Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Review
Electric scooters are wonderful to get around the city with zero emissions. You can ride them to the office, school or just for fun. Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter is the latest creation by the Chinese brand Xiaomi, which is famous for producing high-quality products at an affordable price.
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This scooter is no exception, as it comes with a myriad of functions but with a very economical price tag. The scooter looks sleek, runs smoothly and even has an app to help you control different functions. Let’s dive in to learn more details about the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter.
Quality and design of Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter
The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter has been designed with elegance and practicality in mind. The powder-coated aluminum body is sturdy enough to withstand city traffic yet it looks sleek, and the design is minimalistic yet modern.
The folding design of the scooter makes sure that you can easily store it at home or the office. You can simply collapse the scooter by pulling up a lever, folding it and latching it to the rear deck. Once collapsed, it will effortlessly fit in the trunk of your car, or you can carry it between bus stops or to the office. Weighing in at 26.9 lbs., the scooter can easily be carried around short distances even though it is not the lightest scooter on the market.
The scooter’s intuitive and well-placed controls make riding a smooth and comfortable experience. The scooter houses the throttle on the left side and the brake pedal to the right of the handle-bars. The throttle is smooth and doesn’t offer much resistance, so it is easy to hold for long a duration. There are 4 LED indicators on the dashboard that displays the battery level, with a power button underneath.
The handles have an anti-slip finish that gives maximum security to the rider. The handle-bars are narrow and this makes the scooter perfect to navigate through city traffic and tight spaces without scratching them. The headlight is mounted on the front of the handle-bars, and you can turn it on by a push of the button. These ultra-bright 1.1W headlights offer night time visibility for approximately 20 feet. The headlight along with the rear brake light makes it convenient to navigate the scooter at night.
The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter has a mobile app that displays battery level and riding distance of the scooter. You have to pair the scooter to the app via Bluetooth and all the stats will be displayed. Xiaomi has added a lock feature to the app and you can lock your scooter to protect it while it is parked. You can also use it to enable cruise-control on the scooter which means you don’t have to press the throttle the whole time.
The Xiaomi scooter has a marvelous dual-braking system, with a standard rear disc brake and regenerative front brakes, that charge the battery by converting kinetic energy to electricity, which is a very cool feature and elongates the battery life. The scooter has a stopping distance of 13.1 feet which is pretty decent, and you will come to a halt quickly even when going downhill.
The scooter has 8.5-inch pneumatic tubeless tires, and it comes with an extra set of tires out of the box. While the tires will absorb some bumps and jerks, the absence of a suspension means that you will have to be vigilant of uneven roads and bend your knees beforehand, to avoid falling off the scooter.
5 Other features
Xiaomi has integrated multiple useful features in this scooter to give you a premium and high-end scooter that is perfect for commuters and casual riders. Some of these features that I have not mentioned above include a bell to alert passengers, a kick-stand for easy storage and an eco-mode that will help to extend the battery life by reducing the power output of the scooter.
You don’t have to do much to assemble the scooter as it is mostly assembled coming out of the box. To get a functional unit, you only have to attach the handlebars and screw 4 bolts with a hexagonal wrench (included) to secure them in place, and you’re good to go! Assembly should take you approximately 10 mins. The scooter also comes with an extra set of tires and tubes, so in case you ever need to replace them, you won’t have to purchase them separately.
Performance for Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter
The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter is powered by a 250W hub motor that can accelerate the scooter up to 15.5 Miles/hour, which is a pretty decent speed to ride around the city. The scooter can bear a maximum load of 220 lbs.; however, the scooter may not attain maximum speed with this load.
To turn on the scooter, you need to kick it like a normal scooter with the power button turned on, and the motor will come to life. The motor is quiet and you get a smooth ride without any shudders or jerks. You can press the throttle to attain desired speed and then turn on cruise control, and the scooter will maintain its speed, and in our opinion, this is an fabulous feature. Cruise control can be activated easily from the accompanying app. The scooter has a torque of 16 Nm which gives it the ability to climb an incline of 14-degree, however, you may notice a sharp decline in the battery due to the exertion on the motor. With a lighter rider, you can climb slopes but with maximum load, the scooter won’t be able to carry you through, therefore this scooter is best suited for flat terrains.
The scooter comes with multiple 18650 Lithium-ion batteries and this gives it stellar battery life. The battery takes 5 hours to fully charge, and the scooter will ride for 18.6 miles on a single charge. You can monitor the battery level from the app, or the LED indicators present on the scooter. If you ever run out of juice, use it as a kick scooter to reach your destination so you can plug in the scooter. However, Xiaomi has taken some steps to prevent that from happening. This scooter contains a front regenerative brake, and as I have mentioned above, your scooter will recharge as you ride thanks to this feature. The scooter also boasts an eco-mode that limits the performance to extend the battery life even further. You will get a top speed of approximately 11 mph on eco-mode, and this can be turned on from the app.
What we liked about Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter
- Remarkable design
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter has a modern, sleek design and all the details are intricately fine-tuned that results in a splendid looking unit
- Great range
With a range of 18.6 miles per charge, you can easily ride the scooter for the whole day without worrying about the battery
- Fast top-speed
You get a top speed of 15.5 miles and this is superb, considering the price point
- Very quiet.
No one wants to hear you ride a scooter from a mile away. This scooter is quiet and you can easily ride it anywhere without causing noise.
- Extra parts
The included spare tires and tubes are a major plus, as it saves you from annoying trips to the hardware store.
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What we didn't like about Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter
- The battery compartment is not waterproof, so you should avoid riding in puddles or rain
- Even though the attached headlight is bright, at night it may not be enough to see road hazards like potholes
- It doesn’t perform well when going uphill and utilizes too much battery
- The battery charges in 5 hours, which is a long wait
- The bell is designed poorly
- It is awkward to carry around for a long time due to the heavy frame
Xiaomi has done a great job with the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter. The scooter offers astounding features and you get a high-end scooter at a very affordable price. The battery, top-speed, and design are staggering, and at this price, you will struggle to find another scooter with these features. The scooter is incredibly fun to ride and a great way to get around town with zero emissions. Very few scooters in this price range come with a dedicated app, but with the Xiaomi Scooter, you can benefit from this incredible feature.
The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter is a remarkable scooter and it delivers what it promises. If you are looking for an affordable yet powerful scooter, you should consider this as a front runner.