Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless Review

Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless

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Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless

Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless

Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless - A Quick Charge and Qi wireless power bank available from a worldwide retailer

Summary

The Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless power bank offers Qi wireless charging. As well as Quick Charge 3.0 output via its USB-A port. But its USB-C port is input only. With no support for USB Power Delivery, in or out.

Overall
4.4
  • Performance
    (4)
  • Design
    (4.5)
  • Safety
    (4)
  • Recharge Time
    (5)
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Pros

  • Fast charges iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, LG, and Motorola phones
  • Qi wireless charging up to 10W for compatible devices
  • Can recharge power bank via USB-C or USB-A charger
  • Supports pass through charging
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-A cable for Quick Charge devices
  • Charge two devices at once
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Cons

  • USB-C is input only, and doesn’t support USB PD
  • Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C is against USB-C specs
  • Wireless charging function adds size and weight

Disclosure: As a Banggood associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Banggood provided the product in this review.

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Model: WPB15ZM
Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless specs

Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless specs

Tech Specs:
  • Ports: USB-A, USB-C (input only), Qi Wireless
  • USB-A Output:
    • 18W Quick Charge 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
    • Apple 2.4A
  • Qi Wireless Output: 10W
  • Input: 18W Quick Charge 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
  • Capacity: 10,000mAh | 37Wh
  • Size: 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.7 inches | 148 x 70 x 17 mm
  • Weight: 8.1 oz | 230 grams

Learn more about Fast Charging.

Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless box and contents

Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless box and contents

Included In Box:
  • Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless Power Bank
  • USB-C to USB-A cable, 1 foot (56k Ohm resistor)
Good For:
  • Commute
  • Travel
  • iPhone
  • Android
Estimated Number of Charges:
  • iPhone 6/7/8: 3-4 times
  • iPhone Plus/X/XR: 2-3 times
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S9: 2 times
  • iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy S10: 2 times
  • Nintendo Switch (2017): 4 hours of play
  • Nintendo Switch (2019): 6.75 hours of play
  • Nintendo Switch Lite: 6.5 hours of play

First Impression

The Xiaomi 10000 Wireless is a bit larger than other 10,000mAh power banks. To accommodate the Qi charging coils. Which allow for wireless charging along one side. The wireless pad is a different shade of white. With a different texture. And a lightning bolt symbol, just in case you still weren’t sure which side to use. Otherwise its exterior is much like other power banks. With the ports, power button, and LED indicators all on the same side.

Its length and width feel good with a smartphone connected for wireless charging. It is more than enough surface area to hold my iPhone 8. And larger model phones won’t have too much weight over the sides. For the cost of more bag space the phone gets better stability.

 

Compared To Similar Power Banks

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PortsUSB-A, USB-C (input only)USB-C, USB-AUSB-C, USB-A x2USB-C, USB-A, micro-USB
Output18W Quick Charge 3.0

Qi Wireless
18W USB-C PD18W USB-C PD

Quick Charge 3.0

Qi Wireless
18W USB-C PD

Quick Charge 2.0
Capacity10,000mAh10,000mAh8,000mAh10,000mAh
FeaturesPass through chargingTrickle ChargingTrickle ChargingPass through charging

Low power mode

USB hub
CableUSB-C to USB-A cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cable
Dimensions5.8 x 2.8 x 0.7 in
8.1 oz
4.5 x 2 x 1 in
6.8 oz
5.8 x 3 x 0.6 in
7 oz
5.5 x 2.8 x 0.6 in
7.4 oz
Price$38.36Price not available$29.99$28.99

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2020-05-20.

 

You can see more USB-C power banks here.

Device Testing

Check with your device’s manufacturer to verify which charging standards it supports.

