • speed limit
  • error codes
  • warning codes
  • contact customer support
  • various other statuses and information

Plenty of cool things as we can see.

The Hiboy app boasts higher user ratings (around 3.5 stars on Google Play and 3.6 stars on Apple App Store) compared to many scooter apps, which typically have around 2.5 stars.

The app’s better execution of Bluetooth connectivity contributes to this positive reception.

Notably, the app offers useful features, with the ability to lock the scooter standing out as a particularly cool and security-enhancing option.

While locking your scooter through the Hiboy app adds a layer of security, it’s advisable to use an electric scooter lock for more effective theft prevention, especially if you frequently leave your scooter outdoors.

Consider exploring the Universal Electric Scooter Helper App by EScooterNerds as a complementary tool to the original Hiboy app.

This app, available on both iOS and Android, offers a range of features such as checklists, calculators, hacks, guides, and other valuable resources to enhance your scooter experience.

Deck and frame

HiBoy S2 deck

The scooter’s frame is constructed from industrial-grade aluminum alloys, ensuring durability and stability while remaining relatively lightweight.

The stem exhibits minimal movement, providing a stable ride—an uncommon feature among scooters.

The deck, measuring 6 in / 15 cm in width and 18 in / 46 cm in length, offers enhanced comfort. With approximately 3 in / 8 cm of ground clearance, it accommodates riders with larger shoe sizes

The kickstand is very solid, I’d say even better than the one on the Xiaomi models.

Both my friend and I have the Xiaomi M365 Pro, and while mine has never fallen, my friend’s scooter seems to have a mind of its own and sometimes decides to suddenly start leaning over the kickstand and fall.


The handlebar setup is straightforward. Rubber grips on both handles prevent slipping from sweaty hands. The handlebar width balances portability and control.

The right handlebar hosts the thumb throttle for acceleration, ergonomically positioned for comfortable riding. On the left handlebar, you’ll find the brake lever and a bell with sufficient volume.

The centrally located dashboard features an LCD screen and a single multi-function button. Below the screen, a practical hook on the stem aids in folding the scooter and serves as a useful feature for carrying bags or hanging items while riding.


screen of the Hiboy S2

The screen shines pretty brightly, and the information from the display will be easily visible on sunny days.

It shows:

  • current speed
  • speed mode
  • battery level (5 bars)
  • light status
  • cruise control status
  • KERS level

As mentioned, it only has one button through which you do everything.

Customizations, accessories

You will need a solid helmet. Some people have recommended bike helmets for the Hiboy S2, and while you certainly can get by with it, I recommend playing it safer and going with a half-face helmet.

My guide on scooter helmets goes into more detail and covers all the right options for every use case and budget.

Hiboy offers several proprietary accessories as well, and they will be even better than the generic ones. The most common, and most useful addition to the Hiboy S2, is probably the Hiboy S2 waterproof storage bag.

The Hiboy S2 will support most of the common electric scooter accessories.

Even more importantly, the scooter itself is very customizable, probably the most customizable budget scooter I’ve ever seen.


The scooter can optionally support a seat, it even has the hole in the deck prepared for installing the seat. You can add the seat at checkout, it will cost an additional $70.

side view of a Hiboy S2 scooter with a seat installed

Issues and downsides

The Hiboy S2 boasts very low defect rates, highlighting its overall quality.

However, the solid wheels, while preventing flats, may result in less comfortable rides compared to air-filled tire scooters. The suspension helps but doesn’t match the smoothness of pneumatic tires.

If you prefer classic pneumatic tire scooters, consider alternatives like the Xiaomi M365 Pro or the GoTrax XR Ultra.

Occasional reports mention the rear fender breaking, though it’s reinforced with steel plates, making such incidents uncommon. Some users experience variations in the specified range, often influenced by rider weight.

While the scooter does have the standard IP54 water protection rating, it still has solid tires, which are more slippery during wet weather. That is why I would recommend some more water-resistant scooters that can handle wet weather better if you live somewhere with lots of rain or snow.

Probably my least favorite thing about this scooter was its mediocre climbing ability. It can handle most of the regular hills, but not without a struggle. If you live somewhere with lots of ups and downs, I recommend taking a look at the best scooters for going uphill.

Still, despite the several minor issues, I consider the Hiboy S2 to be of very good quality due to its rare defects and overall experience.


person picking up a folded Hiboy S2

The Hiboy S2 provides a compelling blend of reliability, feature completeness, and quality at a reasonable price.

While some may instinctively compare it to the Xiaomi M365 due to visual similarities, a closer inspection reveals numerous functional differences. These distinctions are purposeful, aligning with the overall goals and functionality of the scooter.

To put it simply, if your budget is under or around $300, you will probably not find a better scooter than the Hiboy S2.

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I am Matt Trajkovski, the owner and main editor of EScooterNerds. I love electric scooters, and electric vehicles in general, and I’ve been involved in the industry for more than 10 years. I enjoy testing, reviewing, and research on various electric scooter models and brands, following our proprietary rigorous editorial and testing process developed here at EScooterNerds, looking for great value and performance, both through data and experience. All of the content published on this blog goes through a rigorous review and editorial process, and our product reviews not only include the hands-on experience of our own team members, but the experience of our audience members as well. My goal is to provide you with the best information about electric scooters possible. You can see all of my posts in my articles archive.
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