Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition with Nintendo Switch.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition Review

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition with Nintendo Switch.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition with Nintendo Switch.

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The Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition is more than a power bank with the Nintendo logo attached. It is a unique offering from Anker and the smallest 15V USB-C PD power bank on the market.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition
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Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition box and contents.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition box and contents.

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C x1 and USB-A x1
  • USB-C Output: 5V/3A, 9V/2.5A, 15V/1.5A
  • USB-A Output: 5V/1.5A
  • USB-C Input: 5V/3A, 9V/2.5A, 15V/1.4A, 20V/1A
  • Capacity: 13,400mAh | 49.58 Wh
  • Size: 3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 97 x 80 x 22 mm
  • Weight: 9.2 oz | 260 g

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Included In Box:

  • Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition
  • USB-C to USB-C cable, 3 foot
  • Pouch
Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition in a Switch carrying case.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition in a Switch carrying case.

Pros
  • Licensed by Nintendo for the Switch
  • Charges Switch at the fastest rate in handheld mode
  • Can be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
  • Supports iPhone fast charging with Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cable
  • Charge Switch and phone at same time
  • Includes USB-C cable
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
Cons
  • USB-A port has a low output compared to similar power banks
  • Included cable is not USB-IF certified
Compared With Similar Chargers
ChargerAnker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch EditionAnker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

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AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C

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ZMI QB820

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Cost$$$$$$$$$$$
Switch Speed RatingGreatGreatGreat*Superb
Switch Safety RatingNintendo LicensedNintendo LicensedSafeSafe
FeaturesPass Through Charging
Quick Charge 3.0
Requires a 9V/2A charger to recharge quickly
Supports Switch Dock
Pass Through Charging
USB Hub
USB-C CableIncludedIncludedNoneIncluded
Also Good ForPhone, Tablet, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet, 12-inch LaptopPhone, TabletPhone, Tablet, 13-inch Laptop
Size
Weight
3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches
9.2 oz
6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
12.7 oz
5.75 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches
6.9 oz
6.31 × 3.22 × 0.83 inches
14.3 oz
Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition & Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition & Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

Good For
  • Peace of mind with the Nintendo license
  • Total of 8.5+ hours playtime
  • Charging while you play
  • Commute
  • Road trips
  • Flights
  • iPhone and Android phones
  • iPad and tablets
  • Laptop, up to 12-inch (MacBook, Chromebook, etc)

Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge, and assumes both Switch and power bank are at 100%.

First Impression
Top: Anker PowerCore 10000. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition.

Top: Anker PowerCore 10000. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition.

The Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition is lighter than I was expecting. The extra 3 oz it has over the Anker PowerCore 10000 I usually keep in my Switch case isn’t noticeable. It is larger than the PowerCore 10000, though not by much. The huge increase in performance more than makes up for the size and weight differences.

It has the usual Anker look and sleekness. The Anker logo is on one side, the Switch logo on the other. A button shows you the power bank’s current charge, using eight LED lights. The button also resets the power bank and you can turn charging on/off with a double press.

Included are a USB-C to USB-C cable (3 foot/0.91 meter) and pouch. The cable is one of Anker’s PowerLine USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cables. For power it is fine, but it is slow as a data transfer cable. Also it isn’t USB-IF certified. The pouch only has enough space for the power bank and included cable. If keeping the power bank in your Switch case you likely won’t use it. Unlike the power bank, the pouch only has the Anker logo.

Power Meter Readings
Power meter readings - Asleep

Power meter readings – Asleep

Power meter readings - Idle

Power meter readings – Idle

Power meter readings - Game Playing

Power meter readings – Game Playing

Optimized for the Switch?

Anker states this power bank is optimized for the Nintendo Switch. They don’t specify how, and I’m not qualified to tell you that either. I did a comparison of this power bank with a different brand USB-C PD power bank. The Anker Nintendo Switch Edition had a slight performance lead, but not much.

For a direct comparison check out my reviews for the PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition or PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. In both reviews I list direct testing between those two identical power banks.

