Spare Battery, power bank and charger and spare battery cover
According to my tests, battery life of this camera is a bit over 2 hours in Full HD in 30fps. While this is not bad, compared to some other low budget Chinese action cameras, it is still not enough for plenty of people. If you want to stop worrying about your battery life, you should seriously consider two alternatives :
- Spare battery
- Power bank
Xiaomi YI uses 1010mAh Li – ion removable battery that can be charged via the PC, AC charger or a USB wall charger. There are plenty of batteries that will fit into YI, but make sure to use ones that other people already tested and tried.
You can buy a battery for Xiaomi Yi here.
If however, you do not like charging batteries all the time, and still need a longer recording time, power bank is a way to go. Since the camera can record and do all other functions while being charged, you can plug it into a power bank when your battery drains.
There are gazillions of power banks, and you can get whichever you want. The bigger the capacity, the longer YI can stay alive. Since I am one of those people who care about design, I bought this 16000mAh battery, which in theory should be enough to charge up to 10 Yi cameras. More then enough for me 🙂 It is however a big heavy, so if you need one to fit into your pocket, its better to go with 10400 mAh.
Battery charger for Xiaomi YI
If by any chance you prefer to charge batteries outside of the camera, especially if you buy few spare ones, dual battery charger might be a good idea as it allows charging up to 2 batteries at the same time via the wall charger.