Xiaomi’s first electric scooter, known as Mijia M365 or Mi Electric Scooter, already seemed to us one of the best options on the market. And with its new model, the Mi Electric Scooter Pro seeks to renew one of its star products by improving small details, which, as we will see, make a difference.
Something that already worked in the first model of the brand was the design, an aspect that they have practically not modified. A simple design, with an aluminum alloy, which is not nearly anywhere compared to the previous model, except for the weight, from 12.5 kg of the Mi Scooter Pro to 14.5 kg of the Mi Scooter Pro, something that is completely justified by its larger battery. And, on the other hand, the screen located on the handlebar of the scooter, which will offer us information on the speed, battery and the different driving modes that we are using.
In the handlebar, in addition, we find the horn, the disc brake, which will only brake the rear wheel of the scooter, the accelerator and the power button, which will serve both to change driving mode (with double-press), turn on the flash (triple press) or turn off the skateboard (long press).
When transporting the vehicle by hand we notice that it is somewhat more uncomfortable than the previous model, due to this weight gain, which will cause us to suffer more when it comes to having to take the scooter by hand. The system to carry it in this way, yes, is the same as its predecessor. We have a crank at the bottom of the handlebar, which next to the insurance (plastic), will give us the option to fold the grip of the Mi Scooter Pro. This, as soon as you start to ride faster, it is a system that transmits security, by not transmitting any unexpected vibration.
And of course, part of this stability or security that the skateboard transmits is due to its weight. Which is attributed, in large part, to its battery, located at the bottom of the scooter, well protected, both by aluminum alloy and by a rough rubber layer (same as the handlebar), in the part in which we will keep our feet when driving. To be able to charge this battery, we include a charger with a proprietary port, which resembles the chargers of portable computers, somewhat cumbersome for what we are used to.
It is worth mentioning that the Mi Scooter Pro has IP45 splash protection (including the battery module), which means that when washing the device and when using it in rainy conditions, we will not have to worry.
In the wheels of the vehicle (8 and ½ inches), identical to the previous model (camera), we find fenders on both tires, special lights to be seen when driving at night and a hitch on the rear wheel to be able to hook the handlebar when folding. In addition, we have two brake systems. On the one hand, the engine, which operates in dynamo mode to recover energy and from which we can modify the intensity from the application, something that we will notice much especially when driving at high speed and stopping at traffic lights. And the rear disc brake, which has an effective braking system, so that, if we don’t force it, we don’t skid with the scooter.
The main leap we see in this Pro model is that of the technical characteristics. On the one hand, we see a jump in the gross power of the vehicle, where we go from the nominal 250W we had in the Mi Scooter to the 300W of nominal power that we have in the new Pro model.
This Mi Scooter pro has a remarkably higher start than its predecessor, something that helps in situations as every day as the slopes.
This jump is not so noticeable in speed, that it is still capable of 25km / h by law, but in acceleration. This Mi Scooter Pro has a remarkably higher start than its predecessor, something that helps in situations as every day as the slopes, which, now yes, unless we are in ECO mode, we will have no problem to overcome. It has also seemed to us a key point when it comes to having more security when it comes to advancing other vehicles, the “acceleration” that we give in the act of moving to the other transport being much more powerful.
And the other big jump we see in the autonomy, which is now 40km, just 10 km higher than what we get with the original Mi Scooter. Here, in practice, we do not notice that it is something tremendously significant, and that is, although the autonomy has fulfilled what Xiaomi promised, staying between 35 and 40 km, we see that, while previously we had to charge the battery every four days with daily use, we must now do it every week. Something that, although it is an advance, we do not see that it is so significant since normally we should not worry about running out of battery during the tour, in either of the two models.
We have been able to complete the charge of this 474Wh battery in cycles of between ten and nine hours. With which, we will usually end up charging it during one night, thus achieving the week of use that we mentioned before.
Connectivity: necessary but not recurring
The application we use to be able to configure and obtain the data of the Mi Scooter Pro is the Mi home, to which we will connect using the Bluetooth of the scooter. In it, we can obtain detailed information of both the mileage or the firmware of the skateboard, which in turn, we can update directly from the application itself.
As an interesting point, in addition to being able to configure a password to the skateboard, we can regulate the dynamo or regenerative brake, in three intensities: weak, medium and strong.
Other parameters that we can adjust are the cruise control, the option to keep the backlight always on (recommended for night laps). Parameters that, although they are interesting to modify, especially in a first configuration, the truth is that you really (at least in our experience) end up not changing them. And, having the necessary information directly on the LED screen of the handlebar, it is not necessary to resort to the application unless we want to obtain information from the scooter.
One of the characteristics that differentiate this Mi Scooter Pro is the different driving modes it has. Ways that, in practice, are appreciated. We have three types of driving:
- ECO mode: layer speed at 16 km / h. In return, it manages to consume less battery and, in turn, regenerate more electricity.
- Mode D: layer speed at 20km / h.
- S mode: layer speed at 25 km / h. In return, it is the mode that uses the most battery.
The ECO mode is the most indicated when we are driving in areas with a certain crowd of people, were going at maximum speed can be a risk, but, yes, the slopes cannot overcome them as well as in the other modes.
In mode D, in our case, it has been the learning mode, since, having an acceleration close to the S mode, but without becoming neither as fast nor as powerful, it is a mode where learning is easy. After a couple of laps in this mode, it is much easier to master the scooter, its weight, its stability and, above all, its acceleration.
S mode is the most powerful of all. The speed is covered to the legal maximum, 25km / h, and the power does not reserve anything. At the beginning, it is a way that inspires respect, but after completing the pair of reconnaissance courses of mode D, it is the most fun. Especially we have used it on the road and bike lane, where the acceleration is most appreciated both for the slopes, and for the possible compromised situations where the car behind appreciates you going out. Of course, with this mode you better not drive on gravel or slippery terrain, since having such a large power, it is easy for the front wheel to end up skating.
But there has also been a piece that we have missed a lot; the damping. Neither its predecessor nor this new model has shock absorbers. Something that, without a doubt, would be a plus for those roads in poor condition or cobbled where, with this scooter, it seems that you are on a roller coaster, depending only on the minimum damping offered by the wheels themselves.