Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition Review

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition
Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

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Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition – My favorite Switch carrying case power bank

Model: A1241J11

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition ports and specs

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition ports and specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • USB-C Output:
    • 22.5W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2.5A, 12V/1.8A, 15V/1.5A)
  • USB-A Output:
    • 7.5W USB (5V/1.5A)
    • Apple 2.4A (won’t reach full potential)
  • Input: 20W USB-C PD (5V/3A, 9V/2.5A, 15V/1.4A, 20V/1A)
  • Capacity: 13,400mAh | 49.58 Wh
  • Size: 3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 97 x 80 x 22 mm
  • Weight: 9.2 oz | 260 grams

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition box and contents

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition box and contents

Included In Box:

  • Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition
  • USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 3 feet/0.91 meter
  • Pouch

Good For:

  • Commute
  • Travel
  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • iPad Pro (pre-2018)
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)

Pros:

  • Licensed by Nintendo for the Switch
  • Fits well in most Switch carrying cases
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Charge two devices at once
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Cons:

  • USB-A port has low output
  • Price
Top: Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

Top: Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

Actual Capacity

All power banks list their capacity (mAh) based on the nominal voltage of the battery cells. It does not accurately represent how many recharges you’ll get with the power bank. Actual capacity shows how much power you’ll actually get from a power bank.

You can divide the actual capacity below by your device’s battery capacity. That will give you a realistic estimate on the number of charges it will provide.

  • Listed Capacity: 13,400mAh
  • Actual Capacity:
    • Phone Charging: 9,400mAh
    • Switch Charging: 8,200mAh

Actual capacities are estimates are based on capacity testing and calculation.

30W+

First Impression

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition in a Switch carrying case

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition in a Switch carrying case

The Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition was the smallest 15V USB-C PD power bank on the market when released. Today it is still among the smallest. Despite the Nintendo brand it is still an Anker power bank, with the familiar ascetics. The Anker logo is on one side, the Switch logo on the other. The included cable is an Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-C 2.0. Those are good cables, but aren’t USB-IF certified (they pre-date certification). A Nintendo Switch owner with device safety as their top priority may want to pick up an Anker PowerLine II cable, which is certified. The included pouch has room for the power bank and cable. Unlike the power bank, the pouch only has the Anker logo.

Power Meter Readings

iPhone 8
iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power negotiation

iPhone 8 power negotiation

The iPhone 8 fast charges when using a USB-C to Lightning cable. We see the usual power negotiations. Connection starts at 5V, then moves up to 9V. Learn more about fast charging iPhones.

If you connect to the USB-A port it’ll charge ~15% slower.

Moto G6
Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power negotiation

Moto G6 power negotiation

The Moto G6 does regular charging via USB-C. This will be the same for Samsung and Quick Charge enabled Android phones. While the 10-11W provided is a decent charge, it isn’t fast charging. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.

If you connect to the USB-A port it’ll charge ~30% slower.

Nintendo Switch
Switch gaming power meter

Switch gaming power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch power negotiation

Switch power negotiation

The Nintendo charges at its max rate, charging while you play. Its charge rate while sleeping is above normal, 12W instead of the usual 10W. That might be from Anker’s listed optimization with the Switch. While this power bank offers 15V there isn’t enough current to power a docked Switch. That requires at least 2.6A, this tops out at 1.5A. Learn more about charging the Switch.

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is typical. As this is licensed by Nintendo it provides us with a base line for other power banks. It connects at 5V and moved up to 15V after negotiations. Current steps up once the 15V connection is made.

You can read my review of this power bank specifically for the Nintendo Switch at Switch Chargers.

Compared To Similar Power Banks

ChargerAnker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch EditionAnker PowerCore 10000 PD

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Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

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AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C

Review
Price$65.00$45.99$129.95$29.99
Output22.5W USB-C PD18W USB-C PD24W USB-C PD18W USB-C PD
Quick Charge 3.0
Capacity13,400mAh
1.9 Switch charges
10,000mAh
1.4 Switch charges
20,100mAh
2.9 Switch charges
10,000mAh
1.4 Switch charges
PortsUSB-C
USB-A
USB-C
USB-A
USB-C
USB-A
USB-C
USB-A x2
micro-USB
FeaturesLicensed by NintendoLicensed by Nintendo12V output reduces charge speed for Nintendo Switch
CableUSB-C to USB-CUSB-C to USB-CUSB-C to USB-CUSB-C to USB-A
Dimensions3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 in
9.2 oz
4.5 x 2 x 1 in
6.8 oz
6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 in
12.7 oz
5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in
6.9 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-08-24.

You can see more USB-C power banks here.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition with Moto G6

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition with Moto G6

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition with Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition with Nintendo Switch

Optimized for the Switch

Anker states this power bank is optimized for the Nintendo Switch. They don’t go into the specifics, but there are signs of some optimization. The biggest is the Switch charging at 12W while sleeping. With other power sources it draws 9-10W. Not enough to justify the extra cost on its own. But that could save you up to half of hour when charging while asleep.

You can recharge the power bank quickly using the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter. Not all power banks can make that claim. And Anker mentions it in the user manual.

Summary

The Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition is one of the smallest 15V outputting USB-C PD power banks on the market. It is a unique offering from Anker worth considering. Even without the Nintendo licensing.

Top: Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition. Bottom: AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C.

Top: Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition. Bottom: AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C.

The licensing agreement from Nintendo entails more than logos and a money grab. Nintendo runs all licensed products through their own quality assurance testing. Nintendo has signed off that this power bank will is safe and performs well. While it is safe to charge the Switch with third party USB-C chargers some prefer Nintendo approved accessories. For them this is an excellent travel power bank which offers peace of mind.

Size, optimized performance, and Nintendo’s stamp of approval make it a premium product. And the price reflects that. There are plenty of alternatives for less, but you’ll need to give up something for the savings. Most other USB-C PD power banks of similar size use 12V output, which charges the Switch slower (12W vs 18W). Power banks with equal performance tend to be larger. And none of them have the Nintendo licensing.

Away from the Switch it works well for smaller USB-C devices. Especially phones that support USB Power Delivery. Lack of Quick Charge makes it less optimal for most Android phones. Its 22.5W output isn’t enough to complete with a 30W power bank, while not doing anything an 18W power bank couldn’t. Its 15V advantage is great for the Switch, but not much else.

About Anker

Anker has U.S. based support (web, email, phone) and a 18 month warranty. They are a beloved brand within many USB-C communities.

You’ll need to contact Anker about any issues with the power bank. Nintendo support should be open to helping with Switch issues that involve this power bank.

Bottom Line

The Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition is the best carrying case power bank available for the Switch. Its capacity offers an extra 5.7+ hours of Mario or Zelda. If you need more playtime check out the larger Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

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