Xiaomi m365 review
| James Murphy
This is one of the more economical electrical scooter options out there, but don't let its price point fool you. The Xiaomi m365 comes with a folding mechanism that allows you to fold it up and offers a carrying handle, with the handlebars where they're needed. Bear in mind this scooter is not a lightweight scooter, so it's not manageable for everyone to carry with ease.
When the Xiaomi m365 arrives, it isn’t fully assembled. The only thing left to do is put in the 4 screws with the included hex key. Everything is nice and clean with the wiring tucked in. It is made only from aluminium which is a little worrying. A quick lesson: the manufacturers rely on producing the Xiaomi via castings. If you’re trying to produce a part in the thousands you can cast it, or punch it out of a sheet - punching it out of a sheet is a lot stronger. When you cast aluminium, you have to add silicon, decreasing the overall strength of the parts, and making things heavier. The only trade off here is price, but your scooter will be weaker and heavier overall.
Don’t be too put off. The quality of this scooter certainly shows with the attention to detail, the electronics have been done well. The only downfall here is the battery sag. We noticed on the start of the journey the speed will be punchy, then becomes average after a kilometre making for a poor user experience. The rubber on the tires is very robust and durable as well as the skid pad and padding on the handlebars. The tyres on these are pretty standard, the tread pattern is limited, meaning that it won’t perform well in the wet. These tires are inflatable which allows this scooter to absorb some of the road vibrations. This allows for a much smoother and more enjoyable ride. And also helps with the handling of the scooter, which is easy to get used to rather quickly.
Xiaomi m365 has a good range, amongst other cool features
This scooter has a range of 25 kilometres at a stretch on flat surfaces, much less going up and down hills, and can go a little over 24 km/h. This is a great alternative to walking! Their battery level is on the handlebars in a nice LED display. This scooter is road legal and offers a headlamp as well as a tail light which are both LED and will not be big energy consumers. The red taillight will light up when the headlight is lit. And, when the brakes are pressed it will flash to let others know you are stopping or slowing down.
Although the lighting looks nice, you can’t be seen sometimes until it’s too late, the lighting on the scooter is just too weak to be ridden safely. Also, in summer the motor can overheat. The hotter your motor, the less efficient, meaning this baby isn’t great for places like Australia or California.
We noticed after talking with lots of users, the more you ride it, the shakier it gets. We’ve noticed tonnes of riders complaining about things coming apart, having to tighten things when it gets a little wobbly!
And, let's talk about those brakes! Be mindful of locking the back tyre in the wet. The brakes on the Xiaomi m365 are disc brakes on the back that are similar to what you have on a car. And, the front brakes are E-ABS brakes, which is Electronic Anti-Lock Braking System. This will prevent the brakes from totally locking up the wheels and causing a fall.
The battery takes about 5 1/2 hours to charge and should be charged after each use. The charger is about the size of a laptop charger and is easy to hook up. The light indicators on the top of the handlebars will tell you how charged it is and it will shut off and not overcharge as well.
Overview of the Xiaomi m365
The maximum weight that this scooter is rated for is 220lbs, but it’s likely it can only handle 80kgs with the size of its motor. It has extremely low ground clearance so it's not ideal for everyone. However, we loved the fact that it had nice pneumatic tires that are easily replaced if needed. The LED lights for the headlight and taillight and the dual braking system isn't bad, but not the safest on the road. It does have a very solid, clean and sleek design. And, it's one of the most affordable of the electric scooter options.
The Xiaomi m365 is a great alternative to walking or riding your bike. It is great for running simple errands that aren't that far away as well as going over to a friend’s house for an afternoon.