Xiaomi has launched two new electric scooter models to replace the M365 Standard and M365 PRO.
These two models are very similar to their predecessors, we will now analyze them in this review : Xiaomi 1S vs PRO 2.
In this article we will see the features in common, what instead distinguishes them and justifies the price difference.
GENERAL FEATURES :
Xiaomi m365 1S and Pro 2 aesthetically have very similar lines but differ in fact in size. The Xiaomi 1S measures 108 x 43 x 114 cm (as does the M365 Standard) when open. The top-of-the-range model, the Xiaomi Pro 2, measures 113 x 43 x 118 cm (the same as the previous Pro). The vehicle is therefore slightly taller and has a wider platform.
Made predominantly of aircraft-grade aluminium alloy, it is both strong and light at the same time.
The good assembly and materials used in this Xiaomi electric scooter are reflected in the IP54 level of water resistance.
The height of the handlebars is not adjustable, due to the folding system, where the bell hook is attached to the rear wing (same system used by previous Xiaomi scooters).From this difference (as well as the size of the battery pack) also follows a different weight, 12.5 kg for the Xiaomi 1S and 14.5 kg for the Xiaomi PRO 2.
As always, brake lever on the left and throttle trigger on the right. The folding mechanism is excellent, allowing you to close or open your scooter in a few seconds (Takes just 3 seconds). Maximum load capacity is 100 kg.
BATTERY AND AUTONOMY :
In this Xiaomi 1S and PRO 2 review it is appropriate to touch on the battery issue, which primarily justifies the price difference (as it's the most expensive component of the scooter).
While the battery pack of the 1S is of classic M365 derivation with 7800 mAh for 280 Wh and that of the PRO 2, also of Pro derivation with 12800 mAh for 474 Wh.
The range is therefore reported to be:
- 30 km for Xiaomi 1S
- 45 km for the Xiaomi Pro 2
Obviously the full recharge times differ with the capacity, 5 hours for Xiaomi S and 8 hours for Xiaomi Pro 2.
Equipped with a new 5th generation BMS system offering 6 types of smart protection including:
- Short-circuit protection
- Overcurrent protection
- Double overload protection
- Double overload protection
- Temperature protection
- Undervoltage protection
PERFORMANCE AND SPEED :
Both models are equipped with a new high-visibility LCD display (unlike the previous series, where the M365 Standard had a 4-LED display).
The display shows the speedometer, battery charge level, central button for changing gear mode and headlight on/off.
It is also possible to display the Bluetooth connection and other information or problems of the scooter.
Both scooters have three modes of travel, including:
- Pedestrian mode limited to 6 km/h
- Drive mode which varies from 15 to 20 km/h depending on the model
- Sport mode which allows up to 25 km/h for the Xiaomi 1S and Xiaomi Pro 2
These performances are defined by the type of motor fitted, a 250 W Xiaomi 1S (like the predecessor M365), 300 W for the Pro 2 (like the first version Pro).
However, it is not only the motor that defines overall performance, but also the peak power from the battery to the motor.
According to our tests, carried out with dedicated apps, we found these powers (in Sport mode):
- 500 W peak for Xiaomi 1S
- 850 W peak for Xiaomi Pro 2
The Watts also determine the uphill capacity, 14% for the 1S and 20% for the Pro 2 (obviously, the driver's weight must also be taken into account).
It should be noted that once the battery level falls below 5%, the performance of the Xiaomi scooter drops significantly.
OTHER GENERAL FEATURES :
Both models are equipped with safe braking thanks to the electronic front brake with E-ABS and the rear disc, improved energy recovery management of the engine brake.
Improved quality of tyres, still 8.5″ inches like predecessors (but it will be possible to upgrade to 10″), three times stronger than older models.
The rear mudguard has been completely redesigned in the new models compared to the M365 and Pro: The quality of the materials has been improved, it now appears more reinforced and vibration-free, thanks to the 2 additional rods connected to the frame; it also better envelops the wheel thanks to its greater length.
A great innovation is the introduction of the plate for adding a number plate. This choice was made by Xiaomi in the light of updated regulations in certain countries.
Added side and front reflectors:
From the picture you can see the red ring on the front wheel which distinguishes the Pro 2 model from the 1S model.
Equipped with front and rear light, more powerful in this latest version:
Rear light new Xiaomi scooters.
The management of the Kers (energy recovery during deceleration and braking) has also been improved and the controller (or control unit) has been replaced with a more resistant version that is less prone to overheating/burning on the most exasperated climbs.
It will be possible to connect all three models to the official Xiaomi app as well as to unofficial apps such as M365 Tools / M365 Dashboard.
REVIEW CONCLUSION :
The scooter crowd was expecting big upgrades in the second series of Xiaomi scooters, such as integrated damping, bigger tyres and more power.
The fact is that such upgrades come at a cost, and would have had a major impact on the final retail price.
Xiaomi has certainly not chosen to occupy the category of the top of the range of electric micro-mobility, but it maintains its presence in a market that ranges from the user who wants to enter the world of the electric scooter to those looking for something more powerful without spending an exaggeration.
It's not to be underestimated that, by keeping features and frames similar to its predecessors, Xiaomi hasn't cut out the whole aftermarket customisation market established over the years, which is one of the strengths of this brand's scooters. Finding spare parts or upgrades is really easy when it comes to Xiaomi!
That said, referring to the models reviewed, we recommend the 1S model to those who want a lightweight, economical and that will not face very long journeys. The battery may run down quite quickly, depending on the driver's weight, driving mode and average speed. (much better than all the Xiaomi clone models on the UK market) and modest price.
If you are willing to pay a higher price, we suggest you opt for the Pro 2 version (the top of the range), where you can feel the difference in power while accelerating and going uphill, better performance than the other models and thanks to its battery pack it has big margins for improvement. It also enjoys more generous dimensions for particularly tall and robust people!