Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition with Nintendo Switch.

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.

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The Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition compares well with similar sized power banks. But it doesn’t offer anything special besides its licensing.

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 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition
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Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C x1 and USB-A x1
  • USB-C Output: 5V/3A, 9V/2.6A, 15V/1.6A
  • USB-A Output: 5V/2A
  • USB-C Input: 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 g (13.9 oz | 395 g with cable and pouch)

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Included In Box:

  • Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition
  • USB-C to USB-C cable, 3 foot | 0.91 meter
  • Pouch
Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition in a Nintendo Switch case.

Anker PowerCore 20100 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, but takes up most of the accessory pocket
  • Included pouch keeps cables and power bank together
Cons
  • Included cable is not USB-IF certified
Compared With Similar Chargers
ChargerAnker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch EditionAnker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

Review
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PDZMi QB820

Review
Price$90$70$69$70
Switch Speed RatingGreatGreatGreatSuperb
Switch Safety RatingNintendo LicensedNintendo LicensedSafeSafe
FeaturesSupports Switch Dock
Pass Through Charging
USB Hub
USB-C CableIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Also Good ForPhone, Tablet, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet, 13-inch Laptop
Size
Weight
6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
12.7 oz
3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches
9.2 oz
6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
12.7 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 10 hours
  • Flights, up to 10 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 20100 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 15 hours of extra playtime (6-15 hours, depending on usage)
  • Recharges the Switch up to 2.5 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 2A where I would consider 2.4A high speed)
  • Can recharge the power bank with the Nintendo Switch AC adapter in ~3 hours

ZMi QB820 & Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

The specs listed on the back of the box are incorrect. The power input and output numbers are actually those of the 13400 model. Anker’s website and the owner’s manual list the proper specs. My own testing also confirmed those are the proper specs.

Power Bank

The power bank itself is long, but narrow. Like any other 20,00mAh power bank it has heft to it. Though it is 1.5 oz lighter than the ZMi QB820 I favor when I need more capacity.

It has the usual Anker look and sleekness. The Anker and Switch logos are on the same side. Both are a glossy black against a matte black background, making them hard to see. A side button shows you the power bank’s current charge, using four 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. But not enough of a performance boost to warrant buying alone.

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/1.75A (26.25W)<80%: 20V/1.35A (27W)
~80%: 15V/1.2A (18W)~80%: 20V/0.9A (18W)

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 ZMi charger outperformed the Switch charger by 0.75W up until 80%. The performance difference is almost negligible and you wouldn’t notice a difference without a stopwatch. 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 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition
Power Meter Readings, <80%
ZMi QB820
Power Meter Readings, <80%
Sleep: 15V/0.8A (11.25W)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)

Now 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 requires its max power draw and both power banks comply.

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%: 104 minutes
    • Power Bank’s Capacity: >75%
  • Charged to 100%: 174 minutes
    • Power Bank’s Capacity: >75%

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.

Summary

The Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition is a good quality 20,000mAh USB-C PD power bank. But a standard Anker power bank. Its size and weight are a bit better than some of the non-Anker competition, but not enough to boast about. The 1.5W increased charge rate give sign of the Switch optimization. But again, not enough to be obvious to most users.

Its strongest selling point is the Nintendo licensing. That “is your assurance that the product has been evaluated and licensed by Nintendo for use with its systems.”

That same Nintendo licensing makes it a premium product with a matching price. There are plenty of alternatives for less. But you will have to give up the peace of mind from Nintendo’s stamp of approval.

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 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition is a good, high capacity power bank. But aside from its Nintendo licensing it isn’t anything special. Its capacity will allow for almost 9 hours of Zelda (with a pre-charged Switch). More with a less demanding game. If you want a more compact power bank check out the smaller Anker PowerCore 13400 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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