Nintendo Switch AC Adapter with Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch AC Adapter – The OG Switch Charger

Nintendo Switch AC Adapter with Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch AC Adapter with Nintendo Switch.

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The only USB-C wall charger licensed by Nintendo for use with the Switch. If you want to stay 100% within their support umbrella, the Nintendo Switch AC adapter is for you. Luckily you can also buy it on its own, should you need two chargers.

Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
HAC-002

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: Built-in USB-C cable, 5 foot/1.5 meter
  • USB-C Output: 5V/1.5A, 15V/2.6A
  • Power Input: 100-240V, 1A, 50/60Hz
  • Size: 2.6” x 2” x 1.4″ | 66 x 51 x 36 mm
  • Weight: 6.1 oz | 173 grams

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Included In Box:

  • Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
  • Built-in USB-C cable, 5 foot/1.5 meter
Nintendo Switch AC Adapter in a Nintendo Switch case

Nintendo Switch AC Adapter in a Nintendo Switch case.

Pros
  • “Safest” charger for the Switch
  • Charges Switch at the fastest rate in handheld mode
  • Powers the Nintendo Switch dock
  • Includes built-in cable
  • Slim, for a wall wart design
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)
Cons
  • Not a travel friendly design
  • Limited power profiles make it useless for most other devices
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Cost$$$$$
Switch Speed RatingSuperbSuperbSuperb
Switch Safety RatingNintendo LicensedUSB-IF Certified*Safe
FeaturesSupports Switch DockSupports Switch Dock
Travel Friendly
Supports Switch Dock
Travel Friendly
USB-C CableBuilt-inIncludedIncluded
Also Good ForSwitch OnlyPhone, Tablet, Power Bank, 15-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet, Power Bank, 13-inch Laptop
Size
Weight
2.6 x 2 x 1.4 inches
6.1 oz
2.8 x 2.25 x 1.16 inches
5.4 oz
2.36 × 2.24 × 1.10 inches
3.56 oz
Good For
  • Second home charger
  • Work charger
First Impression

The Nintendo Switch AC Adapter is the first Switch charger we all use. It is also sold on its own and as part of the Nintendo Switch Dock Set. It is the “safest” charger for the Switch. Provided the built-in cable is long enough you could use it away from the dock. And you could take it with you on the road. But it a typical wall wort, it a bit thinner than most.

Power meter readings

Testing with Non-Nintendo Products

If you are using the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter with only the Switch you can skip this part. For many of us it lives behind the TV and never comes out. But if you were hoping to charge other USB-C devices with it, you should keep reading. It only supports two power profiles: 5V/1.5A and 15V/2.6A. That limits how well it works with non-Nintendo products.

The 5V/1.5A power profile is included so it can charge the Pro Controller or Joy-Con Charging Grip on its own. Unfortunately, most other USB-C devices expect a power source to offer 5V/3A. The Switch’s AC adapter has half the normal current. How well a 5V USB-C device, such as a smartphone, will work depends on the device itself. Some will charge at half their normal speed. Others will refuse to charge, or stop charging within a minute. You’ll always be better off with your phone’s included charger. Or most any other USB-C wall charger.

The 15V/2.6A power profile is better, but still not great. Most other USB-C PD chargers offer 15V/2A or 15V/3A.

USB-C PD standards support 5V, 9V, 15V, and 20V with an optional 12V. The Switch’s AC adapter only support two of the four primary voltages. That will leave a number of small and larger devices out.

What Works

  • MacBook Pro, 13-inch
  • USB-C PD power bank, 15V input

What Doesn’t Work

  • Google Pixel and any other 9V input Android phone
  • All other USB-C and USB-C PD power banks

USB-C Only

With the USB-C cable being built-in you can’t use a USB-C to X adapter cable to charge non-USB-C devices. No iPhone, iPad, or micro-USB Android phones can charge. You would connect them to the Nintendo Switch dock, but that outputs only 5V/0.5A or half what the iPhone’s included charger offers.

Summary

Anyone who wants to stay 100% within Nintendo’s support umbrella should only look at this charger. No other wall charger option is produced or licensed by Nintendo for the Switch. But keep in mind your Switch’s warranty only lasts for one year.

Those willing to look at third party alternatives should do so for their second charger. Many are cheaper, smaller, lighter, and more travel friendly. Plus they’ll work with a wider range of devices. There are no confirmed reports of a charger causing issues with a Switch. I do recommend keeping the Nintendo AC adapter with your Switch’s dock.

I don’t recommend using the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter with other USB-C devices without knowing the power input of your device. Nintendo’s charger only supports two power profiles, offers atypical amperage, and doesn’t follow USB-C standards. Some non-Nintendo devices will charge fine, but many will not.

Nintendo of America has U.S. based support contacts (web, email, phone) and warranty service.

Bottom Line

The Nintendo Switch AC Adapter is the safest charger for your Switch. It’ll work great docked, handheld, and will even charge the Pro Controller directly. But it isn’t the best travel design and getting it from behind the TV can be a hassle.

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