Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000 with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000 Review

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Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000 with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000 with Nintendo Switch

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 5000 – A pocket sized USB-C PD power bank

Model: NVPB05KBGBLW

Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000 USB-A and Quick Charge 3.0 port.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000 USB-A and Quick Charge 3.0 port.

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • USB-C Output:
    • 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A*, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
    • 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: 5,000mAh | 18.5Wh
  • Size: 3 x 1.4 x 1.1 inches | 76 x 35 x 27 mm
  • Weight: 3.5 oz | 101 grams

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000 box and contents.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000 box and contents.

Included In Box:

  • Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000
  • 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 5000 in a Switch carrying case.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000 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 5000 is a legit pocket sized USB-C PD power bank. Its form factor is like “lipstick” sized power banks, but square instead of round. It is larger and heavier than other mini power banks. But those don’t support USB-C Power Delivery and are usually less than 5,000mAh. The Novoo approach is a good compromise between old, small design and new tech.

Power Meter Readings

Nintendo Switch
Switch gaming power meter

Switch gaming 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 5000Anker PowerCore 10000 PDAnker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

Review
AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C

Review
Price$19.99$45.99$61.74$29.99
Switch Speed RatingGoodExcellentExcellentGood
Switch Safety RatingSafeSafeNintendo LicensedSafe
FeaturesQuick Charge 3.0Pass Through Charging
Quick Charge 3.0
CableNo cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableNo cable
Dimensions3 x 1.4 x 1.1 inches
3.5 oz
4.5 x 2 x 1 inches
6.8 oz
3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches
9.2 oz
5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in
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 5000 with Moto G6

Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000 with Moto G6

Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000.

Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000.

Limited Capacity

In my capacity testing the PowerCube Mini 5000 recharged my sleeping Switch up to 62%. That is less than 2 hours of playtime with Zelda or Mario. I see this power bank working well for commuters or as a backup.

If Switch battery life comes up shy during your commute or daily routine this power bank can get you over the hump. You’ll hardly notice it in your bag and you can recharge it with any USB-A power source (or most USB-C chargers) at home or work.

It is also good for most phones. Apple and Google phones can fast charge from the USB-C port. Samsung, Motorola, and Quick Charge phones can fast charge from the USB-A port. It can be your phone’s primary power bank while serving as a backup for the Switch.

Summary

The Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000 is great for those wanting as small of a USB-C PD power bank as possible. But its size keeps it from being a great power bank for the Switch in general. If all you need is an extra hour or two of playtime it is perfect. It’ll also work well as a backup charger, and you can get your money’s worth by using it to fast charge most model phones.

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

Top: Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000. 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 5000 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 with limited capacity the power bank won’t last long charging two devices at once.

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 5000 is a truly pocket sized option for fast charging your Switch. So long as you are aware of its limited capacity. If you like the design but want more playtime check out the Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000.

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