USB-C Cables for the Nintendo Switch

There are far more good USB-C cables than I can list. These cables are from known good producers and meet the specs I and Nintendo recommend. The variety below should meet most people’s needs.

USB-C to USB-C Cables

CableSafety RatingTypeLengthsColorsNotes
AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-C 2.0★★★★☆USB-C to USB-C 2.06 inches, 3, 6, and 9 feet
15 cm, 0.9, 1.8, and 2.75 meters
Black, WhiteUSB-IF Certified
AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen1★★★★☆USB-C to USB-C 3.13 and 6 feet
0.9 and 1.8 meters
Black, WhiteUSB-IF Certified
Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB-C 2.0★★★★☆USB-C to USB-C 2.03 feet
0.9 meters
BlackUSB-IF Certified
Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB-C 2.0★★★★☆USB-C to USB-C 2.06 feet
1.8 meters
BlackUSB-IF Certified
Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen2★★★★☆USB-C to USB-C 3.13 feet
0.9 meters
BlackUSB-IF Certified
BrexLink USB-C to USB 2.0 Two Pack★★★★☆USB-C to USB-C 2.06 feet
1.8 meters
Black, GrayUSB-IF Certified

USB-C to USB-A Cables

CableSafety RatingTypeLengthsColorsNotes
AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-A 2.0★★★★☆USB-C to USB-A 2.03, 6, and 9 feet
0.9, 1.8, and 2.75 meters
Black, WhiteUSB-IF Certified
AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-A 3.1 Gen2★★★★☆USB-C to USB-A 3.13 feet
0.9 meters
Black, WhiteUSB-IF Certified
Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB 3.0★★★★☆USB-C to USB-A 3.03, 6, and 10 feet
0.9, 1.8, and 3 meters
Black, White56k Ohm resistor
Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB 3.1 Gen2★★★★☆USB-C to USB-A 3.13 feet
0.9 meters
BlackUSB-IF Certified

The Pro Controller and Joy-Con Charging Grip both include a USB-C to USB-A cable from Nintendo (★★★★★ safety rating). It includes the recommended 56k Ohm resistor and can charge the Switch.


More USB-C cable sources:

Using Third Party Chargers

USB 2.0/3.0/3.1 refer to the cable’s fastest possible data transfer speed. It has no bearing on power transfer.

The 56k Ohm resistor protects from a USB-C device pulling too much current (amps) from a USB-A power source. USB-IF certified C-to-A cables include this resistor. USB-C to USB-C connections do not have the same issue.

USB-IF certification comes from the USB Implementers Forum, the creators of USB specifications. It denotes a device fully meets their standards. Lack of certification does not mean a device is bad. See the Switch Chargers FAQ for more details.