XiaoMi 10400 mAh Portable Power Bank Charger Review

Updated: November 19, 2016 / Home » Smartphone and Tablets » Power Pack / Power Bank

You’ve probably heard of XiaoMi, the up and coming smartphone maker from China that is creating a storm in the smartphone market. 2 weeks ago I decided to purchase their much sought after XiaoMi 10400 mAh Mi Power Bank charger (also known as Portable Power Pack), reason being that it is cheap or to better phrase it – affordable. I bought it for USD 11.38, yes, not a typo, it is USD 11.38 for 10400 mAh.

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XiaoMi 10400 mAh Powerbank Charger Review

XiaoMi 10400 mAh Powerbank power bank samsung apple iphone Charger Review

The packaging is really simple, kind of like an OEM product.

The packaging is really simple, kind of like an OEM product.

The aluminum casing is beautifully crafted, very Apple like. Honestly, I prefer plastic over this smooth metal casing, reason being that a plastic casing doesn’t scratch easily and is not as slippery as metal. Then again, it could be me, I have sweaty palms.

XiaoMi 10400 mAh Powerbank power bank samsung apple iphone Charger Somewhat short charging cable, then again, this is meant to be a portable charger thus this is not a big issue.

Somewhat short charging cable, then again, this is meant to be a portable charger thus this is not a big issue.

XiaoMi 10400 mAh Powerbank Charger XiaoMi powerbank allows you to charge the powerbank and your smartphone all at the same time. power bank samsung apple iphone

Unlike other power bank, XiaoMi Mobile powerbank comes with ‘Pass trhough Charging’ capability. This enables you to charge the powerbank and your smartphone all at the same time. Most power banks are not able to ‘dual charge’ both the powerbank and smartphone at the same time.

mi powerbank pass through charging

XiaoMi 10400 mAh Powerbank Charger The user manual is a simple 4 tiny pages long, only in English. power bank samsung apple iphone

The user manual is a tiny 4 pages long, only in English. Nobody reads these manuals, thumbs up for saving paper!

Steve Jobs once said, “It used to be that when you got a computer or a gadget, you had to read a long manual or spend forever fiddling with it to learn how to use it. One person in the family might take the time to do so, and then spend the rest of the Christmas holiday teaching everyone else how to do the things they wanted to do. Apple changed all that. Take the iPad: an extremely expensive bit of high-tech kit, it comes with no instruction manual.”

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XiaoMi 10400 mAh Powerbank Charger It took approximately 5.5 hours to fully charge the powerbank power bank samsung apple iphone

Mi Powerbank LED Indicator [ Charging ]

LED indicator will display as follows when you charge your Mi’s powerbank with an AC adapter. If all 4 of the LED blinks when you are charging, it means the unit is faulty. Contact XiaoMi for a replacement unit.

CapacityLED 1LED 2LED 3LED 4
0 - 25%BlinkingOffOffOff
25 - 50%OnBlinkingOffOff
50 - 75%OnOnBlinkingOff
75 - 96%OnOnOnBlinking
Fully ChargedOnOnOnOn
Charging ErrorBlinkingBlinkingBlinkingBlinking

Mi Powerbank LED Indicator [ Discharge ]

LED indicator will display as follows when you charge your device with Mi’s powerbank.

 LED 1LED 2LED 3LED 4
EmptyOffOffOffOff
0 - 25%BlinkingOffOffOff
25 - 50%BlinkingBlinkingOffOff
50 - 75%BlinkingBlinkingBlinkingOff
75 - 100%BlinkingBlinkingBlinkingBlinking

It took approximately 5.5 hours to fully charge the portable powerbank.

Why is XiaoMi’s Smartphone and Powerbank Priced So Cheap?

  • Their business model revolves around the idea of directly selling the goods to the consumers via their website, no middleman or commission.
  • They do not advertise on big media companies, they rely on word of mouth and social medias.

I like to think of them as the Dell of 1990’s. Some labeled them as the Apple of China but I have to disagree, reason being that most of their products are not exactly revolutionary. The only thing attractive about them is the price to quality ratio – why pay more for the same technology by Samsung, Sony, HTC, Motorola and more?

