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I love my Nintendo Switch. I mean, I don't get to play it nearly as much as I would've liked, but with Mario Tennis Aces coming out in a couple weeks, that might have to change. And I'm fairly certain I'll be burning through that battery life like there's no tomorrow, so this news is especially timely. A couple of new Anker power banks are on their way that have been specially tuned for charging the Nintendo Switch.

I know what you're thinking. The Nintendo Switch charges up via standard USB-C, so you can use almost any USB portable battery out there for a quick top-up. To some degree, this is true. But if you're using a more conventional power bank with a USB-A to USB-C cable, the charging process can be slow and it might not be able to keep up with the battery drain while you're still playing.

The two new Anker power banks, both of which boast both a USB-C and a USB-A port, are different in that they've been "optimized for flawless compatibility with Nintendo Switch." They leverage the company's Power Delivery technology for full-speed USB-C charging.

The smaller of the two is the PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition shown above. As its name indicates, the portable charger boasts a 13,400mAh capacity. That's enough to provide 1.7 full Nintendo Switch charges for up to 10 hours of additional gaming. The bigger of the two is the PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition with a 20,100mAh battery. That provides up to 2.5 full charges of your Switch for up to 15 extra hours of playing.

Of course, both can be used to charge a variety of other devices too, all optimized via PowerIQ too. The smaller battery recharges in 3.5 hours and the larger one recharges in 3 hours (weird, I know).



They're taking pre-orders for the PowerCore 13400 and PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch editions via the Anker website now for $69.99 and $89.99, respectively. Expect them to ship out after July 10.

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