Mobile accessories and tech maker Anker has now revealed two mobile charging solutions for the Nintendo Switch hybrid console. Those take the form of PowerCore-branded power banks stamped with the Nintendo Switch logo, optimized for the fastest safe charging possible, and bearing Nintendo's stamp of approval. The key differences between the two are price, size, and capacity. The first power bank, the PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition, is set at 13,400mAh and costs $70 to pre-order, while the PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition is a 20,100mAh affair set to sell at $90. The first of those is a smaller device, at around 97 x 80 x 22mm, which can recharge a Switch 1.7 times in 3.5 hours. The larger can do the same and measures in at 168 x 62 x 22mm. Each takes that same amount of time to recharge once it's drained as well.
Since charging the Switch is the primary function of the new gadgets, it's worth pointing out at least one small caveat. The two companies appear to have worked very closely for these PowerCore solutions and optimization doesn't appear to only be on the hardware side of the equation. In fact, buyers who purchase one of the two new charging solutions will need to ensure that they connect the Switch to the internet and install the latest update before use. That's based on a small-print statement on the official Anker page describing the chargers. It seems Nintendo has some software that needs to be installed before use to give owners the best experience, which may indicate a relatively close partnership on these chargers. In any case, once that's completed, Anker claims the smaller of the two devices provides ten hours of extra play time. The larger charging solution, meanwhile, has a claimed additional play time of around fifteen hours.
Nintendo's choice to go with a non-proprietary USB Type-C charging solution for its hybrid console means that these power banks won't just charge that device. Thanks to Anker's PowerIQ output management, that can be optimized, too. Standard output is set at 5V/1.5A, while the management system can alternate output between 5V/3A, 9V/2.6A, and 15V/16A. Input is managed by the same system and is rated at 5V/3A, 9V/2.5A, 15V/1.4A, or 20V/1A. That should equate to charging stability for everything from smartphones to small notebook computers.