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10 Secrets to Quickly Improve Your Nintendo Switch Battery Life

In this article, I am going to show you 10 simple ways to quickly improve your Nintendo Switch battery life.

You will learn what battery life your NS has, how long it is supposed to last, and most importantly what you can do to improve its duration.

Please note these tips are meant for Nintendo Switch, Lite and OLED.

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Let's now get started with some of the most frequently asked questions about batteries.

Nintendo Switch Battery FAQ

These are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about the battery life for your Switch, Lite or OLED consoles:

What is the Average Battery Life for a Nintendo Switch?

The average battery life for a NS depends on its battery model.

According to Nintendo, a standard Nintendo Switch with a battery HAC-001 will last between 2.5-6.5 hours depending on usage (source: Nintendo.com).

What Battery Does my Switch Have?

Check the product serial number at the base of your console. 

If it starts with XAW, then you have the standard HAC-001 lasting 2.5-6.5 hours.

If your Switch serial number starts with XKW, then you have a higher capacity battery HAC-001 (-01) lasting between 4.5-9 hours.

What is the Average Battery Life for a Nintendo Switch Lite?

The average battery life for a Switch Lite is between 3-7 hours.

What is the Average Battery Life for a Nintendo Switch OLED?

The average battery life for a Switch OLED is 4.5-9 hours.

What is the Average Lifespan of a Battery?

The average lifespan of a battery is considered 800 cycles. After that, you will generally start to see a decline in battery performance.

A cycle is considered each time you recharge the battery from 0% or close to 0% to 100%.

Can I Replace the Battery?

Yes, you can replace the battery of a Nintendo Switch but there are two caveats:

  1. Nintendo offers a battery replacement service (and so do a number of third party companies). It's not recommended that you try to replace the battery by yourself as it could result in harm to both device and person
  2. While replacing the battery is technically possible, its cost doesn't make very beneficial. In the end, you might be better off buying a new or refurbished device

Can I Charge My NS While Playing Games?

Yes, all Nintendo Switch consoles can be charged while playing videogames.

Can I Charge My Nintendo Switch Overnight?

It's technically possible but it's not recommended, because this will mean continuing charging the battery after it reaches full charge.

This will gradually deteriorate your battery and ultimately lead to a shorter battery life and longer recharging times.

Should I Let the Battery Get to 0%?

This is not entirely necessary. The recommendation is to make sure the batter is always above 20%.

Make Your Switch Battery Life Last Longer with These 10 Simple Tips

To make your Switch battery last longer:

1. Disable HD Rumble

To disable HD Rumble:

  1. From your home screen, select System Settings
  2. Under Controllers and Sensors, make sure Controller Vibration is set to Off 

HD Rumble is the controller vibration. While this is a cool feature to have, it's not an essential one.

2. Adjust Your Screen Brightness

To adjust your NS screen brightness:

  1. From your home screen, select  System Settings
  2. Select Screen Brightness from the menu on the left
  3. Make sure Automatic Brightness is turned off
  4. Lower the brightness (through the slider) to an acceptable level 

 3. Switch to Flight Mode

To put your Switch to flight mode:

  1. From your home screen, select  System Settings
  2. Select  Flight Mode from the menu on the left
  3. Make sure Flight Mode is turned on

 4. Shorten Sleep Mode

To shorten your NS sleep mode:

  1. From your home screen, select  System Settings
  2. Select  Sleep Mode   from the menu on the left
  3. Adjust the Auto-Sleep options for both console and TV to a shorter timr, ideally 1-3 minutes

5. Power Off Your NS Yourself

To power off your NS:

  1. Press and hold the power button on top of the Switch for a few seconds
  2. On the pop-up, click on  Power Options
  3. Click on turn off and wait for the Switch to shut down

This tip could save you a lot of battery, if you do it regularly. However, make sure you don't turn off your Switch during gameplay or you will risk losing all the progress made!

6. Turn Sound Off

To turn off the sound of your NS Switch:

  1. Turn the volume down from the buttons on the top-left of the console
  2. Alternatively, you can also access volume controls via the quick settings menu - hold the Home button and drag the volume slider

While this might not be ideal, turning off the sound could get you an extra 30 minutes of battery life (source: gamesradar.com).

7. Disconnect Joy-Cons When Not in Use

To disconnect the Joy-Cons from your console:

  1. Press the black button below the Joy-Cons shoulder buttons
  2. Slide them out

Your Joy-Cons have a battery that can last up to 20 hours. They also get charged when connected to your Switch's body. If you are out and about, keeping your Joy-Cons disconnected will help you save a lot of battery life (source: techpp.com).

 8. Show Console Battery Percentage on Home Screen

To show the Switch console battery percentage on your home screen:

  1. From your home screen, select  System Settings
  2. Select  System   from the menu on the left
  3. Make sure Console Battery (%) is On

This tip has more to do with keeping your battery healthy, which indirectly affects its duration.

9. Stop Background Tasks

To stop background tasks:

  1. From your home screen, select  System Settings
  2. Select  Data Management  from the menu on the left
  3. Stop any downloads or updates

10. Buy a Portable Charger

If you are still not happy with the battery life of your Switch after following all the tips above, you might want to consider buying a portable charger or power pack.

There are a number of portable chargers available for the Nintendo Switch. However, the Anker PowerCore II 20000 is a solid battery that offers plenty of grunt. You may also be able to find the older 13400 edition, made specifically for the Switch (source: maketecheasier.com).

Conclusion

Battery life can be affected by a number of things.

First of all it's important to understand what type of battery your Switch has and what the expected duration should be.

Secondly, you want to focus on improving the duration of the battery by following the tips from the article.

Finally, if still unsatisfied about the life of your battery, it's worth considering buying a power pack or replacing the battery.

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