Review – XIAOMI Mijia Electric Precision Screwdriver

So everyone that knows me, know that I love tools and gadgets (and knifes).

So for some time, I was looking at a small, compact and durable precision screwdriver set. I have tried a few (not gonna name any brand’s here), all around the R300 – 500 price bracket and was just not happy with the quality and durability. Then some time ago I came across a knife group on Facebook (yes, another very expensive thing I love) and saw a post where precision screwdriver sets were discussed. Of course, I follow the discussion and found that the Xiaomi brand was discussed and a few guys were of the opinion that it is great quality.

And so the hunt begins. Follow a few online sites for pricing, including our local favourite, Takealot, and some others. I also came across the listing of this particular brand on Banggood. I was sceptical about Banggood because when I used them before, the item took like 3 months to get to me and when it was supposed to arrive, it never did. Talking to someone in my family they said the shipping for an item they ordered from Banggood was very quick and without any hassles. So eventually I came across the electric version of the set that I was originally looking at. Slightly more expensive but I thought for what it offers, it is not too bad. Kept an eye out and not too long after, it was on sale. Decided to go for it and give it a try and so I placed the order on the 2nd of November. I made peace with myself that I would receive it only in the new year.

To my surprise, I was contacted around the 18th by a company doing custom clearance and they requested some information from my side. At first sceptical, I checked out the company’s details and online footprint to ensure I do not just give my details to a scammer, but after some confirmations, I updated my details for them and on the 23rd I received my parcel. 3 weeks after the order was placed. This already impressed me.

Now, getting to the fun part. I was really impressed with the overall look and feel of the product. This image is from the website as I was too excited to open the unit and I didn’t take a picture before I ‘personalised’ it using a Trotec Galvo Fiber Laser.

It is a very sturdy metal enclosure with magnetic place holders for the bits. The case opens with a push button and then slides out. The enclosure seems like coated aluminium. Very lightweight and it marks a nice white when marked using a Trotec Galvo Fiber Laser.

The screwdriver fits nicely in your hand and is not too big or bulky. Buttons are easily accessible when in your hand and the bits sit nicely in the magnetic point.

The bits itself feel like good quality and from the things I have disassembled already it is definitely more durable than some of the other brands on the market in the same price bracket.

The electric motor is strong enough to tighten or undo most screws unless very tight. On the couple of things I dismantled only one or 2 screws needed me to give it a turn by hand before the motor could do the rest. Considering the size of the motor, this is impressive. Of course I would not recommend pushing it to breaking point, but for my purpose, this is great.

It comes with a little USB-A to USB-C cable for charging. You can use almost any 5v USB charger for this device. Including your laptop or one of the many power banks we all have laying around the house.

Of-course, working in the laser field, most things end up under the laser at some point in time. So literally just after receiving the package, I have thrown something together on CorelDRAW and off it went to the laser. Because it is metal and I wanted the speed, I decided to go for Galvo Fiber laser and not Co2, although a Co2 laser most likely will also mark this particular product because it is coated. For the graphic, I went with a pattern for the bulk of the front and embedded my family crest (discussed in one of my previous blog posts) also on the front. I added my name just to make sure if I leave it somewhere that I can get it back. Of course, just thrown in the new Trotec Logo to make sure everyone knows it was marked with a Trotec… Marking was done on a Trotec Rayjet U50 20w Galvo Fiber laser and took a whole of 25 seconds using the standard ‘Anodised Aluminium’ setting.

Below some photos of the unit and the personalisation done on the front.

For those of you interested in this electric precision screwdriver set, please go to:

https://www.banggood.com/custlink/Gv3R8Kg8el

Hope you have enjoyed this quick review of the Xiaomi Mijia Electric Precision Screwdriver Set.

Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy!

Update and apology

So in 2018, I started the blog and I was all fire to create additional content. Then work happened and things were taking a turn for the worst at the office during this time. There was also a lot of personal challenges and hardship. Not gonna bore anyone with the details.

Long story short, a lot have changed in the last two years. Dynamics at the office also changed and my position changed to IT Manager and Senior Technician. A lot more to do, all things I love doing of course. But in turn, it also limits my time to create content and play with the machines…

Then came along 2020… What a year it has been. Of course one of my bigger challenges was, with limited resources, to keep some of the company staff members connected and able to work remotely. During this difficult time, all one could do is pray for a positive outcome. With the company doors shut for the Level 5 lockdown, the concern was that the income will fall away and people will lose their jobs. Some did, unfortunately. Salaries were cut to try and keep the company afloat. Also, some close friends (not the same company) lost their jobs in the process. Thankfully, Level 4 brought some light at the end of the tunnel. There was some hope. We could return to the office (limited quantity of staff) and the hope was there to start bringing in some sales. Sales were not what we needed it to be but, at the end of the day, we were just so thankful for the sales we got and the fact that so many of us were still able to keep our jobs and income. In my opinion, so many staff members do not realise what they have. They assume a job and a salary as a ‘given’. That it is a right to get a paycheck. They do not realise how lucky they are.

The unemployment rate in South Africa (at the time I am writing this post) is just shy of 30%. For me (and so many others) it is a privilege to just have a job and a salary. If only the other staff members can realise how lucky they are to have a job and get a salary at the end of the month.

During Level 5, I was doing a lot of research and online training. With salaries being cut, everyone jumped to fill the gaps any which way they can. Expenses got looked at, unnecessary things cancelled. With restaurants closed, the expense of take-outs was at least limited which for us, not in the hospitality industry, was a saving, but so many of our favourite restaurants had to close down as they could not afford this. So many people lost their jobs in this industry just because of the period the restaurants could not trade. Of course, with this research came a lot of information, some of which I still do not know exactly how to use. Other ideas came to mind for alternative sources of income, some ideas might work and some ideas, as soon as you start to plan and think where it needs to go, just go out the same way they came in. One have to wonder, I still have a job, how must it be for one that is without a job? Where do you even start? You are used to your salary, being able to pay for your bills, now, all of a sudden you are handed a letter and you are sitting without a job, without a salary. No way to pay your bills, rent, car or anything else for that matter. It is a terrifying feeling.

So where to from here? With South Africa back to Level 3, the fear of stricter lockdown protocols still loom and it is just because people are irresponsible. There are the ones in our communities that they are untouchable and the virus will not affect them. There are the ones that like spreading rumours and conspiracy theories about the vaccines. Not considering the hours put into not only for the research by doctors, scientists and epidemiologists but also the care for sick patients by every health care worker out there.

Talking only for myself here, but I will continue learning as much as possible and looking at safe ways to bring in an additional income. That being said, we have so much to be thankful for. And, to be perfectly honest with you, I am also guilty for not saying a prayer regularly and thanking our Lord for all the blessings and the fact that I have a roof over my head, a job and a salary, a loving wife and so much more.

Looking forward to do some additional ‘blogging’, product reviews and more in the future.

Stay safe and healthy.