Nintendo Warns Players of What Kind of USB Chargers They Can Use Safely for the Switch

Last month, several Nintendo Switch users reported that their devices were bricked after a bad combination of a new firmware update from the developer and several third-party docks/USB chargers. Nintendo quickly addressed the issue and told players that:

“Nintendo (recommends) that Switch owners only buy officially licensed Switch products…Unlicensed products and accessories do not undergo Nintendo’s testing and evaluation process. They might not work at all with our game systems, and they could have compatibility problems with certain games, the Nintendo Switch system itself, and other licensed accessories and peripherals.”

Furthermore, the company addressed the issue from the official FAQ of Nintendo Japan. Nintendo said that while they do not recommend the use of third-party docks/USB chargers, players must be aware that a charging cable that has a 56K OHM resistor will work fine with the console. So, if you’re going to purchase a different dock or charging unit for your Switch, make sure you check the label first, and it meets Nintendo’s requirements. 

Personally, I only use the dock that came with my Switch. I know some third party docks offer other exciting features, but it’s not worth breaking my Switch for. However, if you’re insistent on using a third-party device make sure that it’s officially licensed by Nintendo or at least it meets the safety requirements of the company. Of course, using a device, especially a charging unit that is not made by the manufacturer would always pose a significant risk of breaking your console, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.