The entire point of handheld systems is to be portable. Trying to travel with those tiny game cartridges and all the cables, without some type of case, is a hellish experience. Having the right travel case for your system can make all the difference in the world. All of these are factors in maximizing your portable experience.
Traveling cases have an abundance of benefits well beyond the simple organization. They protect your system from damages and your screen from scratches. Cases will expand your ability to take a wide variety of games on the road instead of just the one you have in the system itself. Assuming you pack properly, they can also extend the lifespan of your cables as well as prevent annoying cable tangling. You all know how annoying it is to grab a cable out of your bag only to realize it is the wrong one. Searching over and over to find the right peripherals and accessories from a cluttered bag is a frustrating experience.
We do not have to convince you that it is a good idea to own a case because you found your own way to this article. So the question becomes: what is the best-padded travel case for the Nintendo Switch Lite?
Orzly Carry Case
The Orzly carrying case is the only case you need unless carrying the AC adapter is important. It has a decent amount of space, an extra game cartridge section, and a hard exterior that offers great protection. This is a great place to start, and has a design that sets the standard for any other case to follow. That said, lets dive into the specifics!
Appearance & Layout
The designers of this case know how important it is in our times to express our personalities in our products. For this very reason, they offer the case in 9 different colors. Those colors range from the basic black, red, blue and green, to pink, yellow, grey, carbon fiber black, and Red & White.
The outside of the carrying case has a hard shell maximizing the protective function. The inside of the case is made of a soft microfiber lining to prevent scratches. That soft interior also ensures a soft cushion if you happen to drop the case with your Nintendo Switch Lite inside.
When you first open the case up, you will notice the built-in storage and organization mesh interior. The backside has an open pouch designed to store your cabling and a battery backup. The lining of the pouch contains a zipper that can store smaller accessories such as headphones. Attached the base of the zipper pouch is the mesh game cartridge holder, which can securely hold up to 8 game cartridges.
The entire case was designed to have a very slim profile. This is so it would be easy to fit into travel luggage or backpack without taking up much space. Fully closed, the case takes up very little space. It also has a convenient carrying handle making it easy to grab and go.
Orzly has a history of making trusted accessories for the Nintendo Switch. Their design of the Orzly Carrying Case is no exception to their known quality. The outer shell of the case is water-resistant. That is on top of protecting your Nintendo Switch from easily avoidable cracks when you accidentally bump into a counter or dresser corner. The game cartridge holding flap actually doubles as a screen cover. The backside of it is a soft microfiber that lays down on your screen when the case is closed.
Overall this is a very complete carrying case that goes above and beyond expectations with its water resistance. A solid choice for anyone looking for a case for their Nintendo Switch Lite.
PowerA Protection Case Kit
Nintendo has officially licensed the PowerA protection case. It offers a minimalistic design, choosing simplicity over features. If what you are looking for in a case is only the ability to carry your Nintendo Switch and maybe toss in a few games or accessories, this is a reliable option.
Appearance & Layout
The exterior of the case is a sturdy outer shell with a black mesh design. The carrying handle has a rubberized grip to avoid wear and tear. At a total of 9.1 inches in length by 4.7 inches width, the case makes a solid attempt and being as small as possible. One of the biggest complaints we have about the PowerA case actually has to do with its size. Despite the many benefits of a low profile case, a huge downside is that this case cannot store the AC adapter at all. Of course, it is only fair to mention that the AC adapter is quite large. However, that being said, a case for the Nintendo Switch, should fit the Switch’s power adapter.
Like the previous case, this case has an internal flap that houses game cartridges. The cartridge flap can accommodate a total of six games and doubles as the cases, internal screen protector. Inside of the case you have the slot for the Switch at the bottom, the game cartridge flap that lays on top of that, and then the zipper pouch at the top. Unlike the previous case, this case has no storage flap beyond the zipper pouch. The pouch is quite wide but not very deep. So storing cables and a few other flat accessories is all it was designed for.
For all its minimalistic features, the design is actually very stylish. This is a case that looks good no matter what your style is. Even the interior is made out of high-quality materials. Being an officially licensed product by Nintendo, you have a very cool logo right on the front of the case. If this was a competition of purely aesthetic value, the PowerA case might actually take home the prize.
