How To Tell The Difference Between A Real And Fake Xiaomi Scooter


Written by Ed Wiles, Scootered Founder

The new Xiaomi range was recently launched in China following the widespread success of the Xiaomi M365 and M365 Pro. Demand for the new scooters is expected to be high and, as there have been a large number of fake M365s on the market, there is expected to be a similar number of fake Essential, 1S and Pro 2 electric scooters out there (adding the fake M365s still in circulation).

This, unfortunately, is the world we live in. It is especially dangerous to buy directly from China as there is essentially no way to tell if a scooter is real or not before you receive it (companies selling fakes often use images from Xiaomi's own marketing on their sales pages). But I write this article to help you avoid buying a fake Xiaomi scooter, whether that is an M365 or a newer model.

Spot The Difference
Real or Fake



So I write this article to help you avoid buying a fake Xiaomi scooter. The first thing to say is that, if a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. The profit margins in selling these scooters are small, so if a company were selling a real Xiaomi 1S for under £375, they would likely be making a loss on it.

However, it can be very hard to tell a fake Xiaoim from a real Xiaomi by looking at it. Indeed, companies fakes go to great lengths to make their scooters look real. A fake will be missing the serial number, which is one possible way to spot a fake. Yet this requires taking a close look at the scooter in person and fake serial numbers can be added to fake scooters. The image below shows the location/format of the serial number.

M365 Serial Number

The innards (battery, motherboard etc) of a fake will be different but you are unlikely to see the innards of the scooter before purchase (if ever). But there is one question you can ask to weed out a fake from a real Xiaomi scooter before purchase, and that question is "What app works this scooter?". If the scooter does not work with the official Xiaomi Home app, then it is a fake.

More often than not, the app the fake scooters use is the MiniRobot, a generic scooter app. Thus, should you come across an Xiaomi scooter for sale - and why would you not buy from us? - at a ridiculously good price, be sure to ask about the app.

Mi Home App vs MiniRobot App
Mi Hope App vs MiniRobot App

A fake scooter may work reasonably well but it is unlikely to have been built to the same standards as a real Xiaomi. Added to this, Li-ion batteries can be dangerous and you would not want to be riding or charging a scooter with a possibly unsafe battery component. Xiaomi, on the other hand, is a reputable company that has recalled scooters when a safety issue has been discovered.



I hope this article proves useful for those seeking to buy an authentic Xiaomi electric scooter. If you have any questions please feel free to email me. It would be unusual for a UK registered company to sell fake scooters as it is relatively easy to take court action against a company in Britain. However, outside of the UK/EU, and especially via China, the risk of buying a fake increases. Beyond the risk of buying a fake, it is also advisable to consider what warranty comes with your scooter and where you would have to send it should a problem arise. If you buy a through a company listing on Gearbest, there is a likelihood that you would have to send it abroad to be fixed.