Nintendo Switch Charger Safety Ratings

I categorize potential Nintendo Switch chargers into one of five safety ratings. The rating scale takes into account:

  • Nintendo’s statements and support documentation
  • Known issues and points of concern
  • Real world results of using third party chargers
  • Personal risk tolerance

This infographic shows the rating system and its specifics.

Nintendo Switch Safety Ratings Infographic

A rating is not an endorsement or review. Unlike the speed rating, the safety rating is less definitive and more nuanced.

Many early USB-C devices fail to meet USB-C standards and compliance. As such what works for the Switch’s safety may not work for a USB-C phone or laptop, or be necessary. You can take what you learn here and apply it to your other devices to make a more informed purchase.

You can find details on my speed rating scale here: Switch Charger Speed Ratings.

I recommend you read Using Third Party Chargers to understand the safety rating you’ll feel most comfortable with.

Switch Charger Safety Rating Scale


Chargers either produced by Nintendo or licensed by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. Using only these chargers will keep you 100% within Nintendo’s support umbrella.


USB-C chargers with USB-IF certification. USB-IF certification comes from the USB Implementers Forum, the creators of USB specifications. It denotes a device meets their standards. Lack of certification does not mean a device is bad.

You should use a USB-IF certified USB-C to USB-C cable.

USB-A chargers and power banks. Nintendo Co., Ltd. has support Q&As for Japan and Hong Kong which show using a USB-A power bank with the Switch is fine, but not guaranteed. An episode of Nintendo Minute featured travel tips for the Switch. They suggested taking a power bank on long trips. They then showed off unreleased MimoPowerDeck USB-A power banks with Nintendo licensed designs.

You should use a USB-C to USB-A cable with a 56k Ohm resistor or USB-IF certification.


USB-C and USB-C PD chargers and power banks whose power profiles follow USB standards. There are no creditable reports of a third party charger or power bank damaging a Switch. This includes USB-A, USB-C, and USB-C PD products.

You should use a USB-IF certified USB-C to USB-C cable.


USB-C and USB-C PD chargers and power banks which fall into one of these categories:

  • New/unknown brand
  • Poor review analytic score
  • Offers more than 3A
  • Have more than one USB-C port

Untested and lacking trustworthy reviews doesn’t make a product bad, but best to avoid.

There is a potential for the Switch to overdraw a USB-C charger with specific functions. The functions mentioned are prevalent in USB-C chargers with >3A or 2+ USB-C ports. There have been no real world reports of this issue causing damage, but with so many other options best to avoid.


Charger has known issues with the Switch or in general. Do not use.