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The AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD Wall Charger is ideal for travel with the Nintendo Switch. Its size and design allow it to take up little space in your carrying case or bag. What it lacks in charge speed it makes up for in portability.
- Ports: USB-C x1
- USB-C Output: 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A
- Power Input: 100V–240V, 0.5A, 50/60Hz
- Size: 1.42 x 1.42 x 1.26 inches | 36 x 36 x 32 mm
- Weight: 1.5 oz | 43 grams
Switch Chargers Ratings:
Included In Box:
- AUKEY PA-Y18
- Charges Switch while you play
- Among smallest USB-C PD chargers on the market
- 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)
- Lower power profiles than other USB-C PD chargers
- Doesn’t included a USB-C cable ($8-10 value)
- Single USB-C port limits how well it’ll work as a travel charger with multiple devices
Compared With Similar Chargers
|Charger||AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD Wall Charger||Anker PowerPort PD 1||AUKEY PA-Y15 18W USB-C PD Charger||Google 18W USB-C Power Adapter|
|Switch Speed Rating||Good+||Great||Great||Great|
|Switch Safety Rating||Safe||USB-IF Certified||Safe||Safe|
|Features||Travel Friendly||Travel Friendly||Travel Friendly|
|Also Good For||Phone, Tablet||Phone, Tablet||Phone, Tablet||Phone, Tablet|
|1.4 x 1.4 x 1.3 inches|
|2 × 1.7 × 1.1 inches|
|2.2 x 2 x 1.1 inches|
|2.1 x 1.6 x 1 inches|
- Second home charger
- Work charger
- Travel charger
- iPhone and Android phones
- iPad and tablets
The AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD Wall Charger is almost as small as the charger included with most smartphones. But where those have a max output of 5W this can reach 18W (12W with the Nintendo Switch). It also has folding prongs, unlike many included phone chargers. It is as travel friendly as USB-C PD chargers get.
Nintendo Switch Underdraws From 12V
With a 9V/2A charger the Switch will draw closer to 15W. And with a 15V/1.2A charger the Switch will draw nearly 18W. This charger offers 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A power output. The Nintendo Switch selects the 12V power profile to use. It then only draws up to 1A, for 12W.
Previous, independent documentation stated the Switch can draw 12V/1.5A (18W). I’ve repeated those statements in the past. But after testing two 12V limited USB-C chargers I’m changing my own write ups. This first came up when I reviewed the AUKEY PB-Y13 power bank. The Switch limited its draw to the same 12V/1A (12W) as it does with this wall charger. I noted that in the review, but wanted to test a second device before stating the cause was the Switch.
The limited 12V could be an AUKEY thing as that’s all I’ve tested. But AUKEY products haven’t underperformed anywhere else. 12V is an optional part of USB-C Power Deliver 2.0 and 3.0. And the Switch also underdraws at 5V, 9V, and 15V so it makes sense it would do so with 12V. It is my belief that the earlier, independent write ups assumed 12V performance. A 12V charger without 15V is rare, so it likely wasn’t tested. It is also worth noting AUKEY appears to be aware of the issue. They state this charger, “Doesn’t charge Nintendo Switch at full speed.”
The AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD Wall Charger is a good charger for anyone who prefers to travel light. Other USB-C PD chargers can outperform it, but none currently on the market can rival its size and weight.
Does the Switch’s 12W limit mean this charger is slow? By the numbers, yes. The AUKEY PA-Y18 has a max 12W draw with the Switch. Google’s 18W will get up to 15W. Any 15V charger will get up to 18W. But this AUKEY charger is faster than a regular USB-C charger (10W). And it is still fast enough to charge the battery while you play.
What you lose in performance you gain in portability. The AUKEY PA-Y18 is smaller than those other USB-C PD chargers. It is between the size of an iPhone and iPad charger. With folding prongs it is perfect for travel. It’ll fit in your pocket, not to mention take up little space in a Switch carrying case.
The reduced size does increase its temperature while in operation. But not enough to be a problem, and it should never been too hot to handle. My readings never went past 86°F.
With the proper cables it’ll also travel your phone at or away from home. It will also charge most USB-C power banks. Again, it won’t be as fast as other USB-C chargers. But when charging overnight in a hotel it shouldn’t matter. If you travel with three or more devices then you may want to look at a multi-port charger.
AUKEY has U.S. based support contacts (web and email) and warranty service. You must have purchased the product either from them or through Amazon for support.
The AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD Wall Charger is a great charger for the minimalist traveler. It’ll keep a handheld Nintendo Switch charged while you play. And its size more than makes up for its lower power profiles.
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