Mearth S vs Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite Review

Overview

The Mearth S and the Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite scooters are both well-designed, well-rounded, and affordable foldable electric scooters. However, in terms of practicality and everyday commuting, how does each e-scooter fair with each other?

 

At first glance, the Mearth S sports a minimalist and compact design, which makes it an ideal e-scooter to bring on daily commutes. However, despite its simple look, the Mearth S is packed with features including a swappable battery system, 300W motor power, and reliable disc brakes.


On the other hand, the Swagtron Swagger 5 is a no-nonsense foldable electric scooter that gives you all that you would need in a commuter e-scooter. What makes it a standout is the fact that you get a fairly decent and durable e-scooter for less than $500. In fact, it even competes with the Xiaomi Mi M365.


The Mearth S and Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite are both great entry-level electric scooters in Australia. After all, both are easy to use and offer more features than most of their competitors. However, between these two e-scooters, which one is better? This Mearth S vs Swagtron Swagger 5 review will take a look at both the pros and cons of each scooter.


Tech Specs


Mearth S

Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite

Top Speed

32 kph

29 kph

Max Range

25 km

17.7 km

Weight

12.5 kg

12.4 kg

Max Rider Weight

110 kg

145 kg

Nominal Motor Power

300 W

250 W

Charging Time

2 to 4 hours

3.5 hours




Highlights


Mearth S

Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite

  • Swappable battery system
  • Lightweight, compact, and foldable
  • 110 kg maximum load
  • Reliable disc brake
  • 25 km of range in a single charge
  • 145 kg rider weight limit
  • Air-filled front tyres and airless rear tyres
  • Available smartphone app
  • Vibrant LED display
  • Rear disc brake

Top Speed

In terms of speed, the Mearth S is faster than the Swagtron Swagger 5, by just a few kilometres per hour. When overridden, the Mearth S can reach up to 32 kph, while the Swagtron Swagger 5 can reach up to 29 kph only. Take note that their default speed is 25 kph as per Australian electric scooter law.


Range

Again, the Mearth S tops the Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite in terms of range. In just a single charge, the maximum range that the Mearth S can travel under ideal conditions is 25 km. Meanwhile, the Swagtron Swagger 5 surprisingly can only reach 17.7 km or 11 miles. Most electric scooters usually have a max range of 20-25 km, making this a bit underwhelming for the Swagger 5. Despite its decent battery capacity, the Swagger 5 has a shorter range because of its top speed.


Controls

When it comes to controls, the Swagtron Swagger 5 offers more features than the Mearth S. The Mearth S electric scooter has a simple colour display screen that shows your speed, battery level, speed mode, and distance travelled. Because of the bright display, it’s easy to see the screen even in bright daylight. On the right, it has a power button and a throttle. On the left side, there’s a bell and the brake lever. The Mearth S has simple yet complete controls.


On the other hand, the Swagtron Swagger 5 elite has a bright LED display that shows the scooter’s battery status, speed, and Bluetooth feature. It almost has the same features as the Mearth S, but the Bluetooth feature allows you to connect the Swagger 5 with the Swagger app. With the app, you can control the lights, change the gear modes, and lock the scooter. It adds more convenience and value to the e-cooter, especially for tech-savvy riders. Besides the screen, the e-scooter also features a single button for the power, control gear, and lights.


Battery

The Mearth S features a 36V, 6.4Ah 220Wh Samsung Lithium-ion battery, while the Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite features a 36V 216Wh Lithium-ion battery. Both batteries offer the same amount of capacity and perform decently on their e-scooters. However, the Mearth S features a swappable battery system, allowing riders to switch batteries on the go. As a result, the Mearth S offers more range and possibilities on the road.


Meanwhile, in terms of charging hours, the Mearth S can charge from 2 to 4 hours, while the Swagtron Swagger 5 can charge an average of 3.5 hours. These are normal charging times and are faster than some of their competitors.


Tyres

The Mearth S features 8.5-inch air-filled tyres, which is a standard for most electric scooters of its category. However, the Swagtron Swagger 5 features an air-filled front tyre and an airless rear tyre, which you don’t see in most electric scooter models. Because of this combination, the Swatron Swagger 5 surprisingly gives a smooth ride with the right amount of cushion on slightly rougher paths. What makes the Swagtron Swagger 5 better is that riders don’t have to worry about puncturing both tyres, since the rear tyre is solid. 


Portability

Both electric scooters are portable enough to carry for long periods and bring on public transportation. However, one inconvenience that riders might experience on both e-scooters is that the handlebars can’t be folded. When in a crowded place, it could be quite inconvenient as it could bump into someone or something. However, both are slim, compact, and lightweight, so the Mearth S and Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite are great for everyday commutes or occasional short trips in the city.


Ride Quality

Both the Mearth S and Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite offer a comfortable ride thanks to their decent ground clearance and pneumatic tyres. Both electric scooters are also fun to ride since it’s easy to use the controls and maneuver them. Given the Swagger 5’s price point, it makes the scooter worth more than its value.


Build Quality

Despite being a budget electric scooter, the Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite features a solid stem, frame, folding mechanism, and motor. It also features an IPX4 rating, making it water-resistant. However, some components like the brake lever feel cheap. Overall, the electric scooter feels durable enough. 


On the other hand, you get what you pay for with the Mearth S electric scooter. It costs around $400 more than the Swagtron Swagger 5 but you can see and feel its premium finish. The frame and stem are durable, the controls and other features feel well put together. Overall, it looks like the Mearth S can withstand bumps on the road and still last a long time.


Price

The Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite’s MSRP costs $410, but sometimes it goes on sale on Swagtron’s website. Meanwhile, the Mearth S has an MSRP of $850, but it is currently on sale here in Scoot City. So, you can buy the Mearth S for only $629 for a limited time only. 


Warranty / Post-Purchase Support

Mearth provides a two-year warranty for the frame and a one-year warranty for the battery and motor. This applies to all their models. Meanwhile, the Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite electric scooter has 12 months of warranty if it’s ordered from Swagtron directly. In terms of customer support, Mearth seems to have more responsive customer support as seen in some of the reviews from their customers. 

Pros & Cons

Mearth S

Pros

Cons

  • Compact, lightweight, and portable
  • Swappable battery system
  • 2 to 4 hours of charging time
  • Comfortable and smooth ride quality
  • Long warranty and responsive customer service
  • Higher top speed
  • Not suitable for hill climbing
  • Air-filled tyres are prone to puncture.


Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite

Pros

Cons

  • Compact, lightweight, and portable
  • Bluetooth-enabled scooter
  • Can connect and control the electric scooter via app
  • Front air-filled tyres and rear airless tyres provide the right durability and cushioning
  • Low maintenance
  • Budget electric scooter with decent quality
  • Shorter range than competitors
  • Some components feel cheap


Final Thoughts

In terms of overall quality, the Mearth S has a bit of an edge over the Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite. Although the Swagger 5 offers a few more features than the Mearth S, the Swagger 5 has a slightly lesser quality in terms of the overall build of the e-scooter. In the long run, the Mearth S would seem to last longer because of its premium build. However, if you are prioritising budget over quality, the Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite, is a perfect fit. Given its features and decent quality, it makes it worth more than its value.


Hopefully, this Mearth S vs Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite review helped you decide which commuter electric scooter is for you. Check out more electric scooter reviews and electric scooter comparisons on our blog page.

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