NB-IoT Modules Power Consumption Comparison

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NB-IoT Modules

Life was easier about a year ago with only one or two NB-IoT Modules available from various manufacturers. Today there are over a dozen different manufacturers making multiple NB-IoT Modules each. While it is nice to have options to choose and pick from, it also presents a challenge for any developer or development company.

We have spent many days collecting all the data we could on the power consumption details of NB-IoT modules for our internal decision making, and recommendations to clients. Sharing the details here, so it makes the life easy for fellow developers and designers (it also servers as a quick reference for our team too – but really, we are doing this for all mankind).

We will try and keep this updated as far as possible, and as the NB-IoT space evolves. Look forward to inputs from fellow engineers to make this as comprehensive a resource as possible for quick NB-IoT Modules power consumption comparison. Eventually we would like to make this a reference for finding the lowest power NB-IoT Modules quickly and easily.

NB-IoT Modules Power Consumption Data

S.No Manufacturer Part Number  Datasheet Sleep (uA) Idle (mA) Tx (mA) Rx (mA)
1 Digi Digi XBee3 Datasheet /Hardware Guide 2 N/A Avg-255 Avg-81
2 Neoway N20-AP Datasheet 7.7 2 170 N/A
3 Pycom G01 OEM Datasheet N/A 37 285 N/A
4 Quectel Quectel BC66 Datasheet 3.5 0.43 N/A N/A
5 Quectel Quectel BC68 Datasheet 3 2 70-250 60
6 Quectel Quectel BC95 Datasheet /Hardware Guide 3.6 2 70-250 65
7 Quectel Quectel BC95-G Datasheet 3 2 70-250 60
8 Quectel Quectel BG96 Datasheet 10 16 N/A N/A
9 Ruijie RG-NB6118 Datasheet 5 6.5 248 75
10 Ruijie RG-NB6210 Datasheet 7-8 Avg-3.48 N/A Avg-169.9
11 Simcom SIM7020 Hardware Guide 5 5.6 134 N/A
12 Simcom SIM7000E-N N/A 9 11.4 161 N/A
13 Telit NL865B1 Datasheet /Hardware Guide 4.6 5.3 195 N/A
14 Telit ML865C1 Datasheet N/A 12 190 N/A
15 U Blox SARA-N2 series Datasheet 3 6 220 46
16 U Blox SARA-R4/N4 series Datasheet 8 9 140 N/A

Our aim at Ensemble Tech, is to work in the best interest of the project and the product. We have tried to make this a completely unbiased NB-IoT Modules comparison, any signs of bias are probably because of the features of the module itself!!

Something Missing or Wrong?

We are working towards making this a comprehensive comparison resource. If you think something is missing here or is wrong, please leave us a comment below and we will update this asap.
By |2018-08-29T12:05:02+00:00July 26th, 2018|Internet of Things - IoT, NB-IoT|6 Comments

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Electronics graduate from the prestigious IIITDM. Passionate embedded systems engineer. Loves hardware and firmware both. Currently working on NB-IoT, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi and LoRaWAN based projects.


  1. Giorgio Bonafede July 31, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

    SIM7000E-N (Hardware Guide) in sleep (when for sleep we consider PSM, how you have done for other modules) 9uA
    SIM7020 (Hardware Guide) in sleep (PSM) 5uA

    • Ensemble August 1, 2018 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Thanks Giorgio for helping improve the accuracy of the data.

  2. Chan August 3, 2018 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    You have data for Sierra’s NB-IoT modules? Can you add?

    • Ensemble August 3, 2018 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      That is on our to-do list. Official data from Sierra is not publicly available, we will add them when available.

  3. Narahari TR October 23, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Do you have CEVA Dragonfly NB1 or NB2 data? Thanks for the table.

    • Ensemble October 24, 2018 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Not currently, but we will include them in our next update. Thanks!

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