Top Xiaomi Gadgets; which do you use? Which will you buy?


Xiaomi might have made a name through their phones and MIUI, but they also make some of the coolest tech gadgets available. Here is a list of my personal favourites. What are yours?

Although I don’t use a Xiaomi phone on a day to day basis anymore (not that there is anything wrong with their phones), I do always have sometime with that familiar Mi logo next to me, keeping me connected, or helping me keep fit.

Xiaomi’s gadgets are low cost, well made and have great features. Even if you don’t have a Xiaomi phone or aren’t a Xiaomi fan I really recommend you try some of the following.

Xiaomi Power Bar

xiaomi power strip

This has got to be the most indispensable piece of hardware that I have. The Xiaomi Power Par features 3 x USB plugs and 3 x Chinese mains plugs. The main cable itself also has a Chinese plug but with the use of an adapter you can hook it up to the mains and have a super safe, and convenient way to charge your Chinese tech and USB device.

It might look like a simple mains adaptor but the Xiaomi Power Bar is made from fire proof material and features power surge protection too!

Xiaomi Router

xiaomi router gizchina

The Xiaomi Router is my preferred WIFI router and storage solution. Earlier models had issues with the fan, but mine has been on constantly for over 12 months and hasn’t had a single problem.

1TB or storage is enough for storing your video and photos for home streaming, and you can even set it up as the location for weekly laptop backups.

Xiaomi Bluetooth Gamepad

xiaomi gamepad

The Xiaomi Gamepad is an incredible piece of bit. Physically it looks similar to an Xbox control, but in your hand it is a much more comfortable device. The finish of the black plastic body is super comfy and smooth. Hook it up to your Android tablet, or Android TV box for some large screen gaming.

Xiaomi Mi Band

xiaomi mi band review

I use an Android Wear Asus watch most of the time now, but the one thing I hate about it is having to charge it night after night. If you only want your wearable to help you with simple notifications (a buzz and flashing light) and to keep track of your fitness then the Xiaomi Mi Band is the answer.

This wearable has a 30 day battery life, no screen to worry about scratching and costs a fraction of the cost of other wearables. Beware though there are a lot of fake Mi Bands on the market!

Xiaomi Yeelight Smart Bulb

xiaomi yeelight

This one I don’t actually own yet, but it is on my shopping list. In actual fact I plan to buy a few of these. The benefits of the Yeelight smart bulb are the very long lasting LED bulbs, plus the different hues the light will produce. The Yeelight has a handful of built in light settings from a “Romantic Mode” to “Theater Mode” all controlled via an app on your phone.

Xiaomi USB LED Lamp

xiaomi usb lamp

This tiny little portable LED lamp uses very little power and can either be plugged directly in to your laptop, a power bank or even powered by a USB OTG cable from your phone. It’s great for working in the evening, reading or just keeping a small work surface illuminated and not disturb others. Best of all they only cost $9.99.

XiaoYi IP camera

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The XiaoYi IP camera as a ton of great uses. You can set it up for video chat, leave it in your home for security purposes, use it to monitor your kids while they are asleep or even place them in a haunted house for a spot of web based ghost hunting. The XiaoYi IP camera uses its own App and once connected to your Xiaomi account you can access the camera via your smartphone or tablet anywhere in the world.

Xiaomi Bluetooth Sound Bar

xiaomi speaker

This is another Xiaomi gadget I hope to soon own. Xiaomi make a couple of different speakers from waterproof models for use in the shower to small portable Bluetooth speakers. This version is as portable as the rest but also larger for improved sound quality. The speaker has a 1200mAh battery for 11 hours of music playback and a Bluetooth streaming range of 10 meters.

Which are your favourite Xiaomi gadgets

This is just a small selection of Xiaomi gadgets, the Beijing based phone maker also has mini portable fans, smart sockets, action cameras, earphones are other great products available. Which Xiaomi gadgets to you use? Which do you hope to buy next? Let us know in the comments below.

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54 Comments

  1. September 17, 2015

    Really like the Mi Band, use the LED everyday (makeshift flashlight/night light) with a power bank, have a power strip in shipment, and dearly want to try the night lamp (not the one you listed here, but the other taller one which is phone-controllable).

    • Mahesh
      September 17, 2015

      Couple of phones at home (Redmi 2 & Note 3G). The Mi router used to be my primary router but it took a dump just before completion of a year and all efforts to get in touch with MI service for a fix has been in vain – imported from HK to India

      Anyway you fellas can help?

