BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD with Nintendo Switch

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD Review

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD with Nintendo Switch

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD with Nintendo Switch

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Interested in using this power bank with a USB-C device other than the Switch? Check out my general review at USB-Current.com.

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD – An EU 30W USB-C PD charger

Model: BW-S10

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD specs

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C
  • Output:
    • 30W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/3A*, 12V/2.5A*, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A)
    • Quick Charge 3.0
  • Input: 100V–240V, 0.8A, 50/60Hz
  • Size: 2.2 x 2.1 x 1.1 inches | 54 x 54 x 28 mm (EU plug adds 1.4 inches/35 mm to length)
  • Weight: 3.3 oz | 90 grams

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Top: BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD. Bottom: BlitzWolf BW-PL4 45W USB PD.

Top: BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD. Bottom: BlitzWolf BW-PL4 45W USB PD.

Included In Box:

  • BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD

Good For:

  • Additional charger for home or work
  • Travel charger for the EU
  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • Quick Charge Android phones
    • iPad Pro
  • Power banks
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • 12-inch laptop
BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD in Switch carrying case

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD in Switch carrying case

Pros

  • Charges Switch at the fastest rate in handheld mode
  • Price
  • Built-in EU plug works in most European countries
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)

Cons

Compared With Similar Chargers

ChargerBlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PDAnker PowerPort Atom PD 1

Review
Apple 30W USB-C Power AdapterAUKEY PA-Y8 27W USB-C Quick Charger
Cost$$$$$$
Switch Speed RatingGreatGreatGreatGreat
Switch Safety RatingSafeUSB-IF CertifiedSafeSafe
FeaturesGaN tech
USB-C CableNoneNoneIncludedNone
Also Good ForPhone, Tablet, Power Bank, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet, Power Bank, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet, Power Bank, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet, Power Bank, 12-inch Laptop
Size
Weight
2.2 x 2.1 x 1.1 in
3.3 oz
1.6 x 1.4 x 1.5 in
1.9 oz
2.7 x 1.3 x 3.2 in
4.6 oz
2.2 x 2 x 1.1 in
2.6 oz

First Impression

The BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD has a built-in EU plug. A great option for those living in Europe. Or wanting a dedicated EU travel charger. Ignoring the EU plug itself the charger is normal size for a 30W USB-C PD charger. Smaller than some of its peers, but heavier than others. If it had a foldable US plug I’d call it travel friendly. The exterior is glossy on all sides. Pretty out of the box, but collects finger prints over time. Being in the USA myself I used a world plug adapter during my testing.

Power Meter Readings

Nintendo Switch
BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD - Switch gaming power meter

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD – Switch gaming power meter

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD - Switch sleeping power meter

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD – Switch sleeping power meter

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD - Switch power negotiation

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD – Switch power negotiation

The Nintendo Switch charges at its max rate, charging while you play. Its charge rate while sleeping is also normal. While this charger offers 15V there isn’t enough current to power a docked Switch. That requires at least 2.6A, this tops out at 2A. Learn more about charging the Switch.

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is typical. It connects at 5V and moved up to 15V after negotiations. Current steps up once the 15V connection is made.

Other USB-C Devices
BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD - iPhone 8 power meter

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD – iPhone 8 power meter

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD - Moto G6 power meter

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD – Moto G6 power meter

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD - MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD – MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

This charger can support other small to mid sized USB-C devices. It’ll fast charge newer iPhones and Google Pixel. The Quick Charge over USB-C will also fast charge Samsung and QC using Android phones. At 30W it can power 12-inch laptops with USB-C. And it could extend runtime for 13-inch/14-inch laptops in a pinch.

I provide a more in depth review of this charger with other USB-C devices at USB-Current.com.

Fast Charging Standards Over USB-C & USB-IF Specifications

The BW-S10’s USB-C port supports both USB Power Delivery and Quick Charge 3.0. The presence of Quick Charge 3.0 on the USB-C connection is against USB-IF specifications. The Nintendo Switch does make use of Quick Charge, so the function won’t come up. But in the interest of full disclosure I wanted to go over the spec violation.

