Exploring the Best HDMI Chargers for Switch and More
Remember when the Nintendo Switch was initially dismissed before its release, only to defy expectations and soar to global success? Its innovative design and versatility captured the hearts of gamers worldwide. Yet, nestled within its triumphs lay a flaw – the limitations of its dock charging system. While the native dock had its merits, it lacked the multifunctionality and portability desired by many.
Enter a new solution that bridges these gaps – the HDMI-supported USB-C chargers, specifically tailored for the Switch. Let's explore the evolution of charging solutions and how products like the Switch Dock Charger revolutionize the gaming experience.
Specifically, this time we have compiled a list of several USB-C chargers with HDMI ports available in the market for your consideration.
Baseus 67W GaN5 Charging Station (With HDMI Port)
First up is a charging station from Baseus, which we actually did a teardown video of about a year ago. You can check it out later on. It adopts a rectangular design with an ice blue indicator light on top of the USB module. And it comes with a 1.5m non-detachable power cord, which makes it easy to extend the power from the wall outlet to the desktop. Thanks to the Baseus GaN5 technology, its relatively small, and the power density is 0.4W/cm³.
It has two USB-C, one USB-A and one HDMI ports in total. Among them, USB-C1/C2 supports 67W high-power PD fast charging, USB-C2 can be used for video signal input, and USB-A is used for devices like mouse and keyboard for you laptop. It's also compatible with the Switch and supports TV mode, of course.
HAGiBiS 65W GaN Switch Dock Charger
Next up is the 65W GaN charger from HAGiBiS. It notably focuses on differentiation by offering three color options: red-blue, black-white, and blue-green, corresponding to the three color choices of the Switch itself. This diversity is a big plus for Switch users, particularly female gamers. Additionally, it comes with a standard 60W full-feature aluminum alloy braided cable, meeting fast-charging and data transfer needs.
In terms of configuration, it features a USB-C port supporting 60W power output, while the USB-A supports 5W charging, suitable for controllers, wireless mice, and more. The HDMI port supports 4K@60Hz resolution, perfectly adequate for the Switch. The power distribution is 60W+5W, making it undoubtedly a great screen-casting tool for Switch and laptop users.
IINE GaN PD65W 3 Port Charger
This IINE 65W charger is equipped with GaN technology, offering a small size, low heat generation, and high charging efficiency, making it more convenient to carry around with its foldable plug design.
In terms of specs, similar to the previous one, it also features 1 USB-C, 1 USB-A, and an HDMI port. The USB-C port delivers a maximum output of 60W, while the A port delivers 5W. The HDMI port supports 4K@60Hz video transmission, compatible with devices like smartphones, tablets, Switch, Steam Deck, and laptops, serving both charging and port expansion purposes. The HDMI port can connect to larger screens, the USB port to keyboards, mice, and other devices, while enabling TV mode for the Switch.
Basicolor Switch Dock Charger
This one resembles HAGiBiS in that it also adopts color schemes corresponding to the Switch - red-blue and black-white. This charger's compact, foldable design easily fits into pockets, Switch cases, and travel bags, enabling you to game with friends on-the-go, wherever you go. Moreover, it offers two power options: 65W and 36W, with the former comfortably surpassing the Switch's maximum 39W power requirement, while the latter also largely suffices.
In terms of specs, taking the 65W option as an example, the USB-C port supports a maximum of 20V3A, outputting 60W, while the USB-A supports a maximum of 5W. It also has a 4K@60Hz HDMI output port for the TV mode. This charger is certified by FCC, CE, and UL, featuring high-quality IC chips that safeguard against many situations.
ROG 65W Gaming Charger Dock
The last one is an ROG charger that we previously introduced. This charger adopts a sleek black PC matte finish that perfectly matches the design aesthetics of ROG graphics cards, motherboards, and phones. With the iconic ROG LOGO on the side, it radiates a premium quality. Plus, its foldable prongs enhance the portability, allowing for easy storage on the move while conserving space.
Regarding output ports, the HDMI port can link up with TVs, monitors, and portable screens, delivering up to 4K 60Hz video output—a performance level that suits the Switch well, even if it doesn't align with the high-end HDMI 2.1 specification. Meanwhile, the USB-A port accommodates a range of peripherals like headphones, USB drives, keyboards, mice, and controllers. Additionally, the USB-C port serves as a versatile connector for the Switch, gaming phones, tablets, laptops, and other compatible devices.
Summary of ChargerLAB
At present, among chargers equipped with an HDMI port, most products on the market are equipped with three ports at 65W. Overall, there isn't a significant difference in performance, and they all support the Switch TV mode while providing charging and docking functions for computers, tablets, phones, and other devices. When it comes to specific purchases, factors like charging power and appearance can be considered.
Among all the HDMI chargers mentioned, only the Baseus model offers 2 USB-C ports, 1 USB-A port, and 1 HDMI port, totaling four ports. Although this product wasn't initially designed for the Switch, the multi-port charging power allocation is more flexible. While its highest supported resolution is 4K@30Hz, it's completely sufficient for the Switch (which supports a maximum of 1080p@60Hz).
As for the other four chargers, they all feature a 60W+5W power configuration and support 4K@60Hz performance output. The differences mainly lie in their appearance. Apart from the classic red-blue and black-white color schemes that most products have, HAGiBiS offers an Animal Crossing blue-green color, while the ROG charger dock features a black matte PC material with its iconic logo. Users can choose based on their personal preferences.
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