TL; DR – Here are the best battery cases for Nintendo Switch:
1. Yobwin portable emergency charger station
Best Nintendo Switch Battery Box
If you want a battery box for your Nintendo Switch, there are few options that do as much as the Yobwin Portable Backup Charging Station. Is it a holder? Yes. Is this a charging stand? Yes. Is it a massive portable battery? Yes. Placing your Nintendo Switch into the Yobwin case not only gives you more grip, but it will also give your console an extra 10,000mAh of juice.
The case includes removable media for your Joy-Con, so you can use them as handles when playing with the Switch on a table. Each handle includes a small slot for storing a game cartridge and a microSD card. The switch stand has a charging port on the back of it, so you can plug it in and keep playing. It even has a second port so you can charge a different device with it. You won’t find many battery cases that do more than this one.
2. Nyko Power Pak
Best Slim Nintendo Switch Battery Case
Love everything about playing your Nintendo Switch on the go, but just want it to last a little longer? Then you’ll want the Nyko Power Pak. This battery box will allow you to continue playing with your Switch virtually unchanged. It doesn’t cover the Joy-con, block any ports or vents, and it only adds half a pound to the device. It covers the Switch’s built-in kickstand, but it makes up for that with its own kickstand.
Once you have the Nyko Power Pak attached to your Switch, you will get an additional 5000mAh battery capacity for all your mobile gaming needs. Nyko suggests that this can almost double your Switch’s battery life, allowing you to really lower levels when you’re away from an outlet. When you need to charge the Nyko Power Pack, you can do so with the same USB-C cable that you use to charge your Switch outside of the docking station. All of this makes for a pretty solid product, especially since it costs around $ 20.
3. HyperX ChargePlay Clutch
Best mid-size Nintendo Switch battery box
The HyperX ChargePlay Clutch Charging Case for Nintendo Switch extends the battery life of your handheld console by adding a 6000mAh battery for an additional five hours of potential gaming. But that’s not all it does. The case slides around the entire Switch assembly, including around the controllers. This adds a bit more girth to the Joy-Cons which can provide a more comfortable grip for larger hands. The handles that go on the Joy-Cons are even detachable, so you can slide them with the Joy-Cons to form a stand-alone controller while you play with the Switch on a table.
4. Bionik Power Commuter
Best Nintendo Switch carrying case with battery
If you don’t like putting a case on your Nintendo Switch or any of your devices, a carrying case might be your best bet. Lucky for you, the Bionik Power Commuter is just that and it includes a 10,000mAh battery to save you the hassle of buying a carrying case and laptop charger separately.
It’s quite nice as a case on its own, as it includes a large interior for you, a second set of Joycons, other Nintendo Switch accessories, and your entire library of game cards with you. Another plus is that you can carry this battery box in three different ways with the built-in handle, optional shoulder strap, and flap buckle.
5. Anker PowerCore 10000 PD
Best Nintendo Switch Power Bank
Anker is well known in the power bank world and his first Switch approved charger is pretty awesome. Unlike most standalone power banks, the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD allows you to charge the Switch while you’re using it, which sets it apart from most power banks and also makes it much more useful.
This charger is good for charging your Switch 1.7 times, according to Anker, which should equate to around 10 hours of playback in total. Additionally, if your switch is elevated but your phone is on fumes, it also has fast charging capability for phones.
6. Marval Power GuliKit Battery Master
Best removable battery
Marval Power’s GuliKit Battery Master is a simple but effective solution to extend the battery life of your Nintendo Switch. Rather, it simply attaches a battery to the back of your portable console. The battery delivers up to 10,000mAh for plenty of extra juice, and it can pump 15W of power, keeping your Switch powered up even when running demanding games.
The battery has a built-in USB-C cable that makes it easy to connect to your Switch without any cable management or having to remember a cable in the first place. There’s also a USB-A and USB-C port, so you can charge a phone or other device without having to unplug your Switch.
7. ZeroLemon Extended Charging Box
Best Nintendo Switch high capacity battery box
ZeroLemon’s battery for the Switch includes a 10,000mAh battery that the company claims will add 10 hours of battery life to your Switch. Other handy features include a kickstand, MicroUSB port, USB-C port, and card slot with enough room for three game cartridges. The only potential downside to the ZeroLemon case is its size. Compared to similar batteries, this particular case is a bit bulky, but that’s normal for such a massive battery.
8. Nyko Boost Pak
Best Nintendo Switch Compact Battery
If you like the idea of having a little extra battery that can connect to your Nintendo Switch but don’t think you need something that adds a ton of extra power at the cost of taking up space, then the Nyko Boost Pak will be right in your driveway. This slim unit locks to the bottom of the Nintendo Switch, connecting directly to the USB-C port and adding virtually no thickness (although this will make your Switch a bit taller). It’s actually thin enough that you can keep it attached even when you plug in the switch. And, when you’re on the go, it weighs just 55 grams, so you’ll barely notice it.
The Nyko Boost Pak adds a modest but useful 2500mAh battery power. And, rather than always working when attached, the Boost Pak has a power switch, so you can decide when to upshift. Perhaps best of all, this is one of the cheapest Nintendo Switch accessories you’ll find. The unit costs less than $ 10.
What to look for in a switch battery box
There are a few things to keep in mind before pulling the trigger on a battery box for your Switch. First off, the original Switch’s internal battery is 4310mAh and typically lasts around three hours when undocked (depending on the game). The new Switch lasts a bit longer between four and five hours in our experience, although Nintendo has yet to reveal the exact capacity of the larger battery.
Most of the packs I’ve found are around 10,000mAh, so almost all of them promise to double your Switch’s lifespan, but that won’t always be the case.
There are many factors that go into how efficient an external battery is, so don’t be disappointed if this 10,000mAh battery doesn’t triple the battery life of your Switch. That said, all of them will always provide a boost.
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Mark Knapp is a regular contributor to IGN and an irregular tweeter on Twitter @ Techn0Mark