The Mearth S Pro was released last month, and it’s up for some serious competition with more popular brands. Mearth S Pro outperforms the budget Xiaomi M365 electric scooter and it’s more practical than the Xiaomi Pro 2. But what about the equally long-ranged Ninebot Max, which is a combination of the Xiaomi M365 and Segway ES4?
|Features||Mearth S Pro||Ninebot Max|
|Motor||350W (max 750W)||350 W|
|Top Speed||32 km/h||25 km/h|
|Max Range||45 km||65 km|
|Tyres||10-inch pneumatic tyres||10-inch tubeless pneumatic tyres|
|Brakes||Regenerative (front) disc (back)||Drum brake (front) regenerative (back)|
|Battery Capacity||350 Wh (hot-swappable, can be upgraded)||551Wh|
|Charging Time||3-4 hours||6 hours|
|Weight||13.5 kg||18.5 kg|
|Weight Capacity||100 kg||120 kg|
|Speed Modes||Eco, Standard, Sports||Eco, Standard, Sports|
|Extras||5W headlight, brake light, advanced colour display||2.5W headlight, brake light, LED display, mobile app|
Mearth S Pro vs Ninebot Max Electric Scooter
The Mearth S Pro is head to head with the Ninebot Max in terms of ride performance.
You’ll be limited to 25 km/h to comply with regulations, but both provide good acceleration and hill climb performance thanks to the motor. The maximum range you’ll get out of both is 40 km on a single charge. While neither have suspension, the 10-inch pneumatic tyres provide a comfortable and stable ride for long-range commuting. Both have a different kind of mechanical brake, but Ninebot edges a bit more with a drum brake that requires less maintenance.
The Ninebot Max, made by the partner company of Xiaomi, fixes the common problems of the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter. It has a sturdier folding mechanism. The headlight is brighter. The rear mudguard is welded to the deck. The taillight is bigger and embedded into the mudguard. If you love the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter, this is a big improvement.
Mearth S Pro, of course, has a feature that lets it compete in the market: a hot-swappable battery. You can extend your journey on the go. In case you don’t want to carry around a spare battery, the electric scooter charges much faster. It’s also lighter, at 13.5 kg compared to Xiaomi’s 18.5kg.
The Ninebot Max responds to this with an integrated charging unit. This means you’ll only need a standard cable rather than carry a brick.
The rest of the features depends on your preference. Mearth S Pro has a brighter headlight, but Xiaomi has a mobile app that lets you customize the firmware.
Which electric scooter should you buy?
Mearth S Pro wins as a less expensive ($950 on sale plus free shipping), lighter, portable, and practical commuter electric scooter. Ninebot Max is designed for the rideshare market in mind, but it feels like a tank. As a commuter, you’ll want something that isn’t cumbersome for public transport. If you’re buying an electric scooter for the first time and you live in a state where they’ve been legalized, Mearth S Pro is a good Australian branded scooter.