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.
It might seem counter-intuitive to have a stand for the Nintendo Switch Lite given it is designed as a handled-only console. But there could be times when you just want to prop up the console and sit back, say on a long flight, and play the Switch Lite with an external controller. Or you might want to prop it up and use it for some split-screen gaming with a friend, providing you have a set of external controllers. It’s here where the Hori Dual USB PlayStand comes in.
Not only does the stand prop up your Nintendo Switch Lite it also provides a pair of USB ports into which you can connect your Switch controllers of choice - see below for suggested controller accessories. And if you have your own AC adapter, you can charge the Switch Lite while it’s on the stand. As an added bonus the Dual USB PlayStand also works with the standard Nintendo Switch as well. So you’re getting an accessory that’s handy for both Switch consoles if you’re lucky enough to have both models of the Nintendo Switch.
As a console designed almost exclusively to be played on the go, the Nintendo Switch Lite comes with a battery life that measures in at 3 to 7 hours of gaming time. But games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild take a long time to get through and if you’re on a long journey your Switch Lite will need some extra electrical juice to keep it going.
That’s where the Anker PowerCore 20100 comes in. It’s a solid portable charger that offers 15 hours of extra battery life for the Switch Lite, while also providing 2.5 full charges form its single charge. Handily, it also charges up smartphones or tablets, as well as other USB devices, so it’s useful for all manner of charging purposes.
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.
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a hardy little handheld console but it’s far from invulnerable. That’s why you will want a proper protective case for it if you plan to take it on the road with you, whether that involves a daily commute or to places further afield. And that’s why you’ll want to check out the Orzly Carry Case for Nintendo Switch Lite.
It’s one of the smarter yet functional cases we’ve seen for Nintendo Switch Lite, able to hold eight games and some accessories alongside the console itself. The use of optional cushioning helps really ensure your Switch Lite is ready to withstand all manner of knocks when in transit.
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.
Some of the best accessories are the most simplistic, which is why we like the Hori Duraflexi Protector. This TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) case will protect your Switch Lite from dirt and drops alike. Yet as it’s clear, it won’t obscure the Switch Lite’s bright pastel colors. So you get protection without needing to opt for an ugly case; that’s a win in our book.
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.
Blasting out the sound of Mario hopping and bouncing around the Mushroom Kingdom while on a crowded train is a bit antisocial. So that’s why you’ll really want a decent pair of headphones to go with your Nintendo Switch Lite. It’s here that the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless come to the rescue. The headphones do require you to plug in a USB-C dongle into the Switch Lite, as it has no Bluetooth audio support. But once done you’ll get the Link’s shouts, Mario’s whu-hoos and the hum of karts pipped to your ears.
And you’re in for a treat. At under $100 the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless deliver impressive sound for both gaming and music, thanks to some advanced audio drivers, normally found in higher-end SteelSeries headsets. As well as a comfortable fit, which is ideal if you plan to play your Nintendo Switch Lite for hours at a time. The wireless headphones will keep going for a long time as well thanks to some 20 hours of battery life; they’ll last longer than the 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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the benefits of the Nintendo Switch Lite is its colourful design. Unfortunately, the Hori Dual USB PlayStand above only comes in black, so it isn’t exactly the most striking stand for your handheld-only console. But that's where the Fyoung Portable Support Stand comes in.
This USB-C charging stand is unique as it comes in a semi-pyramid-shaped design that almost melds in with the Nintendo Switch Lite. As such, it could work well as just a stand to show off your Switch Lite when you're not using it, as well as charge the console. And at $11.99 it's a cheap and cheerful accessory for your Switch Lite.
How to choose the best Nintendo Switch Lite accessories for you
You can’t swing a virtual cat without hitting some form of Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite accessory. And that’s hardly surprising given how hugely popular both consoles have proved to be, despite not being traditional home gaming machines. So choosing the right accessories can be a bit tricky.
But with the Nintendo Switch Lite, you know you will be taking your console out and about or at least from room to room. So if you’re inclined to clumsiness, then a screen protector is a must. And for people venturing out on commutes or lengthy trips, then a well-made case is very handy to have.
However, less obvious accessories like a charging pack, such as the above Anker PowerCore 20100, and an additional SSD card are also important extras, especially if you plan to go some in-depth Nintendo gaming while away from a power source. And we’d certainly advocate a solid pair of headphones to go with the Switch Lite as that way you can get more immersed in gameplay without worrying about disturbing those around you.
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.