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The best Nintendo Switch chargers you can buy in 2020

Best Nintendo Switch chargers
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Who among us hasn't left a charger - and maybe a Nintendo switch charger - on a train, plane, or automobile? Don't lie, because I know that you have. Losing a charger is a rite of passage when it comes to owning a handheld device, and that makes finding a replacement an important part of the process. Our guide to the best Nintendo Switch chargers will help you find that replacement – and there's never been a better time to get a spare, what with the Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals coming online today. 

When it comes to buying the best Nintendo Switch charger, you actually have a few options! That's right, you don't have to opt for the official (and by extension, more expensive) option if you don't want to. There are plenty of alternative Nintendo Switch accessories and options on the market and available to you here. Whether it's the standard plug option, USB chargers for those of you on the move, and even car chargers for those of you looking for something to do when stuck in traffic. Oh, and better still, a few of these will even work on the best gaming phones and the best gaming tablets, so be sure to check out our recommendations below and find the best Nintendo Switch charger for you.  

Best Nintendo Switch chargers

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1. Nintendo Switch AC Adapter

The best Nintendo Switch charger

Exactly the same as the original plug
Official Nintendo product
Reliable
Pricey

It'll come as no surprise that the official AC Adapter tops our list of the best Nintendo Switch chargers - simply put, it can't be beaten in terms of quality or reliability. The company is well-known for their high standards, and it's the same story here. Better still, this is exactly the same plug you'll have received in the box with your console.

That's what makes the official Nintendo Switch charger so appealing. You know exactly what to expect and can rest easy in the knowledge that it'll definitely work with your console. After all, peace of mind is important when it comes to an expensive system like the Nintendo Switch. 

In short? If your original Switch plug charger has broken, getting a like-for-like replacement is the most sensible course of action.

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2. Anker PowerPort Atom PD1

The best premium Nintendo Switch charger

Quick charging
Better than the official charger
Small
Can't be used with docked Switch

Bear with us when we say that the Atom is a revolution in charging; we really mean it. Despite looking like a posh plug, it's capable of recharging your Switch console in record time (just 2 hours and 20 minutes in our tests, from 0% to 100%). That makes it far superior to the standard Nintendo version.

OK, so you can't use it while your console's docked. But if you need a portable charger for when you're on the go, Anker's Atom is peerless. It's small, easy to transport, and will fit comfortably into the best case for Nintendo Switch as well.

Just remember, you'll need a USB-C cable to use the Atom - it doesn't include one of its own. That's the only downside, though. It's arguably the best Nintendo Switch charger on the market right now.

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3. Official Nintendo Switch charging stand cradle

The best Nintendo Switch charging cradle

Official Nintendo
Charge while playing
Easily adjusted
Not built to charge other devices

There isn't a more reliable way to charge your Switch than official Nintendo products. This one is a simple but effective solution; it's designed so that you can keep playing in tabletop mode, even as you power up the console's battery.

Because it's a charging 'cradle', you don't need to worry about the console falling over either. It'll keep your screen secure and standing at a prime viewing-angle while it charges, and that's very convenient if you're in the middle of game. It also means you can avoid any annoyances from light reflecting off the screen.

Finally, this particular Nintendo Switch charger is adjustable. So long as a plug socket is within reach, you can easily tilt it forward or back for a better perspective on the action.

Best Nintendo Switch car chargers

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1. HORI Nintendo Switch Car Charger

The best Nintendo Switch car charger

Compatible with most cars
Officially licensed
6ft cable
A bit overpriced

You know you're onto a winner when something is officially licensed, and the HORI Nintendo Switch Car Charger doesn't disappoint. It's a reliable bit of kit that's small enough to keep stored in the glove compartment, and it's also compatible with most cars because it's used via the cigarette lighter rather than USB slots that older vehicles may lack.

Crucially, this one has a six foot-long cable that means it'll stretch into the rear seats if any passengers need to charge their Switch. Which won't take all that long, by the way - it's a 5 volt/3.0A charger that promises quick results.

You're not limited to charging your Switch with it, either. That cable is a standard USB-C, meaning you can charge many modern phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10.

Best portable Nintendo Switch chargers

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1. Anker PowerCore 26800mAh

The best portable Nintendo Switch charger

Charges phones, tablets, and more
Multiple ports
Faster charging
A bit expensive

For the very best portable Nintendo Switch charger, look no further than this Anker PowerCore. It's reliable, effective, convenient, and unobtrusive. Anker's a respectable brand, too, making this a solution you can count on.

Because the PowerCore 26800mAh has been specifically designed to provide faster charging, you'll be able to have your Switch back up and running in no time. That goes for other devices as well. Anker's been sure to include a variety of ports to suit all sorts of tech, making it just as useful for your phone or camera as it is your console.

Better still, this PowerCore's got a good enough battery to power up your device multiple times before it needs to be charged itself. That's not bad going at all, especially considering its price and portable nature.

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2. Portable Power Bank for Nintendo Switch

The best attachable Nintendo Switch charger

Attaches to the console
Less obtrusive
Up to 10 hours of extra play
Chunky

Sometimes you don't have access to a plug socket, and that's why the Portable Power Bank is so handy. Its main selling point is a simultaneous charge and recharge function that allows you to get the best of both worlds even on the go. Because it has built-in over-voltage protection, it won't overhear either - you're in for 10 or so hours of extra, uninterrupted play time.

What's more, a detachable back-mount design allows you to clip the device onto your console. That means it won't be knocking around like a ball and chain, which is always helpful if you're travelling on a busy bus or train. Because the Switch is so inherently portable, the ability to stay on the go without being tethered to an external charger is great. It's very light as well, meaning you won't feel weighed down while you game.

When combined with a padding plate to protect your console and a back-mount, you've got one of the best third-party Switch chargers on your hands with this one.

Want to complete your setup? Don't miss our guides to Nintendo Switch SD cards, the best Nintendo Switch headset, and cheap Nintendo Switch controller deals.

As one of our Hardware Editors, Benjamin looks after many of the tech reviews, board game features, deals, and buying guides you’ll see on GamesRadar+.