Days after teasing a Fresh “I” product, Xiaomi on Tuesday Established the Mi Power Bank 2i lineup as its very first ‘Made in India’ power banks in the country.
The Chinese firm has established its third manufacturing facility in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, after both smartphone manufacturing plants in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, to start manufacturing the new power bank array anyplace in the country in partnership with Shenzhen-based Hipad Technology.
Expanding the existing Mi Power Bank two family that was launched back in June, the brand new collection includes the 10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i and 2000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i. The 10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i is priced at Rs. 799, while the 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i comes with a price tag of Rs. 1,499. Both the new models will go on sale through Mi.com and Mi Home Stores starting November 23 noon. After the initial purchase, the Power Bank 2i range will soon be available across all Mi Preferred Partner stores and most of large-format retail partners in December.
The two 10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i and 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i have lithium polymer batteries, dual USB outputs, and smart-control chips powered by Texas Instruments. Between the two, the 10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i sports a double anodised aluminium design with 14.2mm thickness. Contrarily, the 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i comes in a polycarbonate case and includes Quick Charge 3.0 technologies for a faster charging experience.
Xiaomi 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i
Xiaomi’s Manu Kumar Jain, while addressing the media before hosting the visit at the new facility, highlighted that identical to the existing Mi Power Bank 2 models, the brand new stove goes through nine levels of stringent quality testing – with 3 degrees of procedure inspection at every stage. Jain, who heads Xiaomi India, stated that the sales of its Mi Power Bank range in the country is four times higher than Lenovo, which comes third in terms of leading power bank companies in the Indian sector. In addition, he pointed out that fake versions of the original Mi Power Bank models are surpassing traditional competitors in the country and are so much accounted for the next position in the general power bank room.
To overcome the issue of counterfeit models, Xiaomi has begun using a hologram and security code which helps customers identify the genuine models one of the mix.
“Our power banks possess intelligent features that make them compelling one of the competition,” Jain told Gadgets 360.
The plan of establishing a new facility to manufacture the new Mi Power Bank range in the country was sketched annually. The Xiaomi India group discussed the plan with Hipad Technology, the company that already produces Mi Power Bank models in China, and ultimately kick-started the new facility. The manufacturer has four facilities in China which make branded smartphones in addition to power banks for global markets.
“We’re transferring the benefits we receive from the supply chain and import taxes to our customers through the new facility,” Jain stated.
Spread throughout a total area of 2.3 lakh square feet, the Noida facility has a production capacity of developing seven power banks per minute – significantly higher than what Xiaomi had initially in the Chinese region. There are presently over 500 workers at the factory, Xiaomi and Hipad Technology are planning to enlarge the headcount by hiring new talent. Jain claimed that more than 70 percent of people working at the local facility is B.Tech. Additionally, he disclosed that the company is currently using locally produced packaging material and has plans for a neighborhood procurement of SMT (surface-mount technologies) that could begin sometime next year.