Nintendo Licensed Power Banks?

Update: April came and went without a product launch. The online retailer is now listing a May release. Several new pictures have been posted on Mimoco’s Instragram page, including images of these power banks connected to the Switch.

Nintendo licensed power banks coming soon, but not necessarily licensed for the Switch.

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 from October 2017. There is also a “Nintendo MimoPower” campaign listed on their Facebook page. An online retailer lists them releasing in May, but they have pushed back their release month before.

Legend of Zelda 8000mAh MimoPowerDeck

Picture of a Legend of Zelda 8000mAh MimoPowerDeck. Credit: Mimoco

They’re priced at $35-40 with 8000mAh capacity. Popular 10,000mAh USB-A power banks cost between $21-35. The premium for the Nintendo themes isn’t bad. If Nintendo recommends them for the Switch the peace of mind for many Switch owners would be worth far more. But there is a difference between Nintendo licensed (you can use our IP) and licensed for the Nintendo Switch (we’ve tested and recommend this accessory).

The MimoPowerDeck Power Bank

The Nintendo licensed power banks are using Mimoco’s MimoPowerDeck power bank. They are “compatible with most 5V USB-powered devices, such as iPhone/Android smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, cameras, Bluetooth speakers, smart watches, handheld gaming systems, etc.”

Specs:

  • 8000mAh
  • Two USB-A ports (output)
  • microUSB port (input)
  • Power Output: 5V/2.4A (2.4A max using both ports)
  • Power Input: 5V/2A (~5 hours for a full charge)
  • Passthrough charging (charge power bank and device at same time)
  • LED capacity indicator lights
  • 121 x 65 x 15.6 mm | 4.76 x 2.56 x 0.61 inches (fits in most Switch cases)
  • Includes microUSB cable and microfiber drawstring carrying pouch
  • Switch Charger Speed Rating: Good Enough
  • Switch Charger Safety Rating: ★★★★☆ (★★★★★ if Nintendo actually licensed it for the Switch)

It can recharge the Switch ~1.5 times (extend Zelda playtime from ~2.5 hours to ~6.25 hours). The 2.4A max output means reduced charging with two devices connected.

You’ll need a USB-C to USB-A cable. The cable included with a Pro Controller or Joy-Con Charging Grip is Nintendo’s only licensed USB-C cable. Any third party cable with a 56k Ohm resistor or USB-IF certification would work and be as safe.

Will Nintendo license these for the Switch upon release?

The big question is will Nintendo of America license and recommend these power banks for use with the Switch?

Nintendo is licensing their IP, art, and logos for these products. The tech specs indicate they would work okay with the Switch, as well as any other solid USB-A power bank. But Nintendo would need to license these for the Switch to make a recommendation. That involves testing the product against the Switch. The power bank is an established design by Mimoco. Unless this is an updated design Nintendo didn’t have technical input.

Nintendo has support Q&As for Japan and Hong Kong that state using a third party USB-A power bank is okay. They recommend using their USB-C cable or a cable with a 56k Ohm resistor. These Nintendo art power banks are also USB-A. The Nintendo Minute video discusses using them with the Switch and they suggest having a power bank for long trips. Nintendo of America’s support documentation recommends not using any product not licensed for the Switch.

It is easy to get confused with all the mixed messages. I have more info on using third party chargers with the Switch.

Avoid third party docks. Those are what have been bricking Switches. There have been no confirmed reports of any charger or power bank (USB-C or USB-A) damaging a Switch.