There are a lot of new brands in the electric scooter market this year and this is the first time I’ve tested a product from Hiboy. The manufacturer has a wide range of electric personal vehicles including e-bikes, scooters, and skateboards. In this post, we are checking out the Hiboy NEX3 electric scooter.
Specifications & Features
|Unfolded Size||43.31 x 19.49 x 44.09 inches|
|Folded Size||43.31 x 19.49 x 16.26 inches|
|Motor||350W brushless motor|
|Top Speed||18 mph (30.6 km/h)|
|Battery Pack||Lithium-Ion 36V, 7.5 Ah|
|Battery Range||12-16 miles|
|Charging Time||6 hours|
|Brakes||ABS electronic brake and disc brake|
|Lights||LED headlight, rear brake light|
|Tires (Front & Rear)||8.5-inch rubber solid tires|
|Maximum Capacity||200 lbs|
|Adapter Input Voltage||110-240V, 50-60 Hz|
Out of the box, the Hiboy NEX3 requires some assembly process because some parts come separated from the scooter’s body. However, it takes just a few minutes to get the scooter ready. Basically, you will just need to attach the handlebar and secure it with screws, remember to connect the cord for the headlight, and finally, install the headlight on the front.
Folding and unfolding the scooter is easy but it is not the sleekest implementation I’ve seen on electric scooters. I still have to manually adjust the latch to lock and unlock the stem from the rear fender. The scooter itself is fairly compact and lightweight. Since the battery is placed underneath the deck, I can carry the scooter with one hand by grasping the stem. The design also makes the scooter more stable as it lowers the center of gravity.
The only thing I don’t like in the design is the external headlight. It is attached to the front stem and provides much better lighting than my previous scooters. However, I still prefer a more minimal design with headlight built into the stem. This headlight is vulnerable to damages when the scooter falls or when I hit something. Besides, my hand is quite close to it when carrying the scooter around.
The NEX3 features a double braking system including an electronic front brake and a rear disk brake. I need to use the left brake lever first to slow down and then use the right brake to stop completely. The brake system is said to be safer when riding at high speed because it avoids sudden stops. I think that one brake lever is enough for an electric scooter like this; Other scooters that I used often cut off electric automatically as soon as I release the throttle, so I don’t see any difference when riding at around 12 mph.
The scooter is powered by a 350W motor which is quite powerful for most of us. I can climb inclines and bridges with ease and the maximum speed could reach 18mph. The battery could last over 11 miles on a single charge in my test. The battery life depends on a lot of factors and it could be shortened if you are heavier and ride on steeper inclines.
I expected a lot from the 8.5-inch solid tires but its performance is a little disappointing. The scooter only runs well on very smooth paved roads. When I ride it on slightly uneven roads, it vibrates violently and I can easily feel the rough surface. Considering the fact that there is no suspension, the solid tires obviously can’t absorb shocks effectively. My previous scooters with pneumatic or honeycomb 10-inch tires did a much better job to deliver a more comfortable ride. A huge advantage of the solid rubber tires is that they are very durable and will never go flat.
- Powerful motor
- Good battery life
- Flat-free solid tires
- Average shock absorption
Overall, the Hiboy NEX3 is a pretty good electric scooter but the problem is that it has a lot of competitions in the $400 price range. If the price is dropped to about $300, this would be a much more reasonable choice.
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