Xiaomi power banks are known to be high-quality and reliable. They come in various capacities and designs to suit different user needs. Xiaomi power banks also offer fast charging technology, multiple ports, and safety features like overcharge protection, making them a popular choice among consumers.
My first Xiaomi Powerbank that I bought was in 2014. That’s when I wrote this review.
We got this 5200mAh Mi Power Bank a few weeks ago from Flipkart for Rs 599/ and have been using it since then. Does it perform well? We find this out in this review. You may watch the video review above and read our text review below.
Here is the review I did of my first Xiaomi Power Bank 2014
Updated in October 2021
After purchasing the 5200mAh battery power bank in 2014, I bought several more extensive offerings from Xiaomi.
A 20000mAh, and a slim 10000mAh battery as well.
I was not fond of the 20000mAh battery power bank much because it took several hours to charge fully, and it would also charge smartphones and accessories slower than usual.
The 10000mAh Power Bank is a lot slimmer, has fast charging so that it charges within 3 hours, and charges smartphones and other accessories significantly faster than the previous generation power banks.
The 20000mAh Powerbank vs 10000mAh Powerbank
I have used both versions, and I can say that the 10,000mAh Power Bank is more versatile and is for a larger group of people. It is slimmer, lighter, which makes it easy to carry. It charges faster than the 20000mAh Power Bank and lets you charge your smartphone several times.
Smartphone batteries have improved quite a lot in the last few years, so a power bank is not helpful for many people, but if you have several devices you want to charge on the go, the 10,000mAh power battery will be charged bank does the job. \
Xiaomi has recently introduced a more pocket-friendly 10000mAh power bank with fast charging support. I think this should be the best choice for many people as it can be carried easily.
In 2023, Xiaomi is not the only one that sells Powerbanks. There is a flood of power banks in the market. Even there is a power bank by Redmi, Xiaomi’s sub-brand.
But most of the power banks available in the market come from the same place. It’s just that the branding is different.
If you want a power bank, you should go for a branded one like Xiaomi. It’s fairly cheap at Rs 1299 for 10000mAh.
Do you even need a power bank in 2023?
With the advancement in technology, this makes me wonder whether power banks will be needed in 2023. With smartphones getting charging speeds as fast as 15 minutes to charge fully, I don’t see a point in buying a power bank for a regular 9 to 5 office-going person.
But maybe a power bank can be essential if you are a creative person with more than one electronic device or you are always on the run.
Here are some FAQs about Powerbanks
A power bank works by storing electrical energy in its internal batteries when it is charged.
When connected to a device, it discharges the stored energy to charge its battery, similar to a regular charger. Power banks use a USB cable to charge and discharge energy.
I have dismantled a power bank and found cylindrical batteries stacked together. One battery has a capacity of 2600mAh. So, in the 5200mAh Power bank, I found 2 batteries, and in the 10000mAh Power bank, I found for batteries.
Even though the batteries are a little bigger than the regular AA batteries, you won’t be able to find them easily in the market.
I also calculated the price, which is pretty much the same as the price of a 5200mAh Powerbank if you buy 2 rechargeable AA batteries.
How many times can a power bank charge a phone?
The number of times a power bank can charge a phone will depend on its capacity, measured in mAh (milliampere-hours), and battery capacity.
As a rough estimate, if we assume an average smartphone battery capacity of around 3000mAh, a 10000mAh power bank can charge the phone around 3-4 times, while a 20000mAh power bank can charge the phone around 6-8 times.
However, this estimate may vary depending on the power bank’s efficiency, the phone’s battery health, and usage patterns.
It’s always a good idea to check the Powerbank’s specifications and the phone’s battery capacity to get a more accurate estimate.
How long does it take to charge a power bank?
Can a power bank explode?
How do I charge a power bank?
Most power banks can be charged using a standard USB cable, a USB wall charger, or a computer USB port.
Using a high-quality USB cable and charger to charge your power bank is essential. Avoid using low-quality or damaged cables and chargers, which can damage the power bank or reduce lifespan.
It’s always best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging the power bank to ensure safe and efficient charging.
Can a power bank charge a laptop?
A power bank can charge a laptop, but compatibility depends on the laptop’s power requirements and the power bank’s capacity and output specifications.
Some high-capacity power banks may have a DC output or USB-C PD port designed for charging laptops. It’s important to check your laptop’s user manual or specifications to ensure compatibility before charging it with a power bank.
How do I know when my power bank is fully charged?
Most power banks have LED lights that indicate the charging status. When the power bank is fully charged, the LED lights will turn off, or some models may have all lights lit up.
You can also check the power bank’s user manual to see the recommended charging time and to know when the power bank is fully charged. It’s essential to avoid overcharging the power bank, which can damage the battery and reduce its lifespan.