NOVOO 230Wh Portable Power Station Review

Novoo 230Wh Portable Power Station front panel, active
Novoo 230Wh Portable Power Station front panel, active

Novoo 230Wh Portable Power Station front panel, active

NOVOO 230Wh Portable Power Station - A safe and easy backup power unit for home or the outdoors

Summary

The NOVOO 230Wh Portable Power Station offers USB-C PD as well as AC and DC power output options. You can take advantage of all these ports by charging up to four devices at once.

Overall
4.6
  • Performance
    (4.5)
  • Design
    (5)
  • Safety
    (4.5)
  • Recharge Time
    (4.5)
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Pros

  • Fast charges iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel
  • Charges Switch in both handheld and TV mode
  • Charges Switch while you play
  • Charges up to a 13-inch laptop with USB-C
  • Powers any device with its own wall plug up to 200W
  • Optional DC (car charger) output at 12V
  • Handle and port covers for portability
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Charge several devices at once
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)

Cons

  • Won’t fast charge Quick Charge 3.0 enabled phones; but does normal charging
  • Can’t use AC and DC ports at the same time
  • Lithium cells are too big for airline carry

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. NOVOO provided the product in this review.

Model: NVESS200WBK-US
Tech Specs:
  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x3, AC (wall outlet), DC (car socket/cigarette lighter)
  • USB-C Output:
    • 60W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A)
  • USB-A Output:
    • 12W USB (5V/2.4A)
    • Apple 2.4A
    • 5V/6A (30W) max total across all USB-A ports
  • AC (outlet) Output:
    • 200W
    • 100-110V 60Hz for US model
    • Pure Sine Wave
  • DC (car) Output:
    • 120W (12V/10A)
  • Input:
    • AC Adapter: 100V–240V 50/60Hz, 1.3A (36W)
    • DC: 18V/2A
    • USB-C PD: 60W (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A)
  • Capacity: 62400mAh | 230Wh
  • Size: 9 x 5.5 x 4.5 inches | 225 x 138 x 116 mm
  • Weight: 7.15 lbs | 3.25 kg

Learn more about Fast Charging.

Included In Box:
  • NOVOO 230Wh Portable Power Station
  • AC adapter
  • USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 3.3 feet
Silicon Power QP70 box and contents

Silicon Power QP70 box and contents

Good For:
  • Emergency power
  • Remote work with a laptop
  • Remote jam session with an electric guitar
  • Camping
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld & docked)
  • iPad Pro
  • 12-inch laptop
  • 13-inch/14-inch laptop
  • 15-inch laptop
Estimated Number of Charges:
  • iPhone 6/7/8/SE: >20 charges
  • iPhone X/XR/12: 15 charges
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S9: 13 charges
  • iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy S10/S20: 12 charges
  • Nintendo Switch: ~36 hours of play
  • Nintendo Switch Lite: ~36hours of play
  • Laptop: Up to 3 charges

First Impression

The NOVOO 230Wh Portable Power Station is a portable power station in the familiar big brick design. Its inclusion of a USB-C PD port helps it stand out, as many similar sized models only offer USB-A. Between all the output options, it can power anything in your home rated for 200W or less.

All power output connections are on the front. There is an on/off switch above each set, which powers on the ports and outlets. You can power up more than one at once. The LCD screen shows status, from the remaining charge to which ports are active.

Air vents are on both sides and the back of the unit to assist with cooling. The connection for the AC power adapter is also on the backside. Rubber feet on the bottom help keep the power station still. Between the feet and weight, it won’t slide across a surface. A carry handle is on top, made of rubber-like material. It works for moving the power station, but not comfortable for carrying it long distances.

