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  • Designed for connection of Type-C hardware to USB supported devices
  • Cable has a length of 1m
  • Allows charging of your Nintendo Switch
  • Compatible with a USB mains charger or power bank
  • Tested to be compliant with USB-A to USB-C standards

Designed for connection of Type-C hardware to USB supported devices

This Nintendo Switch compatible cable is designed to connect your gaming console and other Type-C equipped hardware to USB powered equipment so you can charge your device.  

Allows charging of your Nintendo Switch

This quality cable allows you to charge your Nintendo Switch, so wherever you are, you have the potential of charging your gaming console.

Compatible with a USB mains charger or power bank

With a standard USB connection this cable is compatible with a mains charger featuring a USB input, as well compatible power banks – so you have complete flexibility for your Nintendo Switch charging needs.

Tested to be compliant with USB-A to USB-C standards

This cable has been tested to be compliant with the USB-A to USB-C standard. Non-compliant cables can attempt to draw as much as 3 amps (3A), which could potentially damage connected equipment when they are not compatible with this high power output. 

Don’t take the risk, as the Olixar USB-C Charging Cable has been tested to ensure it’s compliant with USB-A to USB-C standards, featuring the required 56kΩ resistor necessary to protect your devices.

Find out more on our blog post: Looking for USB-C compliant cables? Here’s how we test ours.

Technical specifications

  • Cable Length: 1m

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Best Nintendo Switch Fast Chargers In 2023

For many, the Nintendo Switch was their first USB-C device, and figuring out what third-party chargers worked well with it wasn’t always clear. It doesn’t help that Nintendo doesn’t follow USB-C specifications. This site started to help early Nintendo Switch owners find the best charger for their needs. And I’m happy to continue that by showcasing the latest generation of the best fast chargers for the Nintendo Switch. Everything here will work the same for all model Switches, from the Lite to the OLED.

About Fast Charging | Best Nintendo Switch Fast Chargers | USB-C Cables

Amazon Basics 65W GaN, ZMI zPower Turbo 65W, Anker 313 Ace 45W, Nekteck 65W GaN II

Fast Charging a Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch supports USB Power Delivery (USB PD) as its fast-charging standard. But unlike most other devices, it has two power draw levels depending on what “mode” it is in.

Handheld/Tabletop Nintendo Switch

A USB-C charger offering 18W or more will fast charge the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode. That is when it is not in its dock and applies to all models of the Nintendo Switch and whether it is asleep or gaming.

Using an 18W USB-C charger, the battery level will charge up at various rates, depending on the activity level of the Nintendo Switch. My testing has shown the Switch actually charges faster while playing games than when asleep. But the difference is 15 minutes at more for a 0-100% charge. So I recommend just plugging it in and doing what you want with it.

It is safe to use a USB-C charger offering a higher wattage, such as 45W, used to power a docked Nintendo Switch. It won’t charge the handheld Switch any faster, but it causes no issues and allows you to have one charger for all situations. The Nintendo Switch (like all USB-C devices) controls how much power it draws. A higher-outputting charger won’t overload it.

Docked Nintendo Switch

A USB-C charger offering 45W or more is required to power up the Nintendo Switch in its dock. Technically the minimum is 39W which is how much power the Nintendo Switch’s original AC adapter will provide. But 39W USB-C chargers are not found except for clones of the Nintendo Switch AC adapter, so you want to look for 45W or higher USB-C chargers to find the most options.

Using a 45W USB-C charger, the battery level will charge about the same regardless of activity. The Switch will not charge faster in the dock with a 45W USB-C charger than it would if connected directly to an 18W USB-C charger. There is a limit to how much power it’ll draw into the battery, so expect similar charging times using either setup.

It is safe to use a USB-C charger offering a higher wattage, such as 65W, which is far more common than 45W USB-C chargers today. It won’t charge the handheld Switch any faster. But it causes no issue, as the official dock has no problems doing what it should in terms of dictating how much power comes across. Previous issues of “docks bricking my Switch” were all related to third-party docks, almost all linked to a particular brand and model no longer on the market. I regularly use a 65W USB-C charger with my Nintendo Switch dock when I travel.

Multi-port Chargers

I don’t usually recommend multi-port chargers for the Nintendo Switch if using it with the dock. They tend to disrupt gameplay anytime another device is connected or disconnected.