USB Power Delivery & Quick Charge 4+ Phones

  • Apple iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/11
  • Essential Phone
  • Google Pixel
  • LG ThinQ/V30
  • Razer
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/S10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8/9
  • Xiaomi Mi 8/9
  • ZTE Axon Pro 9/10

 

For iPhones the USB-A port supports Apple 2.4A. An older, but still functional fast charging standard. Older iPhones (4-7) can fast charge using USB-A. Newer iPhones will charge ~15 minutes slower with this power bank compared using a USB-C PD model.

Quick Charge 4+ phones will also see fast charging on the USB-A port. Thanks to their backwards compatibility.

Quick Charge 3.0 Phones

  • HTC
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Sony
  • Xiaomi Mi 5/6
  • ZTE

 

Using a Moto G6 for testing we see Quick Charge will fast charge over the USB-A port. Any QC supporting Android phone with USB-C can use the included USB-C to USB-A cable.

Nintendo Switch

 

With no USB-C output this is not an ideal power bank for the Nintendo Switch. Its USB-A port and USB-C to USB-A cable does provide a charge in handheld/tabletop mode.

  • Nintendo Switch (original/2019 update) – Gets up to 7.5W, enough to charge while you play under most conditions. But may only slow down battery drain under other conditions.
  • Nintendo Switch Lite – Gets up to 6W. That meets higher than power usage of the Switch Lite under most conditions. And is enough to charge while you play with less demanding games.

It will not support the Switch’s dock, as it doesn’t offer the required output.

Learn more about charging the Switch.

Qi Wireless Charging

To activate wireless charging press the power button, then place your device on the charging pad. The side with a lightning bolt symbol. If the USB port is already charging another device then you don’t need to push the button.

 

Officially 10W is the output limit of the power bank’s Qi wireless charger. But my testing showed it can get over 12W, if the phone allows.

A 10W wireless charger will take about an hour less time than a 5W wireless charger. And will outperform a 5W USB charger, like the iPhone’s. Most phones will get a faster charge using a fast charging wired option over wireless.

The benefit of wireless charging is convenience. You don’t need an extra cable. Holding the phone and power bank together you can continue to use it. And you don’t need to plug/unplug it.

Limited Fast Charging With Two Devices

You can charge two devices using the USB-A port and wireless pad together. When you connect the second device you’ll notice the charging resets on the first. This is the power bank stepping down to a lower output level. If you disconnect the second device you’ll want to unplug and replug the first. To make sure fast charging turns back on.

I was about to get ~16W total output when testing with two devices. A Quick Charge device on the USB-A port is favored, receiving 9-10W of that total output.

This limitation is typical of most power banks. The few I’ve seen which allow for two fast charging devices are unusually large. There is a limit to how much current can cross its circuits without extra hardware. Which adds size, weight, and cost.

Most smaller devices will revert to their normal charging rate. Which will continue to charge the battery while they are in use. Total charge time for two devices is about the same. Whether you fast charge them one at a time. Or charged them at a slower rate together.

Pass Through Charging

Pass through charging allows a portable charger to both charge itself and a connected device. The power received from the wall charger splits. Some to the portable charger’s own batteries. And some to the connected device. How it handles the split varies. And there are more inefficiencies than normal.

This portable charger supports pass through charging under these connections:

  • Input: USB-C, Output: USB-A & Wireless

While it supports outputting to two device it lowers the power to each device. More so than pass through charging typically does. With only the USB-A port or wireless pad engaged during pass through charging the device gets ~4.5W. But with both connected the two devices share. In either setup the power bank draws more power than it outputs. So either setup is sustainable through the night.

Pass through charging is useful when you only have one USB wall charger. But it is not recommended to use this feature on a regular basis. It puts more heat and stress on the portable charger. Which will affect its lifespan. It can also provide an inefficient charge to your device. Again, not great for its own battery’s lifespan.

If you like to have the option when traveling, fine. But don’t set this up next to your bed at home every night.

Quick Charge 3.0 Over USB-C

The presence of Quick Charge over USB-C is against USB-C specifications. Such chargers have been around for years without issue. But we don’t know what the future holds.

