Xiaomi Electric Scooter Pro Review
With more power and an enormous battery, this electric scooter can take you further than most. Here’s our Xiaomi M365 Pro review.
Improvements over the original include a bigger battery, better motor and a new display. But these come at a much higher price, and more bulk and weight. It’s still a great buy, but you might find the original is better value, especially if you don’t weigh too much.
We’ve already tested out Xiaomi’s popular M365 scooter. And there’s a reason why it’s chosen by so many: it’s affordable, well built and is generally a great all-rounder.
For 2019, Xiaomi has decided to launch a Pro version. It looks much the same, but has a more powerful motor and much more battery capacity, so it can take you not just from A to B, but also to C, D and probably E too.
Where to buy Xiaomi Electric Scooter Pro in the UK
You can buy the M365 Pro from quite a few places, including the usual Chinese retailers. However, our sample was provided by UK retailer Pure Scooters, and when you’re spending this much, it’s a bonus to have a UK point of contact to sort out any issues.
In fact, Pure Scooters offers a two-year warranty and a UK charger. Note that stock hasn’t yet arrived in the UK, so prepare to wait until about the end of August 2019 for delivery.
The M365 Pro costs £498.99, which might sound a lot, but it’s easy to find electric scooters costing well over £1000 / 1000.
If you’re happy to buy outside the UK then note that the Pro is available from GearBest now at the reduced price of £437.94.
If you want to see alternatives, check out our roundup of the best electric scooters.
The M365 Pro uses the same basic design as the original, just a little larger, and so it has an all-black design with red highlights. Pure has added the decal you see in the photos here.
It’s bigger than you might think, at over a metre tall and pretty heavy at over 14kg. So, like the M365, it isn’t for kids. Instead, it’s aimed at adults and is ideal if you have a commute to work where you can ride in bike lanes, wide paths or quiet back streets.
There’s a problem for UK buyers, though, in that the law currently prohibits the use of electric scooters both on the road and on pavements. This could change soon, as many European countries already allow scooters on pavements. But it does make an electric scooter a risky purchase if you are in the UK unless you’re only planning to use it on private land. Find out more about their legality.
The 300W motor easily propels you to the limited top speed of 15.5mph (25km/h), but there are various modes including Eco which accelerates more slowly and has a lower top speed (15km/h) to save batter power and increase range.
And speaking of range, the huge 474Wh battery is good for 45km (29 miles), which is 15km (10 miles) more than the standard M365. As with most electric scooters, it’s very quiet, so the motor won’t get on your nerves as you ride.
The M365 Pro folds just like its predecessor, so a quick-release lever at the bottom of the steering tube is all you need to pull.
When folded, the bell trigger hooks onto the rear mudguard to stop it hinging back up, but even so it’s quite unwieldy to carry at over 1m long. Plus, the weight will be a problem if you have to carry it up flights of stairs or anything more than a short distnace: we wouldn’t attempt to put it on the luggage rack on a train, for example.
There are built-in lights front and rear. The back light is always on, and flashes when you brake. We were happy with the stopping power of the disc brake, which is a little bigger than on the original M365, and the motor offers some braking force in the front wheel too.
With 8.5in wheels and pneumatic tyres, the ride is relatively comfortable on smooth ground, and the Pro is nice and stable. You do feel like you need to keep both hands on the grips, though, so it isn’t easy to use your arms to signal you’re turning left or right as if you were on a bike.
A safety feature means the motor won’t engage with simply the throttle: you have to kick off first and get up to walking speed at least. Once you’re going, you can pin the throttle to get maximum acceleration, and it certainly gets up to top speed quickly in S mode.
On uneven ground it can be tricky to keep the throttle pushed down, and it can lead to a kangaroo effect as your thumb bounces up and down. Riding over cobbles isn’t recommended, nor is riding off kerbs. Don’t even attempt to ride up anything other than a dropped kerb unless you’re a pro: you’ll almost certainly be thrown off!
Hills do affect performance, although even on a couple of relatively steep climbs the M365 Pro was still able to maintain a decent pace. The official figures are 7-15km/h, but expect the former if you weigh 85kg. On the original, you had to kick to help the M365 along if you were over about 55kg, so the extra power is certainly welcome.
The display, in the centre of the handlebars, has been upgraded to show your speed, current mode, a maintenance light and (as before) a series of bars which indicate remaining battery power. Just one button controls everything, so a long press powers everything on and off, while a short press turns the front light on and off. Two presses toggles between the power modes, Eco, Drive and Sport.
