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1 November 2014

Xiaomi Mi 5200mAh Power Bank Review:

Almost every smartphone user is complaining about the battery life {Thanks to the tiny batteries}..
Some users have user replaceable batteries while the others are stuck with non user replaceable batteries. Luckily the ones with user replaceable batteries can swap them out and insert a fully charged one (if they have an extra battery) and they are good to go, but the non user replaceable clan doesn't have this option... So here's where Power Banks come into play.
Power Banks are the craze right now, there are a ton of different options available right now and here's what I decided to get...

I had to go on a long road trip, I knew I won't get a place to charge my smartphone and it would die within a day or a day & a half with the essential usage which included Bluetooth music streaming, navigation, photography, texting and a few calls. So I decided to get a Power Bank and I started looking for the best available options out there. I looked online and in the real world and the one that caught my eyes was the Xiaomi Mi Power Bank. It's available in 2 capacities 5,200 mAh and 10,400 mAh available for Rs599 ( approx $10) and Rs999 (approx $17) respectively. I wanted the 10,400 mAh unit but it was out of stock so I decided to get the 5,200 mAh unit. So I ordered it and here's the packaging ...

Packaging:
The box is pretty small and it fits in one hand. It is all white with the Mi branding, a few details in light gray and that's it.

Packing with details

The box fits in one hand EASILY

Minimalist Packing


The things you get in the box are as follows:
1) 5200mAh Power Bank
2) Cable
3) Instruction Manual




Inside the box



Design:
It looks like a sliver slab, with a MI logo on the front, Xiaomi's website on the back, a power button, USB and MicroUSB port and 4 LED's on the top and 5200, a few warnings and information on the bottom written in light gray.






The 4 LED's are white in color and indicate 25% for each LED. Hence when all 4 LED's are blinking it means that the charge left inside the power bank ranges from 75-100%, when 3 LED's then 50-75%, when 2 LED's then 25-50% and finally 0-25% when 1 LED is blinking.

The power bank is compact, very portable and fits easily in one hand. It's got a little weight but it fells pretty solid in the hand and looks like it can take on a few bumps and falls.

The designing is simple and elegant, I love the minimal look of the power bank. It's really impressive the build quality is superb and no one can guess that the power bank cost's only Rs599 by seeing the build quality.
The power bank uses batteries from Samsung and LG and they perform great...

Performance:
As claimed, the power bank has a capacity of 5200mAh and I charged my Moto G (a 2,070 mAh battery) 2 times from 0 to 100% and the power bank still had the last led light blinking.



The power bank takes 5 hours to get charged from 0-100% using a 2A charger. The output power is 1.5A so its fast enough to charge smartphones but when it comes to tablets it's a little slow. But if that's not an issue then the power bank is great, it's sleek,stylish and portable.


So I guess every utilitarian or hard core android user or a power hungry android user
NEEDS THIS !!  
The Xiaomi Mi Power Bank is PERFECT !!!!!!!! 
Don't think much, just buy it .... 
Here are the links:
Xiaomi Mi Power Bank (5200 mAh)
Xiaomi Mi Power Bank (10,400 mAh)

Rating: 9.5/10 (A Must Have)

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