(Original) Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joy-Con Poke Ball Plus USB AC Adapter
The Nintendo USB AC Adapter is meant for the NES Classic and Super NES Classic. They include an AC adapter, so this is a replacement or second charger. Nintendo has been selling this charger for a while as a replacement part. Now they’ve put it on shelves in a nice retail box.
You can also use the Nintendo USB AC Adapter to charge the Pro Controller, Joy-Cons, and Poke Ball Plus used with the Nintendo Switch. To charge Joy-Cons you’ll need the Joy-Con Charging Grip, sold separately. This charger won’t charge them any faster than the USB ports on the Switch’s dock. And any USB-C charger you use on the Switch will also work on those controllers.
Let’s look at the Nintendo USB AC Adapter’s specs:
- Port: USB-A x1
- USB Output: 5V/1.5A
- Power Input: 100-240V, 0.2A, 50/60Hz
- No cable included
It is a USB-A charger, not USB-C like the Switch uses. With USB-A the Switch draws less. It may not draw enough to keep up with demanding games, so the Switch’s battery drains. Albiet at a reduced rate. It is an okay charger for the Switch while asleep. But still not as fast as USB-C or USB-C PD. A USB-A charger isn’t a bad option if you already own a good one and don’t need to power the dock. But it isn’t worth buying new.
As a USB-A charger the Nintendo USB AC Adapter is mid-range. Phone chargers are 5V/1A. The faster chargers are 5V/2.4A. As it happens 5V/1.5A is the max draw of the Switch over USB-A. So it would at least be as good as any other USB-A charger with the Switch.
The lack of a cable cinches it as a poor value buy for the Switch. To use on the Switch you’d need a USB-C to USB-A cable. You want a good quality one to prevent issues. So charger and cable together will cost you up to $17. For $20 you can get this USB-C charger. It’ll fast charge the Switch, power the dock, and includes the needed USB-C cable.
The Pro Controller, Joy-Con Charging Grip, and Poke Ball Plus need the same USB-C to USB-A cable with this charger. But they include such a cable, which is safe to use on them or the Switch.
What is it good for?
Super NES Classic
Joy-Cons, with the Charging Grip
Poke Ball Plus
The Classic consoles include an AC adapter. The Switch controllers charge as well with the dock’s USB ports or any other USB-A or USB-C charger.