While the battery capacity is slightly lower compared to the older 5200mAh Mi Power Bank, the power output efficiency has been increased, resulting in a very similar amount of charge found in both versions of Mi Power Banks. Xiaomi gurantees that there should be a minimum of 3300mAh actual output and from our testing, we are getting slightly more than it. We are able to get around 3500mAh to 3600mAh of charge out of the 5000mAh Mi Power Bank with different devices.
In case you wonder why you are not getting 5000mAh of charge, here’s the reason. The 5000mAh of charge is stored in the power bank at 3.7V and when it is used to charge the other devices, its voltage will be converted to 5V and there will be a conversion loss too. Xiaomi claims that the conversion rate is 93% for this power bank. So here’s the calculation: 5000mAh x 3.7V/5V x 93% = 3441mAh. So what Xiaomi claims on their site are valid.
The 5000mAh Mi Power Bank has a USB charging port rated at 2A. The current rating is higher than its predecessor, which is rated at 1.5A, and you can expect faster charging of your devices from it. It still supports bypass charging, which means that the power bank can charge other devices while being charged simultaneously. This is useful when you have limited power sockets.
Mi Power Bank is really cheap, but that does not mean that the safety precaution designs have been compromised. It has 9 layers of circuit chip protection and you should stay assured that your devices will not be damaged. The same could not be said if you are buying a fake unit, so please be very careful when you are buying power banks and charging accessories. Buying from the official source would be a smart choice.
Should you buy it?
With the price of RM34 per unit, it is a power bank that I would recommend if you are searching for one. The price is the same with the older 5200mAh Mi Power Bank (after the price rise due to the drop of Ringgit) and I do not know what more can I ask for. However, if you already have the old model, there is no need for you to buy this newer model unless you feel that yours are too bulky.
At first glance the obvious improvement in the 5000mAh Power Bank over its predecessor is the huge reduction in the thickness. While it looks much better aesthetically, it really helps to make it more portable. The charging speed of the output port has been increased too. I am really glad that nothing has been compromised to make the power bank thinner. The power bank still has a respectable actual output and it is as safe as ever. If you are buying a power bank, please consider this seriously.
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