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Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella Review

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

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

Some useful information is provided on the back of the package.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

The logos of Xiaomi and Mijia are printed on the top.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

Once the package is opened, we can the umbrella inside, wrapped with a translucent plastic bag.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

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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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

The length of the handle is just one palm. So the grip is very comfortable. The button is in the position of the thumb.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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

Automatic Folding

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Safety

This is one of the most important features of the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella.

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.

Strengthened Ribs

In terms of ribs, the Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella uses fiberglass material.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

Anti-splash Umbrella Cloth

This is another big selling point after the anti-rebound and anti-splash umbrella cloth.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

Moreover, these small water drops are not adsorbed on the umbrella surface, and it is almost gone when shaken a little.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

UV Protection

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?

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

Sum Up

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.

Xiaomi Mijia Automatic Folding Umbrella

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.

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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