Xiaomi Scooter M365 Review - Electric Folding Scooter
Xiaomi scooter M365
Type: electric scooter
Material: aluminum + plastic
Protection class: IP54
Speed: max. 25 km / h
Engine: 250 - 500W
Battery: LG18650 EV 280Wh
Charging time: 5.5 hours
Distance: ~ 15 km
Brake: disc brake
Light: 1.1W LED
Size: 108 x 43 x 49 (114) cm
Weight: 12,5 kg
1x valve adapter
1x charging cable
1x user manual
First impression of the Xiaomi scooter M365
Shipping and delivery
Ding Dong, the mail has arrived! Rather, DHL Express, because that's how the Xiaomi Scooter was delivered. Nevertheless, the typical “Priority Line” shipping label from Great Britain was on the package. If you order via GearBest, there are two shipping routes. Shipping from the Chinese warehouse lasts the longest and can last up to 4 weeks. The reason is that the scooter is not by plane, but by train to Germany is delivered. Significantly faster, however, is the shipping from the Hong Kong Warehouse. The shipping time is here under 2 weeks!
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Unhindered arrived are of course the collapsed Electric scooter, One Chinese user manual, a set out 4 screws and screwdriver, valve adapter, as well as one Charger with power cable contain. The power cord typically has a NEMA-1 plug and can only be used with an adapter. Alternatively, a conventional 2-Pol power cable can be connected to the charger.
Design and workmanship
The scooter awakens memories of the scooter hype 90er. However, the Xiaomi Scooter plays in a completely different league. Starting at the bottom, the electric scooter consists of two air-filled ones 8 ½ inch tread rubber tires with an inside diameter of 134 mm. The rear wheel is visibly one disc brake, A safe braking distance is additionally ensured Anti-lock system (E-ABS), The braking process is via an automatic Stoplight displayed on the protective cover of the rear wheel. The scooter is powered by one Brushless motorwhich is housed in the front wheel. The maximum power of the engine is 500 Watt.
Footboard or standboard, as well as the T-handlebar and fork are made of metal. The fork and the standboard are welded together. The upper side is that Rubberized board and thus ensures a secure footing. Inside the floorboard is the 280 Wh battery, The side is the charging socket placed, which is protected by a rubber cover. The entire scooter is by the way after the Degree of protection IP54 Protected from dust and splashed water.
About a foldout stand on the stand board, the 108 x 43 x 114 cm X and 12.5 heavy Xiaomi scooters even turned upright. When folded up, the electric scooter shrinks to a size of 108 x 43 x 49 cm and can therefore be transported while carrying.
The T-handlebar is the control center of the scooter. Here are the center of the Power switch including the 4 LED battery indicator and a front side LED light. On the left side of the rubberized grip are the Brake lever including bell and on the right grip of the infinitely variable acceleration switches, It should be noted that the handlebar is not height adjustable! Overall, the Xiaomi M365 scooter is of high quality. All ingredients are well made and leave nothing to be desired.
A manual is not needed for the construction, because the scooter is already almost ready for use after unpacking. Only the T-handlebar must be attached and tightened with the 4 included screws. A look into the manual does not hurt either, because this is largely illustrated and thus understandable even without knowledge of Chinese.
Climb aboard and drive off. The functions and operation of the Xiaomi M365 are largely self-explanatory. To familiarize yourself with the scooter, this can be used as a conventional scooter for starters. The brushless motor does not block the drive. The engine can also be switched on with some momentum. The infinitely variable acceleration switch can be pressed sensitively, so that the driving speed can be adjusted well according to personal feelings.
The Xiaomi e-scooter scores points with its outstanding and above all pleasantly safe handling. Due to the 8 ½ inch rubber tires with profile and the high weight, the scooter offers one proper grip and puts away cobblestones and other uneven roads easily. At the same time they are air filled tires but also pretty sensitive. According to other reports, many users of the Xiaomi scooter have captured a record after only a short time. Finding suitable replacement tires in this country could be quite difficult. With shipping from China, a spare tire costs about 20 €.
Notice: Meanwhile, there are many for the Xiaomi M365 Hard rubber tires or perforated tires on the market. From experience, however, it is not recommended, since damage can occur more quickly due to the hard road contact!
