Is it worth upgrading to the Xiaomi Electric Scooter 1S or Xiaomi Pro 2?

The Xiaomi M365 electric scooter still reigns over the budget market since its release in 2016. It has decent features despite its low price, which has been a lucrative draw for the electric scooter Xiaomi in Australia. According to a Lime spokesperson, there are 155,000 privately owned electric scooters in the country. 

Xiaomi released two new electric scooter models last July – Xiaomi Mi Electric 1S and Xiaomi Pro 2. Both models promise to be an upgrade from their predecessors. Here is a quick comparison of Xiaomi’s electric scooters. 

Prices are from the Xioami store and specs from the website.

Xiaomi M365 vs Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 1S 

credit to Xiaomi Planets

The Xiaomi M365 electric scooter has a tested top speed of 26 km/h and a range of 23 km. It’s a good entry-level scooter for commuters who need less than 16 km on a round trip. This will give you an idea of how the 1S performs in real life as it has the same motor and battery capacity. 

The improvements are on the features: 

    • a multifunctional dashboard that shows the rider stats including speed, speed mode, lock status, and power
    • 2W headlight and a bigger tail light
    • reflectors at the front, sides and to the tail light 
    • fender bracket to prevent rear fender from shaking
    • Xiaomi claims that the tires are three times more durable, but this would depend on your usage  
    • Xiaomi also claims that the brakes are more responsive, but this would depend on road conditions

Apart from this, everything else is pretty much the same. It’s a facelift of an old model. If you’re buying an electric scooter for the first time, then the 1S could be an affordable option. In this price range, another consideration would be the Segway ES4. It is similar to the Xiaomi M365 Pro in terms of speed and range at a lower price. Overall though, the Xiaomi M365 outperforms the Segway as a mid-range electric scooter. 

Xiaomi M365 Pro vs Xiaomi Pro 2 

credit to Xiaomi Planets

The same pattern of improvement from the budget version is applied to the Pro versions. The Xiaomi M365 Pro has a tested speed of 30 km/h and a range of 40 km. With the same motor and battery capacity, the Pro 2 more or less has a similar performance. 

The improvements in the features are the same in 1S. The only exception is that the multifunctional dashboard now displays 8 types of data instead of 6. If you are satisfied with the Xiaomi M365 the Xiaomi Pro 2 would be a good upgrade if you haven’t bought the Pro version yet. 

If you’re an F1 fan, a special edition of the Xiaomi Pro 2 will be released. Xiaomi collaborated with Mercedes-AMG Petronas team to create an electric scooter that features the black, green, and silver livery similar to Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car. 

Is it worth upgrading my Xiaomi M365 with 1S or Pro 2? 

If you want a better looking Xiaomi M365 with the same performance and have a couple of hundred dollars to spare, yes. If you’re buying an entry-level scooter and chose the Xiaomi M365, go for the 1S instead. 

If you’re upgrading your Xioami M365 and want to stick with this brand, go for the Xiaomi Pro 2. If you already have the Xiaomi M365 Pro it’s worth looking at other midrange electric scooters with better performance first than spending one-grand on a facelift. 

Overall, it depends on your priorities and budget. Xiaomi has only done cosmetic improvements to their earlier models, which we suspect is done to stay in the budget range where they excel. If you want a performance upgrade, check out our top 5 electric scooters list