How long does a Nintendo Switch battery last? [2022]



Have you been playing a lot with your Switch in handheld mode and have been wondering how much time you have before running out of power?

How long would the Nintendo Switch battery last? In its lifetime, the battery is good for roughly 800 charge cycles, but the usage differs based on the console; this is where this article comes along.

This article will cover the basics of your battery life based on the model you currently possess.

How big is the battery on the Nintendo Switch?

In terms of power (or mAh)?

If you have the original first-generation, also called V1, after the release of an upgraded version, its battery size was 3,600 mAh.

Suppose you happen to have the 2nd generation (or V2) of the original version (model HAC-001(-01)). In that case, the battery holds a 4,310 mAh Lithium-ion battery, which is the same battery size as the new Switch OLED version (model HEG-001).

The Nintendo Switch Lite Edition (model HDH-001) contains a smaller battery with a capacity of 3,570 mAh, which is a fraction smaller than the original model’s battery.

In terms of playtime?

The first-gen or V1’s battery life would last for about 2.5 to 6.5 hours.

The battery will last between 4.5 to 9 hours of game time for both the 2nd gen and OLED models, as they have the same battery size.

As for the Lite version, with it having a smaller battery than the other two, it would last you from 3 to 7 hours of playtime.

Time will vary depending on which game you are currently playing.

A good example is ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,’ which has an average of 5.5 hours of battery life on the bigger Switch models and 4 hours on the Lite or Switch V1.

How long do Joy-Con controller batteries last?

In terms of playtime, Joy-Cons can last about 20 hours on their own.

How do I tell what model my Nintendo Switch is?

To differentiate each model, you will need to look physically at the back of your console.

As mentioned previously, here is the list of Nintendo Switch models based on that number:

  • HAC-001: Original Switch model.
  • HAC-001(-01): Upgraded version of the original Switch.
  • HDH-001: Lite edition, which is easily recognizable as the controls are not detachable.
  • HEG-001: OLED version.

Note: If you have the original Nintendo Switch but are unsure which generation it is, you can check the serial number on the bottom of your console. A serial number that starts with XAW would make it a first-gen (or V1). If you have a serial number that begins with XKW, you have a second-gen (or V2) console.

How long does it take to fully charge a Nintendo Switch battery?

It usually takes about 3 hours to fully charge your Switch console when powered off or in sleep mode.

It would take longer to charge if you are currently using your Switch while being plugged into the wall socket.

How long to fully charge your Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons?

It takes roughly the same amount of time as charging up your console to charge your joy-cons fully.

So, it should take about 3.5 hours to replenish the batteries.

Troubleshooting: What if the console cannot be charged?

If you are having problems charging your console, then there are a few things that you can do to pinpoint the issue:

Nintendo Switch AC adapter

First and foremost, you have to make sure you use the included or any other official or licensed Nintendo Switch power AC adapter.

Using any other USB-C cable and power adapter, such as your mobile phone, may cause the issue of your console not charging at all or not correctly. It may be hurting your console’s battery life, causing it to deplete faster than usual.

Damaged cable

Inspect your cable for any damage like a cut, kinks, exposed wiring, or damaged connector.

If any of these are present, try replacing your cable, which might solve your issue.

Alternate charging method

Try plugging it using the AC adapter straight into the wall socket if you charge your console through the Nintendo Switch charging dock.

Try charging it through the dock if you were using the AC adapter.

Do a hard reset

If you haven’t used your console in a while, your console may not be working correctly. Some problems may include not being able to charge your device.

Sometimes a hard reset will help things along.

To do so, you will need to hold down the ‘Power’ button, keep holding it when the ‘Power menu’ pops up, then it will shut down on its own.

Press the ‘Power’ button to turn it back on.

Go into ‘Maintenance’ mode

To go into ‘maintenance’ mode, you will need to follow most of the same steps of a hard reset. Instead of pressing the ‘Power’ button to turn it back on, you will need to press and hold the ‘Volume Up’ and ‘Volume Down’ as well as the ‘Power’ button until the Nintendo Switch logo appears.

There is nothing to do really in the maintenance menu per se, so you can exit and dock your console and see if it is charging or not.

Can the Nintendo Switch battery be replaced?

If all else fails and the battery’s life span is not what it used to be, then yes, you can have the battery replaced by a professional.

Suppose you are handy and have some experience with electronics. In that case, you also can replace the battery by yourself, you can easily find replacement batteries online, and their average price is between 20-25 USD.

Note: I strongly disadvise it if you are NOT handy with these types of repairs, as there are risks you can damage your console or even health risks when handling the battery, as in electrical shocks.

If you wish to proceed with the repairs as your next DIY project, you can follow the instructions from ifixit.com for the Nintendo Switch Battery Replacement.

Final thoughts

Hopefully, this article has helped you to know more about Nintendo Switch’s battery and perhaps even helped you with some potential problems you could be having.

The last thing we want is a battery that depletes faster than it’s supposed to last.

With this, I say, keep it charged up and game on.


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