USB-C is fast becoming the de facto connector standard for charging mobile and computing devices. My Microsoft Surface Go uses it, OnePlus 6 uses it, Apple MacBook Pro uses it, Nintendo Switch uses it. Hence, getting a good USB-C power adapter or charger seems to be the wisest move. Chanced upon the Xiaomi 45W USB-C power adapter and got it for S$24.47. Considering that the Apple 30W USB-C adapter sells for S$65, the Xiaomi USB-C adapter is a steal.
One thing to note is this product is from ZMI. ZMI, otherwise pronounced as ZiMi, is a company under Xiaomi’s ecosystem focused on manufacturing power solutions and cables.
|Connector|| Input: China 2-pin |
|Input||100V – 240V ~ 50/60Hz|
|Output|| 5V/3A |
|Standards|| USB PD 2.0 |
|Dimensions||60 x 57 x 28 mm|
Unboxing the Xiaomi 45W USB-C power adapter
Using the Xiaomi 45W USB-C Power Adapter
Comparing to the Apple USB-C charger that came with the Apple MacBook Pro (with Touchbar), the Xiaomi USB-C charger is a lot more portable. The Xiaomi USB-C charger will be perfect if it had Singapore or UK 3-pin converter included. The China’s 2-pin connector or Type A are pretty common and definitely not an issue during travels to US, Japan, Thailand, etc.
Locally, I use it with a converter for Type G (UK 3-pin). Even with the converter, the Xiaomi USB-C charger is still considerably smaller than the Apple USB-C charger. Of course, the Apple charger charges the MacBook Pro way faster than the Xiaomi.
So far, I have successfully used the Xiaomi charger for the following devices:
- Apple MacBook Pro (with Touchbar)
- Microsoft Surface Go
- OnePlus 6 (does not fast charge)
- Nintendo Switch
- Sony WH-1000MX3
From what I gathered, it charges Apple iPhone using one of the faster charging profiles too.
If you are looking around for a USB-C power adapter or charger, you can probably check out this Xiaomi/ZMI 45W USB-C power adapter. At least I feel that it should be better than other dodgy brands.