These are times of busier than ever lifestyles and various ecological issues. As a consequence, many people have reset their values. Currently, people are looking for a more eco-friendly lifestyle and for alternatives to traditionally accepted means of living; starting from eating and reading habits going to recycling and transportation.
In search of more resource-saving and natural-friendly alternatives to cars, many people are giving a chance to electric scooters nowadays. Driving an electric scooter requires less effort than driving a bicycle, it is more convenient than a bus, and of course, cheaper than taking a cab.
The significant increase in the number of scooters everywhere is definitely the indicator of that. Although, so many cities now have electric scooter rentals everywhere, considering the convenience and not so big budget requirements, obtaining a personal one might be more beneficial.
If you are already interested and in search of a good electric scooter, then let’s get started. We will review Mi Electric Scooter to help you make a more informed decision if you are considering purchasing this exact one.
You might have heard about smartphones and smart home technologies that Xiaomi is producing, but now it has entered into the transportation industry with these comparably young and fresh vehicles – electric scooters.
It started with Xiaomi M365, and now it has introduced a new, updated, and improved version – Xiaomi Electric Scooter Pro.
What is included in a package?
- One Mi Electric Scooter Pro
- One Charging Adapter
- One T-shape Key
- One Extension Nozzle
- Five Screws
- One User Manual
- One Legal Statement
- One Quick Start Guide
- One Warranty Notice
- One Maintenance Card
First of all, before going any further, make sure that there are no compliance issues local laws and regulations. Because electric scooters are a comparably new means of transportation, the legal requirements are not so tough, but still, there are some.
If we are speaking about the US, it is very confusing. Despite the fact that legislation can be very state-specific, it is also not quite differentiated when electric scooters are treated as a totally different vehicle category, and when they are treated with the same laws as electric bikes do.
Generally speaking, US Federal Law states that it is legal to drive an electric bike if the maximum speed level of it does not exceed 20 mph, and the motor power does not exceed 750W.
Moreover, in most US cities, it is allowed to drive electric scooters on the roads in case if there are no bicycle lanes as long as they do not exceed the speed level of 25 mph.
If your research indicates that the electric scooter is in compliance with domestic laws, then let’s consider getting more information on this specific model by Xiaomi.
Generally, Xiaomi prices are in the mid-range tier. That applies to its electric scooters as well. On Gearbest, the Mi Electric Scooter Pro is available for $469 with the following coupon code (V3950AFBEE18D000) and $499.99 on Banggood.
However, check the website https://www.xiaomitoday.com because the coupons might get expired, and the prices may go up to around $530.
Make sure you can find the updated coupon codes, because why not?
Design and parameters
Xiaomi aimed to provide an electric scooter with a sleek design.
It is an all-black vehicle with some red geometrical touches that beautifully decorate and make the vehicle visually eye-pleasing. Simple yet slick the Mi Electric Scooter Pro will provide visual pleasure, whether it is parked or while you are hitting the road.
So, if you do appreciate the slick design and value beauty, then add one more advantage to your personal pro and con list.
Speaking about the parameters, you will definitely recognize that this electric scooter is quite large.
It weighs 14,2 kg, which is heavier than the majority of other electric scooters. Usually, those weight around 8-12 kgs. So it is fairly heavy, and carrying it around will require some more effort.
The weight is in line with its size. The deck is 45 cm long and 15 cm wide. It provides much space for you to stand on. Moreover, the handlebar rises for 99 cm, making Mi Electric Scooter Pro more convenient for tall riders.
Overall, this large parameters definitely indicate the power of this vehicle.
Let’s quickly go through details regarding battery in case if you want to have specific tech information about it. The battery type used in Mi Electric Scooter Pro is 3 element lithium. The exact model is NED1004-K. The battery has 45VDC limited voltage of charging and 37VDC of nominal voltage. It is rated to have a capacity of 12800mAh/474Wh.
The battery weighs around 3kg. It is estimated that the battery has a cyclical lifetime of 500 charging cycles, with power maintained higher than 70%.
Now, let’s move to more understandable terminology. On their official website, mi.com, it is said that this new scooter has updated, extra-long battery life, which can successfully be driven for 45km. However, this is not much detailed information. Testing was conducted by a tech reviewer, who reported that he was able to drive 30km with a fully charged Mi Electric Scooter Pro. The majority of the distance was driven at the highest speed. So, he assumed that in case if he drove under the Eco mode, which lowers the highest speed level, then it is possible that the scooter would reach the 45km distance, as stated by Xiaomi.