Most multi-port chargers with USB-C are “smart” and offer a range of power outputs on a port, depending on what else is charging. That’s great for balancing the fast charging needs of several devices. But to do this, the power profile on each port gets reset whenever a device is added or taken away. The reset stops the flow of power for a few seconds. A phone or handheld Switch doesn’t mind because their batteries seamlessly kick in and cover the downtime. But the Nintendo Switch dock doesn’t use the Switch’s battery, so it gets powered down during these resets. Best case, it comes back up on its own. Worse case, you need to wake up the Switch, reset the controller connection, or change the display’s input back to the Switch’s HDMI. In all cases, it is disruptive, and you’ll want to avoid the experience.

If you are only connecting an iPhone and the Switch’s dock, then you can avoid the reset issue above. Plug in and leave the Lightning cable (USB-A or USB-C) in the charger. Lightning cables make any charger think a device is already connected. So unplugging the iPhone itself doesn’t trigger a reset, provided the Lightning cable stays connected to the charger. But even then, I usually recommend having a dedicated charger for your Switch’s dock and a second, maybe multi-port charger, for all your other devices when traveling. That’s the setup I go with.

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Best Nintendo Switch Fast Chargers In 2023

The best Nintendo Switch fast chargers tend to have these qualities:

  • USB-C 45W or more, which allows it to work with the Switch in both handheld and docked modes
  • Compact design, you want one smaller and easier to travel with than the original AC adapter
  • Low cost; chargers at this level are competitive in price

The size difference in most cases is insignificant. So go for the price or brand/features you want. And even then, you won’t see more than a $10 price difference in most cases. Note that all of the chargers here will also support fast charging for your phone, tablet, Steam Deck, and most small and mid-sized laptops.

If you only want an 18W USB-C charger for charging your Nintendo Switch in handheld mode, then check out the Best iPhone Fast Chargers list. Everything there is also ideal for a Switch without its dock. Just be sure to buy a USB-C to USB-C cable instead of a USB-C to Lightning cable.

ZMI zPower Turbo 65W

The best value fast charger for your Nintendo Switch.

The ZMI zPower Turbo 65W is my most often recommended USB-C charger. It can support all my devices and is consistently among the lowest-cost chargers in the 45-65W range. It includes a USB-C cable rated for 100W power transfers, adding value. It fits in the accessory pocket of most Nintendo Switch cases and laptop sleeves. Without a similar charger having a sale, it is tough to beat for any small to mid-sized USB-C device.

Port 1: 65W USB-C

Includes a 5-foot USB-C cable (100W)

Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1.1 in | 3.4 oz

ZMI zPower Turbo 65W Review


Nekteck 65W GaN II

The best USB-IF-certified fast charger for your Nintendo Switch.

The Nekteck 65W GaN II is a USB-IF-certified charger, meaning the governing body over USB has certified it as meeting all USB-C specifications and standards. Something important to those who value the assurance of device safety above all else. It includes a USB-C cable rated for 100W power transfers. The flat design allows it to fit the accessory pocket of most Nintendo Switch cases and laptop sleeves. If you can catch a sale, then it may also be among the least expensive 65W charger options.

Outside of certification, Nekteck offers a travel-friendly charger that fully supports the Nintendo Switch in all modes. It will also fast charge Samsung and Android phones with Super Fast Charging/PPS support. The included 6-foot USB-C cable offers 100W power throughout capabilities.

Port 1: 65W USB-C | PPS 3.3-21V/3.2A

Includes a 6-foot USB-C cable (100W)

Dimensions: 2.1 x 2 x 1.1 in | 3.3 oz

Nekteck 65W GaN II Review

Anker 313 Ace 45W

The smallest fast charger for your Nintendo Switch.

The Anker 313 Ace 45W was designed and marketed toward Samsung S23 and later Pro and Ultra phones, which offer the Super Fast Charging 2.0 feature. But it also works as a regular 45W USB-C charger and is the most affordable option from Anker that’ll power up a docked Nintendo Switch. If you own a Samsung phone or prefer the Anker brand, this charger can meet your needs just as well as any 65W option. It also offers a smaller footprint than the 65W chargers on this list. But it tends to protrude in the accessory pocket of most Nintendo Switch cases more than the thinner chargers here.

Port 1: 45W USB-C | PPS 3.3-11V/5A, 3. 3-16V/3A, 3.3-21V/2.2A

Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.3 in | 2.5 oz

Anker 313 Ace 45W Review

Amazon Basics 65W GaN

The best, lowest-cost fast charger for your Nintendo Switch.

