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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
- Ports: USB-C, USB-A
- USB-C Output:
- 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A*, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
- Quick Charge 3.0
- Huawei FCP
- Apple 2.4A
- USB-A Output:
- 10.5W USB (5V/2.1A)
- Quick Charge 3.0
- Huawei FCP
- Apple 2.4A
- 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.
Included In Box:
- Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000
- USB-C to USB-A cable, 12 inches (56k Ohm resistor)
- Fast charging:
- iPhone 8/X
- USB-C PD Android phones
- Quick Charge Android phones
- iPad Pro (pre-2018)
- Nintendo Switch (handheld)
- 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
- 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
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
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.
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
|Charger||Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000||Anker PowerCore 10000 PD|
|Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition|
|AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C|
|Switch Speed Rating||Good||Excellent||Excellent||Good|
|Switch Safety Rating||Safe||Safe||Nintendo Licensed||Safe|
|Features||Quick Charge 3.0||Pass Through Charging|
Quick Charge 3.0
|Cable||No cable||USB-C to USB-C cable||USB-C to USB-C cable||No cable|
|Dimensions||3 x 1.4 x 1.1 inches|
|4.5 x 2 x 1 inches|
|3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches|
|5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in|
Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-07-16.
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.
Third Party Fast Charging Standards Over USB-C Are Against Specifications
I need to note that this charger is in violation of USB-C specifications. This charger supports Quick Charge 3.0 and other fast charging standards over USB-C. Quick Charge and the others operate in a way that is against specs. So its presence on the USB-C port is a clear violation.
Under the specifications fast charging negotiation should occur using the communication lines built into USB-C. This is how USB Power Delivery works. But legacy USB connections, such as USB-A, don’t support these comm lines. Third party fast charging standards handle power negotiation by altering the voltage on the data lines. That goes against USB-C specifications. Which state the voltage on the data lines should not be altered.
This negotiation method is not new, as older USB connections didn’t offer comm lines. The practice continues as most third party fast charging standards pre-date USB-C. And they are more interested in backwards compatibility than following USB-C specs.
There is not a wide spread, known issue with running these fast charging standards over USB-C. Manipulating the data lines does disrupt data transfers. But when plugging into a wall charger or power bank there is no data transfer. A few USB-C focused engineers warned against this practice. They cite it is against specs, and so there can be unforeseen consequences. But there have been no reports of real world issues.
I have 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 fine and has no known issues.
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.
*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.
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.
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.Buy on Amazon
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