Chargers for the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo licensed power banks are coming soon, but not necessarily licensed for the Switch. Check out the designs and specs. Nintendo has licensed their IPs, will they also test and recommend these power banks?

To further help address “is it safe for the Switch” concerns of various chargers I’ve revamped my Switch charger rating system. I now have two scales: one for charging speed (what I’ve been using) and one for charging safety. As part of this change product listings have changed from comprehensive to selective. Chargers meeting a minimum speed and safety rating are listed.

USB-C Chargers

ChargerSpeed RatingSafety RatingOutputCableTravel FriendlyAlso Good ForNotes
Black Web AC Power Adapter for Nintendo SwitchSuperb★★★☆☆5V/1.5A, 15V/2.6ABuilt-in, 6 feet/1.8 metersNoNintendo Switch OnlyWalmart exclusive
Google 45W USB-C Power AdapterSuperb★★★☆☆5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25AUSB-C, 6.5 feet/2 metersYesPhone, Tablet, 15” Laptop (USB-C)Cable connector points down instead of out
Monoprice Obsidian USB Type-C Wall Charger, 45WSuperb★★★★☆5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25ANoneYesPhone, Tablet, 15” Laptop (USB-C)USB-IF Certified
Nekteck USB Type-C Wall Charger 45W PDSuperb★★★★☆5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25ABuilt-in, 6 feet/1.8 metersNoPhone, Tablet, 15" Laptop (USB-C)USB-IF Certified
Nintendo Switch AC AdapterSuperb★★★★★5V/1.5A, 15V/2.6ABuilt-in, 5 feet/1.5 metersNoNintendo Switch OnlyLicensed by Nintendo
ZMi PowerPlug Turbo 45W USB-C PD Power AdapterSuperb★★★☆☆5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25AUSB-C, 5 feet/1.5 metersYesPhone, Tablet, 15" Laptop (USB-C)
Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C PortGreat★★★☆☆5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15A/2A, 20V/1.5ANoneYesPhone, Tablet , 12" Laptop (USB-C)Nathan K approved
Apple 29W USB-C Power AdapterGreat★★★☆☆5V/1.5A, 15V/2ANoneYesMacBook 12"
Apple 61W USB-C Power AdapterGreat★★★☆☆5V/2.4A, 9V/3A, 20V/3ANoneYesMacBook Pro 13”
Google 18W USB-C Power AdapterGreat★★★☆☆9V/2AUSB-C, 3.3 feet/1 meterNoGoogle Pixel

USB-A Chargers

ChargerSpeed RatingSafety RatingOutputCableTravel FriendlyAlso Good ForNotes
Apple 12W USB Power AdapterGood★★★★☆5V/2.4ANoneYesiPhone, iPadOnly known single port USB-A charger rated as Good.
Anker PowerPort Elite 2 PortsGood Enough★★★★☆5V/2.4ANoneYesPhone, TabletTwo USB-A ports
Aukey Turbo ChargerGood Enough★★★★☆5V/2.4A & QC 3.0NoneNoPhone, Tablet
Aukey Dual Port Turbo ChargerGood Enough★★★★☆5V/2.4A & QC 3.0NoneNoPhone, TabletTwo USB-A ports

Using Third Party Chargers

Travel Friendly = Small and light, removable cable, prongs fold in.

12” Laptop = Small, low power laptop with USB-C port. MacBook 12”, Chromebook, etc.

15” Laptop = Regular (13-15”), high power laptop with USB-C port. MacBook Pro, Dell XPS, etc. Will also support 12” laptops.

Check your laptop’s power requirements before buying a charger for both it and the Switch.

USB-IF certification comes from the USB Implementers Forum, the creators of USB specifications. It denotes a device fully meets their standards. Lack of certification does not mean a device is bad. See the Switch Chargers FAQ for more details.