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Xiaomi released its new e-scooter Xiaomi Scooter Pro, it’s an addition to the product line supplementing Xiaomi M365. The new e-scooter PRO got a lot of interesting new features, for example a display, which was one of the items where M365 lost against Ninebot ES2 in my Xiaomi M365 vs Ninebot ES2 comparison. But more important: It got a larger capacity battery for increased range & a more powerful motor for faster acceleration and better uphill performance. First I want to highlight the spec differences, below the items please notice my comments marked ““, based on my experiences from testing both of the e-scooters:

 

Xiaomi M365 Pro vs Xiaomi M365 – Main Specs

 

The box content of Xiaomi Scooter Pro is comparable to the Xiaomi M365. It comes almost fully assembled you only have to attach the handle bar, screws and wrench are included. You’ll receive charger, an adapter to inflate the tires and a manual.
Versions (EU vs CN Version):
You can often find the description “EU Version” or “CN Version”. As for Xiaomi Pro this refers to the power plug on the charger. It is either a standard European plug or a Chinese plug. But the power cable that leads to the charger is a standard 2 pin cable used for many devices and can easily be changed. Both chargers are good for 100 – 240V, no need to worry about that. Another difference is the Logo on the scooter: EU Version is using the “mi” logo, CN Version is using the “Mijia” logo.
Only the EU Version of Xiaomi M365 comes with a set of extra tires, all other versions of M365 and Pro don’t have them included!
Officially the new e-scooter is called Xiaomi Scooter Pro, sometimes it is referred to as “Xiaomi M365 Pro”.

Xiaomi e-Scooter (Xiaomi Pro vs Xiaomi M365)- EU Version vs CN Version

Xiaomi e-Scooter – EU Version vs CN Version (different power plug cable)

   No need to worry about the version. If you can get a CN version way cheaper the only difference for Pro is that you get a power plug you might not be able to use. The cable is cheap, you might have some of them laying around at home or you can get one for a few bucks. In terms of M365 it is convenient to get the EU version with extra tires, think about them when comparing prices!

 

Frame

Xiaomi Scooter Pro is a bit larger than Xiaomi M365 and 1.5 kg heavier. One reason being the larger capacity battery. It is stored under the footstep, what I prefer, as it offers a better driving experience with its lower center of gravity compared to Ninebot ES2 where the battery sits in the handle bar. Below the footstep there’s a foldout stand to sturdy park your scooter. The footstep of Xiaomi Scooter Pro is 5 cm longer and 1 cm wider than M365 allowing a more comfortable ride.

Xiaomi Scooter Pro vs Xiaomi M365 - Size Footrest

Footrest of Xiaomi Scooter Pro (bottom) is a bit larger compared to Xiaomi M365

Xiaomi M365 folds within seconds, the mechanism sits between steering bar and footstep. The crossbar connects to the cover of the back wheel to easily carry your scooter which feels well balanced. It was advertised that there is an improvement with the folding mechanism although it seems to be the same as on Xiaomi M365. I guess only long term tests will show if this weak spot from Xiaomi M365 really improved!

Folding Mechanism: Xiaomi Scooter Pro (left) vs Xiaomi M365 (right)

Folding Mechanism: Xiaomi Scooter Pro (left) vs Xiaomi M365 (right)

 

   The differences between Xiaomi Pro and Xiaomi M365 seem small, but the impact is bigger than I expected. Having a little more space on the footrest makes it way more comfortable to ride. I enjoy a better position while driving Xiaomi Pro (my shoe size if that matters: US 10 / EU 44). Also the extra centimetre on the rod in height are noticeable and comfy. On the other hand you clearly notice the 1.5kg of Xiaomi Pro being heavier when you need to carry your scooter (e.g. when combining it with public transport).

