Xiaomi YI Camera Power Pack – Supercharge Your Action Camera

by Linus 0

If you have the Xiaomi YI camera, you know that it is a great cheap action camera but it has a few flaws – a poor battery life, the lack of  display and it ships without any accessories.
In this review we are going to look at the accessory pack that’s going to supercharge your Xiaomi YI camera on a budget. Find out more in the full review.

Thanks to Gearbest for sending Xiaomi YI camera power user accessories pack for a review. 

Xiaomi YI Camera Power User Accessories Pack Review: VIDEO

Xiaomi YI Camera Power User Accessories Pack Review: UNBOXING

This power user accessories pack costs just below $40 and it is a pretty good bang for your buck considering the overall package you are getting.
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What you are getting in the packaging includes an external display, a generous 2400mAh external battery, a waterproof casing, some mounting brackets and the micro USB cable.

Xiaomi YI Camera Power User Accessories Pack Review:  CONTENTS and FEATURES

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There are lots of action cameras that do not have a display and thus you cannot properly frame the shot. The external display is here to solve the issue and it is very easy to use. All you have to do is just connect it to the back of the camera but before you do that make sure to upgrade the camera’s firmware to the latest version and select the AV output in the YI Camera app.
Once you’ve done that, you are good to go and the display works very well and there is no delay whatsover. Also, there is the display power on/off button to save the battery. My only complaint would be that the display could have a bit higher resolution but it is used only to frame a shot anyway.
Another cool accessory is a generous 2400mAh external battery. If you want to use it, you have to remove the original battery first and install the external one with a simple push.
The original power pack has the capacity of just 1010mAh and thus we have more than twice as much juice in this external battery. With the original battery, I was able to achieve around 1:40h of continuous 1080p video shooting and with this one the battery lasted for around 3,5 hours under the exact same conditions. Of course, you will be able to achieve that if you don’t mind the extra bulk this power bank gives.
Next up is the waterproof case and it easily fits the Xiaomi YI camera. However, if you want to put the camera with either the LCD display or the external battery, you have to replace the door of the waterproof case but the good thing is that it is very easy to do it.
Mounting the camera inside the waterproof case is easy. The case lock is made of plastic but it does look like it’s going to break any time soon.
The last items that are included are a few mounting brackets and they are pretty much self-explanatory.

Xiaomi YI Camera Power User Accessories Pack Review: CONCLUSIONS

So there you have it, the power user accessories pack for the Xioami YI camera. For under $40 you are getting two essential upgrades – the display and a generous external battery. They are both easy to install and remove it and so far everything works very well.
Also, there is another essential piece – the waterproof housing, which allows you to use the camera underwater. You can do it either without any accessories attached to the camera or with the LCD display,  or with the external battery. I’ve tested it several times underwater already and I have no complaints about it.
All in all, this accessory pack is an ideal upgrade to your Xiaomi YI camera and since everything has worked fine during my testing time, I believe it is worth the price of $40.