The Amazon Basics 65W GaN looks like a clone of the Nekteck 65W GaN II at a lower price. But it doesn’t offer as many features. Both chargers will support Nintendo Switch in handheld and docked mode, as well as similarly sized devices. But this cheaper option doesn’t have PPS or a free USB-C cable. Want the less expensive charger and already have a USB-C cable? Then this could be a good buy. But many others will get better value going with a different charger.

Port 1: 65W USB-C

Dimensions: 2.1 x 2 x 1.1 in | 3.4 oz

Amazon Basics 65W GaN Review

Nintendo Switch AC Adapter

A decent behind-the-TV fast charger for your Nintendo Switch.

The official Nintendo Switch AC adapter works great for the Switch. But it often doesn’t work well for other devices you may want to charge while traveling. It also has a poor form factor, as a large brick that covers up other power outlets and a built-in USB-C cable, giving it an extra point of failure. It works well behind your TV, connected to the Switch dock. But unless you insist on only having Nintendo-licensed accessories, you want a better option for travel.

Port 1: 39W USB-C

Includes a built-in, 5-foot USB-C cable

Dimensions: 2.6 x 2 x 1.4 in | 6.1 oz

Nintendo Switch AC Adapter Review

Which Charger Should You Choose?

All of the above chargers work great with the Nintendo Switch. And all except for the original AC adapter are solid travel chargers. So I would look at which charger will also best support your other devices.

Samsung phone owners: The Anker 313 Ace 45W will support Super Fast Charging 2.0 (45W) for the latest and highest-end model Samsung phones. Even if you don’t need Super Fast Charging now, it’ll future-proof you for your eventual phone upgrade. If you only need Super Fast Charging (25W) support, the Nekteck 65W GaN II will also get the job done. And includes a free USB-C cable!

Everyone else: The ZMI zPower Turbo 65W is my most recommended charger for any device needing 45-65W power support. It is slimmer than the Nekteck and Amazon 65W chargers and doesn’t need a sale or coupon to offer a great price. That said, the Nekteck 65W GaN II has quickly become my “or” charger recommendation. I’ve seen sales and coupon offers that beat the ZMI in price. And it has that little bit more with USB-IF certification, a 1-foot longer cable, and PPS support.

If price is your only concern and a USB-C cable is not, then it makes sense to go for the Amazon Basics 65W GaN instead when nothing else is on sale.

Remember, all these chargers will also support all phones, tablets, the Steam Deck, and small and mid-sized laptops.

Comparison of All Recommended Fast Chargers for Nintendo Switch

USB-C Cables for Nintendo Switch Fast Charging In 2023

If buying a new charger, you likely need a USB-C cable to go with it. I like to use dedicated travel chargers and cables to make packing easier. Here’s what to look for to get the best USB-C cable for your Nintendo Switch. These also work great for Android phones and other devices using USB-C fast charging.

What To Look For In a USB-C Cable

There are a lot of cheaply made and unregulated cables on the market. You want to look for known good brands to be sure you’re getting a safe and durable product. Finding one that is USB-IF certified by the developers of USB is a nice bonus.

For charging, there’s no difference between one well-designed USB-C cable and another. The Nintendo Switch only draws up to 39W, and all USB-C cables allow at least 60W. That said, 100W cables usually have little cost difference and will support Samsung Super Fast Charging and larger devices. So for future-proofing, I suggest focusing on 100W cables.

There can be a difference in the exterior of various cables. Many are standard nylon, which is thinner and more flexible. Recently braided nylon has become more popular, which offers more durability.

Best USB-C Cables In 2023

Anker New Nylon 100W USB-C to USB-C Cable

The most recommended 100W/5A charging cable for your Nintendo Switch.

Anker has constantly been a favorite brand for USB-C cables, and their New Nylon model is their best seller. It is sold in pairs unless you get the 10-foot option. But your cost per cable is lower than many other options. The extra cable can be used with almost any USB-C device and charger. As a 100W/5A cable, it’ll support Samsung Super Fast Charging 2.0 (45W PPS) and laptops that use a 65-100W USB-C charger. It’ll also charge smaller devices just as well as its same price 60W/3A cousin. The exterior is braided nylon which gives it more durability and lifetime bends. I use two of these in my travel kit and have been happy with the thinness and flexibility as a braided cable.

Length: 3, 6, 10 feet

Anker Powerline III USB-C to USB-C Cable

A non-braided Anker charging cable option for your Nintendo Switch.

