Recommended Powerbank for Nintendo Switch

Fellas, just trying to see what people are using for their Switch sesh on the go here. Does QC 3.0 Powerbank makes a difference for Switch…? those with USB-C PD still pretty expensive… Any experience / recommendations on which powerbanks anyone use with their Switch will be much appreciated :)


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    If you want to charge it while playing, you need USB C PD.

    This is a good deal:


    I've got a "Xiaomi ZMI", it supports QC for the Switch and has 20,000mAH so usually last more than a week(maybe even 2 weeks if i don't use it too much) of charging the switch+my phone when I'm on the go. Some what expensive though so maybe wait for a sale before buying it. Although relative to other chargers of similar capacity+QC it's on the cheaper side? I go mine for ~$50 when it was on sale

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      I know you're aware of this, but I'm just saying it for any other readers to clear up any possible misinterpretations.

      The Switch doesn't use QC. QC breaks the standard, USB-PD follows the standard and is what the Switch uses. There's no reason for any device that uses Type C to use QC instead, but QC is currently cheaper as it's widely adopted.

      QC will not charge a Switch faster, but USB-PD will.

      QC will likely die off in the years to come as USB-PD replaces it.

      And now, a message from Google:
      'Type-C devices are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to not support proprietary charging methods that modify Vbus voltage beyond default levels, or alter sink/source roles as such may result in interoperability issues with the chargers or devices that support the standard USB Power Delivery methods. While this is called out as "STRONGLY RECOMMENDED", in future Android versions we might REQUIRE all type-C devices to support full interoperability with standard type-C chargers.'

      TL;DR: USB-PD is part of the Type-C spec, QC isn't. Future Android versions might require following spec in future, making QC unusable in future. The only reason to choose QC over USB-PD is price if intending on only using it in the short term.

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    I use an old Xiaomi 16,000mAh powerbank.. I spend a lot of time on planes, so the extra charge helps. The switch charges faster than it can use the juice while I'm using it, so I don't see any reason for any of the new fandangle tech.


    Sorry to highjack this thread, but I've been doing some quick research and came to the conclusion that Anker PowerCore+ is the most recommended Powerbank for the Nintendo Switch.

    My question is: What's the cheapest and most reliable place to purchase online that ships to Australia?


      Actually this is sort of the conclusion i come into as well.. i know places like Kogan or even Amazon AU sells them, but there don't seem to be many deals around Anker apart from occasional sales here and there.

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