July 12, 2024


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Mi HyperSonic Power Bank

Mi HyperSonic Power Bank

Xiaomi has entered quite a few categories in India apart from smartphones. One of those, and a popular one, is power banks. The electronics maker recently launched the Mi HyperSonic Power Bank in the country with 50W fast charging support and 20000mAh battery capacity. While the charging brick may a complicated name, it makes life simpler, at least a bit. It’s because this power bank from Xiaomi can charge your laptops as well.

It has a three-port design, supports fast charging for both smartphones and laptops, and is priced at Rs 3,599. Honestly, that’s not a lot of money for the kind of comfort this device brings. So, what’s the performance like? And, are there any red flags? I will take you through during this review.

Mi HyperSonic Power Bank 50W review: Design and build quality

The Mi HyperSonic Power Bank is probably the bulkiest power bank I have reviewed in the last few years. It is thick and heavy but also well-built. The power bank feels sturdy and if you drop it by mistake, you end up breaking one. Not the power bank, your leg. It’s easy to slip the Mi HyperSonic Power Bank into your bag but it’s a little too heavy to carry around in your pocket.

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Xiaomi has given a matte finish around the body with the sides flaunting a more glossy look. The grey power button is on the right while all the ports are positioned at the top.

These include two USB-A ports which can charge two separate devices at the same time. They offer 22.5W fast charging support each. The third USB-C port is for both smartphones and laptops. The four LED indicators sit on top of the ports. They keep you updated about the charging levels. Xiaomi also packs a USB-C to USB-C cable in the box.

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There is no USB-A cable.

Mi HyperSonic Power Bank 50W review: Charging performance

Xiaomi is promoting this power bank for its 50W fast charging support. However, there is a catch here. For now, only Xiaomi’s own Mi 11 Ultra supports 50W fast charging through the type-C USB port. Other phones can make use of 15W, 27W, 36W, 40W and 45W charging support. The port supports Power Delivery (PD) 3.0 as well.

I used the Mi HyperSonic Power Bank to juice up the recently launched Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G. It took almost an hour to fully charge the same. The charging time was almost the same (1 hour and 15 minutes) for the OnePlus 9 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro (1 hour and 10 minutes). The iPhone 13 Pro Max took even longer to go from 0 to 100 per cent.

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Since most premium smartphones these days come with Type-C charging cable (including iPhonesat least on one side), the type-C port on the charger will probably be the most used.

The charger definitely brings some additional comfort by adding fast charging support for laptops. However, the results can vary on different laptops. I used it to charge laptops from Asus and MSI. The Alpha series laptop from MSI took a long time to charge. It took me close to an hour to get the laptop from 20 per cent to 63 per cent. But, then you have to keep in mind that using a power bank to charge a laptop will always be a back-up plan.

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The 20000mAh capacity on the charger is more than enough for smartphones. You can get close to four full charges from the brick. Of course, laptops drain the power bank faster. One miss here is the support for wireless charging. The only possible reason for that could be lack of wireless charging support on most Xiaomi smartphones.

Xiaomi also claims to provide temperature resistance, over-voltage protection, shutdown protection, electrostatic protection and short circuit protection.

Mi HyperSonic Power Bank 50W review: Final verdict

One thing I love about the Mi HyperSonic Power Bank is the ability to take care of all your charging needs. Own an Android smartphone? There is fast charging support. Got an iPhone? It has you covered. Forgot to carry laptop’s charger? No need to sweat. Carrying multiple accessories? Eh, your earbuds will juice up within minutes.

Of course, it has some limitations. As I said, the charger is heavy, doesn’t offer wireless charging support and, at the end of the day, is more of a back-up for traditional chargers than an alternative. At the end of the day, it only costs Rs 3,599 and can be a great investment, especially if you own multiple gadgets and devices.

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