Ever since it was launched, Xiaomi’s electric scooter was one of the gadgets I’ve wanted to have the most, but because of the pretty high price in both UK and Chinese stores, I had to postpone the purchase. I don’t know if I need to mention this, but for those of you who don’t know, Xiaomi is a Chinese manufacturer having a wide range of products, all with an excellent price to quality ratio, including the Xiaomi Mijia M365, the electric scooter I will talk about today. At the moment, I believe the Xiaomi electric scooter is one of the cheapest on the market, obviously if you choose to buy it directly from China.
Review Xiaomi Mijia M365
GearBest.com sold this product at a price close to the one recommended by the manufacturer when it was launched. Therefore, I managed to order it with only $400, the price including express courier delivery. In addition, you don’t have to worry about custom fees or VAT anymore, because the store pays it for you, so the scooter can get straight to your door.
It’s true, I had to wait longer than if I had ordered it from UK, but I also paid half of the price. For those interested, at the end of this review you will find a discount coupon that allows you to buy it at $400, but until then, I want to share my thoughts after a 100 KM total experience with the scooter. I received it in the beginning of last week, and since that time I used it daily.
I want to mention that this is the first electric scooter that I test and own. Even if I also have a classic scooter, that I bought almost a year ago, Xiaomi Mijia M365 is something totally different. First of all, you need to know that this model is not suitable for children. It has a height of 114 centimeters (which cannot be adjusted) and weighs 12.5 kilograms, plus it is extremely fast. 🙂
DESIGN AND BUILD
Regarding the design and build, Xiaomi is not disappointing. The scooter is available in 2 colors, both of which look very good. It comes packed in a large box, because 99% of it is already assembled, so all you need to do is attach 4 screws with a hex key (you can find it in the box) and it’s ready for use within 2 minutes. Inside the box you will also find a bicycle pump adapter and a user manual in Chinese (or English if you buy the European version), but I don’t know if you will have the need or patience to browse through it. If you do want to read it, you can do it online, the English version being available here.
It is made of durable aluminum, also used on airplanes, all welding is exact and precise, the finishes are of the highest quality and the plastic parts seem very resistant. The maximum weight that can be supported is 100 kilograms. Long story short, we are talking about a sturdy electric scooter, which has nothing to do with classic scooters. As a comparison, before buying it, I also saw ETWOW models in Carrefour, and the differences are visible.
The Xiaomi M365 can be folded like a regular scooter, and this can be done in just a few seconds. The folding system is designed in a very good way, basically the handlebar is attached by the rear wing using the horn. As weak points, I could say that the scooter’s frame is a bit loose, more precisely in the area where it opens in order to be folded, but this is not very disturbing. It does not have a suspension, but the 8.5-inch air-cushion tires can absorb some of the shocks.
Another thing you should know is that the scooter can also be used on wet surfaces, but beware, it cannot be used through water or when it’s raining! According to the specifications, it complies with the IP54 standard. Maintenance is done with a soft cloth or a damp cloth. I wipe it almost every time I use it, because it is black, and the dust can be noticed even after a few kilometers of use.
FEATURES AND SPECS
Once you assemble the scooter, you surely want to see what it knows and what it can do. First of all, if you have a smartphone, I recommend that you install the NineBot or Xiaomi Home apps. Both have English language available and can be connected to the scooter. Using one of the apps, you can update the firmware, activate some features and learn more about the average speed, mileage or autonomy.
From the application, you can activate the autopilot or set the lights to turn on by themselves as soon as you start the scooter. Using the app, you will also be able to check the speed in real-time. Because I don’t have a stand for my phone, I was unable to keep the application open while using the scooter, so I think it would be better if they could integrate the app with the Xiaomi watch, in order to have the real-time info displayed on it.
You can also use the dedicated app to find out how many times you’ve charged the battery. According to the manufacturer, the batteries can be used at maximum capacity up to 1000 charges, subsequently losing 70-80% of the power. Just to have an idea, until now I only have 3 charging cycles. Only full charging cycles are to be considered.
With the latest software update, the scooter can be locked from the app, so assuming you’re in a store and someone outside is trying to power it, the scooter will start whirring, and the rear wheel is automatically blocked. I don’t know if you can rely on this protection system against thieves, but it’s good that it exists.
On the handlebars you can find the following: a classic horn, the handbrake, a LED headlamp, 4 LEDs indicating the battery capacity, and the power button. To power it, you’ll have to keep the button pressed for 3 seconds. After that, the ON/OFF button can be used for turning the headlamp on (by briefly pressing it), but also for activating the ECO mode (by double-tapping it).
The horn is quite basic, but it does its job. The headlight is a very powerful LED and I can say it’s a pleasure to drive the scooter even at nighttime, thanks to the very good visibility. There is a stoplight on the rear wing that lights up when the headlamp is turned on, but also when braking.
Xiaomi M365 has two brakes that respond simultaneously when operated: a mechanical one on the disc, that efficiently stops the rear wheel and an electronically controlled one on the front wheel, that does more than stopping the scooter, also regenerating the lost power by charging the battery using the “Kinetic energy recovery system”. The brake reacts quickly and effectively stops the scooter even at high speeds.
The battery with a capacity of 280Wh (7800 mAh) is integrated under the footrest. A full charge takes about 5 and a half hours. The manufacturer recommends charging it after each use, even if it has not been completely drained, and if you don’t use it for a longer period of time, it is recommended to charge it at least once a month. Half of the battery’s capacity is charging faster, the process being slowed down towards the end, similar to what’s happening with the Fast Charge phones. The charger has a LED that turns red when charging, but it doesn’t turn green when it’s completely charged, so you’ll have to keep an eye on it.
The engine is located in the front wheel, has a power of 250 watts and can propel the scooter with a maximum speed of 25 km/h. I can say the scooter is very stable and fast. It can be used both as a means of transportation, but also as a gadget to spend time in the park. The people who used my scooter were really impressed. Personally, I think the Xiaomi Mijia M365 is not a scooter, but rather a small electric motorcycle.
The autonomy promised by the manufacturer is 30 kilometers, but this can only be achieved if you use it exclusively in ECO mode, that is, with a maximum speed of 18km/h and a slower acceleration. ECO mode is good in crowded cities, but if you use the scooter for a longer period of time in standard mode and you like the speed, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll want to activate ECO mode.
If the battery will drain, you can use it as a classic scooter, but only for short distances, being heavier and taller than a classic scooter. My experience of maximum autonomy was a 26 kilometers ride, combining ECO mode with standard. Riding the scooter on ECO mode only, I managed to achieve a maximum autonomy of up to 32 kilometers. The scooter can be used on our roads (if your city doesn’t have any bicycle lanes), handling well the cracked and pitted surfaces, even if it doesn’t have a suspension, but obviously this is not applied to craters also. 🙂
After using it for a week, I highly recommend the Xiaomi scooter to everyone. No matter if you buy it for fun or to save the money spent on public transport, I can assure you that you will not regret your choice. This is a sturdy, fast scooter, with a very good autonomy. As I said, it is not recommended for children, even though we may think it resembles a toy. The Xiaomi M365 is rather an adults toy. You can buy it with $400, directly from China, with fast courier shipping, only if you use the coupon below when you place your order.
M365 PROS AND CONS