Charging is simple. As was already mentioned, there is a charging adapter in a package. You just connect the charger to the charging port, which is located under a small red flap beside the front wheel.
Moreover, in the vehicle introduction on the official website, it is told that the scooter recovers and regenerates energy, and the battery lasts longer.
As you might know from physics, during the acceleration, kinetic energy is produced. This scooter stores and converts this energy into electric power as a result of which the scooter gets extended battery life.
To obtain more power, a regular braking system is placed on the scooter. As a result, the battery life is getting longer, and the emergency braking system is improving.
So now about the point that you will care the most about. The large battery takes quite a long time to get charged. As was given in a review, 0.5 hours of charging filled the battery with only 8%.
In case if you have the possibility to charge it for a long time, this might not be a problem. However, if you are planning to use it a lot, you should make sure that you can find sufficient time for it to get charged. Overall, just note that it drains faster than it charges.
Speed modes and riding
Again, as it is informed on the official website, the Mi Electric Scooter Pro has 3 riding modes: Eco, Standard Mode (D), and Sports Mode (S). One can easily switch among those by double-pressing the power button.
Although, from the technological perspective, it is quite easy to change among the modes, the users who share experience state that physically, it is not easy to change the mode while driving. You definitely need to slow your speed or stop to make that change safely.
What a reviewer also said is that the Eco mode allows you to drive at the maximum speed of 15 km/h. Although this feels very slow, it is not bad for the busy streets, considering that with heavy traffic it is not possible to drive fast even if you could. Moreover, Eco mode saves energy and allows you to ride longer distances without being required to charge.
To keep in pace with cyclists, you should consider driving under Driving mode (D). It allows you to drive at 20 km/h speed. Although it might feel slow, that speed will keep you safe, and meanwhile, you will not get in the way of cyclists and disturb them.
In case if you want a higher speed level, you should choose Speed Mode (S). It will allow you to drive at a maximum speed of 25 km/h. If you saw electric scooters at drive, you might know that this is not quite a fast speed. There are more high-end electric scooter models that can be driven at 50 km/h, but actually, that high-speed levels often cannot be used on many roads.
When starting a ride, you cannot do it immediately without any physical effort. Like a non-electric scooter, you should first kick-off for it to start moving. Then you can use the acceleration button to achieve higher speeds. Once you are driving, the acceleration starts easily and works great as the reviewer states.
Another good news is that the scooter is reasonably quiet in any mode you choose. Although the sounds get noticeable while you are driving at higher speeds or on hills, it is never unbearable, and it never gets on your nerves.
One riding difficulty to mention, is that the tires do not hold firmly. So, before braking, you should slow down your speed. Otherwise, it will go some distance before stopping if you try to stop it at high speeds, especially in rainy wet weather.
Also, consider that the handlebars are not very flexible. So, you might not succeed in taking tight turns in corners when driving at a slow speed. However, this may not be the case since most of the time turning is done with body balancing.
- Number of the product model: DDHBC02NEB
- Maximum speed level: 25 km/h
- General length (fully charged): 45 km
- Maximum climbing angle: 12 degrees
- Maximum load: 100 kg
- Rider height: 120 – 200 cm
- Rider age: 16 – 50
- Working temperature: – 10 to 40° C.
- Charging time: 8 – 9 hours
Mi Electric Scooter Pro vs Mi Electric Scooter
Before introducing the Mi Electric Scooter Pro Xiaomi had a Mi Electric Scooter. Following, let’s compare these two models.
To bring both models into a working condition you have to settle the handlebar in place and screw down 4 screws – 2 on each side. And that’s it.
The first difference is evident in the size of the frame. Pro has a bigger and heavier frame. For example, the space for the feet onboard is 40 cm for the standard one, while the Pro has a board of 45 cm. The width of the Pro is larger for 7 mm. The height of the handlebar increased by 4 cm, making it more comfortable for taller drivers.
Xiaomi changed the color of the rubber pad from gray to soft black.
The battery size significantly increased. Pro has a capacity of 12800 milliamperes, while the standard one has only 7800. It shows a battery increase of more than 50%. The battery is not only larger, but also more secure. The battery pack is now sealed inside of the aluminum box, which protects it from damage, physical impact, water, and moisture. The battery of the standard one is in a plastic holder, and it is placed in plastic foil.
The charging port cap has also improved. The new one comes with a magnetic cap that instantly pops back into its place, and there is no need to fit it by hand. The standard one had an extended rubber, which makes it somehow difficult to push it back.