Top: BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD. Bottom: Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30.

Top: BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD. Bottom: Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30.

USB-C includes communication lines, along with power and data lines. The comm lines allow power negotiation without disrupting data transfers. USB Power Delivery uses these comm lines. As does Quick Charge 4+. But fast charging standards which pre-date USB-C do not. Instead they manipulate the data lines to negotiate power. That go against USB-C specifications, as it disrupts data transfers. But one doesn’t use data transfers with a dedicated charger.

In 2016, some USB-C chargers started offering Quick Charge 3.0. A few USB-C focused engineers warned against this practice and cited USB-IF specifications. But the predicted consequences were vague. As it turned out, nothing bad happened. Since then many chargers have operated this way, against specs. But there have been no reports of real world issues.

I have also not run into any issues with these fast charging standards on this or any other charger. But you should be aware of all the information before buying.

If you’re a stickler for meeting USB-C specifications this isn’t a good charger for you. If you’re more pragmatic it works well and has no known issues.

Summary

The BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD is a typical 30W USB-C PD wall charger with a built-in EU plug. The charger is compact for silicon based technology. And offers the full range of power profiles. It also offers Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C. While that goes against USB-IF specifications there’s no real world downside.

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD and universal plug adapter

BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD and universal plug adapter

As a 30W USB-C PD charger this will charge a handheld Nintendo Switch as fast as its original charger. But it doesn’t offer enough current to enable the Switch’s dock to function. Making it a good option for travel or second charge location away from the TV.

*The power output specs printed on the charger and its user manual don’t match up to what my PD sniffer found. BlitzWolf lists 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/2A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A. But what I found was 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/2.5A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A. The 9V and 12V power profiles offer more current than listed. What is offered is in line with 30W USB-C PD chargers. This was likely a typo on BlitzWolf’s part. I would prefer listed specs to be accurate. But what I found is not a problem. And the Switch will always use the 15V power profile, which is accurate.

Temperature measurements were normal, and within safe to handle limits. I used the charger to run and recharge the MacBook Pro for a while. Most of the surface got up to 107.1°F (41.7°C). The hottest point was 119°F (48.3°C). It is safe to handle any type of solid material up to 122°F (50°C). Plastic enclosures, such as this, are safe at even hotter temperatures.

Being a non-top brand and sold directly from China cuts down on the price. Even with international shipping it is less than similar chargers available on Amazon. There is a warranty and return policy, but English based support may be limited to email. The user manual did have English sections, and not badly written at that. Shipping times will vary. It was 3 weeks for me in the USA.

About BlitzWolf

BlitzWolf offers international support (web, email, international phone). Their products include an 18 month warranty and a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. While they have a small Amazon store (no USB-C chargers) they are much more closely tied to Banggood.

About Banggood

Banggood is a Chinese e-commerce retailer that focuses on gadgets and electronics. They ship worldwide, with warehouses in Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, and the United States. They receive significant traffic from the USA. But are better known in other countries. Shipping to the USA is free for orders of $50 or more. But takes 7-20 business days if not in a regional warehouse. Closer countries usually see faster shipping.

Banggood’s reps are aware of how Chinese retailers are viewed. And they are realistic about the challenges they all face. They have recommended using PayPal over credit card for the added security and want customers to understand the longer ship times before they order.

Bottom Line

The BlitzWolf BW-S10 30W USB PD is a solid charger for European Switch owners. Or anyone else who visit Europe enough to justify having a dedicated travel charger. And it’ll support fast charging on most model USB-C phones, tablets, and 12-inch laptops. It gives an option outside of Amazon and local retailers. And at a better price. But be sure to order it well ahead of when you might need it for upcoming travels.

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Have more questions about this product? Check out my review at USB-Current for more information on how it works with a variety of USB-C devices.


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