As with the M365, there’s built-in Bluetooth so you can use the MiHome companion app to track things such as battery power and speed. But given these things are already displayed on the handlebars, there’s no great advantage in using it, and there’s no phone mount on the bars anyway.
The M365 Pro is much like the original but with a bigger battery for better range. That’s a great recipe if you need to ride further each day, but if you’ll need to carry it much, you’ll probably wish it was lighter.
At this price, it’s good value but if you don’t need that extra power or range, the original M365 is a better choice for most people, and it has the same top speed.
Xiaomi M365 Pro: Specs
- Electric scooter
- 300W motor power (600W peak)
- 15.5mph (25km/h) max speed
- 45km (28 miles) cruising distance
- front E-ABS braking system, rear mechanical disk brake
- kinetic energy recovery system
- mobile app integration
- rear brake light
- 8.5in inflatable tyres, 20-degree climbing gradient
- 100kg max load
- Integrated LED display
- 474Wh lithium battery, charges in 8.5 hours
- 108x43x114cm (108x43x49cm folded)
Xiaomi M365 Parts Accessories
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Xiaomi M365 accessories and upgrade parts
Besides Xiaomi M365 parts. we have a complete range of accessories for this electric scooter. Xiaomi scooters are very easy to repair and add more accessories or parts. Only with a simple box of regular tools you can do almost every repair.
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Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3 in review: Proven e-scooter with two points of criticism
Not a marathon man. From the Xiaomi M365 to the Mi Electric Scooter 1s, Xiaomi’s entry-level models were especially popular. Those who do not want to spend 750 Euros for an e-scooter will end up with the Mi Electric Scooter 3, among others. It is lighter than the Pro model but has a shorter range. Whether this is a serious issue or not is discussed in our detailed review.
Christian Hintze. ✓ Anton Avdyushkin (translated by DeepL / Ninh Duy), Published 02/05/2023
We have just received Xiaomi’s top model, the Electric Scooter 4 Pro, and now we’ll take a look at the Electric Scooter 3, a slimmed-down but lighter version. It has smaller tires, a weaker motor, and a smaller battery, but weighs only 13 kg instead of 17 kg. A road permit for Germany is included.
For about 550 euros and the rather low range, the model belongs to the upper entry-level class or lower mid-range and is aimed at customers who have short distances to cover.
|30 km/275 Wh||55 km/446 Wh||65 km/608 Wh||50 km/450 Wh|
|300 W/600 W||350 W/700 W||450 W/900 W||350 W/700 W|
|14 %||20 %||20 %||15 %|
|13.2 kg||17.4 kg||21.1 kg||18.7 kg|
|8.5 in.||10 in.||9.5 in.||10 in|
|100 kg||120 kg||120 kg||120 kg|
|550 €||750 €||900 €||600 €|
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Technical data. ABS and up to 600 W front wheel drive
In Germany, of course, every scooter with a road permit officially only goes 20 km/h. However, with 300 instead of 350 W, the motor is somewhat smaller than in the top model and thus officially only manages a gradient of 14 instead of 20 percent. The biggest difference, however, is the range: Xiaomi states that the scooter has a range of 30 km. We have checked this information further down.
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|36 V; 275 Wh|
|Front wheel drive, 300 W (max. 600 W)|
|20 km/h (illegal tunable)|
|108 x 43,5 x 114 cm|
|108 x 43,5 x 49 cm|
|8.5 x 2.1 inch, pneumatic tires|
|mechanical rear disc brake with eABS|
|LED light front and rear, 6 reflectors|
|app compulsory, engine lock|
Unboxing Assembly. Quick setup
The assembly is quick and unproblematic. Only the handlebar has to be attached and secured with four screws, a suitable tool is included.
That’s it, then the e-scooter can be connected to the charger, which indicates the charging process with a red LED and its completion with a green LED.
Unfortunately, the battery is not removable, so the scooter always has to be carried indoors, which is not too problematic considering the comparatively low weight.
For carrying, the scooter can of course be folded. The hook of the bell also serves as a locking hook for the clamping mechanism. So that the scooter does not fold up while driving, a lever must also be unfolded when folding.
Structure, equipment and operation. App compulsion and data collection mania
In addition to the charger and the necessary tools for pre-assembly, a spare tire and a valve attachment extension for more convenient inflation of the tires are still in the package as accessories.