 

Motor

Xiaomi Scooter Pro vs Xiaomi M365 - motor

Xiaomi Scooter Pro 300W motor vs Xiaomi M365 250W motor

The front wheel holds a 300W (600W peak) motor which is a plus of 50 W compared to the 250W motor of Xiaomi M365 (550W peak). Max. speed is stated with 25km/h which is the same as for the the non-Pro version. But it is stated that the new Pro model is capable of climbing steeper hills with 20% gradient. While there were 2 modes offered on Xiaomi M365 (25 km/h normal and 18 km/h Eco mode), the new Xiaomi M365 Pro will offer 3 modes: Energy Saver mode ECO: 15km/h, Standard mode D: 20km/h, Sports mode S: 25km/h.

   The 50W extra power, or in other words 20% more power, make itself felt. You accelerate faster and reach the max. speed quicker. The extra power becomes most noticeable when going uphill as you can achieve a higher constant speed compared to M365. Overall I clearly have the feeling that Pro is more powerful – more than I expected to notice.

 

Battery

The built in battery of Xiaomi M365 Pro offers a capacity of 474 Wh compared to the 280 Wh capacity of Xiaomi M365. As mentioned the battery sits below the footstep of the scooter. With this upgrade the max. range of the Pro model should be 45km (compared to 30km of M365). Xiaomi states the range as follows: 75kg driver with fully charged scooter going 15 km/h on a flat surface with no wind at 25°C temperature.

   I wanted to upgrade from M365 since my drive to work is about 12km. With M365 I arrived at work with about 39% of the battery left. Towards the end of the ride I noticed a decrease in performance. It was not possible to do a roundtrip (24km) with full speed (25 km/h mode). For me the tested max. range with M365 was 18km with full speed (as long as possible) on an average road with some “normal” hills and stop & go drive due to traffic lights. With Xiaomi Scooter Pro I can do the 24km roundtrip without significant decrease in performance. There’s only a slight loss when going uphill as it takes a bit longer to rech max. speed.

 

LEDs & Display

Xiaomi Scooter Pro vs Xiaomi M365 - Handlebar

Xiaomi Scooter Pro vs Xiaomi M365 – Handlebar

Xiaomi M365 Pro holds a display which shows all the scooter’s parameters. After testing Ninebot ES2 the display seemed to be very convenient and I was missing this item on my Xiaomi M365. The display shows current speed and the selected mode: ECO for energy saving mode (15km/h), D for standard mode (20 km/h) and S for sports mode (25 km/h). The Pro’s display also indicates if lights are turned on and Bluetooth connection is active. Below there are warning infos if maintenance is needed and on the bottom the battery status.
Xiaomi M365 only offers two driving modes Standard (25 km/h) and ECO Mode (18 km/h). When in ECO Mode the lowest of the 4 LED lights, indicating battery status, is green instead of white.
Both Scooter offer a bright, white LED headlight and a red rear-light which is flashing while using the brake. There is no noticeable difference between the lights on both e-scooters.

   The display is nice to have and very convenient. You can check the performance when going uphill, in case of Xiaomi Pro you can see that there is not much reduction in max. speed. With M365 you notice a decrease but it is not measurable. It would have been nice to see milage on the screen as well or remaining range.

PRO Display on  a Xiaomi M365?

I got a lot of questions if the display used on Xiaomi Pro can be fitted on Xiaomi M365. Yes it is, the display parts are available online (Coupon: BGAutoPart), and there are many YouTube videos on how to change it: check out this video.

 

Tires & Brakes

Xiaomi Scooter Pro vs Xiaomi M365 - Brakes & Tires

Xiaomi Scooter Pro vs Xiaomi M365 – Brakes & Tires

Xiaomi Scooter Pro and Xiaomi M365 are fitted with tube air tires instead of solid rubber tires, e.g. found on Ninebot ES2. This offers advantages and disadvantages. I prefer tube air tires as they offer a smoother ride compared to the solid tires of Ninebot ES2 (which even has suspension). Of course they can deflate or puncture, but still I think the experience is better. Both Xiaomi Pro and M365 are fitted with 8,5″ tires; recommended pressure is 50 psi (3.4 bar).

