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PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

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Carry Along a Power Bank for Your Nintendo Switch with the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger

The Nintendo Switch allows using not only its own AC adapter but also third party chargers such as the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger to keep itself charged. The Anker charger offers the convenience of a power bank which is highly portable to power the Switch on the go. Simply by connecting the Switch console to the Anker USB Type-C charging port, the Switch can be rapidly charged over USB Power Delivery. The Anker USB Type-C charging port can work both ways to allow not only charging out but also charge the Anker portable battery itself through USB Power Delivery.

The Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger states on the back of its packaging to support up to 22.5W for Power Delivery charging out over its USB Type-C port using the following power profiles- 15 watts (5 volts @ 3 amps), 22.5 watts (9 volts @ 2.5 amps) and 22.5 watts (15 volts @ 1.5 amps). For Power Delivery charging in, the charger also claims on its box to support max 22.5W using 15 watts (5 volts @ 3 amps), 22.5 watts (9 volts @ 2.5 amps), 21 watts (15 volts @ 1.4 amps) and 20 watts (20 volts @ 1 amps) power profiles. The charger also includes a standard 7.5W USB Type-A port for charging other USB peripherals. Note that you will actually see different power being advertised on the product page for this charger.

With 22.5W charging, the Anker charger unfortunately fails in comparison with the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter or even other similar alternatives like the Insignia Switch Dock Kit's AC adapter and the AmazonBasics Dual Voltage Switch AC Charger which offer up to 39W charging for the Switch. However 22.5W should still be able to provide sufficient charging to the Switch for mobile gaming.

Since it has been licensed by Nintendo, the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger should have no issues working with the Switch.

It's nice to also receive a USB Type-C to Type-A cable along with a handy pouch and user manual with the Anker charger. 

Using the USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester from Granite River Labs to run just a subset of the full USB Power Delivery compliance test suite, we can see that the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger actually supports the following fixed PDO's- 15 watts (5 volts @ 3 amps), 23.4 watts (9 volts @ 2.6 amps), 22.8 watts (12 volts @ 1.9 amps) and 24 watts (15 volts @ 1.6 amps) for charging out. For charging in, the charger can be seen to support a fixed PDO of 5 watts (5 volts @ 1 amps) and variable PDO of 0.45-1.8 watts (5-20 volts @ 0.09 amps). Note some compliance failures were observed.

GRL

DUT Information

Manufacturer

Anker

Model Number

Switch Power Bank

Serial Number

Comm

Test Information

Date and Time:

20181001_213014

Controller and Instrument Information

Parameter

Value

GRL USB-PD_C2 Serial No.

117.181.117.091.159.

GRL USB-PD Software Version

1.3.6.4

GRL USB-PD Firmware Version

1.3.6.0.24

GRL USB-PD Eload Firmware Version

9.4/9.4

Board Calibration

Calibration Success.

App Mode

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS

Tx Mask

true

Rx Mask

false

RX mask Power selection

Neutral Power

Device Type

DRP

Cable IR drop Imp(R)

0

Cable Type.

GRL-Spl-Cable

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS CTS Version

1.09

VIF File name

Provider_On__Port_1.txt

Noise Pattern Generation:

Two-Tone Noise

VIF info

*Since VIF was not loaded below test results are information Only.

Test cases Execution Time:

0h:21m:3s

Product Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

SOP_CAPABLE

YES

SOP_P_CAPABLE

YES

SOP_PP_CAPABLE

YES

SOP_P_DEBUG_CAPABLE

NO

SOP_PP_DEBUG_CAPABLE

NO

SECURITY_MSGS_SUPPORTED

NO

MANUFACTURER_INFO_SUPPORTED

NO

USB_COMMS_CAPABLE

NO

DR_SWAP_TO_DFP_SUPPORTED

NO

UNCONSTRAINED_POWER

YES

UNCHUNKED_EXTENDED_MESSAGES_SUPPORTED

NO

ACCEPTS_PR_SWAP_AS_SNK

YES

Power Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

PD_POWER_AS_SOURCE

 

USB_SUSPEND_MAY_BE_CLEARED

NO

SENDS_PINGS

NO

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Peak Current #1

0x0(A)

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

Max Current #1

0x12C(3A)

Supply Type #2

Fixed

Peak Current #2

0x0(A)

Voltage #2

0xB4(9V)

Max Current #2

0x104(2.6A)

Supply Type #3

Fixed

Peak Current #3

0x0(A)

Voltage #3

0xF0(12V)

Max Current #3

0xBE(1.9A)

Supply Type #4

Fixed

Peak Current #4

0x0(A)

Voltage #4

0x12C(15V)

Max Current #4

0xA0(1.6A)

PD_POWER_AS_SINK

 

NO_USB_SUSPEND_MAY_BE_SET

NO

GIVEBACK_MAY_BE_SET

NO

HIGHER_CAPABILITY_SET

NO

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0x64(1A)

Supply Type #2

Variable

Min Voltage #2

0x64(5V)

Max Voltage #2

0x190(20V)

Op Current #2

0x9(.09A)

USB-IF High Level Mapping Summary

Sl No

Test Category

Test Group Description

Test Result

1

PHY_PRIMARY_TX

BMC Physical Layer Transmitter

PASS

2

PHY_PRIMARY_RX

BMC Physical Layer Receiver

PASS

3

PHY_PRIMARY_MISC

BMC Phyiscal Layer Miscellaneous

PASS

4

PROT_PRIMARY

 Protocol Specific Primary

PASS

5

POWER_PRIMARY

 Power Source/Sink Primary

FAIL

Result Summary

Sl No

Test ID

Test Name

Test Result

1

TDA.2.1.1.1

TDA.2.1.1.1 BMC PHY TX EYE

PASS

2

TDA.2.1.1.2

TDA.2.1.1.2 BMC PHY TX BIT

PASS

3

TDA.2.1.2.2

TDA.2.1.2.2 BMC PHY RX INT REJ

PASS

4

TDA.2.1.2.1

TDA.2.1.2.1 BMC PHY RX BUSIDL

PASS

5

TDA.2.1.3.1

TDA.2.1.3.1 BMC PHY TERM

PASS

7

TDA.2.2.1

TDA.2.2.1 BMC PROT SEQ GETCAPS

PASS

8

TDA.2.2.3

TDA.2.2.3 BMC PROT SEQ DRSWAP

PASS

9

TDA.2.2.4

TDA.2.2.4 BMC PROT SEQ VCSWAP DFP

PASS

11

TDA.2.2.6

TDA.2.2.6 BMC PROT SEQ PRSWAP

PASS

12

TDA.2.2.7

TDA.2.2.7 BMC PROT BIST NOT 5V SRC

PASS

13

TDA.2.2.8

TDA.2.2.8 BMC PROT REV NUM

PASS

14

TDA.2.2.9

TDA.2.2.9 BMC PROT GSC REC

PASS

15

TDA.2.2.10

TDA.2.2.10 BMC PROT IGN PPS

PASS

16

TDA.2.3.1.1

TDA.2.3.1.1 POW SRC LOAD P PC

PASS

18

TDA.2.3.2.1

TDA.2.3.2.1 POW SRC TRANS P PC

PASS

20

TDA.2.3.3.2

TDA.2.3.3.2 POW SNK TRANS PC

FAIL

BMC Eye Diagram


Eye Diagram 

The following load trace that was generated using the GRL-USB-PD C2 Compliance Test Solution App also shows that the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger uses different voltage and current levels for charging.

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