Besides launching the Redmi Note 3 smartphone in India, highflying Chinese brand Xiaomi have unveiled an all new powerbank in their homeland which incidentally boasts of a USB Type C port. Xiaomi has also launched a new version of their existing media player dubbed the Mi Box 3 Enhanced edition.
As you may be aware Xiaomi already boasts of a 10000mAh powerbank as part of their product portfolio. So what is so special about this new one and does it deserve your attention? Well, let's find out.
Slimmer yet sturdier
The Mi Powerbank Pro comes with an aluminum body and is claimed to be 42 percent thinner as compared to other 10000mAh powerbanks. It has a physical power button up top and four LED indicators to provide information regarding the charge left in the cell. The powerbank weighs up 223grams and measures at 128.5x75x12.6mm.
Can deliver 12V of output
The Mi Powerbank Pro comes with a 10000mAh battery on the inside which can deliver as well as draw 12V 1.5A, 9V 2A or 5V 2A. Besides that, it can charge smartphone accessories such as Bluetooth headphones, Fitness bands and more.
It can charge your Macbook
Using your powerbank to charge your laptop or Macbook wasn't possible till now thanks to the low voltage capacity of the standard USB ports. However, the inclusion of the USB Type C port will now allow you to charge you Macbook or laptops with a compatible port. For those unaware USB Type C port can deliver 12V of current whereas a standard USB is limited to just 5V.
Two-way Fast Charging
The Mi Powerbank Pro can be charged directly using the USB Type C port there allowing you to charge the device at a markedly faster rate. The powerbank comes with a cable that has a USB Type A (standard) connector at one end and a Micro USB connector on the other. According to the company statement the device can be charged from 0 to 100 percent in 1 hours 50 minutes.
To make the powerbank safe to use, Xiaomi has incorporated input overload, short circuit, output overcurrent, and reset protection onto the device. Apart from that it also features chipset protection and nine layers of circuit protection built by Texas Instruments.
Comes at a premium but definitely worth it
The Xiaomi Powerbank Pro is priced at 149 Yuan in China which is roughly Rs 1,500 in India. The price is similar to the OnePlus powerbank and about Rs 500 more than the basic 10400mAh Mi bank which is priced at Rs 999. However, it's worth noting that the presence of the USB Type C justifies the slightly higher price point.