The outer shell is sturdy; therefore, it does offer a decent amount of protection from bumps or dings. With the inclusion of the padded internal screen protector, you can feel reasonably secure that your screen will avoid any damage outside of significant impacts. This case being a mesh design, it is a bit less water-resistant than the previous case, so do try to avoid any contact with water if possible.
The material is all high quality and fits your Nintendo Switch Lite incredibly snugly. We would not recommend dropping this on any hard surface or in water due to the thin borders offering minimal protection but maximum portability.
ButterFox Compact Switch Lite Carrying Case
The Butterfox is for the hoarders out there. This case is an absolute monster when it comes to storage. Surprisingly despite the extra capacity at the top of the case, they designed it to have the least wasted space out of any other known case. This is accomplished by inverting the exterior to mold to the Nintendo Switch’s form. That design choice gives the outside a distinct shape that clearly shows the bottom and top. With that out of the way, let’s dig into the overall appearance.
Appearance & Layout
As we mentioned, this case has the most distinct look of the cases being reviewed today. The efficient design is both space-efficient and gives the case an added bit of personality. The exterior of the case has the textured ButterFox logo in the center of the exterior. The handle has a solid rubberized grip for that extra grip durability. With a double zipper system on the outside, you do get a bit of a dangling noise, but that is a feature all the previous cases have as well.
Butterfox offers four different designs to match your unique needs perfectly. For individuals wanting the most compact design they have the “Compact”, “Premium”, & “Elite”, designs. These cases offers progressively smaller and more durable features up to the Elite. However, for the individuals out there that want to carry the world with them on every trip, Butterfox has you covered with the “Large” case. The large case is the only case that fits the AC adapter.
Despite the large case being more massive than all other designs and cases reviewed, it is still surprisingly portable and fits in every bag easily. Shoving the large case on the outer pouch of a backpack is perfectly reasonable. Though a small piece of advice would be to always secure your Nintendo Switch in the main pouch of your luggage or bag to avoid any easy targets for thieves.
On the inside of the case, you have a large mesh pouch on the top. The mech zipper pouch can hold all of your cables and a large power bank without any issues. At the base of the zipper pouch is a 10 slot game cartridge pouch. Under that is another 9 slot game cartridge pouch that also fits two micro SD cards. The underside of the 9 slot pouch is a soft side to lay safely against your screen.
The “Compact” design comes in at 9 inches long, 4 inches wide, and has a 1.8-inch thickness. That contrasts with the larger case that is 2.7 inches thick so that it can fit the AC adapter.
This is a very durable case. The larges model offers the most protection when facing impacts from the top of the case. The only weak point on the case is the underside which is molded to the design of the Nintendo Switch. The hardened exterior shell also offers a slight amount of water resistance. The Butterfox case provides the most in terms of drop protection, as well.
Which Nintendo Switch Lite Travel Organizer is Right for Me?
If you are still unsure about which case to get, you should ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish with the case. If all you want is a simple, quick, stylish case to carry your Nintendo Switch, then the PowerA is an excellent option. It is the most minimalistic of the three choices, but it definitely looks the best. Despite its lack of features, it also happens to be the highest priced case out of all three reviewed. This is likely due to the high-quality build materials and the official Nintendo licensing. Just remember if you get this case that you will need to store your AC adapter elsewhere.
If you are looking for a case that will hold everything you will ever need for your Switch, the only option is the Butterfox “Large” model. As we stated, this case is the only one that can carry the AC adapter and has the most slots for game cartridges by far. This is the case we would personally opt for because if its overall capacity and the higher levels of protection that it offers. You never really know which game you are going to be in the mood for, so being able to carry 19 of them in a single case is incredibly convenient. Plus, the AC adapter space is just a total sales point for us.
Though the Orzly case is actually better than the PowerA in terms of storage, it is lacking aesthetically. So it ends up losing the battle of looks against the PowerA and then losing the battle of storage capacity against the Butterfox. It is a great case overall; it just isn’t the ”best” in any specific category. For that reason, we suggest you get one of the other two depending on what you want out of your case.
Ultimately you are going to be well off no matter what case you get. Buying a case isn’t rocket science, and all three of these cases are going to last you a long time with their exceptional quality builds. No matter what option you decide to choose, you will be better off than not having a case and will be able to take your gaming on the road.