An older but now classic Anker USB-C cable and a best seller for those who don’t want a braided nylon cable. This model has a standard nylon exterior (less durable but thinner, lighter, and more flexible). While still supporting up to 100W/5A, allowing it to work with every charger on this list and the vast majority of USB-C devices and chargers.

Length: 6 feet

Cable Matters 100W USB-C to USB-C Cable

A USB-IF-certified charging cable for your Switch.

Cable Matters is also a well-respected brand for all types of USB cables. Their go-to USB-C cable supports 100W/5A, making it compatible with all chargers listed here and most any other USB-C device and charger combination. The big selling point for this cable is that it is USB-IF certified. That means it meets all USB-C specifications and guidelines according to the USB-IF, the governing body which created USB-C. USB-IF certification is important to people who value assurances of device safety above all else. That said, a lack of USB-IF certification should never be seen as a red flag. To gain certification, a company has to buy membership into the USB-IF and then go through steps to submit and get testing done. Most brands (including Apple, a founding member of the USB-IF) don’t find certification worth doing.

Length: 6.6 feet

Amazon Basics USB Type-C to USB Type-C 2.0 Charger Cable

Best value single charging cable for your Switch.

Amazon Basics have stepped up its support for reliable, lower-cost USB-C accessories. This cable supports 60W/3A with a standard nylon exterior. No frills, though it is also USB-IF certified. But if you only need a single USB-C cable for your Switch, and you aren’t worried about higher throughput for other devices, then this is the cheapest total cost option from a solid brand.

Length: 3, 6, 9 feet


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Nintendo Switch won’t charge – 14 fixes
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One of the most important features of the Switch is its portability. When away from a power outlet or docking station, you can play while the battery lasts.

However, when the device is not charging, you lose access to one of the most important functions that it can perform. Fix the problem as soon as you notice it, and you can return to your favorite games.


  1. Ways to charge the switch
  2. How to fix a switch that won’t charge
  3. Wait…
  4. Change the charging method
  5. Check the outlet
  6. Check the cables 901 27
  7. Reset switch
  8. Reset power adapter
  9. Reset switch
  10. Switch update
  11. Inspect the charging port
  12. Safe mode and soft reset
  13. Clean the charging ports
  14. Try other chargers
  15. Leave charging
  16. Contact Nintendo
  17. How to check the battery life of Nintendo
  18. Is the Switch battery draining?
  19. Frequently Asked Questions
  20. How do I charge a depleted Nintendo Switch?
  21. Is there another way to charge the Switch?
  22. How long does it take to charge the Nintendo Switch to one percent?
  23. Does the Switch charge faster when docked?
  24. Can I charge my Nintendo Switch overnight?

Ways to charge the Switch

You can always dock your Switch to charge it. You can also use a charging cable to plug it in and get fast charging without a dock.

Since the charging process consists of several parts for most people, there are a few things to consider when you start troubleshooting. It is important to check every part of the charger to find the root cause.

How to fix a switch that won’t charge

Try a few simple steps, and if they don’t work, move on to more difficult ones.


If you’re not used to charging your Switch, you may not know that it sometimes takes a while for them to start charging. When your Switch is completely dead, step back for half an hour and then come back and check if it’s charging now.

Change the charging method

If you are using the Switch charging cable, try switching to the dock. If it’s charging on the dock, switch to using the cable only. If charging works with one of them, but not with the other, you can better understand what’s wrong. If it doesn’t work with either of them, the problem may lie with another component. Another possibility is that the switch itself is damaged.

The switch comes with an AC adapter that plugs directly into the device to charge it. This original charger must be the one you use to power your device. Chargers from other brands may not work with the switch.

Check outlet

Sometimes the outlet just doesn’t work and won’t charge the device. Try switching the outlet to a different circuit in the house. If you don’t know where it is, just go to a separate room.

If charging with an extension cord, remove it and try plugging the device directly into a power outlet. Some places have switches that need to be flipped for the outlet to work. Check if your outlet is working.

Check the cables

Sometimes the charging cable breaks and prevents the Switch from charging. Use a different USB-C cable to charge your Switch and see if it starts accepting a charge. Try a different cable to see if it works, if not.

You can also use the Switch cable on another device, such as a mobile phone, to see if it will charge. Try both to make sure the cable works and that the Switch is not accepting charge from any compatible cable.

Reposition the switch

Sometimes, if the switch is not attached to the docking station, it will not start charging. Try pulling it out and then putting it back in the port so that it is securely connected.

