Xiaomi 1S Review 2020
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Xiaomi 1S Key Features
Before beginning our 2020 Xiaomi 1S review, learn a little more with our brief key features & overview below.
- 250W motor
- Fully folding frame
- Front, rear & side lighting
- Meets all European standards
- Regenerative braking
- IP54 waterproof rated
- Suitable for ages 16+
- Responsive rear disc brakes
- Top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mp/h)
- Approx. 30km range (18.5 miles)
- Lightweight – weighs just 12.5 kg
- Supports weights of up to 100 kg
- Aerospace-grade aluminium alloy
- Three speed modes to choose from
- Puncture prevention fluid filled tires
- Integrated Bluetooth-enabled display
- Smart Battery Management System
- Charges in just 5.5 hours
|Unfolded Dimensions (LxWxH)||Speed||Range||Charging time||Weight||Foldable||Smartphone app?||Cruise control?||Disc brakes||Waterproof rating||Lights?|
|108 x 43 x 49 cm||108 x 43 x 114 cm||15.5 mph (25 km/h)||18.5 miles / 30 km||5.5 hours||12.5 kg (27.5 lbs)||Yes||Mobile app & Bluetooth supported||No||Yes||IP54 waterproof grade||Front, side & rear|
Xiaomi 1S Review & Overview
Welcome to our ever-so ‘Xciting’ Xiaomi 1S review for 2020. In this section, we’ll try to cover all the specs, stats and features this eScooter seems full of. For starters, it offers great performance at incredible value for money; resulting in a ride a lot cheaper than competitors, yet no less powerful. Much like many e-scooters these days, the frame is fully folding; allowing riders to easily pack up, store & transport their ride whenever required. However, what we found really cool was the regenerative braking, which we discuss more about under battery life & charging. Briefly speaking, this regenerative braking converts kinetic brake energy into power, helping you push for that extra mile.
Whilst Xiaomi officially state a recommended age of 16+, please note that the max. supported weight for this eScooter is 100 kg. Those unable to ride should likely ditch the electric scooters and pick up some running shoes, if possible. Moving on, the Xiaomi 1S boasts an awesome aerospace-grade aluminium alloy frame; resulting in a remarkably robust ride that’s also incredibly lightweight, weighing just 12.5 kg. This super light weight coupled with a folding frame further make transportation and storage a breeze. In fact, such a weight makes this one of the lightest electric scooters currently available, well worth the price.
Speed, Power & Distance
Moving our Xiaomi 1S review onto the ever important speed, power & distance stats. To begin, the 1S is powered by a modest 250W front-wheel motor, propelling it to a decent top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mp/h). We were fairly surprised with this top speed, seeing as typically mightier motors are required for such speeds. We believe that the Xiaomi 1S can achieve this, due to its incredibly light weight. The responsive rear disc brakes also allowed us to make sharp stops on demand, more of which we discuss later in our roadside usability section.
Furthermore, this superb scooter also offers a range of up to 30 km (18.5 miles), which is fairly decent for a model of this calibre. Riders also have three modes to choose from, ranging from Speed mode, Cruise mode & Pedestrian mode; each offering different speeds & allowing you to always adapt to your surroundings. Whilst these figures might seem average at best, it’s worth remembering the price tag, making this one cost-effective & high performing scooter.
How fast does it go?
25 km/h (15.5 mp/h).
Xiaomi state the 1S to most suit riders over the age of 16+. Furthermore, please note that this model claims to support weights of up to 100 kg (220 lbs), please bear this in mind. Lastly, variables such as weight, terrain, incline, etc. will impact overall performance.
What is the range/distance?
Approx. range of 30 km (18.5 miles).
Battery Life & Charging
Boasting a beefy lithium-ion battery, the 1S offers a large power supply synonymous with safe & durable performance. This model further claims fifth generation SBMS (smart battery management system). This features six smart protections, keeping the battery safe & ensuring an extended battery life. These SMBS’s typically protect against overvoltage, overcurrent, overcharging, overheating and more.
Riders can easily download the Mi Home app to their phone, allowing them to monitor thee condition of their battery; with the app alerting them immediately to any faults. Whilst not removable, the battery is smoothly integrated within the frame, with no exposed electricals or compromise on design. Lastly, regenerative braking was a great addition and one we didn’t expect to see from a model of this price. Kinetic braking energy is converted, in turn powering the motor & helping you squeeze out that extra mile.
How long does it take to charge?
Battery protection & safety
Smart BMS (Smart Battery Management System) protects against over-voltage, over-current, over-heating, etc. Furthermore, the battery is fully integrated within the frame, protecting against physical threats and exposure to the elements. Learn more about battery management systems here.
How long will the battery last for?
On average, lithium-ion batteries last for approx. 500-1000+ charge cycles before issues arise. Premium quality lithium-ion batteries typically last for the latter of this figure. For some perspective, even if you charged & rode this folding eScooter on a daily basis, it would still take 2-3 years to reach this point.
Design and Ergonomics
Diverting our 2020 Xiaomi 1S review to design & ergonomics; both of which this cost-effective commuter’s choice excel at. Whilst maintaining that trademark Mi M365 aesthetic, Xiaomi have continued to innovate on their design. The inclusion of regenerative braking is an awesome addition & one we were especially surprised to find on such a low-cost escooter. Whilst still using air-filled tires susceptible to puncturing, they’ve filled them with puncture protection fluid; allowing riders to soldier on should they run over something sharp. This also gives riders much more control when these events do occur; especially important in terms of roadside safety.
