The Nintendo Switch Lite drops the dock in favor of a sleeker, handheld-only machine, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need accessories. Out of the box, you’ll have everything you need to get going, but you may soon find that there are a few (or more) accessories that would greatly enhance your Switch Lite gaming experience. If you recently purchased a new Switch Lite or have had one for a while and need to purchase a couple of extras, we've put together a list of the best accessories on the market.
To help you decide which Switch is right for you, we put together a comprehensive breakdown comparing the Switch to the Switch Lite.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
The best controller
- Feels like a traditional controller
- Long battery life
Just because you won’t be docking your Switch Lite, it doesn’t mean you won’t want an alternate controller option. The Pro Controller is easily the best Switch controller around. Similar in design to the Xbox One controller, the Pro Controller is ideal for shooters and games that generally have more complex control schemes. We’ve used a Pro Controller in tabletop mode with the original Switch many times and have always enjoyed the experience. You might even be able to get your hands on different color variants like the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate options. There are third-party Pro controllers as well, but we recommend you stick with the Nintendo branded ones, if possible.
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con (L/R) - Gray
The best for local multiplayer
- Great for local multiplayer
- Not the most comfortable controller
For local multiplayer sessions, you’re going to need extra Joy-Cons. After all, the Switch Lite doesn't have detachable controllers like the original Switch. The great thing about Joy-Cons is that you often only need one per person to play multiplayer games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. So you can get away with just buying one pair to play with a buddy.
- Neon Red/Neon Blue
- Neon Pink/Neon Green
- Blue/Neon Yellow
- Neon Purple/Neon Orange
Nintendo Switch Lite Carrying Case
The officially licensed Nintendo Switch Lite Carrying Case isn't going to blow you away with bright colors, and it doesn't have any fancy bells and whistles. But it does get the job done, which might be exactly what you're looking for. With it being an official Nintendo product, you know it'll have an extra stamp of quality when compared to some third-party models. This particular version comes with a screen protector as well. With a reasonable price of under $30, you can't go wrong with this carrying case.
Butterfox Compact Case
Best carrying case
- Has a handle
- No fancy bells and whistles
Butterfox's Switch Lite case is a solid choice. It features a hard-shell exterior for drop protection and a soft microfiber interior, so you can rest easy knowing that your Switch Lite will be safe inside. Though compact, it has all of the features you'd want with a standard carrying case. Attached game card inserts hold up to 19 games and two MicroSD cards. A mesh compartment has room for a USB-C charging cable, earbuds, and other small accessories you want to store. The ButterFox Compact Case comes in solid black and black with various colors running along the zipper, including a turquoise that will match your turquoise Switch Lite.
ProCase Carrying Case for Nintendo Switch Lite
The fanciest-looking option
- No handle
Perhaps style is more your priority. The ProCase carrying case ditches the bright, solid colors of many gaming accessories in favor of a more "professional" look. Its lightweight design and microfiber interior make it a great pick for those who want to throw their system in a bag and go. It has slots for five Switch cartridges to ensure you've got your favorite games with you at all times. And if this particular style isn't for you, there are other options to match the system's base colors: gray, yellow, and turquoise.
Satisfye Switch Lite Grip
Most lightweight option
- Not the least expensive option
The Switch Lite is, as the name suggests, a lightweight version of its older brother, but that doesn't mean your hands will remain cramp-free during long play sessions. That's why we recommend the Satisfye grip, which gives you the equivalent of controller handles on either side of the system. What's more is that it features a built-in stand for tabletop mode, with enough clearance to insert a charger. Combine it with a Pro controller and you'll be good to go for playing in tabletop mode.
HEATFUN Nintendo Switch Lite Grip
Least expensive option
- Highly effective for protection
- Slightly bulkier than we'd like
This grip will straight up turn your Switch Lite system into a controller by adding handles to either side, courtesy of Heatfun. You'll have a sturdier grip while using it, and with its simple snap-in design, this option is a must — especially if your hands tend to cramp while playing. What's even more appealing is its price. You can get this grip in black, turquoise, yellow, or gray for less than $16. It also serves as a protective case for the Switch, so there's no need to worry if you drop it.
Nintendo Switch Adjustable Charging Stand
The best official stand
- Official product
- No fancy bells or whistles
Nintendo's charging stand is great for multiple reasons. You can adjust the angle of the display to your liking. Even better, it’s capable of charging your Switch while you game. Simply plug in your AC adapter and you’re good to go.
Meneea Switch Lite Docking Station
The most affordable dock
- Only a few color options
Sure, the official Nintendo stand might be hard to pass up, but if you're looking for something with a more futuristic look, perhaps Meneea's charging dock is for you. The dock features grooved rubber on the bottom to prevent it from scooting. It charges quickly and even comes in yellow and turquoise to match your system. And for $10, you can't go wrong with this docking station.
Nintendo Switch Hori Car Charger
The best car charger
- Doesn't charge as fast as plugging into an outlet
Officially licensed by Nintendo, HORI’s car charger features a nice 6-foot cable and will charge your console almost as fast as the traditional AC adapter. Unlike some third-party Switch chargers, the battery is powerful enough to recharge while you play.
RAVPower 20100 Portable Charger
The best portable charger
- Extends the battery life significantly
The Switch Lite is built to be a portable machine, so chances are you’ll take it out of your house fairly often. RavPower’s 20100mAh portable charger will fully charge the Switch Lite multiple times before needing a charge of its own. We’ve tried many portable battery packs with the Switch, and RavPower is the best combination of price and performance we’ve gotten our hands on. RavPower's portable charger will charge while you play.
Nintendo Joy-Con Charging Grip
The best Joy-Con charger
- Charges relatively fast
- Not as comfortable as a traditional controller
If you do get an extra pair of Joy-Cons, you’ll have to buy a charger. Unlike other console controllers, Joy-Cons don’t have a common port for charging — or a port at all, for that matter. Nintendo’s Joy-Con Charging Grip kills two birds with one stone. It’ll charge your Joy-Cons, and you can use it to turn two Joy-Cons into a more conventional controller.
YCCSKY Charging Station
The most affordable Joy-Con charging station
- No special features
An alternative Joy-Con charging solution, YCCSKY’s charging station is ideal for those who buy two pairs of Joy-Cons or those who don’t care about the Joy-Con grip. The stand is small, and each slot provides a snug fit for one controller.
SanDisk Extreme microSDXC 128GB
The best memory expansion
- Can still be insufficient memory
For the Nintendo Switch Lite, we recommend getting at least 128GB of storage. That way, you won’t have to worry about running out of space anytime soon. SanDisk manufactures reliable microSD cards, so even if you don't get one on Prime Day, we recommend sticking with SanDisk. You can usually find a high-capacity card (128GB) for around $30.
Pulen Nintendo Switch Lite Screen Protector
The best screen protector
- Protects from scratches
- Can be tricky to apply
This three-pack from Pulen is a lot of screen protection for your buck. Plus, you will have three chances to secure the perfect alignment.
SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth
The best headset
- Plenty of options
- Eventually needs battery replacement
The SteelSeries Arctis 3 is an excellent choice for Switch Lite owners. This universal headset is quite comfortable and comes in either black or white. If you’re planning on gaming online and making use of the Nintendo Switch Online app for chat, you’ll probably want to opt for the Bluetooth-enabled Arctis 3 (only available in black).
- SteelSeries Arctis 3 Black (Wired)
- SteelSeries Arctis 3 White (Wired)
- SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth
Now that the Nintendo Switch supports Bluetooth, you'll have plenty of headsets to choose from.
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