  2. Freeje
    September 17, 2015

    Surprised to see Walmart selling the power strip. Had to make sure that it was the real deal.

    • September 17, 2015

      Wow really?

      • Freeje
        September 19, 2015

        Walmart China sorry. They’re selling it for 60 kuai.

    • MaxPower
      September 17, 2015

      really?

  3. Yury
    September 17, 2015

    I use pistons v3 / v2, power strips.
    Had miband (but it is useless for me) and powerbank 10400 (changed to oneplus 10000).
    Have but dont use USB LED.
    Wanna buy scale and wifi amplifier.
    Overall – excellent little gadgets.

  4. Rasmus
    September 17, 2015

    I’ve had 3x mi4, mi band, powerbank

  5. Bailey
    September 17, 2015

    I use the mi band and also the mi 4i which I love. Bu t I would love to have the lamp and also the mi 5 phone that is coming in November.

  6. Yash Garg
    September 17, 2015

    Really like the Mi Band, use the LED everyday (makeshift flashlight/night light) with a power bank, have a power strip in shipment, and dearly want to try the night lamp (not the one you listed here, but the other taller one which is phone-controllable).

    • Mahesh
      September 17, 2015

      Couple of phones at home (Redmi 2 & Note 3G). The Mi router used to be my primary router but it took a dump just before completion of a year and all efforts to get in touch with MI service for a fix has been in vain – imported from HK to India

      Anyway you fellas can help?

  7. Guest
    September 17, 2015

    Surprised to see Walmart selling the power strip. Had to make sure that it was the real deal.

    • Andi Sykes
      September 17, 2015

      Wow really?

    • MaxPower
      September 17, 2015

      really?

    • Guest
      September 20, 2015

      Walmart China sorry. They’re selling it for 60 kuai.

  8. Chickens
    September 17, 2015

    I only have the usb fan, wanting to buy a piston 3 but I’m not sure which one’s real and which is fake. If piston 3 youth sounds the same as piston 3, maybe I’ll buy that instead. Any real piston 3 worth $10 or less?

    • eliHd
      September 17, 2015

      if you check out banggood.com they usually have sales on for piston 3. I got mine for $14.99.

    • Oz
      September 20, 2015

      Less than $10 is most likely fake. Buy from Banggood, GearBest, Merrimobile for around $15. Piston 2 and 3 are excellent earphones. I own Senn IE8, Shure SE530, Senn 580, 650 and 800 (these Headphones cost more than my phones).

  9. Yury
    September 17, 2015

    I use pistons v3 / v2, power strips.
    Had miband (but it is useless for me) and powerbank 10400 (changed to oneplus 10000).
    Have but dont use USB LED.
    Wanna buy scale and wifi amplifier.
    Overall – excellent little gadgets.

  10. Rasmus
    September 17, 2015

    I’ve had 3x mi4, mi band, powerbank

  11. Bailey
    September 17, 2015

    I use the mi band and also the mi 4i which I love. Bu t I would love to have the lamp and also the mi 5 phone that is coming in November.

  12. RRRobert
    September 17, 2015

    I own the:
    Piston 3 in-ear head phone (my score: 9.5/10)
    Xiaomi Sound Bar (9/10)
    10400 mAh Powerbank (10/10)

    Such a shame their phones don’t provide 4G band 20 support… I am still eagerly looking for a decent replacement of my M2S

  13. saor
    September 17, 2015

    Piston 3 + Bluetooth sound bar add viper4android to the mix and I am slowly going deaf!

  14. BotondKisKovacs
    September 17, 2015

    I have the Redmi Note 4G, looking to upgrade to the 2nd version. Power strip should be shipping soon from GetOne, I have the led light, also the USB fan that you didn’t mention, 10500 mAh power bank, MiBand, Gamepad, also shipping from GearBest right now I have the LAN cable and the water tester pen. I really want the new router and I also might be buying the smart scale and the new smart shoes from AliExpress (search for Li-Ning smart shoes or Xiaomi shoes ~$50). I’d love the headphones too but those are just way too expensive.

    • MaxPower
      September 17, 2015

      you really bought almost anything they made!

      • BotondKisKovacs
        September 18, 2015

        And so far I am happy with anything I used. I only have a small issue with my phone’s power/lock/unlock button which after 6 months became a bit unresponsive and sometimes I need 3-4 pushes to activate it.

  15. Chickens
    September 17, 2015

    I only have the usb fan, wanting to buy a piston 3 but I’m not sure which one’s real and which is fake. If piston 3 youth sounds the same as piston 3, maybe I’ll buy that instead. Any real piston 3 worth $10 or less?

