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Anker PowerCore 13400mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger Lets the Nintendo Switch Stay Charged Through Mobile Gaming

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The Anker PowerCore 13400mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger is primarily sold by Anker to support charging the Nintendo Switch along with another similar model, the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger (see this review). Even with 22.5W based charging offered by both these Anker chargers, it is still much lower than 39W charging offered by the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter or other competitors such as the Insignia Switch Dock Kit's AC adapter and the AmazonBasics Dual Voltage Switch AC Charger.  

Among the many USB-C chargers and power banks being sold in the BIC Camera store in Japan, the Anker PowerCore 13400mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger and Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger were in stock at the time we purchased.

The Anker PowerCore 13400mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger has also been licensed by Nintendo similar to the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger which is also expected to work fine with the Switch.

Anker conveniently provides a separate USB Type-C to Type-A cable to go with the Anker PowerCore 13400mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger in addition to the charger's pouch and quick guide. 

By comparison the Anker PowerCore 13400mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger is a more compact version of the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger to also have both a USB Type-C in and out charging port and a standard 7.5W USB Type-A port.

Similarly the USB Type-C port can be used to rapidly charge the Switch console when connected or charge the Anker power bank, both using USB Power Delivery technology.

Here Anker claims to support 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 out over USB Type-C. The charger also supports up to 22.5W for Power Delivery charging in through the same Type-C port 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).

The USB Type-A port provides 7.5 watts (5 volts @ 1.5 amps) for charging other USB peripherals.

If you go to the product page for this charger, again you will see different power being advertised which also happened for the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger. This is the problem with Anker where it can easily confuse the user by displaying inconsistent specs.

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 confirm below that the Anker PowerCore 13400mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger supports 15 watts (5 volts @ 3 amps), 22.5 watts (9 volts @ 2.5 amps), 21.6 watts (12 volts @ 1.8 amps) and 22.5 watts (15 volts @ 1.5 amps) PDO's for charging out. Note the additional 21.6 watts (12 volts @ 1.8 amps) not listed in the product specs. For charging in, the charger actually supports a fixed PDO of 5 watts (5 volts @ 1 amps) and variable PDO of 7.5-30 watts (5-20 volts @ 1.5 amps).

GRL

DUT Information

Manufacturer

Nintendo

Model Number

PowerCore 13400

Serial Number

Comm

Test Information

Date and Time:

20181105_130346

Controller and Instrument Information

Parameter

Value

GRL USB-PD_C2 Serial No.

101.126.101.084.145.

GRL USB-PD Software Version

1.3.8.0

GRL USB-PD Firmware Version

1.3.8.0.0

GRL USB-PD Eload Firmware Version

9.0/9.0

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

Noise Pattern Generation:

Two-Tone Noise

VIF info

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

Test cases Execution Time:

0h:10m:39s

Product Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

PD_SPECIFICATION_REVISION

1

SOP_CAPABLE

YES

SOP_P_CAPABLE

YES

SOP_PP_CAPABLE

NO

SOP_P_DEBUG_CAPABLE

NO

SOP_PP_DEBUG_CAPABLE

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

22000

USB_SUSPEND_MAY_BE_CLEARED

YES

SENDS_PINGS

NO

NUM_SRC_PDOS

4

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

0xFA(2.5A)

Supply Type #3

Fixed

Peak Current #3

0x0(A)

Voltage #3

0xF0(12V)

Max Current #3

0xB4(1.8A)

Supply Type #4

Fixed

Peak Current #4

0x0(A)

Voltage #4

0x12C(15V)

Max Current #4

0x96(1.5A)

PD_POWER_AS_SINK

 

NO_USB_SUSPEND_MAY_BE_SET

NO

GIVEBACK_MAY_BE_SET

NO

HIGHER_CAPABILITY_SET

NO

NUM_SNK_PDOS

2

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

0x96(1.5A)

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

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

12

TDA.2.2.7

TDA.2.2.7 BMC PROT BIST NOT 5V SRC

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.2.3.3.1

TDA.2.3.3.1 POW SNK TRANS C CP

PASS

BMC Eye Diagram


Eye Diagram 

The Anker PowerCore 13400mAh Nintendo Switch Edition PD Portable Charger can also be seen to make use of different voltage and current levels for charging in the load trace below captured using the GRL-USB-PD C2 Compliance Test Solution App.

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