It was used to protect from water and moisture. However, a reviewer conducted a little “watering” test to check if the new one protects the charging port as good as the previous one did. And the test showed that no water went into the charging port.
Although the battery has increased almost twice, the charging ports remained the same. Thus, to get the scooter fully charged, the battery will require 8 hours of charging instead of 5.
The new LCD screen is bright and very useful. It shows speed and some more information. By double-clicking on the button will switch between three different driving modes, as was mentioned above.
It also shows Bluetooth status, headlight indication, battery level, and error codes. However, the standard one only has 4 lights showing battery levels. To get more information, you should connect the old scooter to your smartphone and use the app to show speed, etc, which is not very convenient.
The ring bell is now black instead of silver and has a slightly different design. On the standard model, there is a small plastic piece that slams on the bell and is not very precise.
It can make ringing noise sometimes when you drive on a rough hilly road. On the Pro version, there is a metal spring on a ring bell, which is much more precise, louder, and better design overall.
Software interface information and features over the app are exactly the same as on the standard version.
You can use mi home app to connect with a scooter, lock and unlock the scooter, see all kinds of useful information like the travel speed, battery level, battery capacity, status, charging time, etc. Plus, you do not need to have a mi account to use the app. Just install and use it right away.
Although there, of course, are better high-end models of electric scooters, which will require bigger budgets, you might still give this Mi Electric Scooter Pro a try. It might have some inconveniences, but it is a good option, especially if you are not planning to overuse it.
President Maduro: Venezuela Seeks Opportunities To Use Cryptocurrency For Global Trade
- Venezuela’s cryptocurrency story continues as the country’s President Nicolas Maduro has presented new use cases.
- A recent report informed that the South American nation is studying the possibility of using digital assets in trades alongside the national Petro.
- President Maduro has presented new anti-sanctions law in the Constituent National Assembly. In a recent speech, he asserted:
“The anti-sanctions law is the first response to give new strength to the use of petro and other cryptocurrencies, national and global, in domestic and foreign trade, so that all cryptocurrencies of the world, state and private, could be used. This is an important project that is under development.”
- The news comes after Maduro suggested last year that his country could adopt cryptocurrency payments.
- Additionally, Venezuela signed a new tax agreement this summer that enabled the nation to start collecting taxes and fees in the Petro.
- A study reported by CryptoPotato revealed that digital assets already play an essential role in the country’s struggling economy. Venezuela’s intensifying financial crisis has catalyzed significant interest in cryptocurrencies as people seek opportunities to escape the devaluating national currency.
- The Bitcoin peer-to-peer volume exemplifies the growing interest in the primary cryptocurrency within the country. As per data from coin.dance, the BTC P2P volume on LocalBitcoins has been continuously surging in the past several months.
Leader That Allowed Scams: TRON’s Justin Sun Responds to Claims by Ex-Employees
Yesterday The Verge published an elaborate article portraying a picture of Justin Sun’s leadership at BitTorrent post the peer-to-peer file-sharing site’s acquisition by the TRON foundation.
Sun later responded to the ‘false-claims’ made by TRON/BitTorrent’s ex-employees in the article with ‘An Open Letter to Anyone Who Cares to Read’ on Medium.
Claim: Megalomaniac Leader; Response: True Libertarian
In the supposedly expose piece, author
Refuting the above portrayal of his leadership, Sun, in his response, stated that he has devoted his entire life ‘to being a responsible, global citizen’. Adding to this, Justin said that is a true champion of libertarian principles for a significant portion of his life.
I have devoted myself to being a responsible, global citizen throughout my entire life, spending significant portions of my personal and professional life to activities promoting universal values of respect, liberty, equality, and kindness.
The TRON and BitTorrent chief impressed further on his ‘global’ approach to things. He explained that the TRON Foundation harbors a ‘global team of talented contributors and developers’. And that he takes ‘pride in working’ with this global community to make TRON ‘one of the greatest decentralized blockchain protocols’.
Claim: Freedom Suppressor; Response: Upholder Of Human Rights, Individual Values
Dunaway reportedly engaged in conversations with folks who are/were associated with the TRON brand and the work culture. From what he gathered, Justin enforced a draconian company culture, with employees officially following the ‘9-9-6’ norm.
According to the article, TRON’s HR had Slack replaced with its Chinese counterpart DingTalk. The communication platform had an in-built surveillance mechanism that would use ‘Apple Health to count people’s steps’. Also, DingTalk used to ping employees literally all the time.
