Video Review of the Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter
Electric Scooters are a great way to get around cities and towns. They’re eco-friendly, and really fun. They also save a ton of money on gas, insurance and other expenses.
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So in this huge box here that I’ve got is the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter so it’s a scooter that has a range of around twenty to thirty kilometers so they claim. I find thirty a little bit hard to believe. So this massive box has come all the way from China it looks like it hasn’t been damaged at all which is a good sign it came from gear best now I’m a little annoyed because I paid 449 us for this and literally a week later there’s a new coupon that came out that I found that you can get this for 399 so didn’t have to take any import tax on this which is really good it just was quite slow to get here it took approximately 15 I think 15-16 days from the time I ordered it to the guy dropping it off. So some spec’s of this while I’m just getting it out of here we’ve got a peak 500 watt front hub motor that the normal rating is 250 Watts you can see that I have to do some part assembling of this here’s the front handlebars here they’ve got the brake lever and everything got particular wrapping on there so there are the four screws and the tool we need to put the handlebars in so there we go all unpacked like anyhow to fit it on my desk here first impressions the build quality is really good the materials the finish paint job the welds on it and that’s all I had to assemble which was this the top handlebar that I showed you before one of the screws is really hard to screw into place this one right here and I can’t get it right in because the tool doesn’t really give me enough room with the headlight there so I’m going to have to find some tools I’ve got a home and put that in properly later the charge we got here in the box it’s ready to 42 volts 1.7 amps and they also included this adapter here so you can extend from the valves when you need to pump up the wheels they seem to be reasonably inflated at the moment I just checked them but it probably would be a good idea to put some more air in there so you don’t give yourself any pinch flat there is an instruction manual leaflet here which really isn’t that helpful because it’s all in Chinese as to be expected so the rear axle here has a disc brake you can see now it’s not a hydraulic brake this is a cable one so the pull cable style and it does have this little tiny kickstand which feels like it’s made out of metal the build quality overall really is quite good to this top here is rubber feels quite grippy so you shouldn’t slip off that if you have a look at the welds to where the main housing joins up with the front very good welds there and there are these reflectors too on the side both the front and rear wheels have these plastic mud guards again the build quality of them is quite good this one of course has the motor inside there which says on the side they’re high power brushless motor now getting these tires could be quite difficult now this could be one of the weaknesses I feel of the scooter that if you get a flat it’s probably quite hard to change to remove that but there are some guides on YouTube how to do that and you can source these tires apparently from aliexpress there are some sellers that do have them but they cost around 25 usd each so they’re not exactly cheap so the front left side of it that’s where the charging port is it’s got a rubber cap that covers that so that means that dust water and other things shouldn’t get in there and block it up and cause problems later on now it takes five and a half hours to charge there’s quite a long time and Shoni does recommend that you charge it every time after using it and that way you’ve got maximum battery there so you’re not going to get stuck short with only say thirty percent battery now it’s quite ingenious how it clips into the rear mudguard where the ballast or the bowel mechanism you just have to push that and flip that up and then the handlebars there are free but you see that it clips into the back there that is made out of rubber locks in place and then you’re able to lift it up and walk up some stairs or put it under your desk or you can’t boot it it is quite heavy though 12.5 kilos means it’s not a light scooter the latching mechanism here to where you put the handlebars out is really well-made you simply just pull up this lever to secure the handlebars in place that locks that there’s no way that’s going to come down on you so the controls are straight Ford on the left we have the brake lever and to accelerate as this right here suppressing that’s down once you kick off you can accelerate using bat and to turn it on with the button here so cycling through the various different modes that when you first power it on you can tell me that I’ve got at the moment around 100 percent or 75 percent battery the way that’s flashing there that’s the normal mode your standard mode and I think it’s pressing it twice quickly that then puts it into Eco mode to get your maximum range but that limits the top speed to 100 sorry to 18! kilometers per hour and in the normal mode it’s 25 max now pressing it just once there cycles the headlight on and off and this is the kind of power you can expect out of that headlight it seems reasonable enough there that it should light your way I mean it’s not a super powerful light I give it count because it would probably drain the battery too much and on taillight it’s on continuously when you have the headlights on and it’s not that bright you can see it is tiny too so not really that visible but it is better than nothing and as you can see it flashes when you apply the brakes and then pairing it offers just hold down the power button and you will hear a confirmation beep telling what’s off so when you plug it in to charge you get a confirmation beep and the taillight will also pulse in and out to show you that it’s currently charging so connecting it up to the app is really easy just go into play store you download Ninebot it’s all in English the Segway app and it will tell you the battery levels the speed you are doing – if you happen to run it when you’re on it and your remaining mileage which is telling me