The highly-anticipated release of the Nintendo Switch has stores quickly running out of stock. 1.5 million consoles were sold in the first week, and sales continue to rise. It’s the first time Nintendo has combined the portability of a hand-held system with a gaming console. Besides Wi-Fi, connectivity includes Bluetooth and multiple USB ports including a USB-C port. Charging via USB-C is a first for Nintendo.
There’s a first time for everything
Up until now, Nintendo has only used its own proprietary charging connectors. The switch to USB-C (no pun intended) means the Nintendo Switch can be recharged anywhere with any charging device. Portable chargers like power banks are ideal for gamers on-the-go.
However, the Nintendo Switch does not come with Quick Charge or any other type of proprietary charging methods. USB-C can deliver a large amount of power, but the Switch doesn’t take advantage of this. Its 4,310mAh battery takes 3.5 hours to fully charge.
This charge time is based on using the included charger and dock that comes with the Nintendo Switch. Is it possible to charge the Switch using a standard wall charger and USB to Type-C cable? It is possible, but the charge time is significantly slower.
The charging question
How fast would a USB-C charger or power bank with a USB-C to C cable charge the Switch? The result: much faster.
Hooking up our 10000mAh aluminum power bank with USB-C PD (power delivery) charged the Nintendo Switch to 45% in one hour. Granted, this was while it was in sleep mode, using no power.
In conclusion, our testing shows not every power bank can charge the Nintendo Switch properly. Both the power bank and cable matter. Power banks must support USB-C output and the cable must be Type-C on both ends.
A USB-C cable is not included with the Switch, but here’s one of ours.