Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Review - Xiaomi M365

Feb 14

Electric scooters are nowadays becoming an essential mode of transport, and so the Chinese company Xiaomi, best-known for its smartphones and smart-home gadgets, is entering the competition. That is what Xiaomi did with the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter M365 and its successor Xiaomi Electric Scooter Pro.


In this article let us get our hands on the Xiaomi’s electric scooter of the earlier generation, Xiaomi M365,  and find out whether it is really so good.

Reason for purchase

Being a foldable electric travel tool for short-distance rides, Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter is much lighter than traditional motorcycle, it weights only 12.5KG and can be easily lifted with one hand.


I did not consider self-balancing hoverboards because they lack handle and brakes, so for a more general use Xiaomi scooter seemed to be the perfect solution. And the price-tag below $500 was very attractive.

 

  

 

Appearance, speed and battery life

Appearance

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The scooter is made in a simple black (dark gray) color with red brake cable and red color reflective logo.

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The greatest advantage of Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter M365 is its foldable design. After it is folded you can easily hold it and the center of gravity is suitable.

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There are four LED lights on the control panel to show the remaining power and on/off status.

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In order to start the scooter short press the switch button. After the vehicle is started, press the switch button once to turn on/off the driving lights or twice to switch between normal mode and energy saving mode. If you want to switch off the scooter, press and hold the switch button for more than 2 seconds.

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Headlights can illuminate up to 6 meters.

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The rear lights automatically turn on when the brakes are used, which is really nice for the people driving behind, so that they can be prepared for a sudden stop.


This scooter comes with a ventilated disc brake system and E-ABS anti-lock braking system, which can achieve high-efficiency braking and quick response, and the braking distance is only 4 meters.


Speed


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There are 2 speed modes supported by Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter M365:

1) normal mode - up to 25 km/h

2) power-saving mode – up to 18 km/h


While doing tests on normal concrete roads and sidewalks actual speed in the normal mode was between 24-26 km/h, while 7-19 km/h in power-saving mode.


Distance


After I replaced the original factory 8.5-inch solid tires with honeycomb ones, the endurance has reached 26.6 km in a power-saving mode. And from time to time, there is a situation of driving 21KM on slopes, but it cannot reach 30 kilometers claimed by the manufacturer on the official website, because according to the official data the scooter requires a 75KG load using 30-35PSI tire pressure. Still Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter can reach at least 20KM one way, which should be enough for most people daily use.


Battery

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Xiaomi M365 features 18650 lithium battery with 7800 mAh capacity.

It takes about 5 hours  to fully charge Xiaomi Scooter from 0 to 100%. The vehicle will be charged to 40% in the first hour, up to 55% in the second hour and the longer the slower.  It is relatively slow, the remaining 45% will be charged within three hours, however, it is basically not a big problem.


On the whole, such charging and endurance performance is quite satisfactory. The new Xiaomi PRO these performances have been improved. It is said that Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro can run up to 45 kilometers on a single charge, which when actually tested,  might mean 35-40 km distance. I did not test Xiaomi Pro, it is just my guess.

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Summary

Advantages:

1. Good-looking design and quick response time.

2. It is convenient to fold Xiaomi M365 so that you can take it on a bus or in subway.

3. Lighs, reflective bars increase safety.

4. High-efficiency braking

5. APP is easy to use, multiple functions.

6. Suitable for short-distance rides, such as picking up parcels, shopping for food, going to work. Convenient to use in big cities, because the scooter does not require parking space, easy to maneuvre.


Cons:

1. Bluetooth sometimes gets disconnected.

2.  Flat tires.

After replacing the tires it felt a bit better. The biggest disadvantage of solid tires is the lack of shock absorption! It may be necessary to check the tire pressure to maintain a pressure of 30PSI or more, but I don't usually bring pump with me to detect the tire pressure. My hands are numb and my teeth chatter. I personally miss the comfort and shock absorption of pneumatic tires.

3. You should reduce the speed before making the turn.

4. You should slow down the speed if you see a hole on road, because it is easy to fall down. When I just bought the scooter, I did not slow down and landed on the palms of my hands several times while riding through the road pits.

5. Don't drive too quickly in rainy days, the braking distance should be extended on rainy days, the wheels will brake suddenly and drift after braking. Also it is recommended to avoid puddles which are deeper than 2 cm, otherwise the battery of Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter will get wet.

6. It might be tiring to stand on your feet for a long time during long-distance rides. Of course. you can install a cushion, but it will affects the folding features of the scooter. Thus, you should choose, which one is more important for you: comfort or folding design.

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Verdict

Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter is a very good-looking travel tool, looks compact and very cool. Due to a foldable design it is convenient to take it with me on a bus or subway. The scooter is easy to operate, it does not require any special skills, so you should not be afraid to start. The maximum travel distance on one charge can is about 20-25 kilometers depending on the road conditions and speed mode, but which is enough for a daily use of a city dweller. The only dissapointing thing is flat tires, so hold on to the handles or just change the tires. On the whole, I am greatly satisfied with my Xiaomi M365.

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