Charging the Switch itself while playing - How do you do it?

Well, the wait is over, Switch is here, and I got my grubby hands on one as soon as I could. So of course I started of by playing BotW, and within 2 hours the console was empty, so I plugged it to the wall using a standard 5volt phone adapter and a USB to USB-C cable, only to find out the console still drains faster than it can charge that way.
I've tried the in box adapter in handheld mode and that works perfectly, but none of the half a dozen phone adapters lying around our house can charge the Switch quick enough while playing.

So, is 5 volts just too little? Do I need a USB-C to USB-C cable instead? Or do I need to spend 30 bucks on a second proprietary adapter? Or are there certain phone adapters that DO work?

Sun Mar 05 17 11:47am
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Wow, I've never heard of this happening. I would assume that using a regular USB to USB-C adapter would do the trick. What could be happening is that the current going through the USB portion of the charger isn't enough for the Switch.

I guess you'll have to use a USB-C cable for that form of charging.

Tue Mar 07 17 10:50am
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USB-C can draw more power than the older USB standard. I think an actual USB-C to USB-C phone charger (like from the Pixel Phone or maybe the latest iPhone) would work (Note: I haven't tried this, YMMV).

I doubt Nintendo's charger is doing anything special other than pushing more power into the system.

I just use my iPad adapter and a USB3 to USBC cable. Charges faster than it drains this way. You probably just need to use a stronger adapter and not a phone adapter. Ipad is 2.1 amps vs 1.0 amps for the iPhone for example.

Thu Mar 09 17 07:22pm
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It's the amount of amperes pushed to the system that matters, not the voltage. Well, the voltage matters in that if you don't use the correct voltage either it won't work or you could fry your system, but voltage is standard in USB so you won't typically find chargers with different voltages, but rather with different amperes.

Indeed, a system that can suck dry a 4000+ mAh battery in less than three hours needs more power to actually be able to charge the battery AND still get from the charger the energy it still needs to run, which is something that you'd need to consider if you were to buy a power bank. It's likely that your phone charger doesn't push more than 1A (phones typically don't need more than that) which would not be enough to both play and charge at the same time. You simply need a powerful enough charger whilst perhaps bearing in mind that pushing too much power to the system might not be a good idea either. Getting a charger that outputs around the same amount of power as the one that comes with the system and dock should be enough. As mentioned by others above, typically, tablet chargers output more power than phone chargers, so that's worth exploring.


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