    • eliHd
      September 17, 2015

      if you check out banggood.com they usually have sales on for piston 3. I got mine for $14.99.

    • Guest
      September 20, 2015

      Less than $10 is most likely fake. Buy from Banggood, GearBest, Merrimobile for around $15. Piston 2 and 3 are excellent earphones. I own Senn IE8, Shure SE530, Senn 580, 650 and 800 (these Headphones cost more than my phones).

  16. RRRobert
    September 17, 2015

    I own the:
    Piston 3 in-ear head phone (my score: 9.5/10)
    Bluetooth Sound Bar (9/10)
    10400 mAh Powerbank (10/10)

    Such a shame their phones don’t provide 4G band 20 support… I am still eagerly looking for a decent replacement of my M2S

  17. saor
    September 17, 2015

    Piston 3 + Bluetooth sound bar add viper4android to the mix and I am slowly going deaf!

  18. BotondKisKovacs
    September 17, 2015

    I have the Redmi Note 4G, looking to upgrade to the 2nd version. Power strip should be shipping soon from GetOne, I have the led light, also the USB fan that you didn’t mention, 10500 mAh power bank, MiBand, Gamepad, also shipping from GearBest right now I have the LAN cable and the water tester pen. I really want the new router and I also might be buying the smart scale and the new smart shoes from AliExpress (search for Li-Ning smart shoes or Xiaomi shoes ~$50). I’d love the headphones too but those are just way too expensive.

    • MaxPower
      September 17, 2015

      you really bought almost anything they made!

    • BotondKisKovacs
      September 19, 2015

      And so far I am happy with anything I used. I only have a small issue with my phone’s power/lock/unlock button which after 6 months became a bit unresponsive and sometimes I need 3-4 pushes to activate it.

  19. Natsumi
    September 17, 2015

    When will they well products with european plugs!!!????? -.-

  20. Chandra
    September 17, 2015

    I have been using mi products for more than a year. All the products are good value for money and have good quality.

    1. Mi4i
    2. Mi3
    3. Just ordered redmi note 2
    4. Mi power strip ( in transit )
    5. Mi router.
    6. Mi power bank.
    7. Piston ear.

    These are the products i use currently.

  21. Natsumi
    September 18, 2015

    When will they well products with european plugs!!!????? -.-

  22. Chandra
    September 18, 2015

    I have been using mi products for more than a year. All the products are good value for money and have good quality.

    1. Mi4i
    2. Mi3
    3. Just ordered redmi note 2
    4. Mi power strip ( in transit )
    5. Mi router.
    6. Mi power bank.
    7. Piston ear.

    These are the products i use currently.

  23. Oz
    September 18, 2015

    I have the incredible good value and sounding Piston 2 and 3 earphone, the USB LED light, 10400mA power bank and the Mini blue tooth speaker.All are excellent products.

  24. Hiwyx
    September 18, 2015

    I have :

    Xiaomi powerbank 10400mah
    Xiaomi powerbank 5200mah
    Xiaomi powerbank 5000mah
    Xiaomi miband
    Xiaomi power bar
    Xiaomi USB Fan
    Xiaomi USB Led
    Xiaomi Air purifier
    Xiaomi wifi socket
    Xiaomi water tester
    Xiaomi piston 2
    Xiaomi plastic piston 3 (I guess it’s this name ? bought it 29rmb on official website and it’s incredible for this price)
    Some of them more than 1 piece.
    Didn’t buy Xiaomi router because it doesn’t support Tomato, I’m waiting for v2 update of Xiaomi “nas router”.
    I’m kinda addicted to Xiaomi’s work, but I’m actually not a big fan of their phone design.
    I may buy the mi4c depending on my feeling when I’ll see it in stores (I’m a westener living in China)

    • Hiwyx
      September 19, 2015

      Realized I forgot the mi scale. 😀

  25. Chickens
    September 18, 2015

    Bought a Piston 3 a few hours ago in a local mall for $7.56, probably fake but sounds very good except for vocals that sound a bit ‘cloudy’ (not audiophile so I don’t know the terms lol, probably muffled?) compared to a Sennheiser HD201, even with Viper4Android Viper Clarity @ 10.0 dB (on UMi eMax). Viper Clarity improves but still not as clean.

