Hands on with the Xiaomi 10,400mAh power bank


As one of the most affordable power banks in the market, the Xiaomi offerings, both in 5200mAh and 10,400mAh flavours, are in massive demand. To give you an idea about how affordable these power banks are, consider this — similar capacity power banks from other brands cost well over the double of their Xiaomi counterparts.

Allphoneunlock lent us a 10,400mAh Xiaomi power bank which we took for a spin. Here is how we felt about it!

Build

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It’s the build on the Xiaomi power banks that impresses us the most. Considering the high capacity and low price, it would be easy for one to assume that build quality is where Xiaomi would’ve cut corners, but that really isn’t the case, its far from it.

The unit comes covered in an all aluminium alloy shell, which really feels great in the hands. According to Xiaomi, the power bank can take hefty loads of up to 50kg, and although we haven’t tested that aspect, it still does stand testimony to the claim of a solid build quality.

You’ll love how the power bank will feel ‘cold’ when you hold it after it hasn’t been in use for a while. Considering the price tag it comes with, the build easily gets 10/10!

Usability

It’s a no-frills power bank. To use it, you only have to plug in a USB cable, one end to the power bank and the other to your phone/other device. Depending on how much juice is left in the power bank and the device that is to be charged, the power bank will start seeding current to charge your connected device. Xiaomi says that the power bank automatically adjusts the output current depending on what device it is connected connected to, which seems accurate as far as our tests say.

Under the hood

The power bank comes with a main control board from Texas Instruments, and 4x 2600mAh cells from either LG or Samsung. There’s quite a lot more tech in the power bank, take a look at this graphic.

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Real world usage

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We first drained the juice out of the 10,400mAh power bank, and then put it to charge. It took close to 7 hours of charging for the indicator to make all the four LEDs glow. Not too bad, considering that there’s quite a lot of juice in there.

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After that, we connected a OnePlus One to the power bank, and let it charge. Charging was quite fast and it didn’t take long for the OnePlus One to get to 100%. We’d say it was as fast as a wall charger, which is pretty cool!

After that and another 35% bump (which should be around 1.35 x 3100mAh = 4185mAh of drain) , the Xiaomi power bank shows 2 out of the 4 LEDs glowing, which gives a rough estimate of the juice that’s left.

Based on that, we’d assume that the 10,400mAh power bank will be able to completely charge a phone like the OnePlus One (3100mAh) thrice.

There’s no power on/off switch on the power bank. There’s just one button, that when pressed, shows the remaining capacity via the series of 4 LEDs.

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Verdict

The 10,400mAh power bank costs under $15 across various markets that Xiaomi operates in. At that price, the device offers great value for money. However, it is tough getting hold of one. If you’re willing to pay a little extra, resellers such as Allphoneunlock will happily ship the device to you. However, if you prefer buying it via recognized channels, you would want to keep an eye on Xiaomi’s official website – www.mi.com.

Do let us know if you have any questions regarding the 10,400mAh power bank from Xiaomi and we’ll be happy to answer!

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32 Comments

  1. $3003525
    September 2, 2014

    just to regreat only one usb output

  2. Anuj Maheshwari
    September 2, 2014

    @Yashgarg Hey bro just read an article here: https://www.gizchina.com/2014/09/01/tell-xiaomi-power-bank-fake/
    I bought a xiaomi power bank from ebay.in a month back at extra bucks. Now after reading this article I am feeling its may be fake. As while recharging it when it is completely discharged. All four Leds start to blink at first which turns down to 3..2..1…0 when it is fully charged. Now again when I connect the smartphone with it, it start to charge it automatically without pressing any button.
    I however confirmed that it is genuine by using the scratch code that came along with the powerbank wrapper and xiaomi site said my code was used for the first time. Please let me know if it is really a fake one.

    • September 2, 2014

      Hi Anuj, I think you’re good if the code thing worked 🙂

      • Anuj Maheshwari
        September 3, 2014

        Thanks bro… !

  3. Guest
    September 2, 2014

    just to regreat only one usb output

  4. Anuj Maheshwari
    September 2, 2014

    @Yashgarg Hey bro just read an article here: http://www.gizchina.com/2014/09/01/tell-xiaomi-power-bank-fake/
    I bought a xiaomi power bank from

  5. Anuj Maheshwari
    September 2, 2014

    a month back at extra bucks. Now after reading this article I am feeling its may be fake. As while recharging it when it is completely discharged. All four Leds start to blink at first which turns down to 3..2..1…0 when it is fully charged. Now again when I connect the smartphone with it, it start to charge it automatically without pressing any button.
    I however confirmed that it is genuine by using the scratch code that came along with the powerbank wrapper and xiaomi site said my code was used for the first time. Please let me know if it is really a fake one.

    • Yash Garg
      September 2, 2014

      Hi Anuj, I think you’re good if the code thing worked 🙂

    • Anuj Maheshwari
      September 3, 2014

      Thanks bro… !

