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

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 Review

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

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

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

Interested in using this power bank with a USB-C device other than the Switch? Check out my general review at USB-Current.

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

Model: NVPB10KBGBLW

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 USB ports.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 USB ports.

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • USB-C Output:
    • 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A*, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
    • Huawei FCP
    • Apple 2.4A
  • USB-A Output:
    • 10.5W USB (5V/2.1A)
    • Quick Charge 3.0
    • Huawei FCP
  • 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

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 box and contents.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 box and contents.

Included In Box:

  • Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000
  • USB-C to USB-A cable, 12 inches (56k Ohm resistor)

Good For:

  • Commute
  • Travel
  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • Quick Charge Android phones
    • iPad Pro (pre-2018)
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 in a Switch carrying case.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 in a Switch carrying case.

Pros

  • Charges Switch while you play
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Fits in your pocket
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-A cable for Quick Charge devices (56k Ohm resistor)
  • Charge two devices at once, but at reduced charge speed
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

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

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

Nintendo Switch
Switch power meter

Switch power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch power negotiations

Switch power negotiations

The Nintendo Switch charges at the expected rate with a 12V charger. Chargers which offer 12V but not 15V will under perform with the Switch. It under draws power, maxing out at 12W instead of 18W with a 9V or 15V charger. 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. Learn more about charging the Switch.

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is typical. It connects at 5V and moved up to 12V after negotiations. Current steps up once the 12V connection is made.

Phones
iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

Moto G6 Quick Charge power meter

Moto G6 Quick Charge power meter

The iPhone 8 fast charges when using a USB-C to Lightning cable. We see the usual power negotiations. Connection starts at 5V, then moves up to 9V. Learn more about fast charging iPhones.

The Moto G6 fast charges using the Quick Charge port. This will be the same for Samsung and Quick Charge enabled Android phones. If connected to the USB-C port it’ll charge ~50% slower. The Google Pixel and Android phones that support USB Power Delivery will fast charge on the USB-C port. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.

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

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-05-16.

You can see more USB-C power banks here.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 with Moto G6

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000 with Moto G6

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000.

Fast Charging Standards Over USB-C & USB-IF Specifications

The Novoo PowerCube Mini’s USB-C port supports more than USB Power Delivery. It also supports Huawei FCP. Its presence on the USB-C connection is against USB-IF specifications.

Top: Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000. Bottom: Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000.

Top: Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000. Bottom: Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000.

USB-C includes communication lines, along with power and data lines. The comm lines allow power negotiation without disrupting data transfers. USB Power Delivery uses these comm lines. As does Quick Charge 4+. But fast charging standards which pre-date USB-C do not. Instead they manipulate the data lines to negotiate power. That go against USB-C specifications, as it disrupts data transfers. But one doesn’t use data transfers with a dedicated charger.

In 2016, some USB-C chargers started offering Quick Charge 3.0. A few USB-C focused engineers warned against this practice and cited USB-IF specifications. But the predicted consequences were vague. As it turned out, nothing bad happened. Since then many chargers have operated this way, against specs. But there have been no reports of real world issues.

I have also not run into any issues with these fast charging standards on this or any other charger. But you should be aware of all the information before buying.

If you’re a stickler for meeting USB-C specifications this isn’t a good charger for you. If you’re more pragmatic it works well and has no known issues.

Summary

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.

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

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

*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 a subsidiary brand under Omars. They have U.S. based support (web, email) and a 12 month warranty on both Omars and Novoo 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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