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Xiaomi 5000mAh Mi Power Bank Review: Much Thinner, Charges Faster

Xiaomi’s Mi Power Bank is a popular choice when we are choosing a power bank to provide our devices some juice. We have reviewed the 10400mAh Mi Power Bank in the past and its price is very appealing and the performance is satisfying. However, the older 10400mAh and 5200mAh units can be quite thick and this is quite inconvenient for frequent travellers. To address this, Xiaomi has introduced a 5000mAh Mi Power Bank and it is much, much thinner than its predecessors.

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Sections

  1. What’s in the box & The Outside
  2. The Inside & Conclusion

What’s in the box

The box containing the 5000mAh Power Bank already shows how thin the power bank is. As usual, it comes with the power bank, a micro-USB cable and a manual. While the flat-type cable is really short and you might need a longer one sometimes, at least it will not get tangled easily.

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The outside

One of the selling points of the power bank is its thickness, which comes at only 9.9mm. While it is quite thin, the construction is solid and I have no worry that the durability is compromised to make it thinner. The thin chassis makes it easier to fit both my phone and the Mi Power Bank in the same pocket. The aluminium case looks simple and nice. The metal case feels really good in hand too. While it is thinner, it is taller and wider and it weighs 1 gram heavier. Here’s the comparison of thickness between the 5000mAh Mi Power Bank with a Xiaomi Mi3 and a 5200mAh Mi Power Bank.

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On the top of the power bank you would find a micro USB port and a full-size USB port which are meant for charging your devices and refilling the juice back in the power bank. There is a button which serves 2 purposes. It can be used to reset the power bank when the charging stops prematurely or to check the remaining power level. The 4 white LEDs beside the button will light up subtly to show the current battery level. Each LED will represent a quarter of the full charge and you can roughly tell the how much power is left by looking on the LEDs.

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21 Comments

  1. you can buy it online for $15 with free delivery

  2. Will this also charge my 12″ Macbook Retina? If yes, how much will it juice it up?

    • Macbook 2015 comes with 29W USB C power adapter. You will need micro USB to USB C adapter to charge it and the charging will be extremely slow. I couldn’t recommend you to do this.

  3. Hi, roughly how many times can a fully charged 5000 mah charger charge a phone, example iPhone 6?

  4. powerbank seeker

    12 July 2015 at 9:36 am

    Thanks for your very useful review. What do you think of charging the xiaomi 5000 with those portable solar charging panels…rating is 5W. Will it degrade or damage the battery with the low and inconsistent charge due to weather?

  5. how many hours to first
    charge a new mi 5000mah power bank

  6. How much time it will take to charge a Moto G and also as it is very rare to find can you suggest me some similar best Powerbank

  7. I have found that after 2-3 months for light usage, these powerbanks always can’t hold a charge. I have bought about 3 replacements powerbanks, but the same things keeps happening. Has anyone else experienced this?

    • Hi, where did you buy the power bank? If you are buying from the official sources and they are not holding charge, you can claim the warranty since it is just 2-3 months only.

  8. Hello, is it safety enuff if i use it to charge my iphone5 like once a week? I mean i heard that if you use powerbank too often your phone battery will become puffy(?)

    • It is safe. If the powerbank has good quality and enough safety features, charging your phone with it is totally fine So make sure you buy from trusted sources only.

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