Xiaomi 45W USB-C Power Adapter Review

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.

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer Xiaomi, ZMI
Model CDQ02ZM
Connector Input: China 2-pin
Output: USB-C
Input 100V – 240V ~ 50/60Hz
Output 5V/3A
9V/3A
12V/3A
15V/3A
20V/2.25A
Standards USB PD 2.0
QC 3.0
Dimensions 60 x 57 x 28 mm
Weight 101 g

Unboxing the Xiaomi 45W USB-C power adapter

The Xiaomi 45W USB-C power adapter in a nice little package.
The Xiaomi 45W USB-C power adapter in a nice little package.
Inside the package, you will find the 45W USB-C power adapter, USB-C cable and leaflet.
The output supported by the Xiaomi 45W USB-C power adapter.
The single USB-C outlet on the top of the Xiaomi 45W USB-C power adapter.
The 2-pin flips flushed to the device.
And flips it out when you want to use it.
This is the size of the Xiaomi 45W USB-C power adapter. It is pretty small.

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.

The Xiaomi 45W USB-C charger with Type G converter.

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.

My casual/on-the-go computing setup.

So far, I have successfully used the Xiaomi charger for the following devices:

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.

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