Q: I’ve got a new Nintendo Switch, and finding accessories for it is proving as difficult as getting the Switch. Do you have any recommendations for chargers, batteries, cases, and other gear that work with the Switch?
A: While we don’t have a dedicated guide to Switch accessories, several staff members own the Switch and have tested some of our top picks with Nintendo’s new game system. We also have some personal recommendations for other items.
USB wall charger
The Switch’s included USB-C power supply provides 15 volts/2.6 amps (39 watts), which means any third-party USB-C wall charger would need to support USB-C Power Delivery—the closest common rating we’ve seen so far is 45 W—to charge the Switch as quickly as its own charger can. We haven’t found many options yet, but Anker’s PowerPort+ 5 USB-C with Power Delivery has worked well in our testing, both in charging a Pro Controller and in keeping the Switch fully charged during longer Zelda sessions. Its single USB-C port is advertised as 30 W, but our tests, along with other independent tests and evaluations, show that it can actually support 45 W. Its four USB-A ports can each provide 2.4 A, letting you charge standard (non–Quick Charge) USB-powered devices, such as phones and tablets, at the maximum rate.
USB battery pack
Our current top pick for USB-C charging, Jackery’s Titan S, works only at traditional USB power levels (5 V / 3 A), while the Switch’s own power supply provides 15 V / 2.6 A. This means the Titan S can’t charge the Switch fast enough to maintain the console’s battery level during play. As with wall chargers, you’d need something that supports USB Power Delivery. We’re currently testing USB-PD packs for our battery-pack guide, and we haven’t yet had a chance to test them with the Switch. However, this RAVPower pack and this Anker pack are tentative early recommendations. They can handle 30 W and 27 W, respectively, so they should be able to recharge the Switch’s battery faster than any other battery pack available right now—though not as quickly as the Switch’s own 45 W charger.
Games take up a lot of space. For example, the digital version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild devours 13.4 GB. We recommend buying the 128 GB Samsung Evo Select to add to the Switch’s 32 GB of internal storage. (The Switch supports microSDXC cards, or capacities of 64 GB and larger. Its handheld siblings, the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL, do not.)
The Evo Select is speedy and affordable, with one of the fastest random-read speeds of the cards we tested in a phone—the only two competing cards that outperformed the Evo Select cost significantly more—and good random-write speeds. We tested the 64 GB version of the Evo Select, but you can expect similar or improved performance from the larger capacity. And at a typical price of around $40, or just 31¢ per gigabyte, the Evo Select is the most cost-effective card you can buy.
(Samsung also sells a 256 GB version, but it’s four times the cost for twice the storage, and it’s almost as expensive as the Switch itself. However, some people have reported issues with memory cards that make us wonder if you’ll be able to transfer data from one card to a larger card. We downloaded Mario Kart 8 Deluxe onto one card and successfully transferred the game to a larger card, but the Switch didn’t let us play the game from the second card. We eventually figured out a way to move downloaded games from one card to another, but it’s so convoluted that if you’re concerned about running out of space with a 128 GB card, you may want to get the 256 GB version.)
USB-C charging cables
Our top pick for USB-C charging cable, Apple’s USB-C Charge Cable, wasn’t able to charge our Nintendo Switch, but Anker’s PowerLine USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable and PowerLine USB-C to USB-C 2.0 Cable were—and they cost quite a bit less than Apple’s cable.
We don’t have an official recommendation, but Wirecutter staffers have used two popular Switch cases, the official Nintendo Switch Carrying Case and the Hori Tough Pouch. The two use a similar design that holds a single Switch with Joy-Cons, along with five cartridges and a charging cable (but not the charger itself). The Hori case is a bit more protective, thanks to a tougher exterior, while the official case has a mesh pouch to keep the Switch from moving around inside. (The official case also comes with a screen protector, but it didn’t impress us.) Both cases have worked well, though the Nintendo case is easier to find in stock.
Speaking of screen protectors, the super-affordable amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch is the Switch version of our pick for the best iPhone screen protector. In our testing, the Switch version was crystal clear, bubble-free, and scratch resistant, and fingerprints wiped right off. Installation on the Switch was easy, and amFilm includes the necessary cleaning tools to prep your screen. As with the iPhone version, even if you get a speck of dust under the glass on your first attempt at installation, it’s not that big of a deal, because you get two protectors in the box.
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