The Anker Portable Charger is the first Infendo Review I’ve written in a while. Let’s face it. For me, I don’t like writing bad reviews, and there are plenty of bad products out there. I guess I just feel bad throwing companies under the bus for their merchandise. Which is ironic, given my personality. The Anker Portable Charger for Nintendo Switch was an item I stumbled across on Amazon while looking for a power bank for playing Pokemon Go. Once I saw that this one was licensed by Nintendo. I had to find one locally to try out. In fact, my only local retailer that had one of these bad boys in stock was 18 miles away. So I read some reviews, and decided to have my local Gamestop hold one for me.
This Anker Portable Charger for Nintendo Switch comes in two flavors. You can get a 13,400 mAh version for $69.99 (1.7 Nintendo Switch Charges, 5 iPhone 8 Charges, or .8 MacBook Charges), or you can get the 20,100 mAh version for only $20 more. Naturally, I opted for the bigger one because it offers more power (insert Tim Allen’s Home Improvement grunt here). It will give you approximately 2.5 full Nintendo Switch Charges according to the documentation. If you charge it with a Nintendo Switch charger (or something equivalent), it charges from dead to full in approximately 3 hours. If you charge it with something less than that, it takes close to 20 hours to fully charge. Generally what I do to charge this bad boy, is plug it into my extra Nintendo Switch charger when it’s dead, and it’s usually back up and ready when I need it again.
So, I’ve been using the Anker Portable Charger for Nintendo Switch for a few weeks now. It comes with a cable that will not ruin your Nintendo Switch that has a USB C connection on both ends. You plug one end into your Nintendo Switch, and the other into the USB C port on the Anker Portable Charger itself, and it provides a charge as powerful as if you plugged your Nintendo Switch into your home dock. That means, you can actually continue to play your Nintendo Switch while you are charging it. I noticed you only get about 2 full charges when you are playing your Nintendo Switch as it is charging, but that is to be expected from a product like this.
It also has a standard USB port to charge other USB devices. This is handy for me because I have several Apple devices that I can charge with the Anker Portable Charger for Nintendo Switch, as well as a USB cable that connects to my New Nintendo 3DS that I can use it for. Another feature I like about this charger, is it has very little battery drain when it’s not being used. I can go a week or so between charges, and it probably has 95 percent of a charge when I go back to using it. You can see its charge level by pressing the button on the side. Each of the 4 lights represents 25 percent of the total battery. It even comes with a nice carrying case for storage.
All in all, I really like this charger. I feel it is well worth the price of admission. It is also small enough to where it can fit in your jeans pocket (for men’s jeans anyway), and you can play your Nintendo Switch with the charger in your pocket because the charging cable is long enough to do so.