The Nintendo Switch is without a doubt one of Nintendo’s best games consoles ever, mixing innovation with a suite of brilliant games. So what did Nintendo do to make the Switch more appealing? Well, it came up with the Nintendo Switch Lite, a Switch console that doesn’t switch.
That might sound crazy, but effectively the Nintendo Switch is one of the best ways to enjoy its games on the go. The smaller size and decent battery life means its ideal for popping into your bag as a console to get you through a dull commute or even short aeroplane flights. But you can get a lot more of out the Switch Lite with our selection of accessories for the dedicated handheld console.
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For example, if you want to have a good collection of games for your Switch Lite, such as The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening or Untitled Goose Game, then you’ll be wanting a microSD card to boost the console’s internal storage. Or perhaps you want to enjoy your gaming in peace and quiet, so need a dedicated set of headphones to immerse yourself in the Nintendo action.
So here are Nintendo Switch Lite accessories and cases for getting the best experience out of Nintendo’s latest handheld console.
1. Hori Dual USB PlayStand
Hori's Dual USB PlayStand solves one of the Switch Lite's biggest problems: the lack of a kickstand for tabletop-mode play. This play stand not only props up your Switch Lite for on-the-go multiplayer, but also packs two USB ports for connecting your Switch controllers of choice. It can also charge your Switch Lite, though you'll have to provide your own AC adapter. The Dual USB PlayStand works with the standard Switch as well.
2. Anker PowerCore 20100
The Switch Lite is designed exclusively to be played on the go, and while the system promises 3 to 7 hours of battery life, you'll need more than that if you want to power through Breath of the Wild on a long flight. The Anker PowerCore 20100 is solid portable charger that provides15 hours of extra battery life to the Switch while also delivering up to 2.5 full charges. This gadget is ideal for Switch owners, but also makes a great charger for your smartphone, tablet or any other USB device.
3. TiMOVO Grip for Nintendo Switch Lite
If the Switch Lite feels too small for your hands, or you just want the handheld to feel more like a proper controller, TiMOVO Grip for Nintendo Switch Lite grip is worth checking out. This lightweight add-on provides two large, comfortable hand grips, and is designed to easily pop on and off of your Switch Lite. It comes in black, turquoise, yellow and gray variations, making it easy to match it with your Switch Lite or mix things up with a cool pattern.
4. Orzly Carry Case for Nintendo Switch Lite
You should never take your Switch on the road without a protective case, and Orzly Carry Case for Nintendo Switch Lite is one of the most stylish and feature-packed options we've seen at this price. This sleek EVA case includes optional cushions for your Switch Lite, has room for 8 game cartridges and sports a large internal pouch for storing a multitude of accessories.
5. SanDisk microSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch
If you buy your games digitally, your Switch Lite's 32GB of internal storage is going to fill up fast with the wealth of the best Nintendo Switch games available on the eShop. Most microSD cards will work on the Switch Lite, but we recommend SanDisk's microSDXC series for getting the most storage for your buck. You can get 128GB of extra space for about $28, while a whopping 256GB card will run you only about $53. SanDisk's card even comes in a branded Nintendo variation sporting the iconic yellow Super Star.
6. Hori Duraflexi Protector
This flexible TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) case is built to protect your Switch Lite from drops, dirt, and everyday wear and tear, while its clear material won't cover up your system's yellow, turquoise or black design. Hori's officially licensed Duraflexi protective shell will also give your hands some extra grip when you're gaming on the road.
7. WaterField Switch Lite Slip Case
If you want a Switch Lite case that's unassuming enough to bring into a business meeting, WaterField's Switch Lite Slip Case should do the trick. Available in a variety of professional-looking designs including brown waxed canvas and crimson with black leather, this high-end case has a plush internal lining for keeping your system scratch-free as well as two internal pockets for games and accessories. You can even keep the Switch Lite in this case while you charge it over USB-C.
8. SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless
As the first headset to offer wireless USB-C connectivity for Nintendo Switch, the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless was practically made for the Switch Lite. This excellent $99 gaming headset allows you to enjoy instant wireless gaming sound via a handy USB dongle, and offers 20 hours of battery life for binging games on a long trip. The Arctis 1 Wireless also packs the same advanced audio drivers as SteelSeries' higher-end headsets, meaning you'll have no problem getting immersed in some Zelda no matter where you are.
