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|
|6||Quectel||Quectel BC95||Datasheet /Hardware Guide||3.6||2||70-250||65|
|13||Telit||NL865B1||Datasheet /Hardware Guide||4.6||5.3||195||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!!