XiaoMi 16,000mAh Power Bank Review: Monstrous Lifesaver
|XiaoMi's Power Bank Family|
With the increasing number of non-removable batteries in flagships (even Samsung has moved away from its trademark Galaxy trend, which is SD Card and removable battery), the option to buy a spare battery is no longer a viable option. However, since we have to move forward with technology, we have no choice but to accept and adapt ourselves to these changes. What should we do, then? Simple, get power packs (or power banks, say a few people).
|The Power Bank's Official Shot|
I've just got myself this little guy. Manufactured by the increasingly popular Chinese brand Xiaomi, this huge-but-compact power pack houses a total of 16,000mAh worth of juice (although Xiaomi also offers smaller 5,000 and 10,400 choices as well) to extend your gadget's life. It's quite affordable, it's compact, it's heavy, and it looks quite sexy. So, should you buy this thing? Let's find out, shall we?
Packaging and Design
|Packaged neatly in a white box|
|A ridiculously short USB cable is bundled with the power unit|
|The power bank is as long as an ASUS|
ZenFone2, but much heavier.
|It's way thicker than the ASUS ZenFone2|
|The top part of the device|
The device is advertised as having 16,000mAh capacity so in theory, it should be enough to charge a handful of smartphones before screaming "Charge me!" and that's what I did. Both ports are capable of outing 2.1A of currents. However, when used simultaneously, only 3.6V of currents can be outed, which probably means that one will out 2.1V while the other will out 1.5A. Oh, and it's worth noting that the LEDs blink according to the capacity left as it is charging other devices.
That's what I did. I
connected two devices at once, a ZenFone2 and a Samsung Galaxy S4. One with the
included cable, and the other with another OEM cable. Without pressing any
buttons, both phones are charged as soon as they're connected. Please keep in mind
that this is the trait of the original XiaoMi power bank (there are fake units
all around the Internet). The power button only serves as resetting the charger
unit and checking the amount of power left in the device. While charging, fortunately, the unit doesn't emit excessive amount of heat, which is great.
Both devices were
charged from approximately ~20% of capacity, and with them being full, the unit
still has ~75% of power left (3 out of 4 LEDs were blinking when I checked). I
can't exactly point out the numbers, but you get the picture. With that much capacity,
I doubt you'll try looking for a power outlet ever again.
|The unit's specs according to the packaging|
|Unit specs written on the bottom of the unit|
|If you look closer at the screens, both phones were being charged |
|When you see only one LED blinking, leave it be. It's going to take hours|
Conclusion: One Hell of A Power Unit
Well, after previously using numerous power banks, I have to admit that I like this one the most. Usually, I'll go for design and compactness instead of capacity but this power bank made me change my mind. Yeah sure, it's heavy and bulky, but it'll give you enough juice to keep whatever your phone is for a day, or perhaps more. Get one of these, and you will never worry again about your smartphone running out of power.
Anyway, here's what I find from this review:
- Neat and sophisticated design with premium materials
- Exceptionally massive capacity
- High port current make charging faster
- Takes forever to charge
- Bundled USB cable is too short for practical use
Well, I guess that's all for now, Folks. I hope you'll find this review useful. At the moment, I'm currently writing a piece to determine whether your XiaoMi power bank is genuine or not. I've already gathered information from various sources in the Internet, as well as comparing them with the unit I've just reviewed (thank God mine is genuine). It shouldn't be long until the article is up. So, until then, thanks for visiting and have a very nice day, everyone!