- Oct 10, 2012
I don't understand all this power bank confusion. We have a thread on the review from Digital Foundry where it clearly shows any cheap USB C power bank is good enough to charge the Switch while in use playing the most demanding games, like Zelda.
It takes about 2-3 hours to charge while off with said power bank at 3V / 5A, and charges around 8% / hour under heavy load.
You aren't going to get faster charge times or better charging with fancy 15V chargers, 3 hours is the best there is. Switch is not charging faster than that. That's the charge time from the official wall plug.
I feel like there's so much conflicting information about it, it's crazy. Any USB-C power bank is all you need, and even normal USB-A ones should also be fine, but now I'm a little confused. Either way, it'd very much extend the duration of the switch starting at 100%.
A Youtuber, Blunty, posted a video today saying that you NEED a 15V/2.6A charger for it to charge properly. Ironically, he blasts The Verge for jumping the gun on recommending batteries and chargers for the Switch based on incomplete information when he himself doesn't know any more than than anyone else as he didn't actually test anything and is just going off what's written on the back of the Switch I guess. It really feels like a low-key ad for Razer's upcoming 15V battery bank and disappoints me since I had enjoyed his previous videos on the Switch.