The Nintendo Switch has proven itself to be a great console; with its innovative design of being both a stationary and portable console, it makes up for what it lacks in power in creative ways. Yes, I admit, the Switch is somewhat underpowered, but there’s a reason why it has sold so well over the years: the games, portability, and price.
Well, anyways, since the Switch is portable and uses a USB-C port to charge from, this makes charging it very easy, and in case you’re gaming on the console itself, you may need a charger handy. Regarding charging the Switch via the dock, I recommend always using the original charger; if you’ve lost your original charger, get a new original charger to power the dock with.
Using a multiport charger for the Nintendo Switch charging dock is not what I recommend because charging power can change when you plug in another device. Instead, what I’ve chosen for this guide are a couple of chargers that I’ve personally tested with charging the Nintendo Switch in its portable form, so let’s take a look.
Unitek 140W GaN 3 PD Charger
So just starting, if you want to be able to charge your Switch in handheld mode and also be able to fast charge other devices every time, this Unitek charger is a good choice. The Unitek charger has a 140W max output, and I was able to charge the Switch at 20W, which seems to be the max charging speed of the console when it’s in handheld mode.
The 20W charging speed was possible from the USB-C 1 and the USB-C 2 port to the Switch. I charged my Excitrus power bank from USB-C 2 and my Note 9 from the USB-A port for multiport charging. Even with the three other devices charging, my Switch continued to charge at 20W.
Being able to fast charge the Switch is possible because this Unitek charger has a 140W max output that allows it to allocate tons of power to its three ports. Charging three devices at the same time, I was able to get a 75W max output. Also, this Unitek charger comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable.
|Unitek 140W GaN 3 Port Fast Wall Charger Specs|
|Single Port Charging||USB-C 1: 140W |
USB-C 2: 140W
|USB-C 1 + USB-C 2||65W + 65W|
|USB-C 1 / USB-C 2 + USB-A||100W + 18W|
|USB-C 1 + USB-C 2 + USB-A||65W + 45W + 18W|
|Size||4 x 3 x 1.2 inches|
UGREEN 45W Dual PD Charger
This dual UGREEN 45W charger is a minimal but optimal wall charger for the Switch. The 45W PD output can be fully used when you charge a single device at a time, and in this case, that doesn’t matter because 45W is more than enough to charge the Switch. What is pretty cool is that when you charge two devices simultaneously, this charger has a 20W and 25W power split.
That said, in my testing for this UGREEN charger, I found that the first device you plug in is the device that will receive 25W of Power Delivery, while the second will get 20W. So plug in your Switch first to ensure it gets faster charging when charging two devices.
|UGREEN Nexode 45W Power Delivery Wall Charger Specs|
|USB-C 1 | USB-C 2||5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/2.25A, 45W Max. PPS: 3.3-11V/4.05A|
|Dual USB-C Charging||Dual Ports - C1+C2：PD25W+PD20W/ PD20W+PD25W|
|Input||100-240V ~ 50/60Hz 1.2A Max|
|Size||1.56 x 1.56 x1.94 inches|
VOLTME 30W 2 Port USB-C Charger
The Flexibility of charging the Nintendo Switch directly with nearly any charger is a neat feature; I could even charge the console with this VOLTME 30W charger while I had two devices charging.
The VOLTME charger has two USB-C ports, and I could fully use the 30W when charging a single device at a time; this let me charge the Switch at 20W. When charging two devices, the charger has a max output of 15W. While charging the Switch, I plugged in my Galaxy Note 9; this caused the Switch to charge at about 10W, and my Note 9 was standard charging. A 10W charging speed for the Switch is slow, but it’s still possible to charge the console and play games if you want to charge your phone simultaneously.
This 30W charger is also tiny, with dimensions of only 1 inch, and it has a foldable plug.
|VOLTME 30W 2 Port USB-C Fast Charger Specs|
|Single port charging||3.3-11V 3A(PPS) / 5V 3A /9V 3A / 12V 2.5A / 15V 2A / 20V 1.5A(30W Max)|
|Dual Charging||15W Max Output|
|Input||100-240V~ 1A 50-60Hz|
|Size||1.7 x 1.4 x 1.3 inches|
VOLTME 65W 3 Port USB-C Charger
The VOLME 65W charger is a good choice if you want more ports. The charger has a 65W max output, and you can fully use it from USB-C 1 when charging a single device at a time. I would recommend always charging your Switch from the USB-C 1 port, the top port, at all times. This ensures you get the best charging speed.
