Still working well and would buy again.
Just thought I'd follow up on my previous review. My induction cooker is still going really well a couple of years down the track. The reason I like it is that I can get the heat low enough to simmer which I couldn't with other induction cookers (that was really important to me, rather than having very high heat at the other end). I use it at least once a day, 7 days a week and find the numbered dial easy to use. I still find it pretty intuitive but if the Chinese dial and instructions bother you then its probably not for you. Yes I too replaced the Chinese Australian adaptor and its worked very well since. I'd buy it again, particularly compared with the three other brands I tried.
Great product that needs further work
Great product but 1. how about supplying a manual in English?? 2. Also found that the flimsy aftet-market "Chinese to Australian adaptor plug" supplied with it (bought through Gearbest) could not handle the 2Kw load and broke down - it is a very dangerous fire risk. Replace the two pin Chinese plug with a good quality Australian one and you'll have a great product. As I said before, please supply us with a manual in English! Guarantee you'll sell a ton of them when the rest of the English speaking world finds out about what a great induction cooker Xiaomi has made. If you supply me an English manual I'll rate it 5 Stars.
Purchased in May 2019 at Gearbest for A$250.00.
Less powerful than claimed.
I have tried both this cooker and the Aldi Ambiano portable induction cooker. Perhaps I was a bit harsh with a review of the Aldi cooker.
What this cooker has in finer control over the Aldi one it loses out in terms of sheer power. While both the Xiaomi and the Aldi claim to be 2100W, the Xiaomi only achieved 1500W while the Aldi was measuring up to 2000W on my portable power meter. Makes a big difference for boiling a pot of water which is considerably longer with the Xiaomi.
The temperature sensor on the Xiaomi does work better. It can si...mmer. It claims 99 levels of power but according to my power meter it certainly isn't regulating this by power draw. It seems to cycle on off for very low levels eg 1 or 2, then about 700W for 5 onwards then 1500 W for very high settings. Must be doing something fancy eg with pulse width modulation. What I have found is that induction cooking is highly dependent on the cookware. The cast iron wok that was tending to get extremely hot on the Aldi cooker, does the same on the Xiaomi. A cheaper pan that is a bit curved on the bottom seems to trigger the temperature cut out on the Xiaomi. It throttles the power but shows no evidence it's doing this. The pan just doesn't get very hot. It's true the markings are only in Chinese characters. This is intended only for the Chinese market at present but some resellers send to Australia. Google translate does wonders on a phone. The Xiaomi app does work but you have to connect and say your language is Chinese. You can set some temperature presets on the cooker and give them English names. This doesn't modify the original ones. There are a few empty slots.
I cannot recommend this product.
The Xiaomi may be technically better than the Aldi cooker as a previous review attested, I will never know. I find it VERY frustrating to use without English manual. I mean, how hard can it be to translate a 10 page manual? Selling to International audiences, Chinese language just doesn't work. Another review claims it is easy to use. Well, perhaps if you can read Chinese. Otherwise no. I figured out the middle button, not hard. But the two buttons on either side only have Chinese characters on them. What are they for? Scrolling through the opt...ions, what do they mean? Why is there an orange blinking light at the bottom? What does it mean? I found the Android App, but am unable to connect the phone app to the cooker. It cannot find the device. Why not? Where are the English instructions? Probably won't help much, as the app is in Chinese also. No. If you cannot read Chinese characters I cannot recommend this cooker. In any case, you will also have problems with warranty, repairs etc. I regret purchasing it.
Questions & Answers
I saw your reviews after getting the Ambiano today. Just wondering if your Xiaomi came with a warranty, and if it is still working :) At least Aldi gives a 3 yr warranty. The Xiaomi seems a lot smaller, which is good, I will mostly use this for camping.
Hi, Xiaomi DCL01CM seems to only be made in 220 volts. Do you know if it comes in 110 volts and if so where?
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