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Hello, recently we got our hands on an exciting and at the same time strange device from the sub-brand Xiaomi – Scishare. From the official name “Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser, ” you can already guess its a hot water dispenser. What can it do? The device can heat the water in six different modes (55 ° C, 70 ° C, 85 ° C, 95 ° C and 100 ° C) in three seconds and dispense it in batches of 250 and 500ml. It will also notify about the upcoming treatment or low water level in the tank. Rest all thing we will discuss in the review.
Added a comparison with a regular kettle and plastic cups.
Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser Packaging:
The Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser arrives in a very disheartening state. From the packaging, it clearly shows how much transport services like to play football with our packages. The box is in usual Xiaomi style(white box), a minimum of excess, a maximum of white. The “Scishare” is an official sub-brand of the Xiaomi crowdfunding platform, so you can safely call this appliance Xiaomi product.
Small size does not occupy much space
The box has the basic specification of the device, and this is the device model – S2101 and specs – 220V | 50Hz | 2200W.
Inside the box, the device is well protected by foam mold. With the device, you will also get a stand for the mug and the Xiaomi S2101 Scishare itself. Everything is coming wrap with plastic bag covering.
The general view is as follows after extraction and unpacking.
The instruction manual is entirely in Chinese thus does not bring any particular benefit.
The Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser is made of high-quality matte ABS plastic. Total weight of the device including an empty container is 1903g. All moving parts have a seal of shipping film.
Double heating structure design, 3 seconds to get the water needed
The sprout of the device protrudes from the body to 6cm. Also, the cap comes with a warning label from the manufacturers.
Behind the spout of Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser, there is a LED for decorative lighting at night. This makes the use of device even at night very easy. The device height stands tall 200 mm, so even a thermos should fit here easily.
At At night the Xiaomi S2101 Scishare looks like this(please note that the lights turn on forcibly and still have to go at random to the heater at night):
For assembling the Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser it is necessary to “connect ” a removable cupboard stand. The stand is attached to the base with the help of magnets in the base and inside the case itself. The magnets are strong and firmly hold the stand.
Lastly, we assemble the water heater and stand also with a test mug. The Dimensions of Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser are 328 * 280 * 136mm.
For connecting the Xiaomi S2101 Scishare with power, a power cord is provided with a Chinese plug that also comes with a grounding contact. The maximum power according to the cable passport is 1.3 kW for a single-phase network and with a Wire cross-section of 0.75 mm2. The cable length measures to be 105 cm, for using it in EU you will have to use an adapter.
Next to the cable outlet, on the rear wall of the water heater from the case, there is a power button. The power button is recessed into the case and easy to grope to the touch.
On the bottom of the Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser, you can see the sticker with the specification of the device, rubber feet and slots for ventilation. Under the rubber feet, there is Tamper-Resistant screws. Presumably, this is done so that some housewife would not be able to unwind the device.
Insides of Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser
The Xiaomi S2101 Scishare is so beautiful, we can’t resist ourselves to see the insides of the device. Firstly, we unscrew these screws and snap off the side cover along the entire outline. What is inside? Inside you can find a large capacity water holder, a scarf for controlling modes, heating elements and a pump. The outer heating element is made of safe food quartz, the internal one is made of AISI 304 steel, widely used in the manufacture of dishes, and the tank is made of SMMA plastic. The interior decoration is made as a whole on a solid four, the main complaints are loose wires and unwashed flux at the solder point of the rotary knob.
Multiple security protection, avoiding the safety hazards
You can see the principle of working of the Xiaomi S2101 Scishare from the picture below. The device doesn’t heat water constantly, namely, it starts heating water from the time of pressing a button and in the process of water supply. It takes around three seconds to heat the water, and that is true.
Assembling the whole body back and start from the top of the water heater. On the one side of the device, there is a removable reservoir, and on the other side, you can find a single control button. The handle of the device also known as washer and the frame of the main panel is made up of anodized aluminum alloy. You can also see the temperature indicators around the handle. There are total five different temperature regimes – 55 ° C, 70 ° C, 85 ° C, 95 ° C, and 100 ° C. for different heating settings. The sixth pictogram in Chinese is needed to get room temperature. Our office has a temperature of 24 ° C.
6-stage water temperature, meeting different drinking needs
When the Xiaomi S2101 Scishare is on, it switches to the standby mode, flashing blue light at the time of operation. It automatically turns off after around three minutes if you don’t use the device.
In the night time, it doesn’t glow much, however, it will be enough to find the device in the night conveniently.
Quick one-button start, simple and convenient, easy to use
Now the logic of working of the Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser. When you turn on the main switch on, a shift to the standby mode takes place. The backlight signals the readiness of the device and when you hold the button down for two seconds a greeting sound with the backlight of the device turns on. Next, you need to rotate the temperature knob to the desired temperature you need, and then press the button briefly to supply 250ml of water or hold for 2 seconds to provide 500ml of water. The device is really convenient when you need a few glasses with an equal amount of water, for example, selling tea in a cafe.
