Nintendo’s famed 2-in-1 console is most know for its portability. And while the battery life is solid, it can’t last long on its own. According to Nintendo, the console only lasts 2.5 to 6 hours long. But by now we’ve all heard the horror stories of Switches “getting bricked” by 3rd party accessories. In short, these unofficial products would cause the software to malfunction.
While bricking was more related to 3rd party docks, I definitely wasn’t going to risk putting anything into my Nintendo Switch’s USB-C port that wasn’t officially licensed. Which is exactly what Nintendo recommended in the midst of this drama. In a statement to Kotaku, earlier this year, they explained:
Unlicensed products and accessories do not undergo Nintendo’s testing and evaluation process. They might not work at all with our game systems, and they could have compatibility problems with certain games, the Nintendo Switch system itself, and other licensed accessories and peripherals.
All of this is to say we need more Nintendo approved accessories. This is why this new Nintendo-Certified charger is so exciting. While many battery packs are compatible with the Nintendo Switch, Anker claims ” its new portable chargers, additions to its popular PowerCore line, were specifically calibrated with the Nintendo Switch in mind.”
Both chargers allow you to charge while you play, are optimized for Switch, and have PowerIQ so that you can charge other devices as well (such as iPhone X/8, MacBook Pro, and more).
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Here’s are the differences between the two chargers:
- PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition
- 1.7 Nintendo Switch Charges
- Get Up to 10 Additional Hours of Playtime
- Recharges in 3.5 Hours
- Priced at $69.99
- PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition
- 2.5 Nintendo Switch Charges
- Get Up to 15 Additional Hours of Playtime
- Recharges in 3 Hours
- Priced at $89.99
According to Polygon, “quantities are limited, but it appears that GameStop has them in stock now, while Anker’s website still says that it’s taking preorders that will be shipped in August.”