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If you’re looking for a high quality electric scooter, most Hiboy scooter models fit the bill. However, how does one go about choosing the RIGHT Hiboy scooter from the company’s entire lineup? Today we’ll look at the Hiboy KS4 Advanced Commuter Scooter and the Hiboy KS4 Pro and discuss their differences so you can choose which is right for you!
Where do the KS4 Scooters Fall in the Overall Hiboy Lineup
There are a number of different Hiboy Scooter series. There is the Hiboy S2 which was the first scooter that Hiboy released. This series contains models that are entry-level up to what I call “intermediate” level scooters. The Hiboy S2 Pro is the most popular in the Hiboy S2 lineup.
Then, there’s the KS4 lineup which is solidly in the intermediate category. They’re not for the novice rider and have upgraded features like bigger LED screens and oversized hardware.
The Max Series is part of an advanced series. If you want all of the features that the KS4 lineup has but you’re looking for a little more speed and range, then the Hiboy MAX series could be right for you.
The Hiboy ECOM series features two scooters that have large, 16-inch pneumatic tires that are great for commuting.
Finally, the Hiboy Titan series. These are the “pro” level models from Hiboy. They feature large pneumatic tires, decks, and beefy brakes and are fast electric scooters with long range. Personally, I think both models represent some of the best electric scooters deals on the market.
I wrote a Hiboy Titan comparison article if you’re interested. Additionally, if you are interested in looking at the entire Hiboy electric scooter lineup, check out my Hiboy scooter comparison article.
Hiboy Electric Scooter Model Comparison: KS4 Premium vs. KS4 Advanced
If you’re looking at the Hiboy KS4 lineup, you’ve probably looked at the Hiboy S2 series and want a little more. Well, look no further. The KS4 lineup has more bells and whistles than the Hiboy S2 electric scooter series and both the Hiboy KS4 Premium and Hiboy KS4 Advanced could be right for you depending on your use case.back to menu ↑
Hiboy KS4 Premium vs. Hiboy KS4 Advanced: Major Differences
What’s the difference between the KS4 Premium and KS4 Advanced? The biggest difference is the range and overall battery life. The Hiboy KS4 Premium has an overall range of 25 miles on a single charge while the Hiboy KS4 Advanced has a range of just 17 miles. A lot of this is because the KS4 Premium features a 500w electric motor whereas the KS4 advanced has a 350w motor. Advanced has an 8.5-inch honeycomb tire whereas the Hiboy KS4 Premium has a 10-inch tire. When it comes to portability the KS4 Advanced is 32 lbs and the KS4 Premium is over 38 lbs. Overall, these are the major differences. We’ll get into why each of these things matters below.back to menu ↑
Who should buy the Hiboy KS4 Premium vs. Hiboy KS4 Advanced
Look, here’s the deal. Everyone wants the most bang for their buck. They want value and features but they also want quality construction. I think that Hiboy hits all of the right buttons here. The buyer of the Hiboy KS4 Premium and Hiboy KS4 Advanced likely has looked at a wide range of other scooters like the GoTrax Gmax or GoTrax G4.
They probably have looked at the Segway electric scooters including the Segway Max and Segway F-series. They may have even looked at Razor electric scooters. However, they probably want a few more features than the Gotrax Scooters. They want better quality and more bells and whistles than Razor electric scooters offer. However, they’re probably happy with the Segway. There are two reasons (in my opinion) why they don’t pull the trigger on any of the GoTrax, Razor, or Segway models.
Price and Value.
With the Hiboy KS4 Pro Premium and Hiboy KS4 Advanced, you get more features than the GoTrax scooters mentioned above and about the same features as the Segway models. But, the major difference is price. You can get both of these scooters for less than the GoTrax and Segway scooters while still getting a scooter with a great name, solid construction, and a 12-month warranty. Plus, you get all the bells and whistles you would expect, great
Both scooters have the same braking system. They feature a front electronic brake and rear disc brake. This is pretty standard for scooters in the sub-20 mph category. You’ll find that having a dual brake will stop the scooter quickly and safely.back to menu ↑
Tires and Tire Size
One of the major differences between the KS4 Premium and KS4 Advanced is the tires. Both scooters feature honeycomb tires. However, the Hiboy KS4 Pro Premium has 10-inch solid tires while the KS4 advanced has 8.5-inch solid tires. Why does this matter? If you have bigger tires, you have better clearance over obstacles. Plus, more clearance means the scooter is a bit taller which suits tall people better. Both scooters feature solid honeycomb tires. These tires will last a LONG time vs. scooters that feature air-filled tires / pneumatic tires. You’ll get a better ride with air-filled tires but the honeycomb tires will certainly last longer.back to menu ↑
Security / Locking
Both the Hiboy KS4 Premium and KS4 Advanced utilize the Hiboy App. Within the Hiboy App, you can lock and unlock the scooter.back to menu ↑
Both Hiboy KS4 models have high-quality aluminum frames that are light and durable. You’ll find that these scooters are built tough and are made to last you a LONG time. Maximum SpeedThis is one major difference of the two KS4 models. The KS4 Pro Premium has a maximum speed of 19 mph. The KS4 Advanced has a top speed of 17 mph. Doesn’t seem like a big difference but, on an electric scooter, every mile-per-hour “feels” faster. If you value speed, check out the KS4 Pro Premium.back to menu ↑
Each of these Hiboy KS4 scooters features a different motor. Different motor means different overall range on a single charge. It also means that climbing hills is a bit easier for the scooter that has more overall power. The KS4 Premium has a 500w electric motor where as the KS4 Advanced has a 350w motor. So, if you’re looking for power and range, the KS4 Premium is your scooter.back to menu ↑
Headlights, Deck Lighting, Brake Lights.
