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3.0 out of 5 starsDoes not work properly with Nintendo Switch
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 5, 2023
I bought this as a travel charger with the intention to charge my MacBook Pro, Nintendo Switch, AirPods, AppleWatch, and iPhone.
Even though the product description claims that it works with the Nintendo Switch, it does not work properly. When plugged into the official Switch dock, the light blinks. If you attempt to dock the Switch, it does not go into TV mode. If you plug the adapter directly into the Switch it does charge, but the charging indicator appears, disappears, and appears again (quickly). While I do not believe this adapter would harm the Switch in any way, it's not an adapter I would use.
The older 100W Nano II adapter does work with the Nintendo Switch though. And the adapter is roughly the same size and weight. And while the 100W adapter has a lower overall capacity than this 150W adapter, this adapter's marketing is misleading because the maximum it can charge a single device is 100W. There is just more capacity go go around when using more than one port.
This is a problem with all GaNPrime chargers. I believe this is because of the updated IQ 4.0 that uses "dynamic power delivery" (something Anker came up with not to be confused with PPS, which is supported with their old adapters). The updated IQ 4.0's "dynamic power delivery" is supposed to adjust the voltage throughout the charge cycle to improve the efficiency by a few percentage points. The problem is some devices are sensitive to this change in voltage, and the Nintendo Switch is one of those devices.
So given that this device can only charge up to 100W on a single port and given the compatibility issues, I would buy the older Nano II with IQ 3.0 instead.