Xiaomi MIJIA Smartmi fans
Xiaomi (stand) fans differences (stand 2022)
We tested the first Xiaomi fan back in 2017. The model was based on the fan now known as the “Smartmi Standing Fan 2S”. Numerous new models have now been added and distinguishing between fans is becoming increasingly complicated.
Many visitors to our blog therefore ask themselves which Xiaomi fans there are and how they differ from each other. After all, there are now more than 5 models on the market. This section is intended to provide clarity and reveals where the differences lie!
Xiaomi Mi Smart Standing Fan 1C
The Xiaomi Floor Fan 1C was announced for the European market in April 2020. This is the cheapest model in the range. At the same time, it is the first Xiaomi fan that officially came to Europe in 2021 at an RRP of 39,90 euros. The fan offers the most basic functions. The 7-blade fan is adjustable and can therefore be used as a standing or table fan.
There are 3 ventilation levels that achieve an air flow of 9 - 27 m³/min. The minimum noise level is a maximum of 37.2 dB. The air flow generated has a maximum range of 16m. The oscillation radius is a maximum of 90°. The ventilation head can be tilted by 36°. A battery is missing. The fan can be controlled via the app, Google Home and Alexa.
Xiaomi MIJIA 1X fan
This pure pedestal fan has so far only appeared in China. There it is available for the equivalent of 35 euros. Visually, it is very similar to the Mi Smart Standing Fan 1C. Functionally, this fan is designed for particularly quiet operation. The minimum noise level is only 26.6 dB. The ventilation strength is infinitely adjustable. The maximum air throughput is 23,1 m³ / min. The range of the air flow is a maximum of 14m. The control can take place via app, via voice command (Xiao AI), or directly via the fan itself. The ventilation head can be tilted by 39 °. The oscillation radius ends at 140 °. There is no battery.
Xiaomi Smartmi Standing Fan 2S / 2 fan
One of the best known and most popular Xiaomi fans as an import is the Smartmi 2S. This review is also about this. The fan first appeared in 2017 and has undergone minor revisions over the years. The special thing about this model is the battery, which can also be used to operate the fan wirelessly. The model 2 and 2S also differ in exactly this. The Xiaomi Smartmi 2S comes with a battery, the Xiaomi Smartmi 2 without! In China the fan costs less than 40 euros. As an import, more than 80 euros are often due.
The fan can also be continuously controlled and achieves a noise level of 31.5 dB to a maximum of 60 dB. With constant ventilation, an air flow of 20 m³/min is achieved. There is also a “Natural Wind” mode, which distributes a light and changing breeze throughout the room. Horizontal panning is possible with up to 120°. The fan can be tilted by 7.5°. Of course, the Smartmi 2S can also be completely controlled via app and voice command. The fan is also particularly economical, so the 2800 mAh (33,6 Wh) battery can last for more than 20 hours at a time.
Xiaomi MIJIA 2 fan
This fan is the new premium model in the Xiaomi fan range. The new model costs the equivalent of 40 euros and has a 7 + 5 wing design. The fan can be used both as a stand and table fan. The noise level varies between 30.2 dB and 55.8 dB depending on the ventilation level. Panning and tilting is possible with up to 140 ° or 39 °. The economical DC motor achieves an air throughput of 20 m³ / min. At ventilation level 1, the consumption is just 0.6 watts. The ventilation is continuously adjustable towards the top. Control via app or voice command is possible.
Xiaomi Smartmi Standing Fan 3
The Smartmi Standing Fan 3 is currently the latest Xiaomi fan. The whisper-quiet operation with only 28.6 dB and the included 2800 mAh battery, which supplies the fan with power for up to 20 hours without a cable, are worth mentioning. We have dedicated a separate post to Standing Fan 3, which you can read about this Link got.
First impression of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Fan
Scope of delivery and assembly
A pedestal fan for just under € 160 is anything but cheap. Accordingly, my expectations of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Fan were extremely high. Well packaged, the fan is delivered in a total of 9 individual parts. The tool required for assembly is included and is surprisingly high quality. The instruction manual is typical for Xiaomi in Chinese. Due to the understandable illustrations of the individual steps, the assembly is very easy to understand even without knowledge of Chinese.
