Best Nintendo Switch chargers

Best Nintendo Switch chargers

The feather in Switch’s hat is portability; you can take the full home console experience with you when you’re out and about. However, that also means it’s worth looking into Nintendo Switch chargers to keep you gaming for 10 extra hours or more.

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Luckily, you’re not stuck for choice - there are many different types of Nintendo Switch charger on the market right now. These include everything from the humble car charger to rechargeable power cores that carry up to 15 hours of extra screen time a pop. For our money, the latter (particularly the PowerCore series made by Anker) are a smart investment. We’ve listed our top recommendations below.

Need other extras for your console? Check out our guide to the best Nintendo Switch accessories you need to own in 2019.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

Ideal for anyone serious about keeping their Nintendo Switch charged in a way that’s convenient and unobtrusive, the PowerCore 13400 is an officially licensed power bank that can keep your session going for up to 10 hours longer. Much like Nintendo’s partnership deal with Sandisk, picking this up will give you a strong vote of confidence thanks to Mario and Nintendo’s official branding being plastered all over the packaging. It’s a power bank that’s been specifically optimized for Nintendo’s hybrid console, and as such comes with a small cloth pouch that means its easy to store – even in some of the larger Nintendo Switch cases out there. 

In terms of the actual act of charging itself, the PowerCore 13400 is simple to use once you initially get your head around it. Pressing the button on the front of the device indicates the amount of charge currently stored within it, with 100% being easily reached in just a little over three hours if using your original AC wall adaptor. Once fully juiced you just plug it into your Nintendo Switch via the USB PD port, and you’re able to continue playing portably as it charges your console.

Official Nintendo Switch charging stand cradle

Sticking with reliable ways to charge your Switch using officially designed Nintendo products, this charging stand cradle acts as one of the best ways to charge your device without ever losing perspective during a heated match of Splatoon 2’s Turf War and the like. It’s a simple cradle that allows your Nintendo Switch to charge while you continue playing in tabletop mode, letting you play for longer at a prime viewing angle. It doesn’t even matter what environment you’re in as this bit of kit is easily adjusted.

When set up, your Nintendo Switch can be smoothly laid in the device much like the official dock, except you have the additional ability to tilt the console forward or back at an angle that’s best for you. This removes the chance of any reflective light being a disruptive annoyance when playing, and the fact that it can be jacked into using the official AC adaptor means more convenience.

Official Nintendo Switch AC adaptor 

In the unfortunate event that the original charger that came bundled with your Nintendo Switch becomes faulty, you can always opt for a simple replacement by way of the official Nintendo Switch AC adaptor. The Dock, which the console itself sits into, is sadly sold separately. But still, with this replacement wall plug sitting generally around the $30/£25 mark, it’s a small price to pay to maintain the ability to play your Nintendo Switch games on both your TV and on the device itself. 

Another good reason to invest in an extra AC adaptor is portability. You don't want to be unplugging your dock when you take your Switch out and about, so having a second AC adaptor will give you the flexibility to plug the console in anywhere, without messing with your home set-up. A word of caution too - make sure you buy the official AC adaptor here, as there are several off-brand chargers with VERY similar packaging.

10000mAh Travel Backup Battery Pack for Nintendo Switch

Allowing for simultaneous high-speed charging and recharging, the Travel Backup Battery Pack for Nintendo Switch is a pretty smart way to keep those Mario Kart 8: Deluxe tournaments going; not least due to the detachable back mount design that allows the pack to be easily slid to detach or keep it attached to the Switch’s back. Featuring built-in over-voltage protection, this device has been specifically designed to avoid any chance of overheating – offering up to 10 hours of additional play time. 

The battery pack is a lightweight alternative to having to charge your Nintendo Switch via a wall plug or even something like the PowerCore 13400, which still needs to stay attached to the console with a cable. This obviously needs to be connected too, but it keeps your Nintendo Switch truly portable so that you can easily move around as it charges, and you continue playing. Compete with USB-C cable, padding plate, and back mount, this option is one of the best third-party charging solutions.

Antank Portable Switch Backup Battery Pack

Another power bank option that handily locks onto the back of your Nintendo Switch, for a slightly higher price than the other third-party option on this list you can have two kickstands either side and extra space to store another two game cards. Simply put, the Antank Portable Switch Backup Battery Pack doesn’t only remove the need to get to a plug to keep your console charged, but you can easily do without an additional method of game storage too. 

The kickstands of Antak’s battery pack makes playing in tabletop mode a breeze as expected, also being adjustable, as with the official Nintendo charging cradle, to secure a prime viewing angle. The pack overall offers an impressive 6500mAh of additional power overall, with its use of Li-Polymer battery extending how long you’re able to play your Nintendo Switch by several hours.

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