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Using the Mi 16000 mAh Power Bank

When the Mi 16000 mAh power bank was announced, I couldn’t resist buying it along with the Mi Band when both were made available on 09th June at 2pm. Some months ago, during a sale on Amazon, I’d picked up an ihave ia1310 Boss 10000 mAh Power Bank (Gold) for Rs. 799, so as far as power backup requirements go, things were actually quite sorted.

Previously, I’d looked at buying one from Ambrane (10400 mAh), Lenovo (13000 mAh), OnePlus (10000 mAh) or even Xiaomi’s own 5200 mAh and 10400 mAh power banks, but they were mostly sold out quickly and then out of stock for ages. Plenty of fakes floating around too apparently, as I learned from some folks who’d bought them, though there are ways to identify the fakes.

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Mi Band – a fortnight later

In the past year or so, Xiaomi has shaken up the ‘gadget world’ by introducing a range of products at very reasonable prices. Add the Mi Band and Mi 16000 mAh power bank to the list.

Even though both were available towards mid to end of 2014, they weren’t being sold in India. Add to that the ‘flash sale on select sites’ theory where stuff typically gets sold out in seconds. Earlier this month, there was an announcement that both these products could be bought off the Mi site, starting 09-Jun-15, 2 pm onwards. I wasn’t too optimistic of snagging ‘em but at 2 pm sharp, I was thrilled to see both products shown as available before realising I hadn’t even created a Mi user account :p Managed to quickly do so, add both products to the cart, and make the payment. Right, so its been a fortnight since then, and overall it has been a decent experience.

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HDFC Bank PayZapp – a mobile payment solution

The mobile payments, wallets and shopping  ecosystem has seen an entire bunch of apps in the past year or so, and HDFC Bank PayZapp is the latest entrant to that club.

Using HDFC Bank PayZapp, you can create an online virtual card via Netsafe, link your credit + debit cards to make utility bill payments, shop, and transfer funds – all from a single app, and without having to re-enter/re-authorise payment details each time you transact.

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