To return to the driving behavior: Even at low speed can the scooter balance well and curves can be taken almost playfully by a low steering impact while weight shifting. For more security, one Limitation of the steering wheel impact.
According to Xiaomi, the scooter has one dual braking system consisting of a disc brake and an engine brake with anti-lock braking system (E-ABS). In the test convinced the scooter by a gentle, but still short braking distancewithout the wheels blocking abruptly. The disc brake itself can be readjusted via the easily accessible brake caliper. The brake light on the protective cover of the rear wheel is automatically triggered by the braking process. In the dark, the brake light is clearly visible, in the light, the brake light seems a bit too weak.
Speeds, gradients and battery
With a powerful 500W brushless motor equipped, reached the scooter in the test one Top speed of 26 km / h on a straight line. The speed was measured in the "Normal Mode", Smaller gradients are no problem for the Xiaomi electric scooter. Only at one Gradient of about 20 °, the scooter was noticeably lacking in power, so you had to dismount.
As a second operating mode, there are the so-called "Eco Mode", which can be activated directly on the scooter by holding down the power button. A green LED illuminates the active energy-saving mode. The mode is characterized by a lower acceleration and a reduced top speed from about 20 km / h.
The battery of the Xiaomi e-scooter consists of several 18650 lithium-ion battery packsthat a total of 285 Wh to reach. The measured mileage or range with a single charge was in normal mode maximum 15 kilometers and in Eco mode at about 18 kilometers. Xiaomi's 30 mileage range is definitely too high!
Hardly a gadget appears without app support today. The Xiaomi Scooter is also equipped with a Bluetooth module and allows connection to an Android or iOS device.
On the one hand, the Xiaomi M365 scooter can be connected via the Mi Home Appbut also about the Ninebot App, Here you have the choice of which surface you personally prefer. In terms of functionality, however, both apps are identical. Pairing through the Ninebot app was easier because no Mi user account is needed. As soon as the scooter is connected, you get information about the current speed, the battery level, the average speed and the current distance in kilometers.
In further menu items, among others, further information about the battery, mileage and other general information about the scooter can be called up. Furthermore, it is possible to update the firmware via the app. About the app, it is also possible the so-called "Cruise Control System" to activate. This is a cruise control system that automatically allows the scooter to maintain a speed set by the accelerator switch without having to operate it permanently. Pressing the accelerator switch or the brake again deactivates the automatic holding of the speed.
Another feature that can only be set through the app is the "Acceleration Mode". This mode does not determine the acceleration of the scooter, but how much energy is regenerated by braking. If you let the scooter roll out or operate the brake, the battery is charged by the released energy at the same time. You can choose between “Weak”, “Normal” and “High”. Other users of the Xiaomi scooter report that the battery can overload at the highest level, which can lead to a possible defect in the electronics. The mode was therefore left on “weak” in the test.
Where can you drive?
In Germany, the Xiaomi scooter is due to its design-related maximum speed of more than 6 km / h than motor vehiclewhy the general regulations of the StVZO and FZV apply. To be able to use an e-scooter, which counts as a motor vehicle in public transport, is a approval required, which the Xiaomi e-scooter does not have according to the current status. If there is an operating permit, e-scooters are usually classified as moped, which is why you would at least need a “moped driving license”. Furthermore, the e-scooter would be under the law on compulsory insurance for motor vehicle owners insurance, Who still leads the Xiaomi electric scooter in public transport, violates the general provisions of the StVZO, drives without a license and without insurance coverage! You can use the vehicle according to the current state only on demarcated, non-public land!
Update October 2018
From 2019 could Personal Light Electric Vehicles (Electric micro vehicles) are assigned to a separate vehicle class. So at least the previous plan of the Federal Government.
- The design-related Top speed should be 20 km / h do not exceed.
- The engine is allowed for unbalanced electric vehicles not more than 500 Watt afford, for balanced not more than 1200 Watt.
- There is one compulsory insurance including insurance code.
- It exists Bike path obligation to use.
- The electric vehicle needs roadworthy be (braking, lighting system).