Charging power is split when charging multiple devices simultaneously, but even so, USB-C will always be able to charge the Switch at 20W.
|VOLTME 65W 3 Port GaN Power Delivery Charger Specs|
|USB-C 1 / USB-C 2||3.3-21V 3A (PPS) / 5V 3A / 9V 3A / 12V 3A / 15V 3A / 20V 3.25A|
|USB-A||4.5V 5A / 5V 4.5A / 9V 3A / 12V 3A / 20V 1.8A|
|Input||100~240Vac 50/60Hz 1.5A Max|
|Size||2.3 x 2.1 x 1.2 inches|
VOLTME 100W 3 Port USB-C Charger
Once again, another VOLTME charger, but this one has a 100W max output. I’ve added many VOLTME-branded chargers to this guide, but that’s only because I could test these chargers with the Switch, and I’ve already done reviews for them.
This VOLTME 100W charger has the same two USB-C ports and a single USB-A port as the 65W model. You can use the full 100W from either USB-C 1 or USB-C 2. In my testing, I could charge the Switch at 20W from the USB-C 1 port (bottom port), whether I had it charging alone or if I had other charging devices charging simultaneously, such as when I had the Excitrus power bank charging from the USB-C 2 port while also charging the Switch.
|VOLTME 100W 3 port GaN III Power Delivery Wall Charger Specs|
|USB-C 1 / USB-C 2||5V 3A / 9V 3A / 12V 3A / 15V 3A / 20V 5A (PPS:3.3-21V/3A）(100W)|
|USB-A||4.5V 5A / 5V 4.5A / 9V 3A / 12V 3A / 20V 3A|
|Input||100~240Vac 50/60Hz 2.3A Max|
|Size||2.5 x 2.6 x 1.3 inches|
NOVOO 67W 2 Port USB-C Charger
A minimal but powerful charger with everything you would need to charge your Switch, this NOVOO charger has a 67W output, a USB-C PD port, and a USB-A port. The charger can fully output 67W from the USB-C port when charging a single device, so I charged my Switch at max power with no problems.
The USB-C output drops to 45W when charging two devices, and the USB-A output is 18W. For my testing, I could still charge my Switch at 20W and had my Galaxy Note 9 fast charging from the USB-A port.
|NOVOO 67W GaN III Power Delivery Charger Specs|
|USB-A (Single Port Charging)||18W | 22W | 50W|
|USB-C (Single Port Charging)||67W|
|USB-C + USB-A||45W + 18W|
|Size||1.41 x 1.57 x 1.88 inches|
Excitrus NitroCharge 100W PD Power Bank
Since we’re talking about charging the Nintendo Switch the portable way, it also makes sense to consider getting a power bank. This Excitrus NitroCharge power bank is likely way more than what you’re looking for in terms of charging power because the unit has a 100W PD output and input. So the charging speed is not an issue, and this power bank can charge nearly any USB-C chargeable device.
The 25,600mAha power capacity of this power Excitrus power bank is also a ton of power that can provide many more hours of gaming time.
Baseus Blade 100W PD Power Bank
The Baseus Blade is one of my most recommended portable chargers because it has a 100W PD output and powerful Type-A ports. Charging your Switch at max speed can be easily done from USB-C ports on the power bank.
The 20,000mAh capacity also greatly provides many more hours of gaming time with the Switch. Also, design-wise, the Baseus Blade is exactly what it sounds like, with the power bank having a slim form factor and a screen at the top that shows the battery capacity, voltage, and amperage.
|Baseus Blade 20,000mAh 100W USB-C Power Delivery Power Bank Specs|
|USB-C Output||5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/5A (100W)|
|USB-A Output||4.5V/5A | 5V/4.5A | 5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/2.5A (30W)|
|Input||5V/3.0A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/3.0A | 15V/3.0A | 20V/3.25A|
|Size||6.37 x 5.27 x 0.7 inches|