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Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition Review

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition with Nintendo Switch
Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition with Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition with Nintendo Switch

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Interested in using this power bank with a USB-C device other than the Switch? Check out my general review at USB-Current.

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition – A Nintendo licensed version of the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

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Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition ports and specs

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition ports and specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • USB-C Output:
    • 24W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2.6A, 12V/1.9A, 15V/1.6A)
  • USB-A Output:
    • 10W USB (5V/2A)
    • Apple 2.4A (won’t reach full potential)
  • Input: 30W USB-C PD (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A)
  • Capacity: 20,100mAh | 74.37 Wh
  • Size: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 168 x 62 x 22 mm
  • Weight: 12.7 oz | 360 grams

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge.

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition box and contents

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition box and contents

Included In Box:

  • Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition
  • USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 3 feet/0.91 meter
  • Pouch

Good For:

  • Commute
  • Travel
  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • iPad Pro (pre-2018)
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • 12-inch laptop
Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition in a Switch carrying case

Anker PowerCore 20100 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
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Charge two devices at once
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Cons:

  • Price

First Impression

Top: Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

Top: Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

The Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition has the same shape as Anker’s other 20,100mAh power banks. Its biggest distinction is the Nintendo Switch logo next to the Anker logo. The included cable is an Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-C 2.0. Those are good cables, I use them often with my own testing. But they aren’t USB-IF certified as they pre-date certification. A Nintendo Switch owner with device safety as their top priority may want to pick up an Anker PowerLine II cable, which is certified. The included pouch has room for the power bank and cable. Unlike the power bank, the pouch only has the Anker logo.

Power Meter Readings

Nintendo Switch
Switch gaming power meter

Switch gaming power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch power negotiation

Switch power negotiation

The Nintendo charges at its max rate, charging while you play. Its charge rate while sleeping is above normal, 12W instead of the usual 10W. That might be from Anker’s listed optimization with the Switch. While this power bank offers 15V there isn’t enough current to power a docked Switch. That requires at least 2.6A, this tops out at 1.5A. Learn more about charging the Switch.

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is typical. As this is licensed by Nintendo it provides us with a base line for other power banks. It connects at 5V and moved up to 15V after negotiations. Current steps up once the 15V connection is made.

Phones
iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power meter

The iPhone 8 fast charges when using a USB-C to Lightning cable. We see the usual power negotiations. Connection starts at 5V, then moves up to 9V. Learn more about fast charging iPhones.

The Moto G6 does regular charging via USB-C. This will be the same for Samsung and Quick Charge enabled Android phones. While the 10-11W provided is a decent charge, it isn’t fast charging. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.

Laptops
MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

As a 24W charger it can support most 12-inch laptops. A 30W would be ideal, but 24W is close enough in most cases. The MacBook Pro 13-inch used above requires 45-60W, so this charger is not a good option for it. But we can see it provides almost 22W and power negotiation is normal. It would extend battery life in a pinch. Learn more about charging USB-C laptops.

Compared To Similar Power Banks

ChargerAnker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch EditionAnker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

Review
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

Review
RAVPower 20100 USB-C PD
Price$139.00$52.87$99.99$69.99
Output24W USB-C PD22.5W USB-C PD24W USB-C PD30W USB-C PD

Quick Charge 3.0
Capacity20,100mAh13,400mAh20,100mAh20,100mAh
FeaturesNintendo LicensedNintendo LicensedPass Through Charging
CableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cable
Dimensions6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 in
12.7 oz
3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 in
9.2 oz
6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 in
12.7 oz
6.8 x 0.8 x 3.2 in
17.3 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-07-16.

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Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition with Moto G6

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition with Moto G6

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition with MacBook Pro 13-inch

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition with MacBook Pro 13-inch

Optimized for the Switch? Nintendo Switch Edition vs Speed 20000 PD

Top: Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

Top: Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

Anker states this power bank is optimized for the Nintendo Switch. Which is interesting given the data shows it is a variation of the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD.

The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD’s model number is A1275Z11. The PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition’s model number is A1275S11. Their advertised specs match up exactly. Side-by-side they look identical except for the Nintendo Switch logo. They weighed the same on my scale. And the side of the Nintendo Switch Edition reads “PowerCore Speed 20000 PD.”

Their power meter readings were quite similar. Charging the two power banks also gave near identical results.

Finally, I tested the full capacity of both power banks. I drained my Nintendo Switch to 0% and charged the power bank to 100%. I then recharged the Switch using the power bank up to 100%. When done I drained the Switch again and recharged it again with the power bank. This continued until the power bank shut down.

Many charge cycles died to bring us this information

The results? The Nintendo Switch Edition charged the Switch 289%. The Speed 20000 PD charged it 295%. Again, when you consider a margin of error there isn’t much difference. The ±6% equals ~10 minutes of playtime.

You can recharge the power bank quickly using the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter. Not all power banks can make that claim.

Summary

The Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition is another quality power bank from Anker. But it isn’t unique, and all signs point to it being a re-branded PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. The size, weight, specs, and test results of the two power banks all line up.

The licensing agreement from Nintendo entails more than logos and a money grab. Nintendo runs all licensed products through their own quality assurance testing. Nintendo has signed off that this power bank will is safe and performs well. While it is safe to charge the Switch with third party USB-C chargers some prefer Nintendo approved accessories. For them this is an excellent travel power bank which offers peace of mind. Whether the same can be said for the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD depends on what, if any, changes Anker made. We’ll likely never know if there are any technical differences.

Its strongest selling point is the Nintendo licensing. And that comes with increased cost. The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD is available with a 30W USB-C PD wall charger for $10 more. You can also get it without the wall charger from Walmart for $20 less.

Away from the Switch it works well for smaller USB-C devices. Especially phones that support USB Power Delivery. Lack of Quick Charge makes it less optimal for most Android phones. Its 24W output is shy of the 30W a small laptop wants, but could manage under most conditions.

About Anker

Anker has U.S. based support (web, email, phone) and a 18 month warranty. They are a beloved brand within many USB-C communities.

You’ll need to contact Anker about any issues with the power bank. Nintendo support should be open to helping with Switch issues that involve this power bank.

Bottom Line

The Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition is a good, high capacity power bank for smaller devices. But aside from its Nintendo licensing it isn’t anything unique. Its capacity offers an extra 9+ hours of Mario or Zelda. If you want a smaller and more unique power bank check out the larger Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition.

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