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Approximate Battery Capacity

As you can see from the data below, a 10400 powerbank have enough capacity to charge your iPhone for approximately 6 times. A must have item on a camping trip, possibly a life saving item in time of urgency.

  • Apple iPhone 4, 4S and 5S – 1440 to 1560 mAh
  • Apple iPad 3rd and 4th Generation – 11560 mAh
  • Apple iPad Air – 8820 mAh
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Note – 2500 mAh

Pro and Con of XiaoMi PowerBank

  • [ Pro ] RM36 (USD11) for 10400 mAh battery cell supplied by LG and Samsung
  • [ Pro ] Beautifully designed with aluminum casing
  • [ Con ] Cable is somewhat short
  • [ Con ] Casing is easily scratched

Why Is XiaoMi Power Bank So Cheap?

  • XiaoMi sells directly, no middle man, no storage fee, no rental no electricity bills, and no workers.
  • XiaoMi doesn’t spend money on advertisement, everything is done via word of mouth and social media.

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73 comments on “XiaoMi 10400 mAh Portable Power Bank Charger Review

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    Dzynek [ Reply ]

    Ipad air charge from 24% to 84% only

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Hi Dzynek, is it? Apple iPad Air has 8820 mAh, if the problem exist, you should contact XiaoMi and request for a new unit. Warranty only provided for those that purchased from XiaoMi’s official website and not via 3rd party. Too many Fake XiaoMi Power Banks in the market.

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    Vaibhav Joshi [ Reply ]

    I brought a new one , but as I put it to charge , all the LEDs blink simultaneously. Is it abnormal?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Hi, according to XiaoMi’s manual, if it blinks simultaneously while charging, it is a sign that something is not right with the product. If you purchase the powerbank from XiaoMi (original), do contact their service center, they will replace it with a new one.

      do note that if you purchase from unauthorized seller, it could be a fake powerbank, thus XiaoMi is not responsible for any defects.

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        Akshat [ Reply ]

        But is there a way to solve this issue?

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          Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

          If it is a faulty hardware issue, no software or button can solve this problem. If you purchase it directly from XiaoMi, contact them for a 1 to 1 replacement. If it is from a 3rd party, you have to contact them, xiaomi is not responsible for fake products or products sold via 3rd party.

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    Vaibhav Joshi [ Reply ]

    And I have charged it for more then 2 hours , but still all LEDs blinking. Pls help me out

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      hello sir, it depends on the charger’s capability.

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    Jeffrey [ Reply ]

    When all light are blinking means there is some problem with the unit

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    Hey. I won one of these as a gift. But, unfortunately, the manual is in chinese. Could you sent me a picture of yours ? Thanks! All the best!

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Just click on the image for the link to the high resolution version.

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    good afternoon, it would be possible for you facilitate me the address of the official page of Xiaomi? :=)

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    daniel [ Reply ]

    Just asking. is there two original version of the mi 10400 mAh? i saw one that has a CE AND FC label on

    bottom of 10400 mAh picture under the Powerbank.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Most companies have many different models with similar design for a product. Those with CE tend to have better materials due to environment issues, safer ‘no mercury no lead’ materials and better quality. This is a common practice among all major hardware manufacturer except for Apple.

      Simply put it, third world countries have lower build quality over those meant for the first world. The design are the same and cannot be distinguish via the naked eye.

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    heroes [ Reply ]

    Hi Jimmie. Is it normal for the Ipad mini 2 to press the power button to charge?? i tried it to samsung and others with micro usb and it is charging fine w/o pressing the power button. need your reply asap tnx :))

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      No pressing of button required. The button is for checking the remaining power in the powerbank. It is a simple plug and play.

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    heroes [ Reply ]

    hello again but the plug ang play doesn’t work on my ipad mini lightning cable. it only works on micro usb…hmmm can try it also on your powerbank?

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    I cannot find an English version for the user manual. Can you please suggest a link to download one?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      You can click on the image, I uploaded a super high resolution of the manual.