Network adapter reset

You can reset the original Nintendo AC Adapter to resolve issues with it.

  1. Unplug the power adapter from the outlet.
  2. Wait one minute without connecting the adapter to the network.
  3. Plug the AC adapter back in.
  4. Connect the Switch to the charging cable.
  5. Wait 30 minutes and check if the charging indicator is displayed.

If the charge indicator is visible after 30 minutes, allow the switch to fully charge. If not, continue troubleshooting.

Switch reset

Resetting the switch may help resolve charging issues. This can be done without turning on the device.

  1. Press and hold the power button.
  2. Hold down for 12 seconds.
  3. Release the button.
  4. Press the power button again to turn on the console.

Try a different original Nintendo charging cable if the console does not turn on. Sometimes, if your original cable is damaged, replacing it with a different one will fix the problem.

You can also perform a hard reset on the Switch while the device is on. This is preferred if you can enable it.

  1. Press the power button until the menu appears.
  2. Select Power Options.
  3. Select Disable.
  4. Wait a minute before turning the switch back on.

When the switch becomes active again, try charging it using the docking station and the original cable.

Switch upgrade

If you were able to turn on the switch, you may be able to update the system software and possibly fix the problems.

  1. Click System Settings in the main menu.
  2. Click System.
  3. Click System Update.
  4. Please wait for the update to complete before using the console.

Once the Switch has been fully updated, you can check if it charges faster than before.

Inspect charging port

Sometimes the device’s charging port can be damaged by repeated use. Make sure it looks clean and is positioned correctly.

Gently touch the port to make sure it does not move or wobble in the slot. If so, your switch needs to be repaired.

Safe Mode and Soft Reboot

If you can turn on the switch, rebooting in safe mode can help it turn back on and start charging.

  1. Press and hold the power button.
  2. Hold it down for 15 seconds to start the console in safe mode.
  3. Hold volume up + volume down + power button.
  4. Try charging the switch.

For some users, this will solve charging problems.

Clean charging ports

Sometimes dirt or dust can build up in the charging ports and prevent the Switch from charging. If you think the ports need cleaning, take cotton swabs and 99% pure isopropyl alcohol.

  1. Moisten one end of the swab with alcohol. It shouldn’t drip at all. The cotton should be slightly damp.
  2. Swipe the swab on the outside of the charging port on the USB-C cable itself.
  3. Examine the swab to see if dirt or dust is visible after cleaning.
  4. Use the other end of the swab to repeat the process.
  5. Continue to gently clean the outside of the charging port until the swab is clean.
  6. Repeat this process on your Switch’s charging port. Continue cleaning until no visible dirt remains.
  7. Allow cable and switch to dry for at least four hours. Do not plug them in or use them during this time, otherwise you may damage the equipment.
  8. Connect the switch to the mains to check if it is charging. Be sure to leave it plugged in for at least 30 minutes, or overnight if the battery is very low.

Cleaning the ports on the Switch may help with dirt problems, but will not necessarily solve problems with damage to the device.

Try other chargers

Some Switch players have reported using other phone or tablet chargers to charge their Switch. When even the stock cable didn’t work, one user, using a phone charger, was able to charge the Switch enough to make it work again.

Leave charging

Sometimes, when the battery is very low, it just doesn’t want to be charged again. If the cable and outlet seem to work, plug the Switch in and leave it alone for 24 hours. After a day, come back and check if it works again.

You can also hold down the power button for a very long time – up to two minutes – if you think the battery may have been dead for a very long time.

Contact Nintendo

If you still can’t get your Switch to charge, please contact Nintendo and file a ticket to get help with the problem. They should be able to fix the problem or help you figure out what needs to be done to get your Switch working again.

How to check the battery life of Nintendo

If your Switch is not charging, you should start troubleshooting as soon as you notice it. The more battery power you have left, the more options you have since you can still turn on your console.

  1. Touch System Settings on the main screen.
  2. Select System.
  3. Select Console Battery.
  4. Press A to see how much power is left.

When you’re done checking, press A again to stop browsing. You can also press ZL + ZR to quickly check your battery at any time.

Is the Switch battery draining?


Nintendo Switch is powered by lithium-ion batteries, which degrade over time. After repeated cycles of charging and recharging, they no longer hold a charge.

According to Nintendo, after about 800 charge cycles, the battery life is about 80% of the original. This does not mean that there is something wrong with the console. It’s just the nature of these types of batteries.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I charge a depleted Nintendo Switch?

Charge a dead Switch just like any other device.