Xiaomi Scooter Pro offers the same two separated brake systems as Xiaomi M365: Integrated in the front wheel there is an eABS, regenerative anti-lock braking system. When you release the accelerator lever, the front wheel slowly brakes and the generated energy flows back into battery. Brake strength can be defined within the app. The back wheel holds a 120mm disk brake which is activated with the brake handle on the steering bar.

   The tires are the same for both scooters. Even though you can get a puncture the air tires provide great shock absorption. Many user replace them with solid rubber tires but that might not be a good idea. Some users report that the lack of shock absorption can cause damage to the solder joints of the battery. I noticed that when the electric front brake is set to “medium”, it feels stronger on M365 than on Pro. Regarding the rear-brakes, the disk used for Xiaomi Pro is a bit firmer compared to M365. Some users reported that the M365 disc brakes can bend. It seems that issue was tackled.

 

Review

Xiaomi Scooter Pro in a nutshell

Most asked question is: Do you feel a difference riding Pro or M365? Yes you do! Xiaomi Pro is more powerful and comfortable.

  • Is it worth to upgrade? It depends: as there might not enough or relevant improvements, I’d say no. If you need more range without charging or if you need to travel steeper hills, I’d say yes.
  • Is it worth to buy Xiaomi Pro instead of M365? I think yes. If the price is right and you are willing to pay a bit more you get upgraded features and better performance:

 

Xiaomi Scooter Pro compared to M365:

Longer Range (increased battery capacity)

Better Acceleration (stronger motor)

Better Uphill Performance (stronger motor)

Comfier Driving Position (larger footrest)

LCD Display

Price (higher than M365)

Weight (heavier than M365)

 

Field Test & Experiences

It’s no surprise that Xiaomi Pro is now my most favourite e-scooter and replaces my M365. It is more powerful which is clearly noticeable during acceleration and even more when going uphill. With the integrated display it is also easier to check. Even on steeper hills the max speed goes back to about 22 km/h, so only a little difference compared to going on flat roads. With M365 I often had the feeling that the scooter is way slower on the same passages. Driving position is more comfortable on Xiaomi Pro as the footstep is a little longer and the pole is a bit taller. It seems that Xiaomi tackled some issues that were reported on M365: The plastic cover of the power port that almost never kept in place is now magnetic. Many issues regarding the lock system of the folding system were reported (I never had an issue) but it seems to be the same system. Maybe higher quality material is used which I can’t check. The only downsides I noticed: I had to pay more compared to M365 and Pro is heavier. Also clearly noticeable when I carry it upstairs to my office. But still, when I choose which one to pick in the morning, I go for Xiaomi Pro.

 

Other opinions / reviews

Here’s a review video from my friend Sami Luo, I had a chat with Sami on the new Xiaomi Scooter Pro after his test: What he likes most is the refined workmanship. The new scooter not only looks premium and sleek it offers super stable riding experience on different roads. Sami is impressed with the long battery life, for now he hasn’t tested the advertised 45km range. Tires and brake system seem to be the same as on the older Xiaomi M365, he couldn’t notice any difference. Also the closing mechanism hasn’t changed much, although it seems they are now using a new, stronger bolt. My assumption is that they adapted the lock which showed a deficit. The display is a great feature they added. For the cons Sami stated the weight, since the Pro version is 2kg heavier than the previous generation, but I guess that’s compromising for the larger battery.

 

Here’s another review by Ben Fox comparing both scooters and testing acceleration and speed:

 

Accessories for Xiaomi Scooter Pro & Xiaomi M365

Accessories for Xiaomi Scooter Pro / M365: Xiaomi Air Pump, Honeycomb Tire, Scooter Bags

Accessories for Xiaomi Scooter Pro / M365: Xiaomi Air Pump, Honeycomb Tire, Scooter Bags

There is the portable, electric Xiaomi Air Pump available, it’s not cheap, but looks stylish and well made. If that’s too expensive, you could also go for a 12 USD Handpump.
I’m not a big fan of solid rubber tires for Xiaomi Scooters. As mentioned the the air tires provide great shock absorption which you will loose as there is no other other form of suspension. Many Xiaomi rider use tire slime to prevent puncture, but I also don’t use it. It can prevent small punctures, but if you need to change the tire it’s a mess.
If you need to store your Scooter there is a waterproof storage bag available for 17 USD. Another nice item for both of them is the EVA Front Handle Bag for 12 USD. If you need to carry your scooter within public transport, there’s a 6 USD strap. There are hundreds of Scooter Accessories and Replacement Parts available, if you have anything to recommend, let me know in the comments below.