    • Chickens
      September 27, 2015

      Just bought a Piston 3 Youth version online since headphone guys said it sounds the same as the more expensive version. Also I unchecked some audio stuff in the settings and the fake earphone sounded better/clearer. I’m eagerly waiting for the Youth so I can compare. I’d have to say TCL (not UMi) made a good audio phone (paired with viper4android)

  26. Robert Smit
    September 18, 2015

    but where is the miband with hearth beat and the AmazFit is not really the next miband

  27. Guest
    September 18, 2015

    I have the incredible good value and sounding Piston 2 and 3 earphone, the USB LED light, 10400mA power bank and the Mini blue tooth speaker.All are excellent products.

  28. Guest
    September 18, 2015

    I have :

    Xiaomi powerbank 10400mah
    Xiaomi powerbank 5200mah
    Xiaomi powerbank 5000mah
    Xiaomi miband
    Xiaomi power bar
    Xiaomi USB Fan
    Xiaomi USB Led
    Xiaomi Air purifier
    Xiaomi wifi socket
    Xiaomi water tester
    Xiaomi piston 2
    Xiaomi plastic piston 3 (I guess it’s this name ? bought it 29rmb on official website and it’s incredible for this price)
    Some of them more than 1 piece.
    Didn’t buy Xiaomi router because it doesn’t support Tomato, I’m waiting for v2 update of Xiaomi “nas router”.
    I’m kinda addicted to Xiaomi’s work, but I’m actually not a big fan of their phone design.
    I may buy the mi4c depending on my feeling when I’ll see it in stores (I’m a westener living in China)

    • Guest
      September 19, 2015

      Realized I forgot the mi scale. 😀

  29. Chickens
    September 18, 2015

    Bought a Piston 3 a few hours ago in a local mall for $7.56, probably fake but sounds very good except for vocals that sound a bit ‘cloudy’ (not audiophile so I don’t know the terms lol, probably muffled?) compared to a Sennheiser HD201, even with Viper4Android Viper Clarity @ 10.0 dB (on UMi eMax). Viper Clarity improves but still not as clean.

    I’d probably buy a more expensive Piston 3 just to be sure it’s original if it’s better than this one.

    • Chickens
      September 27, 2015

      Just bought a Piston 3 Youth version online since headphone guys said it sounds the same as the more expensive version. Also I unchecked some audio stuff in the settings and the fake earphone sounded better/clearer. I’m eagerly waiting for the Youth so I can compare. I’d have to say TCL (not UMi) made a good audio phone (paired with viper4android)

  30. Robert Smit
    September 18, 2015

    but where is the miband with hearth beat and the AmazFit is not really the next miband

  31. Barbara
    September 24, 2015

    i have the Mi Band and love the included unlock feature for the phone, also have the scale which integrates nicely with the app. All very intuitive.
    The earphones (premium on-ear version) sound amazing and are very sturdy, compare to models normally costing 250.
    The Bluetooth sound bar is very popular with the teens in my house.

  32. Barbara
    September 24, 2015

    i have the Mi Band and love the included unlock feature for the phone, also have the scale which integrates nicely with the app. All very intuitive.
    The earphones (premium on-ear version) sound amazing and are very sturdy, compare to models normally costing 250.
    The Bluetooth sound bar is very popular with the teens in my house.

  33. September 27, 2015

    I have including my family (in order of buying date)
    Xiaomi Mi3
    Xiaomi Redmi 1s
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 3G
    Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 10400mAh
    Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 5200mAh
    Xiaomi Mi Piston 2 earphone
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
    Xiaomi Mi Pad
    Xiaomi Mi Led Light
    Xiaomi Mi Band
    Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 5000mAh
    Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 16000mAh
    Xiaomi Redmi 2
    Xiaomi Headphone
    Xiaomi Metal Mousepad
    Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime
    Xiaomi Mi4i 16GB
    Xiaomi Mi4 64GB

    In Short I have Everything Availaible in India…
    In Short I am A Big Big Fan of Xiaomi….

  34. Mohammed Shahrukh
    September 27, 2015

    I have including my family (in order of buying date)
    Xiaomi Mi3
    Xiaomi Redmi 1s
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 3G
    Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 10400mAh
    Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 5200mAh
    Xiaomi Mi Piston 2 earphone
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
    Xiaomi Mi Pad
    Xiaomi Mi Led Light
    Xiaomi Mi Band
    Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 5000mAh
    Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 16000mAh
    Xiaomi Redmi 2
    Xiaomi Headphone
    Xiaomi Metal Mousepad
    Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime
    Xiaomi Mi4i 16GB
    Xiaomi Mi4 64GB

    In Short I have Everything Availaible in India…
    In Short I am A Big Big Fan of Xiaomi….