Design and workmanship
In my research for comparable pedestal fans that are also in a similar price range, I actually came across a model that looks confusingly similar to the Xiaomi pedestal fan. At € 300, the Balmuda GreenFan from the Japanese company Balmuda costs almost twice as much as the Xiaomi fan and also offers similar functions. Balmuda sued Xiaomi as early as 2014 because the "Xiaomi Air Purifier" looked very similar to the "Balmuda Air Purifier". So is the Xiaomi Smart Fan just a cheap copy of the much more expensive Balmuda pedestal fan?
At least at first glance one could conclude that it is. Visually, the Xiaomi fan impresses with its modern design with a matt white base, the anodized connecting rod and the visible propeller. The dimensions are 34 x 33 x 92 cm, with a weight of 3.74 kg. The processing of the entire fan is flawless and does justice to the high price.
Commissioning and app control
The Xiaomi fan can be used in battery mode or directly via the socket. However, since this is a product for the Chinese market, the power cable supplied is only equipped with a NEMA-1 plug. However, the cable is detachable and can be exchanged for a 2-pin power cable with an EU plug.
Commissioning is simple. Plug in and switch on using the power button on the motor. Four green LEDs on the motor and four additional LEDs on the aluminum rod indicate the total of four possible operating levels. The operating levels can be changed using the multifunctional switch-on button. If you have connected the fan via the power cord, the exchangeable 2800 mAh battery is charged at the same time.
Mi Home App
The smart control of the Xiaomi pedestal fan takes place via the "Mi Home App". This app is now the control center for all Xiaomi household gadgets. The app is available directly from the Google PlayStore or Apple AppStore. The language of the user interface cannot be changed to German, but it can be changed to English.
A connection between the app and the fan is established via WiFi. The pedestal fan is equipped with a 2.4 GHz WiFi module (802.11 b / g / n) for this purpose. The user interface of the app is clearly structured. The start screen provides information on the current room temperature, which is measured by a temperature sensor on the fan. The app can also be used to choose between the 4 operating levels and you can even change the ventilation strength steplessly. Within the settings it is possible to program an automatic switch-off according to the operating time or a switch-off according to the time. A motorized swivel function allows the fan to rotate horizontally by 120 °. Vertical inclinations can unfortunately only be made manually and are not motorized.
Another feature of the app or the fan is the possibility of simulating a natural wind. An arbitrary air flow is generated using an algorithm.
The last week of May was perfect for the practice test of the Xiaomi standing fan. With outdoor temperatures above 30 ° C, which also properly heated up my attic in the attic, the fan ran around the clock.
At level 1, the fan generates a gentle breeze which, at a distance of approximately one meter, is sufficient to work comfortably in the 28 ° C attic. The ventilation is so quiet that the fan running at level 1 cannot be heard even at night and you could easily sleep next to it.
At level 2, an air flow that is twice as strong is generated, which you can feel the skin at a distance of one meter. Even at this level, the fan works so quietly that it goes down at normal room volume. In a quiet room, the device is only noticeable by a very low humming.
At level 3 the air flow increases again significantly. If the motorized rotation is activated, the fan at this level is already suitable for ventilating a smaller section of the room. The volume generated is still pleasant to work with, although the volume has increased significantly compared to levels 1 and 2.
At level 4, the Xiaomi Smart Fan generates a very strong airflow, which can be quite uncomfortable if the distance is too close. Instead, level 4 is ideal for ventilating a larger area of the room. The volume also increases significantly and can be compared with a conventional pedestal fan from the supermarket.
Battery life and power consumption
The battery runtimes are very different and depend on the extent to which you switch through the step program, have actively connected the app and whether the turning function is activated. With the rotary function switched off and also constant level 1, the Xiaomi pedestal fan achieved a runtime of 16 hours. At level 2, 13 hours were possible, at level 3 another 10 hours and also at level 4 the running time was reduced to 6 hours. With the rotation function active, there are running time differences of around two hours. The charging time of the battery is 2 ½ hours.
In the cable network, the power consumption is 8.76 watts in standby. At level 1, the consumption is 10.95 watts. If you also activate the turning function, the consumption increases to 13.14 watts. The consumption at level 2 is 13.08 watts, at level 3 at 15.33 watts and at level 4 at 22 watts.
Unfortunately, the Xiaomi fan cannot be switched off completely, so it is always on standby. The WiFi of the device cannot be deactivated either. If you do not use the app control, the power consumption could be further reduced by deactivating the WiFi.