Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter Review. Mi electric scooter m365

Xiaomi Mi M365 Electric Scooter Review – European Version

Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter is a popular name in the world since its release in 2016. This household name has earned much appreciation due to its quality and features in the lower price tag. It is an entry-level scooter that won people’s hearts and the Red Dot award within one year of its launch.

Most electric scooter lovers may have experienced a ride on Mi 365 as their first electric scooter. Over time many manufacturers replicated its famous design with only a few changes to sell their products in the market. However, even after extensive cloning with different names, Xiaomi M365 electric scooter stood its ground and remained the key player in entry-level scooters.

The M365 has it all from durability, design, pneumatic tires, disc brakes, and application support using Bluetooth. This electric scooter is one of the best electric scooters under the 0 price range. Its price fluctuates and varies but remained under the 600 tag. With the introduction of high-quality and expensive electric scooters, Xiaomi 365 might not be on our best electric scooter list of 2022 but best for entry-level scooters.

Xiaomi Mi M365 Assembly

On arrival, the Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter box has all the required gear, manual, and warranty card in the package. There is an extended nozzle adapter, four screws, charging adapter, hexagonal wrench, quick start guide, user manual, and warranty card in the box.

Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter assembly is effortless and takes almost 10 minutes to unbox and assemble. It comes pre-assembled, and you only need to attach the handlebar to the stem of the scooter. After securing it with the help of screws, the scooter is ready for use.

Before using it, charge it entirely to ensure excellent and long-term battery health. The charger takes 5 hours to charge the battery fully. Make sure to clip the handlebar lock before use, as it can collapse into the folding state if not cut in an upward direction.

Scooter Build Quality

For an entry-level electric scooter, the Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter build quality is exceptional. It is one of the most appreciated and popular features of this scooter. The overall body and frame are pretty solid and do have sturdy construction.

We have observed no rattles and squeaks when test our Mi 365 scooter. Considering the price, the choice of build quality comes out as exceptional value for money. The choice of lightweight material made the scooter more usable. It increased the scooter’s portability while using the durable material to last long for years of use.

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The cable routing on the Mi 365 electric scooter shows a good arrangement. The management of these cables is exceptional. In this price range, attention to detail is quite rare. You won’t expect an under 600 electric scooter to have a lightweight, durable design and exceptional cable routing. However, there is some case where we have seen good cable routing, but overall, they lack features that Mi provides in M365 at this price.

Xiaomi Mi M365 Electric Scooter Battery

A 250W brushless motor powers Xiaomi Mi 365. The motor can reach a peak of 500W for output that helps it to accelerate at faster rates. Our test on flat terrain managed to get 0 to 15 miles per hour in merely 6.3 seconds. Comparing it with other electric scooters in this range, this is almost 2-3 seconds faster on average.

Xiaomi Mi 365 electric scooter can reach 15.5 miles per hour top speed, impressive on the highest performance mode. You can even increase the speed more using the firmware manipulation that we have explained below.

Riding on the slopes is not a big issue for Xiaomi M365 if the slope is under 10 degrees. Remember that this is an entry-level electric scooter, and getting a good speed till a 10-degree incline is a reasonably good trade. If your scooter slows down, then you can assist the ride with kicking. However, kick-starting is not easy, especially for kids at the start.

A fun thing with Xiaomi 365 e scooter is that you can increase its top speed, acceleration, and incline performance by doing the modification. Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter firmware modification allows you to achieve these features. However, it can bring the travel range down as it but more stress on the battery than the regular running. But getting an extra chunk of performance can be overwhelming over the battery lifetime reduction for some users.

Xiaomi Mi M365 Scooter Range

Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter battery can deliver serious performance, and it generates 280 W power. The range differs according to the acceleration and type of terrain. The manufacturer claims the capacity to reach 18.6 miles on a single charge. However, this range claim comes under perfect and controlled conditions.

It is impressive for daily commute as you do not need to keep your scooter on a continuous charging cycle. We have tested many entry-level electric scooters, and they all take much longer to charge the battery. Luckily, Mi 365 only needs 5 hours to complete the charge.

Weight Limit

With an impressive design and mobility, the Xiaomi Mi m365 electric scooter’s weight is only 27 pounds. The lightweight design has two main advantages. Firstly, it makes it easy to carry it between the rides due to less weight. Secondly, lowering the weight helps run the scooter efficiently as it reduces the load on the motor.

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The weight capacity of the 365 scooters is not out of the world. An adult having less than 220 pounds weight can comfortably ride the scooter. We advise not to buy this electric scooter for people having more than recommended max weight to prevent any issues.

Portability

It is effortless to carry Xiaomi Mi 365 due to its lightweight design. You can bring it and get to the bus or train without having portability issues. It would be more foldable by considering few changes like folding the handlebar down.

