Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 Review

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

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Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 – A compact USB-C PD power bank with a small footprint

Model: NVPB10KBGBLW

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 box and contents.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 box and contents.

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • Output:
    • 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A*, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
    • 18W Quick Charge 3.0 & 5V/2.1A
  • Input: 12W USB-C PD (5V/2.1A, 9V/1.4A, 12V/1A)
  • Capacity: 10,000mAh | 37Wh
  • Size: 3 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches | 76 x 59 x 27 mm
  • Weight: 6.3 oz | 180 grams

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Included In Box:

  • Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000
  • USB-C to USB-A cable, 12 inches (56k Ohm resistor)
Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 in a Switch carrying case.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 in a Switch carrying case.

Pros

  • Charges Switch while you play
  • Supports Quick Charge 3.0
  • Supports iPhone fast charging with Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cable
  • Charge Switch and phone at same time, but at reduced charge speed
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases

Cons

  • Doesn’t charge Switch as fast as other USB-C PD power sources
  • Can’t be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
  • Doesn’t included a USB-C cable

Compared With Similar Chargers

ChargerNovoo PowerCube Mini 10000Anker PowerCore 10000 PDAnker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

Review
AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C

Review
Cost$$$$$$$
Switch Speed RatingGood+GreatGreatGood+
Switch Safety RatingSafeSafeNintendo LicensedSafe
FeaturesQuick Charge 3.0Pass Through Charging
Quick Charge 3.0
USB-C CableNoneIncludedIncludedNone
Also Good ForPhone, TabletPhone, TabletPhone, Tablet, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet
Size
Weight
3 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches
6.3 oz
4.5 x 2 x 1 inches
6.8 oz
3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches
9.2 oz
5.75 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches
6.9 oz
Top: AUKEY PB-Y13. Bottom: Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000.

Top: AUKEY PB-Y13. Bottom: Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000.

Good For

  • Total of 7+ hours playtime
  • Commute
  • Travel
  • iPhone and Android phones
  • iPad and tablets
  • Quick Charge enabled devices

Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge, and assumes both Switch and power bank are at 100%.

First Impression

The Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 has a compact form factor. Most similar power banks go for  long and thin, similar a smartphone. Novoo’s design is more cubical. It is thicker with a smaller footprint. For me that fits better into more bag pockets. Thinner accessories can be stacked, but I don’t stack much in my Switch’s carrying case.

Power Meter Readings

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 - Switch Gaming Power Meter

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 – Switch Gaming Power Meter

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 - Switch Sleeping Power Meter

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 – Switch Sleeping Power Meter

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 - Switch Power Negotiation

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 – Switch Power Negotiation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nintendo Switch charges at the expected ~12W. The Switch under draws power at 12V, maxing out at 12W. At 9V or 15V it can get up to 18W. Chargers which offer 12V but not 15V will under perform with the Switch. The issue is with the Switch, not the charger. Please note 12W is still more than enough to charge the Switch in handheld mode while you play.

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is normal. A 5V connection at the start, then resetting to 12V after negotiation. Current ramps up once 12V is established.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 - iPhone 8 Power Meter

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 – iPhone 8 Power Meter

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 - Moto G6 Power Meter

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 – Moto G6 Power Meter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The power bank’s USB-C port supports fast charging the iPhone 8 using a USB-C to Lightning cable. Android phones that support Quick Charge or similar fast charging standards will do better with the USB-A port. The Moto G6 does regular charging via USB-C above. If you use the USB-A port, which offers Quick Charge, you can get it up to 16W. This goes for all Quick Charge compatible phones.

Summary

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 USB ports.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 USB ports.

The Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 is among the smaller USB-C PD power banks on the market. At 10,000mAh it is suitable for commute and travel. With a fully charged Switch you can get 7 hours of play with the most demanding games. It isn’t as fast of a charge as some larger models. But it is more than enough to charge while you play. For the size and price it is a reasonable compromise in performance.

*I did find a discrepancy between the published specs and my testing. The USB-C output is listed as 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A. My USB Power Delivery PD sniffer reported 5V/2A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A. During testing I didn’t see more than 2A @ 5V, backing the PD sniffer’s report. I reached out to Omars. The project manager said 5V output is limited to 2A with USB Power Delivery devices (such as my sniffer). But with regular USB-C devices it can reach 5V/3A. Almost no USB PD devices only charge at 5V, so I wouldn’t expect anyone to see a performance issue.

The PowerCube Mini 10000 can charge a Switch and phone (USB-A) at the same time. But doing so reduces the charge speed to the Switch. With only the Switch it chargers at 12V. When the USB-A port connects the USB-C output drops to 5V. The Switch ends up going from 12W to 9.4W. That’s still enough to keep up with gaming demands. And of course charging two devices will reduce your total Switch playtime.

About Novoo

Novoo is under Omars Global. Currently customers can contact them via Facebook, email, or their website. Omars is launching a new site and customer service team in March. They offer a 12 month warranty on both Novoo and Omars branded products.

Bottom Line

The Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 is a great, compact option for fast charging your Switch. What little you lose in charge speed you get back in size and price. If you like the design but want something smaller check out the Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000.

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Have more questions about this product? Check out my review at USB-Current for more information on how it works with a variety of USB-C devices.


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