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.NoManufacturerPart Number DatasheetSleep (uA)Idle (mA)Tx (mA)Rx (mA)
1DigiDigi XBee3Datasheet /Hardware Guide2N/AAvg-255Avg-81
3PycomG01 OEMDatasheetN/A37285N/A
4QuectelQuectel BC66Datasheet3.50.43N/AN/A
5QuectelQuectel BC68Datasheet3270-25060
6QuectelQuectel BC95Datasheet /Hardware Guide3.6270-25065
7QuectelQuectel BC95-GDatasheet3270-25060
8QuectelQuectel BG96Datasheet1016N/AN/A
11SimcomSIM7020Hardware Guide55.6134N/A
13TelitNL865B1Datasheet /Hardware Guide4.65.3195N/A
15U BloxSARA-N2 seriesDatasheet3622046
16U BloxSARA-R4/N4 seriesDatasheet89140N/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.