The scooter itself is mainly made of dark gray metal, and the tread is additionally rubberized. Its relatively low weight of around 13 kg is pleasant. Thus, when folded, it can be carried into the apartment more easily than some competitor models.
The workmanship and stability seem very high quality, gaps or unclean glued joints are virtually not noticeable and even the handlebar rod has no play for wobbles. The handlebar is not height-adjustable.
In our model, the color dark gray dominates, and the design is somewhat loosened up by blue cables and the blue brake. Optionally, there is a white version with orange color accents.
In the center is the elongated display, which is uniform and not divided into zones. It is operated by just one button. Here you can switch on and off, switch between the three driving modes (push, normal/D, sport/S) by pressing twice and activate the lights by pressing once.
In addition to the current speed, the display also shows the light status, driving mode, any errors, Bluetooth connection status, and battery charge level in the form of 5 bars. For the mileage, you have to use the app again. However, there is no total mileage even there.
The motor lock is supposed to provide more safety, which means the scooter can only be pushed with strong resistance, and the scooter then beeps and flashes. However, the beeping is not particularly loud, at least outdoors. The function can only be accessed via the app.
The Xiaomi scooter does not have turn signals and driving with one hand is prohibited according to the intro video and is also not recommended due to the very wobbly handlebar. How are you supposed to indicate a change in direction?
The white front light illuminates the way in front of you at a practical distance well. At the rear, there is a red stand and brake light, which also serves as a reflector.
Additional reflectors are located in the front and as yellow reflector strips on the left and right sides of the two wheels.
App. Guess this is where it beeps, Xiaomi?
After the pleasantly short setup, you, unfortunately, cannot start driving without problems yet. Xiaomi forces its customers to install the Mi Home app. Otherwise, the e-scooter beeps continuously and is limited to 10 km/h. an absolute no-go!
The app is installed quickly, but you have to create a Mi account first. The manufacturer states that it stores various data like name, e-mail, address, means of payment, etc., and also passes them on to subsidiaries, including servers in China. At least no data is supposedly transmitted to other third parties.
In addition, the app forces the user to share the location and, best of all, the Wi-Fi connection for the initial setup in order to search for and add new devices. The connection to the Scooter 3 is made via Bluetooth.
The app will not find the scooter without the location approval. If you disclose everything, the connection via Bluetooth works quite quickly. Then you are forced to watch a safety video about driving the scooter to the end, only then the previously grayed out Next button becomes active and you can finally activate the vehicle. Only then does the annoying and continuous beeping of the scooter stop and you are allowed to drive more than 10 km/h. The author of this review has never encountered such a nuisance!
It would also be possible to do without the app because, after the forced initial setup (or rather activation), the scooter also runs without an app connection. The app does not really offer many functions anyway, only the recuperation behavior (in 3 steps) and possibly the engine lock are of greater use. There is no total mileage.
Driving performance and comfort. Without suspension, but lightweight
The test route of about 10 km led over asphalt roads, Berlin bike paths, and parks. There were hardly any differences in altitude, but there was some wind at an outdoor temperature of 7. 10 °C due to the season. The rider’s gross weight was 72.6 kg.
The Mi Scooter 3 has three driving modes. Only in the highest mode S you can reach 20 km/h, in mode D you are limited to a maximum of 15 km/h, mode I is only for pushing.
To start up, the Scooter 3 must be kicked off and the throttle lever pressed immediately. If you press it too early, nothing happens.
The maximum speed is maintained quite well under normal conditions, the entry-level scooter also copes quite well with smaller inclines or headwinds, but only with a full battery (see below).
By the way, you have to keep the rubberized thumb throttle pressed the whole time; unfortunately, there is no cruise control like in the Coozy. The turning circle is quite large at 2.2 m, but the lightweight scooter still makes a maneuverable impression.
One point of criticism is that the e-scooter does not have a suspension. On uneven pavement, you feel every bump because the pneumatic tires only cushion to a limited extent, especially since they are a bit smaller than in the Pro model, the Coozy, or the Niu KQi3.
Stupidly, the app made trouble again, and immediately after the 10-km ride simply showed that the scooter has not been moved for over 10 days and the battery is therefore put into sleep mode. aha, 10 days not moved. we quickly cut the Bluetooth connection to not have to push the last meters home.
