How To Charge Nintendo Switch Without Dock?

Last week, I was on vacation and forgot to carry the charging dock in my backpack. After a few games, my Switch battery went low, and I had to find a workaround.

I searched online and found a few easy methods to charge Nintendo Switch without a dock. This post is for you if you’re also in the same situation.

How To Charge Nintendo Switch Without Dock?

Charge Nintendo Switch without Dock

You can try the following methods to charge Nintendo Switch without Dock-

Method #1: Use the USB Type-C Port

The Nintendo Switch comes with a USB Type-C port that can be used to charge the console. You’ll need a USB Type-C cable and a power adapter (5V/2A) to do this.

Once you have all the required accessories, simply connect the USB Type-C cable to the Switch and plug in the power adapter. The Switch will start charging immediately.

Method #2: Use a Powerbank

If you don’t have a power adapter or a USB Type-C cable, then you can use your power bank to charge your Nintendo Switch.

For this method, you’ll need a power bank of 10000mAh capacity that has a USB Type-A port.

You should ensure that the power output of your power bank has 5V and 2.1A.

Method #3: Use a Laptop or PC

You can also use a laptop or a PC to charge your Nintendo Switch. For this method, you’ll need a USB Type-C cable.

Simply connect one end of the USB cable to the Switch and the other end to the laptop or PC. The Switch will start charging immediately.

Method #4: Use Car Charger

If you’re on a road trip and your Switch battery is low, then you can use a car charger to charge it. For this method, you’ll need a USB Type-C cable and a car charger (5V/2A).

Connect the USB Type-C cable to the Switch and then plug in the car charger. The Switch will start charging immediately.

Method #5: Use MacBook Thunderbolt Port

If you have a MacBook, then you can use its Thunderbolt port to charge your Nintendo Switch. For this method, you’ll need a USB Type-C cable.

You can use the same USB type C cable that you use to charge your MacBook.

Don’t plug your Nintendo Switch with your MacBook charger because it’s a 67W power adapter.

Insert the USB Type-C cable to the Switch, and then plug the other end into your MacBook thunderbolt hub. The Switch will start charging immediately.

I hope these methods will help you charge your Nintendo Switch without a dock. Do let me know if you have any questions.

Can I charge my Switch without the dock?

Yes, you can charge your Switch without the dock by using the USB Type-C port, a power bank, a laptop or PC, a car charger, or a MacBook Thunderbolt port.

Is there another way to charge a Nintendo switch?

Yes, you can also use the AC adapter that comes with the Switch. However, this method is not very practical as you must carry the adapter everywhere you go.

Can you charge a Switch with a phone charger?

No, you cannot charge a Switch with any smartphone charger. The Switch requires a 5V/2A power adapter for charging.

So, if your phone charger has 2A DC output, you can charge your Nintendo Switch with it.

Does keeping the Switch docked ruin the battery?

No, keeping the Switch docked doesn’t ruin the battery. It is perfectly safe to keep your Switch docked when not in use. But, better not leave your Switch overnight for charging.

Can any USB-C charge a Switch?

Yes, all USB type-C can charge a Switch, but not all can provide the required power output.

The Switch requires a 5V/2A power adapter for charging. So, if your USB-C charger has 2A DC output, you can charge your Nintendo Switch with it.

Thanks for reading! I hope these methods will help you charge your Nintendo Switch without the dock

Conclusion

You can use these methods to charge your Nintendo Switch without a dock. Do let me know if you have any questions.

Daniel is a tech enthusiast and repair technician who loves experimenting with various gadgets and home appliances. On this blog, he shares a troubleshooting guide for software and hardware faults.

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