 

Compared To Similar Power Banks

ChargerNOVOO 230Wh Portable Power StationAnker PowerHouse 200Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station
PortsAC, DC, USB-C, USB-A x3AC, DC, USB-C, USB-A x2AC, DC, USB-A x2
Output200W AC
120W DC @ 12V
60W USB-C PD
12W USB-A
100W AC
60W DC @ 12V
30W USB-C PD
12W USB-A
200W AC
120W DC @ 12V
12W USB-A
Capacity230Wh200Wh240Wh
CableAC power adapter
USB-C to USB-C cable
AC power adapterAC power adapter
Car charging cable
Dimensions9 x 5.5 x 4.5 in
7.15 lbs
7.5 x 5.5 x 4.7 in
6 lbs
9 x 5.2 x 7.9 in
6.6 lbs
Price$179.99$259.99$199.99

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2021-03-02.

You can see more USB-C power banks here.

Device Testing

Check with your device’s manufacturer to verify which charging standards it supports.

USB Power Delivery & Quick Charge 4+ Phones

  • Apple iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/SE/11/12
  • Apple iPad Pro
  • Essential Phone
  • Google Pixel
  • LG ThinQ/V30
  • Razer
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/S10/S20
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8/9/10
  • Xiaomi Mi 8/9
  • ZTE Axon Pro 9/10

 

Using an iPhone 8 for testing, we find USB PD phones will fast charge over the USB-C port. iPhones will need to use a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included. Android phones can use the included USB-C to USB-C cable.

For iPhones, the USB-A ports support Apple 2.4A. An older but still functional fast-charging standard. Older iPhones (4-7) can fast charge using USB-A. Newer iPhones will charge ~15 minutes faster using USB-C.

Quick Charge 3.0 Phones

  • HTC
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Sony
  • Xiaomi Mi 5/6
  • ZTE

 

Using a Moto G6 for testing, we only see regular charging rates. Quick Charge is not supported, so there is no fast charging available. Still, 10W is a decent charge rate.

You can also bring your Quick Charge charger and connect it to the AC or car outlets. That will produce a fast charge for your phone.

Nintendo Switch

 

Fast charges all model Nintendo Switch in handheld mode.

  • Nintendo Switch (original) – Charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping.
  • Nintendo Switch (2019 update) – Charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping.
  • Nintendo Switch Lite – Charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping.

You can power the Switch’s dock using the AC outlet and a compatible USB-C wall charger. The USB-C port directly to the Switch’s dock should have also worked, given the specifications. But I could not get a positive result during testing. It would recharge the Switch while docked, but video output was disabled.

Learn more about charging the Switch.

USB-C Laptops

Using a 13-inch MacBook Pro for testing, we can draw up to 58W from its USB-C port. Expected after accounting for efficiency loss. It will also provide for full power draw if you connect your laptop’s wall charger to the AC outlet.

Different model laptops have differing power demands. But in general, a 60W USB-C PD output can support up to 13-inch/14-inch laptops under any condition. It can also support a 15-inch laptop under light use. Or charge it while sleeping.

My primary USB-C sniffer (testing device) would not operate properly while having it between the NOVOO’s USB-C port and my MacBook Pro. A second, more simple tester worked and is shown below.

Charging Several Devices At Once

You can connect up to four devices for power at once. But the max total output you can receive will depend on which outlets you use. And you can’t use the AC and DC outlets together.

AC Outlet

The AC (wall) outlet offers the most power itself but significantly limits other ports.

AC total output: 230W

  • AC: 200W
  • USB-C: 15W
  • USB-A: 15W

The USB-C port loses power delivery (PD) status, meaning it won’t fast charge handheld devices. If using a single USB-A there’s no change. But if using two or three, there is less power to be shared.

You can charge a laptop and two phones at the same time. The laptop will charge as fast as possible, while the phones charge more slowly. But total time probably beats charging then one at a time.

DC Outlet

The DC (car) outlet does not interfere with the USB ports but does require you to use a car charger over a wall charger.

DC total output: 210W

  • DC: 120W
  • USB-C: 60W
  • USB-A: 30W

Using a car charger over a wall charger when possible keeps fast charging enabled on the USB-C port. You can also charge two devices on the USB-A ports with no time lost.

Safely Using the AC Outlet

Unlike a wall outlet in your home, you will want to verify your device will be compatible with the NOVOO 230Wh Portable Power Station before plugging it in. The power station has more limited power output than a wall outlet. Which in turn limits what can safely power up. Failure to check beforehand can damage the power station.

