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.

For Black Friday get this power bank for 22% off. Available at Best Buy.

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition
A1275S11

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition box and contents.

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition box and contents.

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 grams

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Included In Box:

  • Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition
  • USB-C to USB-C cable, 3 foot
  • Pouch
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
  • 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, but takes up most of the accessory pocket
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 PD

Review
ZMI QB820

Review
Cost$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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
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.

Good For
  • Peace of mind with the Nintendo license
  • Total of 11.5+ 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: ZMI QB820. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

Top: ZMI QB820. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

The Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition 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. The pouch only has enough space for the power bank and included cable. If keeping the power bank in your Switch carrying 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?
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. They don’t specify how, and I’m not qualified to tell you that either. I did do a comparison of this power bank and its identical twin, the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD.

You can check out a review of the PowerCore Speed 200000 PD here.

Model & Specs

The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD’s model number is A1275Z11. The PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition’s model number is A1275S11. The Nintendo Switch Edition is a variation of the Speed 20000 PD.

Their advertised specs match up exactly. Side-by-side they look identical except for the Nintendo Switch logo. And they weighed the same on my scale.

In the Box

One way the two power banks differ is in what they include in their boxes.

Anker PowerCore
Speed 20000 PD

MSRP: $99.99
Anker PowerCore 20100
Nintendo Switch Edition

MSRP: $89.99
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD box and contents
Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition box and contents.

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition box and contents.


  • Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

  • Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C Wall Charger

  • Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-C 2.0 Cable, 3 foot

  • micro-USB Cable

  • Pouch, knitted


  • Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

  • Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-C 2.0 Cable, 3 foot

  • Pouch, microfiber

Charging the Nintendo Switch

I tested each while charging the Nintendo Switch under different conditions. The Switch draws the least while asleep, more while idle, and the most while playing a game. Like all lithium battery using devices, the Switch also draws less once its battery is 80% or more charged.

 Anker PowerCore
Speed 20000 PD
Anker PowerCore 20100
Nintendo Switch Edition
Nintendo Switch, <80%, Asleep15V/0.70A (10.5W)15V/0.63A (9.45W)
Nintendo Switch, <80%, Idle15V/0.90A (13.5W)15V/0.94A (14.1W)
Nintendo Switch, <80%, Gaming14.98V/1.20A (17.98W)15V/1.20A (18W)
Nintendo Switch, >80%, Asleep15V/0.54A (8.1W)15V/0.52A (7.8W)
Nintendo Switch, >80%, Idle15V/0.70A (10.5W)15V/0.71A (10.65W)
Nintendo Switch, >80%, Gaming15V/0.98A (14.7W)15V/0.98A (14.7W)

There’s no clear winner, and no clear signs of optimization for the Switch. Where one does better the other beats it in the next measurement. None of the differences are outside the testing margin of error.

Charging the Power Bank

I tested each while being recharged with various USB-C wall chargers. I took measurements while they were both below and above 80% capacity.

 Anker PowerCore
Speed 20000 PD
Anker PowerCore 20100
Nintendo Switch Edition
Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C, <80%19.8V/1.38A (27.32W)19.8V/1.38A (27.32W)
Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C, >80%19.9V/0.74A (14.73W)19.9V/0.70A (13.93W)
Nintendo Switch AC Adapter, <80%15V/1.77A (26.55W)15V/1.77A (26.55W)
Nintendo Switch AC Adapter, >80%15V/1.12A (16.8W)15V/1.12A (16.8W)
ZMI PowerPlug Turbo, <80%19.8V/1.38A (27.32W)19.8V/1.38A (27.32W)
ZMI PowerPlug Turbo, >80%19.9V/0.87A (17.31W)19.9V/0.87A (17.31W)

The results are identical except for one measurement. But the difference there is small and within the testing’s margin of error. Again, no clear winner and no indications of Switch optimization.

Number of Switch Charges

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

 Anker PowerCore
Speed 20000 PD
Anker PowerCore 20100
Nintendo Switch Edition
Total Switch Charge295%289%
Number of Switch Charges2.9x2.9x

The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD won, but only by 6%. As with the other tests there is a margin of error to consider. An extra 6% equals ~10 minutes of playtime. I put both at 2.9 Switch charges, which gives you an extra 8.7+ hours of game time.

Summary

The Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition is a high quality USB-C PD power bank. But a standard Anker USB-C PD power bank. Its size and weight are a bit better than some of the non-Anker competition, but not enough to boast about.

It compared to the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. My testing showed almost identical results. There may indeed be optimization for the Switch in this power bank, but I couldn’t spot it. Most Switch users wouldn’t notice a difference between the two power banks.

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.

For Black Friday get this power bank for 22% off. Available at Best Buy.

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