The dimension of this electric scooter is compact. This compact design enables the rider to place in the car trunk or bring on other transportation resources. Its folding mechanism provides an effective solution for portability.

You can control the folding mechanism at the bottom of the handlebar and the base of the scooter stem. The lock mechanism enables you to move the handlebar. There is a plastic collar for controlling the folding lever, and it prevents the accidental pulling down of the lock during the ride. The features are impressive and straightforward to utilize.

Frame Durability

The frame shows the same build quality as the overall body of 365 features. The cable management is excellent, while the welds between the parts look durable. The handgrips depict the same texture that they have on the deck. The non-slip design makes them effective.

The folding mechanism of the frame provides practical portability. You can expect the overall frame to have more durability than the electric scooters offered by the competition. Xiaomi has provided an IP54 rating that makes it dust and splash resistant. Overall, the build quality and utility of the frame feel more secure and durable.

Xiaomi Mi M365 Deck

The deck of the M365 features the same build which the overall body represents. The ground clearance is comfortable enough to ride for an average adult. The ground clearance is 3.5 inches that are suitable for riding on most terrain without any problems.

However, the ground clearance could be an issue for the terrain having ledges and rocky texture. But overall, the deck sustains wear and tear very well.

Xiaomi Mi M365 Electric Scooter Wheels

Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter wheels are pneumatic. The air-filled model provides extra cushioning against road bumps. They are more prone to getting flat, but they are easily tradable with better ride quality and tire traction over solid rubber tires. But the flat tire is not a big issue, especially in the urban area where roads are better. You can avoid flat tires by maintaining the tire properly.

The pneumatic tires on Xiaomi Mi 365 fill the void left by the absence of the suspension system. The air-filled tires provide a comfortable ride and more cushioning than the combination of solid tires and a suspension system.

Suspension:

Mi 365 is not the scooter you would like to take off-road as it lacks a suspension system. But during our testing, we have felt that pneumatic tires well replace the suspension system. These tires absorb the road bumps very well and provide enough cushioning to replicate the effect of the suspension system.

The air-filled tire can perform excellently on urban roads and relatively smooth terrains, but running on rough areas can be drastic. The absence of a suspension system and lower deck height can pose issues when riding Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter on ledges and small rocks.

Brakes System:

The redundant brake system on Xiaomi Mi m365 electric scooter is impressive. It consists of one rear disc brake and a front regenerative brake that, in combination, provides reasonable control over the speed. This braking system is more efficient than the dual braking system that other competitors offer in the same price range.

When checking the braking ability of the M365, we stop it at 15 miles per hour speed, and it took 5 meters to stop the scooter. This is an average performance for a disc brake, and you can expect to perform it equally well in both dry and wet weather.

Additional Features

The main feature that we liked besides the basic features is Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter Bluetooth connectivity. The scooter connects with the smartphone using an application. You can download it from the app store or by scanning the manual that comes with the scooter. It keeps you updated with the stats like batter power, travel distance, and scooter speed.

There is no LED display on Xiaomi 365 scooter. It looks divesting for the users that look for utility in an electric bike. But the Bluetooth application can resolve this issue of a missing LED panel. It can be distracting as you have to pick your smartphone out of the during the ride to check the stats of the scooter.

For ride safety, LED headlights and taillights are present in 365 electric scooters. The headlight is very bright and has increased visibility for throwing light at a longer distance. Its placement on the stem is excellent for better light coverage. The taillight on the rear is comparatively lower and mounted on the fender. The tiny size light provides enough utility as it responds well to the braking and keeps the drivers alert about your scooter slowing down.

The driver can ensure vehicle safety when riding Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter as it complies with clause 15 of the United States FCC rules. It also complies with the Canada license-exempt RSS standard that ensures further legality and safety of the scooter. However, we didn’t observe any compliance with the UL certification standard in the scooter manual.

Warranty:

Xiaomi provides a build quality that ensures user satisfaction. Besides the quality, the scooter has a 12-month warranty to improve user trust in the product further. The manual states that it won’t cover the warranty if the user does damage, not according to the given set of instructions.

  • Excellent build quality for the durable and long-lasting ride
  • Good acceleration and speed for quick rides
  • The range of the scooter is impressive
  • Built-in Bluetooth app connectivity with smartphone
  • Impressive brakes for improved security
  • Excellent 12 months warranty coverage
  • Absence of suspension for rough roads
  • Lacks LED unit for displaying real-time information

The Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter is an excellent entry-level scooter for beginner and teen riders. It depicts a robust build, solid performance, and an excellent value for money. In this price range, you won’t expect the features that Xiaomi offers. Overall, this exceptional electric scooter is the perfect pick for your entry-level electric scooter need to travel from one place to another. But if you want more luxury and expensive features, it may not be suitable for you.

