Switch Recommended Chargers & Power Banks

Buying a Nintendo Switch charger that works is one thing. Buying a Switch charger that charges quickly, is travel friendly, and works with the dock? That’s something else. I know, I’ve spent a lot of time learning about USB-C power and I want to help others with a Switch and a travel budget. Here you’ll find my recommended chargers and power banks for the Switch.

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My Rating System

I rate Switch chargers into five categories:

 

Where applicable I’ve noted certifications from USB-IF. I’ve also noted reviews from two known USB-C spec experts: Benson Leung (a Google Chromebook engineer) and Nathan K (freelance hardware engineer). A lack of “approval” doesn’t make a device bad, but nor does it guarantee safety. The Switch itself is “off spec.” Nintendo’s Switch adapter, which we know is perfectly safe for the Switch, would not meet any of these approvals as they are based on the USB Implementers Forum’s  standards.

Recommended Chargers

The Switch’s included AC adapter should stay with your dock while at home. Extra power adapters are useful for charging while away from your TV and traveling.


ZMi PowerPlug Turbo 45W USB-C PD Power Adapter

  • Switch Rating: Superb
  • Output: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A
  • Supports the Dock?: Yes
  • Best Use: Home, Travel
  • Also Good For: Phone, Tablet, Power Bank, Laptop (slow charge for 60-100W laptops)

I really like this as a secondary and travel charge for my USB-C devices. It is small (2.4 x 2.2 x 1.1 inches, 4 ounces) and the prongs fold up, making it travel friendly. Includes a 5 foot long USB-C cable. Its output is great for the Switch, a huge power bank, and it’ll keep a laptop running under many situations. Did I mention it retails for $20?

The one thing it doesn’t have is USB-IF certification or Benson/Nathan K approval. But no disapproval, either. Amazon reviews from verified purchases is high, but few as it is fairly new to market. I’ve tried it myself with a USB-C power meter and everything matched its listed specs. I tested with a Switch, iPhone, couple of power banks, and a MacBook Pro. It ran my Switch’s dock while playing Zelda.

ZMi is a division of Xiaomi, a Chinese software and electronics company. This is the same device as the Xiaomi Mi 45W USB-C Charger, labeled and marketed for the USA. Although it is a Chinese company they do provide American based support and an 18 month warranty. They can be contacted via phone, email, and a U.S. support website.


Nintendo Switch AC Adapter

  • Switch Rating: Superb
  • Output: 5V/1.5A, 15V/2.6A
  • Supports the Dock?: Yes
  • Best Use: Home
  • Also Good For: Nothing, see note below

At $30 it isn’t the cheapest option out there, but you know it will work with the Switch. It includes a built-in USB-C cable and the familiar brick design, making it less than ideal for travel. As it is from Nintendo it is the safest charger on my list for your Switch.

Note: I don’t recommend using this charger for anything except for a Switch and the official dock. Its output is off spec for USB-C standards (it would get a negative review from Benson/Nathan K). It is potentially damaging to USB-C devices which require power profiles other than 5V or 15V.


Nekteck USB Type-C Wall Charger 45W PD

  • Switch Rating: Superb
  • Output: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A
  • Supports the Dock?: Yes
  • Best Use: Home
  • Also Good For: Phone, Tablet, Power Bank, Laptop (slow charge for 60-100W laptops)
  • USB-IF Certified

Size wise this charger could work for travel, but the built-in 6 foot cable and non-folding prongs make it less appealing. But it is USB-IF certified and as cheap as any other charger on my list, so the trade off may be worth it for those who value the peace of mind the certification provides.


Anker PowerPort Speed PD 5 Ports

  • Switch Rating: Great
  • Output: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A (USB-C port) | 5V/2.4A (USB-A ports)
  • Supports the Dock?: No
  • Best Use: Home
  • Also Good For: Phone, Tablet, Power Bank, Laptop (slow charge for 60-100W laptops)
  • Benson/Nathan K Approved

If you need a charger for your Switch and other USB devices then consider this multi-port model. Recharge the Switch using the USB-C port. Connect other USB devices to the slower USB-A ports. You’ll need to get a USB-C to USB-C cable. This is not well suited for travel.


