Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C – Best Selling USB-C Charger

 

Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

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The Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C is a best selling USB-C wall charger. It also comes included with Anker’s USB-C PD power banks. While it doesn’t have the higher output of a 45W charger, it makes for a fine second charge for the Nintendo Switch.

Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C
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Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C x1
  • USB-C Output: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A
  • Power Input: 100-240V, 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

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Included In Box:

  • Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C
Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C in a Nintendo Switch case

Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C in a Nintendo Switch case.

Pros
  • Charges Switch at the fastest rate in handheld mode
  • Supports iPhone fast charging with Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cable
  • Travel friendly design
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)
Cons
  • Doesn’t included a USB-C cable when purchased separately ($8-10 value)
  • Single USB-C port limits how well it’ll work as a travel charger with multiple devices
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Cost$$$$$$
Switch Speed RatingGreatSuperbSuperbSuperb
Switch Safety RatingUSB-IF CertifiedUSB-IF Certified*Nintendo LicensedSafe
FeaturesTravel FriendlySupports Switch Dock
Travel Friendly
Supports Switch DockSupports Switch Dock
Travel Friendly
USB-C CableNoneIncludedBuilt-inIncluded
Also Good ForPhone, Tablet, Power Bank, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet, Power Bank, 15-inch LaptopSwitch OnlyPhone, Tablet, Power Bank, 13-inch Laptop
Size
Weight
2.3 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches
3.6 oz
2.8 x 2.25 x 1.16 inches
5.4 oz
2.6 x 2 x 1.4 inches
6.1 oz
2.36 × 2.24 × 1.1 inches
3.56 oz
Top Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C. Bottom: Nintendo Switch AC Adapter.

Top Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C. Bottom: Nintendo Switch AC Adapter.

Good For
  • Second home charger
  • Work charger
  • Travel charger
  • iPhone and Android phones
  • iPad and tablets
  • Power banks
  • 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

I got the Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C bundled with an Anker power bank. Two bundles, actually. One came with the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD and another came with the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD. It’s the same size, shape, and weight as other travel friendly USB-C chargers. But those chargers offer 45W, Anker’s is only 30W. So there’s no real space or weight savings for the lower output. You do get a blue LED to show when the charger has power.

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Temperature

During testing I measured it exterior temperature. While charging the Switch it never got more than warm to the touch. Keeping up with the MacBook Pro got it the hottest. But nothing too severe and it was safe to handle.

  • At Room Temperature: 73.1F (22.8C)
  • Charging Switch, Asleep: 78.0F (25.5C)
  • Charging Switch, Playing Zelda: 81.3F (27.4C)
  • Charging MacBook Pro: 116.6F (47.0C)
Blue LED
Anker PowerPort Speed 1 LED, with and without lights

Anker PowerPort Speed 1 LED, with and without lights.

The charger has a blue LED light 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.

Bundled Value

The Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C comes bundled with three of Anker’s USB-C power banks.

The PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C bundle is the best value of the three, but it is the weakest power bank. It doesn’t offer USB-C PD output. Still, enough to charge the Switch while you play.

The most popular bundle is the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. The bundle costs $30 more than the power bank by itself. The bundle is what you’ll find on Amazon and in most stores. You could save $5 buying the power bank and charger separately, but you’ll need to buy from two different stores.

The PowerCore+ 26800 PD bundle is the only option for getting Anker’s biggest power bank. But you’ll want a USB-C PD wall charger to recharge the power bank. With regular USB it could take a full day to recharge.

A bundled Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C isn’t a bad value. But the currently available bundles aren’t a steal, either. It is nice to have if your only other USB-C charger is the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter. The Switch’s adapter could charge the Anker power banks. But having a second charge make it less of a hassle. And it gives you a travel charger for your Switch, without digging behind your TV.

Summary

The Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C is a fine USB-C wall charger, and is well suited for travel. It’ll charge a handheld Switch as fast as any other option. It also works well with Anker and non-Anker USB-C power banks, phones, and even small USB-C laptops.

Top: Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C. Bottom: ZMI PowerPlug Turbo.

Top: Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C. Bottom: ZMI PowerPlug Turbo.

During my testing it offered my iPhone 8 fast charging, using Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cable. The original version of this charger did not, but Anker has made improvements over the years.

It also kept up with my 13-inch MacBook Pro, though it isn’t the ideal charger for mid to large size laptops. It was able to charge the MacBook Pro’s battery while connected to a display, keyboard, and mouse. The Mac wasn’t doing anything power intense. Web, text editing, and basic image editing (writing this review). If you want a charger for your 13-inch laptop I’d recommend the ZMI PowerPlug Turbo. But Anker’s 30W charger will do under the right circumstances.

The Anker brand is well respected. And the charger itself is USB-IF certified, though Anker doesn’t advertise that fact. If you are after a popular, well reviewed USB-C charger for your Switch and power bank this works great.

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

Whether you’re buying it or getting it bundled with an Anker power bank, the Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C is an excellent second charger for the Nintendo Switch. It will handle the handheld charging needs of the Switch, power bank, and phone. In a pinch it’ll keep a USB-C laptop running.

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