Acceleration and braking
In S mode, the scooter gets off to a decent start, and acceleration is at least sufficient. The top speed of 20 km/h is reached in about 5 seconds after the kick start. In 3 seconds you are at 15 km/h. The Pro model accelerates a bit faster (- 1.5 s), especially from 5 to 20 km/h, due to its somewhat stronger engine. When accelerating, the Scooter 3 is on par with the Eleglide Coozy.
The Scooter 3 overcomes inclines very much depending on the current battery level. If the battery is full, you can almost climb bridges at full speed, but if only 2 of 5 bars are missing, the performance already decreases.
In terms of braking, our test model is on par with the Pro model and can at least beat the competitor from Eleglide, whose braking distances are significantly longer. The Mi-Scooter only has one brake lever, but in addition to the mechanical rear disc brake, electronic ABS intervenes on the motorized front wheel. When braking from 20 km/h, the roll is just over 3 meters. Only the Niu KQi3 Max is clearly better.
Battery and charging. Ends earlier than expected, reduced performance
According to the manufacturer, the 275 Wh battery should be enough for about 30 km. In 20 km/h mode, we managed 20 km at best, rather less. Of course, our wintry test conditions have a rather unfavorable effect. But even 20 km are still very optimistic and rather calculated for the summer.
After all, the driving performance is steadily reduced and the battery display could also be optimized. The e-scooter only accelerates to the maximum at full battery. The scooter already needs more time to reach 20 km/h with only three out of 5 battery bars in the display and even acts noticeably less powerful on slight climbs.
At some point, a bar in the display starts to flash until it disappears. With three bars, the engine power drops; with two bars, the scooter can still drive 15 km/h with barely any effort. If the penultimate bar also disappears, you still get to 9 km/h before you stop completely without the last bar even blinking.
My 10-km tour caused the battery life to shrink from 75 to 25 percent. The 50 percent could therefore be doubled to 20 km, but below 25 percent hardly anything happens, firstly because the power is throttled and secondly because the scooter soon stops completely. Realistically, the e-scooter will only last 15 to 18 km at 7 to 10 °C. This means that you will get stuck at 3 out of 10 km.
Thus, it is easy to panic at 3 out of 5 bars, especially when they appear after 6 to 8 kilometers in winter. Overall, the range and the resulting power reduction is the big disappointment of the Mi Electric Scooter 3. The battery is simply too small, such early performance reductions diminish the driving pleasure considerably. Thus, every ride should be planned in advance. There are various instructions on the web, especially on YouTube, on how to connect additional batteries, but this involves not inconsiderable costs for the additional battery as well as effort.
Even the highest level of recuperation, i.e. energy recovery during braking by the motor, changes very little in the narrow range. The recently tested Xiaomi Electric Scooter 4 reaches about 45 km in our test, but it also costs about 200 euros more.
Since the battery does not get completely empty, we also do not measure the full Wh pumped in during charging.
Edit: After a firmware update, the battery behavior changed. The last bar now flashes red when the scooter is almost empty. The power is still severely limited, but no longer necessarily the speed, which now simply depends on the power. In favorable conditions (slightly downhill, no headwind), the scooter can now reach 18 or 20 km/h even with only 1 bar.
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3 Review
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3 is a successor of its hugely popular first electric scooter M365. It’s been almost 5 years in between the release of these two electric scooters.
In this Xiaomi Electric Scooter 3 review, we take a closer look at what Xiaomi has decided to upgrade and what has been remained the same.
So which one is better – an old good M365 or the new Mi Electric Scooter 3 ? Let’s find out!
- To Whom?
- Xiaomi Electric Scooter 3 Specs
- Speed and Acceleration
- Hill Climbing
- Battery and Range
- Build Quality
- Wheels and Tires
- Does Xiaomi Mi 3 Have an App?
- Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3 vs Xiaomi Mi M365
- Xiaomi Mi 3 vs Pro 2
- Xiaomi Electric Scooter 3 vs 1S
The Mi 3 fits nicely in the market of affordable budget e-scooters.
It is built for people who are looking for a lightweight simple scooter to run short errands and for basic commuting.
Xiaomi Mi electric scooter 3 is for sensible riding where minimalism is a feature, not a drawback.
It is definitely not a powerhouse and you can not go offroading with it.
- Extremely lightweight
- Pneumatic tires
- Durable construction
- IP54 water-resistance rating
- Improved braking system
Xiaomi Electric Scooter 3 Performance
Speed and Acceleration
The new Mi electric scooter 3 is more powerful than the old M365. Also, the acceleration is much better. It’s simply because of the more powerful hub motor, which has a peak power of 600 watts.