We were slightly concerned with the lack of any mentioned suspension, of which the Xiaomi 1S certainly is lacking. Whilst pneumatic tires absorb some of the impact, we would have really benefitted from at least some rear suspension. This solidifies our sentiment that the Xiaomi 1S is strictly designed for roadside use. Riders from Europe can rest assured, this model meets all EU requirements and likely fully legal in your region. As previously mentioned, the fully folding frame coupled with light weight make transporting & storing this eScooter extremely easy.
What material is it made from?
Aerospace-grade aluminium alloy, pneumatic rubber tires, puncture-protection fluid
Suitable for use as a regular scooter?
Yes – expect to lend a leg once your battery runs dry.
Does it connect to your smartphone via app or Bluetooth?
Build quality and ease of use
Bringing our Xiaomi 1S review onto build quality & ease of use. In terms of build quality, this model certainly is up there; especially when you consider the competitive price tag. Boasting an aerospace-grade aluminium alloy that results in a highly durable yet lightweight ride; making it obvious that this is one strong yet versatile eScooter. Regenerative braking is a remarkable addition, a feature typically reserved for higher-end models. The previously mentioned Smart Battery Management System also attests to its brilliant build quality; keeping both battery and rider protected from a variety of potential faults. To further attest to its overall build quality, this model also meets all strict European standards; resulting in a road-legal eScooter in most nations.
Ergonomically speaking, the Xiaomi 1S is extremely easy to use. Again, the folding frame makes packing, transporting and commuting as easy as ever. Combined with the ludicrously light weight of 12.5 kg results in extremely easy transportation. However, whilst weighing just 12.5 kg, this superior scooter supports weights of up to 100 kg (220 lbs); 8 times its own weight. Xiaomi have seemingly spared no expensive, shorting few features and utilising a number of superior materials & design choices throughout production.
Safety and usability on the road
Switching to arguably the most important section of our Xiaomi 1S review for 2020; safety & usability on the road. As we all know, roadside rider safety is of upmost importance, as one mistake could be life-changing. Starting out with safety, the 1S employs a variety of features to protect the rider, such as SBMS, puncture-protected tires and responsive brakes. However, we believe that keeping it cost-effective meant a sacrifice to suspension, with this model claiming little to no shock absorption; outside of the two pneumatic tires, which really don’t feel enough. Of course, riders will have no problem with this lack of suspension, should they stick to flat & even roads.
In fact, we believe the Xiaomi 1S only suitable for roadside use, due to the lack of any off-road functionality. Briefly on the topic of brakes, the rear disc brakes were remarkably responsive; allowing us to make sharp & sudden stops on demand. This model also claims front & rear LED lighting coupled with side reflectors offer greater awareness, allowing riders to see, stay seen & most importantly, stay safe. Furthermore, an integrated horn allows riders to easily alert clueless pedestrians and other traffic to their presence. Whilst lighting & horns are well & good, we always recommend wearing adequate safety gear when riding roadside or at night; such as a high visibility jacket, helmet, gloves, etc. Feel free to continue reading our 2020 Xiaomi 1S review for Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals below.
Is the Xiaomi 1S waterproof?
IP54 – This means that whilst offering mild water resistance, riders are recommended to avoid rain and sustained levels of moisture. Xiaomi themselves recommend to not ride in rain for extended periods of time. Learn more about IP ratings here.
Xiaomi 1S discount coupons & promo codes 2020
Welcome to our Xiaomi 1S discount codes and promos section for 2020. As is tradition, this section features a number of active and expired deals alike, alongside promos for this model. Browse deals & discounts, or read below for the hottest Xiaomi 1S Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals this 2020. See a deal we may have missed? Feel free to leave us a comment!
Xiaomi 1S Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals & discounts 2020
As always, our 2020 Xiaomi 1S Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals section. We’ve compiled a list of potential Xiaomi Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals this 2020; covering ongoing, upcoming & expired S1 sales throughout the event. We typically analyse price history charts, in order to identify any prior sales or flash price drops throughout the year. However, this information remains unavailable and as such, we’ve had to do some digging instead. Now, much to the surprise of no-one, we found a variety of evidence pointing towards Xiaomi’s previous involvement in Black Friday/Cyber Monday throughout the years. Some of these discounts even offered up to 40% off, so we recommend checking back closer to the date and seizing the savings for yourself! Alternatively, discover some additional Xiaomi 1S coupons & promo codes for 2020 above.
Restrictions and availability
From what we know, Xiaomi ship worldwide and to all major continents. However, please double check your local laws to ensure your region allows for such transportation methods or motor sizes. Many suppliers state that it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that this model is legal in respective regions. As always, thanks for reading our Xiaomi 1S review for 2020, we hope we were able to answer all your questions. Please feel free to leave us a comment if you still have any questions, or think we’ve missed anything. Discover the rest of our reviews on folding eBikes, electric scooters, hoverboards, skateboards and more.
Check out some of the pros & cons for the Xiaomi 1S covered in our review.
- Fully folding
- Front, side & rear lighting
- Regenerative braking
- Meets EU standards
- IP54 waterproof rated
- Responsive rear disc brakes
- Decent top speed of 15.5 mp/h
- Incredibly lightweight - weighs just 12.5 kg
- Aerospace-grade aluminium alloy frame
- Puncture protected tires
- Bluetooth & mobile app support
- Fairly fast 5.5 charge time
- No locking/anti-theft
- Lack of suspension
- Average range