Head-to-head: Pure Air Pro vs. Xiaomi M365 Pro electric scootersJuly 23rd 2020
If you’re in the market for an e-scooter that you could rely on day-in, day-out, then in the emerging e-scooter market your choices have usually been limited to manufacturers like Xiaomi, Ninebot Segway and Inokim: well-regarded brands that have produced e-scooters that have set the standard for the past few years.
Now though, we are proud to offer our own e-scooter, the Pure Air Pro, as a true alternative to the established order – especially the market-leading Xiaomi M365 Pro, which (alongside the Xiaomi M365) has topped the charts in terms of e-scooter sales in recent times.
But how do they stack up in a head-to-head? Here’s our comparison of both e-scooters’ specifications, so that you can easily decide which one is right for you.
Here the Pure Air Pro is a clear winner thanks to its purpose-driven design. Where the M365 Pro is rated for “protection from water splashes in all directions” (IP54), the Air Pro can handle “low-pressure jets (6.3mm) of directed water from any angle” (IP65) – fundamentally, a higher standard of water resistance thanks to its sealed electronics.
Plus, the Pure Air Pro warranty also covers riding in the rain and through puddles. Its durability in wet conditions is higher, while if a problem does arise, you’ll be able to have it fixed free of charge. The M365 Pro's warranty, however, is voided if it's ridden in the rain.
To learn more about e-scooters and water resistance, click here.
Max load and build quality
A higher maximum load is a key sign of a hardier e-scooter design. Thanks to its the sturdy construction, the Air Pro is able to carry loads of up 120kg, which is comfortably enough for a larger rider sporting a backpack, compared to the M365 Pro’s lower 100kg limit.
Riding an e-scooter in excess of its load limit is dangerous, while doing so also voids any warranty that that e-scooter has.
At the same time, the strong chassis of the Air Pro boosts durability – enabling it to deal with impacts and poor surfaces more easily, potentially improving long-term reliability too.
For more on why maximum loads are about more than just rider weight, click here.
Speed and power
When it comes to top speed, both e-scooters are evenly matched at 25km/h. In truth, this is as fast as you need to go for everyday journeys, but where the Pure Air Pro steps ahead is in its wattage output of 350W, 50W higher than you get from a M365 Pro.
This truly matters when you’re climbing hills, or if you need to carry heavier loads – a more powerful motor doesn’t have to work as hard to power you along at the same speed as a less powerful motor.
Range and battery
Range is important for those wanting to carry out longer journeys, or many shorter journeys between charges. The M365 Pro wins a head to head here, with a claimed 45km range versus the 36km-rated Pure Air Pro.
However, if 36km on a single charge is enough for you, then you’ll also benefit from much faster charge times (4.5 versus 8 hours). Premium Panasonic battery cells have also been fitted to the Pure Air Pro, designed to lengthen the e-scooter's long-term battery lifespan.
Braking and safety
Safe and reliable braking is a must, and both the M365 Pro and Air Pro achieve this with an electronic front brake and mechanical rear brake. However, there are subtle differences to consider: for example, the M365 Pro’s front brake features an energy recovery system that feeds a small amount of power back into the battery when it’s activated, but the downside of this system is greater long-term wear on the motor.
At the same time, it also features a rear disc brake – but this requires more maintenance than the Air Pro’s drum-style rear brake, as well as being more exposed to the elements. Plus, in reality, braking effectiveness is largely dependent on the amount of grip and control that you get from a tyre.
Control and comfort
For control and comfort, the single biggest factor is the size of the wheels and tyres. The Air Pro is fitted with 10-inch wheels (compared to the 8-inch wheels on the M365 Pro), which makes dealing with bad paving much easier, while benefitting from higher grip and ride comfort as an added bonus.
Both e-scooters feature air-filled tyres, our pick when it comes to tyre choice, while you can have both with puncture prevention fluid pre-installed.
Portability and storage
If you need the most portable device for carrying longer distances, then at 14.2kg the M365 Pro is almost 3kg lighter than the Air Pro. In part, this is a result of the premium construction of the Air Pro, while the added refinement when it comes to water resistance also adds a small amount of weight.
However, both are carriable for short walks and up stairs, with easily activated collapsing mechanisms that enable easy storage too.
Warranty and support
Both the Xiaomi and Pure warranties are among the best offered by any manufacturer. Xiaomi’s warranty covers the M365 Pro for two years, which is one of the longest warranty periods available today.
Pure’s warranty for the Air Pro is one year in length, but does include coverage for riding in the rain and the 120kg maximum load, which the M365 Pro’s can’t match.