As the Switch hits it’s 1 year anniversary, there has been enough time to evaluate the pros and the cons of the worlds most popular console. I think the pros pretty much speak for themselves; it’s portable, it’s got (relatively) great processing power and the game options are pretty awesome too, but is all of that worth it when you realise that you’re only getting a handful of hours of gameplay versus, say, a Nintendo DS?
Well, unless you carry around the dock and hope that there’s a mains plug everywhere you go, you’ll find yourself staring at a blank screen in no time. According to Nintendo, the Switch’s 4,310mAh battery can handle between 2.5- and six hours of untethered gameplay, but that all depends on the game you play.
If you look at the Nintendo Switch car chargers: some are specified at 5V/1.5A, which almost any power bank can handle these days, and others at a fast-charging 5V/3A. Some of the better power banks can handle this too.
You can end up paying an awful lot of money for a power bank, and most of the time you will be paying over the odds for a fancy design or LCD screen but all you really need to worry about is the capacity of the power bank and how fast it can charge the Switch, though you might also be interested in how quickly the power bank itself can be charged before you can use it again.
What capacity do I need?
Most power banks operate at a minimum of around 65% efficiency, which means to fully charge the Switch’s 4,310mAh battery you would need to have a power bank at least 6,630mAh in capacity.
Of course, bigger is always better. If you aren’t worrying about carrying the extra weight in your trouser pocket, you could get a higher capacity power bank that offers multiple recharges so you’ll never go without juice.
The bigger the better, though, and if you aren’t worried about carrying it in a trouser pocket and pulling down your pants then you could get a higher-capacity bank that offers several recharges for many more hours of unplugged fun.
Second, ports. The Nintendo Switch has a USB-C port, but that doesn’t mean that your power bank has to have one.
You can use a USB-A to USB-C cable to connect the Switch to a power bank, but note that in the vast majority of cases the maximum output of a USB-A port on a power bank will be 2.4A.
So which one’s best for you?
The Monster 26,000 mAh Power Bank can automatically detect the input current demand of different devices and their specific charging needs for improved compatibility.
With 3 USB slots it is powerful enough to charge multiple devices at the same time. From mobile phones, tablets, mp3 players, and other devices that use USB charging, simply use the cable supplied with your device.
– High capacity of 26,000mAh
– 3 USB output sockets.
– Multiple safety protection system to ensure that devices are charged safely.
– Smart LEDs display remaining power.
– Output power: 2 x 1A USB ports and 1 x 2.4A USB port.
Anker’s exclusive PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies combine to ensure the fastest possible charge up to 2.4 amps.Astonishing Size
PowerCore 10400 is very small and can charge a phone over three times and most tablets once.
– Faster and safer charging with Anker advanced technology
– Compact High-Capacity Portable Charger
– The Anker Advantage: Join the 10 million+ powered by their leading technology.
– High Capacity: Charges the iPhone 6 3.7 times, the Galaxy S6 three times or the iPad Air almost once. Safely recharges with a 2 amp output charger (most phone chargers have 1 amp output).
– Fast Charging Technology: PowerIQ and VoltageBoost combine to deliver the fastest possible charge up to 2.4 amps per port or 3 amps overall. Input: 5V / 2A.
– Certified Safe: Anker’s MultiProtect safety system ensures complete protection for you and your devices.
– What You Get: Anker PowerCore 10400 Portable Charger, Micro USB cable, travel pouch and welcome guide.
Universal Charging Compatibility
Keep your devices charged on the go with dual USB charging ports. Equipped with built-in flashlight and LED battery indicator. Designed to work with all popular USB powered devices from iPhones to Android phones, tablets, Bluetooth speakers, and more. Whatever USB powered gear you’ve got, we’ve got you covered.
Simply plug in the USB charging cable supplied with your device.
Tuned to support healthier battery function and faster USB charging speeds, AiPower intelligently adjusts power output to match the unique charging needs of all your USB powered gear. With up to 2.4A of dedicated adaptive output per Ai USB port, your devices will each receive the safest maximum recharge rate possible.
AUKEY Entire Protect
Advanced circuitry and built in safeguards to protect your devices against excessive current, overheating, and over charging.
Input: 5V 2.1A
Output 1: 5V 1A
Output 2: 5V 2.1A
Dimensions: 15.2 x 8 x 1.8cm / 6.1″ x 3.15″ x 0.93″ (L*W*H)
Weight: 445g / 15.7oz