Never thought we will review an umbrella. But the truth is there is a product worth our attention. Today we are going to review the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella, which comes with many advantages. Of course, it’s been jointly designed by Xiaomi and Mijia. So it simply means the product will be simple in design and rich in terms of features. But we have to test every detail and impress our opinion without fear or favor.
Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella: Unpacking the Parcel
It is one-third higher than a 570ml mineral water bottle. The official data says this umbrella is 336mm long. But when holding we have a feeling it’s longer, and it is very inconvenient to carry.
Some useful information is provided on the back of the package.
The logos of Xiaomi and Mijia are printed on the top.
Once the package is opened, we can the umbrella inside, wrapped with a translucent plastic bag.
There are some manuals, showing the certificates and instructions for use. If you haven’t used an automatic folding umbrella, the instructions can be very useful.
The Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella body adopts a simple design, with a straight handle, a black body, with some white spots on it. So it is a bit like a medical stone.
The handle is gray and has a non-slip design. It is rough and slightly grainy. The actual experience of the anti-skid effect is really good. We know many like handles that come with the skin coating, which has both slip resistance and excellent hand feeling. But considering the price, this is quite acceptable.
The length of the handle is just one palm. So the grip is very comfortable. The button is in the position of the thumb.
The opening and closing button of the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella is silvery. Plus, the finger can distinguish the position of the button very well.
The bottom of the handle is high-gloss black, engraved with the Mi logo, and it is the only place where the entire umbrella displays identity.
The storage buckle adopts the design of metal buttons, instead of the velcro of most umbrellas. Although each has its own advantages and disadvantages. No one is good or bad.
In addition, the umbrella cloth is made of high-density material, which is slightly rougher than the ordinary cloth. Although it promotes UV protection, there is no black plastic coating on both sides.
The diameter of the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella surface is 1070mm after opening. So if two people walk closer to each other, it will be big enough not to be drenched.
Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella Highlights
As the name suggests, the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella supports automatic opening and closing. When tested, it was fast enough during both operations. Plus, you don’t have to press the key strongly. Thus, anyone can use it and everything will be implemented via one hand.
However, unlike the electric umbrella that can automatically retract the handle at the same time, the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella with pure mechanical structure can only fold the umbrella cloth through the mechanical structure. Then, the umbrella handle should be folded manually.
It is worth mentioning that in the position of the hinged seat, the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella has a bowl-like structure, which is very convenient to hold the position and close the handle.
This is one of the most important features of the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella.
If you try to find other brands with anti-rebound umbrellas, you will fail.
The so-called safety type is that when the umbrella is closed, there is a mechanical locking structure that can be locked at any position to prevent the buckle from rebounding due to the buckle being stuck, causing damage to themselves and those around them.
During the process of collecting the umbrella, the position of the handle is constantly humming, and the mechanical locking structure is constantly functioning. The hand is released at any position, and the handle is only locked for a few millimeters to lock.
So we can state the manufacturers have put a rebound structure on the umbrella like the airbag to the car. Because many automatic umbrellas are used for quick opening and closing operations, the pressure of the handle spring is relatively large, which results in a large force for the umbrella. Once the hand slides, the high-pressure umbrella handle rebounds at high speed, which will cause very serious consequences.
In terms of ribs, the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella uses fiberglass material.
The skeletal bone with higher toughness can indeed enhance the wind resistance of the umbrella. But the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella has only eight ribs, which is naturally destined to have less wind resistance than the ten- and twelve-bone umbrellas. So in windy days, you have to use with care.
Anti-splash Umbrella Cloth
This is another big selling point after the anti-rebound and anti-splash umbrella cloth.
According to the standard given by Xiaomi, the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella has the highest water resistance grade and can achieve no wet surface.
By pouring the water onto the umbrella surface, you can see that only a bunch of small drops of water left on the umbrella surface.
Moreover, these small water drops are not adsorbed on the umbrella surface, and it is almost gone when shaken a little.
It can be seen that the angle of the water droplets is large enough to have the effect of a steel film like a smartphone. It seems that the hydrophobicity is still very good.
When pressing the button to fold the umbrella, the larger elasticity will shake off the water drops on the umbrella surface.
Most of the water droplets have been dropped from the umbrella surface.
However, there are still a lot of water droplets in the inner fold of the umbrella, which is difficult to be removed after the umbrella is folded.
It is obvious that the water has been completely spread out and wet the center part. So we doubt whether Xiaomi has cut corners while doing the hydrophobic process. Seems, it has not done enough in the middle.
When it comes to the UV protection, everyone’s first impression is definitely a black plastic umbrella. But the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella has no black glue on both sides. So how does it prevent the ultraviolet rays?
According to Xiaomi’s official statement, in order to prevent the rain-proof effect from being washed away by the rain, the anti-UV coating is made inside the umbrella. So it can still have an anti-ultraviolet effect for 2 to 3 years.
In addition, in terms of the thickness of the umbrella cloth, we took the flash of the smartphone and placed it at a position away from the umbrella cloth.
The light transmission is obvious. Actually, when the umbrella is opened we can feel the thin cloth material. That’s why many doubt it has a UV protection ability.
There is a standard that shows the ability of an umbrella to protect against ultraviolet rays. It’s called the UPF value. As for the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella, the UPF is 50+. The UV-A transmittance is 0.12, and the UV-B transmittance is 0.05. According to this report, the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella has an excellent UV protection.
Briefly About the So-Called UPF
The definition of UPF50+ is: the measured value of UPF is greater than 50, and the transmittance of UVA is less than 5%.
Therefore, the UV protection factor of the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella has reached the highest standard. Therefore, if this umbrella is defined as an anti-UV umbrella. It should be marked on the label: 1. UPF: 40+ or 50+, 2. GB/T 18830-2009.
Some Features You Should Know As Well
The UPF50+ mark is clearly seen, but the second one doesn’t. Another thing, shouldn’t it be GB/T 18830-2009?
According to the inquiry, GB/T 18830-2009 is indeed the national (Chinese) standard for the UV protection products.
However, the national standard GB/T 23147-2008 marked by Xiaomi is the national standard of an ordinary umbrella. There is no mention of a UV protection.
So we can state, the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella does not meet the requirements of the national anti-UV products. Probably, the so-called anti-ultraviolet level has not passed the national test, but Xiaomi has designed and produced its own UV protection capability. So only Xiaomi knows whether or not the standard can be met.
Another small advantage
In addition to these major features, Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella has a design worthy of praise. We believe many people have been poked by other people’s umbrella beads. So the design of the hidden umbrella bead is a good solution to this.
Another minor problem
There are only seven springs for opening and closing.
This is the spring that should be present in the normal rib. Looking through them one by one and you will see that there is no spring inside a rib.
Assembly error? Since many people have this problem, it is definitely not an assembly error. That is the design bug of the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella. However, the customer service promises the umbrella surface will not be damaged due to uneven force, and the umbrella also has a warranty.
As the name suggests, this is an automatically folding umbrella. Thus, when buying the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella, you should understand it is the biggest selling point. However, the manufacturer contrived to add some useful features as well. First, it’s the hidden bead design. Second, it’s the UPF rating. And though the product didn’t get a corresponding standard, we think it’s been designed with this goal in mind. Third, it comes with an anti-splash cloth.
In general, it turns out the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella is worth buying. We don’t say it’s the best umbrella we have ever seen. But it is priced 99 yuan only. The regular umbrellas are priced at 50-60 yuan. So for 100 yuan, you will get your hands on an automatic folding umbrella with a few useful features.