9. amFilm Tempered-Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch Lite
amFilm makes one of the most popular Nintendo Switch screen protectors around, and now the company is bringing that same dependable protection to the Switch Lite. This inexpensive add-on gets you three screen protectors, each of which is 0.3mm thin, scratch- and fingerprint-resistant, and 99.9% transparent to ensure maximum clarity while protecting your Switch Lite's display. You'll also get wet wipes and a cleaning cloth.
10. Hori Slim Tough Pouch
If you want a Switch Lite case that's small and stylish but that will still keep your console safe, the Hori Slim Tough Pouch is a solid option. This no-frills, semihard case is small enough to fit in just about any bag, and it sports internal storage for games and accessories. This case also offers a striking blue color option as well as standard black, perfect for matching your turquoise or black Switch Lite.
11. Nintendo Pro Controller
Given the Nintendo Switch Lite has been designed as a handheld console, it might seem odd to suggest getting an external controller for it. But then if you’ve bought a stand like the Hori Dual USB PlayStand mentioned above, an external controller will let you game while your Switch Lite charges up. It’s also useful to have when you’ve got tired of holding your console up. It’s here that the Nintendo Pro Controller comes in handy.
Working what both the normal Switch and the Switch Lite, the Pro controller has been designed for people who want some serious control over their Switch games. Looking a little like an Xbox One controller with its asymmetrical joysticks, button and D-pad configuration, the Nintendo Pro Controller is a very nice gamepad. It’s comfortable, nicely laid out and well-made; the only slight gripe with it is its triggers have only a single movement mode - there’s no analogue modulation like you’d find on the triggers of the Xbox Wireless Controller or the PS4 DualShock 4 controller. And with a long-lasting battery, the Nintendo Pro Controller will be ideal for you to take on long trips as a partner to your Switch Lite.
12. Nintendo Joy-Con controllers
One of the downsides to the Nintendo Switch Lite is that is doesn’t actually switch, as this article will have made it abundantly clear. That means the console is a handheld device only, with none of the hybrid features of the full-sized Switch. Well, that’s not totally true. You can actually buy the Nintendo Joy-Con controllers separately and then connect them wirelessly to the Switch Lite. This might seem like a baffling thing to do when the whole purpose of the Switch Lite is to be a self-contained console.
But without the Joy-Cons you can lose Switch-specific features like HD rumble, as well as the motion-sensing infrared sensors found in the external controllers. So by having a separate set of Joy-Con controllers you have the option to get such features in the games that support them. And then when you combine the Switch Lite with one of the stands for it and a set of Joy-Con controllers, you can play split-screen multiplayer games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe much as you would on the full-fat Switch, albeit with a smaller screen.
How to choose the best Nintendo Switch Lite accessories for you
Thanks to the surging popularity of both the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite, there’s a bountiful amount of accessories for both the consoles. The handheld nature of the Switch Lite means you don’t have to worry about accessories that will work with or complement the main console’s docking station, so that makes such selection a little easier.
You can, of course, buy a whole range of accessories and use them as you see fit. But you might want to be careful with your money or keep only a collection of useful accessories rather than extra things you might only use once in a while.
So it would be sensible to first decide how you use Nintendo’s latest handheld console when it comes to selecting the best Nintendo Switch Lite accessories.
For starters do you use your Switch Lite a lot when you’re commuting? If the answer is yes, then a solid travel case and an extra battery pack, like the above Anker PowerCore 20100, makes a lot of sense. And the same could be said for having an extra microSD storage card in order to boost your Switch Lite’s internal storage and thus avoid having to swap game cards when on the move.
If you prefer to uses your Switch Lite from the comfort of your home, then something like a charging stand or the TiMOVO Grip listed above might be good for you. These accessories can make gaming on the Switch Lite that little bit more enjoyable without need to spend a fortune on them.
One other thing to look for is if the accessory you’re after has the ‘Official Nintendo Licenced Product’ badge, as that’s pretty much a guarantee that you have one of the best Nintendo Switch Lite accessories available.