Both scooters shine when it comes to headlights and deck lighting (see what I did there?!). Both have a really bright LED headlight. Another thing that seems stupid but is really important is the rear light/brake light. There are a LOT of scooter manufacturers that don’t provide a rear light/brake light for scooters in this price range. I’m happy to see that both Hiboy KS4 models have a rear light and brake light. Just like a motorcycle, being on a scooter at night is all about visibility for those that are around you. The more visible you are to other drivers and pedestrians, the safer you will be. Both Hiboy KS4 models feature red lights that line the sides of the deck. Not only does this allow for extra safety, but they also give it that “cool” factor that you’d hope to get by purchasing a scooter.
Convenience and Portability
Need a folding electric scooter? Both models fit the bill. However, there is a pretty significant difference in weight between the two scooters. The KS4 Premium weighs 38 lbs while the KS4 Advanced weighs 32 lbs. You might not think this is much of a difference but, when you’re lugging the scooter up and down stairs or have to carry it from your office to the front of your office building to begin your journey home, weight matters. A 20% difference in weight is significant in my mind. So, think about how you use the scooter and whether or not you’ll have to carry the scooter often or if you won’t be folding it and carrying it much.back to menu ↑
Which Hiboy KS4 model has the longest range on a single charge? The Hiboy KS4 Premium has an overall range of 25 miles. The Hiboy KS4 Advanced will last for about 17 miles on a single charge.
Maximum Rider Weight
Both KS4 scooters feature the same maximum payload of 220 lbs. So if you’re a bigger person and are looking for a great scooter, these could be right for you.
If you need more weight capacity, take a look at the Hiboy Titan Pro which has an overall rider capacity of 286 lbs.back to menu ↑
Both scooters have an IP rating of IPX4. What does that mean? An IPX 4 rating essentially means that both KS4 models can resist water splashes from any direction. Does it mean going riding in a monsoon? No. However, if you get stuck in the rain on your way to work for a few minutes, you won’t ruin the scooter. Oh, and never hose off a scooter with an IPX4 rating if it gets dirty.back to menu ↑
Pricing and Value for Your Money
A lot of people will want the extra power, longer range, and larger tires that the KS4 Premium offers. However, all of those things come at a price. While Hiboy runs specials frequently and both models are offered at slightly different prices at different times, generally, they’re about $100 different. So, if you value a little extra power, range, and tires and don’t mind shelling out more money, the KS4 premium might be the way to go. In terms of value for your money, Hiboy Scooters in general are hard to beat. They are a SOLID platform with great construction and cool features which other manufacturers don’t have. I’d certainly purchase a Hiboy scooter over some of the other more mainstream brands. In all, Hiboy provides tremendous value for the money.
Both Hiboy KS4 scooters feature a Bluetooth app. This is a point of differentiation among other brands of scooters. For instance,
GoTrax scooters don’t have an app. I think this is a big mistake. Hiboy on the other hand has not only built-in large LED display screens on the handlebars of the KS4 models, but they both allow for the use of the Hiboy app. The app allows you to control a lot of things on your scooter. You can turn the headlights on and off, lock the scooter, choose riding modes, set cruise control, and see your trip distance and overall speed as well as battery capacity and battery status. I think having the app is a big deal if you’re considering a Hiboy vs. GoTrax scooter or even if you’re thinking about a Hiboy vs. Razor scooter.
Another great feature of the Hiboy KS4 lineup is that both models feature rear dual suspension. Having a rear suspension makes for a better ride because it helps absorb some of the bumps along the road.back to menu ↑
Tires and Ride Quality
Overall both KS4 models ride really well. They both feature a rear fender and rear dual suspension which is nice for absorbing some shock. However, they also both utilize honeycomb tires. The honeycomb tires are great for overall tire longevity but what you gain in longevity, you lose in ride quality. By no means am I suggesting either scooter rides poorly, I just personally enjoy pneumatic air-filled tires?
OTHER SCOOTERS TO CONSIDER
SPECIFICATION, COMPARISONS, and REVIEWS
|GoTrax G4||20 mph||25 mi||36 lbs|
|GoTrax GMAX Ultra||25 mph||45 mi||36 lbs|
|Segway F40||18.5 mph||25 mi||38 lbs|
|Apollo Air||21 mph||31 mi||38.5 lbs|
|Hiboy S2||19 mph||25-30 mi||36.3 lbs|
|Hiboy Max||18.6 mph||17 mi||40 lbs|
|Hiboy S2 Pro||19 mph||25 mi||33 lbs|
|Segway Ninebot Max||18.6 mph||40.4 mi||41.2 lbs|
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