Electric scooter have been popular since 2000, electric kick scooters differ from mobility scooters in that they also allow human propulsion and have no gears. Range typically varies from 5 to 50 km and maximum speed is around 30km/h. Recently, the popularity of these scooters have grown with the introduction of ride-share companies that use apps allowing users to rent the scooters by the minute.
In this article we will see two type of e-scooter, the Ninebot ES2 and Xiaomi M356. These two e-scooters are siblings, since they are both produced by Ninebot. At a glance they look pretty similar and have equal specs and feature. There are some major differences, let’s take a closer look!
The maximum speeds for these two types are 25km/h, with a range of 30 KM for Xiaomi and 25KM for Ninebot. Additional battery pack is available for Ninebot that can make its maximum speeds up to 30KM/h with a range of 45KM. The weight for both of these scooters are around 12kg, also they have electrical front break and a mechanical rear brake.
The Ninebot has less charging time of 3.5 hours whereas Xiaomi charging time is 5.5 hours. Solid rubber tires, a front and back suspension is featured on the Ninebot, while Xiaomi only has air tires and no suspension.
Both e-scooter are pedal assisted, which means it will need an intial push and then accelerate after reaching a basic speed. Afterwards you can cruise fully on electrical power.
Body & Design
Ninebot ES2 and Xiaomi M365 are about the same height and made from a sturdy metal frame. Their footstep has a rubberized finish to keep a strong and non-slippy position while standing, with a dimension 55cm long and 15cm wide. Below the footstep hold a foldout stand on both of them to solidly park the scooter.
The driver of these e-scooters shouldn’t exceed 100kg. The mechanism of folding both of these scooters sits between steering bar and footstep. The Xiaomi M365 is shorter than Ninebot when folded. The battery for Xiaomi M365 is placed below the footstep which makes them have a thinner bar than the Ninebot ES which has a thicker bar.
LED Lights & Display
A white front LED headlight and a red-rear light is offered from this two e-scooter, and an additional underbody light is offered by Ninebot ES2. The headlight of Xiaomi is a bit brighter than Ninebot. Both rear LEDs flash when the brakes are hit.
The display on Ninebot ES2 provides more information; beside the battery level you will be able to see the indication of one of the 3 modes, a speedometer and Bluetooth status. While Xiaomi M365 only provides 4 LEDs to indicate battery status, when it is switched to other mode it is indicated with a different color on the bottom LED. If you would like to see the speed, you need to open the app.
The Xiaomi M365 features 2 modes: Eco with 18km/h and Standard with 25km/h. You can switch modes by pressing the power button on the middle of the handling bar. In the Eco mode the LED on the bottom will turn green. See also: Razor A5 Air vs A5 Lux
Whereas Ninebot ES2 features 3 modes: Eco with 5km/h, Normal with 15km/h and Sport with 27km/h, which as mentioned before can be seen on the display. Also switching the modes can be done by pressing the power button twice.
Tires & Suspension
As mentioned before both of these e-scooters provide different solution. The Xiaomi has air tires while Ninebot has solid tires. The more comfort actually is more present with the Xiaomi M365 eventhough the tires are fixed to the puncture. Thanks to the new rear shcok absorbers on the Ninebot ES2 the comfort has been improved and it feels you’re going faster with its solid tires.
However, the tires and suspension will not be as smooth on special surfaces such as sand, course asphalt or cobblestones compared to the air tires of Xiaomi M365. Both scooters should avoid being ride on rainy weather because the tires are not waterproof.
The mechanical disk brake on Xiaomi M365 is the primary brake while the electrical brake in the front wheel is auxiliary. If you let go of the gas lever of M365 it decelerates, you can set the strength within the app. On the left side of the handle bar there is a brake handle for the disk brake. The disk brake may provide a faster emergency stop with more control, but couldn’t change the strength of the front brake quickly.
On the other hand, the electronic brake is the primary brake while the mechanical brake is auxiliary. This one is a simple step on brake on the wheel cover, just like the early days on kickscooter. On the handle bar there are two levers, electronic brake on the left side and throttle on the right side. In an emergency situation both brakes can influence: brake electronically and step on the mechanical brake.
The same features and setting are offered by both of these e-scooter apps. Turn on/off cruise control or change light settings. Switch between metrical and imperial system display or upgrade the firmware if available. Both offers anti-theft function where the scooter can be locked, if someone tries to push it away it blocks the brake and the scooter sounds a warning tone.
Ninebot ES2 vs Xiaomi M365
Overall, both of this e-scooter offers the same features and appearance at one glance. Out there the quality of both Ninebot ES2 and Xiaomi M365 is pretty much arguable because it comes real close to a tie. It is back to each individual of how they feel and what they are looking for from an e-scooter.
In this case for simplicity and comfort the Xiaomi M365 is the best choice, with its weight distribution and air tires give them more comfort for apprehending the road. Its simple display and a good enough brake system is also a winner.