Xiaomi Ninebot Mini (九号平衡车) – one stylish and smart hover board for all ages | IT Gadgets Review

Xiaomi has launched a small Segway device, the Ninebot Mini (小米九号平衡车), for an attractive price of USD 310 (RMB 1999). This is the first device the both Xiaomi and Segway have launched since the acquisition last year. This self-balancing scooter looks similar to the traditional Segway but it costs way less (less than a tenth) and is much smaller. Xiaomi Ninebot Mini is a smart scooter without a handle and definitely a hit when hoverboards are so popular in recent days.

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My Ninebot Mini came in simple rectangular brown packaging but it did weigh some amount. Upon open up the box, there is a white plastic bag filled with manual, product brochures and safety tips.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - unboxing 1

After we removed the plastic then we can see the main body of the scooter. In the accessories box, there are screws, Allen key, air pump extension tube and the handle joint connector.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - unboxing 2 Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - tool kit

There is a need to install the Ninebot by attaching the middle control stick to the actual wheeled body. It’s very easy as the manual is clearly illustrated – took no more than 10 mins to have the full Ninebot assembled.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - assembly guide Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - assemble handle stick

The centre control stick is surprising sturdy and feels durable. I would guess safety is the chief consideration when one will use it at fairly high speed on the roads.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - assemble handle stick and tighten nuts

The EVA material used is really very comfortable when we step on it. It will absorb shocks when riding on the road and anti skid too. One can wash it easily with plain normal water and the direction pointing on it shows the direction that the rider should face.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - fullt assembled Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - front view

The back lies two panel of white LED display board will auto change the brightness according to surrounding. They are also used to show the braking of the device and right/left turn indications.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - back view

The lithium-ion batteries are housed within the bottom of the device with a safety seal to prevent unauthorised change of battery which may lead to fire hazards due to any poorly built unofficial battery banks.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - bottom view

At the front of the Ninebot Mini, under the flip cover lies the have the charging inlet. It has a IP54 protection so that we do not need to worry the power button will spoil due to raining.

Headlight of the scooter is also made aware of the ambient light levels and will automatically adjust its brightness by turning on and off. This can also be manually overwritten with the Ninebot App.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - power charging inlet

The power button uses OMRON technology and is completely sealed from external water or dust. When the Ninebot Mini is connected to the handset via the Ninebot App, the bluetooth logo will be illuminated.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - charging mode

Although the Ninebot Mini can be readily operated without using the official Ninebot App, there are some useful features in the app to make the download worthwhile.

– Download the iOS version
– Download the Android version

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - Ninebot App download

Ninebot is remote control software designed specifically for Ninebot self-balancing vehicles. Riders can wirelessly connect their phones with a Ninebot via Bluetooth.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - Ninebot App - detect Ninebot Mini

The user can also rename their Ninebot Mini using the Ninebot App.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - Ninebot App - detected device for connection

This is also an in app instruction kit to guide first time riders on the Ninebot Mini.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - Ninebot App - paired for first use

The ‘Dashboard’ provides the rider information on speed, mileage, run time and temperature.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - Ninebot App - realtime speed monitoring

The Ninebot App will act as a speedometer, and show traffic data or if there are any faults in the scooter. It can also upgrade the firmware through the smartphone (iOS and Android alike).

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - Ninebot App - realtime device monitoring

It can also turn the Ninebot’s motor on/off and lock/unlock it. Riders may also set parameters on the ‘Setting’ page for speed, light, sound and so on.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - Ninebot App - other settings Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - Ninebot App - Sensor configurations

To make sure the safety of the riders are also look into, Xiaomi has also established protective gears as optional items for riders to get and be worn on prior any rides on the Ninebot Mini especially for first time riders.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - accessories - safety guards

Ninebot mini can be easily used in normal road. It’s sleek, stylish and definitely a form of personal transportation you can easily flaunt on the go. In just a few minutes, you can now ride through the streets on a scooter that doesn’t include a handle but has a knee-high steering stick instead.

It can move at up to 16km/h (10 mph), tackle 15 degree hills and run up to 22 km on a single charge. It’s portable at 12.8 kilograms (28 pounds) and should be able to fit into trunk of any regular saloon car. Though miniature in size, it has no issue supporting riders up to 85kg in weight.

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - standing on - back view

Ninebot Mini - hands on 2

Xiaomi Ninebot (小米九号平衡车) - standing on - front view

After much play with the Ninebot Mini, it does fit into Xiaomi vision of creating smart things but this has an added cool and youth in this electronic toy. Perhaps after viewing this short clip on our first ride with the Ninebot Mini, you may consider getting one for your own to try out?

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