Charging the Nintendo Switch

Next I tested the power bank charging the Switch, from 0-100%. I used a ZMI QB820 power bank as a point of comparison. The Switch was asleep through most of the test.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition
Power Meter Readings, <80%
ZMi QB820
Power Meter Readings, <80%
Sleep: 15V/0.8A (12W)Sleep: 15V/0.7A (10.5W)
Idle: 15V/1A (15W)Idle: 15V/0.9A (13.5W)
Playing: 15V/1.2A (18W)Playing: 15V/1.2A (18W)

Again we see signs of Switch optimization. At sleep and idle the Anker power bank is outputting ~0.1A or 1.5W more than the ZMI power bank. That isn’t enough to toss the ZMI in the trash, but it is an improvement over a solid (and higher outputting) competitor. With a game running the Switch requests its max power draw and both power banks comply.

From top to bottom: Anker PowerCore 10000, Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition, AUKEY PB-Y13.

From top to bottom: Anker PowerCore 10000, Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition, AUKEY PB-Y13.

For those curious, here’s how the charge time broke down. They are typical for any USB-C PD charger.

  • Switch Start Up: 4 minutes
  • Charged to 50%: 64 minutes
    • Power Bank’s Capacity: ~75%
  • Charged to 80%: 106 minutes
    • Power Bank’s Capacity: ~75%
  • Charged to 100%: 166 minutes
    • Power Bank’s Capacity: 60%

The Switch was asleep during the above testing. Charging while idle will take longer and reduce the power bank’s charge a lot more. Charging while playing will take about 30 minutes longer than while asleep. But with only 13,400mAh you won’t reach 100% starting from 0%.

Charging the Power Bank

Anker says you can use the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter or another USB-C PD charger with this power bank. Either will take ~3.5 hours to charge. I tested charging the power bank with a Nintendo Switch AC Adapter and a ZMI PowerPlug Turbo.

Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
Power Meter Readings, Asleep
ZMi PowerPlug Turbo
Power Meter Readings, Asleep
<80%: 15V/1.5A (22.5W)<80%: 20V/0.9A (18W)
~80%: 15V/0.8A (12W)~80%: 20V/0.6A (12W)

Lithium batteries charge up to 80%, then reduce their draw from 80-100%. This is to protect the battery’s life span. Here we see the Switch charger outperformed the ZMI charger by 4.5W up until 80%. My measurements (using this power meter) showed the power input being 0.1A above spec. This may be the Switch optimization at work. At 80% both chargers offered the same wattage.

Summary

The Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition is the smallest 15V USB-C PD power bank on the market. That and its Nintendo licensing are its strongest selling points.

The downside to that is a reduced number of charges for the Switch. Outputting at higher voltage reduces actual capacity. This 13,400mAh USB-C PD power bank has the same number of Switch charges as a 10,000mAh USB-A power bank. Regardless, its size to performance ratio is this power bank’s greatest selling point.

There were indications of Anker’s stated optimization:

  • Charged Switch 1.5W more than other USB-C PD power bank
  • Switch AC adapter charged power bank 4.5W than other USB-C PD charger

Its USB-A port only supports 5V/1.5A, which is low compared to most any other USB-C PD power banks. It is enough for your phone. But if you travel with a tablet don’t expect the charge rate you’re use to.

Size, optimized performance, and Nintendo’s stamp of approval make it a premium product. And the price reflects that. There are plenty of alternatives for less, but you’ll need to give up something for the savings. A USB-C PD power bank with similar performance will be larger, but also provide a bit more playtime. A USB-A power bank of the same size won’t always charge while you play. And none of them have the Nintendo licensing.

You’ll need to contact Anker about any issues with the power bank. Nintendo should be open to helping with Switch issues that involve this power bank. Anker has U.S. based support contacts (web, email, phone) and warranty service. They are a beloved brand within and outside of the Switch community.

Bottom Line

The Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition is the best carrying case power bank available for the Switch. Its capacity will allow for 6 hours of Zelda (with a pre-charged Switch). More with a less demanding game. If you need more playtime check out the larger Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

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