Xiaomi Mi M3665 Electric Scooter FAQs

The Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter is fast, reliable, and durable. It keeps you running by maintaining road safety with a proper brake application. This is the best entry-level scooter for kids as well as adults for fulfilling their electric scooter desires.

Xiaomi Mi m365 electric scooter has a 250W motor powerful enough to drive you through different terrain. It has a decently fast acceleration that enables you to reach 15.5 miles per hour speed limit. The speed is enough to keep you running through urban roads without slowing down.

Xiaomi Mi M365 is a safe bike that provides compliance with different standards. It fully complies with the 15 clauses of the FFC rule of the United States. Besides that, it also complies with the RSS standard of the Canada license-exempt. This makes it safe enough for urban riding.

Mi M365 electric scooter has IP54 splash and dust resistance. However, you should avoid riding it into the rain as it is not entirely water-resistant. It can only withstand splashes for less duration. Continuous exposure to the rainwater can degrade the quality and can cause damage to the internal components of the scooter.

Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter Review

We test Xiaomi’s electric scooter, which will keep the big kids entertained for hours. It’s now officially available in the UK, too, which makes it even more appealing.

Our Verdict

The Xiaomi Electric Scooter is expensive and not allowed on UK roads out the box, but if you have somewhere to take it this toy is an awful lot of fun. It’s fast, smooth and almost entirely silent, with a battery that just keeps on going and decent brakes that stop you quickly but safely. This scooter is best reserved for the big kids, but that’s no bad thing.

Children’s electric scooters have enjoyed great popularity in the past year – so much so us adults want a go, too. Xiaomi has the answer with its folding electric scooter, a fairly pricey toy but one that’s an awful lot of fun. Also see: Best electric scooters and Best hoverboards

Some Mi Electric Scooters are being recalled following safety concerns with the folding mechanism. Find out whether your scooter is affected and how to arrange a free repair.

Mi Electric Scooter: Price UK Availability

Our review sample came from GearBest, which has the lowest for the Xiaomi M365. At the time of writing it’s available there for the discounted price of £333.20, and shipping from Europe will incur no import duty.

If you’d rather buy from a UK stockist you will typically pay the retail price of £399.99, although Scootered is offering a discounted price of £370 and Box currently has it at £349. You’ll find the M365 available through Pure Scooters and Xiaomi itself. Xiaomi also has a store in London’s Westfield shopping centre.

There’s now a new model, the M365 Pro. It looks the same, but is slightly larger, has a more powerful motor (for better uphill performance) and a much bigger battery for a huge 45km range. It also costs a lot more at £498.99 (though you’ll also find it cheaper at GearBest).

Mi Electric Scooter: What it is, what it does

This is not your average child’s electric scooter, as you can probably tell from the price tag. In fact, it’s really not ideal for children at all, because it stands 114cm high and is not height-adjustable (our eight-year-old could just about get on with it but smaller children will not). It’s also pretty heavy at 12.5kg, even though it’s built from aircraft-grade aluminium and quickly folds up for easier transportation, and it goes very fast. A little bit too fast for little kids.

Most electric scooters these days look like plasticky, bulkier versions of the old-school scooters with which we’re all familiar, and they can be pretty noisy. Kids reach speeds usually between around 8mph and 14mph, but with little control over their acceleration (or much else, it would often appear).

The Xiaomi Electric Scooter is more refined. It can travel up to 30km (nearly 20 miles, but the exact distance depends on how fast you go), and at up to 25km/hour (nearly 16 miles an hour). It does so almost completely silently, too.

A mobile app lets you track everything from the remaining battery life and distance to your average speed and controls for acceleration and cruise control.

Yep, cruise control. On an electric scooter. This one also has a kinetic energy recovery system and disk brakes (on the rear – at the front is an E-ABS braking system), which can shorten braking distance to just 4m.

Plus there’s a headlight and flashing rear brake light. The headlight is powerful enough to actually see where you’re going at night, too. Bonus.

Large 8.5in inflatable tyres mean the Xiaomi Electric Scooter can handle some offroading, and certainly low- to medium drop kerbs (but be careful). importantly, it feels very stable in use, and you quickly get used to cornering and getting up speed.

A high-capacity 18,650mAh (280Wh) battery means it’s unlikely to run out of juice mid-play or halfway to your destination. When it comes to recharging we found it achieved roughly 20 percent per hour, so should fully charge from empty in five- to six hours. You’ll just need an adaptor for the two-pin plug, which GearBest will be able to provide on request.

Mi Electric Scooter: In Action

Everyone who tried this scooter wanted to take it home with them. It really is the toy that lets adults be kids again, and to do so in style.