Apple 12W USB Power Adapter

  • Switch Rating: Good
  • Output: 5V/2.4A
  • Supports the Dock?: No
  • Best Use: Travel
  • Also Good For: iPhone and iPad

Designed for the current generation of iPads. This charger is an oddity. It is the only confirmed 5V/2.4A USB-A charger I’m aware of from which the Switch will draw more than 5V/1.5A. In fact the Switch draws 5V/2A, making it the only USB-A charger I would rate as “Good.” It is small (3.2 x 2.5 x 1.2 inches, 3 ounces) and inexpensive. It is also available at any store which sells Apple products, making it a viable last minute purchase. You’ll need to get a USB-C to USB-A cable, which raises the cost to a bit more than some of the USB-C chargers listed here.


See a charger you want but price is a bit too high? Check out /r/NintendoSwitchDeals. Deals for all things Switch, from games to chargers, are posted daily. You’ll probably see me commenting ratings for the USB-C items posted.

Recommended Car Chargers

Car chargers are great for long road trips. These have built-in USB-C cables, so measure from your power port to where you plan to keep the Switch before buying.


Nekteck USB Type-C Car Charger 45W PD

  • Switch Rating: Superb
  • Output: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V-2.25A (USB-C); 5V/2.4A (USB-A)
  • Also Good For: Phone, Tablet, Power Bank, Laptop (slow charge for 60-100W laptops)
  • USB-IF Certified

Nothing says powered road trip like a car charger than can handle a laptop (almost), let alone a Switch. The extra USB-A port allows you to charge a phone at the same time. The only downside is the built-in 3.3 foot cable won’t make it to the back seat.

On spec this has enough power to support the Nintendo Switch’s dock. May be something to investigate if you have built-in displays that accept an HDMI input.


Nintendo Switch High Speed Car Charger by Hori

  • Switch Rating: Good
  • Output: 5V/3A
  • Also Good For: Phone, Tablet

This car charger is close to the ideal rating, and is licensed by Nintendo so it is a safe bet. The built-in 6 foot cable might make it to the back seat, but measure before you buy.


If you want to charge on the road over short trips then consider getting a power bank instead. A power bank would also work if the Switch is in the back seat.

Recommended Power Banks

Power banks, aka battery packs or portable chargers, allow you to charge on the go and away from a wall outlet. They are useful for travel, all day events, road trips, and even overnights without worrying about a plug.

If you already have a USB power bank with 5000mAh or more capacity that may handle your needs. Get a USB-A to USB-C cable and you can recharge your Switch at least once at a ‘Good Enough’ rate.


Anker PowerCore 10000

  • Switch Rating: Good Enough
  • Output: 5V/2.4A
  • Capacity: 10,000mAh (recharge Switch 2 times)
  • Size: 3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 inches | 6.35 oz
  • Supports the Dock?: No
  • Also Good For: Phone, Tablet

This is my choice for travel, especially flying less than 5 hours. If you have a Switch case with an upper section for accessories any of the power banks on this list will fit. But most of them will take up 2/3 of that space, not including the USB cable. The PowerCore 10000 takes up only a few inches, leaving room for other accessories. It gives a slower charge, but is very travel friendly. You’ll need to get a USB-A to USB-C cable.


Tronsmart Presto 10400 Type-C

  • Switch Rating: Good
  • Output: 5V/3A (USB-C); 5V-6.5V/3A, 6.5V-9V/2A, 9V-12V/1.5A (USB-A QC 3.0); 5V/2.4A (USB-A)
  • Capacity: 10,400mAh (recharge Switch 2 times)
  • Size: 6.2 x 2.1 x 0.7 inches | 8.5 oz
  • Supports the Dock?: No
  • Also Good For: Phone, Tablet

This is one of the most budget friendly USB-C power bank on the list. It isn’t the fastest charger on the market, but it’ll work well in all situations. Its smaller capacity is good enough for most outings, and it offers reduced size and weight. You’ll need to get a USB-C to USB-C cable. Note the included cable is USB-A to USB-C and quite short.


