It all started with the fact that Ninebot independently introduced the gyroscope at CES in 2014. Incidentally or not, the device turned out to be similar to Segway’s products. The American company did not like this situation, and the giant started litigation with a Chinese firm. Soon after, the mobile giant Xiaomi either from a sense of solidarity with the compatriot, or from selfish motives began to invest in Ninebot. As a result, a small company has grown and swallowed up its abuser, and cooperation with Xiaomi has made it possible to promote a cheap but high-quality scooter of a new generation – Xiaomi Ninebot Mini.
Gyroskuter comes in qualitatively and stylishly packing. Feel the influence of designers Xiaomi: perhaps this is the only Chinese company that pays so much attention to the boxes and bundling of their products. Whether it’s a smartphone, a smart bracelet or gyroscope.
Mini comes in disassembled form. Each part comes packs separately and additionally protected by a thick layer of foam. The kit includes a control knob, a platform with wheels and an electronic unit, a box with attachments, an assembly instruction and technical documentation. To assemble a Ninebot Mini, you do not need to have the skills of assembling a cabinet from IKEA. The process takes only a few minutes, including opening the box, securing the parts and peeling off the films.
Length Ninebot Mini – 26 cm, width – 55 cm, height with installed handle – 60 cm. The vehicle does not take up much space: after a walk, it can adjustes at any angle, and for long storage, it is easy to hide in a cabinet. Scooters withstand a maximum weight of 85 kg, and can sustain growth for skating is limites to 120 and 200 cm.
The platform, attachment point, and handle are of metal. Wings, caps, decorative inserts – made of plastic. The wheels are inflatable, with a rubber protector. To ride on rough terrain and park paths, we advise you to reduce the pressure slightly: so the trip will be softer.
In the front part, there are LED headlights, which automatically turn on in the dark. At the rear are turn signals and brake lights. If the last light up only in red, the turn signals at rest can be pour in different colors.
The main difference between Ninebot Mini and gyrocycles and hoverboards is its ability to balance itself. If you release the gyro, it will not fall, but remain in a vertical position. The maximum speed of the movement is 16 km / h. One battery charge is enough for 32 km. Temperature conditions – from minus 10 to plus 40 degrees.
The principle of the Ninebot Mini is the same as that of the Segway: you lean forward or backward, and traffic accelerates in this direction. The only difference is in the way of taxing. If the turntables turn due to the control of their hands, then the Mini is kicked. Clamp the handle between the knees, and, turning the body in the desired direction, turn.
If you’ve ever ridden in parks or friends, you’ll notice how small the wheels and the platform are from Ninebot Mini. At first, it causes distrust and fear, however, after a few minutes you get used to sharp acceleration and quick turns. A few hours later, you realize that the feet manage to be as good as the hands. On the third day rushing headlong along the street, forgetting to put on knee pads and a helmet. So quickly you get used to the Mini.
On the official website of ninebot.com, you can (and even need) to download the application of the same name. After installation, you will be get short training, during which you will show the basics of transport management. Moreover, until you pass the first kilometer, the application will not allow you to change any settings. Such is the protection for the beginner.
For balance and movement Ninebot Mini uses several sensors. By default, they work in automatic mode: gyroscope itself chooses the optimal acceleration depending on the angle of deflection of the rudder, sets the speed limit and the work of the lamps. In the application, all settings can adjusts: reduce the maximum speed, make the turns sharp or smooth. For fans of neon lights, Mini offers excellent customization possibilities. You can select any shade from the color palette and set the blinking mode of the rotary lights.
Like cars, Ninebot Mini has an alarm. To lock or unlock an iron horse, you need to press the large round button on the main application screen. In the settings you can change the behavior of the gyro pacemaker when you try to steal: for example, it ultimately turns off or begins to squeak desperately.
If you have not purchased the Sphero droid BB-8, then the device from Xiaomi and Ninebot compensates for this. The gyroscope can be control from the application at a distance. Although the speed does not exceed 2 km / h, the device will come from another room while you are lying on the couch. True, the Mini does not have built-in cameras, so it’s better to control it in the visibility zone.
Gyroskuter behaves correctly both on smooth asphalt and on a small off-road. It does not turn over and does not turn off if one wheel is stuck. The engine has enough power to climb small slopes. The only problem can arise in high people. Their handle will be lower than the knees, which means it will be difficult to keep it tight between the legs. Especially during shaking and strong vibrations. However, everything comes with experience.
Also, it is worth considering that Xiaomi Ninebot Mini is designed only for the domestic market, which means the complete instruction will be in Chinese. However, in the application, there is an English translation. The remaining minutes are so insignificant that they overlap with the gyroscope capabilities.
Xiaomi Ninebot Mini is a high-quality device. Materials and assembly in the spirit of Xiaomi. Attention to detail from Ninebot make gyroskouter one of the best on the market. He is on the head ahead of the crafts of Chinese competitors, while not lifting prices. If you have long want to get acquainted with the world of electric gyro cycles, we recommend starting with Xiaomi Ninebot Mini.