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    How to use xiaomi power bank. My xiaomi powerbank is not working proper ly.. it charged 5 min…and then turned off…when plugged with my phone, it was not working…plz reply

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    felipe [ Reply ]

    Mine isnt working properly too. the first led still blinking even after i charged the power blank all night…

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      If it is a faulty product and you bought it via the official channel, contact XiaoMi for a product replacement.

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    Hello….recently I purches the mi power bank 10400mah and I check its original product …..What is the use of security code showing on box
    And also suggest the how to turn off power bank
    Which thing required to check for good power bank

    Please give me replay……thanks

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Security Code… Never heard of it before. As for turning it off, there is no power off button. That button is for checking the amount of charges available. 4 LED blinking means fully charged, if 3 blinks means 3/4 charged and so on.

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    Hi there, i have iphone 6 plus and samsung note 2 N7100, is xiao mi power bank works on that?

    thank you!

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    Hi I buy a 10400mah powerbank.. when after I unbox it I push the button and indicate a 3 led light…. and then I charge it, it followed the blinking status based in the manual but after the 3rd light stop blinking…the 4th isnt blinking… what should I do?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      If you purchase from the official channel, ask for a replacement if the powerpack is faulty.

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    Waman Ghosale [ Reply ]

    Hi.I bought a MI 10,400 maH powerbank.
    It worked properly for a month charging mobile 3 times.but now there is a problem while charging the powerbank.As per your guide the problem is similar to Abnormal Situation.At first 1 led blinks and after few minutes all leds start blinking.Ultimately the power bank doesnt charge at all when this happens.
    It worked flawlessly for a month but now this prob arised.
    I didnt buy the product from MI.So cannot ask for replacement.
    Product is real from my 1 month experience but I need a solution for this problem now.Can you plz kindly suggest me a solution?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      If it is a faulty product and not purchased directly from the official Mi Channel, it could probably be a fake. If it is a fake, you cannot solve this if it is a hardware problem.

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    hi i purchase new xiaomi 10400 mah power bank but all lights are blinking and its not charging. can any one help what it mean my power bank is damaged.

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    stevesmith [ Reply ]

    10400mAh for $24 and delivery fees nor additional fees

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    aditya [ Reply ]

    Hi I buyed a mi 10400 mh power bank I connected it to my micromax phone but it didn’t charge probably I thought it would be uncharged but after some time I start charging it but only one led light was blinking and soon no led light blinked I thought now it is fully charge but still it is not charging my phone

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    What is the use of power button in xiaomi 10400 mah power bank.
    Thanks

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    abhinav [ Reply ]

    My power bank cannot work properly pls help me

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    Kennedy Remruatsanga [ Reply ]

    Hi,i recently purchase Mi powerbank 10400mah..but when i charge my Asus Zenfone 5 ,it only shows as an USB power not an AC current…i don’t know how to do? Please reply ASAP.

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    Hi! I would like to ask the full picture Starting in “Please read the instructions carefully” you covered the last part wherein we can see the link “http://fugu.mi.com” the one you covered with the powerbank. The very last page. 3 of 3 in the Thank you.

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    bikash [ Reply ]

    my mi 10400 mAh pb new when i put on charge 1st light starts blinking 2,3,4 lights are on after few minutes all lights are on when i try to charge my e7 charging stops after 10 seconds

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    hey, i recently bought at mi portable charger 10400, but then when i bought it the battery is already died, i charged it for almost an hour and not even a bar light up. what should i do?

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    I bought new mi 10400 power bank.while I plug in that power bank with my mobile, there is no rresponse .of charging. The battery level of my phone gets suddenly decreased 26% to 10%..

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Did you press the power button on the power bank?

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    How to charge it

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Just like how you charge your mobile phone? use the MicroUSB cable.

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    Deepali [ Reply ]

    I could not find the use of power button.please help me. And also i put this portable charger to my phone initially my phone shows charging but after few mins. I checked my phone its not charging however portable charger is connected with my phone..is there any problem… Please help me and reply as early as possible

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    Rahul Sharma [ Reply ]

    Mi has given me fake power bank –not able to charge my I phone mobile …:(

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Did you purchase the powerbank from the official site? XiaoMi only sells directly, if you bought yours from a retailer, chances are it could be a fake and XiaoMi have no control over what is sold by others. If is it genuine, contact XiaoMi for a replacement unit.

