Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 with Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 Review

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Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 with Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 with Nintendo Switch

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

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 – An oldie, but goodie USB-C PD wall charger

Model: A2014113

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 specs

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C
  • Output: 30W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A)
  • Input: 100V–240V, 1.2A, 50/60Hz
  • Size: 2.3 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches | 57 x 57 x 25 mm
  • Weight: 3.6 oz | 102 grams

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Included In Box:

  • Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30

Good For:

  • Additional charger for home or work
  • Travel charger
  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • iPad Pro (pre-2018)
  • Power banks
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • 12-inch laptop
Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 in Switch carrying case

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 in Switch carrying case

Pros:

  • Charges Switch at the fastest rate in handheld mode
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • USB-IF certified
  • Travel friendly design
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)

Cons:

First Impression

I got the Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 (two, actually) as part of a bundle with two Anker power banks. The Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD and Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD. Back when I first got it the size and weight were normal and acceptable. Since then Anker has released a much smaller wall charger, the Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1. It offers the same output specs (and USB-IF certification). But uses new technology, resulting in a much smaller and lighter version. The older, larger charger does have two advantages. Its prongs fold up, and it has a blue LED power indicator.

Power Meter Readings

Nintendo Switch
Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 - Switch gaming power meter

Switch gaming power meter

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 - Switch sleeping power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 - Switch power negotiation

Switch power negotiation

The Nintendo Switch charges at its max rate, charging while you play. Its charge rate while sleeping is also normal. While this charger offers 15V there isn’t enough current to power a docked Switch. That requires at least 2.6A, this tops out at 2A. Learn more about charging the Switch.

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is typical. It connects at 5V and moved up to 15V after negotiations. Current steps up once the 15V connection is made.

Phones
Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 - iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 - 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 9-10W provided is a decent charge, it isn’t fast charging. The Google Pixel and Android phones that support USB Power Delivery will fast charge on the USB-C port. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.

Laptops
Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 - MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 - MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

As a 30W charger it can support 12-inch laptops. The MacBook Pro 13-inch comes with a 60W charger, so this 30W charger is not a great option for it. But we can see it provides as much power as it can. And power negotiation is normal. It would extend battery life in a pinch. Learn more about charging USB-C laptops.

Compared To Similar Chargers

ChargerAnker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-CAnker PowerPort Atom PD 1

Review
Apple 30W USB-C Power AdapterAUKEY PA-Y8 27W USB-C Quick Charger
Price$25.99$29.99$49$15.99
Switch Speed RatingExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellent
Switch Safety RatingUSB-IF CertifiedUSB-IF CertifiedSafeSafe
FeaturesGaN tech
CableNo cableNo cableNo cableNo cable
Dimensions2.3 x 2.4 x 1.1 in
3.6 oz
1.6 x 1.4 x 1.5 in
1.9 oz
2.7 x 1.3 x 3.2 in
4.6 oz
2.2 x 2 x 1.1 in
2.6 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-05-20.

You can see more USB-C chargers here.

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 with Moto G6

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 with Moto G6

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 in wall outlet

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 in wall outlet

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 with MacBook Pro 13-inch

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 with MacBook Pro 13-inch

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 LED in the dark

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 LED in the dark

Blue LED

The charger has a blue LED as a power indicator. It indicates power to the charger, not active charging of a device. Like most blue LEDs it isn’t too bright. But you’ll notice it in an otherwise dark room.

The light stays on for up to a minute after you unplug the charger. That’s the remaining charge in the Vbus, which takes a minute to discharge. It isn’t the best design, but as power moves in only one direction with the charger it isn’t a problem.

A Bundled Charger

The Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 comes bundled with three of Anker’s USB-C power banks.

It provides the fastest recharge speed possible with all three power banks. Making these bundles good options for those wanting a USB-C power bank, but also in need of a wall charger for it.

In the USA the PowerCore+ 26800 PD is only available as such a bundle. The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD is usually found as a bundle online. But can be had without the wall charger at Walmart.

Summary

The Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 is a bit dated when compared to the newer Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1. And without a deal you are better off spending the $5 more to get the much smaller charger with the same power output. But if you receive one as part of a bundle with an Anker USB-C power bank is it a fine charger.

Top: Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1. Bottom: Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30.

Top: Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1. Bottom: Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30.

For the Nintendo Switch it charges in handheld mode as fast as any other option. But it cannot power a docked Switch.

As a 30W USB-C PD charger it can fast charge many small to medium sized USB-C devices. Up to a 12-inch laptop. It won’t fast charge Android phones that use Quick Charge or similar tech. But those with USB-C will charge at a decent rate.

Compared to the Atom PD 1 the Speed PD 30 offers folding prongs and a blue LED power indicator. It doesn’t run cooler. The Atom PD 1 got up to 87.4°F (30.8°C) on the sides, 111.1°F (44°C) on the top. The larger Speed PD 30 got up to 116.6F (47°C) running at full output for a while. Neither charger was too hot to touch.

The Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 has come down in price with the release of the smaller version. It has dropped $10 and we’ve seen the occasional sale for even less. As an older model it could be a good buy with the right deal.

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.

Bottom Line

The Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 is worth keeping around if it came with your new Anker power bank. It’ll fast charge the power banks. As well as the Nintendo Switch. As a separate purchase it can be a good value, if you catch a sale. If you’re wanting a 30W USB-C PD charger today I would take a look at the Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1.

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