Selective in its choice of market, Xiaomi is a brand that is not easily accessible locally for many consumers despite its worldwide popularity as a rising Chinese brand.
If you are from the Philippines, you would know this to be true especially with regards to the original 20000 mAh-capacity power bank which never officially shed light in the country but is known to have been released in China last year and elsewhere following that.
While that is dismaying for the tech-savvy Pinoys, the disappointment is replaced with renewed excitement and enthusiasm as Xiaomi announced a better version of the original Mi Power Bank 20000mAh: made better because of the Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
This new and updated Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 20000mAh is both a step forward and a step backward from the original design it succeeded.
With the fresh introduction of the Quick Charge 3.0 fast-charging capability, there is an obvious charging boost to any device that is also Quick Charge 3.0-compatible given the power banks improved energy output. But this is strictly only for devices that are designed with Quick Charge 3.0-capability.
Over the two ports, there’s a 5.1V/3.6A output combined. Meanwhile, using the Quick Charge 3.0 port alone can give an output of 5V/2.4A, 9V/2A, and 12V/1.5A.
The energy output is at par with common household power outlets, the power bank could even sustain the energy demand of the latest Apple MacBook.
On the other hand, those devices that are designed with Quick Charge 2.0 or lower charging capability should not expect any dramatic changes because their devices will not accommodate for the extra energy outputs which the technology offers.
Unlike the original model, however, Xiaomi seemed to have cost-cut a little bit in developing the updated product by resorting to a plastic material for its housing in contrast to the previous aluminum build.
The new Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 20000mAh is priced similarly as its predecessor at CNY 149 ($21) in China. It will go on sale starting today.