Electric scooters have become very popular as the “last-mile solution” and they are the ideal personal transportation vehicle if you want to avoid public transport and reduce commuting time. Of course riding electric scooter is also very fun. In this post I will give a quick review of the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter. Is it really the best budget-friendly electric scooter you can buy?
Recently T3 reported that the Xiaomi M365 is the best electric scooter you can buy in terms of price, portability, range and performance. Lets take a look and see whether the M365 truly is the best electric scooter overall.
New and improved electric scooters are constantly coming out so it is very difficult for remain at the top for long periods of time. The competition is much tougher now in the world of electric scooter than it was just a couple of years ago, which is great news for customers. But does the M365 still come out on top?
Review of Xiaomi M365 UK Electric Scooter
There are many reasons why the Xiaomi M365 is very popular and why it is the most sold electric scooter of all time. It is certainly one of the best value for money that you can get for commuting. Most people use an electric scooter for commuting to work and back. The M365 ticks all of those boxes really well.
The design is the first thing that really stands out. It has uniform geometric design elements and this simple yet beautiful design is appealing for people. All of the wires are hidden away in the frame and this gives the scooter a really clean look.
Usually people buy the M365 as their first electric scooter. As their first scooter people want something that is easy to learn to ride and easy to use. In order to get moving you just need to hop on the scooter, push off and press the accelerator. You can get a hang of it in just a few minutes.
For commuting purposes there is really no need for a very fast, powerful or long distance electric scooter. The top speed for the M365 is 15 mph, which is 5 times walking speed. Especially if you are riding on smooth bicycle roads and drive with confidence then you can cover ground very fast with this scooter.
Specs and Stats Of The Xiaomi M365 UK Electric Scooter
The maximum range of 30 km or 18.5 miles is also plenty for people’s daily commutes. Since the scooter is lightweight at only 27.5 pounds and has a very easy folding mechanism, you can just carry it along with you. when it is folded it doesn’t take a lot of space and can therefore be stored pretty much everywhere. You can easily store it in the trunk of your car or in the office.
The Xiaomi M365 has dual braking system with rear mechanical disc brake mechanism and front braking system. The electronic brake is really useful because it prevents locking up when braking, which is a really crucial safety feature.
The M365 electric scooter is also able to convert and store kinetic energy during acceleration into electrical power. This feature improves battery life by a great deal.
The ultra-bright 1.1 W headlights with 6 m range are bright enough to also ride in low light conditions. The rear brake taillight is also important for making the scooter visible for vehicles and pedestrians.
The dashboard and power buttons are also very simple and easy to understand. There are 4 LED notification lights that indicate remaining battery life. To turn on the scooter you simply need to press the power button one time and long press to shut it down. To switch between power saving modes and normal mode you double press the button.
Things to Keep In Mind
The Xiaomi M365 has a water-resistance rating of IP54. This means the scooter is protected against dust ingress sufficient to prevent the product from operating normally but it’s not dust tight. The product is fully protected against solid objects and splashing of water from any angle. It is recommended not to ride the scooter in the rain. If the scooter has been ridden in the rain or has any water ingress then the warranty may be void.
The warranty covers the whole scooter including the electronics and battery, for 2 years fromwarranty is backed by the manufacturer, Xiaomi. The warranty may also be void if the scooter has been misused, for example if the recommended 100 kg rider weight has been exceeded or if the scooter has been modified by someone other than authorized partners.
Negative Review of Xiaomi M365 UK
The review of Xiaomi M365 can’t all by positive. There are also some negative reviews by people who have purchased it and things to look out for in general.
The tie is very hard and even impossible to chance. A lot of people who have experienced flats have found it very hard to chance the tire and it is not an easy process. The best way to avoid this situation is not to have a flat in the first place by using puncture prevention fluid.
The battery can be poor and have low performance right from the start. The truth is that batteries tend to be the weak point of cheaper scooter, like the M365. Sometimes customers just get a faulty battery. So it is something to look out for.
Another common issue is with the handlebars that can become looser over time and some customers have reported that handlebar grips slide off.
Flat tires and poor batteries are the main things to look out for with the Xiaomi M365.
Final Review of Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter
If you need a practical electric scooter for daily commutes and if you mostly ride on smooth roads then the Xiaomi M365 is certainly one of the best scooters in this price range. It is certainly not the best e-scooter but if you want to get a better one with more power, speed, range and better build quality then you simply need to spend more money.
Hopefully this quick review of Xiaomi M365 electric scooter helped you out.
Great scooter, very fun to ride, charger does get heated up a bit but rides great.
It's an amazing scooter, and is super smooth and powerful for the price. Very nicely designed and reliable for now. I just realised the given range of 18.6 miles (30 km) is kind of maximum range. One could maybe achieve that by going in eco mode on a flat road without stopping and accelerating all the time. It may also differ depending on weight of the user. So in sports mode (25 km/h) with breaking and accelerating often, going uphill sometimes and weight of user of around 83 kg I made around 20 km distance, not 30 km. Other then this confusion it's all great.