200W

The 200W output limit over the AC outlet is the limiting factor for what devices can and cannot be powered up. It will support any handheld device, any laptop, a small cooling fan, most electric guitars, etc. It will not power a hairdryer or most kitchen appliances (big or small).

If your device has a wall wart plug, you can look at the printed text to see if its wattage is listed. Anything 200W or less is good to go. Otherwise, refer to the device’s manual or official web listing.

100-110V

I’m reviewing the US model, which has a 100-110V limit on the AC outlet. The Japanese model also supports 100-110V. The EU and UK models support 230V. Those voltages are the norm in those regions. So with the US model, I am safe (as far as the voltage is concerned) to plug in any device made for US power.

You can double-check the voltage range of your device, like how you checked the wattage. With a wall wart, there is printed text which will show the voltage range. Anything including 100-110V (for the US) is good to go. Otherwise, refer to the device’s manual or official web listing.

 

Recharging the Power Station

There are three power input options for recharging the NOVOO 230Wh Portable Power Station. The included AC power adapter, a USB-C PD charger, or a DC (car socket) compatible charger.

The included AC power adapter should be your go-to recharging option for the power bank. It is a dedicated solution provided by NOVOO. I would use it at home, but less for travel.

Any USB-C PD charger can connect to the USB-C port (don’t press the button) and recharge the power station. Ideally, you want a 60W or better USB-C PD charger to maximize recharge time. The included USB-C to USB-C cable works well with this option. A USB-C PD charger is a better travel companion for the power station. You can use one USB-C PD charger for it and your other devices. Most USB-C PD chargers will also travel better than the included AC power adapter.

The DC input option is for charging through your car or a solar charger. If outdoors, the power station can capture and store solar power to use later. You’ll want to use 12-24V solar panels with a DC output. You’ll also need to provide your compatible cables.

You cannot recharge using more than one input source. When using the included AC power adapter, a USB-C connection would not register.

Summary

The NOVOO 230Wh Portable Power Station offers you a user-friendly power supply for specific instances. Including power outages, camping, and working in remote locations. It is in the mid-range size for such power stations. Compromising size/weight, power capacity, and price.

Fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/SE/11/12, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel.

There is no Quick Charge support for many other Android models. But you can still recharge at a normal rate through any of the USB ports.

Nintendo Switch fast charges in handheld mode as fast as any other option. And can power a docked Switch, but only through the AC outlet.

Small to mid-size laptops will draw their full power needs through the USB-C port. Any size laptop, and many other devices, can do the same using their wall charger and the AC outlet.

Novoo 230Wh Portable Power Station rear

Novoo 230Wh Portable Power Station rear

The differences between a power bank and a power station come down to capacity and outlet. A power bank is ideal for power outages and weekend camping trips with only a smartphone. A power station provides more power through disaster-related outages and longer camping trips. It works with a lot more devices than those powered through USB.

Be sure you understand the multi-device limitations, especially the lack of simultaneous AC and DC output. The AC output is locked to a specific region, making it incompatible with wall chargers from most other parts of the world.

For myself, I like this unit as an emergency power source. Most often used for power outages. A regular power bank would work in most cases, but this is good for longer durations. It has none of the downsides of a generator and more than enough output to keep your lines of communication open.

About NOVOO

NOVOO is a subsidiary brand under Wellmade Brands. Who also makes Omars power banks. They have U.S. based support (web, email) and a 12 month warranty on both Omars and Novoo branded products.

Bottom Line

The NOVOO 230Wh Portable Power Station offers much more run time for your devices during a power outage or while away from a traditional power source. Its range of outputs supports everything from your smartphone to devices requiring up to 200W of power.

Buy if you:
  • Need an emergency power source that lasts longer than a few hours
  • Work or play in locations without easy access to wall outlets
  • Go camping but don’t want to leave your devices behind
Don’t buy if you:
  • Need something more travel friendly, especially if flying
  • Only have Quick Charge compatible devices

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