Xiaomi M365 Pro Display Upgrade

by Tim Begglesworth in Maintenance and Upgrades on August 08, 2019

TThe original Xiaomi M365 scooter does an impressive job of communicating the scooters charge level and drive mode, with a basic stem mounted, four LED readout consisting of one multicolour and three white LEDs. However it lacks the useful speed readout of its competition and its 25% battery-capacity increments have us reaching for our phones for more detail.

Taking clear inspiration from the recently released M365 Pro scooter, this upgraded unit offers greater detail into the live status of the scooter whilst also increasing the flexibility of its power delivery. It is an inexpensive modification well worth performing.

More than just a display upgrade

Our Pro dashboard upgrade replaces the standard control board and LED panel for an upgraded unit. The upgraded four-colour LED display features a speed readout, unit indicator (the system supports both metric and imperial), drive mode indicators, a 5-segment battery-capacity readout, headlight and Bluetooth pairing lights in addition to service and overheat warning lights.

The original M365 Dashboard
The upgraded display

Further to this, its control board comes configured with three drive models, ECO, D(rive) and S(port), over the originals Standard/Eco options. The additional spread of speeds these settings offer is ideal for those looking for finer control when balancing range against performance.

What will I need to make the swap?

The kit includes the upgraded board with wiring loom as well as replacement display cover panels. For installation, you will need a small cross-head screwdriver and a knife or pair of scissors, a hard-plastic spudger or guitar-pick is also useful.

The upgrade kit with a knife and a cross head screwdriver
The kit unboxed with the tools required to fit

How to install the new dashboard

Please note that damage caused by the user during the installation steps may void the warranty of both the scooter and display. 

Before you start, ensure your Xiaomi/Mi Home app (available for Android and iOS) is set to the correct region (UK) and successfully connects to your scooter before turning it off.

Begin by removing the black plastic fascia from the stem, it is stuck on in two pieces that can be gently levered up from the edges with your nails. Should you struggle, use a guitar pick to lift the edges before pulling the pieces up and away, heating the glue with a hair-dryer (on a cool setting) should only be used as a last resort. Remove any remaining glue residue from the outer metal lip. Next unscrew the three cross-head screws securing the control board in place.

Removing the plastic fascia panels
Removing the current control board

Gently lift the control board to reveal a rubber cap secured with a cable tie. Slide (or cut) this cable tie off and slip the cap off to expose the wires and plugs inside. Gently pull the thick grey cable until its black plug emerges from down inside the steering tube. Do not use excessive force to reveal this plug, if the cable will not feed, back out the four hex bolts that hold the handlebars into the steerer most of the way which should free the wire.

Releasing the old control board
Releasing the cables

Disconnect the standard factory controller board by gently pulling the black connectors apart. Free the board by carefully unplugging the three small white plugs. Below you can see the two boards side by side. Installation of the new board is straight-forward, the coloured wires and differing plug sizes assisting the re-insertion. Note the direction of the black plug with blue insert when plugging it in, as it is keyed. Replace the rubber cover over the small plugs before tucking the cables back into the head of the scooter. Take your time when re-seating the control board to avoid squashing any of the cables below before screwing it into place with the original fixtures.

New and old boards side by side
New board connected

Carefully tap the power button to test that the display powers on, before gently holding the button down to shutdown the device. Detach the protective plastic film covering the LED display. Take the replacement translucent black plastic dashboard covers from the pack and remove the backing film before sticking them onto the scooter. Once firmly secured, remove the protective film and power the scooter up.

New cover being fitted
The dashboard is fitted

Upgrading to the Pro firmware

The scooter cannot be ridden until the firmware has been updated and it may beep at you should you try to operate it. Instead, fire up the Xiaomi/Mi Home app on your smartphone and search for the scooter. You will note that it is now identifying itself as a ‘Mi Electric Pro Scooter’ and that when you connect to it, it will prompt you to upgrade the firmware. Allow it to upgrade the firmware and patiently wait whilst the application does so. When completed the app will prompt you to rename or classify your scooter, but these steps can be skipped.

Some users have reported difficulties when upgrading to the Pro firmware, where the upgrade would stall at a low percentage. Should you experience this, we recommend checking the region is set correctly in the application. If this error persists, borrow a smartphone from a friend or family member and try again.

Operating the new dashboard

Users interact with the pro dashboard in much the same as the standard unit. Press the power button to turn the scooter on, hold the power button down to turn the scooter off. A two second press when the unit is powered up will turn on the headlight, whilst a fast ‘double tap’ will shift between ECO, D(rive) and S(port) drive modes.

Eco mode with headlight lit
Drive mode
Sport mode

To switch the readout from the default Km/h to Mph, simply select 'imperial system' from the unit settings option in the main menu of the Mi Home app. When turning on, the display will perform a self test, lighting all the elements in the LED panel for a fraction of a second. The translucent nature of the new dashboard cover results in some minor light leakage around the display. Experiencing either of these is perfectly normal.

Power on self test with all lights lit

Further accessories for your M365

If you are looking to further improve your scooting experience, we stock a wide selection of accessories including d-locks, bags and tools. Browse our safety, security, maintenance and storage accessory collections to learn more.

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