How to Charge Nintendo Switch on the Go

Your guide to using power banks and cables that will play nice with Nintendo Switch.


When it comes to charging the Switch, Nintendo supplies you with a dock, but there are already ways to charge your system when out of the house. Third party adapters are a viable option so long as they support USB power delivery and are Type-C cables.

We’d recommend the portable power banks currently on sale from RAVPower or the ones by iMuto. The Type-C cables along with the previously mentioned power packs can all be found on Amazon.

In order to match the capacity of Nintendo’s stock power adapter’s, you’ll need at least a 15V adapter. Be aware that the Switch tablet will charge at max, 10W; so there is no need to try and find an even larger adapter.

Several Nintendo Switch owners have reported that their consoles have a faulty charging dock, scratching the face of the tablet when they dock and undock it. If you suffer from this issue, a third party charger may be a great temporary solution until you can get your dock replaced.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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