Anker PowerPort II with Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerPort II PD – Travel Charger for Switch & Phone

Anker PowerPort II PD with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

Anker PowerPort II PD with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

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The Anker PowerPort II PD is a dual port charger with one USB-C and one USB-A. For many Switch owners we have both newer and older USB devices to charge. This charger has the flexibility to handle several different devices, at home or on the road.

Product Details

Anker PowerPort II PD
A2321

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C x1 and USB-A x1
  • USB-C Output: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A
  • USB-A Output: 5V/2.4A
  • Power Input: 100-240V, 1.6A, 50-60Hz
  • Size: 2.7 x 2.7 x 1.1 inches | 69 x 69 x 28 mm
  • Weight: 5.3 oz | 150 grams

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Included In Box:

  • Anker PowerPort II PD
Anker PowerPort II and cable in a Nintendo Switch case

Anker PowerPort II and cable 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
  • Charge Switch and phone at same time
  • Travel friendly design
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)
Cons
  • Need one USB-C cable and one USB-A cable to charge two phones
  • Doesn’t included a USB-C cable ($8-10 value)
Compared With Similar Chargers
ChargerAnker PowerPort II PDAUKEY PA-Y10 56.5W Dual Port Wall ChargerMonoprice 39W Dual USB Wall Charger
Cost$$$$$ + Shipping
Switch Speed RatingGreatSuperbSuperb
Switch Safety RatingUSB-IF CertifiedSafeUSB-IF Certified
FeaturesTravel FriendlySupports Switch Dock
Quick Charge 4.0
Travel Friendly
Supports Switch Dock
Travel Friendly
USB-C CableNoneNoneNone
Also Good ForPhone, Tablet, 12-LaptopPhone, Tablet, 13-LaptopPhone, Tablet, 12-Laptop
Size
Weight
2.7 x 2.7 x 1.1 inches
5.3 oz
2.52 x 2.48 x 1.14 inches
4.8 oz
2.5 x 3.0 x 1.2 inches
4.9 oz
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)
First Impression

The Anker PowerPort II PD has a travel friendly design. Before this charger I traveled with an older Anker 4 port USB-A charger. It wasn’t ideal for the Switch, but worked overnight. If I had a laptop with me then I’d bring USB-C charger as well. The PowerPort II PD struck me as a great way to replace both on the road with a single charger. But would having a faster charging USB-C port be worth giving up having four ports?

Long Weekend Trip

We’ve been traveling with fewer gadgets and more of them with USB-C. I wanted to step down from a 4-port USB-A charger to a 2-port USB-C and USB-A charger. The Anker PowerPort II PD presented me with a good trial run.

Travel Gadgets:

Cables:

  • Lightning to USB-A
  • Lightning to USB-C
  • USB-C to USB-C
  • micro-USB to USB-A

Based on its specs I expected it to charge all our small devices fine, including the Switch. The Switch charged at the same rate as its original AC adapter. There were no problems keeping the battery topped off while playing.

It also kept up with regular use of a MacBook Pro, which was a pleasant surprise. While the Mac streamed video out to a TV the charger kept the battery at 100%. I don’t know if I would want to rely on it when working all day. It outputs only 30W and it wouldn’t keep up under a heavy work load. But being an optional charger for non-work trips is nice.

The two ports did work for us. Going to a two port charger did require some charging management with seven devices. But it wasn’t any more trouble than dealing with four, slower USB-A ports. The USB-C charged the larger devices faster, so there was no need to queue for a charge.

Summary

The Anker PowerPort II PD met my expectations, and then some. It’ll handle the needs of any 30W USB-C device and USB-A device you have. It is well suited as a second home or office charger. And its design makes it a good travel charger option. We all pack more than one USB charging device these days, so our charger should reflect that.

A Lightning to USB-C cable was necessary with two iPhones. A similar cable arrangement would be necessary with two Android phones. In a pinch it’ll keep your 13-inch or larger laptop going, though how long will depend on what you’re doing. It won’t power the Nintendo Switch dock. If traveling with that, or using a larger laptop for work, you’ll need to bring a more powerful charger.

That said, the Anker PowerPort II PD has become my new travel charger. It meets the travel needs for my wife and I and our devices. If we’re carrying laptops their own chargers are usually already packed with them. If I’m bringing the Nintendo Switch dock it gets packed separately with its own cables and charger.

Anker doesn’t advertise this fact, but the PowerPort II PD is on the USB-IF’s list of certified power bricks.

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 PowerPort II PD is a great travel charger for your Switch and other USB devices. It’ll keep your Switch up and running in handheld mode, but bring the official AC adapter if you plan to use the dock. If traveling with a companion bring both a USB-A and USB-C cable that’ll work with your phones.

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