 

Price / Retailer

Xiaomi M365 PRO

  • Amazon: not available
  • Geekbuying:
    • Chinese Warehouse: 519 USD
      • Choose “Europe – Ocean Shipping”
      • EU or CN Version
      • tax included
      • 4 weeks free shipping
      • in stock
    • Europe Warehouse (Poland): 579 USD
      • EU or CN Version
      • 1 week shipping within Europe
      • no customs & tax within Europe
      • out of stock – Pre-Sale only
  • Gearbest:
    • Chinese Warehouse: 529 USD
      • Coupon Code: GBMIPRO529
      • CN Version
      • 3 weeks shipping
      • select CN-099 Warehouse = China
      • in stock
    • Europe Warehouse (Poland): 539 USD
      • EU Version (with EU plug)
      • no taxes & customs within Europe
      • ships within Europe within 2 weeks
      • in stock
  • Banggood:
    • Chinese Warehouse: 528 USD
      • Coupon Code: BGMIPROCN
        (or Coupon: BGosmes1)
      • no taxes & customs (see website for details)
      • 4 weeks shipping to Europe or US
      • in stock
    • Europe Warehouse (UK): 579 USD
      • Coupon Code: BGEUPRONM
      • no taxes & customs within Europe
      • 5-7 days free shipping within Europe
      • in stock
  • TomTop:
    • Europe Warehouse (Germany): 579 USD
      • EU Version
      • 2-5 days free shipping within Europe
      • no taxes & customs within Europe
      • in stock

 

What’s the best deal for Europe? Best deal is currently offered by Gearbest: 539 USD for the EU Version which is shipped within 1 week for free, tax & customs are already included. Prices are great and haven’t been much lower for a Xiaomi Pro from a EU Warehouse (lowest price was 529). If you want to get it a bit cheaper, you can go for the Geekbuying offer for 519 USD, shipping takes about 4 weeks.

What’s the best deal for USA? The Banggood offer ships to the US for free: 528 USD (enter coupon code: BGMIPROCN when you check out). Shipping is 40 days, according to the text there are no taxes or customs to pay. Unfortunately no faster option as of now. It’s the lowest price ever for Xiaomi Pro.

 

Need help? I have contacts at Banggood, Gearbest & TomTop who provide me with coupon codes and stock information. If you have troubles with your order, contact me.

Shipping times
I ordered my Xiaomi M365 from Gearbest in China and I got it within 3 weeks to Europe. I ordered my Xiaomi Pro from Gearbest EU Warehouse and it received it within 5 days.

 

Xiaomi M365

  • Amazon:
    • US Store: USD 399.99
    • DE Store: EUR 369,00 (= 414 USD) (Amazon Prime available)
  • Geekbuying:
    • EU Warehouse: USD 438.99
      • EU Version (incl. spare tires)
      • no customs & tax within Europe
      • 1 week shipping
      • in stock
    • Chinese Warehouse: USD 428.99
      • EU Version
      • 4 weeks shipping
      • in stock
  • Gearbest:
    • Chinese Warehouse – USD 519.99
      • CN Version
      • 4 weeks shipping
      • in stock
    • EU Warehouse (Poland) – USD 349.99
      • EU Version (spare tires included)
      • 1 week shipping within Europe!
      • no customs & tax within Europe!
      • in stock
  • Banggood:
    • Chinese Warehouse – USD 339.99 
      • Coupon Code: plxm339
      • CN Version
      • 4 weeks shipping to Europe or US
      • no customs & taxes (check website for details)
      • in stock
    • EU Warehouse (UK) – USD 450.99
      • spare tire included
      • EU Version
      • 1 week shipping
      • no customs & taxes within Europe
      • in stock
  • TomTop:
    • Europe Warehouse (Germany): 409.99 USD
      • EU Version
      • 1 week shipping within Europe
      • no customs & tax within Europe
      • in stock
  • Aliexpress:
    • various retailer: 409.99 USD
    • shipping from China
    • 4 weeks shipping
    • tax situation unclear