at the moment because it’s still charging not at a hundred percent yet but it’s telling me I’ve got 26 kilometers there there are some other settings in here most importantly would be your firmware update now my one this model that I got from gearbest as mentioned is running the latest firmware so no problems there don’t need to update it but if you did have a dated one then it would prompt you to download and update it now there is this thing here called cruise control system which is quite handy it’s disabled by default so enabling this what that does you can see it’s just telling me there is that when you hold the button down for more than five seconds it will beep and it will hold your speed which is great so you can continue on and as soon as you tap the brake or the speed it will come off just like a cars cruise control other things in there as well as the accelerator mode you can set that to weak medium or strong so the stronger it is the more it will slow down as soon as you take your finger off the throttle there it should hopefully recover some of the battery percent so regenerative braking that it’s got one thing I’ve noticed they haven’t tested it yet but it seems that deep brake it doesn’t exactly come on very strong but maybe it is like this by design but you can adjust it you can see there is an adjustment thread there so if you wind that out it should mean it should come on a little faster okay so here we go first attempt now entering this one-handed because I’m holding your gimbal which probably isn’t the wisest so don’t do this at home kids so I’m ready turned on the button it did the beep and you need to kick off and then apply gas so this is the maximum wheel lock here it doesn’t give you a lot but I think that’s the safest kind of limit there so it’s good that they’ve done this any more than that and I would say your risk tipping over coming off so the ground clearance isn’t really that high the problem is if you go down the curb there’s a real high chance that you’ll probably bottom out on one of the curb stones the underside of it that’ll scratch it but it could also mean you come to a complete halt and that will throw you off the scooter so it is really easy to ride it’s just kick off and the balance of it’s easy to get a hang off I think anyone can ride on this he just press the accelerator where you go if you’re not happy with how fast you’re going course he applied a break or you just take your finger off the accelerator and then it will slow down by itself from the resistance and the motor so it’s not super fast but it does feel adequate it feels fast enough on a notice that going up hills that it will work or slow down a little but it does have plenty of talk behind a plenty of grunt to make it up most gradients now when it does get quite steep then you probably will have to step off and help push along to get started again if it is very steep so far to summarize this this is awesome loads of fun. I’ve had so much fun driving around town on this it’s got plenty of power I think sufficient for most people it’s not a speed demon it doesn’t get up to scary fast levels where you feel like always should ease off apply the brakes, no not like that stability is really good because it weighs 12.5 kilos it’s quite hefty that added weight just makes it feel a lot more stable the way the tires on them the fact that they’ve got inner tubes in them they absorb some of those bumps and things makes it feel and give you confidence when riding and it is very easy to ride as you’ve seen you just kick off on the accelerator or where you go anyone can ride this so there’s a couple of cons here my unit has something going on with the brake pads perhaps or their brake mechanism it just doesn’t apply enough pressure now I have adjust at the cable I think I need to tweak it again but most of the braking is coming from the front hub with the resistance coming from the motor there so that will slow you down and it was has got electronic ABS braking in there so we’ll never lock up the front wheel has been controlled which is a good security thing because if you lock up the front wheel if you’re someone that rides scooters then you know what can happen boom boom you hit your face on the ground or maybe not your face but it won’t be pretty so that is good it gives you a lot of confidence running around now ground clearance on the bottom is another problem I found that I tried to jump down a curb and I didn’t lift the front up enough or I wasn’t going fast enough it’ll ground out I would lucky that it only ground out a little on the bottom but if I’d hit it really hard and full-on able to come to a full stop and I would have been thrown off the scooter so this clearly is not for jumps or anything like that don’t do any of that kind of silly jumps and stunts. no it’s going to end in tears if you’re a kid you want to try things like that I know I would have so don’t bother with that. Charge time yet once I trashed it from when I first got it was around fifty percent to get to 96 percent was actually quite quick that took only about an hour and a half but full charges around five hours the power supply does get really really hot and you that’s really about the only cons I’ve found apart from the big one which is the range their claim or 30 kilometers no no way no way with my weight 81 kilos No way I’m I going to be able to get thirty one kms out of this I will be happy if I can get around 18 but ideally just looking at the couple of kilometers that I’ve done or was at 3 or 4 and the battery that I lost if I was accelerating quite aggressively most of the time on this the whole time I think it’s only around 15 kilometers max I don’t know where they got 30k from not going to happen so if you want to do high mileage on this high case to your working back or to school and back University make sure your trips are only about 15k return otherwise you’re going to get stuck somewhere you have to carry that battery charger with you alright so I will be back with a follow-up video of this because I think that I need to use this for a week or two and report back on the kind of range I can get out of it but most importantly how it’s holding up is it going to start falling to pieces am I going to get pinched flats or flat tires and things.
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