To this, Sun responded by saying that he has left no stone turned in, establishing a work culture that respects.
diversity and individuality through a culture that cherishes fundamental human values freedom of speech, user privacy, intellectual property protection, kindness, a diversified working environment, and compliance with legal standards.
Justin went on to comment that TRON and BitTorrent operate with a ‘globally collaborative team’. One that upholds and respects the ethos of cross-culture teams. Sun claimed that the folks at TRON folks have ‘worked hard’ to create a collaborative work culture. One that values freedom of speech and individual privacy.
Claim: Suppressed Criticism, Allowed Scams; Response: No Control Over Protocol Functioning
The Verge piece mentioned that ‘decentralization’ was just a facade for what was happening behind the curtains. Justin Sun and his core officials exercised strict control over content moving about and within the TRON network.
This involved allegedly paying a Redditor to ‘erase negative posts’. Which later drew the ire of the community.
Free speech is part of the ideology of decentralization, where ideas flow without gatekeepers. Tron started deleting any post it wanted.
The article also claimed that TRON’s administration team was silent and allowed the perpetration of scams on the network. While this happened, scammers and the scammed continue to grow in numbers while the management did nothing to interfere.
Justin, in his Medium post, said that he and the entire TRON administration team function sans control. Even though the team at TRON works to upgrade the platform, they do not exercise any censorship/regulation.
…we have no control or discretion over what applications use the protocol, what data is transmitted, or how its community members use it.
Sun went to add that he and his team are proud of TRON and BitTorrent’s achievement over the years. He went to quote that both have collectively ‘served 2 billion users around the world. These include ‘numerous enterprises, universities, and governments’.
Lastly, the TRON and BitTorrent boss struck down all claims made by ex-employees Lucasz Juraszek, Richard Hall, and Cong Li. Justin declared that the TRON foundation’s legal counsel has submitted all the requisite proofs and evidence pieces to the court. “We believe the decision will speak for itself”, he said.
BTT and TRX’s price didn’t seem to undergo any correction following the release of the bitterly scathing Verge piece. On the contrary, BTT is actually up 2.3% in the last 24 hours.
Featured image courtesy of QZ.com
Ethereum Price Analysis: Will ETH Surpass 2019 Highs Towards $400?
ETH/USD – Bulls Struggling To Pass 2019 Highs
Key Support Levels: $350, $336, $325.
Key Resistance Levels: $364, $378, $390.
Ethereum pushed higher last week to reach the 2019 highs at around $364 over the weekend. Unfortunately, it has not been able to overcome this resistance in the past four days of trading as bearish divergence popped up on the short term charts – highlighted in our last analysis.
For now, Ethereum is finding strong support between $350 and $355; however, it is looking increasingly likely to break this support soon as the short-term bearish divergence continues to play out.
ETH-USD Short Term Price Prediction
If ETH does penetrate back beneath $350, the first level of strong support lies at $336 (100-days EMA). Beneath this, additional support lies at $324 (.618 Fib), $320, $310, and $300.
On the other side, the first level of resistance lies at $364 (2019 highs). Above this, resistance is expected at $378 (bearish .382 Fib), $390, and $400.
The Daily RSI did dip beneath the mid-line to suggest that the sellers are battling to gain control of the market momentum.
ETH/BTC – Bears Continue To Face Resistance at Falling Trend Line
Key Support Levels: 0.033BTC, 0.032 BTC, 0.0315 BTC.
Key Resistance Levels: 0.0337 BTC, 0.0347 BTC, 0.0352 BTC.
Against Bitcoin, Ethereum continues to face the resistance at a falling trend line that has dictated price action during September. Each time ETH attempted to break above this falling trend line, the coin was rejected and headed lower.
On Monday, ETH attempted to push beyond the March 2019 support at 0.0337 BTC but could not pass it. As a result, ETH moved sideways this week and has returned to the falling trend line. Here, it can be expected that ETH should be heading lower – especially with the daily RSI flattening out in the bearish territory.
ETH-BTC Short Term Price Prediction
Looking ahead, if the trend line rejects the sellers, the first two levels of support lie at 0.033 BTC and 0.032 BTC. Beneath this, support lies at 0.0315 BTC (100-days EMA & downside 1.414 Fib Extension), 0.0311 BTC (.618 Fib Retracement), and 0.0305 BTC.
On the other side, if the bulls can penetrate the falling trend line, the first level of resistance lies at 0.0337 BTC (March 2019 Support). Above this, resistance lies at 0.0347 BTC, 0.0352 BTC, and 0.0361 BTC (March 2019 High).
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