As we mentioned we were very impressed with the speed and stability of the scooter, but we also liked how easy it was to put together and get going. Our only gripe here is it was missing two screws in the box to hold the handlebars to the main column, and we’re not sure they were actually there to begin with given that the box was very well sealed.

To start using the scooter you press the power button on top, which activates four LEDs that show you remaining battery capacity, and pull up the small kickstand. The scooter needs to be moving before the motor will kick in, so give it a push and then pull down the lever on the right handlebar.

How far you push down this lever controls how quickly you accelerate, though you’ll also find you can change the acceleration mode in the app settings. Three are available, though we didn’t notice an obvious difference between them.

On the other handlebar you’ll find a brake lever and a bell, with the latter also used to hold down the handlebars in the scooter’s folded position. Folding the Xiaomi takes just seconds, but while this makes storing the scooter much easier we wouldn’t want to carry it too far like this.

It’s built from a very premium-looking lightweight aluminium, but even so the battery and motor mean it weighs in at a hefty 12.5kg. At 108x43x49cm folded it’s still quite bulky, too.

There’s very little about the design that we can fault. Locking it up might prove difficult, though you could loop a chain through the rear wheel, and ideally you’ll want some sort of phone mount or holder to make proper use of the app.

We weren’t confident enough in our testing to take one hand off the handlebars to pull out our phone and check the speed, so we had one person on the scooter and one with the phone. The drawback of this is you need to stay within Bluetooth range, giving you less distance to build up speed. Nevertheless, we managed to record 16.2mph from the Xiaomi.

(In this situation, integration with Android Wear would be very handy, though there’s nothing stopping you using a Speedometer app with your smartwatch.)

The MiHome app itself isn’t the easiest to use for UK users. We originally selected US as the locale since it was the only English language in the list, but then discovered several features were missing and found it impossible to link the scooter to our Xiaomi account. We recommend you select Mainland China instead.

Actually, scrap that. We recommend you ditch MiHome and download Ninebot. It connects much faster and gives you access to all the same features. Both apps are free from Google Play. The dashboard is prettier, too.

Mi Electric Scooter: UK law

Before you rush out and buy an electric scooter you should know that electric scooters – kick-scooters that also build in a low-power motor – are classified as PLEVs, or Personal Light Electric Vehicles. They are not subject to taxes or registration, but neither are they legal for use anywhere other than private land in the UK.

That said, if you are riding an electric scooter responsibly and showing due care to pedestrians and road users, we find it unlikely that you will be pulled over by the police.

Our best advice is to stick to private land as much as you can (where you’ll also be safer), and to enlist a healthy dose of common sense at all times. If you’re going to use an electric scooter irresponsibly, expect to be pulled up on it.

Specs

Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter M365: Specs

  • Electric scooter
  • 16N.m torque
  • 250W motor power (500W max)
  • 25km/h max speed
  • 30km cruising distance
  • front E-ABS braking system, rear mechanical disk brake
  • kinetic energy recovery system
  • cruise control
  • intelligent BMS
  • mobile app integration
  • headlight
  • rear brake light
  • kickstand
  • 8.5in inflatable wheels, 14-degree climbing gradient
  • 100kg max load
  • 4 LEDs
  • 18,650mAh (280Wh) lithium battery, charges in 5-6 hours
  • 108x43x114cm (108x43x49cm folded)
  • 12.5kg

Xiaomi M365 Parts Accessories

Xiaomi M365 is one of the most purchased electric scooter parts in the world thanks to its strong structure and elegant design. At Escooterfix you can find the best parts and accessories for Xiaomi M365.

Due to the everyday commute or going to the university, it is normal to have to replace some parts or accessories. In the different Xiaomi scooters parts and accessories we offer, M365 is the most complete from all and we cover every need a user may have for your Xiaomi M365. Some parts and accessories you can find are tyres, batteries, wheels, fenders… all of them are manufactured to last longer.

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.

In Xiaomi M365 accessories and addons. you can customize your electric scooter. For example, you can personalize it with fluorescent tyres that glow in the dark, fenders of different colors, hook covers, stickers… discover all the options and make your Xioami M365 unique.

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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.

Electric Scooter 3 Electric Scooter 4 Pro Niu KQi3 Max Eleglide Coozy Max. Range (according to manufacturer)/battery capacityRated power/max. powerMax. GradeabilityWeightTiresMax. loadPrice
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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Features Mi Electric Scooter 3 batteryDriveTop speedRange according to manufacturerChargerMax. loadDimensions built upDimensions foldedTiresBrake systemWeightLighting/SafetyOther featuresPrice
36 V; 275 Wh
Front wheel drive, 300 W (max. 600 W)
20 km/h (illegal tunable)
30 km
71 Watt
100 kg
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
13.2 kg
LED light front and rear, 6 reflectors
app compulsory, engine lock
550 Euro

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.

Lighting equipment

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.

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