Anker 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition with Nintendo Switch.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition Review

Anker 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition with Nintendo Switch.

Anker 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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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 (10.2 oz | 287 g with cable and pouch)

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Included In Box:

  • Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition
  • USB-C to USB-C cable, 3 foot | 0.91 meter
  • Pouch
Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition in a Nintendo Switch case.

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

Pros
  • Licensed by Nintendo for the Switch
  • Charges Switch as fast as any wall charger in handheld mode
  • Switch’s AC adapter will recharge power bank as fast as any other option
  • Includes 3 foot USB-C cable
  • Fits in most Switch cases, taking up 1/3 of the upper accessory pocket
  • Included pouch keeps cables and power bank together
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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Price$70$90$30$70
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
  • Charging while you play
  • Road trips, up to 8 hours
  • Flights, up to 8 hours
  • iPhone and Android phones
  • iPads and tablets
  • Up to 12-inch laptops with USB-C (MacBook, Chromebook, etc)

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

First Impression
Packaging

The packaging of the Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition is easy to spot. Between the Switch logo, Nintendo Licensed Product seal, and image of Mario you can’t miss it. The packaging also boasts about the power bank’s performance:

  • Up to 10 hours of extra playtime (4-10 hours, depending on usage)
  • Recharges the Switch up to 1.7 times
  • Charge and play (will recharge the Switch while playing in ~3.5 hours)
  • Optimized for Nintendo Switch
  • Two high speed USB charging ports (USB-C port is USB-C PD, but the USB-A port is a bit slow)
  • Can recharge the power bank with the Nintendo Switch AC adapter in 3.5 hours
Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition next to the Anker PowerCore 10000.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition next to the Anker PowerCore 10000.

Power Bank

The power bank itself 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 when stacked 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. PowerLine II cables are USB-IF certified, the original PowerLine cables are not. 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

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 find signs of the optimization during my testing. It isn’t a significant performance boost, but it is there.

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-ion 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.

Charging the 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 10000 USB-C PD

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

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%.

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 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.

Availability has been limited. If you can’t find it elsewhere you can place an order through Anker directly.

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