The scooter was easy to set up; an Allen key is provided to screw on the handlebar that paired to my iPhone within seconds on the Mi Home app. The app lets you access battery life, average speed, duration of a trip and settings.
The 1S is fun but the kickboard is narrow; both feet don’t fit side by side. You kick-start it and once you’re coasting at 5km/h, you can hit the accelerator.
It has three speed modes: pedestrian, up to 5km/h; standard, up to 20km/h; and sports, up to 25km/h. Don’t be fooled, standard is fast, and you should always be aware of your surroundings.
It has double braking: the front being an eABS regenerative system that prolongs your range like an electric vehicle, and the rear is conventional. The efficiency of the recovery can be adjusted on the app.
The Xiaomi Electric Scooter 1S is not a toy for kids. It’s very much a grown-up gadget, and a helmet should be worn at all times. It is meant for private use, but if you want to take it on quiet suburban roads, prepare for any consequences.
It costs R8,999 at Takealot.