Charging Speed

While ASUS ZenPower may have a smaller capacity, its maximum output current is rated at 2.4 A as compared to the 2.0 A rated current output of the Mi Power Bank. This means that the charging speed is faster. Using the phone while it is attached to a power bank can be quite inconvenient so naturally the shorter the charging time the better it is.

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Other Features

I’m glad that both companies take safety seriously to avoid damage to your devices and the power banks. While Xiaomi Mi Power Bank boasted 9 layers of protection, ASUS ZenPower has two more safety features on top of the 9 features found on the Mi Power Bank. The extra 2 include charging adapter protection while recharging the power bank and JEITA protection which adjust charging current according to the surrounding temperature to increase ZenPower’s lifespan. The extra 2 safety features are not exactly groundbreaking, but I guess you can’t go wrong with more protection right?

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Both power banks support bypass charging, which means that the power bank can charge your devices while being charged at the same time. The placement of the ports make a slight difference over here. On Mi Power Bank, the micro-USB port and the full sized USB port are placed next to each other, but with enough space separating the two. The two ports of the ASUS ZenPower are close to each other so if the ends of your cables are too fat, you will have trouble inserting two cables simultaneously. The cable provided are thin enough, but I couldn’t say the same for all of the cables out there. However, I don’t see this as deal breaker at all.

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Verdict

So which one should you buy? The ASUS ZenPower will cost you RM59 each while the Mi Power Bank is priced at RM49 (Up from RM36 a few months ago). The shipping cost is exactly the same if you buy from their respective official online store. ASUS will throw in a cute ZenPillow if you are buying 4 ZenPower at once.

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Both power banks are really good and we are really satisfied by them. Should you spend the extra RM10? If a smaller size, lighter body,  faster charging and the extra safety features matters to you, go ahead to buy the ASUS ZenPower and I doubt you will ever regret the decision. However, if you care about the capacity or you simply don’t want to spend more, I think you will be happy enough with Mi Power Bank. Regardless what’s your final choice, you basically can’t go wrong with either one. One thing you might want to know is that Xiaomi has announced the new 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank which is lighter and smaller in China, but it has yet to reach Malaysia.  

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Of course, make sure you read our 10400mAh Mi Power Bank Review and ASUS 9600mAh ZenPower Review to learn more about each of them!

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