Any Easteregg hidden in my NIU?

Well, it’s clear there’s a lot of software involved in you little beloved NIU scooter… and where’s software, there is (often) an easteregg hidden somewhere.

As far as we know, at least the Chinese Firmware contains two “hidden features”, both very handy.
Of course I’ve intensively tested both on my 2017 N1s – with no success.

A stern word of warning and disclaimer:

Whatever you do to your scooter with these ‘hacks’, you might void your guarantee – you might even break your scooter and/or end up with a confused firmware and therefore non-working scooter.
I cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in this post. Use it at your own risk. 

If you own a 2016 model and did not get your BMS or any other firmware updated by your dealer or distributor, it’s definitely worth a try (again: at your own risk!).
And don’t forget to post your results in the comments below!

Unlock speed limit

Woooohoooo… did you say unlocking?!?!?
Yes I did… and even it’s the #1 FAQ Question, don’t wet your pants right away. This easteregg is primarily useful for N1/M1 owners who have their scooter limited to 20 or 25km/h.
After doing so, the N1 (no “s” here) should run at ~48km/h – some sources report that a N1s would speed up to 56km/h… but that’s all hear-say until we have a real prove here.

Ok, so here’s the step-by-step procedure:

  1. Make sure the side-stand is folded in. Switch your NIUs ‘ignition’ on with the key, put it into 2nd “gear”.
  2. Switch power off again (using the key)
  3. Press and hold(!) the START button as well as the handbrake (left or right – doesn’t matter)
  4. Now switch power on again (using the key) while still holding START and brake and wait 2 seconds.
  5. Release START and brake the same time.
  6. Now press the START button an brake again and hold them for 10 seconds (or more)
  7. Release START while holding the brake for another second before releasing it, too.
  8. Power your NIU off and on again

As seen in the video below, your NIU should now accelerate well above 25km/h… or even 50 😉
To reverse the effect, just do the same steps again…

Indicator Sound

Some firmware releases seem to offer a feature to have the indicators doing some sounds (As for the M1, it’s officially documented!) .

The procedure for this easteregg is quite simple and I actually see no risk in trying it:

  • Push the indicator button inwards and hold it being pushed in
  • push it to the right for 2 seconds
  • and to the left (2s)
  • and to the right again

Also this trick is not working with my 2017 firmware 🙁 Because I found another description which inverted the procedure (left-right-left) I tried that, too. Again no success.

Here’s a video demonstrating all available sounds on an N1(s)…

For completeness, here’s the procedure done on an M1:

Did it work for you? Leave a comment! (Model, year and county would be helpful…)

16 thoughts on “Any Easteregg hidden in my NIU?

  1. Changing the sound works on my N1S. To go to the next sound, Just keep the button pressed in and blink twice right and twice left. When you go right again the sound changes. I guess there are about 10 different but rather special sounds.

  2. I got my Niu N1S two weeks ago and after 250km I can say „I love this little e-scooter“, but I definitely want more speed and acceleration. I‘m sure its 2500W Bosch motor would provide more of these, but software is limiting, because of energy-saving or because of the law (here in Austria max. 45 km/h) or just because the firmware is somewhat buggy. For example rolling downhill reaching over 55km/h and going uphill after that the power is coming back very slow. I think it takes beetween 5 to 10 seconds till full power is on and so the speed is falling down to 35 km/h (or less) before it‘s gaining speed again. It would be very nice if I could control from zero power to max power all the time with my right hand.

  3. I could not unlock speed limit as presented above on my NIU m1 sport (25km/h). Anyone else that succeeded?

    1. Been looking around all over internet to find ways to unlock the speed limit (25km/h). But these things seems to be harder to find than I also thought. Anyone?

      1. As written in this post, older (Chinese) models were unlockable, European and newer ones aren’t anymore. A 2nd controller currently seems to be the only way to get around the limit… Which again doesn’t work out of the box with international models.

  4. Is it also possible to change the sound of the horn of the NIU M1? To make it less loud and less aggressive?

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