1JaxonHSun 26th Feb 2017 edited 4/20/17 see bottom of post Been planning to make this thread for a while, but until now all anyone could do was speculate. With the system now being reviewed and ready to launch, it's time to start thinking about which cables to use. And it's a lot more complicated than some people think. I'll try to break it down the best I can. Switch uses USB-C to charge. The standard AC Adapter that comes in the box is a 5V-15V 2.6A charger (max 39 watts, because Watts = Voltage X Amps). And although we don't know exactly how much, Nintendo did state Switch could charge faster via USB-C, which most chalked up to the fact direct USB-C can provide 3A over the 2.6 of the official charger. Standard USB cables can only provide 2.4A, and the standard voltage is 5V. So if you buy a USB wall charger or adapter, it's likely 5V with 2.4A for a total of 12W. But of course, USB-C can actually do up to 3A. I say CAN because all cables are different, and although all will advertise 3A, very few actually attain it. So there's 3 components to consider here: 3rd party wall charger adapters, actual USB-C to USB-C cables, and portable batteries. Hoping to get some discussion going about what are our best options, and as people try different brands and cables and reviews come in, we can begin to form a list of top recommendations. As for wall chargers, all come with different voltage and amp settings. A charger may say 27W, but may actually be counting total output from having a USB-C port at 5V 3A (15W) and a standard USB port at 5V 2.4A (12W). We only care about the USB-C if we want to take advantage of the full 3 amperes of current USB-C provides. I've been looking for a good, compact wall charger with retractable plugs and USB-C port which provides 15V 3A option... not having much luck. I checked the Nyko 3rd party wall charger for Switch, and it's a 2.4A charger (so, no advantage over any other) but doesn't specify if it's 5V or not. Either way, it's not 3A. There is a google charger with Benson Leung approved (get to that in a second) in-spec USB-C cable for $39.99, its compact and does 5V 3A. Until we can find one that's 15V 3A, this is the best it gets imo. Google AC Adapter + USB-C to USB-C cable 5V 3A https://store.google.com/product/usb_c_dual_port_charger Nyko Switch AC Adapter + USB-A to USB-C cable ?V 2.4A https://www.amazon.com/Nyko-Power-Kit-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B01N... As for cables, it's very important to ensure they're in spec and 56k ohm certified to ensure devices don't pull more charge than they can handle, particularly for USB-A to USB-C cables, since the one end is standard USB and isn't 3A compatible (not to mention USB-C can carry 100W). There's also USB2.0, 3.0, 3.1 etc. But this is for data transmission. The 3.1 can transmit 10gb vs 5gb (I think?) for 3.0 vs 480mb for 2.0. But data transmission is not our focus here. We just need a good cable they can carry and transmit a charge and get the full 3 amp current. A Google engineer is taking USB-C cable manufacturers to task on Amazon reviews, after frying a device from an out of spec cable. I would not recommend buying anything that has not been okayed by Benson Leung. Possible exception being the USB-C cable that comes with the Pro Controller, since (I would assume) Nintendo will not be giving us cables that can fry our device (still need one tested to see how close to 3A it provides). Here's a Google Spreadsheet of Benson-approved cables thus far (oh, and he's actually getting a Switch, so maybe we can expect reviews for compatible cables, chargers and batteries from him) Benson Leung Approved USB-C cables https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wJwqv3rTNmORXz-XJsQaX... As for portable batteries, there are many, and 5V is the best we're gonna get for Switch I think (could be wrong, please chime in if there's 15V!). But again, to get the fastest charge speeds we need a 3A current, which means we need USB-C. So far I'm eying the RavPower 20,100mAh (mAh = milliAmp hours) and the Anker 20,100 Anker 20,100mAh USB-C Portable Battery https://www.amazon.com/Anker-PowerCore-Ultra-High-Capacity-Po... RavPower 20,100mAh USB-C Portable Battery https://www.amazon.com/RAVPower-20100mAh-Portable-Qualcomm-Ex... I think the best solution would be, for fastest charging, the official Switch charger, USB-C to USB-C cable and portable battery all in the mesh net of Switch carry case. 1 Charge Switch from outlet using official charger 2 Charge portable battery from outlet using official Switch charger 3 Charge Switch from portable battery using USB-C to USB-C cable. The thing is, the official charger is kinda big (not that big but, there are smaller chargers, even if they don't have surge protection), and the cord is permanently attached, meaning you have to carry a separate one to charge from battery. If we could find a compact AC charger with foldable prongs and USB-C port so the cable is separate, we could just have the tiny foldable USB-C charger, a USB-C cable and portable battery all in the case (which would have a better chance of fitting). Downside is, even at 3A I doubt anything will charge as fast as the official charger, simply due to the fact it's charging at 15V vs 5V, and the 2.6A (even given it's not 3A) is faster than 2.4. Basically, it's doing 39W. Only a 15V 3A USB-C charger would have a chance at topping it with 45W. AFTER MUCH TESTING, RESEARCH AND VERIFICATION FROM OTHERS ONLINE, WE CAN NOW FOLLOW THIS (whoever made it, thank you) free image hostcertificity.com I can also make a strong recommendation for the best battery and charger on the market, for the money, and for the fastest charge times- Power Delivery is the crucial feature to look for, but some PD chargers I tried didn't deliver more than 5V, so here are my top recommendations Battery Anker PowerCore+ PD 26,800mAh https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MZ61PRW/ref=oh_aui_detai... Comes with PD wall charger, and both charge Switch as fast as official charger thanks to the Power Delivery. Hot item sold out same day it released, but I'll be back. And, unlike the $75 RAVPower PD battery, it doesn't require putting Switch in Sleep Mode first Wall Charger Aukey Amp Duo PD https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LX063QN/ref=oh_aui_detai... Smallest PD charger I have found, actually charges slightly faster than official charger, and, it comes with built in adapter for USB-A ports. You won't find a better charger for Switch. However, if buying the Anker battery + charger listed above, you can probably skip this since the Anker PD charger also works great, even if it is a bit bigger and has no USB-A adapter. Recommended to use with CableCreation 6ft right angle USB-C cable and $10 iVAPO tripod for super portable charging in tabletop mode. Edited on Sun 30th April, 2017 @ 05:11 by JaxonH PLAYING NS: Warioware, Cruis'n Blast, Ni No Kuni 2 3DS: Metroid Samus Returns Steam: Horizon Zero Dawn, Deathloop, Tales of Arise PS5: Spiderman, Ghosts of Tsushima MOST EXCITED FOR NS: Metroid Dread, Monkey Ball, SMTV Jesus is Lord.