  6. Angry Mobile Nerd
    September 3, 2014

    It’s just a power bank people. There’s a gazillion on the market in every shape and size (and price) imaginable. Don’t know why this one is getting so much attention on this site, unless it’s just to plug all the shops selling it. cha-ching gizchina!

    • Ihave2XPB
      September 3, 2014

      Price! It’s all bcoz of the bloody low price. The cheapest 10,000mAh+ capacity power bank cost at least 4x more and they are mostly copycat brand with poor quality. For 1/4 the price, you get a premium brand with great built quality. Are you too dumb or just born yesterday??

      • Angry Mobile Nerd
        September 3, 2014

        1/4 the price? Where are you? Again dumb commenters exaggerating everything. Check Amazon or JD or taobao and you’ll find tons of equally spec’d power banks for a little more money but some also have more features, too. Boo f’ing hoo if that’s not the case where you are.

        You must be from India, it seems everyone there only cares about price and specs and little for design, conveinece and asthetics. I have a power bank from Japan, albeit smaller capacity and more expensive its super portable with male usb, micro usb, and lightning connectors slickly built-in so no need to carry cables.

        In closing I think its ridiculous that anyone could get so excited over a power bank. Enjoy your power brick… er… bank. I’m sure you will get hours of non stop enjoyment from it. Excuse me I’m going to play my Xbox360 now.

        • Angry Mobile Nerd
          September 3, 2014

          Oh, and these have been out in China for quite some time now. Interesting how news and review comes out after it’s launched in INDIA. I swear I’m typing gizCHINA.com in the address bar. Hmmmmm…

  7. Angry Mobile Nerd
    September 3, 2014

    It’s just a power bank people. There’s a gazillion on the market in every shape and size (and price) imaginable. Don’t know why this one is getting so much attention on this site, unless it’s just to plug all the shops selling it. cha-ching gizchina!

    • Guest
      September 3, 2014

      Price! It’s all bcoz of the bloody low price. The cheapest 10,000mAh+ capacity power bank cost at least 4x more and they are mostly copycat brand with poor quality. For 1/4 the price, you get a premium brand with great built quality. Are you too dumb or just born yesterday??

    • Angry Mobile Nerd
      September 3, 2014

      1/4 the price? Where are you? Again dumb commenters exaggerating everything. Check Amazon or JD or taobao and you’ll find tons of equally spec’d power banks for a little more money but some also have more features, too. Boo f’ing hoo if that’s not the case where you are.

      You must be from India, it seems everyone there only cares about price and specs and little for design, conveinece and asthetics. I have a power bank from Japan, albeit smaller capacity and more expensive its super portable with male usb, micro usb, and lightning connectors slickly built-in so no need to carry cables.

      In closing I think its ridiculous that anyone could get so excited over a power bank. Enjoy your power brick… er… bank. I’m sure you will get hours of non stop enjoyment from it. Excuse me I’m going to play my Xbox360 now.

    • Angry Mobile Nerd
      September 3, 2014

      Oh, and these have been out in China for quite some time now. Interesting how news and review comes out after it’s launched in INDIA. I swear I’m typing gizCHINA.com in the address bar. Hmmmmm…

  8. RRRobert
    September 3, 2014

    What surprises me the most about this power bank is, that even though the price is incredibly low, some manufacturers still see profit in building counterfeits…

    I own one (yes, it’s genuine) since approx. 2 weeks and I must say, it’s definitely worth its money. Lot’s of ‘juice’ in a really nifty design. I still want to buy a silicon sleeve though, because I fear that the aluminum body will be sensible to scratches and all.

    • September 8, 2014

      I agree. The shiny body is certainly prone to scratches.

  9. Христо Тошков
    September 3, 2014

    Not solar powered…:(

  10. Guest
    September 3, 2014

    What surprises me the most about this power bank is, that even though the price is incredibly low, some manufacturers still see profit in building counterfeits…

    I own one (yes, it’s genuine) since approx. 2 weeks and I must say, it’s definitely worth its money. Lot’s of ‘juice’ in a really nifty design. I still want to buy a silicon sleeve though, because I fear that the aluminum body will be sensible to scratches and all.

    • Yash Garg
      September 8, 2014

      I agree. The shiny body is certainly prone to scratches.

  11. Христо Тошков
    September 3, 2014

    Not solar powered…:(

  12. eliHd
    September 8, 2014

    What is the output for this, 1or 2 amp, anyone knows?

    • September 8, 2014

      It does a max output of 2.1A.

      • eliHd
        September 8, 2014

        Thanks

  13. eliHd
    September 8, 2014

    What is the output for this, 1or 2 amp, anyone knows?

    • Yash Garg
      September 8, 2014

      It does a max output of 2.1A.

    • eliHd
      September 8, 2014

      Thanks

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    January 25, 2017

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