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The Apple 61W USB-C power adapter comes with 2016-2017 13-inch MacBook Pros. While it has no problem charging a handheld Switch it won’t power the Nintendo Switch dock, 61W or no.
This review was of the Apple 61W USB-C power adapter included with 2016-2017 13-inch MacBook Pros (MNF72LL/A). In 2018 Apple released an updated version included with 2018 MacBook Pros (MRW22LL/A). The 2018 model supports 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A. This raises its Switch speed rating to Superb, as it should power the Nintendo Switch dock. It will also charge USB-C PD power banks well.
Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter
- Ports: USB-C x1
- USB-C Output: 5V/2.4A, 9V/3A, 20V/3A
- Power Input: 100-204V, 1.5A, 50/60Hz
- Size: 2.85 x 2.85 x 1.1 inches | 72 x 72 x 28 mm
- Weight: 6.8 oz | 193 grams
Switch Chargers Ratings:
Included In Box:
- Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter
- Charges Switch as fast as any charger in handheld mode
- Supports iPhone and iPad 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)
- Lack of 15V power profile prevents it from working with dock
- Won’t fast charging most USB-C PD power banks
- Doesn’t included a USB-C cable ($8-10 value) when bought separately
Compared With Similar Chargers
|Charger||Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter||Inateck 60W PD USB-C Wall Charger|
|Nintendo Switch AC Adapter|
|ZMI PowerPlug Turbo|
|Switch Speed Rating||Great||Superb||Superb||Superb|
|Switch Safety Rating||Safe||Safe||Nintendo Licensed||Safe|
|Features||Travel Friendly||Supports Switch Dock|
|Supports Switch Dock||Supports Switch Dock|
|Also Good For||Phone, Tablet, 13-inch MacBook Pro||Phone, Tablet, Power Bank, 15-inch Laptop||Switch Only||Phone, Tablet, Power Bank, 13-inch Laptop|
|2.85 x 2.85 x 1.1 inches|
|2.8 x 2.25 x 1.16 inches|
|2.6 x 2 x 1.4 inches|
|2.36 × 2.24 × 1.10 inches|
- Single charger to carry for both Switch and MacBook Pro
- iPhone & iPad
- MacBook Pro 13-inch
True to Apple with new technology, the Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter doesn’t follow the standards for USB-C. It’s 5V power profile has less amperage than it should. Though not as bad as the Switch’s own AC adapter at 5V. It can’t power a docked Switch, as it is missing a 15V power profile.It works great with the Switch in handheld mode. It’s 9V/3A power profile, which is to standards, provides the Switch with max draw. That makes this a convenient charger for MacBook Pro and Switch owners.
The Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter is less than what its “61W” would make it out to be. Most of those 61W are not useful to the Switch. The lack of a 15V power profile means it can’t power a docked Switch. Its underpowered 5V power profile makes it less than ideal for most other USB-C devices (charges a Pro Controller fine). It will charge a USB-C power bank, but not as fast as a 45W charger with 15V/3A power output.
Its 9V power profile is the only profile resembling USB-C PD standards. And that is the power profile a handheld Switch would use. It will charge the Switch as fast as any other option, without issue.
Those with a 13-inch MacBook Pro can use it to keep both their Mac and Switch charged up. But I keep mine plugged in at home and carry a 45W USB-C charger. It can handle my Switch, Mac, and power bank… in a smaller package at half the weight.
Apple has U.S. based support contacts (web, email, phone) and warranty service.
The Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter works well with the Switch, but only in handheld mode. If you own a 13-inch MacBook Pro then this one charger will keep both devices going away from home. But for the Switch alone there are better options available, at less cost.
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