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.