Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter with Nintendo Switch

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter – Handheld: Good, Dock: No

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter with Nintendo Switch

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter with Nintendo Switch.

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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
MNF72LL/A

Tech Specs:

  • 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
Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter in a Nintendo Switch case

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter in a Nintendo Switch case.

Pros
  • 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)
Cons
  • 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
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Cost$$$$$$$$
Switch Speed RatingGreatSuperbSuperbSuperb
Switch Safety RatingSafeSafeNintendo LicensedSafe
FeaturesTravel FriendlySupports Switch Dock
Travel Friendly
Supports Switch DockSupports Switch Dock
Travel Friendly
USB-C CableNoneIncludedBuilt-inIncluded
Also Good ForPhone, Tablet, 13-inch MacBook ProPhone, Tablet, Power Bank, 15-inch LaptopSwitch OnlyPhone, Tablet, Power Bank, 13-inch Laptop
Size
Weight
2.85 x 2.85 x 1.1 inches
6.8 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 × 1.10 inches
3.56 oz
From left to right: ZMi PowerPlug Turbo, Inatech 60W, and Apple 61W

From left to right: ZMi PowerPlug Turbo, Inatech 60W, and Apple 61W.

Good For
  • Single charger to carry for both Switch and MacBook Pro
  • iPhone & iPad
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch
First Impression

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.

Power meter readings

Summary

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.

Bottom Line

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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