Is Your Xiaomi Power Bank Genuine?
Update: Sorry about the long delay. I thought the draft wasn't ready yet, but today I reviewed the draft and it's 98% complete. Once again, I apologize for the delay and happy Lunar New Year!
In some regions, like India and Indonesia, Xiaomi has an official distribution channel such as Flipkart in India (CMIIW) and Erajaya (or Erafone) in Indonesia (or through Xiaomi's own online store). If you bought your Xiaomi power bank in one of these official channels, don't worry. Your product is genuine. In my case, I bought my power bank from a third party retailer, so I was kind of suspicious and did some research. This article is the fruit of my research.
|The package is minimalistic, neat, and high quality.Something certainly you won't find in counterfeit products.|
|Scratch that silver square with a coin or something similarand you'll find a 20-digit code which you can use to verify your unit.|
Colors and DesignSomehow I don't see what colors Xiaomi is offering on their power banks, but one thing for sure: the colors are sharp and the "mi" symbol on the front looksvery clear. Some fake products look de-colored and might have scratches on the surface, which shouldn't be possible on brand new products.
|Colors are solid and you won't find any scratches in new units.|
|Watch for the colors. It's kind of too white, but it's clear.|
|Remember, Kids. The included cable's internal is black, whilethe small one has a small lightning embellishment.|
|Take a look at the USB port. Do you see the difference in whites?Picture taken from http://www.techmesto.com|
|Look closer and you'll see the small "mi" embolishmentinside the ports.|
FeaturesAs I mentioned in the review, genuine Xiaomi power banks charge phones as soon asthey're connected. The power button only functions as a reset button and tocheck how much power is left. They also blink when they're charging. Fake unitsmight need you to press the button to charge.
Finally, Xiaomi only offers their power banks in three capacities: 5,000, 10,400, and16,000mAh. If you find a number other than those three, there's a good chance that it's fake. Oh, and don't ever be fooled by power banks that offer 20,000mAh capacity or more without holding it first. Battery capacity is often measured primarily by weight, and if you know how heavy a 16,000mAh power bankis, you know how a 20,000mAh power bank should weigh. (Update: Xiaomi has released a 20,000mAh power bank. However, it hasn't appeared in Xiaomi's international site yet, so it's not internationally available... yet. Source here and here)