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Anker USB-IF Certified Chargers

According to the official USB-IF certified “power bricks” list Anker has USB-IF certified chargers. Anker does not advertise these chargers as being USB-IF certified. Why not? I don’t know. Anker is a member of the USB-IF. And they advertise their PowerLine II USB-C cables as being USB-IF certified. But the list from the USB Implementors Forum is clear with names and model …

Safety Ratings Update

I have updated my Switch charger safety rating system to use new labels for the ratings. This change is superficial and intended to reduce misunderstandings. The scale itself and metrics used to determine placement on that scale have not changed. Why? Under the previous safety rating system I used stars to denote where a charger or power bank fell on …

Adjustable Charging Stand for Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has released their Adjustable Charging Stand for Nintendo Switch. It allows one to play the Switch in tabletop mode and charge it at the same time. In most cases that can’t be done using the Switch’s built in kickstand, as the USB-C port is on the bottom. There is no HDMI port so this doesn’t replace the Nintendo Switch …

Anker Nintendo Switch Edition Power Banks

Update: See my reviews for the new Anker PowerCore Nintendo Switch Edition power banks. Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition Nintendo has partnered with Anker for the first power banks licensed for the Nintendo Switch. Anker will be offering two new power bank models: PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition …

Mimoco Nintendo Themed Power Banks

It appears Nintendo has partnered with Mimoco to produce Zelda, Mario, and Nintendo controller themed power banks. These were shown on a travel tips episode of Nintendo Minute. They aren’t listed on Mimoco’s site yet, but their Instagram has photos. There is also a “Nintendo MimoPower” campaign listed on their Facebook page. An online retailer has them available for pre-order, …

Switch Bricking FAQ

Since the mid-March 2018 release of Nintendo Switch firmware 5.0.0 there has been a lot of questions and postings about Switch bricking. The issue has centered around certain third party docks. This FAQ contains what we know from media reports and posts by affected end users. This tells us what we know to be true and helps answer common questions …

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Battery Best Practices

The Nintendo Switch uses a 4310mAh lithium-ion battery. All such batteries have a fixed number of discharge cycles. These best practices will help maintain your Switch’s battery for as long as possible. You can also apply these to your other battery driven devices, including power banks. Best Practices More frequent, smaller charges are better than less frequent, larger charges. Smaller discharges …

Switch General FAQ

Physical Games vs Digital Games Buying physical game cartridges verses digital copies is a personal decision. To help here are the pros and cons on each. Physical Games – Pros You own your copy of the game. You can resell any games you finish. Keep the case and you’ll find an audience for used games from several sources. Sell to a …