Most of the reviews I do on Best Xiaomi Products are for mostly functional products that help with automation or to improve your life considerably in some way or the other. Now and then I review a product that is based on design and looks more than its function. The Yeelight Candela fits that bit perfectly. It looks amazing and it’s something I’ve wanted for quite a long time. So let’s see what you can do with this portable candle from Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Yeelight Candela
Inside the Box
Inside the box, you’ll find the Yeelight Candela, a micro-usb cable and an instruction manual
First things first. The design of the Yeelight Candela is pretty awesome. It’s long, cylindrical and beautiful looking. You can easily carry it and it has a knob on top that can be turned to increase or decrease the luminosity of the light. It weighs about 430 grams, which is not too light and at the same time, not too heavy. It is 72mm in width and 195mm in height. Now a lot of people when they see the Yeelight Candela for the first time, they see a glass encasing and wonder when that will break. But the thing is, Xiaomi is smart, they’ve used a transparent poly-carbonate housing that looks like glass and looks super post.
Underneath the base is where the USB port is and also a switch to turn the light on and off. Inside the encasing, is another small cylindrical shaped light emitter.
Function and Use
Coming to the setup and use. Like most Xiaomi products, the Yeelight Candela also works with the Yeelight smartphone app. You can use the app to turn the light on and off, you can control the brightness. But this works only when you are in Bluetooth range. To use the app, you’ll need to connect the Bluetooth on the Candela to your phone to control the settings. This is honestly a bit poor. Unless my home is really huge or I’m incapacitated, there is no point in keeping this option.
If you want a natural candlelight effect at your house, then you can turn on the ‘candle’ feature by twisting the knob on top anti-clockwise and clockwise, quickly. It has 6.5 watts of power and there is a brilliant 2100 mAh battery enclosed within that can power the Yeelight Candela for about 8 hours on a single charge, which is pretty epic.
A lot of people had a concern about the luminosity of the Yeelight Candela. It has a 1600k light temperature. It is not waterproof, so you need to ensure that it stays away from water.
Another cool feature that Xiaomi has added is the Bluetooth inter-meshing between these devices. This means, if you have two of these Yeelight Candelas and if you control one, the other one mimics the brightness level and settings level. So if you have five or ten of these at your home, you can easily connect all of them together and control them simultaneously. You can have some pretty cool effects with this and it also works brilliantly as a prop or an ambient improving light in places like a spa or a reception etc.
So let’s talk about the actual function, Lighting. The lighting is not too much. This is not meant to remove darkness, this is meant to make the darkness more bearable. It’s ambient light. So if you are looking to set the tone for a nice romantic evening or just have a nice warm tone at home, then this will work wonders.
As I mentioned earlier, the app control is pretty weak and I feel like Xiaomi has added this feature just because they add it to all their other products and did not want to ignore this device. But it plays no role.
The Yeelight Candela is not a lamp that you need for light, it’s a light that you need to set the mood and make your home look beautiful and aesthetically pleasing.
To summarize, the Yeelight Candela is not meant for shining light. It’s meant to be an ambient light that looks good. Coming to the design of the Candela, it’s really beautiful and looks splendid and will make your home look great. The lighting’s varying brightness levels makes it awesome to use in different circumstances. The battery life of the Yeelight Candela is pretty awesome with over 8 hours of life. The knob on top makes it easy to control the brightness. The app is a pretty big let down. Overall, this is a cool product to have around your house, especially great for romantic dinners.
- Beautiful design
- Awesome knob to control the brightness levels
- Amazing battery life
- The candle effect is pretty awesome
- Very poor app experience