Xiaomi Mijia was first launched in December 2016. Its UL2272 certified model Mijia M365 remains the same design and features, with no any major modifications; while MOBOT U3 L1-1 is relatively new in the market, being launched on Christmas 2018, adopting same folding mechanism and deck board shape design of Xiaomi Mijia.
Together with Ninebot by Segway ES2, there are total three e-scooter models having achieved UL2272 certification status in Singapore as at 31st Jan 2019.
This article will touch mainly on the differences between MOBOT U3 and Xiaomi Mijia.
#Do you know that PMD users will no longer be able to ride at speed above 10kmh on footpaths from Feb 1 2019 onwards in Singapore? LTA has cut the maximum speed of 15Km/h set in previous Active Mobility Acts to 10Km/h for all e-scooters travelling on footpaths. Anyone caught flouting the rule can be fined up to $1,000 and/or jailed for up to three months upon conviction for the first offence. (Sources from LTA website)
With 10Km/h speed limit on payment and heavy fine imposed on even first time offenders, the foremost concern as an e-scooter user is that you shall make sure to check your speedometer regularly while riding on footpaths or pavement. Xiaomi Mijia M365 does NOT have a speedometer incorporated on its scooter handle. Instead, it uses APP function linking to a mobile phone, where you can see the speed reading, and other parameters. The only reading you can see on the scooter itself is battery capacity level, featuring three white dot and a green dot light representing percentage of battery power left. Maybe sometimes you won’t trouble to switch on your phone Bluetooth and link to the scooter each time you use it; or you won’t always hang your phone onto the handle bar while risk dropping your phone onto the floor and smash phone screen into pieces.
MOBOT U3 L1-1 comes with a dedicated odometer where you can see the speed level 1 to 3 (low, medium, high speed), travelling speed reading, and battery capacity level on top.
Handle bar width
To make it a comfortable ride, the ideal handle bar width shall be the same width as or slightly wider than your shoulder width.
Simply extend your arms holding your fists, and do a simple measurement to decide what length of handle bar is ideal for you.
Below is a comparison of their handle length in graphics.
Scooter body length
MOBOT U3 is 100mm longer than Xiaomi Mijia M365.
Xiaomi Mijia deck board is not long enough if you want to put one foot in front, and another in rear. As a result, while riding Xiaomi Mijia you need to slant your feet slightly.
MOBOT U3 deck board has an extended length of 100mm more.
UL2272 Certification organizations
MOBOT U3 L1-1 is certified by UL accredited lab, bearing a UL2272 hologram certification sticker label and a unique serial number to trace each individual scooter; while Xiaomi Mijia M365 is certified by CSA Canada, bearing a CSA logo only.
LTA accepts UL2272 certification from 4 testing bodies, namely UL, CSA, Intertek, and SGS. Only UL issues UL2272 certification sticker label, while all remaining 3 testing body does NOT issue any UL2272 sticker, but authorise manufacturers to use their lab logo for UL2272 certified e-scooters.
Below at the right is Ninebot by Segway ES2 UL2272 certification mark. With both tested at CSA, Xiaomi Mijia M365’s UL2272 certification mark is very similar, with a CSA logo printed at the last row of the scooter sticker.
Unlike Xiaomi Mijia M365’s simple round front light, MOBOT U3 L1-1 features an elongated oval shaped light, consists of four LED lighting bulb and ambient surrounding light of various color being adjusted by mobile phone apps.
MOBOT U3 Ambient light beneath deck board
Different from Xiaomi Mijia M365, MOBOT U3 L1-1 has two arrays of deck board light, making it a nice view especially in the night.
MOBOT U3 has optional seat available. You can choose to add additional baby seat as well.