 

What’s the best deal for Europe?  Best deal is the one from Gearbest’s EU Warehouse: USD 349.99 – free shipping within Europe; no taxes & customs.

What’s the best deal for the US?  You can get the USD 339 (Coupon Code: plxm339) Banggood deal, if you want to get it cheap, but shipping takes some time. If you want your scooter faster, check out the Amazon deal for USD 399

 




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14 Comments
 
  1. Darren Jones (Bilco69) 14. August 2019 at 16:56 Reply

    Is the frame size and wheelbase size the same in both ?
    (comment copied from old system)

    • el Producente 14. August 2019 at 16:57 Reply

      The frame is slightly larger. I updated the measurements in the spec comparison.
      Anything specific I can measure for you?

      • Darren Jones (Bilco69). 14. August 2019 at 16:57 Reply

        Hi. I basically looking for folded size to see how would fit in car. Ie length from front to back. M365 says 108cm trying to find the size difference in the pro.
        Thx
        (comment copied from old system)

        • el Producente 14. August 2019 at 16:58 Reply

          M365 is 108cm in length, Pro is 113cm
          Height is the same 49 cm

  2. xavien tremayne 14. August 2019 at 16:58 Reply

    I would love to know if the battery cover underneath on the pro is the same size as the m365. I’m waiting for mine to arrive and would love to use https://www.curiousjoe.se/p… on it..
    (copied from old comment system)

  3. Simona 14. August 2019 at 17:04 Reply

    Interesting article, I read it one week after buying .. ES2 🙂
    I’m using it every day, home to office and back. I drive it on asphalt, often very rough, with gradients. 8.2 km on the outward journey and the same number on the way back.
    With a full charge I drive at 22 Km/h all the time and finish the day after a total of 16,4 km with 10-15% battery and theoretically residual distance of 3,5 km. One time I went the wrong way and after 19 km, with 3% residual battery the speed decreased to 5-8 km/h. However, for 90% of the battery capacity the ES2 allows you to keep the speed you set.
    Note. External temperature 35° Celsius. Speed is 22 instead of 20 and 27 rather than 25.. I don’t know why.
    (copied from old comment system)

  4. Ryan Van Laar 14. August 2019 at 17:05 Reply

    Comprehensive and well written review. Thanks!
    (copied from old comment system)

  5. John White 14. August 2019 at 17:07 Reply

    It was a well intended review, but there were so many spelling, punctuation, and structural errors it’s hard to really take it seriously. Im a Ninebot fan myself.
    (copied from old comment system)

    • el Producente 14. August 2019 at 17:08 Reply

      Hi, thanks for the info. I‘ll redo the article, if you have any further tips, please let me know. (English is not my native language).

      • John White 14. August 2019 at 17:08 Reply

        Well I could not tell it was not your native language. Just thought it was more rushed than anything. You speak better English than I speak my second language.

        • el Producente 14. August 2019 at 17:09 Reply

          Hi, I reworked the article, may I ask you for feedback. Hope I could improve it a bit.

  6. Karntida Jeerasup 14. August 2019 at 17:09 Reply

    thank you, i’m comparing this two for a while and your review is very useful.

  7. Paul 15. August 2019 at 13:07 Reply

    Great review. I have the Pro but I had to take it on a flight so had to leave the battery in Europe (I live in Laos) I challenge anyone to find a battery for sale online. I found nothing. Pro version only as different size to original.. Go!!

    • el Producente 16. August 2019 at 10:20 Reply

      I also haven’t found the battery to buy. I’ll do some research, let’s see if I can find anything.

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