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    Rahul Sharma [ Reply ]

    also the connector is not ok

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    achindawikramage [ Reply ]

    Im not sates …….mmmmm

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    charging through usbport? no wonder it takes 6 to 10 hours to recharge.

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    aah, i can stick it in my apple cahrger :) just put it in description -.- instead people have to find out

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    i meant LG charger, because apple cant with the new lighting…

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    Hi.i have a mi 10400mah fack power bank.first time I charge it 4 hrs but still last led light is blinking. Does it stop blinking after charge. Pls help me

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    This device is excellent. No problems

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    ranjith v Nambair [ Reply ]

    I have a new 10400mi power bank , and connect to charger in more hours but blinking only 1st white led only

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    Hi. I have purched a new mi 10400 powerbank & i used samsung fast charging adapter to charge the power bank. The 3rd led was blinking when i pluged that in for charging. Its 9 days in a row & now the 3rd led is on & 4th one is blinking. Is it normal or there is some problem with my powerbank? Please someone helps me out. Thanks

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      I think something is not right, you should contact Mi for a replacement unit.

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        Thanks a lot for the reply. Take care

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    Bella Smit [ Reply ]

    For the guys who are looking for the best power bank for their devices #Zendure charger is highly recommended.I also needed a power bank for my new iPad.I was so confused about the best one then my brother recommended me to buy it.It’s really a fantastic product with high durability.It is light weighted i.e easy to carry everywhere.

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    Sahil Kumar [ Reply ]

    My xiaomi Powerbank is getting charged properly and all LED lights does not blink simultaneously,but when charge my device with this Powerbank then the LED lights gets off one by one in a minute and it gets off!! Please help me!!

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    Sanjay [ Reply ]

    I am using a mi 10400mah power bank. It’s giving output of 5300 mah. It’s taking 7 hours for the full charg with a 1amp charger. I have checked the 20 digit security code of the power bank in mi website and found its original. I just want to know whether it’s a defective piece or not ?
    I am using moto g2 for the charging.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Hi, I am not sure how u calculate the 5300 mah output? Did u discharge the powerbank none stop? Most powerbank will discharge itself overtime, if you only use the powerbank once in a while, chances are, it has already discharge a % of the mah.

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    Does this power bank applicable for Android users?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Yes, it works on all mobile devices. Including Windows Smartphone and most laptops except for MacBook Air.

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    Vishal [ Reply ]

    Does it charge Iphone 6 ? And if does how much time it will take to charge my iphone 6 fully ??

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      I have no idea how fast it will charge the iPhone 6. I believe a standard UK power outlet is rated at 240V and at 13A and the mi 10400 powerbank has an output A of 2.1A. Based on this math, it will take 6 times longer to charge your iphone via powerbank.

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    Ranjith [ Reply ]

    It is not working yu yureka plus

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    naveenkumar [ Reply ]

    Power on button damage pls replace

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    Is there an obious way to tell if my Power Bnak is a genuine one? It appears to be, but is there a way to verify this?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Just enter the 20 security code on the official website – http://www.mi.com/verify/#secur_en
      If there is no such sticker on your product or the code is not valid, chances are, that is a fake product.
      If you purchase it directly from XiaoMi, inform them, if you bought it via third party, XiaoMi is not responsible because it is a fake.

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    deepak [ Reply ]

    i m having mi 10400 mah power bank.during charging when all the led are on ,i used it for charging my phone but it charge my phone from 20 to 50% .what may be the reason??

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Where you bought your PowerBank from? If you bought from a third party and not directly from XiaoMi, I think it is probably a fake.

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    This is a very helpful guide for those who have xiamo 10400 powerbank. I bought mine with chinese manual. This powerbank works pretty well when I first used this to charge my iphone 4s and xperia mini pro with only 2 lights blinking until powebank is empty. When I charged xiaomi it took 6 hours for two lights only and then 8hours for it to fully charge. Im just not sure if this is normal to charge this powerbank. Overall, I like this powerbank because it charges my phone fast.

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    Is it possible for the power bank to receive and supply power at the same time?
    Is for a project.

    thanks.

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