RAVPower 10000 USB-C Portable Charger

  • Switch Rating: Good
  • Output: 5V/3A (USB-C); 5V/2.4A (USB-A)
  • Capacity: 10,000mAh (recharge Switch 2 times)
  • Size: 5.75 x 2.83 x 0.63 inches | 6.9 oz
  • Supports the Dock?: No
  • Also Good For: Phone, Tablet

Another budget friendly USB-C power bank with the same benefits as the Tronsmart Presto 10400. Unlike the Tronsmart it offers a unique dual input option for recharging the power bank. Provided you have two wall chargers, or a multi-port charge with enough output, you can connect a micro-USB cable and a USB-C at the same time to fast charge this power bank. Under ideal conditions it’ll charge in 4 hours, almost half the time of USB-C alone.

The RAVPower is thinner, shorter, and lighter than the Tronsmart. But it is wider, and the Tronsmart has earned a great reputation while this power bank is fairly new.

You’ll need to get a USB-C to USB-C cable. The included cable has a micro-USB to USB-C adapter, but I wouldn’t suggest using it.


RAVPower 20100 USB-C

  • Switch Rating: Good
  • Output: 5V/3A (USB-C); 5V/2.4A (USB-A)
  • Capacity: 20,100mAh (recharge Switch 4 times)
  • Size: 6.81 x 3.19 x 0.87 inches | 13 oz
  • Supports the Dock?: No
  • Also Good For: Phone, Tablet
  • Nathan K Approved

This is one of the best mAh to dollar ratio USB-C power banks available. You’ll need to get a USB-C to USB-C cable.


iMuto USB-C Power Bank 45W

  • Switch Rating: Superb
  • Output: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/1.75A (USB-C); 5V/3A, 9V/2A (USB-A QC 2.0); 5V/2.4A (USB-A)
  • Capacity: 20,100mAh (recharge Switch 4 times)
  • Size: 6.38 x 3.09 x 0.89 inches | 13 oz
  • Supports the Dock?: Yes!
  • Also Good For: Phone, Tablet, Laptop (slow charge for 60-100W laptops)

Baring a sale, this is the cheapest USB PD and Switch dock supporting (on spec, I have not confirmed) power bank on my list. You’ll need to get a USB-C to USB-C cable.

iMuto is a brand of TianBaoTong Technology, a Chinese power electronics company. They do provide a USA address and email address for support, but no phone number and their USA website is limited.


RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD

  • Switch Rating: Great
  • Output: 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A (USB-C); 5V/2.4A (USB-A)
  • Capacity: 26,800mAh (recharge Switch 6 times)
  • Size: 6.77 x 3.15 x 0.79 inches | 13.3 oz
  • Supports the Dock?: No
  • Also Good For: Phone, Tablet

The largest capacity power bank on my list. It is a favorite for Switch owners, with its fast charge, huge capacity, and included USB-C to USB-C cable. But unlike the other USB PD power banks listed, this one isn’t very laptop friendly. It has only a 30W output, half of what many USB-C laptops look for.


ZMi QB820

  • Switch Rating: Superb
  • Output: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2A (USB-C); 5V/2.4A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A (USB-A QC 3.0); 5V/2.4A (USB-A)
  • Capacity: 20,000mAh (recharge Switch 4 times)
  • Size: 6.3 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches | 14.2 oz
  • Supports the Dock?: Yes!
  • Also Good For: Phone, Tablet, Laptop (slow charge for 60-100W laptops)

This is the most feature rich power bank on my list, and should be considered if you also use a USB-C laptop. It includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and a short USB-A to micro-USB cable with a USB-C adapter. If for whatever reason you plan to regularly connect USB-A to USB-C then get a real USB-A to USB-C cable. I have confirmed its ability to power the Switch’s dock.

Its high output better supports laptop power requirements (may charge slower than laptop’s factory adapter). It can also act as a USB hub. Connect a laptop to it via USB-C, then any USB-A devices you connect to the power bank can also connect to the laptop. One less adapter you need to pack. Data transfers run at USB 2.0 speeds.

ZMi is a division of Xiaomi, a Chinese software and electronics company. Although it is a Chinese company they do provide American based support and an 18 month warranty. They can be contacted via phone, email, and a U.S. support website.


You can fly with a power bank, but it must be in your carry on bag with you. Do not bag check a large power bank or any other device using a lithium-ion battery.

See a power bank you want but price is a bit too high? Check out /r/NintendoSwitchDeals. Deals for all things Switch, from games to power banks, are posted daily. You’ll probably see me commenting ratings for the USB-C items posted.