You can’t compare this motor with larger scooters. But for a budget scooter, there is not much to complain about in the acceleration department.
However, I would like to complain about the top speed. Although the motor is a bit more powerful than the one in the last version, the top speed is even less.
The maximum speed of Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3 is just 15.5 mph. But we must admit that this scooter is not meant for racing. So we really can’t complain about low top speed.
In the hill-climbing area, the new scooter performs about the same as the old M365.
The motor has enough power to handle some decently sized hills. Xiaomi claims that electric scooter 3 is capable to climb a slope up to 16%. It means that the max incline this scooter can handle is about 9 degrees.
The braking system has got some nice upgrades.
Mi Scooter 3 now uses a dual-pad disc brake, which is much more efficient than a regular disc brake. Combined with the regenerative braking upfront they work pretty effectively.
Pro Tip: Micah Toll from Electrek suggests using regenerative braking if possible. This way you recharge the battery at the same time. Also, you don’t have to change the brake pads so often.
Design and Features
Xiaomi Mi electric scooter 3 is a lightweight commuter scooter. Despite the light weight, it is still strong enough to support a payload of up to 220 lbs.
The frame of the scooter is made from aerospace-grade aluminum. That’s why it’s so lightweight, yet sturdy.
Xiaomi is known for building cheap but durable electric scooters and this here is no exception.
5 years old Xiaomi M365 electric scooters still ride around. The new Mi 3 has basically the same frame, so you can rest assured that it will last.
Is Mi Scooter 3 Waterproof?
Xiaomi Mi 3 isn’t waterproof. However, it can withstand water from all angels.
It has a water-resistance rating of IP54, which means that it can withstand some water droplets and light showers without any problem.
Pro Tip: Dry it off as soon as you get to the shelter. By that, you can avoid damaging its electrical components.
On the scale of portability, Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3 is definitely on the top side.
It weighs just 28 pounds, so it’s light enough to carry up the stairs or on public transport. It’s one of the most lightweight and easy-to-carry scooters I know.
The folding mechanism is also been improved. 3-step folding is easy, quick, and sturdy. The bell on the handlebar has a hook that you can use to lock the handlebar when the scooter is folded. Very simple, yet Smart feature.
The cockpit of Mi 3 is really minimalistic.
The LED screen is located exactly in the middle of the handlebars. It shows you the speed, driving mode, and remaining battery.
On the right side, you can find a thumb throttle. On the left, there is a brake lever and a bell. That’s it. Very minimalistic design.
Wheels and Tires
The Mi 3 comes with 8.5-inch pneumatic tires. Although 8.5″ wheels are not big, the pneumatic tires on it make the ride quite smooth.
If I could choose between large solid tires or small pneumatic tires, I would pick pneumatic tires at any time.
Pneumatic tires provide so much better ride comfort than solid tires. Also, if you could get a puncture, there is a spare tire with an inner tube included with the scooter.
Of course, Mi 3 is not an off-roading scooter but you don’t have to necessarily only ride on smooth asphalt with it. It can perfectly handle some occasional bumps and dirt roads.
Does Xiaomi Mi 3 Have an App?
Since this is a Xiaomi product, you can pair it with Xiaomi’s Mi Home app.
You can use the app to lock your scooter remotely. If you leave the scooter unattended, someone still can just take it away. But still, it’s a nice safety feature.
Also, you can see different stats like current battery level, average speed, and more from the app. Although, you can see those stats from the scooter’s screen too.
Xiaomi Mi 3 vs Pro 2
Xiaomi Mi electric scooter 3 has a lot less power than Pro 2. The acceleration of Xiaomi Pro 2 is much better. If we compare the mileage, it is clear that Xiaomi Pro 2 wins this battle too.
The advantage of the Mi 3 is an improved braking system.
Xiaomi Electric Scooter 3 vs 1S
Some say that Mi 3 scooter is a slightly improved 1S. We can’t argue if we compare their specs.
Xiaomi Electric Scooter 3 Review Conclusions
If you are familiar with previous Xiaomi electric scooters, you can be sure that most of the features you loved are still here. Xiaomi knows well how to build good electric scooters. How else the Mi M365 can be still one of the most popular electric scooters.
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3 has just some minor upgrades to improve the user experience even more.