If you need to stop water supply at any moment, you can do it easily by a single press of the button, after which a smooth stop occurs. When the water in the tank reaches the minimum level, the device notifies you using an alarm sound and also the light around the washer becomes scarlet. Moreover, the device also sends upcoming signals if it needs cleaning. For cleaning, you need to pour citric acid into the tank and click on the washer (source. Xiaomi website). Cleaning is provided after making 1500h.
Now after dealing with the management part of the Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser, the remaining portion left is the water tank. For accessing the container, a handle is inbuilt, that hides in the case. Also, if you want you can refill the water without removing the tank.
The capacity is taken very tightly, there is no turbulence. Material – SMMA plastic. At the bottom there is a float level and a Min mark when reached, the heater notifies with a red light and an audible indicator. Closer to the top is the Max mark, in theory, it should be 1.8 liters (passport values), but in fact about 1.9. At the bottom, there is a water intake through the check valve.
1.9L large tank capacity, meeting daily needs
After finishing up with the appearance, now we will proceed to test the device for its intended purpose. To do this, take a mercury thermometer, fill the tank to the Max mark and set the mug.
As we can see, the difference between the two temperatures on the face. Moreover, if in order to drink warm water on an empty stomach early in the morning, this temperature may be enough, then for brewing a certain tea it may not be enough. Here are examples from the network:
Black tea (except Darjeeling)
Water temperature – 95 degrees Celsius (remove from heat right before boiling). Brew for 3-5 minutes. Five minutes if you are going to serve with milk and sugar.
This Indian tea, which is collected from the city of the same name, must also be brewed at a water temperature of 95 degrees (not allowing the water to boil), but you need to brew no more than two minutes. And no less, however, too. Exactly two minutes, in general.
Its welding temperature is much lower – no more than 80 degrees Celsius. So boil the water and let it cool for a couple of minutes. The brewing time is 1-2 minutes or 3-4 minutes if you are sure that you have Chinese green tea.
Also requires a temperature of no more than 80 degrees, brewed even faster than green – from 30 seconds to two minutes. Optimal around one minute.
Oolong tea, which is also often mistakenly called “oolong”, must be brewed in strict accordance with the attached instructions. As a rule, the manufacturer recommends the same 95 degrees (turn off the water right before boiling) and three minutes as for black tea, but … sometimes there are exceptions.
Roybush and herbal teas
“Love” the temperature of 90-95 degrees, suitable for black tea, but herbal teas should be brewed for at least three minutes, and better all 5-8.
Thus, the resulting temperature from the Xiaomi Scishare S2101 water heater can prevent the brewing of many sorts of tea and coffee correctly, which generally likes to be infused at 95 ° C. But I know many people who brew tea with warm water or immediately dilute it with cold, so the Scishare S2101 might have counted on them.
By the way, at the time of the measurements, when we began to observe the discrepancy between the declared figures and the actual temperature, we began to resent Xiaomi. That is, they take a little-known company under their wing, give it a ticket to life, and as a result, the product does not match the description. But then I saw the inscription just above the pad with the puck and decided to transfer it. The inscription is like most in Chinese and after translation everything fell into place.
Actual voltage, ambient temperature, altitude, heat loss during hot water flow, etc. Objective factors, the temperature of the nozzle may be lower than the display temperature.
So everything is normal,we just have not the same circumstances!
And how much electricity does this device use in standby mode and at different temperatures:
• 100 ° C – 2211W
• 95 ° C – 2196W
• 85 ° C – 2208W
• 70 ° C – 2209W
• 55 ° C – 2198W
• Room temperature – 2.6W
• Standby mode – 0.4W
In general, the Xiaomi S2101 Scishare consumes exactly as much as declared (2200W). But since the time of water supply, and, accordingly, the heating is very short (full 36 seconds), not so much electricity will be spent as from a kettle.
From unpleasant precipitation, this is when a set of water in a mug there is a decent splashing, no matter how we put the mug. And sometimes water drops flow through the check valve on the bottom of the tank. By the way, from the pleasant, at the bottom of the heater is installed mesh.
What can we say in the end? Quite a strange policy from Xiaomi, to expose a device with a small volume of the tank at a price for a full-fledged thermal trail of 5 liters. Yes, competitors have 3 times less power, and accordingly, the time for heating and water supply is less, but is it worth it? Yes, and Xiaomi S2101 Scishare device is unlikely to fit the gift, since only the real Xiaomist will know that the Scishare brand belongs to Xiaomi. And the rest of the honest people will see an incomprehensible Chinese with hieroglyphs on the main panel and in the instructions, which even does not give out the declared temperature.
Xiaomi can still find and produce interesting devices, but they are not always correctly pickled and served to the people. The official presentation is generally indicated for use in offices, is it not easier to buy a regular cooler?
Ps. Additional test
In general, checked with a plastic cup. More precisely, there were 4 glasses, so that the main one would not touch the table. First, we poured boiling water from the kettle and got 89 degrees. After the button was turned off, it took even a few seconds to boil, without this it turned out 86. Then he turned on 100 degrees on the tolerance of xiaomi and got 81 degrees. We also checked directly under the jet – 81.5 degrees.
Where to buy Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser?
The Xiaomi S2101 Scishare Hot Water Dispenser is available at gearbest for just $111.13.