The Xiaomi M365 electric scooter is the most popular e-scooter in its price range. It is a common choice among people who are buying an electric scooter for the first time, especially if they’re on a budget. If you have ever tried ridesharing with Bird, you’ve probably used a Xiaomi M365 electric scooter.
On paper, the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter is a great choice for commuters who are looking for a personal vehicle at around $600. Sure, self-balancing hoverboards and electric skateboards look fun, but they will take some time to learn. You’re still standing upright on an electric scooter, but having a handlebar makes it less daunting to ride on the road.
In real life, electric scooters don’t always deliver the performance they promise. This is mainly because the actual performance of an electric scooter depends on different factors. Manufacturers also test their units in a “lab”, which is far from the road conditions than an average commuter will encounter.
Is the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter still worth its praise two years later?
A fair balance between price and features.
The Xiaomi M365 electric scooter does provide good value for the money. It has a maximum weight capacity of 99 kgs, which is enough for an average commuter. The e-scooter’s 250-watt motor (500 in peak power) and a top speed of 25 km/h complies with the requirements of electric scooter laws in Australia.
A person weighing 70 kg commuting will get the most out of its top speed at 25 km/h and go as far as 23.5 km. If you weigh more, the eco mode can help you reach the same range. It doesn’t have a LED display (considering its price this is understandable), but it has an app to show your ride statistics. You can also customize its firmware to change the speed parameters, but this will void your warranty.
The brakes, which use a handbrake rather than a button, is convenient. It has a braking distance of 16 feet from its regenerative and disc brakes. The air-filled or pneumatic tires provide a comfortable ride. It’s durable enough for a daily commute in the city, with high-mounted front and rear lights.
The Xiaomi M365 electric scooter is very popular so you can find a wide variety of aftermarket parts. However, it’s best to buy the original battery.
If you ever decide to buy this electric scooter, here are the things you’ll have to prepare for.
You’ll need 1.6 km and a gentle push on the throttle to accelerate, so you’ll have to kick the scooter to get it going. This will be difficult if you’re going up on a hill. It can climb a 10% grade hill, but anything past that would be too steep.
One of the most common problems from user reviews with the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter is how difficult it is to replace the tires. Most users switch to solid tires when they get punctured. The replacement process requires experience, especially if you want to use the original.
Faulty Folding Mechanism.
The folding mechanism is more complex than most e-scooters. You need to pull a lever and rotate a safety mechanism. In older models, owners have reported that the aluminum tab can fail, making the folding mechanism loose and the handlebar wobbly. In newer models, this is supposedly fixed. You can buy a vibration damper as a quick fix.
- Segway ES2 – can be upgraded with an external battery but will increase its weight
- Unagi Model One – has more power but less range
- GOTRAX GXL Commuter V2 – less costly but has less power and range
If you want an electric scooter to be a regular part of your commute, owning an e-scooter is better than renting one. The Xiaomi M365 electric scooter is a good choice for beginners on a budget without sacrificing too many features.