Under section 4.8.2 of USB-C specifications a proprietary charging method cannot change the voltage of USB-C output (between 4.40V and 5.25V) in a manner not defined by USB methods. Quick Charge operates at higher than default voltages. And so goes against the specifications. USB Power Delivery is an open source charging method. Created alongside USB-C, it is with specs even though it also increases voltage. The big difference is USB PD uses communication lines to negotiate power transfer. While proprietary methods take over the data lines for their negotiation. They do so because legacy USB connections, such as USB-A, don’t have comm lines.

There is no known risk with running proprietary charging standards over USB-C. Manipulating the data lines does disrupt data transfers. But when plugging into a wall charger or power bank there is no data transfer anyway. Some USB-C engineers warn against using any USB-C chargers with third party standards. Their concern is unforeseen consequences. Future technology may prove to be incompatible with such configurations. And pulling out a charger several years from now with a new device could have a bad result.

I have not run into any issues with these fast charging standards on this or any other charger. But as it is a spec violation I want you to be informed. If you’re a stickler for meeting USB-C specifications this isn’t a good charger for you. If you’re more pragmatic it works fine and has no known issues.

Summary

Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless ports

Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless ports

The Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless was made with Xiaomi’s phones in mind. But designed to be compatible with many other brands and models, too. Something we don’t see with Apple and some other larger brands.

iPhones can fast charge over the USB-A port using the older Apple 2.4A standard. About 15 minutes slower than a USB-C PD power bank. But good enough for most cases.

Samsung Galaxy, Motorola, and other Androids will also fast charge via the USB-A port. Provided they support Quick Charge.

This is not an ideal charger for the Nintendo Switch. It draws less power from USB-A than USB-C. It can work in a pinch. Providing a slow charge while you play at best. And slowing down battery drain at worst. But I wouldn’t recommend this power bank strictly for charging a Switch on the go.

The real reason to consider this power bank is the built-in Qi wireless charger. Which offers up to 10W to compatible phones and devices. With wireless you can skip the cable and charge with a simple push of a button and placement of your phone. But if you’re not interested in wireless the feature adds bulk and weight. So you may prefer a slimmer option.

Likewise, if you’re looking for a USB-C PD power bank this is not the one for you. USB Power Delivery is not supported. So newer iPhones and Google Pixel are not ideal phones. But most other Androids support Quick Charge or compatible tech. And a Quick Charge wall charger will fast charge this power bank.

Be aware the included user manual is entirely in Chinese. But the power bank’s functions are standard. And any other details you may need have been covered in this review.

About Xiaomi

Xiaomi has U.S. based support (web, chat, email, phone). They are a large and well respected Chinese electronics company, most known in the USA for their smartphones and laptops. They helped found ZMI, their USA mobile power brand.

About Banggood

Banggood is a Chinese e-commerce retailer that focuses on gadgets and electronics. They ship worldwide, with warehouses in Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, and the United States. They receive significant traffic from the USA. But are better known in other countries. Shipping to the USA is free for orders of $50 or more. But takes 7-20 business days if not in a regional warehouse. Closer countries usually see faster shipping.

Banggood’s reps are aware of how Chinese retailers are viewed. And they are realistic about the challenges they all face. They have recommended using PayPal over credit card for the added security and want customers to understand the longer ship times before they order.

Bottom Line

The Xiaomi Mi 10000 Wireless offers both convenience and fast charging. To iPhones and Androids with Quick Charge support. Lack of USB-C output makes it less ideal if you have several different USB-C devices. But if your needs fit its offerings it is a good match at a good price.

Buy if you:
  • Have a Quick Charge or Qi wireless compatible phone
  • Want both the convenience of wireless and the speed of Quick Charge
  • Don’t have access to a good variety of power banks in your local market
Don’t buy if you:
  • Need a USB PD supporting portable charger
  • Have no use for wireless charging on the go
  • Don’t want to deal with longer shipping times

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