Switch it up a bit! Upgraded Portable Protection.
Are you afraid that nature is after your portable electronics? Look to the iVoler Nintendo Switch Case to protect your Switch on the go. More than a simple barrier, the case adds a useful wrist strap, functional zippers, screen protection, game cart storage, and an upper storage region for extra joy-cons, cables, and charger needs. This may be the perfect portable shell to add to a larger bag like the PowerA messenger bag.
- EASE OF USE
iVoler Nintendo Switch Case provides upgraded portable protection. Switch it up a bit.
Despite my love for the home Nintendo system, I truly fell in love with the ability to play Action/RPG/Sports/Puzzlers/Platformers and more after my parents gifted me with my first portable gaming system. I vividly remember that Easter Sunday morning when I found an original GameBoy hiding under fake grass within my Easter basket.
I am not sure that my parents realize the strength of the memory and the power of the gift. Over time, I moved through several portable systems, including various GameBoy/Color/DS/3DS/XL systems, GameGear, PSP/PSP Vita, and most recently to the Nintendo Switch. I have not yet adopted the OLED Switch, but will likely expand into the Switch Pro, Switch 2, or whatever name the company assumes in the future.
I typically carry the original version of the PowerA Everywhere Nintendo Switch Messenger Bag and love the ability to remove the handheld clamshell case for additional portability. Unfortunately, the setup lacked storage for game carts and did not work well for my needs. The newer version of the PowerA Everywhere bag had a modified neoprene case with game cart slots but did not have a hard-protected shell like the original clamshell case.
Additionally, the overall design of the newer Nintendo Switch Case was not as good as the original. So, I looked for other options that would provide a hard shell case, game cart storage, and the ability to slide into the Messenger Bag.
The iVoler Nintendo Switch Case arrived in a 6 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/4 inches tall by 2 1/4 inches thick hanging style package. The clean white cover panel provided the company/product name along the top of the panel, an attractive oblique image of the case, two extra pairs of joy-cons, power cables, and slots for ten other games. I liked the red/blue color against the pure white backdrop and felt that the cover presented the product well.
The red-colored top/bottom panels contrasted nicely against the white cover and the red/white back panel. The top panel provided the cardboard hanging tab and the iVoler name in white font. The bottom panel listed product manufacturing labels, address information, and a choking warning for kids below three.
The rear panel of the Nintendo Switch Case capitalized on the red/white color scheme and listed four product-specific features:
- Secure storage for Switch/OLED Console and accessories (Joy-Cons, HDMI cable, ten carts, Joy-Con straps, earbuds, charging cable, slim power bank.
- Durable 1680 denier and EVA hard shell.
- Special design with wrist rope.
- Two hard corner indents for added protection.
I slid the 10 3/8 inches long by 5 1/4 inches tall by 2 1/8 inches tall black iVoler Nintendo Switch Case from the outer packaging and evaluated the outer nylon surface. The thatched material provided a pleasing touch-feel and did not show scuffs, marring, scratches, lint, or fingerprints. Outside of the two raised corners on the back panel, the surface had no other identifying marks.
The thick leather hinge segment measured 11/16 inches by 6 9/16 inches long and had clean stitching along both ends of the section. To access the inner aspects of the cover, I gripped one of the two chromed metallic zippers and pulled the zipper around the 21 1/4 inches long black zipper. Each end of the zipper abutted against the hinge segment.
I was impressed with the smooth action of the zipping/unzipping mechanism but would have preferred for the zipper to be a water-resistant type instead of a standard zipper. However, I do understand the financial burdens of the more advanced and more expensive style of zippers.
The upper 9 5/8inches wide by 4 1/8 inches tall by 3/4 inches thick compartment of the Nintendo Switch Case had a 3/8 inches thick elastic band atop a mesh lining. The retention mesh measured 9 5/8 inches wide by 2 3/4 inches tall and did a great job at holding items within the compartment. The lower 9 5/8 inches wide by 4 1/8 inches tall segment had a front segment that was 3/4 inches deep and a corner segment that was 1 1/16 inches deep.
The element was topped by a 6 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/8 inches tall by 1/8 inches thick screen protector with two rows of five elastic game card retention straps. The first and fifth slots measured 1 1/4 inches wide, while the middle three segments measured 1 1/8 inches wide. Each of the elastic bands measured 1-inch tall and allowed space above the strap for the game cards.
The elastic was easy to manipulate and securely retained the games. Like the upper segment, the lower segment and undersurface of the game card holder were lined by soft black felt material. Lastly, you will find a 3/4 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches long hook segment of Velcro attached to the lower front rim of the lower section; the velcro could connect to the small hoop segment at the bottom edge of the game card flap.
I undid the Velcro attachment to the game card flap and lifted the flap. I placed my Nintendo Switch into the lower segment and was pleased with the shoulder button cutouts and the soft inner felt. The compartment proved to be optimized for the Nintendo Switch and held the device securely. I laid the padded game card flap over the Switch screen and was pleased that the padding doubled as a screen protector against the items stored in the upper segment.
I added a short USB-C to USB-C cable, a screen protector, earbuds, and a thin GaN USB-C charger to the upper section, and found that I could include a small plastic game card holder with additional games. I lowered the top section onto the bottom section and then zipped the device closed. I affixed the included chrome swivel bolt snap to the ring on the spine, and evaluated the 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches tall wrist lanyard. I was pleased with the inclusion and felt it enhanced the overall portability.
I have never dropped my Switch inside or outside of a case, and I have no interest in tempting fate by purposefully dropping it and losing any data. I have noticed the iVoler Nintendo Switch Case protected the joy-cons and the screen protector added a bit of relief beyond simply placing the Switch into a bag. I have seen a few of my children’s friends place their Switches into a backpack, only to complain/mention joy-con drift at a later time. From Torchlight to Diablo to Metroid to MarioKart, to Zelda to Smash, I have played countless hours and would hate to lose my Switch.
I have carried the iVoler Nintendo Switch Case over the last week and have added this to my PowerA bag. I have zipped/unzipped the bag nearly 50 times over the past week and felt that I found the “Goldilocks” piece of gear missing from my everyday carry bag. Even though I liked the hard clamshell case that came with the PowerA Messenger bag, the iVoler Nintendo Switch Case was better in every way except for the absence of the Nintendo Switch name/logo on the cover.
If I were to advise on the iVoler 2.0 Nintendo Switch Case, I would consider adding water-resistant zippers. Nevertheless, the iVoler device has been the right product for my Switch and has proved to be well designed, easy to use, and quite inexpensive. At sub $15, I doubt you will find a better deal.